It's Time to Kick Some Tires

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If you are looking for a new consumer grade computer, now until July 29th may be the time to buy. Why July 29th? That’s when Windows 10 releases. All the local stores such as Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples, will be putting out the new Windows 10 machines on that day. Between now and then, look for deep discounts on their remaining stock of Windows 8 machines. These new Windows 8 machines will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free when it becomes available.

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Your computer is 8 years old? That's 160 in laptop years!!

One question I am often asked is “How long should my computer last?” The answer is always, “It depends.” There are many factors that play into how long you should expect to use your current computer. Our expectations change over time. The software we use becomes more bloated. The hardware degrades over time.

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There's a New Kid in Town (Chrome Books)

While we were all fighting over which laptop is better, an Apple based or a Microsoft based, Google has released their own operating system. Many computer manufacturers are now building laptops based on it as well as the traditional Windows laptop. The Chrome Book is the new kid on the block. But like a stubborn teenager, it does what it wants to do and nothing more. It has some growing up to do, but it may turn out to be the future of portable computing.

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Phuture of Phree Wi-Phi Phones

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Well, maybe not totally free, but Wi-Fi is changing the way we think about communications. If you still have an old land-line type of phone at home, you are already behind the times. Cell phones have all but killed the market for home phones. No longer do you call someone's house, but now you call a person. Each person has their own cell phone and their own cell phone number. (Anyone still remember party lines where one phone line was shared among several houses?)

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Passwords - Keys to the Information Superhighway

“Hackers nab 1.2B passwords in colossal breach, says security firm” That is the headline of an article from CNET in August of last year. So what can you do to protect yourself from password heists? Unfortunately, we are in a state of minimizing damage rather than avoiding it entirely. Those 1.2 Billion passwords, and many others from similar attacks have already been stolen. The horse is already out of the barn. The question now becomes, “What can be done to minimize the effect of this and similar password breaches?”

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