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.

Do NOT use Microsoft Security Essentials

October 14, 2013

When Microsoft Security Essentials first came out, it was a solid, well rated anti-virus software package, best used in a home computing environment. However Microsoft has chosen not to keep this program up to high standards and has now gotten to the point that Microsoft itself now recommends that this software not be used to secure computers in any environment.

If you are using Microsoft Security Essentials, we strongly recommend you replace it with a robust anti-virus package. While there are several free anti-virus software packages available, our recommendation is to not use these. In current independent evaluations, they do not catch as many viruses and often have very annoying features to try and get you to purchase full versions. In our experience, it’s not worth the risk.

Not sure what you should use? Contact Emerson Technologies and based on your computing environment, we will recommend the best package for your situation.

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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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?

 Google Drive

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Product Spotlight: Temperature and Moisture Monitoring

May 19, 2010

Computers + extreme temperatures and/or water = bad news. This is why a company named Invetex released two different products to help monitor temperature and moisture. The first product is called “Halotile.” Essentially it is a flat 2ft by 2ft panel that is designed to go on top of ceiling tiles. If you don’t have ceiling tiles or that doesn’t sound like a feasible option then they have a second product called “Aquapede.” Aquapede does the same thing that Halotile does, but it is a small sensor that is placed on the floor near the baseboard.
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Pogoplug: Easy Access to Your Files from Anywhere

March 31, 2010

Do you happen to have an iPhone or Android based phone?  Want to access your music and files at home while sitting at work on your laptop?  What if you could access all of your music, movies and files from home on your smartphone or computer – whenever you wanted, from anywhere with Internet access?  If this interests you, then you should check out the Pogoplug.
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Windows 7 Overview

March 31, 2010

In November of 2009, we wrote an article to help you determine if you should upgrade to Windows 7, but we didn’t cover any of the new features. Now it’s time to take a look at Windows 7 and what it offers that Windows XP and Windows Vista don’t. Read more

Is Your Computer Up To Date?

March 31, 2010

One of the most important things you can do to keep your computer safe is to keep the software on it up to date.  Most people are familiar with the updates Microsoft provides using the Windows Update tool and most people apply them regularly whenever they show up. This is a very good practice but it is only one necessary step to keep your computer safe. If all your computer’s applications are not kept up to date, your computer is vulnerable to attack.
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February 24, 2010

Wireless Internet communication is something that most of us use at some point. You may have heard terms such as 802.11 followed by a letter such as a,b,g or n. 802.11 simply refers to a set of wireless protocols for carrying out wireless transmission. The letter refers to a particular type, generation or version of wireless transmission and offers improvements over the preceding generation. We will examine the latest, 802.11n and determine if it makes sense for you.router Read more

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