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Google's vision of a cloud-only notebook is here. Here's how it compares to traditional laptops and to tablets like the iPad. The only way to run traditional apps on a Chromebook is through a desktop virtualization client such as Citrix Receiver, which will be available for Chrome OS.

It's really been 25 years! On November 20, 1985 Microsoft announced its first version of Windows to the world. ComputerWorld has a great visual history of Windows from 1.0 to 7 including the gem shown below.  Some things have changed a lot.

In its third-quarter report, online security company McAfee said Wednesday that average daily malware growth has reached its highest level ever, with an average of 60,000 new ones identified each day.

Santa Clara-based McAfee (NYSE:MFE) said that is almost quadruple the 2007 amount.

At the same time, spam levels decreased in volume this quarter, both globally and in local geographies. Spam hit a two-year low this quarter.

Read more: Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

We got a call from a client saying that a user couldn’t find his laptop and didn’t know if he lost it at the airport.  We confirmed he didn’t leave it in his car.  The good news is that about a month ago we had purchased LoJack for a few Laptops including his.

zooming-information 300 h212As the Underground Economy has grown and flourished, cybercriminals have developed new methods for tricking victims. Their scams are amazingly lucrative, with profits totaling in the billions per year. Many perpetrators hail from Eastern Europe where cybercrime is rampant and considered business as usual. Canadian pharmacy spam, fake antivirus and others are part of a well-organized business model based on the concept of affiliate networking.

network-switch-w300 h199It is mind boggling to think that copper, thanks to new generation DSL technologies is staying competitive with fiber and cable broadband. Today, a new breakthrough shows that it will only be a matter of time before DSL broadband crosses the 800 Mbps threshold. And while we wait for that massive speed bump, we are beginning to see the commercial availability of DSL that can deliver 100 Mbps.

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We’re getting rave reviews on the new e-newsletter. I just want to let you know how grateful we all are for your help on this project—your great direction, patience and support are invaluable.

We would NEVER have gone this far without you!

I’ve sent more than one shining Michael endorsement. The whole company kicks ass.

Since our bank told us we need to become PCI compliant, we found lots of holes and “open doors” on our servers, hosting, website etc. Chris closed up them and Tim has helped with the all the other annoying daily problems we have had, and they both do it with a smile and a reassuring, calming tone…

We are impressed with response times and the general aptitude of your support group. This stands in stark contrast to some of the experiences with other IT resources we’ve patronized in the past.

We are very satisfied with the professional demeanor of both Tessa and Michael and their willingness to go above and beyond the scope of their expectations to solve our computer-related issues. The immediate and personal attention we receive from Nims when our Firm has an IT issue is impressive, to…

I worked with Nims when at another company ... you don't have to tell me what a fantastic company Nims is.

We are very happy to have your company in place. Joel and Tony have been excellent. The Senior Management Team feels as though a great weight has been lifted from their shoulders and we are appreciative that our systems and software are in the hands of experts.

Thank you for explaning what you did in an understandable way. You're very patient working with such a small company and treating us as though we were a huge corporation.
Bill has far exceeded my expectations. I am happy to have another Super Technician to rely on for MAS200.

Since we switched hosts to Network Solutions, we've had nothing but continuous problems with email and sessions timing out preventing us from opening our online store. Joel went out of his way to solve our problem. This means the world to us. Joel listened and accommodated our needs first before…

We are delighted with the service and we've received a number of comments by clients that they are very impressed with the way Tessa handles the problems and works with them. She REALLY picks up things quickly. We are continuously amazed and pleased that we only have to tell her something once and…

As someone who works remotely from a home office, connectivity and a reliable, functioning computer are absolutely critical to my ability to be able to perform. Recently my computer "crashed" and as you can imagine created great inconvenience. Your team of Joel, Tessa and Tim responded immediately.…

We have been a client of Nims & Associates for over ten years. Chris has implemented and maintained our network for all of those years. As our network and our needs have changed and grown, Chris has provided excellent support to move us forward. Over the years I have come to know several of the…

We are very impressed with josh…he seems very knowledgeable and he communicates well…and he just seems like a nice person also…basically our dream consultant….

Again, we’re really impressed with josh and would not hesitate to recommend Nims to anyone.

Can I tell you how we feel about Chris? He is the greatest. He goes way beyond the norm. We can't ask for better service and support. Chris has taken the time to teach me additional things to not only help him but us here which cuts the time we need him here to fix something I can do. Not many…

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