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Entries from January 2014

ID Theft back in the news

January 31st, 2014 · 2 Comments

ID theft is back in the front pages so to speak. With the breaches at a couple of major retailers on every channel, with Identities being stolen from online stores and falsely created by harvesting profile information from various social media sites, I have more and more people asking what they can do to protect […]

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Tags: Security · Soap Box

Microsoft and Google – are they big brother?

January 29th, 2014 · No Comments

When setting up a new computer or new accounts with either company they ask for a lot of information, and then in their user agreements, they take a lot of liberty with what they can do. Both insist upon your name, birthday, cell phone “in case you lose your password”, your zip code. Seems like […]

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Tags: Internet · Security · Soap Box

More about Microsoft’s Office 365 Small Business Version

January 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Let’s get straight to the point, Office 365 Small Business retails for $150 per user per year. Compared to the previous version Office Home and Business 2010 was about $210. Office Home and Business 2013 retails for $219.99. So off the immediate top it makes 365 look like the same bad deal it was 2011. […]

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Tags: Software

Windows 8 Adventures Part 3

January 8th, 2014 · No Comments

This is the continuing saga of my adventures with Windows 8. You can read my recommendation to install 8.1 (the .1 update) here: http://www.theweeklygeek.com/2013/12/03/go-ahead-and-install-windows-8-1-update/ The older Issues part 1 here: http://www.theweeklygeek.com/2013/07/18/windows-8-quickly-goes-back-to-sleep-after-resuming-from-sleep-mode/ Continued here: http://www.theweeklygeek.com/2013/06/12/windows-8-metro-apps-quit-working/ Part 2 here: http://www.theweeklygeek.com/2013/11/20/windows-8-issues-part-2/ To give you the brief review, I did a self-install of Windows 8 on an All-In-One PC […]

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Tags: Soap Box · Software

Gillware Cloud Backup

January 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

As a quick reminder, Web 2.0, Cloud, off-site, remote and quite often “managed” backups are stored out of your building, on someone else’s servers / storage systems. With that comes some relief and new stress. The relief is that if the backups are outside your building. If you lose your building due to fire, Tornado, […]

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Tags: Backing up