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Anti-Virus Ratings

I am often asked about Anti-Virus Ratings… what is the best anti-virus / anti-malware program for home use? I have to say, none of them really impress me.  Nonetheless, some are better than others.  Here is a guide from PC Magazine.  Note that the anti-virus ratings change every year, and the best product this year […]

A New Domain Name

I’m very happy for one of my clients. This week, we made MAJOR improvements in their “web presence”. This company’s domain was registered by AT&T with an Australian company and the web site was hosted by AT&T Yahoo. One of their email addresses NEARLY matched their domain name, except the dash was in a different […]

Backup Exec upgrade available – often free (if you already paid for it!)

Backup Exec 2012 Symantec has released  Backup Exec 2012, the latest version of their industry-leading data backup solution. The new version has a number of interesting features, but the one that interests me the most is “P2V Recovery”.  That stands for “physical to virtual”.  This means your entire server can be restored as a “virtual […]

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Solid State Drives

One of the most common hardware failures is the hard drive. Unfortunately, when the hard drive fails, it can mean that ALL of your data is gone. There are ways to get some or all of the data back, but they’re VERY expensive. Hard drives can also limit performance. Reading data from a hard drive […]

Beware Of Outlook Autofill

When I upgrade some one’s computer, I always have them try it out for a while while I’m still there. Occasionally, someone will say that their Outlook Contacts are gone. Well, if you’re using Outlook all of your data is stored in a single PST file, or in an Exchange mailbox. As long as I’ve imported the […]

Here Comes Windows 8

Windows XP was introduced in 2001. A lot of people are still using Windows XP. It’s eleven years old now, and that’s a long time in the world of computers. Since then, we’ve had Windows Vista, which never caught on (for good reason). Next came Windows 7, which I like a lot. Now, Microsoft is developing Windows […]

The Wayback Machine

If “The Wayback Machine” doesn’t ring a bell, it’s a reference to Sherman and Peabody cartoons. You know, from Rocky and Bullwinkle… Yeah, I’m that old. I work with a few machine shops.  Most machines are run by a computer.  While it’s expected that a machine will last for decades, the attached computer rarely ages as […]

Legacy Software – Hanging On To That Old Program

Recently, I ran into a client who had a computer in a machine shop. The legacy software on this computer was written when Windows XP was new, and would NOT run on Windows 7. We tried using “XP Mode”, which is a virtual machine that you can download from Microsoft. To make a long story short, […]

Malware

“Malware” is an all-encompassing term used to describe any malicious program. In years past, viruses were the big threat. Viruses would actually infect a floppy disk and the files contained on it. By just inserting the floppy disk, you could infect your hard drive. I have not seen a virus of this type in years, […]

Do you have a lousy email address?

I’ve met a number of small business owners who are using a lousy email addresses. For example, let’s say Bob Smith runs Bob’s Bait Shop. His web site is www.bobsbaitshop.com and his email address is bsmith98@yahoo.com. Or, worse yet, his email address is bsmith98@sbcglobal.net. What’s wrong with this? Why is it a lousy email address?  Well, […]