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 or visit my website at



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

Don’t forget to visit my website at

E Hoarding

E hoarding is the accumulation of electronic items or files and can take shape in many different ways.  Often we receive email and hang on to those emails for extended periods of time in case they need to refer to them later.  Some of us delete those emails but neglect to empty the deleted files folder. The Sent folder also accumulates emails and should be emptied occasionally.

Photos are another file that should not only be backed up, but should be purged occasionally.  With digital cameras, we no longer choose the photos that we want to keep as we did with the film that was developed.  Hundreds of photos, good and bad accumulate and run the risk of being lost forever.  Rather then being selective with the photos, with digital cameras we are able to take hundreds of photos and then download them onto our computers for future use. It is always a good idea to back up those photos and to remove the photos that cannot be used.  The best thing to do would be to make a photo slide show on a CD or DVD and then distribute them to friends or relatives.  There are many products on the market to help you accomplish this easily.

Bookmarks are another form of E hoarding. Often we accumulate bookmarks and never visit that sight again.  If you have older bookmarks, you should periodically check those sites because often those sites are no longer valid.

Word documents, music files, scanned documents, pdf files, downloaded program files that you no longer need, etc. the E hoarding list goes on.  So ask yourself are you guilty of being an E Hoarder? If so, happy purging.

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