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HTTP VS HTTPS VS WWW

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Whether the website that you’re looking for starts with HTTP, HTTPS or WWW, or any combination of these, you should be able to access the website. Continue reading

Use this tip to clear a hard drive of personal data before donating or selling a computer. Continue reading

Getting Info Off of Your Kindle Fire

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Jacob has files stuck on a Kindle with a smashed connector. Is there any way he can get them off? We look at the options. Continue reading

Spam From Friends? WHY?!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Are you getting spam e-mails from friends? The good news is that they’re not really from your friends. The better news is that you can stop them in their tracks. Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What is better material for your electronics to be made out of: plastic or metal? Answer: If you’ve purchased a piece of consumer electronics in the past ten years at a store you’ve done what many call the “feel in the hand” test. This is, you picked up an item to decide if you liked how it feels in… Continue reading

What Is Bluetooth?

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: What is Bluetooth? What is it used for? Answer: When looking at specifications for computers, phones and tablets you may see the word Bluetooth, but what does it refer to? What is it used for? Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard built… Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What Are The Most Important Tablet Specs? Answer: If you’ve considered buying a tablet device recently, you’ve probably seen a specifications page a mile long, but which are the most important specifications to pay attention to? I’ll break it down into 4 key… Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What is a VPN Service? How safe are they? Answer: VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network, is a method of encrypting and securing a connection over a public or untrusted network to a secure and trusted network. VPN… Continue reading

What Is BYOD? Why Is It Popular?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: What is BYOD? Why is it becoming more popular in businesses? Answer: You may have heard the expression BYOD or seen it mentioned in a IT policy at your workplace. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and allows… Continue reading

What Is A Laser?

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know:What is a laser? Answer: Lasers are a key component in everything from supermarket price scanners, DVD players, high-speed fiber optic cables and advanced military weapons, but what is a laser? How does it work? The answer may surprise you because… Continue reading

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

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