Updating Your Windows 10 Privacy Settings

February 24th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Windows 10 Privacy Settings MVIWe recently posted some information for those considering upgrading to Windows 10. At the end of that blog, I made mention to the fact that Windows 10 is pretty aggressive when it comes to collecting your personal data by default.

If you’ve chosen to upgrade to Windows 10 using the Express Install, you might want to take a few moments and review the default privacy settings and make a few adjustments.

Simply hit the Notifications icon in the lower right of your screen, Updating Your Windows 10 Privacy Settingsthen click All Settings, then Privacy.

From here you can choose to update a myriad of settings and features, most of them pretty self-explanatory. For those with questions, however, here is a bit more information and a few suggestions for tweaks in some of those tabs: Read the rest of this entry »

The Cloud That Isn’t a Weather Thing: Understanding Cloud Computing Terms

February 16th, 2016 by Jennifer Lough

Cloud Computing Terms MVIPreviously we promised you a dissection of the cloud, and with good reason. Not only can the concept of cloud computing be confusing, so can all the cloud computing terms that go along with it!

In the aforementioned previous blog, I mentioned Microsoft Azure, so we’ll start there (no significance. I just needed a place to start).

The Wikipedia description: a cloud-computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of data centers. Read the rest of this entry »

Explaining the Differences Between Public and Private Cloud

February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Lough

Public and Private Cloud MVIDespite all talk of airspace and no-fly zones, owning pieces of the sky is easier said than done. Fortunately, acquiring your own personal piece of computing cloud is far easier than a piece of real cloud (those little scoundrels never seem to stay in one spot). Granted, you might not need or want your own cloud, but it’s always good to know you have options. And, to use one of those grossly overrated clichés, sharing is caring. Nothing wrong with a little public cloud. Just the same, it’s always good to know the difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Considerations for Upgrading to Windows 10

February 1st, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Upgrading to Windows 10Have you downloaded your free version of Windows 10 yet? If Microsoft did anything right with this version of Windows, it was getting the word out that anyone with Windows 7 or 8.1 would be able to upgrade to the new operating system (OS) for FREE for a limited time. There was great speculation as to the motives behind the move, but regardless, 14 million people switched to the new OS within the first 24 hours of its release on July 29, 2015.

I was not one of those people. If history has taught us anything, it is that the first few months following the release of a new OS are typically plagued by bugs, glitches, and errors. In general, it’s best to wait at least a few months to allow these issues to be addressed and remedied. Windows 10 was no exception. However, now that it’s been six months since the release, it’s worth taking a look at whether or not now is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10. Read the rest of this entry »