Browser Blow Out

Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2010

Taken from PC World Magazine, September 2010 Edition

Of all the software on your PC, the Web browser may be the most important tool you use each day – but you may not give it much thought.  The difference between a merely good browser and a great one, however, can be vast.  The best browsers are thost that stay out of your way: When you’re in the right browser, you feel as though you’re alone with your favourite site.  The browser loads pages quickly, without crashing, and it can deftly handle any Web page you visit without prompting you to do anything extra.

Editor’s note… this is just a summary of the findings, please visit the PC World site for the full article.

Best Interface: Chrome

Best Security: Chrome

Best Extensions: Firefox

Best Javascript Handling: Chrome

Best Page Loading: Chrome

All five of the Web browsers we looked at for this roundup are free, so it never hurts to experiment with a different one.  But jumping from browser to browser has one hidden cost: your time.  It can take a while to set up a browser to appear and behave just the way you like it.  With that in mind, if we had to select only one browser, Chrome would be our top recommendation.  We like Chrome for its clean and friendly interface, good performance, and strong security.  It covers all the basics for most users, and it offers plenty of customization for power users.

There’s no Better Time to Migrate to Windows 7 and Server 2008

Posted by admin on Oct 6, 2010

Taken from CRN Canada, September 2010 Edition

In the last few months, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista RTM, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Server 2000 all reached the end of their support lifecycles – this means there will be no further security updates, patches, or hotfixes for these releases.

Microsoft strongly recommends that customers still running these legacy operating systems migrate to the latest versions or a supported service pack. in order to continue receiving security and hotfix updates and product support.  Not doing so leaves PCs and servers at risk.

For most organizations, a desktop OS migration can impact and-users, the applications and hardware they rely on to be productive, and the back-end IT infrastructure supporting operations.  This is an important decision for Canadian organizations that need to maintain secure environments, and it is a process in which partners can play a key role.

Organizations have a number of options, and it’s vital that they understand that not choosing to migrate to a supported OS could lead to problems down the road.  Businesses that continue to use older, unsupported operating systems may incur unforseen costs related to mounting technical support issues.  To avoid this, and ensure their PCs remain secure and operate a peak performance, they need to take action.