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Out With the Old and In With the New

Posted on 8th April 2014

20140328-214831.jpgAs I stated earlier today, Windows XP was retired by Microsoft from receiving any further support or updates. It seems that along with this retirement, there is also a major update to Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 to the world in October of 2012, it was met with much criticism. A lot of this criticism was based around Microsoft’s major shift from the desktop environment. The idea that their new operating system was designed with touch input as the primary interface scared a lot of people. What Microsoft did next, was wholly based on the criticism that they received. One year later, in October of 2013, Windows 8.1 was released as a free update. Included, was the previously removed start button from the desktop’s task bar as well as a few other changes.

Microsoft did not stop there.

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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