UPDATE EXHAUSTION

Windows needs to restart your computer to finish installing critical updates. OneCare will restart your computer in 1 hour 56 minutes. There is a new Adobe Flash update ready to install. Continue? HP Software Update. Java version 6 update 3. Acrobat 8.1. Updates are...

DELL PHONES HOME

Dell made an unwelcome phone call to one of my clients about the order for his new home computer. I’d hate to think Dell is going to make a habit of it. I’ve been involved in ordering hundreds of computers from Dell over the years. Orders placed online...

SHOPPING AT BEST BUY

Sonoma County has a serious shortage of places to buy technology. It was a little upsetting when CompUSA announced it was closing, since it had a better inventory of network equipment than anywhere else nearby for those days when things have to be bought on short...

DELL & BEST BUY

Dell has partnered with Best Buy to sell some of its desktop and laptop computers in stores and through the Best Buy web site, following deals with Wal-Mart and Staples as well as other retailers around the world. Dell claims its products are now in more than 10,000...

NOTEBOOKS & LAPTOPS

I get asked all the time whether there’s a difference between a “notebook computer” and a “laptop computer.” There’s no difference; the terms are interchangeable. There’s no consistency in how they’re used. I just got...

HP LAPTOP INSECURITY

There’s another example in the news of bad guys turning away from attacks on Windows and finding vulnerabilities in other programs. In my mind, it’s another striking reason to remove every bit of preinstalled software from new computers and remain very...