XP No More – WHS 104 – The Wired Homeschool

After April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer offer security updates for their Windows XP operating system. How does the impending end of support for Windows XP impact you? What precautions should you take if you intend to continue using Windows XP? The way I see it you can do one of five things:

1. Continue to use XP but stay off the Internet. This is probably the easiest solution. If you only use XP within your personal home network and don’t ever use it to access the Internet you’ll be fine.

2. Continue to use XP but be very careful on the Internet. Make sure your antivirus is up to date and disable Java and Javascript. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you don’t open any email that has attachments or links.

3. Replace the computer. You could replace it with a new computer or a tablet depending upon your personal needs. Both of these options will run you around $300.

4. Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. This is probably the most difficult to do. Depending upon the age of your computer it may not meet the hardware requirements for either operating system.

5. Convert to Ubuntu. Again, it’s not easy but if you’ve just been using the XP machine as a secondary computer for your kids this is a very easy solution to implement. You may want to call a local geek for help.


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5 Replies to “XP No More – WHS 104 – The Wired Homeschool”

  1. I’m 30 minutes into the podcast and so far it seems like you’ve only critiqued the show’s production…I hope I hear something scientific soon!

    1. Me again. I understand that it may have been difficult to do with this introduction podcast, but I have a request for next week (if you’re able to honor requests!). I’m not as scientifically-oriented as some people, but I’ve always been interested in science so I would love it if Mr. Ryan could take specific statements from “Cosmos” and then provide his own evidence as to why they are wrong – he began doing this toward the end of this first podcast, but some of his references were over my head. If this podcast is intended for the general public, then I think that a lot of people would find it really beneficial if Mr. Ryan could use more laymen’s terms. For example, what evidence do we have (since this is supposed to be a scientific discussion, I am trying not to accept “because the Bible said so” as an answer) that life originated on Earth? I would love simple, straightforward responses to questions like that. Thank you so much.

      1. Hi, Thanks for commenting. We’ll do our best to do what you’ve asked. I thought things were a bit scattered in the 1st episode and I’ll be taking better notes next time so that we can address specific points with specific evidence that supports our position. We’ll keep it as simple as possible. Perhaps we could have an on-going discussion here in the comments to answer any questions you have. I’ll be sure to ask Jay to stop by and leave a comment too.

        1. Thank you so much for your quick reply! Again, I completely understand that it must be difficult to address the first episode, but I look forward to the rest of this series (and, I hope, some interesting discussions in the comments).

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