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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
06/14/05: Computer as burglar alarm system

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From Ida=== Dear Webby Can an old computer be used as a controller for a burglar alarm system? It seems they have all the necessary components. Thanks Ida Dear Ida If you buy a 16, 24 or 36 node In/Out board for it, yes, then it would have most of the components. The problem with computers is their very limited input. If you want a fancy alarm system, get one that can be programmed via a computer. It will have it's own In/Out board, and be a lot more reliable than a desktop computer. The better systems allow you to dial into them with a modem or connect via the serial port on the computer, and then do all kinds of fancy programming. When you SAVE, the programming is burned into ROM memory in the security system and will survive power failures and shut-downs. You can then disconnect the computer and let it run on it's own. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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