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Free computers to deserving causes

Someone was very kind to me recently so I thought I would "pay it forward" and give some used computers to deserving families or causes. We used to give computers we traded in to charities and community benefit organisations but they no longer accept donated computers because of the legal implications of recent law changes. Its not as easy as you would think to give computers away now. Please contact me if you know of a deserving cause or family.

All this "Pay It Forward" stuff is very addictive and makes me feel good - you should try it :-)

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Adobe Has Been Hacked!

Adobe has confirmed that about a month ago hackers infiltrated their network and stole millions of customer emails and encrypted passwords. They have further acknowledged that your password hint, name, encrypted credit card number, card expiration date, and other confidential information may also have been leaked. An analysis of the hack by Paul Ducklin of Sophos states that 150 million users have been affected and that the encryption methods used to protect customer data are extremely weak.

Adobe sent an email advising customers to change their login details but most customers thought the email was just another Phishing scam and ignored it.

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Why does computer RAM fail?

RAM modules are made of "solid state" electronic components and are generally very reliable because they don’t have any moving parts but occasionally they do fail.

Faults during manufacture:

Occasionally manufacturing faults can cause the module to fail after some time. Dry solder joints, faulty components or faulty design can contribute to the failure

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Why do hard drives fail?

A hard drive is one of the few moving parts in your computer. Most components inside your computer are electronic with no moving parts. Whilst any computer is subject to electrical stresses (such as a power spikes), hard disks are subject to both electrical and mechanical stresses, which can each cause hard disk problems. This means that your hard disk is one of the most likely things to fail inside your computer.

Below is an overview of your hard disk and what symptoms may indicate hard disk problems.

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Google announces its new Hummingbird Search Engine update

Last week Google announced its new Hummingbird algorithm update, putting lots of SEOs into doubts and concerns – what should this algorithm change mean to you and your website? To make sure you don't get down into panic and plan your SEO strategy wisely, we've put up this short guide to explain what Hummingbird update is, how it affects your rankings and how to adapt your SEO strategy to benefit from the changes.

So, what do we know about Hummingbird?

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