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Why Use Two Monitors On One Computer?

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: Why do people use two monitors on one computer? Answer: Dual monitor, where two monitors are connected to the same computer, have become increasingly popular among business and home users. With more computers coming with multiple video output ports… Continue reading

Many computers come equipped today with webcams and microphones, but how do you use it to communicate? Can you call traditional phones or just other computers? Let’s start by talking about what hardware and software you’ll need then how to do it… Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why Are There Different Programming Languages? To create a program for a computer, an app for a phone or even a website, you need to know one of a large variety of programming languages. Programming languages tell the computers what to do and allow you to interact with the computer to perform functions such as making a document, controlling game charactersand photo editing. Like spoken language, each has its own rules and common areas of use. Why are there so many? Why is a webpage written in a different language than a Windows program or a game? Continue reading

April Fool’s Day, April 1st of each year, is the official prank and joke day of the year. It’s a day when even the most mundane office co-worker becomes the office prankster looking to trick someone. This used to be a mild annoyance for people but with the rise of the Internet it’s become a really dangerous day… Continue reading

What Is An Achievement?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: If you have a Facebook profile, you may have seen posts from friends talking about an achievement they earned playing a game. If you play games yourself on your phone, computer or gaming system, you are probably receiving these achievements, too. What is an achievement, though? Continue reading

Printers come in two basic varieties, inkjet and laser but print paper can fill aisles at your local office supply store. What’s the major difference and which type is best? Is there a reason to go with the same manufacturer of printer paper as your printer or is it all the same? Let’s dig through the differences between printer papers page by page and find out. Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why Is Software Being Sold As A Subscription? Answer: The early days of software were simple times: you purchased a floppy disk with a piece of software on it and you could use it wherever you wanted for an unlimited amount of time. Fast forward 40 years and we’re being offered many popular software packages as subscriptions or limited time versions, but why? What is the advantage for software developers and what does it mean for consumers? Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s the advantage to building your own computer? Is it better than customizing one from a manufacturer like Dell or Apple? Answer: There are two ways to buy a computer: pre-built from a large manufacturer or building your own. I have been building my own computers for over 15 years and was asked recently… Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why aren’t return policies on tech products all the same? Depending on the product and the store you purchased an item from, returns can be easy, difficult, frustrating or refused completely. So why are there so many different policies? I’ll try to shed some light into the “why” behind the return policies. Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s the difference between an address and a search box? Why can’t I get to a website by typing the address? Continue reading

What’s So Great About 3D Microchips?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: What’s so great about 3D microchips? Why is it any better then the current 2D production method? Answer: Microchips currently are made using a two dimensional (2D) process which means that circuits are all laid out on a single level of the chip. If microchips could be designed in three dimensions instead of just two, then you could build levels on top of each other. Continue reading

How Does Noise Cancellation Work?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Noise cancellation headphones have become increasingly popular over the last decade but how do they work? What is the difference between noise reduction and noise cancellation? Which is better for what situation? Continue reading

How To Get The Most Out Of Tech Support

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The irony among buyers of anything electronic or technical is they want a company with good support, but most people fear calling for help. If you ask a tech support agent, they will tell you horror stories, and if you ask customers, they will counter with just as many horror stories. What can you do to get the most out of the technical support department of a company when you call or e-mail? Continue reading

How Does A Computer Understand Speech?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: How Does A Computer Understand Speech? Answer: Software like Dragon Natural Speaking or Services like Google Voice Search of Apple’s Siri Digital Assistant allow you to speak to a computer or smartphone and have the computer understand what you are saying. How does this work though? Continue reading

Is it Ok to Leave My Computer On?

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Is It Ok To Leave My Computer On? Answer: Each industry has it’s own “depends on who you ask” question and one of the most common in the PC industry for confusion is “Should you turn off your computer when you’re not using it?” The question is generally difficult to have a consensus on because it depends on the type of computer, the needs of the user and how your… Continue reading

How Do Free Games Make Money?

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

From Facebook games where you’re a virtual farmer to online card games and role-playing games, one trend has taken over within the last few years: companies giving the games away for free. But how does a video game company afford the artists, designers and coders to make these games if they’re just giving them away? Is it really a scam, or is there some secret logic to it? Continue reading

What Is Spam? Why Is It So Common?

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Spam, which is otherwise known as junk mail or spam mail, is a huge annoyance for every user of e-mail. So what exactly is it? Why is it so common? How do you prevent spam? Why don’t internet service provides stop accepting spam? The answers to these questions may surprise you… Continue reading

Have you ever been told to get a malware scanner? Ever received the threat of a virus? Have you been advised not to use a specific program because it has spyware? What is the difference? Do you need a separate program for each, or does one cover them all? A lot of questions need to be answered, so we’ll cover them one by one. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

What Is Quality Control?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Quality control is the process where manufacturers verify that an product conforms to the standard and construction they requested. Almost all factories and manufacturers have some form of quality control but why is it you still receive defective merchandise? Do they quality control employees and systems fail? Is quality control a lie? Is there some other secret to why it always seems like if there is a bad one you’ll end up with it? Continue reading

Why Do Cell Phones Cost So Much Money?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

In this weeks “I’ve always wanted to know” we explore why cell phones cost so much money. What makes them expensive? What components cost the most? Is that free phone really free? The answers may surprise you. There was a time not too long ago when the idea of having a phone that was always with you and always connected sounded more like science fiction then something you would be purchasing every 2 years. Since the dawn of the cell phone…. Continue reading

If you’ve went car shopping in the last few years you’ll see a number of cars now come with the option of a keyless system. The odd part of these keyless system is you still get a key but it’s just a remote control to lock/unlock the car it has no physical key that you must put in the car to open it or start the engine. How do they work though? Is it secure? Can someone walking by record your key number and then open your car using a generic transmitter? Continue reading

In today’s “I’ve Always Wanted To Know” Melanie & Tim talk on camera about the differences between a Tablet and an eReader and why you would choose one over the other. Which is better for books? Which lets you check e-mail and download apps? Want more facts: Check out this… Continue reading

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