Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP service pack 3 has been released.  Service pack 3 includes all of the functionality of previous XP service packs including security patches and hot fixes.  SP3 enables installation of ALL of the previously released patches and hot fixes of XP in one package (rather than having to download and install each one individually).  Newer functionality added to SP3 is minimal.  It does not include any of the significant changes found in Vista; although it does include security enhancements and network access protection (NAP) to enable it to work better with Windows Server 2008.  It is a cumulative release and can be installed on top of XP1 and XP2.  Deployment over a network has not changed and can be implemented using Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, or third-party solutions.

It was originally released earlier in the month and then withdrawn because it broke several of Microsoft’s own applications and had other problems ranging from spontaneous reboots to system crashes and machines that would no longer boot.  These issues have apparently been corrected.

A Word of Caution
As with any major operating system update; you’ll want to use caution and make a full backup of your system before upgrading to SP3 – and leave yourself time to go backward if needed.    Once you’ve upgraded to SP3, it prevents downgrading from Internet Explorer 7 to Internet Explorer 6; so you’ll want to be careful if you have applications that don’t play well with Internet Explorer 7.  It has also been purported to cause registry corruption and to not play well with Symantec’s Norton Antivirus utilties.

Click Here to read about some of the issues reported about SP3.


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Cheaper is not better

Everybody thinks they’re a computer guy these days.  Having worked in the industry for 30+ years, I can tell you that the good ones are far and few between.  Guys like this piss me off.  They damage the credibility of the entire industry.

Money is tight.  She is working part-time.  She took the machine to him because he was cheap.  When she went to pick her computer up … she got a bag of parts … and brought it to me to see if we could put it back together …

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Choosing the right cartridge

We've had people come in to buy an ink cartridge and they have no idea what they need; quite often, they don't even know what printer they have – and we have even had people who've bought an ink cartridge only because it was the "right" brand – and then brought it back later because it did not work with their computer.   As recently as last week, we had someone bring back an inkjet cartridge because it has "stopped working" – after six weeks printing 31 pages per day.  We assume that you know what you need; if you don't know what you need, ask someone to help you.

The purpose of this article is to educate you on buying the right ink cartridge…

Cleaning Clogged Inkjets

When you change an inkjet cartridge, your computer will usually prompt you to clean the print heads and / or nozzles and may require a 'calibration' printout.   If you don't use your printer very often, we recommend that you do this manually at least once per month to keep the print heads from coagulating …

Laser or Inkjet? … things to consider when buying a new printer

We get several people coming in asking for recommendations about which printer to buy. Whether you buy inkjet or laser depends on several things. If you are looking for speed, quality, volume, long life of the documents you print, and an overall lower cost of ownership, go with laser. If you print in low volume (10-12 pages per day) or you are looking to print photographic images, choose an inkjet.