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27th October 2009

We can upgrade you to Windows 7!

Have you been thinking about upgrading to the newest version of Windows, but weren’t sure where to begin?  Let us take the stress out of upgrading.  We can help install the operating system and move all of your existing photos, documents and other data to Windows 7.   Give us a call to today to get an appointment.


21st October 2009

Windows 7 Launches Tomorrow – Which Version is Right For You?

Microsoft launches its latest and greatest operating system tomorrow, do you know which version is right for you?  Take a look at this chart from CNET that shows the features that are available in Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate.

Windows 7

15th October 2009

Set up your own home network

Feeling adventurous?  Dell has put together some great resources to help you plan, build and secure your home network.  If you still would like to have a home network, but aren’t comfortable setting it up yourself, give us a call at 278-7780 and we build one for your home.


13th October 2009

Apple Aware of Snow Leopard User Account Bug

Today Apple finally addresses an issue in their new OS that eats user accounts whole.   Gizmodo goes into a little more detail about the problem.


12th October 2009

The End of the Email Era

Take a look at this article from the Wall Street Journal about email and why it’s time has past and how we will communicate in the future.


7th October 2009

Are you planning on upgrading to Windows 7?

We wanted to take a quick survey to find out who is planning on upgrading to Microsoft’s new operating system after the Oct. 22nd release day.   If you have questions about Windows 7 and whether you should upgrade, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.

6th October 2009

10,000 Hotmail Passwords Leaked Online. Gmail and Yahoo also involved.

A number of web site are reporting that a large number of hotmail email passwords have been leaked online.  There are also reports that Yahoo and Gmail accounts have been effected also by this industry wide phishing attack.   If you use one of these popular email sites, now would be a good time to change your password.


1st October 2009

A Review of Microsoft Security Essentials

Today I installed a copy of Microsoft’s Security Essentials software.  It provides real-time protection for your home PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.   The installation was easy and only took a couple of minutes.   The interface for the software is dead simple and is perfect for the home user.   One complaint that we always had with Microsoft’s other foray into the antispyware world, Windows Defender, was that it never updated itself correctly with new definitions.   This product looks a lot more refined then Windows Defender and hope it updates correctly.

One of the selling points that Microsoft has been touting is this software’s small footprint compared to other commercial products, we did not find that to be the case.  While running normally without any other activity on the computer it was still using around 45 MB of memory.   Avast, another free home antivirus product which we like, uses are 55 MB.    45 MB is not a ton of memory on computers these days which have 2 GB or more of memory, but I wouldn’t call it a small footprint.

One thing that we weren’t able to test is how it actually dealt with viruses or spyware   If you have a virus that you would like to send us to test you can send it to….not really, we will wait until we find one out in the wilds of the internet.   Until then I would say go ahead and download it yourself if you are a looking for a free antivirus/antispyware suite.

Security Essentials

Why you MUST own a router

I thought this was an interesting article from PCmag that I should share with everyone.   If you have a DSL or cable internet connection at home and are plugging directly into the modem then you just asking for trouble.   As they put it, it’s like going on summer vacation and leaving your front door wide open.   Check out the article to find out more.