Member since: May 2013

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile & Wireless, Software


  • First off, they changed the name of Home Premium to simply Home. Home covers 5 PCs and 5 tablets that are at the same house for $100 a year; Office 365 Personal only grants 1 PC license and 1 tablet license for $70 a year. Beyond that, I believe that the experience is the same.

    1 week 1 day ago

  • Details are missing, but apparently they are either in talks with or have secured another service to keep VoIP service up. I’m glad, I have this app on my wifi only Android tablet, and while I don’t use it very often, it is handy when I don’t have my phone on me and need to make a quick call.

    2 weeks 2 days ago

  • I think we will have all of the PCs in our office upgraded from Windows XP by the time support ends on May 13, but then again, maybe not. What should be done to minimize risks if you can’t get everything upgraded in time?

    3 weeks 1 day ago

  • You should definitely take a look at both Kahn Academy and Codecademy. Both are free, both offer a “start from zero” approach, if that’s what you need. I’ve used Codecademy before, and I actually found it to be pretty fun as well as actually educational.

    3 weeks 3 days ago

  • I’ll buy one about as soon as I buy a Facebook phone. In other words, never. Yes, it will hurt the Oculus brand, in fact it already has. There are many, many people who supported the Oculus Rift kickstarter campaign that are not pleased to have funded a business for Facebook to acquire.

    4 weeks 1 day ago

  • Is there a way to have a lock screen on my Android phone, but make it so I don’t have to use it when I am in a trusted location, such as my living room? I don’t want to leave my phone unlocked, but it’s one of those minor annoyances in life to have to unlock it when I just want to sent a quick SMS from my couch.

    4 weeks 2 days ago

  • You know those very long, very small print TOS (Terms of Service) agreements that you scroll through without reading, then click “I agree” so you can use the software/service/website/whatever? Microsoft has those for hotmail (or outlook as they call it now) and everyone that uses it has agree to.

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • As far as I have been able to determine, there is no way to do it. It seems like something that you should be able to do easily, and it would be quite useful.

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • According to Microsoft, mainstream support ends January 9, 2018 and extended support ends on January 10, 2023. I hadn’t thought of the possibility that just by an accident of timing, Windows 8 could be the next XP. That would be an interesting twist.  

    5 weeks 1 day ago

  • I just ran across my old Windows 98 PC that I had in college, and just for fun I’m trying to see how usable I can make it after all these years. I know the OS isn’t secure any more, but I’m probably not going to go online with it, it is more out of nostalgia than anything else that I’m playing around with it.

    5 weeks 5 days ago

  • One new option that you might want to consider is Google’s new Chromebox for Meetings. It’s much less expensive than the options you mentioned, although to be fair, I haven’t personally used it so I can’t attest to how good it really it.

    7 weeks 6 hours ago

  • For quite a while, the gold standard for SMS backup has been SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu (FREE - Google Play). There are other free SMS backup apps available on Google Play that also have good feedback, including SMS Backup, SMS Backup +, and Super Backup: SMS.

    7 weeks 6 hours ago

  • I am stuck on Android 4.1 with my LG Optimus F3. I saw today that LG is planning an update to Android 4.4, but my carrier is Virgin Mobile, which doesn’t have the best record on updates.

    7 weeks 3 days ago

  • I’m afraid that you can’t recover it if you entered it too many times. You will likely need to contact Apple Support to regain access.  

    8 weeks 1 day ago

  • Assuming you are using Windows, you should also be aware that install/uninstall events of apps that use MSInstaller can be found in the event log. Click the start button, type eventvwr.msc, hit Enter. This will open event viewer. In the left pane, expand Windows Logs, then highlight Application.

    8 weeks 1 day ago

  • Direct from Microsoft:

    8 weeks 3 days ago

  • So far, I don’t think SPIT (SPam over IP Telephone) attacks are very common. Which isn’t to say that they don’t happen, because they do. I would expect it to be a growing problem as VoIP becomes more and more common.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • I often have to use my smartphone as a hotspot to tether my laptop when I’m out of the office. Is it better to tether via WiFi or Bluetooth?

    9 weeks 1 day ago

  • has a tool for finding the proper memory on their landing page. You can buy also it there if you want. I think they are on the expensive side, but they do have a reputation for good quality, so you have to weigh how much you want to spend.

    11 weeks 2 days ago

  • The disc is physically the same size, but the rest of the standard is quite different. The wavelength of the laser is completely different (hence the name “blue” ray), as is the read angle. The difference in wavelength is the key to the increased storage capacity.

    11 weeks 2 days ago

  • Sony announced that they are releasing an updated version of the PlayStation Vita handheld. There have been 3 versions of the PS3 and the successors have had some advantages (more efficient and quieter) but some disadvantages as well (loss of backwards compatibility).

    12 weeks 1 hour ago

  • Take note of one thing Lenovo isn’t getting - patents. The biggest threat facing Google isn’t whether or not it can function as a hardware company and make a few million from selling Android phones, it is getting hit with endless patent suits and potentially losing billions of dollars, even if the claim is questionable.

    12 weeks 5 hours ago

  • Can I still install Flash on an Android 4.4 device? It’s not as big of a deal as it used to be to not have Flash, but there are still many sites that make use of it.

    14 weeks 1 hour ago

  • The Nexus 7 actually uses a SlimPort adapter, which looks almost exactly like a MHL to HDMI adaptor, but isn’t. They cost too much, in my opinion, but they work fine. You also have to purchase an HDMI cable, but those are cheap as long as you order online (and it sounds like you might already have one).

    14 weeks 6 hours ago

  • I hear stories about ransomware, where malware essentially takes over a computer and the victim is given a short amount of time to pay hundreds of dollars, or lose everything on the machine. However, I’ve never actually seen it nor do I know anyone that has every experienced a ransomware attack. Is it a real thing, or more of an apocryphal story.

    15 weeks 5 days ago

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