Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Availability for Businesses."
(Windows 7 isn't a panacea for XP refugees. Why? Because you can't upgrade [change only the OS, leaving your data intact] when switching from XP to 7. You can only upgrade to 7 from (shudder) Windows Vista. Going from XP straight to 7 entails a clean install of 7, so you'll have to back up your files on other media, wipe your disk, install 7, and finally restore all your files.)
Tired of hassling with Windows? Frustrated that every other Windows release (ME, Vista, 8) is a turkey? Is a forced software upgrade pushing you (mutter, mutter) to buy a new PC?
Maybe it's time to consider a Chromebook. The Chromebook option is appealing if your computer time is mostly spent inside a browser anyway (especially if your browser of choice is Chrome) and doubly so if you're comfortable with cloud services (like Google Docs for word processing sans Word.) Or go hybrid: "Google taps VMware to bring Windows access to Chromebooks."
Of course, the minute gadgets get networked, they're sure to get hacked (mutter, mutter). See "Hackers Have Officially Hijacked a Refrigerator, Are Entire Houses Next?" (Why, you ask? Probably because the IoT is a softer target than PCs for anyone seeking to build a botnet.)
These consumer goods were responsible for sending out about 25% of the 750,000 malicious emails from hackers between Dec. 23, 2013, and Jan. 6, 2014.
Not that a new way is needed or welcome, but hacking smart fridges could also be a whole new way to sabotage diets.
|Look closely :-)|