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Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Knowing at least some of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts helps make your Windows 8 experience much more enjoyable. Try to memorize these top Windows 8 shortcut keys. Press the Windows key to open the Start screen or switch to the Desktop (if open).

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Does your Dell E6430u smell like cat pee?

Users say Dell’s Latitude E6430u laptop has a distinct odor, but the company says the nauseating smell won’t actually make you sick. Let’s start with the bad news: If you’ve purchased a Dell Latitude E6430u, there’s a solid chance that it smells like cat pee. But don’t worry! Dell says it’s not actually cat pee and while the smell may be unpleasant, it won’t make you sick.

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End of support for Windows XP and Office 2003

April 8th 2014 was the last day Microsoft will offer support for their Windows XP and Office 2003.That’s the day that Microsoft will stop supporting XP and Office 2003.  And that means no more updates, no more bug fixes, and — perhaps most important of all — no more security patches.

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Some Computer Dos and Don’ts

Regularly scan and defragment your hard drive. Use canned, compressed air to clean out your keyboard, mouse and computer CPU. Use the application’s uninstaller (or Windows’ Programs & Features utility) to remove programs. Regularly clean up the contents of your temporary Internet files.

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201 CMR 17.00 Standard for the protection of personal information of residents of the Commonwealth

Do you accept credit cards? Do you store customer information? Do you store information on your employees? There are many considerations related to Information Security. Start the process now to become compliant with the new MA regulations (201 CMR 17). Non compliance will result in significant penalties to your business and jeopardize your reputation as well as business revenue.

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What are Parasites?

‘Parasite’ is a shorthand term for “unsolicited commercial software” — that is, a program that gets installed on your computer which you never asked for, and which does something you probably don’t want it to, for someone else’s profit. The parasite problem has grown enormously recently, and many millions of computers are affected. Unsolicited commercial software can typically:

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Malware…explained

Malware, which is tech-jargon for malicious software, is menacing software authored by clever programmers to covertly download itself on to your computer through sly Internet means, and then perform secret operations without the owner’s informed consent. Usually they will “piggyback” on innocent-looking web page components or web searches and otherwise-benign software such as game demos.

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Quickly create an Outlook Contact from an email message

The Contacts folder is the best way to keep track of email address, phone numbers and other important information about the people you do business with. A quick way to create a contact item for a person is by using an email sent from that individual.

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What to do if Your Mouse Freezes

Did you know that if your mouse freezes, you can still close the program you are in and shut down Windows correctly? Here are a few keyboard combinations that will get you around in Windows without a mouse:

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Avoid System Crashes

Did you know most system crashes can be avoided?  Most of our service calls regarding failed systems, which cause a tremendous amount of down time and income loss, could have been avoided had there been a maintenance plan in place.

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