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Why Do Manufacturers Run Out Of New Products?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

It seems that more often than not, the latest product announced is out of stock for weeks and sometimes months after the official release date. If you want to own it, you have to pre-order it or wait in line during the early AM hours in hopes of getting one of the few received that day at a store. So why does this happen? Why is it a manufacturer can run out of a brand new product? Is it bad planning? Is it something else? Continue reading

Google Maps: Send To Feature

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Google Maps is the well-regarded mapping program by Google, available free at You can look up specific addresses, search for businesses, and get directions. Did you know you can send that information for free via e-mail, as a text message to your phone, or even to select cars with built-in navigation systems? Continue reading

LibreOffice: The Ideal USB Office Suite

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Ever wished you could carry a fully-equipped office suite with you on a USB drive? I’m not talking about notepad or some basic word processor, but rather, a portable version of the incredibly popular and open source LibreOffice. LibreOffice includes Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base and Math. These programs are 100% compatible with Microsoft Office and Corel Office document formats, and operate much like Microsoft Office 2003. Continue reading

Tablet Shopping: Accessories Worth Buying

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Have you purchased a tablet or are you looking to buy one this holiday season? From the widely popular Apple iPad to the Amazon Kindle to the dozens of Android tablets, it’s expected to be one of the most popular gifts under the tree this year. What accessories are worth buying and which should you avoid? Continue reading

Keeping Surprises Secret With Private Browsing

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Do you share a computer with someone? Does your significant other use the same computer as you? Are you an avid online shopper? Keep your gift browsing habits secret to prevent ruining the holiday surprise! Many websites are now using the “you recently viewed” feature, where many ad companies, like Google, will display ads for products or pages you recently looked at. Continue reading

Windows 8: Quick & Easy Screenshots

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Windows 8 includes a fantastic feature to take screenshots (images of what’s on your screen) quickly and easily. Traditionally, to take a screenshot in Windows 7 and below, you would need to hit the PrtScn key, then open a photo program like Paint or Photoshop, and go to Edit > Paste (or Ctrl + V) and save the image. Continue reading

Windows 8 Task Manager: Big Upgrade

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Let’s be honest, the news about Windows 8 isn’t all sunshine and roses. Many people question the value of Windows 8 over Windows 7, especially if you’re using a traditional computer and not a touch screen tablet. Windows Task Manager got a big overhaul in Windows 8, and now gives a lot more useful information in a layout that’s far easier to understand. Continue reading

Have you ever wanted a simple utility to encrypt a file, ensuring that it’s password-protected? Not everyone needs national, high-strength encryption enabled by a complex piece of software. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a simple right-click option to encrypt and decrypt a file, simply by typing in the password? Continue reading

Does Dust Really Damage Computers?

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Does Dust Really Damage Computers? Have you been told that if you don’t keep your computer clean you’ll damage it? Can dust and dirt really hurt a computer or is this an old tech tale? If it does cause damage, how and what can you do to prevent it? Are there any signs of damage and is any of it repairable? Continue reading

Quick Access To Task Manager

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Windows Task Manager allows you to close unresponsive programs, view performance and memory usage, and determine what’s truly running in the background. Want a quick way to open task manager? Here are two really fast methods. Continue reading

iTunes 11 Released – New & Improved?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Apple released a new version of their highly popular media management program, iTunes. This is the software used to download songs & videos from Apple iTunes Store, along with syncing Apple iPhone/iPod and iPad products. iTunes 11 welcomes the first change to it’s basic interface in many years with the popular sidebar being removed as the default option (You can still re-enable it by going to the view menu and selecting show sidebar). Continue reading

If you’re in the market for a new computer this year and decide to take advantage of some of the holiday specials, you’ll quickly find they come preloaded with a lot of junk. Everything from trials and limited time software to plug-ins, pop-ups, and quick launch programs you either don’t need or won’t want. PC Decrapifier is the… Continue reading

Gmail New Feature: Reply With Selected Text

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When creating an e-mail, the default action when you click reply is usually to include all of the e-mail you’re replying to below your message. What if you don’t want to include all of this text? Just a part of the e-mail or an important line? Gmail has improved their web interface to do just that. This fantastic feature is easy to use. Continue reading

Windows 8 Updates: Apps Not Included

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you’ve been using Windows for a while, you know that Windows Update is the place to go to update your windows software. Previously, I covered the importance of checking Windows Update for windows 8 users frequently the first few months. Thanks to one of our users, Ron, who commented on that story, I was prompted to investigate the statement he made: that Apps will not be updated in Windows Update, but rather, only in the store interface. Continue reading

How Do Wireless Chargers Work?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Wireless charging is a popular new feature included on some cell phones and availible as an add-on to many others. How does the charger work? Does it require special batteries? Is it safe? I’ll go through each question step by step. How does the charger work? Wireless charging works… Continue reading

CDBurnerXP – The Best Free CD/DVD Tool

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Have you ever wanted to create a CD or DVD but were unsure of the best way to do it? Wanted to save a copy of a data DVD or CD to your computer? Make a copy of a disc from disc to disc? Erase a re-writeable CD or DVD? Well this amazing free utilility is the tool you need to download… Continue reading

WS App Review: TV Guide Mobile

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

In today’s day of digital TV, cable and satellite it’s impossible to have any idea what is on TV anymore without some kind of guide. Even basic over the air digital TV now has multiple channels per network. TV Guide Mobile is the best solution I’ve found to finding out what’s on TV and keeping track of what you want to watch without paying for a subscription… Continue reading

Audacity Video How To

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Want more information on how to configure audacity? Read this article for a detailed video walk through of all of Audacity audio recorder and converter. Continue reading

Microsoft launched Windows 8 on October 26th and as of 11-21 released 12 wide spread important updates and many more recommended updates. Security holes have been fixed, internet explorer has been patched, core operating system files have been updated and you may be dangerously out of date with your barely one month operating system if you’ve not run Windows Update recently… Continue reading

How To Monitor Bandwidth Usage

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Bandwidth caps, which are limits to the amount you can upload (send) and download (receive) using your Internet connection, used to be limited to satellite Internet providers, but in recent years have expanded to hard line (cable/DSL) and cellular Internet companies. Continue reading

Are LED Holiday Lights Really Better?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

With the festive time of the year the question comes up if the new LED style lights are really better or just a way for light manufacturers to increase profits. LED lights use an electronic circuit printed on a semiconductor which when electricity passes through it emits light. LED’s normally produce a single color and can have a lens over the circuit to color the light though some newer LED’s… Continue reading

WS App Review: Time Magazine for iPad

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Do you love Time Magazine? Do you want a high quality interactive reading experience? Do you want it free for print subscribers? Read our review here. Continue reading

Ernest from Buffalo writes:

I use Yahoo for my emails. In the sign in box, when I enter my User ID, my password will automatically appear, which defeats the privacy purpose of the password. This concerns me somewhat, because from time-to-time, I use a shared computer. I have tried to sign out/in to see if that will keep the password from reappearing to no avail. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Continue reading

WS App Review: Angry Birds Star Wars

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Angry Birds, the hit physics based game from Rovio, is back with a Star Wars themed adventure. Every bird is cast as a popular character from the hit original movie series with exciting new abilities and humorous cut-scenes Continue reading

MIT Online Classes For Free

Monday, November 19th, 2012

How much do you think a typical four-year education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT for short) would cost you? $228,040 (and that doesn’t even count books or Mt. Dew money!)

But how would you feel if I told you that you can take online courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology free of charge? Continue reading

Boot Failure: Flashing Cursor – Help!

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Dave from North Pole AK writes:

Every time I need to reboot I have to hit ESC to get to the boot menu, then click on the default location and again on the operating system. If I don’t do this I get a flashing cursor in the upper left hand corner and a black screen. I am running Windows 7 Professional as the only operating system on the computer. Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know:Extended Warranties: Deal Deal or Waste of Money? Have you ever been in a retailer and after picking out the item you want to buy you hear the following line: “Did you want to go with the extended warranty?” Everything from a $10 calculator to a $3000 ride on lawn mower seems to have the ability to buy an extended warranty these days. Should you buy one if it’s offered? Some people swear it’s the best deal while others claim they are totally worthless so what’s the truth? Continue reading

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