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The end of Windows XP is finally here
by David Bernstein - April 8, 2014
If it seems like Windows XP has been around forever, it’s because it has. It was released in August of 2001 and has been going strong ever since. In fact out of all the Windows powered desktops, 44% of them are still running Windows XP. Many people keep their Windows XP computers simply because they work or because the hardware may not be sufficient to run Windows 7 or Windows 8. Plus many corporations don’t want to spend the money to upgrade all the computers in their organization. Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on Windows XP support on April 8th since its past its life expectancy and the want to focus more on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Plus they want consumers to...
Google handing over less data as the government requests more
by Jim Bernstein - March 27, 2014
With all the talk in the news about the government spying on us and collecting personal information from our computers and cell phones people often wonder how much data is given to the government by companies like Google and Facebook etc. Since these companies store so much of our information it makes sense that the government would go after them to get the information they say they need to “keep us safe”. After the whole Edward Snowden incident people have been looking at companies like Google and Facebook and wondering how much of our information they are sharing with...
NTFS Permissions Reporter
by Jim Bernstein - March 07, 2014
If you work in the IT industry and use Windows for your servers and\or workstations then you most likely know what NTFS is. NTFS (New Technology File System) was introduced by Microsoft in 1993 with the Windows NT operating system and is still used today with current versions of Windows servers and workstations. When granting permissions to folders and shares you need to make sure you have the right permissions assigned so that users can only access folders and files they are supposed to be able to access. CJWDEV is a software company that develops a variety of Windows utilities such as AD Photo Edit Free and AD Info. One useful tool that they offer is...
AD (Active Directory) Photo Edit Free
by Jim Bernstein - February 14, 2014
If you are an IT admin at place that uses a Microsoft Windows Active Directory domain then you might have the need to import employee pictures into Active Directory so they can be pushed out to software programs such as Lync, SharePoint and Outlook. Since these programs are integrated into Active Directory they can pull user pictures and display them within the software. AD Photo Edit Free lets you easily import pictures into Active Directory in the right size and format so they will work with your other programs. The process is very simple and you can have all your pictures imported...
System Scheduler for Windows
by Jim Bernstein - April 03, 2014
Windows comes with the ability to schedule tasks using the built in Windows Task Scheduler but this program has been known to be buggy and unreliable especially when doing things like scheduling batch (.bat) files to run. If you need something reliable to run your batch files or scripts etc. then you are most likely have wondered what other options are out there. There are a variety of pay for and free task scheduling apps you can download and try to see if you can make your scheduling life easier but many of them are buggy themselves or too complicated to use. One program that is easy to use and works very well is called System Scheduler for Windows and there is...
ATMs may be at risk because of the end of Windows XP support
by David Bernstein - March 19, 2014
As you may or may not know, computers are everywhere whether you realize it or not. They are running things that we don’t even think about such as our cars and TVs. One place where it’s important to have a secure computing environment is inside of ATMs. Since ATMs give us cash at the press of a button, we don’t want them giving our cash to the wrong person. Many ATMs use Microsoft’s Windows XP as their operating system and Microsoft is going to be stopping support for Windows XP on April 8th of this year. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use Windows XP anymore but it will mean that there will not be any more security patches and support for the...
Microsoft can’t give Windows 8 away… or can they?
by David Bernstein - February 28, 2014
As you may or may not know, Windows 8 has not been a huge success and has been met with resistance by die hard Windows fans who like their start button and start menu. Windows 8 is Microsoft’s operating system designed to work with PCs and tablets but as most of us have found out its better suited for tablets or at least touch screens. Now it seems that Microsoft may be giving away Windows 8 for free (or very cheap) in what they call “Windows 8 with Bing” in an effort to get more people to use Windows 8 and upgrade from Windows 7. This free version will be very similar to the retail version of Windows 8 but come pre bundled with Microsoft apps and services that they think you...
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