You’ve Got Mail


America OnlineI signed up for America Online in 1991. Who can forget the days of a 1200 baud connection? Good times. Since I was one of the early people who heard the phrase “You’ve Got Mail,” I was lucky enough to get a very simple and easy AOL email address that I still hold on to today…more for nostalgic reasons than anything else. The cool thing is that AOL is still around today and they’ve got a pretty cool email program that’s worth checking out.

If you ask five people for their definition of the “cloud,” you’re very likely going to get five different answers. Apple is absolutely no different, however some think their answer is just….well….wrong.

Bloomberg has launched a new cloud-based data archiving and compliance service called Local Vault, which aims solve the problems of global companies facing strict cross-border data privacy laws. I had the same idea, but decided to let the big boys play the field….not. Big Blue is making a cloud play as well with security services.

A recent study shows that Mac users will pay more than Windows users for the same things. Normally I’d say “of course”, but this particular article also states that Linux users are paying more as well. I can tell you right now that my software costs have decreased tremendously with Ubuntu.

Hey, it’s Friday!!!!  Happy reading.

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Windows 7 Vs. Windows XP


Since the release of Windows 7, there have been a ton of comparisons between Windows 7 and Windows XP. While it may not be fair to compare the latest OS from Microsoft to their 10 year old OS, but comparing to Vista doesn’t seem to make much sense….we all know how well accepted it was.

Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7

Most of the independent comparisons will show mixed results. In other words, will upgrading your older Windows XP PC to Windows 7 make it perform better? Well….maybe. Keep in mind these are controlled benchmark comparisons looking at CPU useage, caching, memory consumption and launch times.

Like most of you, I’ve read these comparison results and tilted my head at them like a dog listening to a strange sound. It’s not that I don’t understand them, but I figure their controlled environments have sullied their results…if that’s even possible. Quite frankly, my experience has been that Windows 7 breathes new life into old machines. I had the opportunity to put my beliefs to the test again last week when I got my hands on an older HP 2140 netbook running XP with sloth like tendencies.

I remember thinking when this model first came out that it was a pretty neat netbook. As with all technology there have been great improvements in processor speed, on board memory, and hard drive options in the netbook class of computers since the release of the 2140. And, quite frankly, the 2140 running Windows XP now in my hands runs like a tired horse in the mud compared to an HP 2102 running Windows 7. Continue reading “Windows 7 Vs. Windows XP” »

One for all and All-In-One: HP’s Compaq 6000 Pro


If you’re familiar with the HP Compaq 6000 Pro family, then you know you can select from a myriad of configurations and sizes for the desktop. In fact, the options are so great that if you hear of someone talking about a 6000 Pro, you’re going to have to ask more questions to understand exactly what they’re talking about, “…is it a micro-tower, a small form factor, the size of a toaster?” Ok, so they don’t make them the size of a toaster, but last June they did put the reliable 6000 Pro innards into the framework of an all-in-one PC.

HP Compaq 600 All In One

HP Compaq 600 All In One

I got my hands on one of these a couple of months ago and it made the rounds to client sites with positive feedback following in its footsteps. It truly does meet the enterprise class expectations of reliability, security, manageability and stability already established by the HP 6000 series of machines.

The HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One boasts impressive performance features, including a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Windows 7 Professional 32- or 64-bit operating system, up to 8 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 memory, hard drives up to 1 terabyte and an optional 80-GB solid-state drive. Featuring a 21.5-inch diagonal full HD LED backlit HP BrightView LCD screen with dual display capability, the PC offers crisp videoconferencing for face-to-face communication, maximized through Bluetooth wireless solutions. Continue reading “One for all and All-In-One: HP’s Compaq 6000 Pro” »