12.01.09 WINDOWS 7
Which version is right for you?
08.15.09 - Lenovo Battery
Lenovo is recalling batteries from its ThinkPad
line of laptops, warning users that some batteries may be
permanently damaged due to certain errors.
The company is offering free replacements for
batteries that do not recharge or suffer from "irreparable
damage," according to
Lenovo's support Web site.
04.01.08 - Microsoft Office 2007 Computability
Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and
presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.
12.12.07 - Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack
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05.16.07 - Dell Hell: Computer Giant Faces
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05.01.07 - PC buyers aim to cut the "crapware"
Tired of brand new PCs bloated with trial
software slowing you down, causing crashes, etc.? Buy a custom
built PC streamlined for maximum performance.
More here ->
|04.01.07 - GRA
announces Remote Help Desk
RHD, allows our team of consultants to
access and work on any computer, server, or laptop as if we were
sitting there right in front of it.
More info here
01.05.07 - Vista Feature comparison
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12.04.06 - Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
The new Acrobat reader is timed to the release of Acrobat 8.0.
Again, be sure to manually un-install ALL previous versions prior to
11.1.06 - Internet Explorer ver. 7.0
We've received many questions about Microsoft's new browser, IE
7.0. In general, the best advise is to start with a "clean"
computer before you try installing it; make sure your PC is free
from all Malware. Then, manually create a restore point BEFORE
you attempt installing it. Read more
10.06.06 - End of support for
Windows XP Service Pack 1
On October 10, 2006, Microsoft will
end all public assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1).
After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident
support options or security updates for this retired service pack
under the policies defined by the Microsoft Support Lifecycle
To enhance the security of your computer and to continue to
receive updates for Windows XP, we recommend you upgrade your
computer, for free, to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
09.23.06 - Microsoft Office 2007
Office 2007, scheduled to released 1st quarter next year will
have up to 8 different versions.
For a comparison,
take a look here:
For the Office 2007 Preview site,
09.18.06 - What is Wireless "N"?
Briefly, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers) ratifies international standards on many
technologies, including wireless networking standards. To date, we
have wireless A, B, and G. "N", has NOT YET been standardized. Any
product you buy as of this writing, is a pre-release product; not
only subject to change, but varying implementation based on
different manufacturer designs. Our advise? Stay away from all
"Pre-N" products until ratified.
Dell to recall 4 million batteries
Dell is issuing a massive recall of 4.1 million
battery packs, used in several of its laptop lines, because of a
risk of overheating and fire.
Dell 2.0 Dell seeks to "lower costs by outsourcing more
functions, even product design"
08.01.06 - VOIP is inevitable
- Five Things You Must Know About VoIP -
click here to read the pdf
» 06.06.06 -
FINAL NOTICE! - Windows 98/98 SE and
- Last month before End-Of-Life!
On July 11, 2006 Microsoft will end support
for both Windows 98 / 98 Second Edition and Windows Millennium
Edition (Me). This means that Microsoft will no longer provide
critical security updates for these operating systems, and
will no longer provide (paid) incident support. Only the
self-help support will be available until at least July 10,
End-Of-Life (EOL) for these operating
systems mean that ALL vulnerabilities discovered after this
date will go unpatched. Specifically, end users and corporate
IT departments should assume that every Windows 9x/Me system
in their network will be compromised at some point. This means
you'll have to upgrade to either Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
(Unfortunately Windows Vista is not yet released)
05.20.06 - Dell to use AMD CPUs.
Dell, which posted an 18 percent decline in
quarterly profit, had been the last major PC maker to use
processors only from Intel...
05.17.06 - Let's play 20 questions, with Windows Vista that is
20 Questions About Windows Vista
05.01.06 - PIRATED software users be
Software theft hurts the entire industry.
Microsoft will permanently flag personal computers that are not
running a genuine copy of Windows.
Read more here:
04.08.06 - A rare look inside the GRA labs
In an undisclosed location, photos were
recently leaked of GRA's testing labs. Do we like it clean? Oh
yeah, we do!
04.01.06 - For a perfect fit in technology
If an off-the-shelf PC doesn't meet your needs,
you might be ready to try on a custom-built machine.
Read more here:
03.16.06 - 6 Flavors of Vista?
Well, yes - but really only five for the US,
here they are in more detail.
on new PCs in emerging markets such as India and Thailand.
Runs only on 32-bit machines, and will be able to handle only
a limited number of programs at a time.
Windows Vista Home Basic
Comparable to XP Home. Has the security and
search abilities particular to Vista, but does not offer its
fancy graphics or high-end media features.
Windows Vista Home Premium
option for consumers. Adds support for Vista's new graphics as
well as Media Center and Tablet PC features.
Windows Vista Business
Similar to XP Professional. It's the mainstream
corporate OS; also contains extra tools for small businesses.
Windows Vista Enterprise
only to customers with volume licenses. Includes all of the
features of Vista Business, with the addition of encryption,
Unix services and virtual machine capabilities.
Windows Vista Ultimate
Combines the features of Windows Vista
Enterprise and Windows Vista Home Premium to offer the
highest-end version of Windows yet.
Note: Microsoft will also offer "N" versions of
Vista Home Basic and Vista Business in Europe that have
Windows Media Player removed.
02.10.06 - Are you Vista Ready?
Microsoft Windows Vista later this year, many have asked,
"Is my PC Vista ready?" The answer may not be so simple. With an
announced 5 different versions
of Windows Vista,
Microsoft's hardware requirements for Vista are pretty
high. Lots of RAM, one of today's higher end processors, and a
dedicated GPU (Graphic, or video card) are just a start. Cutting
edge SATA (serial ATA, w/NCQ) hard drives are also a plus.
With the imminent release of
GRA custom build PCs in the last 18 to 24
months or so, probably already have most, if not all of these high
end components already. The vast majority of our business class
PCs already have an advanced PCIE (PCI Express) port, SATA drives,
64-bit CPU's, and other high end features, awaiting future
"Most people who bought lower cost PCs from
companies like Dell and E-Machines may very well be sorely
disappointed when they find their almost new PC will have to be
replaced to run Windows Vista.", said Tom DeFeo, senior IT
consultant for GRA. "This makes my argument once again; you get
what pay for, and pay for what you get. Don't expect a $900 PC for
$399. When you buy a $399 PC, that's exactly what your getting.
Lower cost PCs were not designed to be scalable. The only upgrade
path is replacement."
01.30.06 - End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me
June 30, 2006 will bring a close to Extended
Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows
Millennium Edition as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.
Microsoft will retire public and technical support, including
security updates, by this date. Microsoft is retiring support for
these products because they are outdated and can expose customers
to security risks.
11.18.05 - gEEkWaRe
Ok, from time to time, I'm asked to post "geekware"
stuff that mainly those of us in the field would appreciate.
Although all consumers should know what DRM software is and what
it does, few would be interested in the technical aspects of it.
For those interested,
look here for a well detailed report.
11.01.05 - Bulging capacitors haunt Dell
Dell plans to replace components on some of its
Optiplex business PCs but will not issue a product-wide recall, a
spokesman for the company said Monday.
Read more here.
10.03.05 - Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county
Is your wireless network secured? If not, GRA
may help you avoid breaking the law. Read more
09.29.05 - Hanging Up On Dell? - Higher prices expected for
"Early next year Dell will introduce a series
of one-year memberships so customers can opt for various levels of
help, at various prices." Read more here:
Hanging Up On Dell?
03.01.05 - It's that time of the month again!
Ok, so it's not exactly "meat loaf day", but
the second Tuesday of every month is significant, at least in
Microsoft's world. That's the day Microsoft regularly releases
security updates and patches for Windows XP. According to MS, if
there are any urgent or severe patches, they'll be released when
ready. Having a regular schedule allows for systems admins, as
well as end users to be aware of when to expect rollouts of
security updates, and prepare accordingly. If an end user does not
have an "always on" broadband connection, we suggest running a
01.12.05 - Mozilla FireFox, a viable Microsoft Internet
Since Microsoft has dropped popup and other
feature support for IE 6.0 not running on Windows XP, FireFox is a
very good alternative. In our experience, it's a lean, mean
browsing machine, which for now, is free from most of the spyware
attacks aimed at Microsoft's products, and it's free. While
GRA does not support it, feel free to get more
01.05.05 - Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 available
We know how fat and klunky the Acrobat reader
is, the large drain on memory, resources, the long wait for it to
open, but now there's good news. The updated version 7 finally has
made some progress to speed things up a little. Since it is used
by so many authors, on and off the Web, we recommend that you
download it here. Prior to doing so, you may want to
manually uninstall any old versions lying around, as the install
is very "AOL like", in that it does not see previous
versions and will not remove them for you.
12.10.04 - Poor support from Big name PCs
We're not surprised. GRA customers have always
been treated to first rate, consultant level support handled in
the USA. "outsourcing of tech support to foreign countries by
companies such as CyberPower, Dell, and HP/Compaq continues to be
a hot-button issue for PC owners. Compaq, Dell, and HP desktop
owners gave these companies below-average marks for phone support,
with many respondents saying that the techs were difficult to
understand and that it was hard to reach someone helpful..."
Read more here:
08.26.04 - Are your kids Fie sharing?
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it has
launched a federal criminal probe of piracy on a peer-to-peer
08.01.04 - Windows XP Service Pack 2 to be released this month
Go get it!
04.26.04 - Washington wakes up to spyware, adware
Read more here:
01.15.04 - Spyware reaches record proportions
What is Spyware?
By now you should know what Spyware is, and how
to prevent it. "If I had a nickel for every computer infected with
this malware...", say Mr. Farulla, CIO of GRA Computers. "The best
way for people to deal with it is to become educated about it. I
urge all PC customers to call companies like AOL, MSN,
and Dell and ask for a detailed explanation of what it is,
what it does, and how to prevent it. Our clients and customers are
well briefed on the subject. Some of America's largest companies,
including Merck, General Motors, and Verizon,
have used a version of spyware.
Read more HERE
01.15.04 - Windows 98 and Windows ME support extended
Through June 2006. "Go configure"...
read more here:
12.01.03 - GRA announces all-in-one Web Hosting Solutions
Let GRA take the hassle out of Web Site
hosting. We will "one-source" all aspects of your Web Site
including. For more info, see