Everything I.T.’s gift certificates make the perfect Christmas (or other occassion) gift for the person that is difficult to buy for, because they can be used for so many different things. If the recipient is non-technical, they can be used to set up email, for computer tutoring or training, or for remote technical assistance if they get in a jam they just can’t resolve on their own. It can be used for a computer repair, for home or business. For the more technical person, it can be used for computer hardware upgrades (for your favorite gamer) like graphic cards, hard drives, extra memory, or whatever. It can use used to help them get that website going that they know they need but haven’t been able to afford, or if they already have one, they can get upgrades to it, or even an annual maintenance contract. The best part is, …you don’t have to choose. You just chip in, purchase the gift certificate, and let them use it however they want! It’s perfect really…There are very few people who can’t find some use for it. You can purchase the gift certificate for any amount you choose, from $35 and up. ($35.00 is still the minimum 1 hour rate for any job) It’s perfect for young and old alike. I tutor students, and work with seniors, I’m very patient, and can help anyone who needs it to adapt to the technical era. Get one today!
So what’s up with Microsoft? Major changes, that’s what. I just read today that Microsoft is changing pace and direction yet again (good new if you are a stockholder, bad news if you are just trying to hang on with old technology) Starting this month, it’s closing doors to almost all of it’s Windows. Support for them anyway…they are stopping for support for a whole list of stuff. You may want to take a look:
The support for the below products will be discontinued across different forums in the Community.
Windows 7, 8.1, 8.1 RT
Microsoft Security Essentials
Internet Explorer 10
Office 2010, 2013
Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface RT, Surface 2
Microsoft Band – this topic will be locked. Users are invited to participate in Microsoft Band 2 topic.
Mobile devices forum – Microsoft support will continue in “Other Windows mobile devices” topic
Zune – this topic will be locked, but will remain available for browsing
Microsoft Community participants are welcome, however, and encouraged to continue to use the forum to ask questions and post answers with “each other.” In other words, there won’t be any more “Microsoft” responses to questions and issues posted there. They are dumping everyone. Microsoft Support Forum Changes Microsoft is moving even MORE to the cloud, and in some arenas, into the open-source industry as well.
Also, a new version of Office, Office 2019 is supposed to come out later this year. and will supposedly have the same life support as Office 2016. (but if you don’t have that, better get with the program) Office 2019
Since the new CEO Satya Nadella joined the game in 2014, these shifts and acquisitions took place: $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang, the Swedish maker of Minecraft shortly after his arrival, then in 2016 acquired Xamarin for a rumored $500 million, and then, announced just days before the cuts to product support, Microsoft’s $7.5 billion purchase of the world’s largest code repository, Github, underscores its commitment to open-source software development. Read the full article here: Microsoft closing Windows’ doors.
A video, 12 signs your computer has been hacked. It’s not the full list, but it’s the main list. If you “do” think that maybe your computer has been hacked, watch the video. It may be that something else is going on. But, if you watch the video, and after, you really are more convinced than ever you have been hacked, or some account has been hacked, and you don’t know what you should do next, you can call a professional. We deal with it all the time. It can be a scary situation, and even though you know you shouldn’t panic, it’s kind of hard not to. (especially if there is money involved) But fear not, help is out there. You can get in touch with Everything I.T. for one thing. (Or someone else, it doesn’t matter really, just call someone who can help you)
So. How exactly DO you cool the world’s fastest supercomputer? With about 4,000 gallons of water a minute to cool 37,000 processors, that’s how. Summit, built by IBM, occupies floor space equivalent to two tennis courts, and was built for (owned by) Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. That’s right, the US now holds that record again, after the Chinese grabbed it in June of 2013. When you build a computer like that, it kind of pays for itself I would think, as the world starts sending you all the problems smaller computers can’t solve fast enough. Summit has more than 1,000 petaflops of computing power, with a peak performance of 200 quadrillion calculations per second. If you want to read about some of the planned uses for Summit, READ HERE (link will take you off the site)
Everything I.T. builds computers also, just not quite that large. 🙂
WARNING! HOLD OFF ON UPDATING WINDOWS 10 RIGHT NOW (APR/MAY 2018) !!
I’m advising people to postpone updating Windows 10 to the April 1803 update. It is crashing a LOT of machines …and doing it in such a way that they are not recoverable apart from reinstalling Windows. Make sure all your documents are backed up, and if you have backup software make sure you have an image of your hard drive. If you want to know what build you have click on Settings gear icon by the bottom of the start menu, and type UPDATE in the search box at the top, and pull up the Windows Update settings page. Then look for the link that says “build info” , …should look like this:
After that, you should have this page:
If it still says 1709 you are good. If it says 1803 and your machine didn’t crash, EVEN BETTER!! 🙂 But if it says 1709, you may want to pause your updates for a while. Or at least make sure you have really good backups. …and if the worst already happened, give us a call. We can rebuilt it for you! 🙂 (and my sincerest sympathies to you)