software / windows

Warning : Fake calls from Telstra

phonescamI recently spoke to a customer who related this story that should serve as a warning to us all.

We all (or should know by now, it’s been in the papers and on telly many times) about the scammers pretending to be from Microsoft warning that ‘your computer is infected with a serious virus and I will show you – please turn on your computer’ – or similar nonsense.

He got as far as the usual ‘ok, so please go to this website and permit me to access your computer to fix it’. Luckliy, my customer heard the alarm bell ringing in his head and said no. Then he rang me!

In this case, the customer was supposedly called by a Tesltra employee who talked him through the steps to validate his computer’s ‘security code’ to prove that the call was genuine. Continue reading

Are desktops and notebooks doomed?

There are many people – me included – who feel very comfortable using desktop or notebook computers (laptops to use the old term), but if you were to believe all the hype from the press and sellers of computing devices in general, you’d think we are all moving to tablets.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s no doubt that for many tasks like quickly checking emails, browsing the ‘net, watching YouTube videos, playing games or keeping up with news – a tablet like an iPad or Android device is fantastic. The convenience of a light, fast booting touch screen tablet can’t be faulted and for many travellers, it beats a notebook hands down especially when you consider the much longer battery life. Continue reading

Microsoft Surface Tablets available tomorrow!

Microsoft Surface TabletIf you have been following the story about the new tablet computers made by Microsoft called ‘Surface’ here’s the details on dates and pricing for Australian customers.

Microsoft will have three different Surface versions available tomorrow. They will all run Windows ‘RT’ (more on what that means later) – a 32GB version for $559, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover for $679 and a 64GB version with a black Touch Cover which will be priced at $789. Continue reading

Windows 8 is coming!

Windows8 DVDsThe latest version of Windows will be available on new computers sold in stores on Friday, October 26th and customers wanting to upgrade from Windows 7 will also be able to do this from then. If you bought a PC preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate on or after June 2nd this year, Microsoft has announced that you just need to register to buy it for around $15. Go to windowsupgradeoffer.com and register.

Seems a very good deal, but should you do this? Yes, certainly and even if you decide to hold off for now on upgrading your computer, you’ll still have it ready. Continue reading

Registry Cleaners – are they worth using?

registry cleanerI’ve been using Windows in all it’s flavours since the days of Windows 2.0. Not a wonderful piece of software I think everyone around in those days will agree, but it started the whole ‘gui’ thing off – at least for PC users!

The Windows registry first made it’s appearance with Windows 3.1 and it was intended to tidy up the profusion of .ini files that had previously been used to store configuration settings for programs running under Windows.

Registry cleaners are software utilities whose usual purpose is to remove redundant or unwanted items from the Windows registry. These redundant items are often left behind after uninstalling software, either by using their own (and sometimes faulty) uninstalltion programs or by simply deleting program directories – which is definitely NOT recommended! Continue reading

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