Posts Tagged ‘#purchase’

Windows 8, Part I

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis December 2nd, 2012

I’ve already had a lot of customers asking about the new version of Windows.  This will be a series of posts about the new operating system from Microsoft, and some details you should know both before and after buying.  First of all, this is really just a cosmetic build On TOP of Windows 7.  Unfortunately it is only an advantage FOR TOUCHSCREEN DEVICES.  If it doesn’t have a touchscreen, DON’T BUY IT with Windows 8.  For a normal desktop PC, it’s much more trouble than it’s worth.  Not only does it FORCE the large “Metro” screen on users, but they have disabled some of the handy desktop features that we’ve all grown accustomed to.  I’ll elaborate on that later.  Another thing to beware of before purchasing is that there is a second version for tablets called Windows 8 RT.  For the first time ever, this is based on architecture other than x86 (ARM-based).  The bottom line:  it won’t run any of your old PC apps!  You must get all new apps from the Microsoft store to run on this version.  I started to buy one of the new Surface tablets from Microsoft (see photo), but found out that the x86 version won’t be out until Spring.  Currently they only have the Windows 8 RT version for sale.

Buying software

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis June 2nd, 2012

Technology has changed a lot in the last couple of decades, and it has changed the way software is sold and delivered.  Nowadays it’s usually cheaper (and more convenient) to buy the DOWNLOAD version of any software you want.  But BUYER BEWARE there are some caveats to this method of purchase; 1)  Be certain it’s legitimate!   There are lots of fly-by-night pirate software companies out there that will sell you stolen or hacked licenses.  Rule of thumb: if the price is too good to be true, then something is wrong.  2) Make sure you keep a copy of the install file and the license key/code in a safe place!  That way you can reinstall if you have any problems or change computers.  3)  Be careful when buying locally at places like Best Buy or Sam’s Club, etc.  Lately the price for a CD/DVD version is grossly inflated.  Don’t get stabbed on price just ‘cuz you’re in a hurry or impulse buying.  A good example is Microsoft Office.  Most new PC’s come with a pre-installed version that will allow you to immediately go online and purchase the version you want.  The cost is less than ANY of the disk versions I’ve seen on the shelf.  If you want nice packaging, try online sellers like Amazon.  They’re more likely to have good deals. 

Shelf (demo) Models

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis September 13th, 2011

Watch out for this one:  Wal-mart, Sam’s, Best Buy, and most of the other chains have all kinds of stuff out on the shelf for you (and everyone else) to play with.  When it comes time to sell them, you can save BIG $$$$.  But be careful, ‘cuz when it comes to PC’s this can be a MAJOR problem.  See, every wannabe hacker in town, and know-it-all kid etc. etc. has had his hands on this thing.  With a radio or TV it wouldn’t matter.  Just use a sani-wipe on it and you’re good to go.  But with a computer it can mean any number of problems, like trashing windows files, locking out all accounts, or dumping a virus;  the list goes on and on.  Unfortunately if this happens, none of the genius sales people will have any clue how to fix it, so they’ll try to pass off the problem to you.  I’ve seen it myself, and had friends in this predicament, so I thought I’d pass along the HEADS UP!