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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014

Well, it’s been a great run, but Microsoft is pulling the plug on one of its best operating systems and ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  This means that any security flaws discovered after this date will not be patched by Microsoft, leaving XP systems vulnerable to being compromised. Companies still using […]

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Is Open Source Software Really a Viable Option for Small Businesses?

Original article:  https://opensource.com/business/14/2/open-source-alternatives-for-small-businesses Short answer:  Yes, and it goes far beyond saving money.  Open source software also tends to be more secure and patches for any flaws are usually released much faster than with proprietary software. Proprietary software is a business model for making profit.  When you “buy” a copy of Microsoft Office, for example, […]

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UK Security Branch Ranks Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Most Secure Operating System For End Users

Link to article below.  Like the author states in the article, I’ve been preaching (mostly to deaf ears) about the security of Linux for over a decade now.  It’s nice to have something like this to show people to back up the claims: http://www.zdnet.com/uks-security-branch-says-ubuntu-most-secure-end-user-os-7000025312/ For people who have never before used an operating system other […]

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Don’t Swallow The Microsoft Kool-Aid – Know Your Options

The article below from PCWorld highlights the pros and cons of switching from a Microsoft Windows operating system to the major alternatives, and the points made are fairly accurate. There is a huge learning curve in switching from Windows XP/Vista/7 to Windows 8, not to mention the requirement of new hardware.  As the article states, […]

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