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A farewell to Vista!

Sven Krumrey
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Are you among the 1% that are still using Windows Vista? If so, you've got to be strong now because on 11 April 2017, Vista will see its final batch of security updates. After that, Vista (like XP) will continue to work but errors a will no longer be fixed. Does this mean Vista will unceremoniously fade into oblivion? Hardly, because many of the features we've come to appreciate in Windows 7, 8, or 10 were inspired by Vista - including many old annoyances. Reason enough to remember a system that provided both technical innovation and ample cause for frustration and hyperventilating users! more

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The return of the ugly duckling

Sven Krumrey
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You won't believe what the creators of AMD processors had to listen to over the years. Too slow, too hot, too old-fashioned. AMD users jokingly reported that they no longer needed to turn on the heat during Winter while their PCs were running and sarcastically raved about their unexpected floor heating. Low-budget PCs come with AMD CPUs by default, they were the second best choice, ideal for smaller pockets. Comparisons to the energy efficiency of old coal power stations were drawn, their naming scheme (AMD Bulldozer? They should have gone with Bobby Car) was ridiculed. But suddenly, the tides have turned - and the reason for that is called Ryzen. more

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7 splendid Chrome extensions

Sven Krumrey
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The most widely used browser in the world already comes with a load of features. But that doesn't stop smart developers from enhancing it even further with extensions to make it more versatile, more comfortable - just easier to use. You could spend days digging through the store but I'd like to present 7 extensions you might get used to quickly. more

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Zombies under your desk - botnets

Sven Krumrey
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There are no zombies - even though photos from Ashampoo's last Christmas party may suggest otherwise. But the term zombies also describes PCs that are infected with malware and waiting to be remotely controlled. If a cyber criminal manages to infect thousands of machines, he'll own a so-called botnet and will have the means to create a lot of chaos - and make a lot of money. Often, computer owners notice little to nothing of this hostile takeover and that's part of the plan. The longer infections remain undetected, the longer affected machines can be used for murky business. Read on to learn what botnets are, how they're created and what you can do about them. more

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Have we had enough technological progress by now?

Sven Krumrey
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When I was little, we got a whopping 3 different TV channels and they signed off after midnight. My grandmother's TV was black and white and when the weather was bad you'd hardly be able to see the ball during soccer matches. Every now and then an amazing Hollywood flick was on and we all gathered in front of the box in awe. What sounds like a relic from the past was little more than 40 years ago. And it may serve to explain why the entertainment industry was initially leaping forward while much of the latest technology has yet to catch on with customers. more