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Simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 & 8.1
Windows Updates will shift to rollups instead of individual patches. They say this will speed things up. We'll see.
Author: Nathan Mercer, Microsoft    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (August 2016)
New Web Browser Security Requirements
Effective Sept. 1, 2016; Web Browsers and Systems will be Required to Support TLS 1.2 for accessing various federal agencies. Also see howsmytls.com.
Author: US Department of Justice    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (July 2016)
Will Congress Make Security Illegal?
The Draft Burr-Feinstein Bill makes strong security illegal. This article explains the issue and links to simple action to stop it.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2016)
Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools
1+ hour video class: Russinovich describes how to use his Sysinternals tools to find and remove malware. Over 2 years old, but really good.
Author: Mark Russinovich    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (January 2016)
EFF Who's got your back 2015
EFF produces a report each year on which companies are or are not protecting your privacy.
Author: Electronic Frontier Foundation    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (December 2015)
Options for controlling updates in Windows 10
Nobody explains it better than Susan Bradley.
Author: Susan Bradley    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (December 2015)
Get Your My SS account, before someone else does
Setup your MySocialSecurity Online Account now, though it could be hacked. Otherwise, someone else may set one up using your name and steal your benefits.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (September 2015)
Microsoft Accused of Adding Windows Spy Features
The privacy impact of Windows' telemetry features continues to be scrutinized.
Author: Peter Bright - ars technica    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (September 2015)
Should Machines Manage Employees?
Think being self-employed is tough? Try being an over scrutinized employee in today's "Minority Report" Corporate World HR Sausage Grinder!
Author: Mike Elgan - Baseline    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (August 2015)
Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped
Windows 10 introduces something new and highly unpleasant for its millions of consumers: the complete loss of control.
Author: Gordon Kelly - Forbes    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (August 2015)
Warning: Googlebot Cannot Access CSS & JS - Wron
Google sent out thousands of warning emails to webmasters telling them parts of their site were inaccessible. In many cases, those were wrong.
Author: Scott Hendison    Posted by: Search Commander, Inc. / PDXTC (July 2015)
Over 200 Free Microsoft books - Giveaway
Over 200 free books about Microsoft products and services. Even I found some useful stuff here.
Author: Eric Ligman    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (July 2015)
Talk to your broadband Modem!
Fascinating article describing how to access the web interface and interrogate your broadband modem from your router. Can improve security. Also Followup.
Author: Michael Horowitz - ComputerWorld    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (February 2015)
Additional expenses to a new computer
When a client buys a new computer, the additional expenses are often as much as the computer. How to help your clients consider and budget for these expenses?
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (January 2015)
Turning off Chrome's Always on
The Chrome browser default to always on. It keeps running even after you've closed the browser. Here is how to have Chrome close when you close the browser.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (January 2015)
Claiming Social Security: strategies for couples
Four things for couples to keep in mind when deciding when to claim Social Security. Posted by Tim Chalmers, Your Computer Consultants, Inc.
Author: Link provided by Rick Leipzig from Fidelity Viewpoints    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (December 2014)
Wyden Proposes ban on Mandated backdoors
Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban Government-Mandated Backdoors Into Americans' Cellphones, Computers and software.
Author: Ron Wyden    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (December 2014)
Windows 10 Release Date
Microsoft Finally GETS IT! Windows 10 will launch in 2015. And isn't called Windows 9!
Author: Matt Egan - PC Advisor    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (October 2014)
Windows 9 Is Badly Needed, Assuming It Works?
Windows 9 Is Badly Needed, Assuming It Actually Works?
Author: Wayne Rash - eWEEK    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (September 2014)
Microsoft Scraps Windows8 Bets Farm on Windows9
Microsoft Scraps Windows 8 Major Updates. Bets the Farm on Windows 9.
Author: Gordon Kelly - Forbes    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (August 2014)
Bitcoin economics podcast
Podcast + supplemental material: Gavin Andresen, of the Bitcoin Foundation, talks with Economist Russ Roberts about where Bitcoin, what it means and its future.
Author: Russ Roberts and Gavin Andresen    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (July 2014)
Microsoft e-Books
FREE Microsoft eBooks, including: Win 8.1, Win 8, Win 7, Ofc 2013/365/2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, and much more
Author: Eric Ligman    Posted by: Holcomb Computer Services (July 2014)
Google compares broadband vendors
Google evaluates how well our Broadband vendors are performing.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (June 2014)
Truecrypt Issues
What is happening with Truecrypt and what are our options?
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (June 2014)
Battery University: Everything About Batteries
Whatever you want to know about charging, recharging, restoring, etc., etc.
Author: Submitted by Tim Chalmers    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (April 2014)
10 Reasons to Avoid Replacing Win XP With Win 8
Top Reason: M$ in absolute panic mode to push up Windows 9 RTM from Apr 2015 to Nov 2014 to stem $22 Billion loss in the business channel!
Author: Don Reisinger - eWEEK    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (April 2014)
Heartbleed, What to do.
Heartbleed vulnerability. What it is, and what you need to do.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2014)
Chromebooks, The Computer Appliance
Chromebooks begin a new generation of easy to use, fast, low maintenance and inexpensive computer appliances. Some benefits and limitations are discussed.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2014)
New USB Spec, Faster, reversible, not compatible
New USB 3.1 Spec Expects finalization in July. Could replace both standard and micro usb. Reversible, plug it in either way. Also faster and smaller.
Author: The Verge    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2014)
Feb Presentation slides - Office 2013/Office 365
Christian Martin's slides from the February presentation on Office 2013 and Office 365 for IT Consultants.
Author: Christian Martin    Posted by: Denali Consulting (March 2014)
Submarine Cable Map
An interactive and continuously updated submarine cable map showing fiber optic cables runs across the globe.
Author: TeleGeography.com    Posted by: Denali Consulting (March 2014)
Windows 9 coming in 2015
Windows 9 coming in 2015, will try its hardest to distance itself from the Windows 8 train wreck!
Author: Sebastian Anthony - ExtremeTech    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (March 2014)
Private Searching with DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo offers great search results and no data collection. I show how to make it the default in Chrome and Firefox browsers, and on Android mobile devices.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (February 2014)
How to disable Save to SkyDrive in Office 2013
These instructions will guide you through disabling the Backstage screen and changing the default location to which Office 2013 saves files.
Author: Christian Martin    Posted by: Denali Consulting (February 2014)
Google admits data mining student emails
Google admits data mining student emails in its free education apps, even when ad serving is turned off.
Author: Jeff Gould    Posted by: Denali Consulting (February 2014)
Skype Hacked - I Was a Fool
Two days after leaving the last OCCA meeting, where I admitted that "I always stay logged in" I learned a lesson. Coincidence? ;)
Author: Scott Hendison    Posted by: Search Commander, Inc. / PDXTC (February 2014)
HTML5: What You Should Know
This is the powerpoint slideshow for the presentation I made to the OCCA on January 28,2014.
Author: Mary Delamater, TechKnowSolve    Posted by: TechKnowSolve (January 2014)
Free Kindle book Windows 8.1 for IT Pro's
Introducing Windows 8.1 For IT Professionals [Kindle Edition] by Ed Bott. I haven't read it all yet, but hey, the Kindle edition is free.
Author: Ed Bott    Posted by: Your Computer Consultants, Inc. dba Your Computer Guy (January 2014)
Who's got your back?
Each year the EFF publishes a report on what major internet companies are doing to protect our privacy. This year's report is now available.
Author: Electronic Frontier Foundation    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (January 2014)
10 Open Source programs for small business
PC World did an excellent job selecting and describing 10 Open Source free business software applications.
Author: PC World    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (October 2013)
Password Cracking Improvements
The power of crackers at breaking passwords has increased tremendously. What this means and what to do.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (October 2013)
Testing Your Secure Connections
Excellent free SSL Server test. Use it to test SSL connections to important places. This article explains the test and how to interpret the results.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (August 2013)
Using Truecrypt
An explanation of and guide to using truecrypt as a file,with an entire partition, or on a flash drive.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (June 2013)
My Favorite Android Tablet Apps
A categorized list with links of my favorite Android Apps, including those for work, news, and clients.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (June 2013)
Who's got your back?
EFF checks which major Online companies fight for our privacy from government prying. Here's their table.
Author: Electronic Frontier Foundation    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (May 2013)
Enable Click to Play
How to turn on Click to Play in Firefox and Chrome. This prevents Flash, Java and Silverlight from running without permission.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2013)
How Miscreants make money by hacking your PC
Miscreants can make money from attacking your computer even if you just use it for email. This article explains how they make money attacking your computer.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (April 2013)
Windows 8 - The Missing Instructional Video
George Shubin sent me a link to Scott's video, and I decided it was so important I put it on every Windows 8 machine that leaves my office.
Author: Scott Hansleman    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (February 2013)
Add a signature to PDF Files
How to add a signature to a PDF file so you don't need to print, sign and scan to return a signed copy electronically.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (February 2013)
Easy Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
It's always more efficient to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible. Here are some Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts that are good to know.
Author: George Shubin    Posted by: dX Software Systems (February 2013)
Three Mini book reviews
Three mini book reviews related to computer security: two novels by Mark Russinovich and a biography by Kevin Mitnick, the world's most famous hacker criminal.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (December 2012)
The Zeus (Citadel) Trojan
A look at the scope and marketing used to spread the Zeus (Citadel) Trojan. It is one of the most widely spread trojans ever made.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (December 2012)
Sardu MultiBoot CD / USB recovery disk
Help creating a multiple boot cd or usb drive for data recovery, virus recovery and other troubleshooting. Puts multiple tools on one disk.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (December 2012)
Windows 8 vs. 10 Reasons to Pick Apple
Windows 8 vs. OS X Mountain Lion, Macs: 10 Reasons to Pick Apple. M$ should have kept Win7 on DT & LT and Win8 on Mobile Dev & Tablets like Apple!
Author: Don Reisinger - eWEEK    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Making Windows 8 Useable: Classic Shell
Make Windows 8 Useable for development and testing. Just for GRINS - say NO to METRO!
Author: lrnull3    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
How to Use Windows 8 WITHOUT Metro
Intel Windows 8 development team uses Classic Shell to switch between METRO & classic windows shell to get REAL development work done.
Author: Dedoimedo    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Intel CEO slams Windows 8, says it's not ready
Official inside Intel IT position: "Windows 8 is too cumbersome & disruptive to deploy!"
Author: Shara Tibken - CNet    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Windows 8: Not Intended for Business
Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it. An entire enterprise cycle binned in Metro madness.
Author: Andrew Orlowski    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Windows 8 Launch: User Backlash Predicted
Windows 8 launch: three year user backlash predicted
Author: Davey Winder    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Will Windows 8 Succeed: An Analysis
Will Windows 8 Succeed: An Analysis of the Tablet & PC Markets
Author: Sameer Singh    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (November 2012)
Understanding Password Storage
How are passwords stored? What are hash tables and salting? What are the clues that a website is using insecure methods?
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (October 2012)
7" Tablets and E-Readers
7" tablets and E-ink readers, covering various ecosystems and DRM. I also compare the Nexus 7 with the new Kindle Fire HD.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (October 2012)
Top 10 Issues Eroding Cloud Confidence
The Immaturity & Reliability Of The Cloud Business Model including Multiple Regional Critical Business Connectivity Failure Issues Impedes Adoption.
Author: Jack McCarthy CRN    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (October 2012)
Why Windows 8 is DOA in Business Networks
With or without touchscreen, Windows 8 offers few advantages and poses a severly business disruptive learning curve.
Author: Tim Greene NETWORKWORLD    Posted by: Anderson Computing Solutions (October 2012)
New Hacker Exploit Kit Available
Ars Technica article on the release of a new and improved BlackHole 2.0 Hacker exploit kit. Examine the new features of this top notch package.
Author: Ars Technica    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (September 2012)
Book Review: Steve Jobs
This is a wonderful book, well worth your time, thoroughly enjoyable, and eminently readable: a balanced telling of an unbalanced life.
Author: George Shubin    Posted by: dX Software Systems (September 2012)
Vacuum your computer
An article clarifying the need to vacuum computers in order to reduce heat. Links to free fan and heat reporting programs are provided as well as guidelines.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (August 2012)
Three Big Myths About Custom Mobile App Developm
Don't let these three myths prevent you or your company from considering development of a new mobile application.
Author: George Shubin    Posted by: dX Software Systems (July 2012)
The Seven Sins of Custom Computer Programming
These 7 sins of custom programming may not always be deadly, but they can endanger the programmer if he's around when the new software is tested in the office!
Author: George Shubin    Posted by: dX Software Systems (June 2012)
Why government cyber attacks hurt us
Governments are buying exploits from hackers and keeping them secret. This changes the economics of hacking making the Internet more dangerous.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (June 2012)
Dear Mr. Architect
What if having a house designed and built was treated the same way many software projects are treated?
Author: Unknown    Posted by: dX Software Systems (June 2012)
Debug Network Issues with Netalyzr
The ICSI research group at Berkeley has created a tool for troubleshooting your Internet connection issues and providing a very useful diagnostic report.
Author: University of California at Berkeley    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (May 2012)
A Quick Look at SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 brings important changes, not all of them good.
Author: Kurt Survance    Posted by: SQL Consulting, Inc. (May 2012)
Turn off WPS
When configuring your router, it is important to turn off WPS because it is a gigantic security hole. Here's how.
Author: Steve Shank    Posted by: Oregon Computer Solutions (May 2012)
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