Windows 10: Out of the Frying Pan & Into the Fire

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:37

Many of our customers (and users across the internet) are reporting major difficulties upgrading their computers to Windows 10. In the three weeks since it's release, we've had to help fix everything from lost data and programs, to sound and internet that stopped working. Some of the upgraded computers that came in wouldn't even turn on anymore. Windows 10 was hailed as the solution to all of Windows 8's problems, but is it really better?


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What Does the End of Windows XP Really Mean?

Written by Johann Taylor Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:23

Windows XP EoL Popup

Windows XP, having reached the ripe old age of 12 (this is downright ancient in computer years) is finally being put out to pasture. Microsoft plans to end long term support on April 8, 2014. While most would agree that the old girl has certainly earned the right to a peaceful retirement, Microsoft's announcement has left many people scratching their heads as to what this means for them. In their attempt to sell more copies of Windows 8, Microsoft has resorted to scare tactics to convince people to purchase their newest product. Beginning March 8, computers that still have Windows XP installed will begin getting pop-ups telling them to upgrade, or be open to attack by viruses. But do you really need to upgrade? Is your computer going to become useless all of a sudden on April 8? What does Windows XP's End of Life really mean, and how will it affect you?

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Have You Been Hacked? Part 2 - 5 Ways to Tell

Written by Johann Taylor Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:13

Unless you are a drug rep, you shouldn’t be emailing your friends to advertise Viagra.  Data breaches and identity theft are becoming more and more of a problem every day.  If you read Part 1, you now know what steps to take to avoid identity theft and reduce the damage done in the event that you become a victim of a data breach.  You should be safe in the future, but what if you have already been a victim?  How can you be sure?  Do your friends a favor and try to get to the bottom of the situation.

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Have You Been Hacked? 5 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft Online

Written by Johann Taylor Friday, 20 July 2012 09:42

Lately the news is full of stories of companies and online services that have been hacked and lost their customer’s private information.  TDAmeritrade, Playstation Network (multiple times), LinkedIn, US Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Utah Medicaid, and many more have lost customers’ data lately ranging from email addresses and passwords to social security numbers.  How can you protect yourself when those entrusted to your data don’t?  Here are some tips to help you with damage control should your information be compromised.

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Should I buy a tablet?

Written by Johann Taylor Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

This is another question that I hear on a fairly regular basis in my shop.  It’s no surprise, since tablets seem to be popping up everywhere these days.  Unfortunately, like most new technologies, tablets are shrouded in myths, mystery, and misconceptions that can make buying decisions difficult.  Should you buy a tablet?  The answer? It depends.

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