Kevin’s Journal

Windows XP End of Life and What to Do About it

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Now that Windows XP’s support from Microsoft is officially over as of April 8th, it’s time to upgrade. I highly recommend Windows 7 across the board, for any PC. Some Windows XP and Vista computers can easily and cost effectively be upgraded with a solid state drive and have Windows 7 loaded & running on them without breaking a sweat. This is a very cheap and easy way to keep existing hardware from going to landfills and squeezing some more life out of your trusty computer.

It is very important to upgrade from XP as soon as possible since it…

Windows 8 – Avoid It

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Now that Windows 8 has been available for an entire quarter, I have come to the absolute conclusion that Windows 8 should be avoided at all costs. Put simply, it is the most cumbersome and tedious interface ever designed for the traditional mouse & keyboard based personal computer. Why Microsoft decided to throw a touchscreen interface at keyboard & mouse users remains a mystery to me. Windows 8 only makes sense for tablets and smartphones, such as the Surface and Surface Pro tablets or the Windows Phone 8. Even then, it’s no major contender against the 800-pound Gorilla in…

If you put a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be able to tell you my bank password because…

Before I get to that, I want you to ask yourself these questions. How many hours do you think you waste on the Internet trying to keep track of all of your logins and passwords for every website you visit regularly? Do you have trouble remembering all the different logins and passwords and frequently click “forgot password” on your favorite websites? Do you constantly have to change your passwords to keep up with security requirements? Don’t you wish it would be automated?

The reason I would not be able to tell you my bank account password, even if you put…

Computer Updates and Notices, Part 2

Haven’t had enough of knowing which update notifications are good and what isn’t? Good! There are plenty of other notifications which are quite good and need attention, and there are some others which will be demanding your attention and may do a lot of harm. We will look at both so you will be prepared in case you see any from either category.

The general rule to safe computing is be prepared and be informed. Be prepared for many programs trying to steal your attention with various notices, but also be informed by which ones can be ignored, which ones…

The Crazy Holiday Sales Time Again

It is that time of year again, when the decorations go up, the snow starts, companies left and right are fighting for your holiday dollars with new shiny gadgets and vendors slowly increase their pricing to take advantage of the period of extra spending.

However, not everyone tries to raise prices and not everyone just wants to help you empty your wallet. There are some people out there that do offer genuine deals and offer some pretty amazing bargains. Not some cheap quality products either but brand name items, wonderful gadgets with a pricing scheme that makes it easy to…

What’s okay to update?

Many people might go to their local newsagent to buy the local paper or industry magazine to keep on top of what is going on and see what is being reported. Others might visit news websites to find out what the latest news is and more again might flick on the radio and catch the report on their local station.

Of the above, some might do it as something to do, others use it as white noise and again others might rely on it during their busy day to find out what is happening in their community, their town, their…

Take Advantage of the Future, Today

Arthur C. Clarke once write “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” and I believe that applies more today than it ever has. It has been proven by the massive explosion of great new technologies released lately and it can be hard to tell if this is the panacea, or if there are still a few surprises ahead of us.

What seemed like a far fetched idea just a few years ago in the arena of consumer electronics, we are now using in our living rooms without giving it a second thought. Personal Digital Assistants were small devices that…

How to Be More Productive with your Computer, Part 2

As previously written in my first installment of being more productive on the computer, I shared some tips and tricks to working faster on your computer with common keyboard shortcuts and faster mouse paths to getting things done, such as sending off an e-mail, replying to an e-mail, or saving documents quickly and efficiently. This was a great way to become more productive yourself.

However, there is another facet to being as productive as possible with a computer – having a fast and efficient computer that easily keeps up with you and does not bug you with errors, pop ups, or…

What to Look For in a Printer & My Perfect Office

I am a huge fan of laser printers for many reasons. They are fast, efficient, easy to network, and the toner cartridges last a very long time before having to replace them. Probably the best reason is their lower cost-per-page compared to inkjet printers. If it was a perfect world, quite honestly, I would abolish inkjet technology altogether. Don’t you find it to be quite silly that you’re paying $50 for a very tiny amount of ink? Gather up a bunch of ballpoint pens and you’ll see that you are getting majorly ripped off in the printer ink business!

So,…