July 1st, 2014 • Posted in News by Brian Lipscomb

Laptop Battery Explodes

Here is an interesting story about a laptop battery exploding. If you ever decide to replace the battery in your laptop, be sure to buy a genuine battery from your laptop manufacturer.

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April 8th, 2014 • Posted in Opinion, Tips by Brian Lipscomb

Saying Goodbye to Windows XP

Today is the day. After almost 13 years, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, perhaps the most popular operating system of all time. While it was great in its heyday, it has become a mess to maintain and has been greatly surpassed by the speed and security of Windows 7 and 8.

If you are still using Windows XP at home or in your workplace, you are putting yourself at serious risk. It is widely believed that hackers, scammers and other miscreants will attack XP with renewed vigor since they know there will be no new security updates coming along. Do not fall into the false hope that your anti-virus software will protect you. Flaws in the operating system itself can easily slip by undetected, so it is in your best interest to upgrade or replace those aging computers.

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December 25th, 2013 • Posted in Tips by Brian Lipscomb

Ten things to do with your new computer

So you’ve been good this year and Santa brought you a new computer. Congratulations! Here are ten things to do before anything else.

1. Backup the stuff on your existing computer. You should have done this already, but if not, do it now.

2. Decide where you’re going to use your new computer most, then clean that place. Too many computers sit in dusty, cluttered, not-meant-for-a-computer spaces. You don’t need furniture polish. A Swiffer is not necessary. A damp paper towel works fine.

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December 17th, 2013 • Posted in Tips by Brian Lipscomb

What is Your Backup/Disaster Recovery Strategy?

2013 has been an eye-opening year for me. Most of my clients are small business owners so I get to see first hand the problems they face. I have noticed though that one of those problems is often of their own creation. There is no plan in place to deal with catastrophic data loss.

Having experienced a hard drive crash myself, I am a big promoter of backup and disaster recovery plans. Many small businesses buy some kind of insurance for their business, but overlook the importance of protecting their data. A complete loss of data can destroy a business; financial records, customer data, contracts, plans, etc. can all be lost at a moment’s notice.

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