The Windows 8 Debacle

The Windows 8 Debacle

I had my first real-world experience with a client who unwittingly purchased a new laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. What an unmitigated nightmare! Microsoft, seriously, what were you thinking?  Has greed clouded your judgement so severely that you couldn’t see the forest for the trees?  If this mess doesn’t drive more people to Apple, I’ll be very surprised. As a touch-screen interface, Windows 8 is passable.  But for...

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908 Days Without a Virus

908 Days Without a Virus

I stumbled upon a pretty interesting statistic on my Matlacha home computer tonight. I’ve gone 908 days from the date of this post without getting a virus. Now, this may not seem like some great feat, but this computer gets used by a wide assortment of folks. From grandparents to grandchildren, this machine sees alot of use. That undoubtedly puts it at risk for at least a few hitchhikers or scareware infections. It just begged the...

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4 Free Things Every Computer User Should Have.

4 Free Things Every Computer User Should Have.

Whether for business or professional use, these are the top four things that I always find myself recommending. The first is Dropbox.  No matter how easy software and hardware manufacturers  try to make computer networking and file sharing, the technology still remains out-of-reach for most normal computer users without help from technology professionals.  Dropbox pushes all the complexity aside, allowing people to share files with different...

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PC Repair Checklist 1

PC Repair Checklist 1

I started out making this little list for myself, then figured I’d share. When I go on a service call for a malfunctioning Windows computer, if the issue isn’t a “quick fix”, it usually boils down to one of three resolutions: Creating a new user profile Performing a repair to partial re-install of the Operating System A complete HDD Format and OS reinstall In any of these three scenario’s, there are a litany of...

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