Microsoft recently revealed the latest version of its OS- Windows 10. With an aim to unify OS for tablets and PC’s because of the growing trend which involves people purchasing a tab along with a lightweight keyboard, Microsoft has made efforts to simplify a few complicated features of Windows 8. It has also introduced a few new features that include voice search, knows as “Cortana”. The “Start” menu is also back, and it functions like it used to in Windows 7. Let us have a look at the new features and updates in detail.
Everyone knows that you should be backing up your data, but that unfortunately doesn’t translate into everyone regularly doing it. The reason for this is pretty simple, it’s a chore, it’s not fun to do and it’s easy to ignore, as the consequences of your inaction aren’t visible; unlike with other chores in your life which impact upon you right from the start, gradually increasing in their annoyance until you just can’t take it anymore and cave into their demands, and clean up that spilt chocolate milk.
Trying to remember all your passwords can be near impossible, especially if you’ve followed the password security protocol of not using the same password for every account. Given all the online services these days your number of passwords can easily begin to run into double digits, which unless you’re a password savant makes it hard to remember each one. The easiest solution is having a practical “Book of Passwords”.
Ask yourself, do you backup your data all the time, sometimes or never have time? Then ask yourself how well do you back it up, once, twice, thrice? If you just got indignant that we would ask such a silly question, because obviously you backup all the time on three separate formats, then we do apologise as we didn’t mean to get your back up. If you instead felt embarrassment and wanted to go hide in the cupboard then you need to learn how easy it is.
Little is know about his origin, but there are a few stories floating about. One claims that he received his powers when as a mild mannered computer technician he was hit by gamma rays when a nuclear powered internet server exploded while he was working on it. Another story has it that while outside using the internet on his phone he was hit by a bolt of lightning fusing his mind with the internet so he can manipulate it with just his thoughts. Then there is the far fetched story that he went to university and studied I.T. and just has a penchant for dressing up. Irregardless of which story you believe it is well documented that he draws his power directly from the internet, and can weave websites from the WordPress, that are responsive, attractive and well laid out to ensure a great user experience.
One simple question, do you trust the internet? It can be hard to answer given how many different facets the internet has; as an educator peddling overly vetted Wikipedia pages, as an entertainer trapping you in an addictive web of picture galleries and exclusive videos, as a shopping enabler providing tantalising deals that follow you all across the internet, as a social connector that allows you to see and be seen through social media and even as a financial manager giving you the power to move money without talking to a soul. Each of these acts has a different level of trust inherent in it. With that in mind we went out on the street to find out how much people trust the internet.
If you feel stressed out either at work or at home, if you’re on edge all the time, if you experience anxiety attacks or bouts of paranoia; you should read the hugely popular cult novel Zen and the Art of Cable Management.
Getting a printer error is one of the most frustrating aspects of home computing. Nowadays with smartphones and tablets there isn’t as much of a need to print things such as movie tickets, hotel booking reservations or concert ticket confirmations, as you can just show it to staff on your device. So when you need to print something, it’s because it has to be printed! Such as with official letters to the council complaining about how your bins are never left in the same spot, posters to stick up around your neighbourhood to find your lost pet/garden gnome or you badly need a permanent physical copy of that motivational picture you’ve just been emailed. Whatever the reasons, you need to print and you need to print right now!
If you don’t fix your own computer then you have to rely on a primary computer carer; someone who you call upon to come and fix any computer problems that you get yourself into. These fall into either friends, family or a business like SuperGeek, so with that in mind we went out on the street to find out who are the most popular computer carers?
If you’re getting tired of seeing people dumping buckets of iced water over their head, then you should check out the new Computer Ice Bucket Challenge.
It’s no secret that SuperGeeks love everything and anything to do with computer repairs, however recently some of their other passions though have been revealed. These include but are no way limited to catfishing, rodent taxidermy and founding hammock appreciation societies. Now while most of these expertise don’t translate very well to other areas of life, such as practical ones that are beneficial to humankind. Among all the varying skills there is however one that sticks out, and that is not surprisingly to do with the internet (A.K.A. the only reason most people have computers these days).
Over the course of your life using computers, you’ve no doubt run into a few different problems. Most of those will have been small errors, such as a missing, yet integral desktop icon which can be easily fixed via a Google search. Every once in a while though, problems can arise that aren’t an easy fix, such as when the internet stops working, meaning Googling a solution is not an option. In these situations you most likely will need to get professional computer repair. In some more extreme instances though, one professional computer technician might not be enough, and this is when you need an elite computer squad… such as the I.T.eam.
When our computers begin to play up most of us are not in a position to figure out what’s wrong let alone fix it, but as with our own personal health issues no one can resist some good old fashion self diagnosis on the internet. Unfortunately it isn’t very reliable though, personally, the number of times WebMD has told me that I’m presenting all the symptoms of Spanish Flu, I shouldn’t be alive. But I am and I’ve never been to Spain and I don’t even like chorizo.
Power surges are the bane of all electronics. They can indiscriminately destroy human survival staples such as: 56 inch 3D ready LCD TV’s with so many pixels there isn’t enough free time in the day to appreciate them all. Two door smart fridges that are so large your whole family could fit inside them, including some extended family. And finally they are also quite capable of rendering a computer with enough processing power to solve for the meaning of life, while simultaneously playing solitaire and watching youtube videos, into yet another addition to the junk pile in the spare room or garage.
Internet speed is climbing in terms of it’s importance to our existence, right now it sits just below the air we breathe, but it will probably overtake that in 2015. In Australia though, unless you’re in the middle of the city or lucky enough to be in one of the select few spots that the NBN has been rolled out, then your internet isn’t going to be that fast, but still there are limits to what you should have to endure.
Surge Protectors are complex, like your lover’s thoughts; with so many different facets making up their unique nature that it will take you your whole lifetime to understand them. Unless you’re a geek that is!
eBay is a great marketplace to get a good deal from a fellow internet user or virtual store. The question of should you be buying a 100 packs of hot dog buns from someone in South Korea is thankfully not often asked; something which eBay thrives upon. While most items such as hot dog buns and toast with religious imagery are legitimate useful items, eBay is also home to a host of weird things.
Each day when you go out to the internet and be the best damn net denizen you can be, you run the risk of catching viruses. It’s OK. The internet is an amazing place and the rewards far outweigh the risks, but it’s important to realise that there are people out there whose sole lifes work is creating viruses and scams to bust through your internet security and violate you. Unfortunately no software solution is foolproof, so over the course of your internet life you’ll have to deal with a pc virus or two, how you deal with it won’t just affect your computer, it will also affect you.
Your passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom and they’re secure because they’re stored only in your mind grapes and not on a piece of paper in your pocket or on the side of your monitor. So unlike normal keys, passwords are a pleasure to lug around, even in tight jeans and are only as easy to lose as your mind.
Computers may seem pretty simple, but that is because a lot of effort has gone into making them easy to use (hopefully). Which means we don’t need to know the complex workings of our computers to reap the benefits of them, that is until something goes wrong.