Sales of Windows XP Scheduled to End June 30, 2008

I got a notice from Microsoft regarding the end of days for Windows XP.  Ordering new systems with Windows XP from Dell and the few other build to order companies will soon be impossible.  Microsoft said:

"After careful review, Microsoft will end sales of Windows XP products on June 30, 2008. For customers who want Windows XP after this date, original equipment manufacturers will have several options to provide Windows XP using downgrade rights. Mainstream support for Windows ...

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Sounds Like A Fake Virus Report – But Not This Time

Every time I get an email like the one below, I check it out on Snopes or Urban Legends, and usually they are not true, just a stupid form of chain letter spam.  This one I am sorry to say is real.

"Subject: virus warning, please tell your friends
This one checks out and is a bona fide real virus so hence the warning.
Any email with "Mail Server Report" in the subject line is a new virus and ...

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What’s Wrong With This Email?

One of my pet peeves is phony security warnings by e-mail, or masquerading as pop-up warnings on your computer.  By the way, if you are getting pop-ups, your machine is already compromised.

I am going to show you a couple of e-mails from my Junk Mail folder as an example of e-mails you definitely want to delete without opening.  They are images are jpegs, so the links are not functional.

Lets look at the first one.  Click on the image ...

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Updating Email Domains in a Mailing List

If you were part of the Comcast / TimeWarner cable territory swap a year back, or even if you you weren’t, but have friends or customers with email addresses on the old ISP, this tip will save you some time.  A client of mine sent me the following e-mail:

Do you happen to know, or can you find out, what mn.rr.com email addresses changed to???  When I send out my monthly customer newsletter, I get a TON of those ...

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Windows Vista – Not so Bad!

So, I switched to Windows Vista back in November 2007.  I am running it on a Dell Inspiron 1501 with 2 GB of Ram and a 1.8 GHZ AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-55 Dual Core Processor.  Aside from a video display problem when coming out of Sleep Mode, which was fixed with a driver upgrade from the video chip manufacturer, the conversion has been uneventful.

I officially declare Vista safe for most users.  If you are running older version ...

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Two Great Articles by Joel Spolsky

I use a remote access product called CoPilot, by FogCreek Software.  I was developed by Joel Spolsky, who is an exceptional software designer, and an accomplished writer on software design, and business and marketing strategy.  You can read him at http://www.joelonsoftware.com.

I have signed up for his newsletter, and this morning read 2 articles that I want to share with you.  They are not about software design, but more about business strategy, and definitely worth a read.  The ...

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A Parable

Another beauty from my barber, Milo David.

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a ...

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My Screen Saver Won’t Run

I teach a computer course called "Intro to Windows Vista".  Recently one of the students sent me the following e-mail:

Hi Bob,
I attended you Exploring Vista class at Boutwell on Monday, January 28th. 
I am having trouble setting my screen saver.  I have followed the directive in "Help & Support", but it still will not turn on.  Any idea why this might be?
Thanks so much!

My reply follows, but basically what I beleive was the problem ...

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Interesting Reactions

I’ve told the joke I posted last in a number of different group settings.  Reactions break pretty much along gender lines.  Most women are upset about the goat.  Most men, on the other hand, are concerned about the loss of the transmission.

I suspect farmers would be upset about both things, and why the two hunters are on their land without permission.

No actual goats were hurt in the telling of this joke.  Please stop sending the Humane Society to ...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

I don’t post a lot of jokes, but this one just cracks me up.  Enjoy!!

Two yoopers are out hunting, and as they are walking along they come upon a huge hole in the ground. They approach it and are amazed by the size of it.
The first hunter Paavo, says ‘ Wow, that’s some hole, I can’t even see the bottom, I wonder how deep it is?’
The second hunter Heikki says’, I don’t know, let’s throw something ...

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