Archive for February 2014

Deal: Lenovo 17.3” Laptop with Core i7 for $769

imageLenovo has their Z710 desktop replacement for $769.  If you have an old Window XP machine and are wanting to (you really NEED to) upgrade to a new system, this is a good one.  You can use it at home and yet being a laptop you can take it with you when you travel.

Here’s the link:  http://goo.gl/vtVtse

Are You STILL Using Your Local ISP for Email?

Here in Austin, you have two major ISP’s (Internet Service Provider), you have either Time Warner Cable or AT&T.  Time Warner Cable outsources their email to Road Runner.  AT&T outsources their email to Yahoo.  In the area you live, you probably have two choices for accessing the Internet, either the cable company or the phone company.  They may handle your email or maybe they outsource.  Either way, I promise you’re getting the lowest possible service at the lowest possible cost.  Your ISP provides email only to be competitive and NOTHING more.

What happens if you’re so frustrated with your current ISP that you switch to the other?  What happens if you move to a new area and your old ISP isn’t available where you now live?  If your email address was tied to your email address (as in [email protected]) then you’ll have to get a new one with your new ISP.  Then you have to tell all your friends, change your address with all the businesses you have accounts with, etc..  Who needs that?

You need an email account with a 3rd party to ensure that no matter who provides you access to the Internet, your email can be accessed anywhere and is not dependent on the ISP.

Right now your best two options are Google and Microsoft.  Google offers Gmail.com, and Microsoft has Outlook.com (formally known as Hotmail.)  Both are very good and once you have an account with them, you won’t have to change it again, ever.

I recommend you get an account with one or the other (don’t get bent out of shape about them scanning your email – they all do if only to check for spam,) then take a few months to check with both.  During that time, tell your friends and your business accounts of your new address.  Then at a certain time, cut off the old address and you’ll be free of bondage to your old ISP and all the spam that came with that account – just walk away from it.

I myself have an email account with my ISP (currently Time-Warner Cable) but I couldn’t even tell you what my email address is with them – I don’t know and I don’t care.  I can walk away from them anytime and my email will continue without a blip.

So free yourself from bondage.  Get a new email address for life and be done with it.

52 Days Left!

Do you know what that means?  I’m not talking about Armageddon or the end of the world, but I AM talking about the end of support for Windows XP.  If this is news to you and you use a computer running Windows XP, then you should either call or email me because your time is running out.

I’ve been talking about this for a year now.  On April 9th, machines running Windows XP on the Internet will be sitting ducks for the bad guys who have been waiting months for this day.

If you still don’t understand, then you DEFINITELY need a geek in your life, so call or email me because you’ll soon be in trouble.

[email protected] or 512-981-7835

Wanting a new PC, I’d Stay Away From Sony

Sony announced this last week that they are getting out of the PC business, both desktops and laptops.  So if you’re in the market for a new computer, my recommendation is that you stay away from Sony products.  They may work fine for now, but updates in the future may be few or non-existent and that wouldn’t be a good thing.  I’ve never been a fan of Sony PC’s anyway, but if you’re in a store and see a good deal on a Sony, just keep in mind that support might be pretty lean if you need it.

Deal: Fast Lenovo 17” Laptop – $729

imageIf you’re looking for a big laptop with lots of power (4th gen. Inter Core i7), memory (8GB), storage (1TB) and a full HD screen then here you go.  The Lenovo Ideapad Z710 is a great laptop, well built, and comes with a back-lit keyboard, 4 USB ports, an HDMI port and DVD burner.

Get it directly from Lenovo here:  http://goo.gl/XnSc5E  At checkout, apply the coupon USPZ7108526 to get the price.

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