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Sat, 21 Feb 2009

Low-Tech Fixes for High-Tech Problems

By PAUL BOUTIN
Published: February 18, 2009
BEHIND the cash register at Smoke Shop No. 2 in downtown San Francisco, Sam Azar 
swipes a customerís credit card to ring up Turkish cigarettes. The storeís card 
reader fails to scan the cardís magnetic strip. Azar swipes again, and again. No luck.

As customers begin to queue, he reaches beneath the counter for a black plastic bag.
 He wraps one layer of the plastic around the card and swipes it again. Success.
 The sale is rung up.

more fixes at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/technology/personaltech/19basics.html?em

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