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Possible Disruption of Services Tomorrow August 3, 2010

Posted by Kendall Thomas in Breaking News, Electronic, Outage.
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Watch for possible disruption of services tomorrow of electronic devices as the Earth is in a direct path of an electromagnetic storm complements of the Sun

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/08/03/spectacular-northern-lights-signals-sun-waking

New from Happy Computer, Inc. June 11, 2010

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Happy Computer, Inc. Online Data Backup Solutions

Data is at the core of your business. Your emails, customer records, documents, and invoices – they’re all data you can’t do without! A data disaster can be crippling for a business, and the cost of downtime is typically in tens of thousands of dollars!

Backup irreplaceable data from your desktops, laptops and servers – with Happy Computer, Inc. Online Data Backup service. With state of the art software and robust infrastructure, we provide you an enterprise class online backup service that ensures that you can quickly get up and running after any kind of data disaster!


Why Backup Online

Service Highlights

How it works

  • Online backups are the easiest and surest way to protect your data.
  • Backing up to an offsite server ensures that you can recover your data even in case of a physical disaster, theft or loss.
  • Online backups also eliminate many of the error prone steps associated with traditional backup methods like tape. Users can restore ‘point in time’ versions of files without loading tapes one after the other.
  • With our online backup solution, your data is encrypted and compressed even before it leaves your computers.
  • After the first full backup, only incremental block level changes are sent – optimizing bandwidth & storage usage
  • Intuitive & user friendly interface works from within your browser!
  • Backup workstations & servers
  • Backup all kinds of data: Documents, emails, Exchange, SQL, etc
  • Military strength (up to 448 bit) encryption of your data before it leaves your machine!
  • Powerful Compression
  • Intelligent backup of changed data only – after the first backup
  • Supports Windows, Linux, Mac OSX & FreeBSD
  • Multiple scheduling options including continuous data protection & multiple full backup scheduling
  • Point in time restores allow you to simply point on a version and click to restore
We simply install an agent on each computer (workstation /server) that you wish to protect. After the initial configuration, backups happen automatically and we can monitor and manage the process remotely – without ever accessing your data!

We could even implement a staged backup solution for you wherein you could back up to a local server and have that replicate to our remote server as insurance against disaster!

Pricing depends on the number of installations and the amount of data stored. Accordingly, you will be billed monthly!

Note: You are charged on compressed data storage; additionally, our intelligent incremental data feature backs up only changed blocks after the first backup

DON’T WAIT TO FIND YOUR COST OF DOWNTIME!

BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Happy Computer, Inc. Backup Services

555 Republic Drive #307

Plano, TX 75074

OnlineBackup@HappyComputer.net

214-369-4774

http://www.HappyComputer.net

New Email Phishing Attack October 16, 2009

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Have you received an email over the last few days that looked like?

From: alerts@yourdoamin.com [mailto:alerts@yourdomain.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:44 AM
To:
Your User Name
Subject: For the owner of the youremailaddress e-mail account

 

Dear user of the yourdomainname mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (youremailaddress) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:

http://yourdomainname.polikkp.co.uk/owa/service_directory/settings.php?email=youremailaddress&from=yourdomainname&fromname=yourusername

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Best regards, yourdomainname Technical Support.

Do not click the link. This is an attempt to get valid usernames from valid domains. It looks like something that your domain administrator might send out and this is why it might be so effective but I am the domain admin of several of the domains that I have seen this sent to and I know I did not send this out. Be aware what you click on as this is something from the UK not something from your admin.

 

Safe and Happy Surfing

Problems installing Windows 7 — solved August 11, 2009

Posted by Kendall Thomas in Windows 7.
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We initially had an error “Please insert the CD/DVD drivers CD” But it turns out that the problem is in the burn of the Windows 7 ISO that we downloaded from the MSDN website. If it is burned too fast or using a one-off program (like Power ISO) it will not work. We moved to burning the DVD with Nero and that solved that issue.

If you are planning on upgrading to Windows 7 you will need at least 13gig free for the 32bit OS and 20gig for the 64bit.

After installing Windows 7 on my home PC (where I formatted my C Drive for a clean install) it only took up 7gig of hard drive space leaving plenty of room to reinstall my software that I need. My PC at the house is running a P4 3.0GHz hyper threaded and 768MB memory. I must say it seems to be running much better than Vista was running. In fairness my Vista copy was an upgrade from XP and not a clean load which may have affected it performance as well.

We now have loaded Windows 7 RTM on two PC’s and are please with the outcomes on both and after we were able to get the DVD to burn properly we have not had any major issues with the loads that seem to only take about 30 to 45 minutes.

After running on Vista since early in its release and prior to that on XP it feels odd to have wiped and reformatted the C Drive (I left my two data drives in tack.) I will have to get use to not having some of my programs until I have an opportunity to reload all of them.

If you have any question or comments feel free to leave them below.

New Virus that looks legit June 25, 2009

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A New Virus is being emailed out that looks like an email from Microsoft wanting you to update your Microsoft outlook or outlook express. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK it is a virus the email is posted below

From: Microsoft Customer Support [mailto:no-reply@microsoft.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:22 PM
To:
Subject: Update for Microsoft Outlook

Critical Update

Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721)

Brief Description
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express and offers the highest levels of stability and security.

Instructions
• To install Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721) please visit Microsoft Update Center:

http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftofficeupdate/isapdl/default.aspx?ln=en-us&id=553491910068919731641699271402153336

Quick Details
• File Name: officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe
• Version: 1.4
• Date Published: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:22:05 -0300
• Language: English
• File Size: 81 KB
System Requirements
• Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows Vista
• This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express
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Facebook Viruses June 24, 2009

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I have been cleaning a lot of Facebook viruses off of computers lately, I have another scheduled for tomorrow. I have a Facebook page and use it daily and smart Facebook usage will prevent many of the viruses from getting to your computer.

    Don’t Open Links that you don’t know or don’t expect

Much like in email if it is unlikely that a friend of yours would send you a link that says “You wife looks Hot” your friend most likely did not send it.

    Be Careful which surveys you choose to take

One of the fun things going around Facebook is these “What kind of Car are you?” or “What state should you live in?” while most of them are harmless they do present a risk as you grant them permission to see both your contacts and your wall in order to make these items popular. However, a bad version of these could grab your list and send a copy of the video mentioned above to all of your friends.

The question then is which ones are harmless and which ones are bad? That is not an easily answered question. I refrain from answering many of them just to be safe but if one tries to download anything to your computer then defiantly stop that one.

    Have a good Antivirus and keep it updated

As always an updated antivirus with internet protection like Trend will help keep the viruses in check should you venture into that bad Facebook App.

Join us on our Facebook Group Happy Computer Inc

Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Release Date June 4, 2009

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According to Redmond Magazine and @guardiantech Microsoft has announced that Oct 22 is the projected release date of the newest line of Operating systems Windows 7. Redmond Magazine also stated that the RTM or Release to Market version of Windows 7 will be available as early as the last two weeks of July to allow hardware manufactures to start offering it on there PC’s.

This release may put an end to the Vista OS as it was poorly received from the onset. Windows 7 has had nothing but positive response from everyone that I have heard. That would not be impressive if all I listened to was Microsoft people but high praise is coming from reviewers who are typically Mac users. They probably will not give up there Mac’s but they are normally hyper critical of Microsoft and they are saying this is the best they have seen from Microsoft in some time.

I personally have Windows 7 beta running on my Laptop at the office, an older laptop, that I never would have put Vista on and it runs well. Windows 7 has went through a much need code cleanup that has left it a much more streamlined smaller OS that we do not need a ‘special’ box to install it on.

Windows 7 will be out in time to be on all the PC’s that ship at Christmas and hopefully will take the market by storm. Both the economy and the tech industry could use that shot in the arm right now.

NCAA Finals have been set North Carolina vs Mich ST. April 5, 2009

Posted by Kendall Thomas in Internet Restrictions.
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I can’t say that I am much a a basketball fan but I did watch part of the game over the weekend; mainly because I had a room full of Michigan transplants in the house. It made me think of how much time is spent on computer networks at the office watching the games or setting up the notorious brackets. I did not do brackets this year and I very rarely do, I do however know people who do. It takes time to decide who willl beat whom it a close match up. There is a lot of talk among IT managers in corporations that restrict the amount of access to the games and the brackets from work computers. It’s a national obsession that consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimate could cost companies more than $1.2 billion in lost productivity.”

D-Day +1 — Conflicker a bust? April 2, 2009

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94% of people that responded to the TechRepublic poll think so. Only 6% of the respondents saw any effects of the virus yesterday, mainly because the virus originally came out in November of last year and many stopped it then.

Conflicker came out in November of last year and at that time it was said to be a dud a ‘proof of concept’ virus. However it did prevent infected users from getting to antivirus sites and did spread very rapidly if it penetrated the firewalls of an organization.

The Cure — Good update procedures and Good antivirus updates kept this one at bay. A fully patched Microsoft PC was already immune to the virus before the virus ever went ‘into the wild.’ The April 1st D- Day was just the day the virus was to ‘phone home’ to get further orders.

Apparently the virus was set to check 5000 randomly generated websites to get further instructions but if a fully patched PC stopped it back in November then there was no virus to ‘phone home’ and nothing to fear. And like many of the past virus scares was over hyped by the media.

The Moral — Always update your computers as soon as a Microsoft update becomes available. Also make sure your antivirus is set to update weekly at least if not hourly. These two principles would have eliminated even the talk about this virus.

Conflicker is proof that regular maintenance of a networks updates and antivirus is essential to keep a companies data and users safe in a modern virus ridden internet.

New Microsoft Add March 27, 2009

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A new Microsoft add was release this week that does not include Seinfeld or Gates, and it is not a rip off of the Im am mac Apple commercials. This is a commercial that highlights one of the main differences in a PC and a Mac. . . . Price. No matter how much you compare operating systems and features there is one think a Mac can never say and that is you can find a cheap Mac. With windows based laptops starting as low at three and four hundred dollars Mac needs to find a way to get a cheap laptop into the marketplace. If Mac ever introduced a laptop in the four hundred dollar range Windows would start seeing a much more rapid decline in PC Sales. Mac’s are just too darn expensive

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