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  • Windows 98 Still Going Strong!

    Can you believe a multi-million dollar business is still using Windows 98 to host their inventory management system? I was asked to see if I could speed it up. LOL. It gets worse. This is one of 2 Windows 98 systems sharing data over an obsolete Novell network. In my opinion, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

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    How to Remove a Tiny Screw With a Stripped Head In a Tight Spot

    There are many suggestions out there for removing screws with stripped heads. Some that I have found include:Try different screw drivers with different heads Use a rubber band for extra grip Special Screw Extracting plyers Grind a notch into the head using a rotary tool SuperglueIn my case I had a stripped screw in a real tight spot. So, some of these techniques were not even[...]

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    Mac Attacks Are On The Rise

    Contrary to popular beliefs, Macs are not immune to malware and viruses. The truth of the matter is that hackers have historically ignored Macs in favor of the more lucrative PC market. However, as Mac market share has increased, so has the interest of hackers. Malwarebytes recently reported that Mac malware is the highest it has ever been in 2017. Avast has also reported that they blocked more [...]

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    Catch-All Key Logger Extension Targets Google Chrome

    A new phishing scam has begun circulating. First discovered in Brazil, Catch-All spreads via a phishing attack telling the recipient that someone has sent them photos through WhatsApp. When the victim clicks on a link to the photos they're instead prompted to download WhatsApp.exe, which is actually an installer for the Catch-All extension. The installer masquerades as an Adobe Acrobat installer. [...]

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    Stop Ransomware With Windows 10 Controlled Folder Access

    Ransomware is a nasty form of malware that will encrypt all of your personal data (photos, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) and then demand a ransom to get it back. If you do not have a backup of your data then your data will most likely be unrecoverable and is lost forever. You can of course pay the ransom but there is no guarantee that the hackers will actually honor the agreement. Ransoms [...]

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    How To Charge An IPhone Using A 9V Battery

    Great tip for when you are hit by an extended power outage.

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    Microsoft Tech Support Scam Caught on Tape Volume 1

    I am constantly getting calls from persons claiming to be from Microsoft. They tell me that my computer has reported a problem to them and they are here to help. All I need to do is provide them with remote access and several hundred dollars and they will fix all of my issues. These are scams of course and allowing them to take remote access of your computer could turn out to be disastrous in more[...]

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    Custom Built Computer for 3D Rendering

    This is the most expensive custom build we have done to date coming in at just under $3,700. A liquid cooled Core I7 with 32GB of RAM, solid state hard drive, a kick ass video card with 8GB of onboard RAM, and a high end HD monitor (see complete specs below). Built to be quiet the noise rating is at mere 3-4 decibels. The customer is a retired engineer looking to take up 3D rendering as a hobby.[...]

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    Beware of Holiday Email Scams From Shipping Companies

    We are seeing an uptick in email scams from shipping companies during the holiday season. Lots of us are shopping online and shipping to relatives and friends. So its easy to get conned into clicking on one of these emails thinking it is about one of our own shipments. Here is one that came across my desk recently. As you can see it looks very realistic right down to the FedEx logo.

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    Custom Built Computer For Professional Photo Editing

    We recently built this custom computer for a professional photographer using the Adobe Creative Suite software. Coming in at just over $1,700 its a real powerhouse. A core I7-6800K, with 32GB of DDR3-3200 Ram, a video card with 6GB of onboard memory, 600W power supply, and lots of 144m cooling fans. We reused all the drives from his old system. Overall Storage capacity of 8 Terabytes.[...]

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