Free Windows 10 Upgrade Is Coming To An End

June 30, 2016

Unfortunately the free Windows 10 upgrade will soon come to an end as of July 29th. If you have a computer that’s 1-3 years old running Windows 7 or 8, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10. The Home version will run $119, while Windows 10 Pro will cost $199.
For those users who were dissatisfied Windows 8’s Live Tile display, due to it being designed specifically for touch screen, it’s quite refreshing that Windows 10 returned to a more traditional setup, with a start menu and apps that fit into windows desktop rather than consuming your entire screen. Windows 10 certainly won’t have you feeling out of place, especially when upgrading from Windows 7.
Fun Fact: The DoD (Department of Defense) needed to deploy innovation faster to ensure systems are more secure, more efficient and cost-effective, all standardized on one platform. That’s why they’re going to standardize 4 million computers on Windows 10 in order to be further protected from attacks.
Issues sometimes arise with older printers and hardware. Problems can arise with one or more pieces of the software already installed on the computer.
To assist you with a smooth transition, contact Emerson Technologies.

Java Update Released

June 26, 2013

Within the last couple weeks, Oracle released an update to Java.  Although you don’t run Java directly, other programs on your computer may use Java.  As a result, you may have Java but not even realize it.  Unfortunately Java has many security holes.



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Windows 8.1 Information

June 26, 2013

Windows 8 was released in the Fall of 2012 and quickly received an unfriendly response from the user community.  It was designed for touch screen devices such as smart phones and tablets and in those environments it works well.  But Microsoft wanted a common look and feel across all platforms so it is also on laptop and desktop computers.  In these more traditional environments it was very unwelcome by the public.  To address some of the unfriendly chatter about Windows 8.0, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 in the latter part of the 2013 summer.windows81 Read more

Upgrade Microsoft Products

May 15, 2013

Anyone with a pulse knows that Microsoft releases new versions of all their software on a pretty regular basis.  What gets less fanfare is that as new software comes out, Microsoft discontinues support, including plugging holes or other problems, with their older software.  Over time older software will work less and less with newer software, including Windows.  As a result, it is important to migrate off old versions of Microsoft products before support is discontinued.

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Updates Available

May 2, 2013

If you have used a Windows computer anytime in the last 12 years, then you have had little icons in the bottom right hand corner of your screen telling you that an update is available.  Not only that but you see them all the time!  Here are the most common updates and what you should do about them:


  • Microsoft Updates.  Once a month, Microsoft releases updates and patches for Windows, Office and other products.  If a serious security flaw is discovered during another part of the month, then Microsoft may have an additional release of updates instead of waiting until their time of the month.  Except for rare circumstances, we recommend you go ahead and install Microsoft updates – this will include a restart.
  • Java.  A little orange square with a white cup of coffee indicates an update for Java.  Java isn’t a particular program, rather it is a programming language used by other programs.  This is updated all the time because security holes are often found.  Instead of clicking on this icon and getting the update, we recommend you go to the web site and click on the big red button to get the most recent Java.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.
  • Adobe: A little red square with the Adobe icon indicates updates are available for one or more Adobe programs on your computer – Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Pro, etc.  Go ahead and click the icon and install the update.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.


Those are the most common but there are others.  Would you like to not worry about this?  Emerson Technologies performs automated maintenance on workstations (laptops & desktops) and all these and many other updates are included.  Give us a call to find out how we can ensure your organization is covered.

Dropbox vs Google Drive vs MS Skydrive

March 8, 2013

First there was Dropbox.  Then last year Google released their answer with Google Drive.  Then Microsoft got into the game with Microsoft Sky Drive.  What are they?  Are they useful for your business?

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What is Cloud Computing? Is it for me?

March 8, 2013

Cloud computing continues to be widely talked about in the press and commercials.  Most people have realized that cloud computing is the “in thing” and that it’s the latest computing development.  Even so, many small businesses are still wondering what it is and if it has any benefits for them. Read more

Consider replacing your hard drive before it fails!

September 29, 2011

Computers don’t last forever and one of the most common parts to fail is the hard drive.  Unfortunately, the hard drive is where all of the data is stored so when it fails it can have disastrous results.  The typical lifespan of a desktop computer hard drive is 4-5 years, and for a laptop it is around 3 years.  If you are using a hard drive that is around the 3 year mark, you might want to consider upgrading to be safe – it can save you a lot of headaches and frustration.
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Laptop Security

September 29, 2011

PreyHave you ever been worried about getting your laptop or smartphone stolen?  Even if you try to be very safe about where you leave your laptop, there is always a chance someone could get a hold of it causing you to potentially lose very important sensitive information.  Although there are a number of tools available to help combat this problem, one stands out.  The tool is called Prey, and it runs on Windows, Macintosh and Linux based laptops, as well as Android based smartphones.

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Comcast releases $9.99 Internet Nationwide, for those who qualify

September 29, 2011

One of the largest Internet providers has rolled out a nationwide high speed Internet plan for only $9.99 a month.  Starting this month, Comcast now offers Internet for $9.99 and access to purchase a computer for $150.00.  The speeds that they offer are up to 1.5Mbps, which is fast enough for basic Internet browsing needs.  If you are signed up, they guarantee it will last at least 3 years for you, and they also offer free Internet training. Read more

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