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Are Laser Printers Better?

Not if you want to save money.

The cost of ownership of a Laser printer is much too high for most of us. The low cost per page thing is only good for huge workloads.

Here are some links about this topic. The companies that make laser printer want you to think the laser is a better investment.  Redd for yourself about what is going on in the printer business.

Laser printers have low cost per page, but can really cost a lot. Cheap inkjets suck up expensive ink. That was true last year. And the year before. Has anything really new come to the printer market?

Recent article:
They inkjets ratings on par with laser printers.

About four years ago:
Printers waste half the ink doing cleaning.

Here is a quote:
Generally inkjet printers have a price per page of around 20 cents, although this includes both black and colour cartridges — if you intend to print only black, ongoing print costs are generally 7-8 cents per page. Cheap black-and-white laser printers have a price of around 6c per page on average…
PC World Printer Report.

IMO, the real cost must include amortization of the capital investment and the labor and materials involved to use  and maintain the printer. In that respect, the laser printers might not be worthwhile unless you have a very huge workload.

Three billion computer chips are vulnerable to a security flaw .

Most likely your Apple, Winmdows or Smartphone has a chip flaw.

Just now, this week, chip maker Intel released inmformation about major flws in the hardware itself. It is not a software issue.

This means that even if you use a new operationg system or even do a complete imnstall of your computer, tablet or smartphone, the flaws are still there. The flaws are in the chips inmside.

Here is one link:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609891/at-least-3-billion-computer-chips-have-the-spectre-security-hole/

Here is another:

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358249/intel-chips-have-a-major-design-flaw-and-the-fix-means-slowe

 

Clicks on the limnks above for more details.

Microsoft is going to kill Windows 7 soon.

The Big Software Giant wants you to switch.

Windows 7 will soon drop out of normal support .

No more  bug  fixing. And in 2020 no security support. But Microsoft wants you  to quit before that. Right now, it is hard to get a legal copy of Windows 7. Major retail stores can not get any new copies.

On eBay, and some other places  you buy ‘leftover’ versions of Windows 7 product keys that might work. It seems that Microsoft does not stop such selling, but does not let the big stores do it. Well, that is what it looks like.

So how does that prevent people for confining to use Windows 7? Well,  many companies want to expand  a  successful business by getting new computers that will work like the old ones. But Windows 7 is not available. So they have to make use of a provision of Windows 10 that lets you  ‘roll back’ to Windows 7. Fine, but where do you get the Windows 7 to roil back?

Windows 7 download is available over the Internet. That is good. But each version of Windows 7 requires a certificate that proves it is authentic and bust have a product key.

Some users, maybe just a few, report they have trouble using a legal product key. Microsoft support gives very limited help.  Reportedly it is near impossible to talk to a real person and get everything right.

Here is a quote:

The general term is its “Lifecycle” and the details for Windows 7 can be found here. They could of course withdraw a particular version from sale at any time as it is currently “To be determined”.

In other words they can break any promises to continue helping people out with defects that are found in the software. If that happens, it might bring an early end to the widespread use of Windows 7 on home and office computers.

Really, you still can get Windoss7 on a new computer. Nut it is not always easy. There are some who claim they represent Microsoft and will tell  yum that you can not get Windows 7 unless you violate  the law. That is not the truth.   And those people do not officially represent Microsoft, but hey otherwise work for the company.


What do you think? I think the company wants employees to say that and them deny it has such a policy that would mike old copies of  W windows 7 unlawful.

Get Windows 7 at a very low price.

Is  Microsoft now letting some vendors  sell Windows 7 for a very low price?

We found this ad on Bing.com, which is a search tool owned by Microsdft.

You can make the image larger and see the prices go way down for just the product key itself.

You can downloasd the ISO files of Windows  7 yourself in about an hour or two. If you don’t pay yourself a salary, it is free. The product key is needed to properly activet Widdows 7.

Heer is a link to the site taht offers the bargain product key.

I have not tried this, but the fact taht it is advertised on a search tool under Microsft control would suggest that Microsft aloows thisto happen.
But the Winjdows 7 doe NOT let you have a free Windows 10. That train has left the station long ago.

Windows 10 Update makes computers crash.

It can happen to you. Windows 10 Update can lock up your personal computer.

You need to have a backup plan if you use automatic updates. Microsft is now using customers computers to test things that have not been fully tested in the laboratory.

Yes, it is true. Microsft, the company that created Windows, is no letting home users test out new features taht have the potential to lock up you computer. If this happens to you, you hve to restore your system from a backup you had made earlier.

It is a good idea to mkadea backup at least once a week.  And  backup your dailt work to a remote storage thing. Wither a clound service or a portable device lyu have.

What can you do to stop this from happening? AFor one, hyou can turn off the auto-update feature in Windows 10.

Just now I found pthis:

Interestingly, there is a simple option in Wi-Fi settings, which if enabled, stops your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To do that, search for Change Wi-Fi settings in Start Menu or Cortana. Click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.Aug 14, 2015
Source for above:
Of course, eventually you will want to insll the updates, but only after you have made backups and set restore options on you system. Truning off the updates gives you time to do your work and gfinish your backups.

A New Silicon Surprise – AMD and INTEL together!

INTEL and AMD  are rivals. Not anymore.

Hard to believe.But They both have said they have a new product that will impact how we use personal computers for entertainment.

For the first time ever, soon you can get a personal computer that has the beet Intel CPU  and the best AMD graphics. Really? How?

Earlier this year the California based chip maker did  announce cw some new research into how chips can communicate without the need for motherboard wires.  It is a method of interconnect via he silicon substrate.

Think of a woman gibing birth to twins. The might be identical. Or not. That is sort of like the new silicon design troll Intel has invented.  For the first time two silicon chips that are not identical can be created on the samde silicon base material. And the work independently, yet can transfer data via the silicon base material.

OK.  That is just too simple. But you get the idea. Intel says that the two  different chips can be down with different trace size. The chips are separate, but are created at the same time and on the same base materiel. They have the ability to transfer data directly without the need for external wires.

If this is true, speed will increase and price will go down. Sometime next year expect to see some kind of home computer that is really fast with action games and can run high definition without an jerks or delays.

Here is a picture from Intel.

On the left are the chips needed to connect the main processor to the graphics interface often found on high speed gaming computers. On the right is the new design from Intel and AMD.

Small size can mean better results. You can expect  Better speed, lower cost. Potentially it could make it possible to build a tablet PC with the speed needed for action games and movies.

How to enlarge the image above.

Put  the mouse  over image. Right click, then select the ‘view image’ item. The will make the image go full screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

News from AMD and Intel. Who will win?

AMD CPU will be better and cheap than Intel.

But Intel is about to spend $7 billion in Phenix for a new factory to make incredibly powerful super chips that can almost read your mind.

If you like to play fast games on a computer, you will like the news from AMD. Soon you can have a new PC that is better than anything made by Intel.

But meanwhile, Intel is going for a much, much better goal. Super chips that can make home robots a reality. Silicon that can understand what you mean when you talk out load. Not just voice commands chores,  but really understand what you are trying to say. Maybe a robot nanny to raise children. Or a resident therapist to help yu with your anxieties.

When? Very soon. Checkout these stories.

For Intel:  Intel to spend $7 for factory in Arizona.

For AMD: New AMD gaming CPU at lower prices.

Who will win? Booth.  Each will move ahead, bu tin different ways.

AMD will make progress in the personal computer market and related areas such as commercial data centers.

Bit Intel does not get most of its income from the desktop computer area. Intel is a huge company with a wide range of projects that bring in money. The desktop computer is a important part, but Intel does not have to depend on it. They have enough others things going to continue making money.

Expensive Anti-Virus. Worth it?

Do You Get What You Pay For? Maybe Not.

A recent article form PC Mag had this to say about a Software Product:

Pros
In testing, eliminated active malware and malware that launches at startup, as promised. Integrated HelpDesk remote remediation tool. Installs and runs in Safe Mode. Bootable recovery environment available. Free scan available. Certified by one testing lab.

Cons
Missed many malware samples in tests. Failed to remove executable traces of detected samples. No significant real-time protection. Expensive.

Bottom Line
Enigma SpyHunter 4 does what it promises, eliminating active malware and killing malware that launches at startup. But competitors deliver much more.
Hey!, I didn’t say that! They dis. Bear in mind that PC Mag makes money off advertisers and it looks like that are not helping a growing company. Why wold they do that? Judge for yourself.

Read the whole story here:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1523245,00.asp

Of course, you need a good anti-virus program to protect your computer. Some of the good ones have special coffers. You can find them by doing a search for ‘Free AV Software‘ and find at least five or six good ones. Each offers a better version for a nominal price.

You Can Still Buy a PC with Windows 7.

Microsoft might stop vendors from selling Windows 7 this year.  Maybe.

Walmart and some other stores are still offering personal computers with Window 7. As you know, most new PCs now come with Windows 10, not 7 or 8.

But why would you want a Windows 7 PC? Is it any faster? Does it make better use of hardware? I don’t think so. If Windows 10 was not as fast, somebody would have said so by now. So why do some want 7 and not 10?

Because Windows 7 is more of a classic design for the screen layout. At least from the first screen tall you see. But it is possible to ‘customize’ the Windows 10 desktop screen to look more conventional.

Windows tip for you: Find somebody who has an almost new PC for sale and recently upgraded to Windows 10. Ask if they still have the license key used for Window 7. If so, you might buy that computer and get it to boot either Windows 7 or Windows 10 each time you turn it on.

You can Google and find ways to  legally have both Windows 7 and  10 on the same computer. It really is legal.

triple_boot

The above is from my computer, the same one I use to e3dit ;this blog. It is an old Dell Optiplex 520 with a 500GB hard drive that has three different Windows system on it. It is legal.

Now Buy Windows 10 for $80 and get a FREE PC.

The catch? The PC is an older model made by Dell  or Hp and comes with a legal installed Windows 10 system.

You can find re-sellers  certified by Microsoft to have Windows 10 installed on computers that has come off-lease. So you can help save the environment and get a great bargain. These  are model that were made over seven years ago and have been retired to make way for new computers for business firms  who lease rather than t buy.

The real attraction is  the use of a very new Operating System that woks very well with these older units. It is like getting Windows 10 at a discount and getting a free used computer. Of course these do not include a monitor. However, some newer n TV sets make good monitors. So you could pair trhe older PC with newer TV set and have a great spare computer for you or a family member.

What is the down side? The warranty is for just one-year and you would have to send it back to the vendor. Also, you can not transfer the Windows 10 software to another computer.  The rule is not new.  Microsoft has always held that a single user license  is good only for just one computer.

My advice? Check all the details before you buy one. Still, at $80 it is very attractive. By the way, some of these older units can support dual monitors without getting another graphics card.

Some models are under $80 even with Windows 10.

For more information, try a Google search. Or use this link below.
Cheap refurbished desktop computers with Windows 10.

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Above is a rugged and cheap and comes with Windows 10.