Month: January 2014

THDP6 – The Death of XP

THDP6 – The Death of XP

Podcast
Our special guest this week is Ed Brzozowski, the Director of Information Technology at Taylor Public Schools, Taylor, MI.  We discuss some points large enterprise organizations are having with the approaching end to support for Windows XP. Interop Las Vegas This Week in Enterprise Tech Hosted by Father Robert Ballecer, aka Friar Tech The FOG Project, a free computer cloning solution Symantec’s Ghost Microsoft Systems Center 2012 R2 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium David Gerwitz’s article in ZDNet entitled:  “Did I just hear this right? Microsoft activation servers will allow new XP installs after doomsday?” Mary Jo Foley’s article also in ZDNet entitled:  “Windows XP end of su
2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

Podcast
This podcast is quite a bit longer than I would have like to have gone.   I try to keep our episodes to around 30 minutes.  This is more like 50.  It has some good info in it though and some great links.  I hope this helps you buy wisely. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast – #5 – “2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5” Links to our Amazon Affiliate program You can find (and buy) all the models we talk about in this podcast with our Amazon Shopping Link. Amazon sells the Samsung 120GB 840 EVO SSD drive for $99.93, the Samsung 500GB 840 EVO SSD Drive for $329.99, and on and on… What is a refurbished laptop? I feel I must explain what refurbished and open box laptops are.  In my mind, they represent what many, heck most of us should be buying in the notebook/laptop market.  Whe

2014 Laptop Buying Assistant

Blog Posts
I am assuming that because you are buying the laptop for school, you will need all the attachments.  ie. DVD drive, wireless (get 802.11n), and make sure you buy Microsoft Office.What size screen do you need/desire?  Are you buying mobility or a desktop replacement?  Is this going to be your primary machine?  Are you a gamer?  Do you want to play DVD's on your new notebook? Netbooks are generally up to 10" or 11".  Ultrabooks fall into the 11" to 15" range and notebooks are anywhere from 12" to 18".  This is really a preference thing.  If you are buying a workstation replacement that you will not carry around much go with the 17” models.  I use 13.3” laptops at work because they are lighter and small…thus for me more convenient.  If I am going to make presentations then I would go with