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Windows XP Slow MSMPENG.EXE error

Now that Windows XP support from Microsoft has expired I’ve just seen what may be the beginning of problems associated with the closing of XP support.

I’ve had two customers already today complain of extreme slowness after logging in.
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Technology loves holidays

Believe it or not, this Holiday Season is one of the best times to have someone work on your computers or network systems!

Why, you ask? Well just think about it; many of the staff will take extended time this season to spend time with family. There is also often little to no customer activity during this period as everyone is doing Christmas parties and other gatherings. Read more…

 
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Internet Explorer 11 Problems

My Internet Explorer just got updated to version 11. Internet Explorer 11 has some known issues and more than likely you have experienced problems with Google, Outlook.com, and other websites. A number of customers of mine have seen issues and there is no fix-all for the problems, but certainly turning off compatibility mode will help, plus some other steps. Read more…

 
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Changing A UPS Battery

Batteries just don’t last forever. You know this – the batteries in your wireless mouse and keyboard have to be replaced periodically, batteries in toys. It’s the same for a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply), which is a battery for your server so that if power fails the server doesn’t crash and die, but can be automatically shut down properly.
Yesterday I changed the UPS battery on an APC SmartUPS 1500 XLM (part number RBC24) and, as you’ll see, it’s pretty easy. Read more…

 
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More People Installed Windows 7 Than 8 in November

Everywhere you look Windows 8 is being promoted. A quick review of the technology outlet stores will tell you that Windows 7 is nowhere to be found – and yet for the month of November more people installed Windows 7 than Windows 8.
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How To Opt Out of Bell’s Targeted Ads

On November 16, 2013 Bell Canada will automatically start tracking everything you do on your phone and will shortly add to that everything you do on your TV and Internet – including what you watch, your calling patterns and your mobile app usage.

 
The scope of Bell’s intended personal data usage is remarkable,” tech law expert Michael Geist wrote on his blog. “Given that many of its customers will have bundled Internet, wireless, and television services, the company will be tracking everything: which websites they visit, what search terms they enter, what television shows they watch, what applications they use, and what phone calls they make. All of that data will be correlated with their location, age, gender, and more.

 
On November 16th you will automatically be included. Don’t want to be tracked this way? Here’s how to opt out: Read more…

 
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Larger Monitor – Larger Text

It used to be that getting a larger monitor was all about fitting more on the screen, trying to maximize the “screen real estate”, as it is called.

Icons were tiny and you could pretty much see all your email in one page. You probably had multiple windows open side by side across the screen. Larger screens were expensive, and bulky, and was a bit of a status symbol.

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How To Use Gmail for Getting Things Done (GTD)

I am a big fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) method – and it is a method so you can implement it successfully many different ways. I use Google for email, calendar, documents, and tasks and so I needed to figure out how to make GTD work within the Google ecosystem.

Again, GTD is a method and so this is the way it makes sense for me. You may see it differently and that’s okay, Google & GTD are pretty flexible to work the way you want. If you think I can improve the way I’m doing things please let me know!
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Xerox WorkCentre 7454 Won’t Print Large Jobs

A customer’s Xerox WorkCentre 7454 would print small print jobs just fine, but larger print jobs would only print a few pages, then stop.
This printer is installed in a mining company and large reports do get run on a regular basis, with pictures and charts. It didn’t matter what format the print job was in; Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF, the same issue occured. Read more…

 
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Vancouver Island and Windows 8

Last Saturday was spent in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, setting up a new computer with Windows 8. Much like many complaints you tend to hear about Windows 8, the person didn’t want to use the new Windows 8 interface so we needed a way for Windows 8 to look more like Windows 7.

The solution?

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