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March 27, 2015
by sjvn01
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The most popular US end-user operating systems, according to the federal government

Surprise! The federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP) has found that Windows is the most popular end-user operating system with 58.4 percent of all government web site visitors. What’s more interesting though is what versions of Windows we’re using and … Continue reading

February 19, 2015
by sjvn01
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How to remove Superfish adware from your laptop

No one likes crapware–the adware and trial software that PC and smartphone vendors put on their devices. Until recently, though we rarely got actual malware installed on new computers. Now, thanks to Lenovo and Superfish Visual Discovery adware, we didn’t … Continue reading

February 6, 2015
by sjvn01
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Fed up with Adobe Flash? Make it safer

We’re addicted to Adobe Flash, and it’s time to break the habit. In the last three months, multiple Flash security holes have been found and exploited. In the last two weeks alone, security expert Brian Krebs has reported that Adobe … Continue reading

February 4, 2015
by sjvn01
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The best open-source software for serious Linux users

Everyone has their personal favorite programs, but some users are more serious about their software than others. One such group includes the people at LinuxQuestions. These are Linux experts who are kind enough to answer newbies’ endless questions. So when … Continue reading

February 3, 2015
by sjvn01
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Rolling release vs. fixed release Linux

Greg Kroah-Hartman, a leading Linux developer, recently announced that he had finally retired his “traditional” Linux distro for all “rolling-release” Linux systems. He’s not the only one; rolling-release distros are becoming much more popular. So, you ask, what the heck … Continue reading