What Did I Discuss On Radio – W/C 27th Oct – Updated

Should You Be Using Your Computer In An Electrical Storm It’s long been known that frequent electrical storms and power outages can damage electronic devices. The real danger of blackouts is the unexpected computer shutdown. Operating systems must go through a “shutdown sequence” to make sure all running processes have correctly terminated before powering off. A sudden loss of electricity can interrupt important threads and leave your computer in an inoperable state. Frequent power outages can reduce a hard drive’s physical lifespan. The read-and-write head, which hovers over the spinning platters during operation, snaps back into its original position upon power loss. This sudden movement can cause tiny imperfections that accumulate over time, increasing the likelihood of a “head crash”: a malfunction that occurs when the head touches and scrapes the platter surfaces, effectively destroying the hard drive. What Can You Do ? The only foolproof way to protect your computer against electrical anomalies is to unplug it completely until the danger has passed.  Flipping your power switch to “off” isn’t going to cut it.  This is the only method of protection with a 100 percent success rate against power outages and power surges. You’ll want a surge protector. This… Read More

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The End Of Windows XP – It’s Time To Go – One Month To Go

I get this question every week via email or radio , to talk about the end of Windows XP and why should users be concerned. All operating systems come to an end eventually.  Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows ME Now it is Windows XP turn. Windows XP as an operating system will receive no security updates from Microsoft from April 8th 2014. So what does that mean for you ?  By your continued use of Windows XP after April 8th on the internet , this will open you up to being infected with malware / virus infections as virus malware infections access vulnerabilities in the operating system ( Windows XP ) and as there will be no more patches you will undoubtedly become infected very quickly. Your antivirus will only do so much but as most cannot prevent you now from getting infected they will eventually do little to help you. Software makers are also now not supporting Windows XP  so the thought of installing anything modern in software will come to an end. For example Office 2013 , iTunes. So what are your options ?  Keep using Windows XP after April 2014 and go on the internet and you… Read More

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