New Jersey North Brunswick Township Fire

New Jersey North Brunswick Township Fire

New Jersey North Brunswick Township Fire

It looks like there is a large fire that broke out in New Jersey early this morning. Residents in the area have been evacuated while fire departments are fighting it. This is similar to forest fires that have been erupting through area’s like LA and BC. The similarity is in that they can start in a concentrated area. The good news is fire crews can contain something like a warehouse fire easier.

Since this fire is quite large they could use the same technology as they have been using in recent years to fight it. The technology they have been using is drones. It doesn’t risk the life of a pilot and can fly over a wildfire for much longer.

They have also been using satellites to historically evaluate how a wildfire spreads in certain areas of the country so they can predict how it might spread.  I am sure they can use some of this technology to help with the fire in New Jersey.

 

 

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

Mirand Lamber, Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

It seems that many people took to twitter to grieve the announcement that Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are divorcing after 4 years of marriage. It is amazing that in the age of social media of fast such news can come out. In the days before such a medium, you had to wait for more traditional outlets to get such news and could have be on-going for months before you heard anything about it.

 

Now it seems, as soon as it is thought, it is posted (Things happen at lightening speeds over the internet). Shows like Entertainment Tonight and eTalk, etc love this stuff. It makes there job a lot easier. The news practically reports it self!

 

I am sure that or social mediums, like Facebook and Instagram our pretty much doing the same thing. It really depends on the type of audience the star(s) have and what the social media preference is.

 

 

The British Open

 

The British Open

 

The Britsh Open

 

A lot of technology goes into The British Open . People don’t realize that it is not just the TV coverage that goes on. You have the website, social media feeds. media feeds to news outlets. The constant monitoring of the weather etc. etc. On the surface it can seem quite overwhelming but it is (pun intended) par for the course.

 

The British Open

A lot of tournaments are set up this way. It has come a long way from when no technology was involvement. Well maybe TV cameras and walkie talkie’s :). Compared to today it is sort of primitive! If you were to take a look at the equipment golfers use today it is about as advanced as the technology they use to broadcast tournaments today. It looks like Zach Johnson won!!

Now I just have to get out and play some golf. LOL

 

Erase and Recycle your PC

Erase and Recycle your PC

 

Erase and Recycle your PC

You may have some old PC’s sitting around collecting dust. You want to get rid of them but it may have data on it you don’t feel comfortable sitting on it after you have recycled it. I can help. If you live in the Haldimand area I can securely erase the data on the PC and then recycle the unit for you. Please Contact Us for more info.

Windows 10 is here….

Windows 10 is here

Windows 10 is here

Windows 10 is here…..You just may not know it yet. The little windows icon in the notification area of your Windows 7, 8.0 or 8.1 desktop is letting your know you can choose to be part of the upgrade which becomes available on July 29, 2015. It is giving a chance to be part of a free upgrade. Right-clicking on the “get Windows 10″ icon yields this:

 

Get Windows 10

If you decide not to do it, it is OK. You have up to a year to reserve your free upgrade. Chances are if you are in the market for a new computer after that, it probably will come with Windows 10.

Even though it seems like it is lurking in the shadows, Windows 10 is here. I will be downloading it as soon as I get a chance and let you know what I think of it.

 

Cheers,

Dan

Do this one thing to speed up your Windows 7 System

Do this one thing to speed up your Windows 7 System

Do this one thing to speed up your Windows 7 System

Do this one thing to speed up your Windows 7 System….I find that a lot of Windows 7 systems I have been working on are not ancient but are getting a bit older (2-3 yrs old). I end up getting the boot time down to 45-60 seconds but once I am at the Desktop, I find that clicking around lags a bit. I am not sure if Windows updates have done this but I find that with constant updates to software in time, the hardware begins to lag. This still occurs after I disable the computer’s antivirus.

Disabling dwm.exe helps speed up Windows. If are not using the Aero Interface you probably won’t even notice that is not running. The speed improvements are great!

To disable the “Desktop Window Manager Session Manager” service under Windows 7

1. Click on Start > type “services.msc” in the search field and press enter.2.In the “Services” window, look for the following entry

2. Desktop Window Manager Session Manage

3. Double click and set the “Startup type” as “Disabled”

4. Click “OK” and you are done.

If you follow this quick tip plus 7 easy ways to speed up your computer you might buy yourself sometime before you need to upgrade that computer!

Cheers

 

Dan

Read If You Don’t Want To Get Scammed

Rread if you don't want to get scammed!

Read If You Don’t Want To Get Scammed

 

There seems to be a lot of scams on the Internet. It’s not getting any better. In fact, they scams are getting more and more sophisticated. I have been going through a lot of articles lately to find out what scams are current in Canada so I can pass them on to you. I had a lot of interest in my Revenue Canada Scam article so I wanted to shed some light on some new scams out there.

I didn’t get a chance to watch Doc Zone on CBC but there was a good show on The Top 10  Scams in 2014 . Many of them were online. You have to be careful out there. Online scams aren’t just in email or dating websites and the like. They are even starting to hit social media. It is a zoo out there!!

 

If feel awful for the Brantford senior who was bilked out of $400,000 just last month. It was a romance scam and it was conducted all online. In fact, Canadians were scammed out of 13 million dollars last year by the romance scam. It is was probably the biggest scam last year in Canada.

We have come a long way from the “Nigerian Letter”. You need to be vigilant!

If You Want to Market Your Business Properly….Read This!

If You Want to Market Your Business Properly....Read This!

If You Want to Market Your Business Properly….Read This!

This is a great article as it explains a “rhythm” you need to get your content marketing in to be as effective as a possible in your business marketing campaign. It breaks it down into the following:

Tweaking

I would tweak the frequency based on the type of business you run. If you do a lot of online business, I would keep to this schedule. If your business is more offline or a combination of both you could probably get away with a little less posting. I wrote a good post almost a year ago explaining this. Whatever you do, STAY CONSISTENT.

The basic take away from this is that you need to choose your content and frequency. Evaluate your campaign at planned intervals so if something is not working, you can address it and move forward. I am a good case in point. When I started I had a Blog, Facebook,LinkedIn, Twitter and Google +. At about 3-6 months I evaluated the uptake and now I am down to my Blog and Facebook. I may try other platforms but for now, this is working :)

The article you need to read is here!

 

Cheers

 

Dan

 

 

 

 

 

Read This Before Buying a Network Device for your Home!!

Read This Before Buying a Network Device for your Home!!

Read This Before Buying a Network Device for your Home!!

Unfortunately consumers are still not getting it…..

I had written an article about security web cams being hacked by a Russian website sometime ago. It made the news and was quite big. You would figure it might scare some sense into people considering looking at the security devices you bought for your home network that you could view over the internet but apparently that is not the case. In recent news, people who own baby monitors have been hacked and the hackers were able to view and listen in on the the room these monitors were in. It kind of freaked the parents out but it begs the question…what do expect with a device that can connect over the internet and is set up with absolutely no security???

There are 2 distinct reasons why this is happening:

1. Excitement / Wonder

You as a consumer are so excited that you can actually accomplish things like using your smart phone to open your doors, adjust the thermostat, view webcams etc. that you can’t wait to get things going. In your haste to see the wonder of the new technology, your forget to ask yourself “what does this mean in terms of my personal security?”. By the time you have gotten things up and running you have all but forgotten this important question.

2. Ignorance

It is not entirely your fault. In a large effort by tech companies to make their devices more user friendly they have forgotten one fact..It is a device operating on a network that may be able to be accessed from the outside, so some security measures must be adhered to. I know you as a consumer might be saying is “all I here is blah blah blah computers, let use the tech toy already!!” but it is important that you at least understand and deploy the basics.  The companies that sell these devices are making it easier for a secure setup but it is still not 100% effective.

A Little Network Primer

Any network device you buy that allows you control or manage things from another computer or smart phone are ALL set up in the same way:

1. They are on your home network.

2. They all have some desktop or smart phone app that allows you to manipulate the device.

3. They all require some sort of IP addressing scheme (Static or Dynamic) – You can either use the manufacturers service to resolve this or you can use your own if you want (NO-IP is a good example).

4. A port on your Firewall/Router (Internet Box) must be opened – This is usually done automatically through the setup of the device or instructions are given on how to do this.

5. This is the most important step…..a user name and password must be set up!!

Make sure it is complicated. I wrote an article a little while ago that explains an easy way to do this .

The problem is people either do not set up security or leave the defaults on. The former is like leaving your front door wide open when you go out for the night and the latter is like locking the front door but leaving a key on the door step after you leave. If you do not set up security, you do not have ANY security against hackers. If just the defaults are set-up, anyone can use Google to look up this information and you could be hacked. I know you might be saying “the internet is a big place, I will never be hacked”. Well, you might be right, but do you really want to find out?

Please look over this article and spend the extra 5 minutes to set up your device securely. It is right there with the documentation that came with the device. Reach out to the manufacturers tech support if you have to; that’s what they are there for. You can enjoy the new home network device with the piece of mind that proper security gives you.

Cheers

 

Dan