Archive for March, 2011

World Backup Day 2011

It’s serious business. I know that we’ve covered the subject of data backup ad nauseam, but the fine folks at reddit came up with the brilliant idea to declare March 31 as World Backup Day, so we’re going to talk about data backup again, and again, and again, and a…. you get the point.

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MSE Website Redesign: A Rant

This is more of a rant than anything, so bear with me. Microsoft recently overhauled their Microsoft Security Essentials website. And normally a website redesign is nothing more than a small part of a larger marketing campaign to refresh a brand identity, but in this case, I think Microsoft dropped the ball. You can’t just make a radical sweeping visual change to your anti-virus software website at the drop of a hat. With the amount of phishing websites out there, and browser hijacks which redirect unsuspecting Internet surfers to illegitimate versions of trusted websites, I find it astounding, and appalling that Microsoft would completely overhaul their Microsoft Security Essentials website without any notice whatsoever. In fact, Microsoft should be even more wary of massive branding changes especially in light of recent rouge versions of MSE which looked very much like the genuine article.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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Clean Your Mouse

In our last post we covered how to clean your keyboard. The same steps pretty much apply to an optical mouse. But what if you use a ball mouse? Often a ball mouse never gets cleaned especially where it counts, which is inside where the rollers are. The rollers are where the movement of the ball translates to X and Y coordinates to move your cursor around. When these rollers get dirty, it results in an inaccurate read of how the ball is moving. Thus resulting in laggy or skipping cursor behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clean Your Keyboard

Keyboards are gross. Period. Think about it, you are constantly touching it, many people eat over it, and I am willing to bet that you have never cleaned it since unpacking it from its box. In fact, if you have a white or light colored keyboard, I would like for you to stop reading right now, and look down at your keyboard. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Chances are you are grossed out right now, and would like to boil/scrub/powerwash/or otherwise sanitize your keyboard. Here’s a quick run through on a mild keyboard cleaning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Buy a File Compression Program

For years people have been using WinZip, not purchasing it, and using the “trial” version which made you wait while¬†prompting you to purchase a license before actually opening. Which for the most part is ridiculous, especially considering that Windows has built in zip capability.

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