Microsoft to Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service

TechNetSubShutDownThe service stops taking renewals on 2013-08-31.

In a letter to TechNet Subscribers today, Microsoft announced their intention to shut down the software subscription service. New subscriptions or renewals will not be taken after 2013-08-31. The service ends for subscribers when their subscription terms.

Thus ends a 15 year journey, which started in 1998 with a package of CD’s the size of Montana.

Historically, this has been the best deal in town for small businesses, fugal IT shops or anyone with a great deal of PC’s to maintain on a small budget. For $299 ($249 renewal) a year, TechNet Professional got you access to just about everything Microsoft had to offer, including consumer and enterprise versions of Windows, Windows Server and Office. With a small business of my own and up to 7 physical PC’s in my house, as well as any number of VM’s, TechNet Professional was the best way to get Microsoft Software.

The deal was a winner for me; but for Microsoft, it was an invitation to global piracy. Many users would simply purchase the subscription, grab all the keys they were entitled to for the numerous versions of the software they were given access to, and then sold them, at times with counterfeit media, to unsuspecting customers looking for a cheap deal of “genuine” software. Killing the TechNet service stops this flagrant form of piracy.

While it may help MS put a stop to piracy, for me, with potentially 8-10 MS powered PC’s in the house, it completely sucks.

If Windows goes to a subscription model, they better make it VERY affordable, otherwise, many PC’s, worldwide, in my opinion, will either NOT get upgraded OR will simply move to some form of Linux… if something else is needed. Open Office or Libre Office is also looking really good for those laptops and PC’s that don’t have mobile broadband or reasonable access to cloud based services like Google Apps, MS 365 or the upcoming iWork for iCloud.

TechNet’s shutdown is a good thing for MS as it cracks down on license abuse as well as piracy; but its also a huge win for open source products as many consumers will likely take harder looks at them if they decide to upgrade existing PC’s to newer operating systems and newer office suites.

It also lends additional credibility to alternative PC’s – tablets and smartfphones – and the Office compatible software available for those devices. That software is traditionally much more affordable, and this only creates incentive for users to move to that form of economically affordable computing .

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Too many times I fell asleep…

I know, I’m not the only one who likes to watch a movie on the computer when I get in bed, and very often, the movie is so “interesting” that makes me fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night more than half-asleep and barely see the mouse cursor to shut down the computer. Sometimes, I just wake up in the morning with the computer turned on, resulting a bad night with a fuzzy sleep and more tired than I was before I got to sleep, and with some electricity waste in vain for the whole night.

Now, let’s talk about power. The more powerful your computer is, the more electricity it consumes. The amount of electricity consumed by a computer is somewhere between 300-600 watts for desktop computers, and 15-60 watts for laptops. And a powerful gaming computer is using 600 watts/hour, left running 24/7 will cost you about 1000$ a year in electricity – and that is only the computer in your house.

Now here comes Auto Shutdown Pro II to help you make a better management for the usage of your computer. It’s not only that it shuts down your computer when you schedule it to do so, it can block your computer at a specific time of the day, so you can keep your computer safe even if you’re not at home. This “Blocked Time” feature is quite handy if you want your children to do their homework instead of playing video games.

As a illustration for you in order to help you make a better picture of this software: Parents do not want their children to play computer games or text endlessly on Facebook and Yahoo Messenger, chat with unknown strangers on social web sites 24/7 especially through the night. Children may believe that they are indestructible, but parents know better. And what parents do know for sure is that their children have to have their sleep at night. With Auto Shutdown Pro II parents can set absolute limits that guarantee that their children will not be on the computer after bedtime. Auto Shutdown Pro II will keep those computers turned off even when parents are asleep. With Auto Shutdown Pro II, parents get their children back.

So, it will save your money, shutdown your computer, save electricity, and while is also a computer management tool, will make your computer “live longer”.

 

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5 Signs When Your Computer Is Overheating

Signs that your computer is overheating:

– goes “blue” (PC boot up but after a while starts giving errors that turn the entire screen blue)
– unusual fan sounds (fan starts to sound differently than you are used to)
– constant rebooting or shut downs (to prevent damage to components, check the cooling fan)
– non-fan-based CPU overheating (you could need new thermal compound between its heat sink and processor)

To overcome these signs, try and use SpeedFan, the free application from Almico that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages. In case you system runs on Windows 7 here are three similar gadgets:

CPU Meter (to monitor your CPU)
GPU Observer (to monitor your Video Card GPU)
Q’s Drive Info (to monitor your HDD disk space)

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