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It is a free upgrade, available until July 2016. Do you want help installing it? Science Translations can install Windows 10 for you, plus a full image backup before and after the upgrade. The backups require an external or portable drive; we have those in-stock if you don’t already have one. Flat bench rate: $60, […]

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The first issue of PC410 News is available now, and signups are online. Our first issue has a quick executive summary on Ransomware, plus a free keyboard shortcuts link. The newsletter will be monthly, mostly, with occasional emergency news when the internet threatens business PC systems. It’s short, written for business PC users, with links […]

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There’s some nasty malware showing up in inboxes right now, disguised as fake receipts and documents, or delivered on web sites from a very fake ‘You must update your… ‘ message. While these have always been a major source of computer attacks, the current batch deserves special prevention and backups. CryptoWall 2.0, CryptoLocker, and other […]

The phone rings, I answer, and manage to start recording right after. The standard LIES are that they’re from Microsoft, and are in the US, and can see viruses in your computer, and can clean them up, and can be trusted, and, on and on–all wrong. The skill level of whoever wrote the script is high enough that they do point to screens that do show information that is sufficiently technical that it looks scary. They take you to the ‘event log’–that’s a list of routine stuff. Not scary unless the computer is already spitting sparks out the front.

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With all the work that webmasters put into responsive designs, for web sites that stay readable at every size, there are just so many that aren’t readable–they’re scrolling off the sides, or the bottom, or the text is too small. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to zoom in or out in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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Hewlett-Packard announced yesterday that 6 million computer power cords distributed across the globe are a fire and burn hazard to customers. The power cords affected are coupled with HP and Compaq notebook, and mini notebook computers, as well as AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, sold from September 2010 through June 2012. […]