The Biggest Tech Fails of the Last Decade

Any organization, be it a multi-billion-dollar corporate behemoth or lowly startup, can launch a hyped product that turns out to be total dud. We’ve seen our fair share of tech flops (this is the second time we round up products for a similar list), and while some very quickly

In no particular order of uselessness, here are our top ten biggest tech fails of the last ten years.

 

What’s more dangerous than an exploding phone? How about a toy aimed at kids that spontaneously catches fire? Not content with the risk of breaking limbs and maneuvering into traffic, several hoverboards came with an extra element of danger that could turn users into a non-superhero version of the Human Torch.

 

Not all the hoverboards were prone to bursting into flames; it was mainly the cheaply made knockoffs—of which there were a lot. But even some of the bigger name brands found themselves banned from retailers such as Target and Amazon over safety concerns.

 

Not all the hoverboards were prone to bursting into flames; it was mainly the cheaply made knockoffs—of which there were a lot. But even some of the bigger name brands found themselves banned from retailers such as Target and Amazon over safety concerns.

The final straw came when the United States Postal Service followed the lead of a number of airlines, including Delta, United, and American Airlines, by banning the devices from air transportation. Remember: if a toy has the potential to bring down a plane, it should only be given as a Xmas gift to people you really don’t like.

 

Like a shambling zombie from the Walking Dead, Microsoft’s Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile initiative managed to hang around for years before 2017 saw it take the figurative bullet to the head.

 

Not everyone disliked Windows Phones, and some of the Lumia handsets weren’t all that bad, but even though the concept of the Windows Mobile platform sounded good, it struggled to drag users away from Android and iOS. Little support from app developers and a lack of features you would expect to see in a smartphone ensured that the mobile market was one industry Microsoft wasn’t going to dominate.

 

In July, three years after version 8.1 shipped to users, Microsoft dropped support for the Windows phone. But at least Windows 10 Mobile was still alive—up until the start of October, that is, when a Microsoft exec said it was no longer a focus for the company.

 

In July, three years after version 8.1 shipped to users, Microsoft dropped support for the Windows phone. But at least Windows 10 Mobile was still alive—up until the start of October, that is, when a Microsoft exec said it was no longer a focus for the company.

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Virus & Malware Infections Have Made Up 72% of My Computer Repair Service Calls in 2017!

Virus Infection: Computer Repair Tips - An Infographic from Infographics Showcase

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Can you believe that virus & malware infections are responsible for the majority of my computer repair calls.  I hope you find the following computer tips for virus & malware infections useful:

  1. Always keep your Antivirus, Windows Updates, Adobe Flash, etc. up to date.
  2. Scan daily with malwarebytes
  3. Scan weekly with adwcleaner
  4. If you are not real tech savvy, make sure that when you are searching in google not to click the top 3-4 listings.  The majority of the time they are ads. Please see the examples below.  This is how most people typically get malware.  I did a search for windows update.  Note the very top result says Microsoft Windows Updates.  Many people click on that because they think its actually the Microsoft Windows update.  However it is not. See the next Photo to discover where this ad takes you.

 

example of how people get malware commonly

It takes you to a page that acts like its going to install the Windows Update for your current version, however, no matter which version of windows you click on it just installs a malware/junkware called driver support.  I find this on over half of my customers computers.

Discover how to get the most life out of your computerhow malware is one of the top 3 reasons why your computer freezes, & how Microsoft is responsible for the other 977 reasons that your computer freezes, and more.

 

 

Computer Maintenance Check List – How To Get The Most Life Out Of Your Computer

The Essential Computer Maintenance Checklist

From Visually.

The top half of this info graphic contains some very useful computer tips about how to clean the various components inside your computer. Keeping your fans and heat sink clean are essential for preventive maintenance. I would take the bottom half with a grain of salt because it is a little out dated. If you have any questions or if you need computer repair service in Hillsboro, TX and the surrounding areas call me at 254-716-6497.

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Computer Freezes Windows 10, Malware, and More

There are several things that can cause a computer to freeze or run slow. This info graphic covers them all fairly well. Some of my computer tips about diagnosing a freezing computer are the following:

  1.   Test the hard drive  – many times your hard drive can be spinning too slow or have bad sectors, etc.  They can work for months while they are on there way out the door.   I recommend purchasing a solid state drive the next time you upgrade or replace your computer.  They are much faster.
  2. Cick Start then type msconfig  then right click on it and click run as administrator.  Click the startup tab and uncheck any programs that you do not use all of the time.  This will not delete the program, but instead it will make it only open  when you need it rather than running in the backgroundd all of the time.
  3. go to malwarebytes.com and download adwcleaner Scan with it and remove anything that it finds.

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Will the Next Version of Microsoft Windows Be any Better Than the Last Two? Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

After Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have both been huge disappointments to me, I am surely hoping that the next version that is release will be better and not have so many bugs.  One of my best computer tips used to be about how every other version of Windows that is release is actually good while the one that if released between is terrible.

This is what CNBC news had to say.

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update will be released on Oct. 17.

This update is big, since it includes support for new “mixed reality headsets” that let you step inside of Windows, so long as your computer is powerful enough to support it.

The update is officially called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It also adds new security and gaming features, improved smart pen functions (including the ability to track a lost pen), and more.

 

The key to the update is the support for mixed reality.

As CNBC explained earlier this year after a brief hands-on, mixed reality lets you step inside a virtual version of your computer. With a special headset developed by Microsoft’s partners, which will start at about $299, you can walk around a virtual world and interact with virtual software. You might Skype on a big-screen TV work in a Word document in a 3-D-rendered apartment, for example. The first headsets will launch this holiday.

Read the Full Story here:  https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/31/microsoft-windows-10-fall-creators-update-launches-oct-17.html

 

The Importance of Computers & A Brief History Lesson

Computers have become an integral part of our daily lives. It’s almost impossible to imagine the world without computers. Can you?

They’ve become essential for everyday use and in almost all business dealings.

There are businesses that exist today because of computers. For these organizations, a world without computers is certainly something that they wouldn’t wish for.

Today, individuals of all ages practically use the technology.

From the time you’re born to when you become old, computers assist us in many things. They’ve reduced mishaps during birth and increased our average life expectancy.

Business, in general, has gained the most from the advancements of computers. In recent years, they’ve significantly improved efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

Massive amounts of information in business sectors, government agencies and health care are stored on reliable servers. Speeding up the access of critical information and reducing the loss of data through redundancy.

How We Use Computers

We use computers to somewhat multiply time. Through this technology, businesses have enabled their employees to do more.

Communications such as sending and receiving messages have become quicker. Things like email, text messaging and video calling have enhanced work and our personal lives.

In schools, computers are changing the way classrooms are thought and how exams are taken. They’re also helping teachers teach students based on their learning styles.

In higher educational institutions like Universities and Colleges, computers are helping professors do their work faster. Researchers are capable of sharing knowledge or findings quickly, which fast tracks overall innovation.

They’ve also become a vital component of the modern-day transportation system. Roads, railways and air travel transportation providers all depend on computer systems to operate and deliver customers to their destinations.

Our money or banking system and the way we complete transactions are all heavily dependent on computing tech.

What about the health industry?

Doctors regularly use specialized computers to help them diagnose and treat illnesses.

In every part of the world, we use and depend on them.

This widespread dependence has led some people to develop fears of it. To the point where some people refuse to use certain devices like smartphones or Tablets.

How Computers Are Changing The Way We Do Business

One of the reasons why investments were made in the advancement of technology is that increased productivity would be realized. Well, our predecessors were right. Productivity has indeed increased.

Now a single employee in an organization can produce triple or more of what our predecessors could accomplish back in somewhere like the 1960s.

From cost management to better collaboration for businesses to overall interactions and participation, computers have changed everything!

For the origin of computers, we’ve got to go back in time, more than 2500 years.

In fact, here’s an infographic that’ll give you a brief history lesson.

About The Author

Richard Holstein is a content specialist at Penney Computer Consulting, a one point of contact for managed IT services.

How To Remove a Computer Password on Windows 7, 8, and 10

This article can be extremely useful if you or one of your customers forgets there Windows password.   Removing a password on Windows 10 can be tricky.  Some of the Windows 10 laptops have security built into the motherboard which makes it much tougher to remove the password by CD or USB.  Hopefully these computer repair tips will help you out in your password removal.

With Windows 7 and 8 it is very simple to remove your password.  I use a program called Spotmau Bootsuite.  All that you have to do is insert the spotmau boot disk and boot to the CD.  Once inside the control panel for Spotmau you can remove passwords from any of the local accounts including Administrator.

The way to get around this problem is to remove the hard drive from the windows 10 computer and hook it up to an older tower of laptop and then it will allow you to run spotmau to remove the passwords.

In my opinion the spotmau works much better and is much more reliable than the PCunlocker.  The only times spotmau has failed me is when I can’t find the disk or when its scratched.

If you are looking for other tips to speed up a slow Windows 10 computer check out our best Microsoft Windows 10 tips.

How to automatically bypass Windows login screen every time you turn on your computer? Is there any way I can get into Windows admin account without changing its password you’ve forgotten?

Here in this post we’re going to provide you the complete guide to bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 local administrator password. Regain access to your computer without having to reset your Windows password.

Option 1: Automatically Bypass Windows Local Administrator Password

If you can remember the local administrator password, you can configure your computer to automatically bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 login screen and log into your specified account. Here’s how:

Press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type netplwiz and hit Enter.

In the User Accounts window that pops up,  select a local administrator user from the list, and then uncheck the option ” Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer“. Click Apply.

 

Now, every time you turn on or restart your computer, Windows will automatically bypass the login screen and sign into your local administrator account without asking you to enter password.

Option 2: Bypass Windows Local Administrator Password That You’ve Forgotten

Couldn’t log into Windows after forgetting the administrator password? If you simply reset the password using a password-reset disk, you’re sure to lose all logins and credentials saved in your Outlook application, Web browsers or other programs. To avoid data loss, you can bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 local administrator password with PCUnlocker. Follow these steps:

First off, you need to create a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB using another PC with Internet connection. Download the PCUnlocker .zip archive and extract its contents to a local folder.

Download the free burning app ISO2Disc and install it. Launch this program and then click the Browse button to locate the ISO file you’ve extracted at above step. You can choose to burn it to a CD or USB flash drive.

Now, insert your burned CD or USB drive into the target computer that you’re trying to bypass administrator password on. To boot with the CD/USB, you have to press an indicated key to access the Boot Options Menu, select your PCUnlocker boot media and press Enter.

After loading WinRE environment from the CD/USB drive, you’ll see a screen that shows all local accounts existing in your Windows installation. Just click the Options button at the bottom left corner, and select the Bypass Windows Password option.

Click OK to confirm you’re going to temporarily bypass Windows authentication subsystem the next time you boot your computer.

Now the password bypass is ready.  Find the rest of the article at www.techworm.net

Also to learn more keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, more tips and tricks to improve the speed of Windows 10, and other computer advice on Windows 7 and older computers check out our other articles.

 

What Are the Best and Worst Gaming Laptop Brands of 2018

Gaming laptops are becoming more and more popular.  As a matter of fact, I have many customers that purchase gaming laptop or desktops to use in a business setting.  They do this strictly for performance and it has worked very well.

The key here is dual hard drives.  You want to run your operating system off of a SSD (solid state drive).   Then all files will be stored on a separate internal hard drive.

I was amazed the first time I was called out to set up one of these gaming computers as an office computer.  With a booth time between 5-15 seconds and a reboot time that is also 5-20 seconds you can’t go wrong.  I found this article with the best and worst brands of gaming laptops and I completely agree with there findings.  Check it out below.

Which Gaming Laptops are the Best and Which are the Worst

Choosing the right notebook is hard, but selecting the perfect gaming laptop is even more challenging. In addition to specs like the processor, graphics card and storage drives, you need to consider the special sauce that each manufacturer adds to its systems in the form of design, software, keyboards and even warranty coverage.  These are some excellent computer tips for gaming laptops.

When you’re potentially investing more than $1,000, the brand matters as much as the specs and features.

In order to help you choose wisely, we’ve evaluated the top nine gaming laptop brands and given each a score on a 100-point scale. In order to determine the winners and losers, we rated them on eight different criteria: Design, Review Scores, Keyboards, Displays, Software, Innovation, Warranty and Customization/Selection Options.

Due to its consistently high review scores, beautiful displays, willingness to innovate and wealth of configuration options, Dell/Alienware earned first place. MSI took second place, thanks to a diverse lineup of laptops, powerful specs and impressive mechanical keyboards. Razer rounded out the top three, due to its sleek designs and useful software.

 See how all the best (and worst) gaming laptop brands fared below.

  • Alienware / Dell (90/100)

    Our top-rated brand, Alienware/Dell, has the best-looking laptops with the strongest keyboards and displays on the market. The company also offers some of the most customizable systems around and provides helpful utilities that enable you to play your best.

    MSI (85/100)

    Always the first or one of the first to implement new technologies, MSI has a huge selection of innovative and powerful laptops. The company’s strong designs, snappy keyboards and helpful software make it a leader in the gaming space. MSI is also the only company that offers free accidental-damage protection on its laptops.

    Razer (81/100)

    We love Razer’s sleek designs, beautiful screens and innovative ideas, and its Synapse software is among the best first-party utilities in the business. However, Razer’s shallow keyboards and limited laptop selection hold it back.

    Asus (78/100)

    Asus has some of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market, and many are great values for the money. The company is also quick to implement new technologies like Nvidia’s Max-Q standard for low-profile gaming laptops and AMD’s Ryzen processors. However, Asus’ design, keyboard and screen are all good, but not industry-leading.

    Acer (76/100)

    Acer’s strengths are in its responsive keyboards and its innovative ideas (21-inch, curved-screen laptops, anyone?) but its flaws are just as obvious. Its warranty service is lackluster, and the company’s preloaded software doesn’t stand out.

    These were the five best gaming laptops.  Check out the five worst gaming laptops here:  Engadget’s best and worst gaming laptops