Lenovo Carbon X1 Ultra Portable – I like it!!!!

Yes I was using the Microsoft Surface Pro, it is a fine tablet, I however had been waiting for the Lenovo Model to come out, I had been looking for a Laptop that was light, good size monitor, and good battery life. Well this Laptop fits all those requirements.
The battery life is very good, the screen size if perfect, and it is such a light weight laptop. The weight of it reminds me of the Apple Air. Like the IPAD this Laptop starts up nearly instantly.
I highly recommend this Lenovo product.

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To Click or Not To Click

Well everything you do on a computer requires you to type or use your mouse and click what you want to do. You really need to be very careful when you are clicking, there are new emails being sent out that might make you think that you have a product ready for delivery, or perhaps your Bank has to reset your password, and wants you do click to change the password, well this particular email is really a “Ransom Virus”. Although the program is not a traditional virus in that the program is a legit program. This program starts to Encrypt your data files on the local computer, and if there are other computers it can start encrypting them also. If you should happen to get this on your computer, first thing to do is to disconnect your computer from your router. Then the long drawn out work begins to try and see how to recover your data.

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Microsoft Office 365 – Rethinking this subscription thing.

During my planning stages of what new things I might review and use, it occurred to me that I needed to get to the current version of Office, looking back at my prior purchases, I decided to jump into the Microsoft Subscription Service and see exactly how that works.
They appear to have several options, low end option is “cloud based” subscription, basically if no internet then no software. The other is a Small Home Business offering for $150 per year which includes the professional version of all of there programs, including a “FULL INSTALL” version. I went with the Small Business version and never looked back. I have installed it on my Office computer at home, my Ipad (Cloud Version) and my new Microsoft Surface 2 Pro. Installation went very quick and was up in about 5 minutes. Going to check out the new version, and will post additional information as I get into the new version.

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Windows Surface Pro 2 – New Beginnings

Yes I have broken down and bought a new Surface Pro 2, for my birthday present.
While unboxing the unit, I couldn’t help thinking, hmm Microsoft taking some hints from Apple. It professionally packed, with sleek taping and wrapping. It was heavier than I had thought it would be, several pounds more than an IPAD Mini, that I own. I turned on and it went thru the setup process asking questions and moving along. I will continue to post on this link talking about what my thoughts are for the product and how it could / might help in making your portable.

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Woodard’s Computing Spring Cleaning Early

Well enough of this cold weather already, I have started cleaning out some things and many of my customers are going to benefit from it. As many who have received things from me in the past, you would know that these things work, still have more life to them and need another good home. I am going to have a variety of things so keep coming back and reviewing this specific blog post.

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As the saying goes – You always mean well!

Start of a new year, and I did not fulfill, my goals as it relates to this blog. I am always thinking of things to put down on paper related to technology, and never for what ever reason get it down on this Blog.

I am going to make a commitment to post something at least once a week, and we will see how I do. There are many things to inform you of, and I going to take a stab at making that happen this year.

Hope 2013 was good for you, and hope 2014 continues in the same manner.

 

Richard

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Recycle is the right thing to do.

Over the past several months, we at WCS have looked far and wide for any computers that deserve a cleanup and should be recycled back into the home for kids or an extra computer for the family. These machines are computers that have the ability to be used on the internet, word processing and to play games. They are used, however we view it as “broken in”. We currently have left about 4 machines and will have a few more items before the new year. If you are looking to spend $50 – $150 for a computer, we may have something that may work for you. Just email me at internetdropbox@woodardscomputing.com and I will have you take a look.

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Batteries – Not the same old charge!

Today’s batteries are not like their old brethren, they last longer and provide a charge to nearly make a day or two of use. Just like other electronic devices there are recommendations for using a battery.

Laptop battery should be used completely on a regular basis, use it until you are close to 90%, used. Then charge it fully. This will insure that you keep the batteries life optimal. You should do the same with your phones and tablets.

If you only let the device consume a partial charge then it will not last as long as it was designed too.

So be happy go fully mobile – disconnect the cord and get moving. Your battery will love you more.

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When You Do An Update – Remember This!!

We all have to install updates or new programs off and on. During this process many users don’t follow the best practices, recommended by many IT professionals. If you have an update to do from a vendor, first you want to have a good backup, after you verify your backup, then you should exit all other programs, restart your computer and after logging back into your computer apply the update. After your update installs, for good measure you should restart your computer again. Once you log back in, create a text file on your desktop, and notate what you updated and when you updated. That way when or if you have some type of issue, you have a diary of activity just before the update.

Have a good Day

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My Pictures Are Safe On My Phone! Yea Right!

We get many calls related to users whom have lost pictures, with the phone being so convenient these days, with  the ability to take pictures. It is no wonder that users take hundreds of pictures in a day or two. In earlier years they would send them over to a photo place to have PRINTS made. Well today, technology allows us to simply “show” our friends and family the new pictures we just took. Well folks that is all well and good, however unless you get the photos printed, or backed up some how, you are going to loose them eventually, either by the phone going dead, someone stealing your phone, or anything else that can happen to it. There are some solutions available to help automate the backup process and you should look into them. Dropbox will work with most phones to link your camera roll to dropbox, so whenever you take a picture it will be copied to dropbox for backup. After you get done reading this, you should work on that. Get your photos backed up, or those precious baby pictures, or wedding pictures are going away and never be seen again.

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