If you’re still using Windows XP, it may soon be time to upgrade. Microsoft recently announced that it will no longer patch the twelve-year-old operating system come next April. This means that any hacker who wishes to exploit Windows XP will be able to do so without having Microsoft patch the issue. Currently, any new vulnerabilities are investigated by Microsoft, which then releases a patch to users after figuring a way to combat them. But come next April, Microsoft will no longer release patches for Windows XP, meaning the operating system will be open to any hacker with a newly-discovered exploit. This means it will be open season for the hacker black market, and a rough time for anyone still using Windows XP. So what should you do to prepare? Most Windows computers purchased in the last several years have Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed. If you’re running a computer that pre-dates Vista, it’s probably a good time to upgrade your rig.
We’re right in the middle of award season, where the best movies, albums and TV shows are honored. Netflix wanted in on the action, which is why it announced the Flixies. Rather than stick to boring categories like Best Picture or Best Director, Netflix had a little fun. Got a little one who likes to stomp around the house and make a lot of noise? Honor The Lorax with Best Tantrum Tamer. Had a little bit too much fun at the bar last night? Give the TV series Archer your vote for Best Hangover Cure. Voting is open to Netflix members and non-members alike. We can all vote on our favorite movies and TV shows from Netflix’s catalog at TheFlixies.com until March 10. Netflix is also looking for category ideas for future Flixy awards. The top three winners in each category will be announced next Monday, March 11. I know I’ll check them out and probably add some new flicks to my queue.