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Microsoft’s annual Laziness Tax on you   

Everyone hates taxes, but most people pay Microsoft's Laziness Tax every year.  Here's how to avoid paying extra.

Office 365 annual tribute fee for the Home plan is US$99.99 but you can pay around $75 for renewals.  The difference of around $25 is Microsoft's Laziness Tax.

It's the extra you pay for buying direct from Microsoft for Office 365 new and renewals without shopping around for a better price.

Renewals too

You don't have to renew direct with Microsoft.

Office 365 Home or Personal plans can be renewed by buying elsewhere and adding to your existing account.

Microsoft doesn't like to mention this, because they make too much extra from their Laziness Tax.  It's definitely allowed according to Microsoft's own Terms and Conditions for Office 365.

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Published on January 2, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
WhatsApp will ditch Blackberry OS and Windows Phone by New Year's   

WhatsApp is bidding farewell to older mobile operating systems as the year draws to a close. Specifically, it's ending support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 and older on December 31st. Although the Facebook-owned messaging app will continue to work on these platforms, users won't be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. Oh, and WhatsApp claims its app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time for that upgrade.

In the past few months alone, WhatsApp has unveiled some handy features (like quick delete for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and new universal emojis). But, it seems older platforms don't boast the "capabilities" the company needs to expand its functions going forward.

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Published on December 27, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Top 10 Microsoft Visio Alternatives for Linux   

Microsoft Visio is a great tool for creating or generating mission-critical diagrams and vector representations. While it may be a good tool for making floor plans or other kinds of diagrams it is neither free nor open source.

Moreover, Microsoft Visio is not a standalone product. It comes bundled with Microsoft Office. We have already seen open source alternatives to MS Office in the past. Today we'll see what tools you can use in place of Visio on Linux

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Published on December 26, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10 WARNING - PCs vulnerable to hack after shock security risk discovered   

Windows 10 users have been warned about a new security risk which could open PCs up to an attack.

Microsoft's flagship operating system can be hacked into via the Windows Hello facial authentication system, cybersecurity experts have warned.

Windows Hello lets users unlock their device simply with their face or with a fingerprint.

But security researchers from German firm SYSS managed to defeat the face scanning feature with a printed picture.

The cybersecurity experts were able to defeat Windows Hello on Windows 10 systems that have not yet received the Fall Creators Update.

SYSS said on these systems a "simple spoofing attack using a modified printed photo of an authorised person" can crack open Windows Hello.

The researchers claim this attack works against multiple versions of Windows 10 and on different hardware, ZDNet reported.

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Published on December 25, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Mozilla Says It is Raising Privacy Awareness By Violating Privacy of Users   

Mozilla's latest Firefox release is better than Google Chrome, both in terms of speed and violating user's privacy.

Mozilla Firefox is in news this month as well. Last month, Mozilla gained praises for its extraordinary Quantum release. This month, it has been 'caught' experimenting with users' privacy without their Mozilla Says It is Raising Privacy Awareness By Violating Privacy of Users

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Published on December 17, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
LXLE Review: A Hassle-free Linux for Older Hardware   

LXLE Review

The LXLE project has two taglines: "Revive that old PC" and "Full featured OS for an aging PC". Started in 2013, the LXLE project is designed to primarily to keep old PC useful and up-to-date. They do this by making use of the LXDE desktop environment because it is light on resources, but still very functional. LXLE is also included in our list of best lightweight Linux distributions.

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Published on December 16, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10 free update - Time is running out for you to upgrade for nothing   

Windows 10 free downloads are still available for PC users who have not upgraded to Microsoft's flagship OS, but time is running out fast.

The main official Windows 10 free download offer ended on July 29 2016, with Microsoft laying down a cut off point to download and upgrade for nothing.

However, there were still a number of routes open to PC owners looking to download Windows 10 for free.

One of those Windows 10 free download options is the assistive technology route, which previously had no end date.

However, Microsoft recently announced that this upgrade offer will expire at the end of the year.

The assistive technology site has been updated to say: "If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. 

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Published on December 16, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
iMac Pro: Apple releases its most expensive computer   

Apple has a very expensive last-minute Christmas present for you. The just released iMac Pro is the company's "most powerful Mac ever" and the most expensive, starting at £4,899.

Having been unveiled in June at Apple's developer conference, the iMac Pro is squarely aimed at Apple-using creative professionals who until now have had to make do with the ageing and comparatively cheap (£2,999) Mac Pro or the even cheaper consumer version of the £1,749 5K iMac.

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Published on December 14, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide   

The world of Linux is ready to welcome you, with a shower of free open-source software you can use on any PC: hundreds of active Linux distributions, and dozens of different desktop environments you could run on them. It's a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comes-with-your-PC vision of Windows.

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Published on December 6, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Thanks, Microsoft, but I am still saying no to Windows 10   

The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

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Published on December 6, 2017 by Bob Uhlman  --  Revised on December 6, 2017
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