Category: PC hardware

Routine Preventative Maintenance (RPM)

What can you do to limit computer problems in the future?   or What can I do before Tech Support arrives to save time and money? If you login with Administrative powers on your PC then the answer is Routine Preventative

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Basic Computer Tutorials free online

Some people say they want to be taught basic compute skills but I am not sure that those are easy to learn on the fly in a short time or in a class at a pace for somebody. You’ll  need a

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Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity   Cybersecurity:  The state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. “Some people have argued that the threat to cybersecurity has been somewhat inflated” Some

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Hardware Values & gift ideas we have vetted

People constantly ask me for product recommendations.  These are often centering around technology or business products but the topics vary widely. People are frustrated by the complexity of technical shopping which often leads to wasting time and money.  It seams that

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Windows 10 is a hobby decision

may 18, 2016 update: Thousands of  people have had problems after their computer upgraded to windows 10.  Microsoft leads you to believe your computer is compatible with windows 10 but what they are saying is that because your computer meets some

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New Computer or Tablet

*Partially vetted Shopping links by category: Optiplex Win 7 64 pro budget Desktops   Windows 10 Upgrade Compatible Desktops   Amazon Tablets & Laptops   Costco Tablets  Costco Laptops Amazon Printers   network   32 bit Computers  Dual Monitors  Cell Accessories    Costco Printers & Scanners     

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Backups – Implementing the 3221 strategy in your home or small business

For small businesses, home offices (SOHO) and even families with photos good backups are essential.  Every harddrive including your backup drive will eventually fail.  Add to that fires, natural disasters, theft and viruses.  Everybody that computes has potential loss of

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Standard Software

The internet is filled with software that promises improvements to your computing. Many good software programs are available for our computer but there are many more that are not. Beyond that an IT support “Best Practice” is to limit the software

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Email Best Practice for Employee Separations: 

Block the employee from accessing company email on the server but allow the supervisor to respond to their emails.  Change their email password on the server. Create an email forward from the old employee account to their supervisor.  Add an

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Simplify with a phablet

Question: Jim:  My XP laptop is  failing and my cell phone is old.  I do not have text yet and use very few minutes.   I liked the size of the 7″ Samsung tablet you showed me.   My son says I

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Technology for your Presentation

Presentation Technology Gone Wild! If I mess up the tech for this presentation we will all learn the most valuable lesson possible:  That is to avoid the temptation to use unnecessary technology in a presentation.   Technology helps if it

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Why is your computer slow?

If a windows vista or 7 or Mac OS 10.4 or new computer boots but it is slow it can probably be sped up. Windows XP computers compatible with 2GB ram or more that power on are also possibly worth

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Motherboard Replace Capacitors

Mother board failure is generally capacitors. They are cheap and replaceable with good eyes and a $2 budget for capacitors from www.thecapking.com . For the good eyes I pay Sam to solder mine. A great 2.5 minutes about capacitors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCSNWi3UHf4

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