Tech-Friendly: Update your Java, time to leave Windows XP, and the Macintosh is 30 years old

By Paul Gorski

All the tech news that is news. Well not really, but news worth knowing.

Windows, Linux and Mac users should make sure their Java software is current, as new Java malware is being used to attack older versions of Java. Suffice to say if you have Java installed, upgrade now. The most current version of Java may be downloaded at:

Don’t know what Java is? Read my article: “Tech-Friendly: Install Java and Flash security updates now” at Reminder: if you don’t have Java installed, there’s no need to install it now. Your computer is safer without it.

Windows XP users beware, Microsoft is ending support, security updates and updates in general for Microsoft Windows XP April 8, 2014. I suggest you upgrade to a newer version of Windows.

If nothing else, make sure your current system is as up-to-date as possible, and keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software current. If necessary, read: “Tech-Friendly: Upgrade Windows anti-malware software” at

Apple celebrated the Macintosh computer’s 30th birthday Jan. 24, 2014. To honor this occasion, Apple produced a very interesting film about where Apple and the Mac are today. Filmed entirely with iPhones, you may watch the video at It is kind of fun and demonstrates the video quality of Apple’s current hot product, the iPhone 5s.

Leave any of your comments regarding your love of Windows XP or some Mac history trivia online below.

Paul Gorski ( has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple Iie.

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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