Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts. For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today’s …

Excel-lent!

This pilot fish is working as a software trainer, teaching hands-on Excel to a group of unemployed and underemployed people through a local community college program. And she’s good at it, though she does get a bit tongue-tied at an unfortunate moment, calling the worksheet something else, ending in four …

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 hits the accelerator as support cliff nears

“Friends, users, countrymen, lend me your ears.I come to bury Windows 7, not to praise her.The evil that software does lives after it;The good is oft interred with its bones.So let it be with Windows 7.” – Windows 10 Orating the funeral of a venerable predecessor is what Windows 10 …

With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

If you had automatic update turned on at the beginning of October, you got clobbered with a bug-infested, out-of-band update for an IE-related zero-day that never appeared in real life. Later in the month, those with automatic update turned on were treated to a wide assortment of bugs (Start and …

Black Friday 2019: When the deals start, how to get the best prices on tech, and where to shop

Once upon a time, Black Friday was a single day of shopping excess. People woke up early the day after Thanksgiving, headed to malls, and fought over deeply discounted sweaters and TVs. Nowadays Black Friday is a vaguely defined period in November that mixes together incredible loss-leader discounts, solid price …

Microsoft Patch Alert: October updates bring problems with Start, RDP, Ethernet, older VB programs

October started out on an extraordinarily low note. On Oct. 3, Microsoft released an “out of band” security update to protect all Windows users from an Internet Explorer scripting engine bug, CVE-2019-1367, once thought to be an imminent danger to all things (and all versions) Windows. It was the third …

Singed

It’s the ’90s, and pilot fish is an independent computer consultant who gets a call from a client who wants his AMD system to run a little faster. Fish buys the faster chip and goes to client’s office to install it. He powers everything down, but doesn’t unplug the power …

Microsoft starts nagging Windows 7 Pro users about end of support

Microsoft will soon begin nagging users running Windows 7 Professional to remind them that the operating system is soon to be shelved. “We are now extending the notifications … to Windows 7 Pro[fessional] devices to ensure our customers are aware of the end of support for Windows 7 and can …