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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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  • 12/4/2016
    Let’s face it, when it comes to Windows 10, Microsoft has had some real issues with it over the last year which has definitely made some consumers angry so much, many have given up on the operating system altogether and switched to using a Mac. And while moving to a Mac is certainly an option, for the rest of us though who can’t really afford it, we simply stick with Windows 10 in spite of it’s problems and just deal with it. However, for a select few who only need something simple and easy to use without all the hassles of Windows 10, then it might interest you to know that there is third option that will probably fit your – especially if you have an older PC that needs a new lease on life. Linux Has Come Along Way I’m sure by now that many have no doubt heard of Linux, but are apprehensive of trying it because most believe that it’s hard to use and that it’s not very user friendly. But on the contrary, Linux, while challenging in the past, has come a long way over the last ten years and is available in so many different versions, or distros, that there’s practically a version for everyone. In other words, you have a choice of what best suits you instead of other operating systems like Windows which is written by a corporation that has the philosophy that they know what the consumer needs and pretty much forces us to simply accept it as the norm and if you don’t like it, well that’s just you tough luck.
  • 11/27/2016
    If there’s one thing that I really hate about getting a new smartphone is the simple fact they all come with so many useless and unwanted apps and games that not only take up screen space, but also memory and undue battery usage. So to help alleviate this problem a little bit and hopefully simplify navigating your phone, I would like to offer a few tips that you can use to get rid of some of the junk that might be on your phone.
  • 11/20/2016
    Whenever a new customer has a Wifi Router installed in their home, chances are it’s installed where it was the easiest for the installer. Unfortunately though, depending on where it’s located, it may not be able to provide a strong enough signal to cover the entire home. And since most people use wireless devices more than ever, you may experience connection problems in several areas – especially if you have a large house. So, to alleviate this problem, the best solution is to install a Wifi Extender.
  • 11/13/2016
    As many of you know, Windows 10 updates have been a bit unstable these days and for many, it’s created a whole host of problems – most of which have been crashed computers, printers not working or no Wifi connection. And while these are some serious problems, what’s more important is your personal files that if not backed up, could be lost forever should Windows have to be rein- stalled after a failed update. It for this reason, consumers who use Windows really should consider investing in some type of backup solution. 
  • 11/6/2016
    If you think about it, the smart phones we use today are more powerful and faster than the ones we had a couple of years ago and have come to depend on them for so much more than for making phone calls. Which for so many of us, is our connection to our Facebook friends, browsing the web and sending emails. When you consider how important they’ve become to us, we really should give some thought on how to keep them secure. 
  • 10/30/2016
    Each year, we as consumers generate millions of tons of e-waste like old cell phones, computers, printers and other electronics that will either end up in landfills or recycling facilities that are overflowing with more e-waste than they can process. As a consequence, a large percentage of it is bought by e-waste brokers who make millions exporting it to developing countries like China where the laws that govern how much they can import is not strictly enforced. In short, China has become a dumping ground for our e-waste. So, when that old laptop or tablet has seen better days, what will you do with it?
  • 10/23/2016
    In order for companies to increase their bottom line and beat the competition to market, many of our products are now coming from businesses overseas these days. Sometimes in the manufacturing process, things get overlooked and mistakes are made because most companies don’t necessarily adhere to the same manufacturing standards we use here in the United States. And when you take into consideration that the labor force these companies use is in many cases underskilled, under-paid and have to work in an environment that pushes them to work longer hours, it’s no wonder we have so many product recalls each year.
  • 10/16/2016
    If there’s one thing that we all need to understand about new technology developments, it would be that sometimes in an effort to beat the competition to mar- ket, mistakes are unintentionally made that may have a negative impact on the consumer. Take for instance Samsung, who has recently recalled all the Samsung Note 7 phones for the second time over issues with the battery, which many consumers have reported to have caught fire. To make matters worse, even the FAA is apprehensive of having them on board, not to mention the negative impact it’s had on us, the consumer.
  • 10/9/2016
    Avoiding virus phone scams Today, with so many different scams out there that cyber criminals use to steal your personal information, one that seems to have resurfaced lately in our community is the virus phone scam. And if you become a victim, not only does this put your computer at risk, it could also result in the loss of personal identity. Random Call First, you have to understand that the phone numbers these criminals use are usually random, and they have no clue as to who you are or what type of computer you have. What they count on is the fact that with all the computers out there these days, the odds are in their favor that if they make enough phone calls, sooner or later they’ll find someone with a home computer. By asking a few questions, they can figure out that you have a Windows computer which now makes you a target. 
  • 10/2/2016
    Given the recent events regarding the latest Windows 10 update, many consumers are no doubt up in arms over issues they’re having with some of their de- vices after the update. Some have filed lawsuits against Microsoft, demanding compensation for essentially causing their system to crash and making it unusable. Let’s Put This Into Perspective While Windows 10 certainly has its share of problems these days, I have to say that in my many years in the IT Industry, I’ve seen this all before, especially when Windows 7 was first released which faced similar problems. And as unfortunate as it is, there will always be problems when a new version is released that will have to be ironed out. And since we have been more or less forced into using Windows 10, we have to face the fact that we no longer have the option to go back, and will simply have to accept the reality that Windows 10 is here to stay. As unstable as it may be now, we’ll just have to bide our time until Microsoft addresses these problems, which hopefully over time will make Windows 10 as dependable as Windows 7 turned out to be. 
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