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Netflix Tosses the Baby With the VPN Bathwater
Netflix has a problem. The video streaming service is required to license the TV shows and movies in their catalog
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Why Microsoft Edge Should Be Your Go-To Browser, and Why It Won’t Be
There’s been a lot of talk about Windows 10 in the tech press. Most of the information concentrated on compatibility
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Doctor StrangeFUD or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Windows 10
A common reason for home computer service is the installation of a new operating system. Computers last a very long
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Top Four Computer Backup Solutions
Pledging to back up all your computer files is like a New Year’s Eve resolution. You mean it when you
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Encryption – Avoid the Need for Computer Repair
Think you’ve never used technology so advanced that it necessitated the usage of computer security like encryption? Think again! If
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Non-Mechanical Keyboards
As more mobile devices become easily available, issues with touch screens and keyboards become more pertinent for computer repair technicians.
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Beware the Trojan Horse!
Among the various types of computer repairs Los Angeles computer users may need help with is the damage wrought by malware
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Gaming the Systems
Sometimes Los Angeles computer repairs are prompted by heavy gaming use. After all, one of the primary contemporary uses for computers,
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New look, new focus for new MacBook
Earlier this month, when Apple CEO Tim Cook rolled out the latest development in its MacBook line-up –  the simply
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Laser Sharp Drives
In Los Angeles computer repairs can cover a lot of different problems, from broken monitor screens to difficulties with the drives
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The Key(board) to Your Computer Kingdom
One type of computer repair Los Angeles residents may be familiar with is that of fixing their computer keyboards. The
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More Power to the Computer!
When your computer goes out of whack, searching for Los Angeles computer repair services can be a challenge. When you don’t know
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Motherboard Knows Best
For many people in Los Angeles computer repairs often involve problems with their motherboard. The ordinary user who is not
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Planning for New Computer Equipment
Throughout Los Angeles business computer services can help customers plan for their future computer use. Just like any other piece of
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What’s The Picture With Computer Repair?
Wherever we are in Los Angeles, most of us take for granted the workings of our computer monitors, trusting that
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Google Glass comes on the scene
Changes and advances in technology are quickly zooming into territory that previously belonged only to science fiction. One of the
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Touch Screen Monitors Let You Connect With Your Device
Touch screens have quickly become a key part of our daily experience with communication and internet activity. We use them
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Software Damage From Malware Can Have Severe Effects
Most computer users understand consequential damage to computer hardware. Now, we can dive into the exponentially deeper realm of consequential
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A Guide to Antivirus Software
Creating and providing antivirus software is a big industry in today’s business world. Any L.A. computer repair expert can tell
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Free Office Apps of the Day
Busy computer users often seek out useful office apps to help them with their tasks. These days, the smartphones in
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Best Free Apps (Fr’apps) of the Day
The Apple App Store is currently the best one around. Of course you don’t need an Apple device repair shop
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Computer Maintenance for Hardware and Software
Just like automobiles, a computer needs maintenance and general TLC. Many components of a computer are moving, mechanical parts, and
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Recycle Your Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Many people wonder how to recycle their old computer equipment when it becomes so much electronic waste (or e-waste). With
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A Brief History of Monitors and Connectors
Different types of monitors and video connectors are now available to use with your computer. They range from big to
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Bluetooth Benefits (Bluenefits)
Nowadays just about all new computers, tablets, and smartphones come with a wireless technology built in called Bluetooth. Bluetooth allows
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The McKinnon Hack
On 15 December 2009, a photograph was taken of Janis Sharp, the mother of Gary McKinnon, and the Liberal Democrat
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Computers and Electronics Repairs
Computers and electronics repairs in general account for an incredibly wide range of businesses, production and day to day operations
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The Drop Off Computer Repair Hustle
After a certain amount of years repairing in a drop off computer repair environment, around ten in my case, one
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Computers and computer services
Since their initial concept, development, and implementation, computers and computer services have come a long way in only 70 years.
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Infrastructure of a Computer Network
In a basic office environment, there are a few constants in regards to infrastructure and how a computer network may
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Where is Technology Going?
Where is technology going? It’s as if new innovations are always bragging about getting smaller, faster, and smarter. Is that a
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Data Recovery in Los Angeles
Data recovery is a burgeoning industry, one that is of ever increasing value and importance in Los Angeles and beyond.
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USB Port repair
USB Port repair can be a troublesome issue.  Lets see, what happens?  You accidentally rip your cable out and it
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Sick of the Apple Store? We fix MacBooks for less
Have any of you noticed that going to the Apple store is a lot like going to the department of
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COMPUTER DINING: Liquid spills on your computer
Knut has the worst luck, and he just doesn’t understand it. He has a liquid spill to deal with on
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Brit Who Hacked US Gov’t Fights His Extradition
December 15 2009, a picture was taken of Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon’s mother, along with the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick
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Iranian Military Group Hacks US Espionage Sites
Fars News Agency, a semi-official Iranian news network reported Sunday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps recently breached the security
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‘Skinput’ Interface Debuts
Skinput is a system from Carnegie Mellon’s Chris Harrison that monitors acoustic signals on your arm to translate gestures and
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Newborn Blood Samples Held Without Authority
The Texas Department of State Health Services routinely collected blood samples from newborns to screen for a variety of health
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Schools Ordered to Stop Spying on Students
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on its students to stop activating the
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Wireless Carriers Unite on Software Development
The world’s largest mobile phone carriers say they’re joining forces to make it easier for software developers to write apps
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House Passes Cybersecurity Bill
The House passed a new cybersecurity bill with an overwhelming majority vote. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061 has a
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NY Times to Charge for Online Access
New York Magazine reports that the NY Times appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access
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Online Coupon Search Engine Launched
Are you a thrifty shopper who loves finding online coupons for the best deals on the items you need? If
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Top 10 Tech Gadgets from CES
Three-dimensional televisions, Internet-enabled TVs, touch-screen “tablet” computers, e-book readers and other fun new gadgets were scattered all over the enormous
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Microsoft Summarizes its Good Year at CES
Today, Microsoft detailed its plans for the coming year at the Consumer Electronics Show. For the second year, Microsoft CEO
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India Censored For Sex
While the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene have been imported from the country, it seems that India
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Google Moving YouTube Toward Gaming?
A patent application from Google has been raising eyebrows today. The application is titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive
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Amazon’s Tax Avoidances Shirk Civic Duties
BEFORE finally settling on Seattle as the home of Amazon.com,  founder Jeff Bezos briefly considered placing it on an Indian
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Microsoft Loses to i4i
After a three-judge panel on Tuesday upheld patent-infringement charges alleged by a small Canadian company, Microsoft has been ordered to
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DECAF renders Microsoft’s COFEE Obsolete
In retaliation against Microsoft’s Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE), which frequently helps law enforcement officials extract data from password-protected
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Intel’s Anti Competitive Consequences
In an unsurprising move,  the FTC has sued Intel for anti-competitive practices this morning.  It has been a bittersweet year
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Facebook’s New Privacy Means Meeting Mark Zuckerberg
This past year has been riddled with mistakes for Facebook, most of them having to do with policy changes the
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Wi Fi Standard is Finally Set
For a technology that’s main draw is being fast, 802.11n Wi-Fi was extremely slow in becoming a standard. It took
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IBM’s New Server Made for Linux
IBM has just announced the expansion of its server lineup, with a new mainframe system designed specifically for Linux that
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Craigslist and eBay Get Their Day in Court
Meg Whitman, former eBay chief executive, took the witness stand today to make her case that Craigslist unfairly denied the
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Google Gives Back by not Hogging Good Employees
According the Google, the company removes from consideration one of its superhuman job candidates every now and then, in an
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Is the ‘Black Screen of Death’ Plaguing Windows 7?
Today, Microsoft confirmed that it has been investigating a problem deemed the “black screen of death” by users, which affects
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Aussie Kids Get Internet Panic Button
In Australia, children who are being bullied, harassed online will be able to call for help instantly using a “panic
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The FTC Finally Puts a Stop to the BlueHippo
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had it with BlueHippo, which offers computers on layaway to consumers too poor to
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Entire Town’s Network Punished for One Download
The MPAA has just successfully shut down an entire town’s municipal WiFi network because a single user was caught downloading
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Has Google Tried To Steal a Startup’s Idea?
Reframe It, a new startup releasing a web application,  found itself in the position of having something strikingly similar coming
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Steps Closer to a Data Breach Notification Bill
Bills that would require organizations to notify consumers if their personal information has been compromised have been in the Senate
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New Music Rec Machine Rivals Apple’s Genius
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have recently been pitting Apple’s Genius music recommender program against their self-proclaimed,
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PayPal Releases APIs
At the inaugural PayPal X Innovate 2009 conference in San Francisco, the company officially announced the PayPal X program, to release APIs.
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The First White Spaces Devices are Up
White spaces, internet connectivity services that run in the unused portion of the television spectrum, have been called “WiFi on steroids” by
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Barnes & Noble Releases the Nook Against Kindle
Today, pictures and details about Barnes and Noble’s forthcoming e-book reader leaked, and it looks exciting, both inside and out.
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Research Group Develops Sonar Power Saving Technology
At the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, a research group has developed a unique new way
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iTunes Store Banished Indies from LP
For now, the iTunes LP Marketplace is effectively closed to indie artists. A Chicago-based indie label called Chocolate Lab Records
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IBM the Subject of DOJ Antitrust Inquiry
IBM is reportedly facing an antitrust inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice. Recent actions the company has taken in
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Planted Hotmail Password May Have Flushed Out Phishers
Today, a security researcher said that recently leaked Hotmail passwords may already have been used in a plot involving fake
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Behind Bars Hacker Causes Confusion
An imprisoned hacker managed to shut down a prison’s entire computer system – after wardens gave him the task of
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Apple Loves Copyright Law
Woolworth’s insists that its new logo is simply a stylised ‘W’, meant to resemble a piece of fresh produce, but
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Apple Pushes More Unneeded Software
While using any Apple programs on Windows recently, an odd Apple Software Update dialog box has been popping up, informing
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Hacker Expected to Pay For His Crime
Apparently the US, having not taken reasonable steps to protect its security, is now McKinnon, a hacker, to pick up
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Mozilla Moves the Open Source Movement
Numerous export controls from the Commerce and Treasury departments have recently cast a shadow over the software industry,  proving that
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Google Backs Espresso Machine Publishing
On Thursday, Google announced that it is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine
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Windows 7 Update Can Take 2 Days
As is always the case with a new operating system, many different performance tests were run by Microsoft to make
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IBM Suddenly Switches to Symphony
The Handelsblatt, a German economic newspaper, reported with an insider quote that the staff at IBM have been given ten
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Possible Terrorists Had Email Intercepted
In the United Kingdom on Monday, three men were convicted for organizing a plot to bomb several transcontinental flights. According
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AIM Finally Returns the Favor
AOL Instant Messenger finally made the change this July with a new beta for both Windows and Macs that began a move beyond
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Internet Security Turns the Tables
People have tried to hack their way into the computers of others since the introduction of the internet. But as hacking
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YouTube Finally in the Black?
YouTube, the net’s original house of viral videos, is looking to go pro with new major studio films, according to
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‘Broadband’ May Mean Something Less
After the FCC sought comments by August 31 on how the agency should define broadband, some of the biggest U.S.
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WPA Encryption Cracked in One Minute
In Japan, computer scientists say they have discovered a method of breaking the WPA encryption system used in wireless routers
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Will XP Users Finally Switch?
It has long been thought that Windows XP users must be stick in the mud old bags who only stick
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Computer Chips on DNA at IBM
At IBM, scientists have been experimenting with using DNA molecules as a way to create miniscule circuits that could then
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Twitter Being Used For Good
Twitter, the microblogging program craze, has prompted two researchers to use it as a hedonimeter, or a device that measures
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U.S. Government Fights Foreign Censorship
The U.S. government has been covertly testing technology in both China and Iran which lets residents break through firewalls set up by their governments
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Knol Falls Another Notch
Google’s Knol has never posed any real threat to Wikipedia, but now the knowledge-sharing site is slowly embarassing itself before
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Microsoft and IE6 Growing Together
In the recent flurry of YouTube and other sites letting it be known they will no longer support the outdated
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AOL Gets Into the News
During a phone interview today, Marty Moe of AOL outlined the “structural advantages” AOL enjoys over newspapers, magazines, and television
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Windows 7 + Macbook Battery Life = NO GO
Macbook users who prefer a Windows OS have been suffering for a long time due to how much their preferences
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Broken Licensing Agreement Threatens Skype
eBay has released a statement detailing why they may have to shut down Skype. Apparently the problem stems from a
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New Spam Detector in the Works
At the Georgia Institute for Technology, new software has been developed that can identify spam before it hits a mail
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President’s Safe House Located via P2P
The location of the U.S. Secret Service safe house meant to house the First Family in a national emergency has
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Microsoft and Yahoo Ink a Deal
Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc have finally agreed to a partnership, a move both companies have been working on for
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OMB Finally Changes Cookie Policies
The last time the federal government reviewed their restrictions on HTTP cookies was created amidst privacy fears in 2000 and
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Karoo Changes Its’ Tune
In the UK, Karoo serves as the only ISP in the area, and they have had a long held a
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Windows 7 is One Step Closer
This afternoon, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing. Essentially, this means that the new operating system’s
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Adobe Offers up Outdated Software; Endangers Users
Adobe Systems has been called out by Secunia, a firm that exposes software vulnerabilies, for the outdated and unsafe software
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U of W Develops Self-Destructing Email Technology
Computer scientists at the University of Washington have developed a way to make electronic messages “self destruct” after a certain
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Microsoft Streaming Music Service to Launch Soon
Microsoft plans to launch a music streaming service similar to the massively popular British Spotify.  The company aims to have
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Who Wants Windows 7?
In a recent survey run by ScriptLogic, nearly six in 10 companies admitted to having no intention of updating to
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Amazon’s APIs Off Limits
Amazon has changed the terms of service. Again. This time, the rules surrounding its popular data APIs have made it
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Microsoft vs. Google: Should we Care?
Anyone keeping up with computer news is completely aware of the rivalry between Microsoft and Google. But this battle entered
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Windows 7 is Coming, but When?
Officials at Microsoft have said that the company expects to begin manufacturing of Windows 7 t before the end of
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App Store Anniversary
Apple’s App Store opened a year ago today, early on the morning of July 10, 2008 with an update to
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Silverlight 3 Keeps Flash on its Toes
The latest version of Microsoft’s Silverlight player was supposed to be released this morning, but  the company’s presentation technology for
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Microsoft Knew About Bug for Over a Year
Microsoft has confirmed today that they were aware of a bug behind an epidemic of Internet Explorer attacks for more
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Cyberwar Stems from Inexperienced Hacker
After an excess of two dozen high-level websites in South Korea as well as the United States were hit by
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Multiprocessing a Possibility for Firefox
Mozilla is planning to launch a new project called Electrolysis, bringing multiprocess browsing to Firefox. Mozilla claims that doling out
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With Push IM for iPhone You’re always online
Attention iPhone users: Push instant messaging is now available. This means you can now stay connected to your instant message
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Safari 4 Arrives with New Features
The newest version of Apple’s web browseris now available. The company announced Safari 4 is available for download from Apple’s
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Facebook lets users customize the URL on their profile
Your Facebook profile’s URL right now ends in a string of numbers that is not so easy for anyone to
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Flickr Makes it Simple to Post Photos on Twitter
The most popular way to post photos on Twitter has become the photo hosting service Twitpic. But what about that
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Zune.net receives new features and content
Zune was down recently as Microsoft updated its site to debut its new content on the website, such as the
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Netbooks Video and Audio speed to Get a boost
Most of today’s netbooks on the market run Intel’s Atom processor, which is not powerful enough to handle the high
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Google’s search data may be able to provide an early warning of flu outbreaks
At the request of the CDC, Google took a look at its previous search data from Mexico. And it found
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Apple has hiring spree of chip designers for In-House Tech
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple may manufacture computer processors in house based on anonymous sources, publications on LinkedIn
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once-bankrupt CompUSA is making a comeback
CompUSA Comes Back From the Dead with about thirty new stores that comes with aggressive prices, remodeled stores, and in-store
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New Web Tablet Created By Michael Arrington
Michael Arrington has been on a quest for the past few months to create an inexpensive web tablet. Now photos
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Orchestras Make Mobile Music with iPhones
Back in the day, orchestras required instruments. Now, orchestras are playing iPhones. One such orchestra is The Stanford University ensemble
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FreePress Asks Congress to Investigate Bandwith Caps
Consumer advocacy group FreePress charged Friday that Time Warner Cable is trying to protect its cable TV business from the
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IBM Takeover of Sun Hits a Snag
According to several reports, the merger of IBM and Sun Microsystems appears to be coming apart, after a chain of
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Laws of Physics Discovered by Computer in One Day
In one day, the laws of motion from a pendulum’s swings was calculate by a  powerful computer program – a
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Apple, Stanford Offering Free iPhone Development Courses
Apple and Stanford University will begin offering free videos and course materials on iPhone application development this week. Stanford is
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How To Recycle Your Old Gadgets
Take it to Best Buy: This Feb. Best Buy has adopted a consumer friendly electronics recycling program. They accept most
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Internet distractions at Work Make Better Employees, Study Shows
If you are ever caught on Facebook or Twittering while  at work,  just tell your boss that doing so  makes
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Introducing the $12 computer
Folks at Playpower.org have found a way to use primitive PCs to help kids learn by bringing affordable computer learning
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Find Yourself Distracted? Get Self Control in a new App
These days, work can be defined as “that which is accomplished while not distracted by the Internet,” Everyone who works
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Apple’s App store taken over by Pirates
The iPhone’s Application Store is becoming a target for pirates who have illegally cracked twenty percent of paid applications. The
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Google forms new Venture Fund for start-up firms
Google is forming a $100 million fund to invest in early-stage start-up firms. While fully owned by Google, Google Ventures
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Skype Announces Service available for iPhone, soon BlackBerry
As part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers Skype is planning to launch its service for iPhone users
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Google Launches Music Download service in China
Google launched free downloads of licensed songs in China today, while sharing advertising revenues earned with major music labels. baidu.com
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Power Meters uses Twitter to report Energy Consumption
There are twittering athletes, celebrities, and now even appliances are getting into the twittering craze. The Tweet-a-watt kit from Adafruit
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Entrepreneurs find success in Gadget Startups
Consumer electronics startups are the new frontier for entrepreneurs. Once thought to be an expensive business skewed in favor of
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Why do I have this machine? Things to Do With a Netbook
For simple browsing, e-mailing and perhaps even listening to music, the little laptops are ideal anything. Work related tasks however, are
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AT&T Joins With Music Industry to Fight File Sharing
“AT&T, one of the nation’s largest Internet service providers, confirmed on Tuesday the company is working with the recording industry
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Linux Servers?
“I am working with a couple of large companies that are purchasing web and collaboration software stacks from Microsoft, IBM
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Songbird Bug Accidentally delete iPods songs
A critical bug has been discovered that deletes all music from an iPod when it’s connected to The songbird Media
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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 in bid to recapture market share
At 12:00 pm Thursday, Microsoft attempts to reclaim the Web with its release of Internet Explorer 8, with new features
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Sun Microsystems in Talks to be bought by IBM
IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc, sources with knowledge of the matter said, a move that could
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State Hearing Reveals Premier Election Solutions Systemic Audit Log Failure
 In a State hearing Premier Election Solutions admitted  that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software can miss significant
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Gmail breaks into the top 10 most visited sites in the US
Gmail overtakes YouTube as 10th most visited US site.  More interestingly, Google’s Gmail passed YouTube in order to make the list.
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Microsoft announces Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest
2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest promotes Windows Media Center via a custom home installation project. The goal is
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Google Introduces Google Voice
Google Turns Voicemail Into E-mail with its latest service: Google Voice. The new service works with Google’s Gmail, allowing a person to store  voicemail
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Apple Introduces New iPod Shuffle That Talks
Apple has recently introduced a new 4GB iPod shuffle. The new model has no buttons other than the shuffle mode
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Tech Fest 2009
“Ars Technica has a very thorough post of some of the technologies that Microsoft researchers showed off at TechFest last
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Windows 7 Testers Going Unheard?
Windows 7 beta testers are disputing whether or not Microsoft’s is paying attention to their feedback. The argument follows a blog
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Carbonite really stinks
“In the aftermath of disclosures that Belkin employees for good reviews on Amazon, David Pogue reports in the NYTimes that
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Has Your Surgeon Wii-d yet?
Don’t let a smart kid hear about this.  I can see hear it now: “But Mom, to become a surgeon I
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Dell Gives a Preview of It’s Slim Notebook
Have you seen the Mac that fits in the envelope? Or the slick way more and more screens look like
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Money Saving Notebook Tips
4)    Defragment the memory Well, it’s a notebook tips kind of day.  Previously, I wrote about getting a longer
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Refresh Your Notebook
In these tough economic times, replacing a notebook computer is not a desired expense.  Many people believe that when their
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Have your books been Kindle-d?
This winter there is a new kind of Kindle that is hot. It’s not the itty bitty sticks or Duraflame
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Humor Fun
Yes, we are in the computer support business. And, yes, you would think we do get the customers that we
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Apple To (finally) Change Some iTunes Pricing
Does the expression “DRM- Free Pricing” mean anything to you?  Well, if it doesn’t now, it may soon affect your
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Can LittleBigPlanet Save PS3?
LittleBigPlanet is the latest customisable platform game to gain some attention.  It is designed especially for Sony’s Play Station 3
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Music Download Sales for 2008 Up from 2007
Gee… what a shocker!  With more tech gadgets allowing for music to be played with greater quality and availability, this
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From All Of Us…
… at PC Fixer Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2009! Happy New Year!
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Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2008
Well, as I noted before, it is that time of year for lists. Mostly “Best of” and “Worst of” with
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Where is Santa Now?
Unlike many youth of previous generations who wondered which house Santa was at on Christmas Eve, or when he would
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How Much is 800 Billion Yen?
The answer: $9 billion.  The importanc: That’s how much Panasonic has agreed to pay for the purchase of Sanyo.  The
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Tis the Season for Preventive Medicine
Did you get a flu shot this year? Are you downing the echinacea? Or are you more of a Vitamin
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Dell Trying To Go A Bit Greener
Computer companies are not known for their efficient packaging.  A disc and 50 page instruction manual will arrive in a
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Holiday Recycling Your Hard Drives? Build a Tree
Well, you know someone out there is either a) bored, b) procrastinating or c) wishing they had gone to art
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From Tamagochi to Webkinz
Many of you may remember the excitement around 1996 to 1998 over Tamagochis.  The novel virtual pets were cute eggshaped
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What did you search for this year?
As with so many December traditions, the Top Ten List seems to dominate.  From Barbara Walters to Yahoo, everyone wants
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Virus Prevention Checklist
It never hurts to have a reminder of what to look for…. Make regular back upts of all important files.
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Make Some Money with YouTube
Yes, it’s true you can actually make some money posting videos on YouTube.  What’s even more exciting, is that many
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Various Gadget Parental Controls – How to Set Some UP
Kids are often much more tech savvy then they think their parents are.  But there are few gadgets today that
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National Free Wirelesss?! Hmmm…
Today the White House has announced it’s strong opposition to the FCC’s recommended free wireless internet plan.  The current administration officials are
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Happy Birthday Mouse-y Baby!
Whoo hoo! Today is the mouse’s 40th birthday!  And I’m not talking about Walt’s adorable cartoon, but that handy device
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A Human Replacing a Computer Program — How Refreshing!
Have you ever heard of Techmeme.com?  It may not be a common site in most people’s www lexicon, but for
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Amazon, Apple & Apps… oh my!
Once again, Amazon.com is taking the lead in an effort to dominate the e-commerce world.  Wednesday they made available an
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On the Rise– Mobile Internet Usage; Slowing Down — PC Internet Usage
¦lt;br /> According to analyst firm Nielsen Online, mobile internet use is growing while the number of people going online
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How-To: Vacation Auto Response on Yahoo! Mail
Going away for a long weekend or holiday vacation? Actually leaving the computer and handset behind? But you know the truth
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Can Video Games Beat The Recession?
Does the cost of a new console and the related games intimidate you? But what is more scary, an initial
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Apple on Sale?! Oh My.
That’s right, the day after Thanksgiving, more commonly known as Black Friday, Apple will be offering discounts on many products,
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Mount Haleakala in Maui Island, Hawaii To Be The Home Of World’s Largest Digital Camera
Yes, you read that correctly.  A 1.4 billion pixel (or 1400 megapixel) camera will scan the night’s sky looking for renegade near-Earth
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Beat Speed Traps with your iPhone
“Two mobile applications, NMobile and Trapster, are giving drivers up-to-date maps of speed-enforcement zones with live police traps, speed cameras or
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Is User-Generated Video Getting Sidelined by the Pros?
Lately it seems that the videos of YouTube are less about the general public trying to find their 15 minutes of
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The (Blackberry) Storm Arrives Friday
In a valiant effort to compete with the iPhone (and AT&T’s cash flow due to their association), Verizon welcomes the
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Video Consoles Cost in More Ways Than You Think
Are you an avid gamer? Do you ever leave your machine on, even though the game is over?  More and
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PC Magazine to Stop Printing
In the world of the PC, PC Magazine is an industry standard magazine. Founded in 1982, it was at times so
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Firefox 2 being killed
According to Mozilla and other sources, Firefox 2 and Gecko 1.8 will soon be left behind some time in mid-December.
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Updated Windows Live Services Introduced by Microsoft
Microsoft Corp.  announced yesterday the next generation of Windows Live — an integrated set of online services that make it easier
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Payments & Virtual Gifts Are Coming Soon to MySpace
Yesterday, November 12, 2008, MySpace COO Amit Kapur announced that his company is working on its own payments and virtual
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A Bit of Inspiration: Handicapped Hardcore Gamer’s Extreme Controller Modifications
Your typical videogame controller modification is usually for looks, style or function. But rarely are they ever for necessity. However,
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Gmail Gains Voice & Video Chat
Gmail’s budding reputation as a communication hub for more than just e-mail received a major endorsement today with the addition
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iPod and Wikipedia… How They Got Their Names
Don’t you ever wonder where branding names come from?  Ten years ago the terms iPod and Wikipedia wouldn’t have had
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Cyber criminals target Facebook users
According to an article published Monday in the Sydney Morning Herald, Facebook has been infiltrated by Nigerian scammers and other
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BBC News Reports: Study shows how spammers cash in
Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study. By
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The Black Berry Storm is Coming Soon
 According to the Verizon website, whether traveling to Europe for an international conference or to Asia for a business meeting,
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AT&T to acquire Wi-Fi network provider Wayport
AT&T announced plans on Thursday to acquire Wi-Fi network provider Wayport in an estimated $275 million cash deal. The acquisition expands
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Microsoft Launches BizSpark to Help New Companies
Microsoft has launched a broad new effort, known as Microsoft BizSpark, to help entrepreneurs and startups get off the ground
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Google Ends It’s Advertising Deal with Yahoo!
In a move that’s not terribly surprising, Google announced via blog post today that it is scrapping its search advertising
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Firefox Reaches 20% Marketshare for the First Time Ever
The good folks at Mozilla are trumpeting a new report by global analytics service Net Applications that documented a 20%
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New Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering at Apple
According to today’s Apple website, Mark Papermaster is joining the Apple company as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering,
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Political Sites Scale Up for Election Night Traffic — GO VOTE
News sites and political blogs are expecting extraordinary traffic tonight as Americans track results of the Presidential election, and are
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Windows Media Player 12’s surprising new features
Though many previously bundled applets now will ship separately to Windows 7, Windows Media Player remains part of the core
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The New AOL.com Gets Social
Thursday AOL announced that social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of their homepage AOL.com.  The company announced it will
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HD Netflix streaming comes to Xbox 360 first
It’s something you can’t get on the Roku. Nor on LG’s BD300. Nor on Samsung’s P2500 / P2550 Blu-ray players.
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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Works Toward a More Personal Freakout
Twenty-five years ago, The Flaming Lips burst out of Oklahoma City with deafening noise and ambition to spare. Today, it
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RAID 5 to stop working in 2009?
Increasing storage and probability of hard disk failure will crash into eachother in a year or so.  Apparently, RAID 6 isn’t far behind. 
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Watching Tonight’s Presidential Debate Online
For those who no longer have a television or whose schedules don’t coincide with the timing, watching live TV events can be
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Blizzcon 2008 and Diablo 3
Blizzcon is a semi-regular convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to celebrate their major franchises: Warcraft, Diablo & Starcraft. This year’s
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An “Unprecedented Crisis”: World Bank Under Cybersiege
Through various sources, including a Fox News report, there have been large-scale and possibly ongoing security breaches at the World Bank.
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“The Dock” Receives a Patent
Finally after nine years, on Tuesday the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) awarded Apple and inventor Steve Jobs
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Using Money As Incentive For Competition On Consoles? Soon, possibly.
Has gaming for “real dollars” left the internet and arrived on your favorite console?  If not now, apparently very soon.
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House of Representatives Adopts New Third-Party Web Site
For use by members of the US House, provided that they use it for “official purposes” and not personal, commercial,
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Kauai is not Oahu as far as computers are concerned
I just returned home from a nice vacation in Kauai.  I was surprised at how few internet cafes there were. 
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Report Critical of U.S. for e-waste Disposal Practices
“In what may be the least astonishing news of the day, some major US companies who say they are environmentally
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Software Can Detect Spin in a Politicians Speech
“According to an article in NewScientst Tech, there is now software that can identify the amount of spin in a
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iPhone 2.1 Update Released
Apple rolled out version 2.1 of its iPhone software last Friday, and widespread reports suggest that it successfully fixes numerous problems,
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New Aluminum MacBook?
If we take the word of Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner, the much rumored new aluminum MacBooks are already winging their
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The Best Gaming Laptop Ever – New Report
“Gameplayer has gone live with their winners for the best gaming laptops money can buy as of Q3 2008. The
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Best Buy Purchases Napster
MarketWatch reports that Best Buy has decided to spend 54 million dollars to purchase Napster. In total the deal amounts to approximately
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Internet Explorer 8 Reports Back to Microsoft!
“Microsoft has defended the Internet Explorer 8 tool that suggests sites based on URLs typed into its address bar, claiming
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World’s Fastest Wireless Network Tested by Scientists
“Scientists in Pisa, Italy claim to have set a new world record for the fastest wireless data transmission. They report
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Want to Copy a DVD?
In the U.S., the movie and video industries continue to search for what they feel to be acceptable ways to let
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Microsoft Hires Windows “Gurus” to Troll the Aisles at Best Buy
As part of Windows Vista’s $300 million marketing rehabilitation, Microsoft will initially hire a wave of ‘Windows Gurus to walk
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Working with the computers at Studio 1-on-1 in Venice, CA is rockin!
The two brothers from Studio 1-on-1 in Venice, CA run the best personal training center in all of the Los
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San Francisco Hunts for Mystery Device on City Network
“With costs related to a rogue network administrator’s hijacking of the city’s network now city officials say they are searching
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Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series Reprogramming
Today I had the pleasure of working for Creative Environments in Hollywood.  This property management company runs a 48 unit
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Private Investigator in Los Angeles
Today  visited Eric at Hoverview Investigations.  He is an amazing private invesitgator and you can check out his website at
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Sage Software, Timeslips and AccPac
I dont know if any of you other techs out there have had a lot of dealings with Sage.  The
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SEO and Southern California Computer Repair Businesses
PC Fixer has invested somewhat in Search Engine Optimization and is somewhat happy with the results.  As we have learned,
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Verizon Westel modem router is a pain
Today we struggled with Verizon to support their Westel DSL modem router.  It always amazes me how Internet Service Providers
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Unremovable Infections in Los Angeles computers
So many of these are infecting Los Angeles computers lately.  It isnt that they are unremovable, it is just that
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Sound Cards and Custom-Built Computers
PC Fixer started it’s business building custom audio computers way back in 1995.  Those were the days.  Samplitude, Cakewalk, Wavelab,
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Top 11 Ways to Tune Up a Computer
PC Fixer in Los Angeles has been perfecting the PC tuneup process for over 13 years.  Want to make your
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Top Ten Programs for A Computer Consultant
Being a computer consultant in Los Angeles can be a challenge.  Having the correct software is crucial to our work. 
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Vista Antivirus is a fake antivirus malware infection
PC Fixer sees quite a bit of malware infections in the Los Angeles Computer Repair business.  Recently Vista Antivirus has
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TSW and the dongle needs food
Eastern Car Care in East Los Angeles had a problem:  Their gas station management software just stopped opening.  Mysteriously they
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Straight outta West Los Angeles…from the trenches of the Malware Battleground!
I didnt have to fight one virus or spyware today! This is highly unusual. I think it is because I
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Fix the motherboard heatsink with superglue
I opened the dead computer case today to find a motherboard heatsink clip had pulled loose from the motherboard.  I
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Photoshop CS3 Software Issue Fixed
Today I visited SignZone in Los Angeles.  They have so many different machines…expensive printing machines.  Roland Plotter Cutter Model # CX-500 is
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OkiData 320 Turbo Printer was a pain
I made a visit to ProTech today on my day off.  What a waste of 2 hours.  I was defeated
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Another day, another malware infection defeated
As this is my second blog, I have to wonder what my angle is.  I realize that there are millions
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What a day…PC Fixer fighting viruses in Los Angeles again
Hello all, this is Captain Robert of the SS PC Fixer.  Another day, another virus extinguished.  I cant help but
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