Follow Us on Twitter for a Chance to Win $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

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Joining the contest is super easy, just

1) Follow pcoptimize on twitter.

2) Send the following Tweet to your followers:

I’ve entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate. Just follow @pcoptimize and RT ! http://bit.ly/6Ds8u8

The Winner will be announced in our December newsletter or when we hit 1,000 followers, whichever comes first.

**UPDATE** – Fast approaching our first 1,000 followers. First winner to be announced soon. But don’t let that stop you … We will award a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate everytime we add another 1,000 Twitter followers.

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Windows 7 Beta Updates Available

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Starting Monday Feb. 24th 2009, updates are available for those lucky souls using Windows 7 Beta. The updates can be found by going to Start/All Programs/Windows Updates, as they are not being announced or installed via Automatic Updates. It must be done manually.

Reports that the updates don’t change anything and are only a “pseudo-refresh” seemed somewhat inaccurate. ”Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update. These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7. We typically verify servicing scenarios during a beta”, said Brandon LeBlanc. Instead of the “up to 5” announced updates, I was presented with 35 suggested updates which downloaded and installed in approximately 25 minutes.

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November 2008 Newsletter

  • Ultimate PC Tune Up Guide
  • Fighting Scareware
  • Laptop Fires Trigger New Recalls
  • “Trail of Toxic Waste”
  • Bits from Bill: The Truth Behind Windows 7
  • Election Poll & Survey Results
  • Average Desktop CPU Speed Slows?
  • Survey: Our Digital World
  • Tip #1: Windows Recovery Environment
  • Tip #2: System Restore with No Reboot
  • Tip #3: Favorites & Good Bookmarks
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    Happy Anniversary XP SP3

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    It’s been a full 6 months since the release of Windows XP SP3. The unsuspecting public downloaded it faster than Tom Cruise jumps a couch, and it wasn’t long before 25% of us found we had grabbed a ticking time bomb. Endless reboots, blue screens, data loss and reinstalls were the wails coming from every help forum on the World Wide Web. In some cases John Q Public didn’t even know the grenade was coming. It was tossed in the middle of the night by Microsoft’s Automatic Update service. You don’t need to imagine the problems this created because you lived it.

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    Windows XP SP3 Issues and Fixes Continued

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    By now everyone is aware of the problems associated with installing Windows XP SP3. The amount of time and money wasted with this demon is immeasurable. The public’s lack of acceptance of Windows Vista has only added to the feeling of being blindsided by an old friend.

    I am outlining the problems and providing information to fix the issues found to date. Above all I’m telling you to avoid the problems. Don’t be one the unfortunates that is rear-ended while slowing to view the carnage. Stay far away from this Update. I am not telling you to take preventative measures and then install. I’m telling you to wait, “Do not install XP SP3”!

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    Windows SP3: The Long Journey

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    Fact and Fable

    Unlike a lot of sequels, Windows XP SP3 is better than the original. Any day now the official release is due to hit the streets. Rumors of 10% performance increases crowd my Googled results. My mind travels to increased scores for benchmarks. Microsoft’s favored son is rising to the position of SUPER HERO. “WINDOWS XP CONQUERS….” Oh, sorry, I’ll get back to earth now.

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