Category Archives: Home User

Computing information that might be useful to a Home User

The Death of XP – Do I really need to Upgrade XP?

A lot of people are starting to feel the pinch after XP’s expiry last year, so we thought we’d discuss what the expiry means and how it might affect you.

The extended support on WINXP finished on the 8th April 2014. Aside from not getting any more Microsoft updates… nothing much happened.

The problems are starting to mount up now, though, because XP users can’t get updates from any of their OTHER software packages.

What sort of problems will XP users encounter?

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Do you switch off in a storm? Computers and Storm Damage.

A few things you may not know about computers and lightning.

Lightning strikes during a storm can damage computers.
Lightning strike over our neighbours roof in a storm!

We’ve had some rough weather lately and one of the downsides is the rash of calls we’ve had about storm damaged computers. Here’s a few things Dave taught me about computers and storms this week:

It doesn’t have to be YOUR house that’s struck by lightning.

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Printers – Colour Lasers are now affordable for the home office

In the past MFC Bubble Jet printers have been popular in home offices and small businesses. While colour laser printers have always been more economical per page printed, the high purchase and re-stock (toner) prices have limited them to big business.

There are now a range of Colour Laser MFC’s starting at $300 that make laser printing feasible for the home office or small business.

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NAS drives can replace file servers for small businesses.

NAS Drive for Network Storage and file sharing
NAS Drives

The speed, affordability and storage capacity on NAS Drives these days make them a viable alternative to a file server for a home office or small businesses who need document storage and sharing ability without the other bells and whistles offered by a full server.

With NAS drives priced as low as $250, up to $1,000 for 4x4TB hard drives they can allow multiple users to access shared documents as fast as a file server. They allow RAID redundancy – this means you can have 2 hard drives storing the same data so that if one hard drive dies your data is still safe. Continue reading NAS drives can replace file servers for small businesses.