Issue March 29, 2014 #032914
By Debbie A. Bryne
The Big Day, April 8, is fast approaching. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP. The last Patch Tuesday was March 11. Did you download this Windows update?
If any of your computers still have XP, you might be able to upgrade your Operating System or buy a new computer. This has been discussed on various websites. In case you aren't aware or need additional information, Microsoft, Kim Komando, and Gizmag offer the latest news on their sites:
However, if you decide to keep XP, Network World has some recommendations from F-Secure. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/030514-windows-xp-279403.html?hpg1=bn
I have two old computers with XP. One will not be used with the internet. I plan to use this desk top for other things for as long as it lasts. For my laptop, I might attempt to upgrade with the Vista disk I received years ago. At the time, I decided not to install Vista, as I had read so many negative comments about it.
I am shopping around for a new computer with 8 or 8.1, but have yet to make a decision. I also have access to a computer with Windows 7, so this may be my best choice for now.
If you are looking for a cheap computer, Kim Komando has some suggestions. Information on tablets can also be found at Kim’s site. http://www.komando.com/tips/242420/the-best-cheap-computer-or-tablet-to-replace-windows-xp
I hope this post will help you make a decision. Whatever you choose to do, good luck and stay safe!
Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is working on her first children’s book.
(Of course the dates above have already passed, but I just now caught up on reading my emails. Thankfully I don't have XP. Used to though.)
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Also, Kim McDougal, at Castlelane Services has information about a new Facebook Author App that authors can put on their page to promote their books. Even though she signed up, she has some concerns and would like input from others that may have the app. Here's a link to her page:
https://www.facebook.com/kimchatelbooks. The Red Button invites you to "Read My Books." Click and it takes you to her new author store. Here's the link to Kim's blog if you have thoughts for her.
I'm not familiar with the app myself.