What About Tomorrow

Wax seals and goose quills were all the rage. They were soon replaced by fountain pens and ballpoints. Then we had mice and keyboards. Now it’s touch, voice, and even gestures.

Are you ready to see a penny at 100 yards, hear a whisper at 50 yards and have all the information on the internet available without any external devices? Well, if not, then get ready because it’s on its way.

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A Lean Mean Windows 8 Machine

The popularity of tablets, and netbooks is pushing Microsoft to lower the memory needed to operate the newest Windows. Longer battery life and reduced background services are replacing the muscle computers of yesterday. Windows 8 is going to take Microsoft into the new age, but what about the faithful desktop user? Will they come along?

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Windows 8 – Big Change

The new Windows8 may be nothing more than an application on your next computer. The future sees you using a browser based, application intensive, system that may not even require you to load Windows. The future is looking bright and different, Windows, the operating system that put personal computing on the map and kept it there is changing and you’re going to see it happen.

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5 Computing Mistakes

Everyday I hear from people who are having computer problems. One of the first things I do is have them run a PC Pitstop OverDrive scan and send me the results. It’s free and it’s the best diagnostic around. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years and I’ve seen hundreds and maybe even thousands of systems and talked with their owners. After a while you see the same problems and hear the same answers.

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Mango vs. Apple iOS

For anyone who is a Microsoft fan, the past few months have been anything but exciting on the mobile phone front. The last release of Windows for phones was a big bust that left everyone feeling flat. Finally that is all going to change. Microsoft has announced the release of their new mobile OS, WP7 Mango and talked up the wonderful newness of it all to partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference. This final release to manufactures (RTM) should allow builders to deliver real phones to some markets as early as August and September.

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ISPionage and CyberBreak Ins

Remember a time when you were safe in your home, when you could talk to your family about important matters and feel safe? Remember when you wrote “CONFIDENTIAL” on the outside of an envelope and it meant something? Those days are gone and what’s worse, seem almost laughable. Bye bye privacy, it was good while it lasted.

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Microsoft Alert – Huge Phone Scam

What’s the weakest link in your security? You are! When you’re phone rings don’t believe anything you hear. That Microsoft employee your talking to could be eating sardines and swigging vodka while empties your bank account. This is big, very big. If you live in the US you have a one in seven chance of being contacted. Don’t be caught wondering what happened. Exercise the one precaution that can save your money.

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Ask The Pros

Keep in mind that the biggest threat to your system is you. If you click OK and allow every request without scrutiny then your chances of infection increase drastically. I suggest everyone use a router even if you have only one computer. I wouldn’t be without one.

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Ask The Pros


By Steve Hogan

You can access Windows System Restore right here from the same System Properties. Click on the System Protection tab/ System Restore /Restore Files and Settings/Next/Pick a Date and follow the prompts. This is also the same area to create a new restore point or to reduce the amount of space alloted to system restore or even turn off System Restore.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with this area and you will feel much more confident in your ability to use your computer.

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Department of Justice and FBI Take Down Huge Coreflood Botnet

Score one for the good guys this week as the The FBI and US Department of Justice unleash a powerful and quick take down of the “Coreflood” botnet.

Coreflood was a massive international network of more than two million infected computers; computers that were used to empty bank accounts, score sensitive corporate data and steal untold financial data. This is a huge victory as this particular botnet has been in operation for 10 years.

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