EPD 213: Fan Mail Friday’s (08/29/2014)

August 29, 2014

Dear (CSW) Team,

I was wondering how important a touch screen is to Windows 8 ?

Sent In By “Out of touch

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I was wondering how important a touch screen is to Windows 8 ?

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Remy’s Reply: Well when running Windows 8. I felt it was way easier to navigate using the touch screen. But it is not the end of the world if you don’t have one with a touch screen. But you can clearly see that Microsoft is pushing the touch screen a lot on all platforms. Even some of the leading programs and apps are having the option being built in to have a dedicated touch screen interface. While I don’t feel your missing out on not having a touch screen. As I find it that some companies it is more of a gimmick then a fully fleshed out feature.

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Danny’s Reply: Remy sort of nailed it for me. So I won’t repeat him. But all I’ll have to say is that fingerprints and other smudges are a real Bit*ch depending on the lighting. Just make sure you have the proper cleaning cloth on hand. To knock out the problem.

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Erin’s Reply: Remy has said the basics. So I also won’t repeat him. But I’ll say that my touch screen Windows 8 laptop / notebook is faster loading. Then my Windows 8 non-touch screen Desktop. Both with basically the same system specs. So if I have to say anything is that you get a little better performance load time wise with a touch screen.

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Kirbe’s Reply: Well touch screen or not Windows 8 is not worth it. Stick with Windows 7 or XP. I maybe off topic but. It had to be said.

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Matt’s Reply: Okay, well first off, Windows 8 is a terible Operating System and should be avoided at all costs. Stay with either Windows XP or Windows 7, but if those aren’t available then go with Windows Vista. Now, on the topic of Touch Screen technology. For any Windows OS, whether its Windows XP, 7 or 8, it’s completely usless, as Windows 8 can bypass the Touch Pad menus completely and force the system to stay on the Windows 8 Desktop, just like Windows 7 and XP.

Although, if you have Windows 8 on a Tablet, then a Keyboard and Mouse usually aren’t available, so the Touch Screen becomes necessary for day to day use. I should also point out that Windows 8 is not needed for a Windows OS to use the Touch Screen, as if you have a PC Monitor or Laptop that have Touch Screen technology built-in to them, then it’ll also work on other Windows OS’ like Windows XP, Vista and 7, as well as 8.

Oh also, because you have to use your fingers on Touch Screen with any Windows OS, then But you’ll leave fingerprints and other smudges on the screen, and they can be a real B*stard to clean off, and look horrible in bright light. You’ll need a proper anti-static cleaning cloth on hand, with is very smooth, to knock out the problem and to avoid damaging the screen in the first place.

Oh, just for fun, Windows 9 will also be Touch Screen compatible, when it is finally released.

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PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Till Next Friday,

Erin


What does “CPU” mean ?

August 26, 2014

Central Processing Unit – (CPU) (formerly also referred to as a central processor unit) is the hardware within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetical, logical, and input/output operations of the system. The term has been in use in the computer industry at least since the early 1960s. The form, design, and implementation of CPUs have changed over the course of their history, but their fundamental operation remains much the same.

A computer can have more than one CPU; this is called multiprocessing. All modern CPUs are microprocessors, meaning contained on a single chip. Some integrated circuits (ICs) can contain multiple CPUs on a single chip; those ICs are called multi-core processors. An IC containing a CPU can also contain peripheral devices, and other components of a computer system; this is called a system on a chip (SoC).

Two typical components of a CPU are the arithmetic logic unit (ALU), which performs arithmetic and logical operations, and the control unit (CU), which extracts instructions from memory and decodes and executes them, calling on the ALU when necessary.

Not all computational systems rely on a central processing unit. An array processor or vector processor has multiple parallel computing elements, with no one unit considered the “center”. In the distributed computing model, problems are solved by a distributed interconnected set of processors.

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Source: Wikipedia


Survey Savvy – Survey Site Review (August 2014)

August 25, 2014

Name: Survey Savvy

Link: https://www.surveysavvy.com/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Pretty much anyone

Type of Award Or Payment: Sweepstakes / Cash / Prizes

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: $0.00 – $10.00 USD/CAD

Sign-Up Time: Medium length

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 6

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Well honestly. Probably way longer then you’d ever want to wait.

Do They Spam You: Yes

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 – This survey company has had some major spamming issues. Even thou this company generally guarantees you between 1 – 10 CAD/USD dollars per survey. You rarely if ever collect said promised incentive. That was stated in the survey invitation you received.

Extra Info: I have received around 6 survey invitations since my last review way back in (May 2014). Which is yet another dramatic increase, But still sadly rather poor compared to other survey sites out their.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


Blog Update #337 – Time Off -Week 7-

August 24, 2014

Dear Readers,

As the title suggests this is week 7 of the time we are taking off from our regular duties. We will still be posting 4 posts a week minimum and answering comments. That would be our Survey Site Reviews our Terms and Definitions and Fan Mail Fridays and our Weekly Blog Updates. We will also keep reviewing our current slate of programs such as SUPERAntiSpyware, AVG and IObit Malware Fighter.

Till The Next Blog Update,

Erin


EPD 212: Fan Mail Friday’s (08/22/2014)

August 22, 2014

Dear (CSW) Team,

I was wondering how important it is that I update my Firefox Plug-ins ?

Sent In By “TiMeD OuT

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I was wondering how important it is that I update my Firefox Plug-ins ?

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Remy’s Reply: Well if we are talking Java and Adobe Flash Player. Then it is very important to stay on top of them for security reasons. But functionality wise you can be a few versions behind in ether one and not see any problems when surfing the net. But if you are really behind don’t be surprised if the sites your surfing will remind you for best viewing of this page please upgrade to XX version. Which will appear ether on the top of the screen or the bottom of the screen depending on your layout of Firefox and the page your on when you get the reminder.

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Danny’s Reply: All thou Remy is correct in saying upgrade when ever it is possible, siting security reasons is very true. I am still on Firefox 3.6 and I am probably am 20 or more updates behind. But saying that I do run into a site or 2 that won’t work because of my lack of upgrading. Both Firefox and my plug-ins.

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Erin’s Reply: I use Google Chrome and it updates by it’s self. Provided you have not changed the default setting.

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Kirbe’s Reply: I wait until the downloads turns up on my Filehorse.com RSS feed.

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Matt’s Reply: Wel, personally I don’t use Firefox Plug-ins as I have no need of them. My Firefox installation is basic, and I use that and Google Chrome. But I would say keep an eye of each of the plug-ins you use and update them accordingly, just like you would for Updates on the Windows OS, and install them when they are provided to you, unless otherwise indicated.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

 

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Till Next Friday,

Erin


What is “HeartBleed” ?

August 19, 2014

Heartbleed – A security bug in the OpenSSL cryptography library. OpenSSL is a widely used implementation of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. Heartbleed may be exploited whether the party using a vulnerable OpenSSL instance for TLS is a server or a client.

Heartbleed results from improper input validation (due to a missing bounds check) in the implementation of the TLS heartbeat extension, the heartbeat being the basis for the bug’s name. The vulnerability is classified as a buffer over-read, a situation where software allows more data to be read than should be allowed.

A fixed version of OpenSSL was released on April 7, 2014, on the same day Heartbleed was publicly disclosed. At that time, some 17 percent (around half a million) of the Internet’s secure web servers certified by trusted authorities were believed to be vulnerable to the attack, allowing theft of the servers’ private keys and users’ session cookies and passwords. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ars Technica, and Bruce Schneier all deemed the Heartbleed bug “catastrophic”. Forbes cybersecurity columnist Joseph Steinberg wrote, “Some might argue that [Heartbleed] is the worst vulnerability found (at least in terms of its potential impact) since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet.”

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Source: Wikipedia


Toluna Survey Panel – Survey Site Review (August 2014)

August 18, 2014

Name: Toluna Survey Panel

Link: http://us.toluna.com/ -US Site Link-

Link: http://ca.toluna.com/ -Canadian Site Link-

Who Is Eligible To Participate: US or Canadian Residence Only

Type of Award Or Payment: Credits / Paypal Money / Facebook Credits / Amazon.com or .ca e-gift cards / Sweepstakes / Product Samples

Points Or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey:  0 – 1,000 credits

Sign-Up Time: Fairly Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 10

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Between 6 to 12 months on average.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 – I still feel the amount of credits required to cash out could be a lot less. Imagine needing over 20,000 credits just for the $20 USD/CAD Paypal payout. That is a pretty insane notion to me as a participant in this survey site company. Well you could always gamble and trade in 1,000 points to enter one of their random sweepstakes contests. Some of which have rather good prizes.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


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