Compatibility Issues with Upgrading Windows

Another installment in Cameron’s ongoing IT Fundamentals series… One of the most common issues with upgrading Windows is the conflict of 32-bit programs with a 64-bit OS (such as the default Windows 7). Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to solve this issue besides using an emulator or installing the 32-bit version instead. Other issues include programs designed for older versions of Windows […]

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Beware of Scam Callers

We’ve been getting a lot of scammers and robocallers lately. My wife just alerted me to a scammer pretending to be from the Fraternal Order of Police. Red flags: 1) He refused to give a mailing address. 2) He claimed they can’t take checks. 3) He pressured her to donate now rather than waiting to talk to her husband. She knew immediately that it was […]

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Open Source vs Commercial Software

Part of Cameron’s ongoing IT Fundamentals series. Open source software is software with its coding open to the public either partially or completely. The licensing for such software is often relaxed or nonexistent. There are numerous advantages to OSS (Open Source Software), including better penetration of the market, more flexibility, and theoretically more reliability due to the large number of independent testers/users that are constantly […]

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5 Personal Computer Operating Systems

Part 2 in Cameron’s ongoing series on IT Fundamentals. Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s more popular recent operating systems. Like most versions of Windows, it’s written using various dialects of the C programming language originally developed in the 1970s. One unique feature of Windows 7 is the BitLocker Drive Encryption, which enables you to encrypt your hard disk. The minimum system requirements (for the […]

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The Four Major Mobile Operating Systems

Apple iOS is an operating system designed for the Apple line of smartphones. Its security consists of a secure boot chain utilizing a hardware root of trust and boot ROM where the software is safeguarded from being manipulated by coding in the deepest foundations of the phone’s programming. Swift, a programming language developed by Apple, is the primary code used to develop Apple software and […]

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Two Exciting Trends on ExchangeTips

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has never been very busy. I post now and then, but I’m generally too busy with projects in meat-space to do much with ExchangeTips. Here are two things that I hope will change this: More RollUp RoundUps. I have to keep on top of Microsoft’s Exchange updates for my own benefit, so why not share that information with you? […]

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NSFW Gear – The COFFEEBOXX

Instead of NSFW, I should say that this gadget is actually very SFW. In fact, it’s safe for just about any workplace you can think of except zero-gravity environments. It’s the COFFEEBOXX, a rugged, go-anywhere, use-anywhere, K-cup compatible coffee maker. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist yet. This is a Kickstarter project trying to raise money get the product onto the market. The Kickstarter page says… The […]

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