Archive for November 20, 2013

Places to find great deals on the Internet

Great deals can be found on the Internet on many items throughout the year. Black Friday is coming closer and closer and many deals exist on everything. However, just because a deal is listed as a Black Friday deal doesn’t make it a great deal.

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Recycled Deals

A study as described by NerdWallet shows that up to 92% of Black Friday ads for 2013 were advertised as Black Friday ads in 2012.

Black Friday Deals

Deals can be found everywhere. The following are places you can go to search for deals and avoid going to the stores and long lines.

Deals Through the Year

  • The Cheapskate – If you are the kind of person who likes a good deal any time of the year, then I suggest following the Cheapskate. He lists on an almost daily basis deals on software for Windows and Mac, tablets, computers, audio products, and more.
  • Twitter account of the local mall – Events, discounts, and more can be found by following the Twitter feed of the local mall, in this case, the Chula Vista Center.

My hope is that these links will help you make a wise purchase during this rather hectic, yet shorter, shopping season. Remember, spend wisely, behave yourselves, and be of good cheer.

Thanks again for visiting Pablo’s Computers.

Price increases for Windows 7 computers is likely

I believe that price increases are likely for Windows 7 computers next year.

Generally, prices for computers go down as new technology comes into the marketplace. I remember my first computer was a PC XT made by Zenith. It cost $899 and came with a monochrome monitor. Then, I upgraded to a 16 color monitor for an additional $600. Nowadays, you can get a great computer for less than $1000. It goes to show you that computing power increases and price decreases.

However, I will give you various reasons as to why price increases are likely next year for Windows 7 computers.

  • Windows XP support is coming to an end. I was reading today that Windows XP is used by over 30% of computers currently in use. I am sure this number will decrease as April 8, 2014 approaches when Microsoft pulls the plug on windows updates for XP. How does this prove that price increases for Windows 7 computers is likely? Windows XP computers will continue to age and eventually break down. Businesses will increase purchases of Windows 7 computers. This will increase demand for these types of computers. Therefore, prices will most likely increase to meet the increase in demand for these computers.
  • ZDNet reported that Windows 8 adoption rate is lower than that of Windows 7. I have used Windows during the consumer preview all the way through the retail version and I eventually reinstalled the previous version of Windows. Using a mouse with Windows 8 was more difficult due to the tile based interface design. I believe a portion of computer users will prefer an upgrade to Windows 7, if possible, or purchase a Windows 7 computer. Again, demand for this type of computer will increase and is another reason that prices may go up.
  • Prices have started to increase in the reseller market. I have seen various promotions from manufacturer’s disappear recently for business class computers. I believe this trend will continue.
  • In summary, prices for Windows 7 computers may go up next year temporarily as Windows XP dies out and Windows 8 tries to gain traction. I am sure this trend will peak later next year as tablet and smart phone sales continue to grow. So, of you are in the market for Windows 7, then it would be best to purchase during the next few months.

Windows XP support will end on April 8, 2014

Windows XP Support Will end

Windows XP Support Will end

Windows XP support will end.
What does this mean?

  • Windows updates will end on April 8, 2014.

How can this potentially harm your computer?

  • If people find more security problems in Windows XP, then Microsoft will not devote any resources to fix the issue.
  • Potential improvements to the operating system will not be in development.

What to do?

  • Upgrade to Windows 7
  • Obtain an anti-virus product, such as eSetthat will continue to update on a Windows XP computer
  • Ensure that Windows XP Service Pack 3 is installed and fully updated prior to April 8, 2014.
  • Keep contact info for a friend who can help you with your computer

If you need further information from Microsoft in regards to the end of Windows XP support is available.

That’s it for today. If you need additional help, then please contact Pablo’s Computers. Have a great day.