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Windows 10 “Creators Update” is Coming

Windows 10 has been through a couple of major updates since in came out in July 2015.  It was updated in November that year and again in July 2016, and it’s about to happen again.  The update will be free to all current users of Windows 10 and you will get a notification before it downloads and installs.  The changes to how you use it on a daily basis you will hardly notice, so no one needs to panic.  Here is a video from Microsoft of some of the features:

and The Verge has an article about it as well…http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/28/13451846/microsoft-windows-10-creators-update-features

Apple Replacing Screen Coating on 12” MacBook Pro

If you have a 12 inch MacBook Pro going back as far as 2012 and the Anti-Reflective coating is coming off, then Apple has you covered.  Apple isn’t necessarily making it public, but now you know and so if you’re having this problem you can get it repaired at no cost.  MacRumors spilled the beans earlier today:  https://www.macrumors.com/2017/02/24/apple-extended-anti-reflective-repair-program/

I Have a GREAT Laptop For Sale (won’t last long)

https://www.easyit.co.uk/Images/Products/dell-latitude-e6320-left-web.jpg

I have a fully refurbished Dell Latitude 14” laptop for sale for $325.  This is a BUSINESS-CLASS laptop, sturdy and well-built.  It comes with a full one year warranty and is in PERFECT condition.  It includes Windows 10, fully updated along with Microsoft Office Professional 2016.  It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 124GB solid state hard drive.  It is extremely fast.  It boots to the desktop in under 10 seconds!  I’d keep it if I didn’t already have a great laptop myself.  The keyboard is great!  It comes with an extra capacity battery and I just tested it.  I just ran movies on it for a solid four hours on battery and it still had 22% battery life remaining.

This is a great laptop and someone’s going to snatch it soon.  If you need more storage space (a bigger hard drive) I will upgrade it and prep it for you for just the cost of the hard drive (240GB around $80 – 500GB around $130-$140.)

I’ve got it – it’s PERFECT!  I can’t believe it was available.  IF you should have a problem with it while under warranty of course I’ll help you get it taken care of – but Dell Latitude’s are rock-solid laptops.

Let me know if you’re interested.

If You Think Computers are Expensive Now…

I ran across an old computer magazine from 1994 with this ad from Dell on the back cover.  Compared to this, you could buy today a computer with a processor 300 times faster with 4 cores rather that one, 1,000 times more memory, a hard drive 2,000 times larger, a 27” monitor, 1,000 times more memory in the video card, a high-def blu-ray drive instead of a CD reader (not even a burner), an operating system 22 years newer and all for less that $1,000.  $2,599 in 1994 would equal a $4,055 computer today!

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It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday!

Lot’s of updates today.  If you’re running Windows 10 you can check by clicking on the start button and click on “Settings”…

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Click on “Updates and security”

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Then click on “Check for Updates”, or if the updates have been installed already, then go ahead and restart your system (save any open documents first.)

If you don’t reboot the computer, eventually it will reboot and install on its own, and maybe not at a convenient time for you.

One More Reason to Hate Texting…

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Pay Attention if You Have a NETGEAR Router

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/images/posts/Netgear-router-R700.jpgA flaw has been discovered in some of Netgear’s most popular routers that makes it really easy for a bad guy to have access to your router.  All you have to do is click on a link in a webpage or email and boom, he can walk right in.  Fortunately, it’s really easy to see if you’re affected.  Below you’ll see two links, chances are your Netgear router uses one of the two address in those links.  CLICK on the first link and if you’re vulnerable, it will only reboot your router.  So after clicking the link, wait 10 seconds or so and see if you can get to another web page.  If you can’t then your router is rebooting and you need to get it updated.  If it doesn’t kick you offline then try the second link.  If you’re STILL online then you’re probably fine.  The links below will NOT do anything bad to your router, just reboot it IF it has the flaw, but it’s a similar method a bad guy would use to take over your router – he just wouldn’t be using the “reboot” command, he’d use something much worse. 

IF you’re router goes offline, then it will come back in a few minutes.  When you’re back online go to Netgear’s support page at https://www.netgear.com/support/, enter the model number of your router and download and upgrade the firmware on your router.  Now if that’s a little to technical for you to do then call me and I can do it for you, even remotely if you’re not in Austin. 

My own router had this flaw and Netgear had an update that fixed it.

http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/;reboot   OR

http://192.168.0.1/cgi-bin/;reboot

Next Time You Make a Call on AT&T, be Sure to Say Hello to the NSA!

imageThis building, “owned” by AT&T just also happens to be the nerve center of overseas phone calls (and a great place to monitor domestic calls as well.)  Read all about it:  https://theintercept.com/2016/11/16/the-nsas-spy-hub-in-new-york-hidden-in-plain-sight/

If You Didn’t Order It – Don’t CLICK on IT!!!

Image result for oh noThe spam emails have started to arrive.  You ORDERED this or you ORDERED that.  They want you to confirm or deny that you order is on it’s way.

If you didn’t order it – DON’T click on it.  Scammers are in full force this holiday season.  Be smart!  If you’re not sure, CALL ME before you click! 

There’s a New Java Update

Image result for javaIf you don’t know if you have the latest version of Java, go here and find out.  Keep your computer safe!!!

https://java.com/en/download/installed8.jsp

The FIX is In (for Your Broken Update)

imageIf you’ve been having problems with the latest update from Microsoft, then you need to give this a try.  This script updates the registry and then should allow the update that has been failing to finally install.  You’ve got nothing to lose, so if you’ve seen your computer try to install the most recent update only to have it fail, then download and run this fix: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53942

Microsoft Messed Up Their Latest Update

Image result for windows update failAnd you probably have noticed it this week if every time you turn your computer it tries to update then fails, and EVENTUALLY you get back to your desktop.

I’m watching CLOSELY for Microsoft to fix this situation and will let you know when they do.  This is all because they are changing how they are doing their updates and surprise, it’s not working (at least for a lot of people.)  If you have this problem, let me know and I’ll add you to the list of folks and then notify you as soon as I know of a fix.

SSD’s (Solid State Hard Drives) are Magic!

imageIf you have a computer that began as a Windows 7 machine (or worse, Windows Vista) or an older Mac and it’s slow and you’re thinking about buying a new computer – before you do consider upgrading to a SSD.  It has NO moving parts, replaces the hard drive inside your computer and is about 10 times faster. It makes a HUGE difference!  Did I say it makes a HUGE difference?  It’s like supercharging your computer!  The price is now reasonable for them and it’s a LOT cheaper than buying a whole new computer.  I’m upgrading systems every week these days.  I upgraded one client’s laptop a month ago and now she wants her other three computers upgraded as well.  So if your one of those people, give me a call and let’s see what would work for you.

I Learned What HP Stands For From a Client!

imageI had a client today who just moved here to Austin from North Carolina.  Neither of her printers would connect to her network, therefore she couldn’t print – frustrating for anyone.  She had a Brother laser printer I connected with a cable to her router and BOOM!, printing.

Then came her HP printer.  It had been configured to work ONLY on her old network (she didn’t realize it.)  I corrected it and STILL couldn’t get it to print.  I tried removing the printer from the Control Panel, it would go and magically come back, but come back broken.  Finally after maybe 45 minutes (because I hate to LOSE to technology) I beat it down into submission and got the printer working.  That’s when my client who was sitting there just said “HP – Highly Problematic”.  And there you go.  Couldn’t say it better myself.

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