If you’re working on a machine and your troubleshooting efforts seem to point towards hard drive trouble, HDDScan is a great freeware utility to use when diagnosing hard drive problems. The utility isn’t limited to searching for slow or bad sectors. It can also perform health tests on the drive …
Last year, I wrote about my pleasant experiences with the Hurricane canned air replacement. I gave it a fair 3 of 5 star rating for a valiant effort, but it came up short in the form of having a non-replaceable battery and a rather small “effective blowing” timespan of about …
What’s in a name? A whole lot, in fact. And this very question is one that puzzles computer business owners time and time again. I’ve been asked about it via email from Technibble readers on more than one occasion, so I know it’s something that prospective business owners are thinking …
With the recent news that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP with the security suite Microsoft Security Essentials, we’re hearing more reports about just how many computers are still running Windows XP, from government computers to machines at educational institutions and corporate enterprises. Those who used MSE will have to …
As we continue to expand at Technibble, we are looking for writers to join our team. We are only looking for the right people, people who are in it for the long term. I realize that some people have a lot of time and other people dont, what I am …
As Techs, we often come across the same issues multiple times, and it’s easy to start guessing and skipping the usual diagnostic methods rather than following a good diagnostic path. It’s easy to become lazy in your methods too, no matter what industry you’re in, so here’s a self evaluation …
A question I am often asked by Technibble readers is what computer technician product or service should they choose for their business (or to solve a specific problem). What CRM should they choose? What remote support software should they choose? Our forums also have these questions asked often. The problem …
I appreciate that many business owners are probably reading on aghast about what sounds completely and utterly unforgivable, but on reflection it has probably been one of my best and liberating decisions to date. By letting go of the people I thought imperative to my business I quickly discovered that …
‘How much should I charge?’ That’s a common question among repair technicians just starting out, and sometimes even veteran technicians will want to revisit their pricing and rate strategy from time to time to re-evaluate their options. Should you charge by the hour, charge flat rates, or charge variable rates? …
Sooner or later it comes up in a discussion with your clients. ‘How many partners do you have?’ ‘Do you work by yourself?’ ‘Is it just you?’ ‘Are you the only technician behind that logo?’ Some businesses have contracted one man shops in the past and something happened and they …
If you have an account with HealthCare.gov, you can expect to change your password the next time you log in. And you can thank Heartbleed for it.
According to the website, all HeathCare.gov users will be prompted to change their passwords the next time they log into the site. According to the site,"HealthCare.gov uses many layers of protections to secure your information," and there's no sign that any Healthcare.gov user information has been compromised, so this is mainly a precautionary measure.
The Associated Press notes that the US Government is reviewing al of its sites to see if they're vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, so it's possible that users of other government sites may have to change their passwords in the not-too-distant future.
Lets face it: A lot has changed in the past few years. Smartphones! 3D printers! Drones! Face computers! Self-driving cars! It almost feels as though were living in the future. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, Americans expect this rapid pace of change to continue over the next 50 years.
And while most of those surveyed think all this new tech will be a good thing, there are a few things the populace is wary about.
The Pew survey found that56 percent of respondents are optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better, while 30 percent have a more dystopian view of the not-too-distant future.
A dastardly conspiracy? Historical guess-who? Shadowy government agency?
Don't worry! Malachi Rector is on the case. Who's Malachi Rector? Why, he's a world-renowned antiques appraiser of coursea career I can only assume he was saddled with the same day his parents gave him that awful name.
Users of Google Glass will get to meet and compare their techie headgear this weekend at a spot where appearance is everything.
On Saturday in Los Angeles, the Internet company is holding a 3.6-mile run from its offices in Venice to the Santa Monica Pier and back. Theyd better hope its a cloudy day: Instead of sunglasses, runners will be sporting Googles face-mounted computer, Glass. (Though Google, conveniently, is now selling clip-ons.)
Anyone who owns one of the US$1,500 devices can participate. Theyll even get to try out fitness software on Glass made by Strava, which makes a GPS tracker and performance analytics software for athletes. That way they can see how fast they ran while trying to be discreet taking celebrity photos.
Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy.
The case centers on alleged secret agreements struck among companies including Apple, Google and Adobe that they would not try to hire each others workers. The tech workers say that drove down their wages and restricted their mobility.
In the pretrial period, plaintiffs referred to materials such as outside blog posts referencing Jobs and Walter Isaacsons best-selling biography of the former Apple chief. Isaacsons biography reveals both a good Steve and a bad Steve. People, in Jobs eye, were either enlightened or an asshole, Isaacson writes in the book.
Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.
Researchers are looking at the possibility of making low-power, flexible and inexpensive computers out of plastic materials. Plastic is not normally a good conductive material. However, researchers said this week that they have solved a problem related to reading data.
The research, which involved converting electricity from magnetic film to optics so data could be read through plastic material, was conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa and New York University. A paper on the research was published in this weeks Nature Communications journal.
Borrowing a page from the recently revised Microsoft playbook, development tools maker Telerik has released as open source the bulk of its Kendo software library of components for building Web and mobile applications
A Space X Falcon rocket lifted off Friday afternoon for the International Space Station (ISS) from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.
The mission is the third commercial resupply flight for Space X to the ISS and part of NASAs push to use private launch companies for routine space flight.
The Dragon cargo capsule that sat atop the Falcon rocket was successfully deployed into space about 10 minutes after the 3:25 p.m. Eastern time launch. It is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Sunday.
Dragon is carrying more than 2 tons of cargo and experiments including several cubesat micro satellites and a pair of legs for the Robonaut robot on the ISS. It will also carry four HD cameras that will be placed on the ISS for streaming live video of the Earth on the Internet.
Advanced Micro Devices doesnt want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under $100.
Growth in the tablet market is driven by low-end devices and Android, but AMDs tablet strategy is driven by Windows and high-performance machines. So AMDs avoidance of the low end of the market narrows options for people looking for name-brand chips in low-price machines.
AMD chips are in just a handful of tablet models. Those AMD chips that are available for tablets are essentially watered-down PC chips with strong graphics capabilities. But the company plans to introduce new chips, code-named Beema and Mullins, for tablets These new chips are based on a new core and designed to provide more performance and battery life.
Although Exadata is Oracles most popular and mature engineered system, some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.
Many people have seen Oracles advertisements that sing Exadatas praises and cite astounding-sounding performance improvements over running the same workload on traditional hardware, said Andy Colvin, practice director with Oracle consulting firm Enkitec, during a presentation at the Collaborate conference in Las Vegas last week.
A lot of databases are hindered because theyre running on servers with older hardware and fibre channel interconnects, as well as a shared SAN (storage area network). Exadata targets these problems with features such as dedicated storage and Infiniband interconnects.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.
The FCC will vote on a plan to conduct a complicated two-sided spectrum auction during its May 15 meeting, officials there said. The FCC will reserve approximately 18MHz to 26MHz of spectrum in the 600MHz band for unlicensed wireless uses, with the amount depending on how many TV stations participate in the auction, officials said.
The so-called incentive auction, in which U.S. television stations will be able to sell their spectrum in exchange for part of the profits of the auctions, will sell generic 5MHz blocks of spectrum in the 600MHz band to bidders, instead of selling specific spectrum bands, FCC officials said.
Paid all your taxes? Maybe got a sweet, sweet refund check? Why not celebrate by reading about video games?
This week we've got March NPD sales figures (hint: it's not looking great for Microsoft), Firaxis is making a new Alpha Centauri Civilization game set in space, and Snoop Dogg is in Call of Duty. Fo' rizzle.
Another week, another crazy piece of Call of Duty DLC. This time, Snoop Dogg. Snoop Lion. Snoopzilla. The artist formerly (and maybe currently?) known as Snoop Dogg.
No, unfortunately you don't get to play as a gun-wielding Snoop. You do, however, get to buy his announcer pack, where he says things like "Squad member active. That's what's up." Call of Duty is reaching peak dumb and I love it.
Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.
At face value, the move seems a good one for companies that market through the social media platform. According to a blog post from Twitter, the MoPub Marketplace reaches over a billion unique devices and serves over 130 billion ads within Android and iOS apps every month. Now, MoPub Marketplace advertisers will be able to simultaneously market to 241 million active Twitter users.
Security researchers have found that many satellite communication systems have vulnerabilities and design flaws that can let remote attackers intercept, manipulate, block and in some cases take full control of critical communications.
Between October and December last year, researchers from IOActive analyzed the firmware of popular satellite communications (SATCOM) devices that are used in the military, aerospace, maritime, critical infrastructure and other sectors. The research covered products manufactured or marketed by Harris, Hughes Network Systems, Cobham, Thuraya Telecommunications, Japan Radio Company (JRC) and Iridium Communications. The analysis focused on SATCOM terminals that are used on ground, in the air and at sea, not satellite communications equipment in space.
Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on your commute as well as what Mother Nature has in store for the day.
Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' has arrived, a mere week after the death of Windows XP, complete with improved high-DPI display and tablet capabilities.Publicly available downloads of the latest version of Ubuntu started on Wednesday and is Canonical's latest Long-Term Support (LTS) version.
As its name implies, LTS versions of Ubuntu receive support updates for five years instead of the typical nine months. LTS versions are designed with enterprises in mind,focusing less on new features and more on stability. That's also good news for users, as fresh Ubuntu releases can sometimes be particularly unstable and painful to use.
Twitters new mobile advertising suite lets companies pitch their mobile apps in promoted tweets or place ads inside other apps.
The suite combines Twitter Cards, a feature that automatically adds Google Play and App Store links to tweets, and Promoted Tweets, sponsored tweets that appear in peoples timelines. Users will be able to download apps directly from their timelines, Twitter said Thursday.
The tiny tweaks in the update pushed to Windows 8.1 users last week transformed Microsofts Modern UI-tinged future into a truly PC-friendly operating system for the very first time, but as welcome as the changes were, they didnt sit well with everyone.
While the update makes Windows 8.1 much more usable with a mouse, it also broke down the wall separating the desktop and the interface-formerly-known-as-Metro. Thats best symbolized by Windows 8.1s anywhere, everywhere desktop taskbar, whichin addition to now supporting the pinning and minimizing of Modern appsnow appears across the OS, including the Live Tiled Start screen and Modern-style apps.