Windows XP Support Ends Soon

Just a reminder that as of April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP and Office 2003.

What does end of support mean to customers?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your system or company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in viruses or possibly someone being able to hack into your system through a security vulnerability.

If you are still using Windows XP then you should think about upgrading to Windows 7 or even Windows 8.  Before you think about upgrading use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine IF your system is capable of handling Windows 7.

For advice or suggestions you are more then welcome to contact me at scott@computeremporium.ca or visit my website at www.computeremporium.ca

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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First of all I want to say that entering on-line contests can open you up to spam.  Also the possibility of the contest being a scam has greatly increased over the years and should be approached cautiously.  Entering contests with well known companies like the one I entered with Telus should be safe enough.

When I entered in the contest with Telus I didn’t think I would have a chance but the prize was worth the effort.  They offered 1 Blackberry and 3 Samsung Galaxy S4’s as a prize for answering a survey about their new website for business clients. The website is located at www.telustalksbusiness.com and worth a visit.

My prize was one of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s in black and upon receiving it the first thing I noticed was the size of it.  Clearly my old LG Optimus One phone was half the size of this new phone.  The other thing I noticed was how clear and vibrant the picture quality was on it.  As for speed it’s far faster than my old phone would ever be and with more storage space.  The packaging says it has 16 GB’s of internal memory but with the operating system and pre-installed apps it’s more like 9 GB’s of memory.  Still far superior then the LG phone at a mere 900mb’s.  It was easy to set up and learn although I’ll probably never use all of the features.  I can’t say enough about this phone, I’ve read all the reviews on it and I would have to agree that it is the best phone on the market and well worth the $700.00 price tag.  A phone with that high of a price tag is certainly not in my budget at this point in time so I’m very thankful for winning such a great prize.

All I can say is read the reviews and see for yourself how great this phone really is.  Here is one particular review that I liked… http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/samsung-galaxy-s4-review-and-giveaway/  please keep in mind that this review is based in the UK so the charger is different but other than that it’s the same.  Once again the Samsung phones are far better and it’s my opinion that I would never go to an iPhone for any reason, I prefer my android phones.

For other reviews that I’ve done or if you have any suggestions on products you want me to review please see my website at www.computeremporium.ca or email me.

Happy Canada Day

Please note that I will be closed this Monday July 1st, 2013 as it is the Canada Day Holiday.  I should also mention that I will be at the Canada Day celebrations at Lions Park in Brantford inside the “Made In Canada” Exhibit.  Come by and say hello to my family and I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

logitech Cooling Pad N120

My favorite Christmas gift came from my kids and it’s a Logitech Cooling Pad N120 for my laptop.  When I opened it up I was amazed at how light it was and the perfect size for my 17” laptop.  It’s a stylish black color with just the right angle on it to make typing on the laptop comfortable.  This particular laptop cooling pad has a USB powered fan to help keep your laptop cool.  It’s supposed to use very little battery power but I can’t put it to the test because my battery needs to be replaced.

Although many people use their laptops on their laps (hence the name) it’s not advisable to use it on your lap as it tends to block the cooling fans and will over heat your laptop. A cooling pad is a great idea to not only use on your lap but to help keep your laptop cool.  For a cooling pad that is not only a good value but a good quality cooling pad, try the Logitech Cooling Pad N120.

Logitech N120

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I know many of you fine folks are busy preparing for the Holiday Season so I wanted to take the time to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please remember to be safe both on the internet and on the roads during the Holiday.

As a reminder my Holiday Hours are:

December 24, 2012 — 9:00am to 3:00pm

December 25, 2012 — CLOSED!

December 26, 2012 — CLOSED!

December 31, 2012 — 9:00am to 3:00pm

January 1. 2013 — CLOSED!

January 2, 2013 — back to business as usual

As always I can be contacted through email at scott@computeremporium.ca

Don’t forget to visit my website at www.computeremporium.ca