Monthly Archives: January 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 Arrive

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 have arrived and are available to the general public with a brand new license model.  Microsoft has, for many years, been rumored to be switching to a subscription model for their office suite.  2013 … Continue reading

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Windows 8: Worth the Upgrade

Microsoft has made a radical departure in terms of design from it’s previous operating systems with Windows 8.  Sporting a new tile interface (originally known as MetroUI), Microsoft is trying to unify the experience across multiple device platforms including desktops, … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Upgrade Cost Going Up Feb 1

Starting Feb 1, 2013 the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade price increases from $39.99 to $199.99.  Although Jan 31st, 2013 marks the end of Microsoft’s promotional period, the increase is more substantial that expected.  So if you are considering upgrading … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office 2013 Prices Announced

Microsoft has announced the retail pricing for Office 2013, Microsoft’s latest version of their office productivity suite:  Prices will range from $139 to $499 depending on features.  It’s expected to be released in “a few weeks.”  One disturbing change is … Continue reading

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Java Patched Again

Oracle released an emergency patch to address the flaw discovered and widely exploited in Java last week.  Over the years Sun Microsystems, as well as Oracle, the current distributor of Java, has received bad press (and likely rightly so) for … Continue reading

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Outlook.com Takes On Yahoo Mail and Gmail

Microsoft has spent some time improving their webmail experience:  Enter www.outlook.com, Microsoft’s replacement for hotmail.com and live.com.  More modern, simplistic interface, good spam protection, and full support for EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) for mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and Andorid phones … Continue reading

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Phrases as Passwords

It can be argued that strong passwords (mixing upper and lower case, using symbols and numbers) go a long way in preventing you from becoming hacked.  But who can remember passwords like Er&7g@!!<y22?  Traditional strong passwords just aren’t that easy to … Continue reading

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Jelly Bean Hits 10%

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 (the latter being reserved for the Nexus line of devices) is now on an estimated 10% of all new Android devices, tablets and phones, currently offered by all carriers and all retailers.  Jelly Bean … Continue reading

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SSD Prices Fall

Lately SSD prices have fallen considerably, making now a good time to consider upgrading your boot drive.  SSD’s, or solid state drives, offer tremendous performance over conventional spinning hard drives.  First of all there is no seek time delay, and … Continue reading

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Safe Backups

Cloud backup services like Carbonite and SOS Online Backup are invaluable and can save the day when you data gets lost or damaged, but did you know it’s not enough?  Everyone should be backing up in triplicate.  In addition to … Continue reading

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