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Q&A Monday: LZMA File

Q&A Monday:  LZMA File

Question: I received a file from a coworker that has a LZMA file type with a large sum of data, and I don't know how to open it.  Please help! Kevin Knight South Dakota  Answer: LZMA is a compressed file, something like the ZIP compression that most of us are generally familiar with. It's used as a way to group files together and [...]

5 Signs IT isn’t the career for you

5 Signs IT isn’t the career for you

We've all met the IT guy who we are pretty sure isn't cut out for the job.  I know people have asked me, if they are right for IT and it is something people need to think about prior to spending the money and time to get into the field.  Lucky for you, I wanted to make a list of 5 things you need to consider before you hop into the IT field. [...]

Apple Releases Safari 5.0 and 4.1

Apple Releases Safari 5.0 and 4.1

Now this may seem confusing there are two different versions of this update?  Well if you are someone who currently uses the Safari browser often but let me break this down for you as best I can…Safari 5.0 and Safari 4.1 address the same set of security issues, so if you don’t know which version you need just update your browser and your [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Question: Hi Jim, I am a big fan of you blog, and found your site a while back while looking for blue screen problems I was having on my XP machine.  I just bought another computer with Windows 7 on it, and I hate the task bar preview, is there a way to get rid of it? Patricia Mackey Minneapolis, MN Answer: As many people have [...]

5 Blackberry Apps for Small Businesses

5 Blackberry Apps for Small Businesses

    The blackberry you may have in your hand does more that just e-mail, and it can be used to help you run your small business.  We’ve all heard that the android and apple phone’s had apps, and hear very little about the Blackberry Apps.  So I wanted to give the small business owners some apps for their blackberry that could help them.  [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

On Tuesday May 25th Microsoft released a round of minor updates for the Windows Operating System.  Here’s what they are and what they do: SECURITY UPDATES: Update: KB982632-Windows 7/KB981793-XP Type: Recommended Affected Systems: 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7, NT What it does: Install this update to resolve issues caused by revised daylight [...]

Support For Windows XP SP2 and 2000 will end soon!

Support For Windows XP SP2 and 2000 will end soon!

    If you haven't updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3, you should really look into that prior to July 13th 2010, if you ever want help from Microsoft.  After July 13th 2010, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP Sp2 as well as Windows 2000 Operating Systems.  Though Microsoft hasn’t given any indication of removing support for [...]

Q&A Monday: Remotely Turn on Computer?

Q&A Monday: Remotely Turn on Computer?

Question: I constantly turn off my home office computer when I am not using it to save energy.  I don’t think this is possible, but I thought there would be no harm in asking you the question anyway.  Is there a way for me to remotely turn on my computer when I am not in the office?  I find that, a few times a month, that when I am not in [...]

Facebook Privacy Scanner

Facebook Privacy Scanner

A lot of recent concern over Facebook and their recent privacy changes and people are either talking about deleting their Facebook pages or trying to navigate the privacy settings to keep them safe.  The latter is what I though I would do, since when I’m not at work, I’m addicted to Facebook.  I thought I got the security settings that I [...]

Question and Answer: Stop Domain Users from Installing Files

Question: I have Windows 2003 domain and some users have local admin rights. I would like to prevent these users from installing any software on their PCs. Bobby Clem Boulder, CO Answer:     In an ideal world we wouldn't have users who were also local administrators, but we in the IT world often have perfect systems to work with.  [...]

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