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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, […]

Emergency Computer Support: Hello? Is anybody there?

Network technicians, as a group, have a reputation for poor people skills and lousy service. What kind of response do you get when you call for computer support? Have you left a message and never been called back? Do you get YOUR technician when you call, or do you get a help desk? When you […]

Backups Now: But I Can’t Afford a Server!

Some of my clients are small business owners who are just getting started. These people tend to look at a server as an unnecessary expense, and rightly so. Sure, I would love to sell them a server, but if you work alone, you probably don’t need one. What they DO need is Backups Now…. a […]