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Here's more of the early PCs:

Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_personal_computers

Obsolete Technology Websitehttp://oldcomputers.net/

Pre-IBM PC computershttp://www.pc-history.org/

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Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed -


Techsupportalert.comhttp://www.techsupportalert.com/content/firefox-and-chrome-browser-extensions-check-heartbleed.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmosbest+%28Gizmo%27s+Best-ever+Freeware%29

Download the extension herehttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/heartbleed-checker/

Please be sure to read the reviews for a clearer understanding of this add-on and its potential foibles.

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting Video Introducing Linux
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:38:15 PM »
Consider the (Linux) Zorin OS.  The article offers a tour of the alternative to WIN XP.

Main advantages:

The Zorin OS operating system gives you the ultimate desktop experience. It comes in free and premium versions. Some of the stated advantages of Zorin OS:

    No risk of getting viruses
    Much faster than Windows 7
    An easy to use and familiar desktop
    Customizable user interface thanks to our Look Changer
    Stable as it is based on the robust Linux operating system
    All the software you'll ever need out of the box
    Extremely versatile and customizable Open Source software
    Available in over 55 languages



Zorin OShttp://zorin-os.com/tour.html

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Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now.


Quoted from the article:  "Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative set of important updates and new features, delivered via Windows Update. If you want to keep your system up to date and secure, you should apply this update. And you may appreciate some of its novelties.

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 8.1 Update via automatic updates over the next weeks. If you want to be ahead of the curve, you can manually install KB2919355 right now. Or maybe you were one of the first people to receive it automatically and itís already installed."


MakeUseOf.comhttp://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-8-1-update-get-now/

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How to Download Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Installation Media ó Legally. This could save the day if your installation disks were unavailable and you still have your genuine product key.


How To Geekhttp://www.howtogeek.com/186775/how-to-download-windows-7-8-and-8.1-installation-media-legally/

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General Discussion / Windows 8 Has An XP Mode - Give it a try.
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:44:36 PM »
Forget The End Of Life Woes: Windows 8 Has An XP Mode - Might give it a try?

Make Use Of: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/forget-end-life-woes-windows-8-xp-mode/

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General Discussion / Re: Heartbleed
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:21:31 PM »
Info on Heartbleed and how to fix ithttp://heartbleed.com/

From openSSL.com:  "OpenSSL Security Advisory [07 Apr 2014]
========================================

TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160)
==========================================

A missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can be
used to reveal up to 64k of memory to a connected client or server.

Only 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta releases of OpenSSL are affected including
1.0.1f and 1.0.2-beta1.

Thanks for Neel Mehta of Google Security for discovering this bug and to
Adam Langley <agl@chromium.org> and Bodo Moeller <bmoeller@acm.org> for
preparing the fix.

Affected users should upgrade to OpenSSL 1.0.1g. Users unable to immediately
upgrade can alternatively recompile OpenSSL with -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS.

1.0.2 will be fixed in 1.0.2-beta2."




FYI - Microsoft is working to advance cybersecurity policy initiatives. Here is some reading on MS and its response to cybersecurity concerns: Download the whitepapers below to learn more.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/cybersecurity/resources.aspx?WT.mc_id=cs_eml_4_8

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General Discussion / Advice on replacing Windows 8 and XP.
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:55:57 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 Update 1, new information
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:18:51 PM »
Can the new Windows 8.1 bring back users?


ZD Net.comhttp://www.zdnet.com/can-the-new-windows-8-1-bring-back-users-7000028084/

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2014, Version: 1.0 - Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

There are two critical and two important security updates.


https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-apr

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General Discussion / The Windows 8 activation-key problem.
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:51:08 PM »
The Windows 8 activation-key problem. Microsoft no longer requires manufacturers to put the activation key on your computer, and the manufacturers as a rule donít do it. So what can you do if you need to reinstall Windows 8?

PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2109731/the-windows-8-activation-key-problem.html#tk.nl_today


Any other suggestions? 

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Fumble-free USB 3.1 connector will be in products by year end -


PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2139041/fumblefree-usb-31-connector-will-be-in-products-by-year-end.html#tk.nl_today

USB History on Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB

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General Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 Update 1, new information
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:56:40 PM »

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