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Endangered Audio Cassettes

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Old audio and video cassettes can contain many family treasures, but are extremely fragile. Here are some tips for transferring that valuable information to a more durable digital format while reducing the chances of damage to the tape. Continue reading

Holiday PC Buying Questions

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

When Intel or AMD release the latest and greatest processors, most major PC retailers will want to stock them and offer big discounts on older models to clear out inventory. With Intel’s recent release of Ivy Bridge chips, the older Sandy Bridge desktop and laptops have been selling at discount. Continue reading

Does My Computer Have WiFi?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

To see if your computer has a wireless adapter the easiest thing to do is to check the Device Manager in Control Panel. Continue reading

LaptopKey – Easy Replacement Keys

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Picture this: Your brand new (or maybe a bit older) laptop is working great and your significant other drops something on it, breaking a key on the keyboard. What do you do? Continue reading

How To Find Old Drivers?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

To find drivers for older versions of an operating system the best bet is to try to find the manufacturers website and search there. If you can not find it on the manufacturers website (or the manufacturer isn’t in business anymore) your next best bet is to turn to… Continue reading

What CD/DVD’s Are Best For Archiving?

Friday, August 10th, 2012

This is a question not a lot of people think of because they assume CD/DVDs will last forever. Guess what? It’s not true! Regular CDs and DVDs degrade with time and exposure to the elements. So what do you do to keep them as long as possible? Continue reading

The clock battery (otherwise known as the CMOS battery) is a battery that is used to keep the system clock counting and the user settings saved in your motherboard’s circuitry. Over time, the battery can run out of energy and require replacing. These batteries are style CR2032 and are very easy to replace. Continue reading

Unfortunately, there is no way to turn a USB 2.0 port into a USB 3.0 port. On the plus side, however, USB 3.0 ports are backwards compatible with USB 2.0. This means you can buy an add-in card for your desktop PC to upgrade to USB 3.0 and still plug in all of your USB 2.0 devices to those ports – including a hub. Continue reading

Turning On A Toshiba Satellite Webcam

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

If your laptop’s webcam and built-in microphone were working previously for chatting with video programs like Skype, Ovoo, or Facebook video chat, but have since stopped functioning, the issue is likely caused by a simple software glitch that is easily resolved. Continue reading

How To Fix That Full Hard Drive

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

A full hard drive can cause all kinds of problems for your machine, including but not limited to a slow computer and, ultimately, hard drive failure. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Continue reading

Google recently announced the Nexus 7 Tablet, which promises to make a huge impact on the world of lower priced Android tablets. Designed by Google, but manufactured by Asus, the tablet features impressive technical specifications including: Continue reading

How to Reset a Wi-Fi Password

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

It happens to everyone at one time or another — you forget a password and you can’t access a specific account or Web site. Fortunately, most Web-based sites that require a login offer a Forgot Password button that either e-mails your password to you or allows you to choose a new one after answering a couple of security questions. Continue reading

I use a flash drive to back up all my data and I leave it plugged in all the time. Does leaving it plugged in all the time wear it out quicker, or should I be plugging it in only when I need to copy something to it? This is great question, especially since we’ve all been conditioned from the days of mechanical hard drives that the longer a mechanical device is running, the shorter its remaining lifespan is. Continue reading

At a recent media event, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Surface tablets. The Surface series of tablets feature very thin design (9.3mm to 13.5mm or 1/3 to slightly over 1/2 inch thick) and 10.6 inch capacitive touchscreens. These tablets are meant to compete directly with Apple’s popular iPad (and various tablets running Google’s Android) while at the same time making Windows 8 relevant to a growing market Microsoft currently has very little presence in. Continue reading

Apple has announced a new model of the highly popular MacBook Pro series of laptops, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The newest and greatest MacBook to date (did I mention insanely expensive too? Starting at $2199) comes with the latest Intel i7 ivybridge CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB solid state hard drive, USB 3.0 and thunderbolt connectors packaged into a slim 3/4″ thick aluminum body. Continue reading

Many flash drives come pre-loaded with a small amount of software. Is it safe to delete this if you plan to use the flash drive only for storage? That really depends on the kind of software on the flash drive. Continue reading

Is Defrag Needed On USB Flash Drives?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I’ve got tons of those USB flash drives, should I defrag them? Read this article to find out if you’re doing more harm then good. Continue reading

Ever wonder how to determine what kind of CPU, memory and motherboard you have without paying tons of money for a PC tech to tell you? Read this article to find out how. Continue reading

USB 3.0 Ports – Which To Buy?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0, but how do you add ports if your PC didn’t come with one? Continue reading

Manufacturers have finally started releasing and shipping systems with the new Ivy Bridge line of processors in them, but is it a big difference between older model processors and Ivy Bridge? Continue reading

Learn about ways to connect your laptop to your TV and use your television as an external monitor. Continue reading

Ever wonder why your 32GB Flash Drive doesn’t show as 32GB? Read this article to find out why. Continue reading

Do you have thousands of pictures, documents and songs you couldn’t stand to lose? Find out how to tell if your hard drive is going to die and how to replace it. Continue reading

What’s the difference between Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors when it comes to single applications? Continue reading

What PC is a Best Buy?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

How do you get the most for your money when buying a PC? What systems are a best buy right now? Read this article to find out. Continue reading

Are solid state hard drives (SSD’s) good for external storage? Find out if it’s worth it to buy a SSD for your external hard drive and who makes the best ones. Continue reading

The Case of the Dual Hard Drives

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

If you have the opportunity to get a computer with dual hard drives, I say “go for it”. This article explains why. Continue reading

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