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Great presentation on keeping kids safe online. Def worth sharing with your FB friends and family!

528 Digital Learning » Raising Cyber-Smart Kids Presentation by Michele Guiterrez
528tech.edublogs.org
Michele Gutierrez gave a repeat presentation of her earlier talk on how we as parents and teachers can help our students. She offered these links for parents to check out or join.

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  • IT Xpress just wrapped up a new system deployment at Don Hall Heating and Cooling – their technicians will now have iPads to receive trouble tickets in realtime, draft proposals/quotes, access volumes of HVAC reference material, create on the spot invoices for customers, and even collect payments on site – all in sync with their central office customer and financial records via Verizon 3G. Great to see small businesses leverage technology and increase their efficiency.

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  • We are seeing a lot of people with compromised email accounts. If your friends/co-workers tell you they are getting emails with just a link in them, your email account has been compromised. Most likely it is not a computer virus, but rather a hacker who has gained control of your email account online. They will often change your password to lock you out them spam people using your account. This can be VERY bad if your email address gets added to spam blacklists. ISPs can help you if you use their email systems, but if you use Yahoo, Google, AOL, Hotmail, etc. you’ll need to fill out a series of online forms to try and regain control of your account – but the hackers likely have done things that will let them continue to access your account. If you think your email acct has been compromised, we can help you regain access, strengthen your account security, and ensure the hackers cannot regain access after you change your password. Don’t give up that email address you’ve had for years – take it back with our help!

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  • If you’re coming downtown this evening for the Mebane Christmas Parade, be sure to stop by IT Xpress for some coffee or hot chocolate to help you stay warm!

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  • If you’ve ever wondered about properly ejecting a flash drive vs just yanking it out of the computer – you always want to eject. Windows *tries* to ensure you won’t corrupt your flash drive if you just pull it out, but it can’t ensure it – and all it takes is that one time and you lose everything… So be sure to eject the drive before removing it!


    Do I Really Need to Eject USB Drives Before Removing Them?
    lifehacker.com
    Dear Lifehacker,Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn’t seem to have a problem—in fact, my external USB drive doesn’t even have an eject option.

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  • If you have an Android phone – some good information about Android malware (its real), the threat (minimal if you are careful), and the usefulness of Android anti-virus programs (mixed)


    Do Android Antivirus Apps Actually Do Anything?
    lifehacker.com
    If you’ve been watching tech news headlines over the past week, you’ve likely heard that Android malware is growing at an alarming rate, up something like 472% from May of this year.

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  • The US news media has not covered this much, so in case you missed it, there has been epic flooding in Thailand, home to much of the world’s electronics manufacturing. In addition to the immeasurable human suffering, that flooding is having a HUGE impact that all of you will soon see. Hundreds of major electronic factories were flooded and knocked offline. Many are not expected to be back online until mid 2012. One industry hit especially hard is hard drive manufacturing. Many factories are offline and hard drives are becoming VERY scarce. One major PC manufacturer noted in an investor call they will run out of HD’s by the end of November. One company that makes 75% of the motors used to spin hard drives from all type of manufacturers is completely offline. A 2TB Western Digital HD, selling for $70 on Amazon just a few weeks ago is now $150 and rising. The price of computers and other electronics are going to skyrocket in the coming months. So be warned – as the holiday shopping season…


    Some images of WD’s Thailand facilities.
    Hopefully, this will explain what all the fuss is about on Hard Drive Prices and no stock being available etc…

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  • Wow – if you’re an iPhone/iPad user – this is almost too good to pass up. 50GB of free online storage? The release of iCloud has the online storage vendors trying to sweeten their offerings. Will be interesting to see where cloud storage is in a year…


    Get Free 50 GB of Storage for Life on Box.Net—IF You’re an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch User
    www.lifehacker.com
    iOS: Now through December 2, cloud storage provider Box.net is giving away free 50 GB accounts you can use forever. The account is good on your PC too, but to get the 50 GB upgrade, you’ll need to download and sign in or register from the iPhone or iPad app.

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  • We are seeing a LOT of infected systems coming in this week infected with a particularly nasty rootkit called ZeroAccess. This has been particularly hard to remove and many systems are having to be wiped and Windows reinstalled. So PLEASE make sure you keep Windows, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle Java updated when asked! Running an online scan like Secunia’s OSI (Google it) can also help you keep things up to date.

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  • Hometown Holiday Open House

    We hope you can stop by and visit us during the Mebane Hometown Holiday Celebration! IT Xpress will be hosting an open house all day Friday Nov 20th and Saturday Nov 21st with food and refreshments. You can also pickup a coupon for 10% off of a PC Tuneup+! We’ll also have gift certificates available for new computer setups (always handy after the holidays), tuneups, and more!

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  • Support Destination Downtown!

    Mebane Hometown Holiday CelebrationFor those of you curious about the types of businesses that Downtown Mebane has to offer, be sure to check out the Destination Downtown website for business spotlights, a member directory, and calendar of events.

    We’ve also added a section on our front web page listing all the various business with links to their own websites or maps highlighting their location and contact information.

    Take a look – you might be surprised what you’ll find!

    Also, be sure to come downtown during the Hometown Holiday Celebration on Friday November 20th from 10-8 and Saturday November 21st from 10-6. There will be a lot of fun events, open houses, music, and more!

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  • IT Xpress in the Mebane Enterprise

    The Mebane Enterprise recently published an article about the opening of IT Xpress in Mebane, NC. Thanks Karen!

    IT Xpress is located in a convenient, attractive area in downtown Mebane at 109 North Third Street.

    Baptiste’s computer business offers a full range of technology services: repairs, upgrades, new systems, and networks.

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  • Grand Opening!

    Come see what IT Xpress is all about at our Grand Opening July 20th. We’re located at 109 N 3rd Street (Corner of Clay St and 3rd Street).

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