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Archive for January, 2014


Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 End Of Life – April 8, 2014

If you are still using Windows XP, Office 2003 or Exchange 2003, support and updates are coming to an end on April 8, 2014.  That is the day Microsoft officially stops supporting these products.  You should finalize your upgrade plans today so you don’t get stuck without support.  This would make your machines and network…

Office 365 Issues?

Microsoft releases a tool to help service providers (like Excalibur Technology) monitor outages and other problems.  Monitor outages?  What?  Why? Read the story here: http://rcpmag.com/blogs/scott-bekker/2014/01/office-365-tool-service-outages.aspx  While Office 365 is a groundbreaking service, there are still bugs to work out. Microsoft used to promote regional companies hosting their services.  Now, they try to do it all…

Where Did SkyDrive Go?

Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive after numerous legal battles. http://bit.ly/1hNUcRT Do you use SkyDrive to sync your Windows 8 PC, tablet and phone?  Give it a try today.  For help with the setup, call the experts at Excalibur Technology.…

Cell Phones That Changed The World

Mobile phone inventions over the years. http://bit.ly/1aCzTYG Amazing look back at classic phones that changed the world.  How many of these did you own?  Could you ever trade your Windows Phone or iPhone back for one of these?  Remember when a phone was just a phone?  Remember when there were no mobile phones and you…

If You Run Anti-Virus Software, Why Do You Still Get Infected?

I have anti-virus…why do I sometimes still get infected? http://bit.ly/KUUpaW There are many reasons including lack of updates, users clicking links that allow viruses in, OS security holes and so much more.  Even if you do everything right on your network or your PC, you can and probably will still get a virus or spyware…

Get Ready For Potential Changes To Internet Cost

Federal appeals court strikes down FCC “net neutrality” law. http://bit.ly/1g5zJeq This means that ISP’s can now charge more for bandwidth, give priority to certain types of traffic, or charge premium rates for accessing certain websites or content. This could put a lot of money in the pockets of the large companies and hurt small companies…

What Hard Drives Fail First?

Not all hard drives are created equal.  Check out this link to see which hard drive manufacturer has the highest failure rate and which drives run longest without failure.  The answer might surprise you.  This is especially important when choosing a hard drive for a SAN, NAS or server.  Workstations might not be as critical…

Did You Accidentally Make An iPhone In-App Purchase?

Apple to refund at least $32.5M of in-app purchases to users that were unaware of costs. http://on-msn.com/1aszBxG Beware of “free” apps on smartphones and tablets. Free is never free as we all know. Games suck kids and adults in and …then charge up to $99.99 for special tools or items once you are playing. Some…

Just How Bad Was The Target Data Breach?

10 things you need to know about the data breach at Target. http://bit.ly/1a5PtM7 How safe is your network and data? Call us to find out! If hackers can get into the massive network systems at Target, what chance does your network stand without professional support?  

Microsoft To Make Windows 9 Free?

Will Windows 9 be free? http://zd.net/1lXN7l9 With a number of new OS choices from Google and Apple, Microsoft might be in for a major change to stay relevant in the changing marketplace.  Windows 9 promises to bring a unified operating system to PC, tablet and phone.  More information to follow as it becomes available.…


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