Windows XP users will die

Use Windows XP after April 8 and your PC will explodeBy now you’ve probably heard that Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows XP in one week on April 8th. So what does this mean? If you have Windows XP, will your PC just spontaneously combust come midnight, April 8, 2014?  Yes, unfortunately to report.
Actually no…April Fools!*

The reality is, just like with the end of the Mayan Calendar, absolutely nothing is going to “happen.” At least not right away. Eventually you may need to update as Microsoft’s support includes bug fixes, security patches, system updates, service packs, etc. Vendors will stop writing software and making hardware for it as well. Just the typical nature of operating systems life cycles – i.e  Windows 2000, 98, 3.1, etc. not to mention Apple’s line of OS X (10.3, 10.4,10.5, etc.) You get the idea..

Of course upgrading is easier said then done, especially for companies with lots of users, expensive proprietary or enterprise software that would need to be updated as well. Considering the cost and time involved, Microsoft’s decision to end XP  has caused some headaches for larger organizations, some willing to “run XP despite the risks associated with running an unsupported OS

So if you or your company is not planning on upgrading, there are several things to consider and implement if you plan to stick with Windows XP. We suggest running a security audit / check, which is something we offer. Contact Us for details.

XP has had quite a good run of 13 years (2001-20014). For most small businesses and single users, if you are considering upgrading, ‘what are you still waiting for?’  Although to be fair, it may not be so much leaving XP as it is updating to Microsoft’s latest lackluster OS, Windows 8. Hate Windows 8 ? Not to worry, there are lots of alternatives. We personally recommend Windows 7 (64 bit) as an upgrade from Windows XP which is still available. If you have questions, such as:

Will it work with my existing or old software?
What version of Win 7 should I purchase? Can I upgrade from a CD/DVD ?
Where can I find good deals on PCs with Win 7?
What is Windows 8.1 ?
What is this going to cost?

Just comment below or send us a quick email. Please let us know how your upgrade process went, or didn’t, as well. And remember, don’t panic, backup your data, and ‘Everything’s gonna be alright’

*Disclaimer: for those who don't get it, the part about windows xp users dying is entirely a joke, and any incident of computers with Windows XP exploding and someone dying, is purely a coincidence.

Closing the Book on L.O.O.K.

A look back at Project Look
I can still remember the exact moment when my friend, and new business partner at the time, Josh said those four key words that have changed lives and shaped the entire world throughout the course of history: “I have an idea”

Well, maybe not exactly when he said it as this goes back a number of years! However, what ensued was quite an endeavor that lasted over 4 years, took up lots of time, money, energy, and unlike college, there was no diploma at the end. We got close, and I like to believe that our last round of potential investors meetings in August 2011 went well, but our chances basically went down with the World Trade Towers several weeks later. To be honest, it wasn’t going to be easy to launch, money or no money.  We already started to have some internal problems as our programmer left, technology kept changing, project costs were higher than originally predicted, and our main investor was looking to split us up. So even if we did receive a large capital investment, there was no guarantee the project would ever come to fruition.

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Original concept outlines and drawings for logo and display stand.

So what is this thing about, you might be wondering ?  

L.O.O.K. is is a unique advertisement media using cutting edge technology to provide outstanding multimedia productions. We intend to service our customer with real time updates using a telecommunications network that will make this product hassle free.

Basically an interactive Kiosk, that featured Plasma Displays and touchscreens. We were a little ahead of our time…just wasn’t cost effective, not to mention broadband was still slow and expensive. Be sure to check out the concept video just below the article.

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Interactive display notes for the touchscreen panel 10+ years before the ipad

Josh and I have definitely moved on from this, and even though the project flopped, we learned a lot from the experience as a whole. I realized there is some truth to “It’s the journey that counts, not the destination.” The real world demands of tight deadlines, long hours, need for constant training and focus really enhanced my skill set and far surpassed or equaled any academic environment I’ve ever experienced. Anyone who works or worked in any kind of start-up environment will certainly agree.

"Mind melting" flowchart of complete system

“Mind melting” flowchart and algorithm of the entire system / functionality

Therefore, as we are now in the process of revamping the website and removing old information, I figured my initial MindMelt blog entry should mention L.O.OK.– for while it didn’t make it, the venture helped create a company which has produced hundreds of designs, web sites, blogs, logos / motion graphics, etc.

At least that’s one way to L.O.O.K.at it.