Computer Programs & Systems Rating Lowered to Market Perform at Avondale Partners (CPSI)

September 3, 2012 by  
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Computer Programs & Systems (NASDAQ: CPSI) was downgraded by Avondale Partners from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at UBS AG initiated coverage on shares of Computer Programs & Systems in a research note to investors on Friday, August 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $61.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Oppenheimer reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Computer Programs & Systems in a research note to investors on Monday, July 30th. Finally, analysts at Piper Jaffray reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Computer Programs & Systems in a research note to investors on Thursday, July 5th.

Shares of Computer Programs & Systems traded up 1.77% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $50.70. Computer Programs & Systems has a 52 week low of $41.80 and a 52 week high of $74.62. the company has a market cap of $561.0 million and a P/E ratio of 20.85.

Computer Programs & Systems last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. the company reported $0.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.10. the company’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Computer Programs & Systems will post $2.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Computer Programs and Systems, inc. (CPSI ) is a healthcare information technology company that designs, develops, markets, installs and supports computerized information technology systems.

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Most Popular Desktop Mouse: Logitech Performance Mouse MX/MX Revolution

September 3, 2012 by  
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There are dozens of companies that make dozens of different models and types of desktop mice, from fancy multi-button gaming mice to well-designed ergonomic mice for office users all the way to the bargain basement mouse that comes with every computer. still, there are definitely some that stand above others, and last week we asked you which mice you thought were the best. we rounded up your nominations and highlighted the five best desktop mice a few days ago, and now we’re back to crown the overall winner.

the favorite by far was also the mouse of choice at Lifehacker HQ: the Logitech Performance Mouse MX and the MX Revolution (its predecessor) took the top spot easily with close to 43% of the overall vote.

Right behind in second was the Logitech G Series, specifically the G5, G500, and G700, which you all nominated in huge numbers. the G series also includes the G9/G9x and the G400, but those didn’t get quite the nominations from you that the others received. either way, the G series brought in over 17% of the total vote. Hot on its heels was the Logitech MX 518 – officially discontinued, but still available by popular demand (although at a price premium.) Logitech has shelved this model in favor of the G400, but the MX 518 is so well-loved by both gamers and people who just like a nice-feeling mouse that it’s been hard to keep it in retirement. It brought in over 15% of the vote. right behind it with just over 14% of the votes cast was the Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. Series, perhaps some of the most customizable and tweakable mice on the market, depending on the model you purchase. Finally, bringing up the rear was the venerable Razer Naga, a mouse beloved by MMO fans, RPG gamers, and productivity lovers, thanks to all of those buttons on the side.

The Hive five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive five posts, if your favorite was left out, it’s not because we hate it—it’s because it didn’t get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. we understand it’s a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive five? Send us an email at tips+!

Photo by Dmitry Dzhus.

Q&A: Be Cautious With Free Software

September 3, 2012 by  
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Q.

Is it safe to install freeware and shareware on my computer?

A.

Freeware (free software) and shareware (programs that can be downloaded free to use on a limited basis or with a donation request) range from being perfectly fine to acting as a delivery mechanism for spyware. In general, shareware from established companies that offer trial versions of their programs to test out are O.K.

For example, some freeware security products like the free versions of AVG Anti-Virus or Avast! are basic, no-frills editions of the company’s commercial product. Microsoft Security Essentials is another freeware antivirus option for Windows users. (Having an updated security program on your computer before you download anything from the Internet is a very good idea.)

Other types of freeware and shareware are not as well documented. Some “free” programs are free because they have bundled in advertisements and unwanted add-ons that get installed alongside the program you actually wanted to try. Certain programs have been known to install toolbars, change the browser’s homepage and break other applications you have installed on the computer.

Perhaps the best way to find safe, useful programs is to do stick with reputable shareware sites like CNet’s Download.com or Tucows.com. Even with established sites that claim to scan for viruses and spyware, however, read the user reviews and do some online research on any program you are considering. if the free software affects the computer in a negative way, the comments section on its download page (and other online forums) will most likely be filled with complaints, rants and warnings about not installing it.