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The Day Has Come.

Posted on 8th April 2014

20140328-215005.jpgToday is the day that Microsoft has cut support for Windows XP. As stated in an earlier post, this means that the operating system will cease to receive patches for both critical and non-critical issues. They will also cut support through their tech support hotline, but expect most 3rd party tech support companies to continue to support it for a little while.

Hopefully, you have already upgraded any workstations to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

One point that I have not seen overly mentioned, is that if you are running Windows 7 and using XP Mode for a legacy application, the discontinuation of support in XP will also affect it. Hopefully, you have already upgraded any legacy programs from the XP days to a suitable one that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8.

Now that Windows XP is becoming a nostalgic novelty, time to add it to the virtual machine museum.

 

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When Windows XP Ceases to Protect You.

Posted on 28th March 2014

20140328-215005.jpgMicrosoft has announced, to the dismay of many users, that they will be discontinuing support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The imminent discontinuation of support for the fabled operating system has drummed up a lot of questions from clients. There are various opinions on the subject, but I believe the article at the end of this post does a good job explaining what is happening, and some bad and better ways to handle the situation.

Keep in mind, if you are running XP in a business, I believe that you are at greater risk. Also, if you are running server 2003 or before, it may be wise to upgrade the server to at least 2008, or maybe make the move to the cloud.

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Smart Watch Race

Posted on 20th March 2014

With the latest rumors of the possible health-centric iWatch and the already available Galaxy Gear and Pebble watches, Dick Tracy would have a lot to investigate with which would be his iconic choice. Sorting out which one is the best for the real you will only get more daunting in the future as more options become available.

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App of the Month: Fluid

Posted on 18th March 2014

fluid_logo_iconHave you ever wanted a stand alone Pandora or Google Music app for your Mac? Perhaps one for FaceBook or some other web service. As diverse as the Apple App Store has gotten over the years, popular web services like Pandora and Netflix do not have a stand-alone app that you can run outside of Safari. For some of us, that is perfectly fine. For others, having those services running outside of the current Safari (FireFox or Chome included) session is a good thing. Why? Perhaps you are running a dual-screen setup and want Netflix to run on the other screen. Sure, you could just run it in another window or another browser entirely.  But what if we could do that cleaner, neater, and just plain cooler!

In steps the App of the Month: Fluid

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Building a Install and Recovery Drive for Your Hackintosh

Posted on 15th March 2014

DiskWarrior IconRunning a modern Hackintosh has become fairly simple and straightforward these days. With the help of websites offering everything from installers to hardware compatibly charts, building a dream Mac is easily done. There is still a chance that something could break. It could be caused by a bad install, update, or even worse, a bad hard drive. What is fairly difficult is the fact that running hard drive diagnostics outside of a fully bootable Mac install may only allow you to test the physical drive. What about if is not a physical issue and is file system related?

That is where a great program from real Mac fame, DiskWarrior comes in to play for most. Sure, OSX has a built in drive verification utility and you could boot into single user mode and run fsck, but what if those fail? What if you can not boot into OSX at all? DiskWarrior does give you a disk image that can be booted off of, if it is a real Macintosh computer. It will not boot on non-Apple hardware. So what do you do then?

You boot to your recovery install of OSX.