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By: JeffC | August 08, 2008

As a parent and a computer professional, I'm always looking for ways to protect my family from the darker side of the Internet while not preventing them from doing what they really need to do and not sucking up all the bandwidth of our Internet connection.  Over the years I have looked at many different reviews of Internet filtering software for the home and tried various Parental Control software packages.  No matter if it is Net Nanny, CyberPatrol, Parental Filter (free software), Microsoft Live OneCare Family Safety software, or the built-in Vista Parental Control software; they all suffer from the same shortcomings
 
  • They block what you don't want blocked and they don't block what you want blocked
  • They vary on the amount of tracking a...

Category: Internet Filtering 

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By: JeffC | April 22, 2008

Web collaboration can save you and your business time (and maybe money). Do you need to find information, find people, find places, get directions, arrange a meeting, share documents, work with others in another location, be notified of changes, learn from expert opinions, have your information follow you wherever you go, keep track of friends, family, or business associates; or get your ideas and products in front of a large audience? Whew!!! That's a lot!  If you answered yes to any of these, Web 2.0 is for you. The following services and tools offer these capabilities.iGoogle Google Apps Digg Del.icio.us - bookmarks that follow you wherever you go and are ranked by other Internet users. MeetUp MySpace Facebook LinkedIn Microsoft Office...

Category: Business Productivity 

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By: JeffC | April 22, 2008

Well...I recently helped one customer move from an older Windows XP laptop to a new Windows Vista laptop.  So far so good.  It did not have Windows Vista SP1 when he bought it from the store and Windows Update would not present him with the option to install SP1 because he had some .NET Framework security updates that failed to install.  Come to find out, his laptop had all the correct .NET Framework versions so we downloaded the larger version of SP1 from Microsoft and installed it ourselves.  It really seemed to make a difference in the performance of the laptop. He had one problem with a "no-name" USB hard drive but that was about it. 
 
I also went ahead and recommended Vista SP1 for a customer who was still using Windows ME!...

Category: Computers and Internet 

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By: JeffC | July 26, 2007

 

Personal Password Management

How many website user names and passwords do you have?  If you are inundated with them like me and can never remember the password, try the Password Minder program by Keith Brown.  Install this nifty utility on your PC and only have to worry with one master password from now on!

Category: Computers and Internet 

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By: JeffC | July 26, 2007

The computer operating system you use depends on a number of factors: 

  • Business or personal?
  • Individual or family? 
  • Computer speed, memory, and age
  • Budget
  • Technical savvy
  • Intended use and/or interests

The table below gives you a good start on deciding which one is right for you. 

 

Remember, you don't always have to have the "latest and greatest." Sometimes it pays to led others lead (or bleed) the way while you are being productive!

   

Comparison

  

Primary Use

PC Speed / Memory

 Special Features

Cost

Windows Vista Ultimate

Power User  Multimedia  Gaming

Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 1 GB Memory

  

$399 full

$259 upgrade

 Windows Vista Business

 Business

 Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 1 GB Memory

  

$259 full

$199 upgrade 

Windows Vista Home Premium

Family / Gaming

 Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 1 GB Memory

  

$218 full 

$149 upgrade

Windows Vista Basic

Family / General Home Use 

 Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 512 MB Memory

  

 $199 full

$99 upgrade

Windows XP Professional

 Business

 Minimum 400 MHZ CPU, 256 MB Memory

  

$270 full

$99 upgrade 

Windows XP - Media Center Edition

 Home / Multimedia

 Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 512 MB Memory

  

Only comes with a system. 

Windows XP Home Edition

General Home Use 

Minimum 233 MHZ CPU,128 MB Memory 

  

$189 full

$99 upgrade

Windows Home Server (Coming Soon!)

Home networking

 Minimum 1 GHZ CPU, 512 MB Memory

Manage users, manage and grow disk space, easy access to files, printers, and the Internet

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By: JeffC | July 26, 2007

We've all heard of viruses and spyware but do we really understand the terms?  Here's some quick definitions and what you need to know to protect your computer and data.
  • Virus - A software program written to intentionally hurt, disable, or interfere with your computer.
  • Spyware - Software that gets installed (unknowingly) on your computer for the purpose of collecting information from your computer or retrieving data or information from another computer to yours. Spyware can significantly slow down your computer.
  • Trojan - A program that disguises itself as a helpful program but is actually a virus.
  • Malware - Any program that harms or disrupts your computer.

   

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