Microsoft Jumps to Fix AppStore Fakes

Well it only took four years. As much as we like the MS Surface at FMCN, the Windows Store has been a major problem since its inception. We posted a story a few weeks back about the problem with scam apps. Well it appears the OS giant is finally realizing that they need to fix this if they want to ever even come close to competing, or being in the same breath, with Google and Apple.

I’d still be careful for a while yet on this one.

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The difference between good and bad cabling – Part 2

Our second video about the difference in quality cabling.

I talk about the difference between cat 5e and cat 6 cable as well as the difference in brand and copper. There is a reason why people can charge $50 for a run versus $150 and you pay for what you get.

As always, visit for any questions.

If you liked this video, check out The difference between good cabling and bad cabling – Part 1


Why you should NOT let your electrician run your data cabling!

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“Why shouldn’t I buy a Mac?” – an opinion from the trenches

A few weeks ago, I had a client greet me without a hello, just this question. I stared blankly at her for a moment. The client laughed and explained that she wanted a new laptop, and her boyfriend wanted her to buy a Mac. As her tech, she wanted me to tell her all the reasons why she shouldn’t.

Now full disclosure: it is well know that I am not a fan (that would be Jason here at of Apple, for a host of reasons. Some of them aren’t even all that logical or defensible. When it comes to my clients though, I do try to set that aside and give them the best “computing from the trenches” advice I can. So when a client asked me that question…I explained why she shouldn’t buy a Mac.

I talked hardware. I talked power. I talked price. I talked upgrades.

Four simple things that I think Apple gets wrong on every front.

Think my bias gets in the way of judging this? Take a read of this review of the latest low-end iMac via ArsTechnica. If you want to accuse them of having a bias, you really need to do more reading of tech sites:

This sums up everything wrong with what Apple puts out in its hardware. It’s overpriced, underpowered, nearly impossible to do the most basic of upgrades, while using the same basic hardware as its competitors.

Yes, an iMac uses the same Intel chips, motherboard designs and memory of a Windows system. The system in the above review is a basic i3, low-end chipset, nothing special in the hardware other than it being the “all-in-one” style that iMac’s tend to be. If we were to take a price-comparable Dell all-in-one PC, you’d find the Dell has a larger screen, a more powerful processor and actual upgrade options to it.

This is probably my biggest issue with Apple: upgrades. The Mac can’t have its most basic features upgraded over time. At all. On any PC, the first thing any tech will recommend as an upgrade as it ages is to add more memory. This alone can extend the life of a computer that may have been purchased on a deal with less than optimal memory, but it’s a useful upgrade under any circumstance.

On the reviewed iMac? Forget it.

I honestly can’t think of any good, consumer useful reason to do this. The only advantage there is to this is to Apple itself. It forces shorter lifespans of their own devices, forces you to replace entire units when small components break, and forces you to buy into their obsolescence plans for their products.

If you think about it, this actually runs through their entire product line, not just the iMac. On their famous mobile products, the iPad and iPhone, there are a host of features not available at all, that any competitor offers. Want to change the battery on your own? Nope. Want to add more storage with a cheap SD memory card? Nope. Want to attach a USB device for just about any reason? Nope.

Now look, I know that Apple fans will think I am simply trolling here, but let’s be fair. I am not, for one minute debating Apple’s various operating systems. Those are a matter of personal preference and I acknowledge that in certain circumstances Apple does have the best OS. If you truly love the OS, then you will most likely look past all of the above and not give a lick about any of those issues.  If someone makes that request of me though, I am going to be honest in my opinion and warn them that other techies will differ.

“Why shouldn’t I buy a Mac?”

It isn’t complex. You pay more for the name on the front, while getting less actual functionality inside.

This is a comment that is sure to piss off a lot of readers. To those I ask a question related above. Why can’t I expand the storage on an iPad or iPhone when every other smartphone and tablet of any other maker can do it. Why would any computer maker solder easily upgraded components into the computer (and I fault companies like Lenovo for making models of their own all-in-ones that can’t be upgraded either). Why do you pay more for anything Apple just because of the logo on it (same goes for anything with Sony on it mind you)?

Answer me that. Until then, I’ll keep giving my 15 years of computing in the trenches reasons for not buying a Mac.

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Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care – HotHardware

No surprise here. Microsoft was the last to enter the app store type market and their criteria for allowing items on the store is obviously flawed and rarely monitored.

Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care – HotHardware.

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Mac tricks you may not know about : theCHIVE

Who says we don’t like helping our Mac clients out?

Mac tricks you may not know about : theCHIVE.

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PSA: Backup Early, Backup Often | Geeks are Sexy Technology News

A compelling video from a little girl who discovered “delete”.

PSA: Backup Early, Backup Often | Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

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Malware increasingly targeting virtual machines, study says

More and more servers and remote clients are moving to virtual machines and the threats of malware and exploits are adapting to that change. Here is an interesting article from Intronis (our backup provider) about some of the details and stats on the subject.

Malware increasingly targeting virtual machines, study says.

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The difference between good cabling and bad cabling – Part 1

One of the jokes we have here at Fix My Computer Now Inc., is our tagline “I see DEAD Data…”.

Most times it refers to data lost through hard drive failure or user deletion but in this case, it refers to data lost due to poor cabling.

This video shows you the difference between a good patch cable and bad one and explains a little about WHY there is a difference.

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10 Years of Storage Difference

I recently came upon a really old (in tech years) piece of storage that was hidden in a drawer deep inside an old Dell Axim Pocket PC that Arthur and I used 10 years ago. These little PDA’s were our life lines for saving information and getting access to it in that era not all that long ago before the word “smartphone” was even a word and cloud computing was only the barest pipe dream of tech savants.

Here’s what ten years of tech innovation does to storage. The top is an old SanDisk 32MB CompactFlash card which plugged into those old pocket PC’s. A whole 32 MEGABYTES!!!

Below that? A modern 32GB (GIGABYTE!) Lexar Micro Secure Digital storage card (you can barely call it a card).

Even for those of us who have been through this information revolution of the last 20 odd years…seeing something like this still blows me away.

Ten years apart, but with the same general function, two very different memory cards

Ten years apart, but with the same general function, two very different memory cards

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Anti-Exploits… the next layer of internet security.

We are all used to the terms Anti-virus and Anti-malware but now the new kid on the block is Anti-Exploits.

Exploits are elements that can affect your browser and plugins. These hijacks can change or corrupt your browser’s components including 3rd party plugins like flash or java. More and more “infections” today are exploits trying to snag your browser’s attention and change how your internet surfing habits.

MalwareBytes, which is a company whose product we have been using for years, now is offering this as an additional security layer for both home and business users.

Take a look at their site and you can review the details of what exactly they do.

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