Today’s mail includes a new variation of an existing scam. A simple message, apparently coming from your own email server, reporting the arrival of a fax message. Note that it’s all super-generic; the from address is fax@ (your email domain here), and the return address is (probably random) blopez27@ (your email domain here). The download […]
Tropical Storm Arthur is on its way up the East Coast as I write this… I’ve already been asked, “Should I turn off my computers when the storm arrives?” And the answer is: OFF isn’t good enough. Computers draw power when turned off, to keep the clock running. Notebooks pull power for battery charging, […]
Slow notebook? A solid-state drive may be the best fix, and they are no longer expensive. And they improve battery runtime, too. Computers are slow for many reasons: Malware, Adware, and PUPs taking up background cycles on work for their owners, not for you. Hard drive hasn’t been defragmented in, well, ever. Autostarts are cluttered […]
Windows 7 computers are still available, here in Maryland, from Science Translations, right here at PC410.com. And if you’re not nearby, any local repair shop can still buy completely legal and authorized Windows 7 licenses for new computers, and upgrades for Windows Vista computers, if they’re running at least dual-core processors or faster, and Windows 7 is always substantially faster than Windows Vista on the same hardware.
On Patch Tuesday of this month, Microsoft sent the last batch of patches to Windows XP users. What does this mean? First, the positive items: XP Activation, needed for re-installing Windows XP, still works. I’ve done it since April 8th, and it is not a problem. Existing patches still download, if they are from AFTER […]