Category Archives: Technology Maintenance

Windows 10 Upgrade

As readers of this blog know, I run Windows in a virtual machine (VM) on one of my Macs. Though I can do most everything on the Mac, there are a few apps that that I depend upon that do not run on the Mac so I run them on Windows. Also, I test various …

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Systematic Backups

Are your pictures, financial data, letters, music, videos and other critical data protected? Is it protected if your disk drive dies? Is it protected if your computer is stolen? What about if there is a fire at home that destroys everything? If you corrupt a file? What about the data changed or added within the …

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MacOS 10.9: Mavericks!

I finally took the time and upgraded my MacBook Pro to the latest and greatest MacOS; Mavericks (10.9.2).  I thought I’d share some of my experiences. As I’ve noted in previous posts, the decision to upgrade to a major new version of an OS for a desktop or laptop computer shouldn’t be made lightly (minor …

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iPhone battery life

Since the first iPhone was released a few years ago, there has been a consistent issue that has upset users about the iPhone more than any other. That issue has been poor battery life. Let’s put this into a little perspective first. The smart phone is a very powerful and feature rich computer.  Start with the fact that its …

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Adobe Flash vulnerability

There is another “day zero” vulnerability that has been found in Adobe Flash.  Like previous ones, it can give complete control of your computer to a hacker.  I found the alert on macrumors.com. The vulnerability is in all versions of Flash Player up to 12.0.0.43 and impacts both Macs and Windows.  For Linux machines, Flash Player …

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Your technical New Year’s resolutions

Well, the “holidays” are pretty much over as I write this and I hope you and yours have had a wonderful and safe holiday season. One of the final holiday traditions involves taking stock and figuring out what changes you’d like to make for the New Year. What are your New Year’s resolutions?  Common resolutions …

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FLASH: If you’re using Java, update it

As we’ve noted in previous posts on this blog (see Java-based Malware and Anti-Virus, Is it Needed for the Mac?), Java has been and continues to be a gateway for malware to enter your system regardless of OS. If you’re running Java, there is a serious flaw that could compromise your system.  This flaw is only …

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Windows 8 compatibility

Now that Microsoft’s new Windows 8 has released, a few comments about compatibility.  I’m making a couple assumptions here.  You’ll be upgrading one or more PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 8.  Note: Upgrading PCs from Windows XP to Windows 8 isn’t supported, nor a particularly good idea.  Alternatively, you could be adding new hardware …

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Mountain Lion – MacOS 10.8 has released — Time to upgrade??

The original July 26th post has been updated.  See the updated material below.  Greg Well, if you are a Mac head, you’ll be thrilled to know that Apple has released the latest version of their MacOS, Mountain Lion or MacOS 10.8.  It’s what I’d classify as a “minor” release, which means that it doesn’t include significant new …

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Help!! Is there anyone out there???

I’m sure  that you’ve been frustrated when you’ve called a call center for support on some product or service, only to find it’s been offshored, outsourced and  the voice on the other line is clearly reading from a script: Hi, this is “David”, how can I help you today? (You) I’m having issues with USB …

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