Lenovo Smart Clock

Lenovo and Google Assistant are collaborating to get a smart clock for your bedroom. (Just in case you don’t have enough “smart” devices in your hand, car, house, kitchen, etc.)

Your morning alarm will automatically trigger the “smart” morning routine, telling you about today’s weather, what you are suppose to be doing and reminders of things you aren’t smart enough to remember. It can also display your commute to work, to pay for all the “smart” things you need.

What’s more, wouldn’t you want and now can have another convenient and affordable hub from which to control your world, without having to leave your bed? Set the Lenovo Smart Clock to automatically turn on your coffee maker3 in the kitchen or heater in the living room. Wonder if it can call into my office and let them know I’m staying in bed today.

Read on… Lenovo Smart Clock

After the Meltdown Update

As always, the BETA testers that we are, the KB 4056892 was installed on a few primary system computers. This was to thwart off the zealous zero day that has everyone in a breathless state of “Oh My God”. MELTDOWN!

I know they want to alleviate the “zero day” attack, and we are not running any unknown configurations to conflict with the known antivirus issue, but it affected one of our systems.

After a System Restore we were back to normal.

I recommend anyone running Windows 10, pick up a flash-drive, with at least 8GB’s and then create a Windows 10 recovery USB drive.

Using the tool to create installation media
Select Download tool now, and select Run. You need to be an administrator to run this tool.
If you agree to the license terms, select Accept.
On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC, and then select Next.
Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit is typical) for Windows 10.

Select which media you want to use:
Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Any content on the flash drive will be deleted. After the installation media is created, keep the USB handy, in case you need it later.

 

 

Security Planner

Security Planner is an easy-to-use guide with expert-reviewed advice for staying safer online. It provides recommendations on implementing basic online practices, like enabling two-factor authentication on important accounts, making sure software stays updated, and using encrypted chats to protect private communications. More advanced users can receive advice on where to go for more help.

Answer a few simple questions to get personalized online safety recommendations. It’s confidential – no personal information is stored and they won’t access any of your online accounts.

via Schneier on Security

Microsoft Band 2.0 | Smarter Watch

My niece was pacing back and forth in her living room the other day, trying to get out of 3rd place on her FitBit stats. I found that amusing and fascinating.

My current watch tells me to have breakfast by 9:00am and lunch by 2:00pm. It helps me grill country style pork ribs or asparagus spears. It has a timer, and a light.

Clearly, I needed a smarter watch, stat!

What do I need to wear on my wrist daily… nightly… cloudly… My smarter watch has myRoundPro provided by Taylormade.

Sure, it will count my steps, heart-rate and calories burned too. Nevertheless, the golf feature is what sold me!

Microsoft Band 2.0 is stated to be announced on October 6th.

Top Support Solution for Windows 8.1 | Windows Server 2008 R2 | Windows Server 2012 R2

 

We found a site published by Microsoft TechNet that offers Top Support Solutions for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2, just to name a few.

When computing goes bad, which it sometimes does, scouring forums and googled how-to fix solutions is the usual fix-it drill. Maybe these solutions will help, the next time.

1. Support solution for Windows 8.1

2. Support solution for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. Support solution for Windows Server 2012 R2

 

Yahoo’s “On Demand” Passwords

YahoosigninYahoo has just unveiled a new system that bypasses the need for a password when logging into Yahoo Mail. The new service, which has been dubbed “on demand passwords,” simply sends you a password on an as-needed basis, which are texted to your mobile phone when you need them. You no longer have to memorize a difficult password to sign in to your account.

Simply follow the steps below:

1) Sign in to your Yahoo.com account.

2) Click on your name at the top right corner to go to your account information page.

3) Select “Security” in the left bar.

4) Click on the slider for “On-demand passwords” to opt-in.

5) Enter your phone number and Yahoo will send you a verification code.

6) Enter the code and you are good to go!

The next time you sign-in, Yahoo will send a password to your phone when you need it to log in. On-demand passwords is now available for U.S. users.

User Support Editorial Report – January 2015

Latest Technology

Quantum Credit Cards:

In a report issued last month, a team of scientists from the Netherlands is proposing a security system for credit cards and passports that would leverage the power of quantum physics. Dubbed quantum-secure authentication (QSA), the technology uses a strip of nanoparticles on the card that would be virtually impossible to hack. Read on…                               

Tips & Tricks

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Best Free Panorama Software
How to Resize Icons in Windows 8.1
Backing up the Outlook Address Book
Rename Email Accounts and Mailbox Folders
How to Manage Attachments in Outlook 2013

 Computer Safety

Make Your Entire Internet Life More Secure in One Day:

From chat encryption to secure backups, time to find the easiest ways to make your online life secure without causing too much inconvenience..  Read on

 

 

Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – July 2014

2015 Top 10 Tech Tips for Resolution

We computed your Top 10:

1. Check your backup procedure: Backup solutions are not a “set it and forget it” process. Definitely need to verify the process is still working and that the destinations drive(s) are functioning.

2. Check your anti-virus software program: Make sure it is up to date, that it is scanning regularly. (Microsoft Security Essentials is available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for free)

3. Tidy the desktop: Clear off old icons, files, and folders.

4. Organize: Keep your computer software all in one place and easily accessible.

5. Insurance: Inventory all your computing hardware.

6. Establish one location: Use one notebook, one folder, whatever it may be, for all your User ID’s, login passwords, email passwords, router settings and anything to do with computing.

7. Change passwords: Time for a better password then yesterday. Help keep the bad guys out of your account by using both your password and your phone. Always sign up for 2-Step verification.

8. Replace power strips: Use a power surge protector. Power strips are great for plugging in lamps, speakers, pencil sharpeners, but not your monitors, routers, backup drives, computers, etc.

9. Replace worn devices: All computing devices fail.

10. Maintenance your computers: Every 3-6 months – clean out temp files, patch it, updated it, stop unwanted startup programs, check the antivirus and backup process.

These 2015 Top 10 tech tips for resolution have been brought to you by tech3Support. Happy shiny new tech year. Best of luck with your other resolutions too.

User Support Editorial Report – July 2014

Latest Technology

Google Invents Smart Contact Lens with Built-in Camera:

google-smart-contact-lens-glucose-sensor-640x353Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. This new smart contact lens would have a tiny CMOS camera sensor just below your pupil, control circuit, and some method of receiving power wirelessly. Read on

                                  

Tips & Tricks

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How to Create Shortcuts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1
How to Easily Send Emails from the Windows Task Scheduler
How to Merge Duplicate Contacts in MS Outlook 2007/2010/2013
How to Force SkyDrive to Store Your Files on the Hard Drive in Windows 8.1
How to Sync Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks in Outlook with a Smartphone or Tablet

Computer Safety

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips:

If you run a business and have valuable customer data to protect or even if you just enjoy visiting sites online and shopping at eCommerce hubs and want to keep your personal information safe, you may worry about hacker attacks. But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Here are 10 ways to keep your personal or business information safer. Read on

 

Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – February 2013

Dell Backup and Recovery Media Request Form

Have you bought a new DELL laptop or PC lately? Notice that you didn’t get any CD’s with it? And you aren’t sure what to do with the annoying DELL Backup and Recovery software pop ups?

If you haven’t run the DELL Backup and Recovery software to create re-install disks (rescue disks) for your computer, I suggest you do. I recently had a 3 month old Windows 8.1 PC corrupt out and the only option was to re-install the OS.

Of course, there was no rescue disks for that wayward system, but I did find this option. All you need is the Service Tag number and a system still under warranty. (Typically less than a year old)

Click on this link and follow the steps to order your recovery media.

recoverymedia

(Received the install CD the next day and fixed the system)