March 8th, 2016

Windows 95 – We’ve Come A Long Way…

Windows 95 was released as of this posting just a little over 20 years ago. This operating system brought many innovations to personal computing, the most common being the “start” button that still exists in Windows 10. You may not have realized that teenagers today were all born after ’95 and the relative simplicity of their smartphones, tablets and even computer operating systems is taken for granted. Here’s a video of teenagers’ reactions to Windows 95.



July 29th, 2015

Windows 10

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You have been hearing about Windows 10 and you want to know more before you dive in. Here are articles of interest compiled just for you:

  1. Review of the basics and new features. Review by a knowledgeable user, Brian Jackson, at ITbusiness when he first uses Windows 10: http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/windows-10-review-the-last-os-youll-ever-have-to-install/58355
  2. Once you figured out the basics, here are some added tricks and tips from PC World’s Brad Chacos: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2875600/windows/windows-10-the-best-tips-tricks-and-tweaks.html
  3. If you want to use Windows 10 on your MAC? Here is some advice from The Verge’s Micah Singleton: http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/29/9058825/windows-10-macbook-how-to-install-osx
  4. If you really want to know the “other side’s” view, here is an article from Appleinsider’s Roger Fingas about the new Operating System: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/07/29/windows-10-launches-to-favorable-reviews-cautions-about-bugs-and-feature-gaps?utm_medium=twitter.com&utm_source=applenws.com.
  5. And now for some nostalgia, this is how CNet saw the launch of Windows 95, 20 years ago: http://www.cnet.com/videos/start-me-up-watch-cnets-early-coverage-of-windows-95-back-in-1995/ You just have to go to around 3:30 into the video, where you can find the original Start Me Up ad from Microsoft, courtesy of Mick Jagger and the lads from Rolling Stones.

Cedric Tetzel
@cedrictetzel



April 30th, 2014

Windows Web Browser Woes

Recently a new issue with the Windows web browser Internet Explorer was revealed by Microsoft. This specific issue is concerning because of how widespread the bug is. It’s a flaw that is inside all versions of Internet Explorer from 6 – 11. It’s the most used program to surf the web. If you use Windows you should consider downloading a different web browser at least until there is a patch released for Internet Explorer. As of this writing there isn’t one.

Here is the official post detailing what the problem is: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/security/2963983

You could try and follow these instructions to keep using Internet Explorer:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/securitytipstalk/archive/2014/04/28/guidance-for-internet-explorer-vulnerability.aspx

But it might be easier to download a different web browser to surf the web. When you install one of these they will import all your bookmarks from Internet Explorer.

Here’s some alternate browsers:

Chrome (by Google) – https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

Firefox – http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Opera – http://www.opera.com/

If you still use Windows XP you should stop using Internet Explorer all together and get a different browser because Microsoft will not be patching the flaw in their web browser now that they are no longer supporting XP.

More details about the problem with Internet Explorer in Windows XP can be found here: http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/04/28/windows-ie-xp-threat/

Julian
@LDComputers



April 17th, 2014

Windows 7 – something familiar

We have a choice that’s more familiar to you than the current Windows 8 computers, Windows 7. Windows 8 has many new features like apps and touch screen optimization, but some us don’t need or want to change. We are comfortable with the easy to use familiarity we have honed for years.

London Drugs has heard you and have a solution.

Windows XP had a great run. It’s time to break up with it. You’re familiar with the way everything was laid out in Windows XP. Once you learned where everything was you may have thought there was never a reason to change. Now that Microsoft no longer updates Windows XP you may be looking for a new tower rather than installing a new operating system on your old hardware.

London Drugs has built our own Certified Data system for those seeking the familiarity of XP that need a new tower and don’t want to go to Windows 8 yet.

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·     AMD A6 6400K 3.9Ghz Dual-Core (4.1Ghz Max Turbo)
·     8GB DDR3 (Max. 64GB)
·     WD1TB Blue Hard Drive
·     Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64–bit

We offer local service and support so if any questions come up we are only a phone call away. You can walk into our stores and ask any of our local experts in person, real face time. Certified Data is London Drugs own brand so you know you’ll always get a superior experience without dealing with toll free numbers.

More details in store or visit:
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Julian
@LDComputers



April 4th, 2014

Still running Windows XP? If you have to…

Windows XP reaches the end of official support from Microsoft on April 8, 2014. It had a great run but it’s time to put XP out to pasture. Unless your a corporation that pays for extended support you should be considering an upgrade or replacement for your XP computer as soon as you can.

If your still holding onto XP there are some steps you can take to make sure you stay protected while you transition to a more modern operating system.

The folks over at eset have some very useful suggestions:
http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/03/28/5-tips-for-protecting-windows-xp-machines-after-april-8-2014/

Basics include:
– Use a strong security program to better protect yourself from impending attacks on XP machines
– Backup your data regularly and test your backups by restoring them to a different computer
– Do all available Windows XP updates from Microsoft and ensure your drivers are up to date for your hardware

As always we have A+ qualified technicians available at every London Drugs Computer Department to assist you. Stop in and get personal expert advice.

Julian
@LDComputers



July 3rd, 2013

SurfEasy Mobile is here!

Your smartphone is a modern marvel. It’s your banker, your friends, your spouse, your work, your recipe book, your tour guide, your photographer, your personal shopper and so much more. With all that access to everything in your life in one place have you ever stopped to consider how secure your connection is? You may usually connect to cellular data which is secure for the most part. When you connect to WIFI, especially open hotspots with no password, you don’t really know how safe it is. Most people just trust that they have nothing important to steal. You might say “I’m not that interesting to a hacker.” Just imagine if someone got the password to just your email account. They could use it to reset the passwords on all your social media accounts. Then they could spam your friends and business contacts that looks like it’s coming from you. That alone is just embarrassing. If they get hold of your banking information that can cause you gross inconvenience while you fix the problem and hopefully insurance covers your losses.

There is a solution that can protect you from this. SurfEasy Mobile VPN.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It’s an extra layer of protection that routes everything through a secure server. The connection between your device and the server is encrypted which means it’s only visible to you and no one else.

SurfEasy Mobile VPN is a service you pay for. It costs $29.99 a year available at London Drugs. It works on Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and Android. It installs a service within your device that routes all internet traffic through a secure connection run by SurfEasy. The connection is not only encrypted to make sure no one is looking in at what you’re doing it also hides the physical address of your phone. There’s a little bit of magic that the SurfEasy conjured up to give just enough information to location aware apps like Maps and Foursquare so they still work.

The SurfEasy Mobile VPN also makes your device make it look like it’s in another country. That means you can get US Netflix or other blocked content not normally available in Canada. There is no bandwidth cap on the paid SurfEasy Mobile VPN so you don’t have to worry about how much you use the security and location changing.

I tried it out for a few weeks on my iPhone 5 with LTE. I was impressed at the speed. You don’t want anything slowing down your data connection. If SurfEasy slowed me down I would just turn it off most of the time. I have left it on for almost a month and have never turned it off. Other free ones I tried in the past have been notorious for being slow. That’s mostly because there are so many people using it. SurfEasy is paid so there’s less people on it and they maintain a very fast server with a limited number of users per connection. You don’t have to worry about the server filling up because you have priority on it at as a paid user.

I noticed a couple interesting things when I was using it. First when I went to search for something Bing or Google would ask me to fill in a human verification check because I was ‘changing locations so quickly’ which means it’s working well! I also had to re-verify my user name and password on a few of my social media apps. Once I did it once I was fine. They just want to check that you are who you say you are even if you traveled 10,000 km at the speed of light.

Available in store and online: http://www.londondrugs.com/SurfEasy-Mobile-VPN-with-Unlimited-Data-Protection/L7725906

Still not sure SurfEasy Mobile VPN is right for you? They have a free trial and more information available here http://www.surfeasy.com

Check back for the recently release SurfEasy Total VPN for Mac and PC review I just started playing with it.

Julian Sanders
@saskajules
in @LD_Saskatoon for @LDComputers



April 30th, 2013

Did you know this about the new Office?

There are two different types of Office software products available from Microsoft:

Office 365 – A one year subscription single product that allows you to install on up to 5 PC, Mac or Windows based tablets per license key.

Office for Mac or PC 2013 – A timeless version that can be installed on only one PC, Mac or tablet per version.   Sold separately as PC and Mac versions.

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