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Abt Electronics’ Very Own Chad Taylor Live AT CNET!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Our sales rep and CES 2012 contributor Chad Taylor did an interview with Cnet.com He talked about Abt, the store’s layout, history and what we can provide for our customers across the nation and even what he liked most at CES 2012.  Check out the full video below.  Great job Chad!

Protect You Computer

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Imagine this: You have been infected with 183 viruses and I want $100 for my program to remove it.  But wait, you did not download anything or ask for any computer information informing you of that.  You even realize that you already have an anti-virus software installed.  How did you get on my computer?  This is called Scareware (Wikipedia) which usually presents itself as a pop-up that states, your computer is infected. This pop-up typically flashes, “click here” to get rid of all your computer problems.  But there is a catch: when you click on the link you are actually infecting your computer.

So what do you do when this pop up shows up?  Well you can do a few things.  When this happens with a Windows PC you can either click the X in the top right hand corner to close the window, but ensure you pay attention and read the windows that occur after you click the X.  In some cases the windows that pop up will redirect you to the malicious program if you do not pay attention.  On a Mac you must click the red circle in the top left hand corner and follow the same instructions.  And YES I did say a Mac!  It is advisable to have protection on your Apple computer! Remember no matter what if you get a pop up saying your computer is infected with something and your anti-virus program did not tell you it is usually a fake do not give up your credit card information.  And for some reason you have already given up your information cancel your credit card ASAP!  If you have any questions about Scareware please give our Connect Techs a call at 847-544-2255.

-Chad Taylor

Logitech Security Cameras

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Have you ever wondered what is going on in your house when you are not home?  Well I wondered the same thing, but not anymore.  I recently purchased a Logitech Alert outdoor camera system for my home.  I just wanted to see what my dogs were doing outside at night and not have to worry about other animals in the yard.  This camera system really delivers!  It was easy to setup and I was complete in about 30 minutes.

The Logitech Alert System uses your power lines in your house to carry internet signal as well as power to the camera.  It can record on both a micro SD card slot or your computer to store information.  The computer software allows you to view your Camera which you can zoom to certain areas of view, as well as capture audio.  But my favorite feature is I can view my camera live from my iPhone or iPad.  Overall this camera system is very user friendly, expandable, and affordable.

-Chad Taylor

Xbox Kinect Has A Real Kick

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Microsoft recently released their Kinect to rave reviews and excited fans!  In just a few short weeks,  it has become an item that will be a must have for the holidays.  Why? Well, this is the first system that gets people up off the couch to play video games.  Wait, we have heard that one before.  Let me try again.  This is the first system to get people up off the couch to play video games without any controllers.

Yes, that is correct. You can now, bowl, play volleyball, race down rapids, play soccer, and much more on your Xbox360 without any controllers. When the game requires you to kick, just kick.  When you have to jump, jump!  This system is several years in the making, and many of us heard all the hype about this system, but after personally bowling a few frames and watching countless kids play soccer this past weekend, I would say that Kinect is solid and most importantly responsive.  Kinect comes both as a standalone camera system as well as a 4GB bundle, and finally a 250GB Bundle.

Happy Gaming!!

-Chad Taylor

So Long, Windows XP

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Where were you on October 25th 2001?  Well if you are like me and the numerous other people I asked, you probably don’t remember.  On October 25th 2001, Microsoft released the operating system Windows XP.  Windows XP just celebrated its 9th birthday, and even after 9 years, this is the operating system of choice for many major businesses today.  It has even withstood the release of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Unfortunately, as of October, Windows XP cannot be shipped with any new machines from manufactures such as HP, Lenovo, Samsung, etc.  But if you want Windows XP you still have a few options.

The first option is to find a new computer that still supports Windows XP.  Most of the time these will be business class models such as the Toshiba Portege R700-S1321.  This Laptop includes what is referred to as a, Windows XP downgrade.  The second option is to purchase a Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade.  With the Anytime Upgrade you will be able to take Windows 7 Home Premium and unlock the features that are included with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. The feature that many people are now using is a virtual version of Windows XP.  The Virtual version of XP is what everyone is familiar with.  The best part is you can now have the best of both worlds with Windows 7 and Windows XP!  The Anytime Upgrades for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate requires Windows 7 Home Premium.

If you have questions about the R700-S1321 or how you can upgrade your computer to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, please call the Connect Techs at 847-544-2255.

-Chad Taylor