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The end of everything we thought we knew about computing?

(aka “A Quik Reading Reco”)

Folks, an interesting read for you today…

The end of Windows XP is also the end of everything we thought we knew about computing

When we bury XP we also need to bid farewell to the old certainties about technology too.Read more..

Today’s quote:The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.” ~ Thomas Sowell

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

March 31, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, tech, Windows, XP | , | Leave a comment

Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction

I’m kinda tired of talking about this, but.. the clock is ticking. Should you care?

Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction
Are you prepared for the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP next month?

In less than a month, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, still the second most widely used PC operating system in the world. The company announced the OS’s April 8 termination date years ago, but with as many as 500 million XP systems still active last month, not everyone is going to make a move in time.” Read more..

Kinda related: Windows 8.1 Update 1: 10 Key Changes

Windows 8.1 Update 1 makes the Modern UI and Start screen a little friendlier for the mouse-and-keyboard crowd. But it won’t silence critics.” See slideshow.

Today’s quote:If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Ghandi

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

March 14, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Microsoft, News, PC, security, tech, Windows, Windows 8, XP | Leave a comment

This Super Bowl Sunday (and a giveaway)

Folks,
I hope you all have a marvelous, and safe, Super Bowl Sunday.

If it wasn’t for the referee’s, my team (the 49ers) would be playing today. And I might still be a football fan. But I am done. This was my last year of caring about sports. I may have to watch the game, though, as we finally are having some rain (in case you haven’t heard, California is yet again in a drought) and it is quite yucky outside.

Some tech: Loyal readers know I have for the past couple of years been advising Windows XP users to stop using XP, and upgrade to Windows 7 (or 8). What most people don’t “get”, is that there is no direct “upgrade path” from XP to the newer OSes (Microsoft made it so you had to go to Vista); or easy way to go from 32-bit (as XP is) to 64-bit. So if you have a XP machine I suggest taking advantage of this giveaway:

laplink* Are you ready for Windows XP end-of-life? On April 8, Windows will discontinue all technical support, security updates, and hot-fixes for Windows XP. Don’t let your computer be at risk for malware and hackers!

On February 4 , for one day only, Laplink is giving away PCmover Windows Upgrade Assistant for FREE.

This programs makes transferring/upgrading easy.

Lenovo’s acquisitions should get green light, experts say

Lenovo’s deals to purchase IBM’s lower-end server business for $2.3 billion and Motorola’s Mobility handset unit from Google for $2.91 billion will likely receive U.S. regulatory approval as long as the company embraces concessions tied to national security, industry experts say. “We look forward to going through the regulatory process and we’re going to work with the regulators with an open and transparent approach,” Lenovo’s Brion Tingler says.Read more..

Why should you care? Lenovo is Chinese.

* For those who might be interested, I think Elway is gonna win. But I have to admit, this year is the first year I can remember where the league’s two best teams are playing in the SB.
[update: Wow. Was I ever wrong..! Seattle won that game in the first quarter.]

Today’s quote:One positive action is worth 1,000 positive thoughts.” ~ not sure where I heard that…

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.

February 2, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech, Windows, XP | , , , | 6 Comments

Sticking with Windows XP? Read This.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

Folks, I know many of you have perfectly functioning older PC’s that you intend to stick with until the wheels fall off (and, many of us have games and programs that will only run on XP). Most know that Microsoft is ending “support” for XP very, very soon.

My advice is to ‘upgrade’ to a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine if you can still find one (online shopping at a manufacturer’s “for business” section is your best bet), or if you must, Windows 8.1. But if this isn’t your plan, please read this article  and follow it’s advice, to make your XP as ‘safe’ as possible.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

All good things must come to an end; in less than four months, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP.

Here are the steps I’ll take to ensure that my remaining XP machines are as secure as they can be.” Read more..

[Note: Many of the article’s tips can be applied to newer versions of Windows, too.]

Today’s quote:Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” ~ Bo Bennett

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

January 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, Microsoft, PC, privacy, security, tech, Windows, XP | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still on XP? Let’s talk. (And some Friday Fun)

Folks, years ago, now, I first started warning people to get off of the ancient Windows XP operating systems, and saying that Microsoft is more than echoing my sentiments. (I wrote It is time to face facts and finally dump Windows XP – “I have been saying this for a while now; but, sometimes people just want to know what other pros are saying..” wwaaaaayyy back in March, 2011.)

windows-logoBut just in case you haven’t been paying attention, be aware: Microsoft will cease issuing fixes and security patches (aka “supporting”) Windows XP in April. Here’s the latest:

* Microsoft warns Windows XP users risk ‘zero day forever’

Microsoft’s latest tack in trying to wean users off Windows XP is to warn them of a possible ‘zero day forever’ scenario in the post-April 2014 support cut-off world. Read more..

More coverage:

* Microsoft dangles Windows 8, Office 2013 carrots to get SMBs off Windows XP

* Microsoft issues partners Windows XP phase-out marching orders

And the fact is, you want a 64-bit operating system now, and certainly one that the hackers haven’t had under their microscopes for a dozen years. Fortunately, you can still get new PC’s with Windows 7 (and this time of year, prices are low).

Today’s Geekspeak Translation: A “zero-day” is a item of malware (aka “virus”), or “exploit“, for which no “signature” or “patch” has yet been issued (an attack for which there’s currently no defense).

Today’s quotable quote:Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Today’s Friday Fun Video:

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

August 16, 2013 Posted by | Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, XP | Leave a comment

A couple of software reco’s

It’s kind of odd.. but since I went into semi-Retirement, I’ve been busier than ever.

I have been reminded recently that a couple of free software utilities I use, well, I cannot recall if I’ve ever mentioned them to you guys… as they are rather Geeky (aka not “for everyone”).

* First up is a file copy/transfer utility. TeraCopy isn’t anything fancy, it just makes Windows work like it should, when working with big copy/transfer jobs. It’s free for personal use.

One of the most common complaints about newer versions of Windows is the slow copying speed, especially when transferring lots of files over the network. If you want to speed up your copying or if you regularly transfer large amounts of data and have to stop the process to perform some other disk-intensive task, this program may be just what you need.” Check it out here.

* Next up is a “boot disc”. Now, most of you will not ever have call for a boot disc, or need to know how to use one, but if you know what they are, and don’t know about UBCD4Win, well I suggest you take a look.

UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the most complete and easy to use free computer diagnostic tool.” Check it out here.

One of the things I use the UBCD4Win most often is to make “images” (backups/”clones”) of a hard drive using DriveImageXML, but you do not need to use a boot disc to take advantage of this free disk imaging/archiving tool. (It is a ‘standalone’ app that’s been bundled onto UBCD.)

DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. Image creation uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe “hot images” even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup! Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML is now faster than ever, offering two different compression levels. ” Check it out here.

Today’s quote:Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.” ~ William James

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

June 4, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, file system, free software, Microsoft, networking, PC, performance, software, tech, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

So It Begins | Hurry – Save $312 | More.. (Free Stuff Too)

Good News/Bad News. Which do you want to hear first?

Since it’s very brief, let me get the “bad” out of the way first. The other day I noticed that some results from a search query had been deleted and were unavailable to me (hey, I have been busy, busy.. and I just noticed now..)

Now, I am not going to go into some rant about DRM in general or the DMCA in particular. I can see both sides of that particular coin. But I am going to ask you to pause and ponder two concepts: “creeping incrementalism” (aka “a slippery slope”), and “who is watching the watchers?” Not, strain your brain, or anything, just.. muse.
(And ChillingEffects.org is an interesting site..)

And now for the good: an alert reader brought a deal to my attention I had to jump on..

Look what Easter Bunny has for you this spring!

Backup your entire system, protect it from any possible kind of malware, get rid of spam and prevent any phishing attempts, shrink documents to extremely small sizes without affecting the content, edit photographs, share any USB devices over the internet, and restore lost passwords. All of this is now available in one super-bundle – for just $49.99.

For two weeks only, top software vendors unite to bring you the best solutions for your digital life.

All at once. At an unbelievable price. For the first time in the PC world!

The countdown has already started — Easter Bunny is only here until April 9. Catch him and get your loot. It’s time to act fast! (To learn more/buy, click here http://www.acronis.com/promo/easter/)

Now, I know, the problem with bundle deals like these is you often don’t use everything included. But Acronis Home sells for $50 by itself (and is worth it) so… I jumped. Thank you Dear Reader!

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Send bounceback emails to former friends, lovers, and current stalkers :-)
Control spam and viral email on an unlimited number of email accounts.
Control SPAM fast! Using simultaneous checking, MailWasher Pro 2012 can download and check up to 25 email messages per second.
Rescue accidentally deleted emails!
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Purchase with BitsDuJour’s discount coupon code and get all this at a promotional price!”

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Today’s quote:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein

Breaking News: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.

Just kidding! Have a great TGIF everybody!

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Bonus Bonus: gamers.. read the Comments below.. (hint).

Today’s reading reco: iPad Wi-Fi problems: Anatomy of a released defect

Some iPad 3 owners are having problems with the unit’s Wi-Fi, while most are working OK. Having a small percentage of failures is just a fact of life in the electronics manufacturing game.Read more..

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April 6, 2012 Posted by | News, shopping for, software, tech, XP | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments