Friday, February 09, 2007

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog Feb. 9, 2007

Let’s talk about tech!

PC sales jump after Windows Vista™ launch
Did you hear the news? Windows Vista™ launched last week. Unless you’ve been out of the country or in solitude, you probably heard the announcement. This new operating system is certainly different than anything else Microsoft has released. According to Current Analysis Inc., PC sales went up 67 percent in the first week after Windows Vista’s launch.
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If you are contemplating converting to Windows Vista, check back next week. Video Professor is launching a new Windows Vista Preview CD, giving users the information they need when deciding if and when to upgrade. Because Windows Vista is much different than previous Microsoft operating systems, consumers may find it confusing when deciding which of the five versions is right for them. The Video Professor Windows Vista Preview CD guides users step-by-step through the different versions—Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise editions—analyzes the pros and cons of each and helps consumers choose which version their computer can run and which version they actually need.

Look out!
I knew online theft was rampant, but I had no idea how bad it really was. Did you know that a hacker tries to penetrate a computer every 39 seconds? Michel Cukier of the University of Maryland said, “Our data provide quantifiable evidence that attacks are happening all the time to computers with Internet connections. The computers in our study were attacked, on average, 2,244 times a day.” If you need more information about how to keep your computer safe, visit the resource library at
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Watch where you step
iPods may be taking over the world, but law enforcement agencies in New York aren’t buying into the hype. If you live in New York you could soon be subjected to a fine if you cross the street while wearing your ear buds. If lawmakers have their way, New York pedestrians will actually have to pay attention when strolling across the street. What a novel concept.
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Off topic:
Well the NFL season has come to an end. Yes, I know there is a game this weekend, but that doesn’t count. Like that tree in the forest, if a football game is played in Hawaii and nobody is around to see it, did it really happen? For a lot of sports fans the next couple months will be pretty tough to handle. The NHL and NBA are in action, but things don’t really heat up until the playoffs are about to begin. “March Madness” seems so far away. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training this month, but who really cares about baseball until opening day in April?

Congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts for finally getting their rings. In a very sloppy game, especially in the first half, the Colts pretty much dominated the Bears. What surprised me was how the Colts won the game. Their defense was phenomenal. In my opinion, it was the defense that carried them to the Super Bowl title. The defense was highly criticized coming into the playoffs, but they really stepped up when they needed to. It was no different in the Super Bowl. The defense had Bears quarterback Rex Grossman confused all night. After Chicago ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and then picked off Manning on his first offensive series, it was all downhill from there. Good job, Colts. You earned this one.

John W. Scherer
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