I just found out that March 31st has been designated as World Backup Day!
Click on the image below to go to the World Backup Day website, and take the pledge to backup your data. And, if you need help doing so, let me know!
Who would have thought that the flashlight app on your smartphone could be malicious?
According to this cyber-security company, SnoopWall, there are at least ten flashlight apps that are malicious, and can steal and send personal data. They published a threat assessment report back in October, 2014.
If your phone has one of these listed apps, the recommendation is to backup your contacts and personal files from your phone, and then do a factory reset your phone. Deleting the app is not enough, as these apps are storing malicious information in hidden places on your phone.
Here is a 6 minute video from Fox News interviewing SnoopWall’s CEO, Gary Miliefsky, on this subject.
I am still amazed at the number of people, both consumers as well as I.T. professionals, that simply do not like Windows 8.1. Many managed service professionals (MSP) that I know are still installing Windows 7 in their customer base, avoiding windows 8.1 altogether. I’m fine with that, as that’s their choice.
Personally, I like Windows 8.1 (for the most part). And those sites where I have installed 8.1, the reaction of the users quickly go from “Dislike” to “It’s OK”, and in some cases, they move to “I like it!”.
I came across this article from CNN Money website that gives a very nice overview of why people will want to upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft has a trade-in program for any existing model of Microsoft Surface devices – from the original Surface RT, to the Surface 2 RT / Surface 2 Pro, and to the current Surface Pro 3. The trade-in value will vary depending on the model of the Surface device.
Note: This offer is only good from February 15, 2015 to March 8, 2015.
Earlier this month I started to receive the following message whenever I logged onto my BOA phone app from my Nokia Lumia 920 –>
So, what’s their definition of “soon”?
You have to go to the Windows Phone App store to find that in “early March 2015” they will stop supporting this app on the Windows Phone platform!
I utilize the electronic check deposit feature of their phone l the time.
Their suggestion that I do my mobile checking through the browser is a farce, since their web site does not provide the capability of electronic check deposit.
Why am I upset with Microsoft? Because it appears that BOA is waling away from the Windows Phone platform, and I’m not hearing anything from Microsoft on this situation. If BOA walks, whose next? And what does that say about the future of the Windows Phone platform?
P.S. Now it looks like both BOA and Chase are moving away from the Windows Phone platform! click here
Thanks to David Nickason, my MVP buddy from New York, who informed me of a way to get 100GB of OneDrive storage. Microsoft s offering Bing Rewards, to earn credits when you search on Bing or MSN.
As part of this promotion, you can get 100GB of OneDrive storage for free for two years! Please note that this offer is only available until February 28, 2015.
What are you waiting for? Go to Bing Reward and request your storage!
I’m working on a new Dell XPS 8700 that was just delivered, with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and a 1TB SATA drive. I ordered a Samsung SSD 850 Pro 500GB drive to use as the system drive. I’ve used the Samsung Data Migration cloning software successfully on a scratch install of Windows 8.1, but this is the first time to try it with Windows 8.1 pre-installed on the computer.
You install the Samsung Data Migration utility onto the computer to the existing hard drive. I then connected the SSD drive to a USB3 port using a USB3 data & power connector.
Note: Do not connect the SSD drive until the Samsung software has been installed.
After powering down the workstation, I unhooked the SATA drive and connected the SSD drive in its place. I powered up the system and it successfully started up Windows 8.1
The January 2015 build of Windows 10 is now available for download for those who signed up for the Windows Insider program. If you’re not signed up, you should be – it’s free!
This release is labeled Build 9926. To learn what’s new in this release, go to the Windows 10 January Build blog page.
Please note: it does NOT include all the new features that were shown during the Windows 10 presentation on Wednesday.
At the Windows 10 briefing event today (Jan-21-2015) they announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the first year!!!
And here is the link to the video of today’s presentation:
New Year’s arrived this morning with an email from Microsoft announcing that I have received the 2015 Microsoft MVP award for Small & Medium Businesses. This is my 12th consecutive year to receive this honor.
Dear Kevin Weilbacher,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Server for Small and Medium Business technical communities during the past year.