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Hard Drives In Decline

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in News | 1 comment

Has anyone else noticed that the quality of Hard Drives bought in the last 2 years or so is severely lacking?  Probably not, right?  I mean, I’m the computer guy; it’s my job to notice these things.  Well, notice I have!  Hard Drives used to be tanks; they were 3 lbs of steel and electronics.  I once saw a guy take a Hard Drive that wouldn’t boot and beat it on a counter, when he plugged it back in it worked long enough to get a good image of the drive and save all the data.  A common practice for a Hard Drive that...

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Tricky Technology Terms: Tablets

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Small Business | 2 comments

  This will hopefully be the first of several articles covering technology terms that can be kind of confusing to people. I am hoping I can use this series to help people understand what it is they are looking at, listening to and buying. There is nothing worse than buying something from the big tech store in your town and then having to ask the little seventeen year old tech snob behind a counter how to use it. Or worse yet, your kids. This first article will discuss the newest hottest piece of tech out today: the tablet. With the...

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SOPA and Protect IP

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in News, Uncategorized | 4 comments

If I told you that there is battle being waged with Microsoft in one corner and Google in the other, you wouldn’t be horribly surprised.  If I were to tell you that John McCain supports one side and Nancy Pelosi supports the other, you still wouldn’t think anything of it.  What if I were to tell you that on the side of Microsoft and John McCain is ultra-liberal, Minnesota Democrat, Al Franken and on the side of Google and Nancy Pelosi is ultra-conservative, Texas Republican, Ron Paul?  Did I just blow your mind?  Mind Blowing seems to...

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Know Your Wares

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Security | 4 comments

I’ve noticed that sometimes when I talk to people I get a funny look.  I will usually make sure I don’t have an eye crusty and then check my fly, but I’m finding more and more that it’s the language that I use.  The Technology World has a ton of terms that are tossed around and rarely defined for the average user.  A few weeks back I tried my hardest to define Virtualization, but really that’s a term that isn’t used as often as many other misunderstood words in the tech language. Take the entire series of words that end in...

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Watch Out on Cyber Monday

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in Security | 0 comments

Watch Out on Cyber Monday

So called “Cyber-Monday” is tomorrow and even though there isn’t a lot of data to back up the suggestion that more online shopping will be done that day than any other day of the year, there is data that suggests more scams are attempted and succeed on that day.  What should you be on the lookout for? The Big Gift Every year there is the one present that every kid must have.  From Tickle Me Elmo to the Nintendo Wii, there is something out there that your child wants more than anything else, and it just so happens that...

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Why Pay for Antivirus Software?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Security | 3 comments

Why Pay for Antivirus Software?

I’m amazed over and over by the number of people that don’t have Antivirus Software on their computers because it costs too much to renew.  Each time I explain to someone that there are free options when it comes to Antivirus I get the look that says, “If it’s free, what’s wrong with it?” In my opinion Antivirus software needs to do exactly two things; protect your computer and do it without hogging all of your resources.  From my own personal and professional experience when it comes to protecting an individual computer or...

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The DSL Filter Trick

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 7 comments

The DSL Filter Trick

One of my favorite things to say is, “You learn something new every day.”  I don’t know how true that is, but I’m positive that I don’t know everything there is to know and it turns out that I’m reminded of that fact on a fairly regular basis (nearly daily) by learning something new.  Recently I learned something new about a piece of technology that I had thought I had left in the distant past; the DSL Filter. For those who don’t know what a DSL Filter is or what it does, you should check out this little FAQ on...

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How Do You Explain Virtualization?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Small Business | 6 comments

How Do You Explain Virtualization?

Have you ever heard of Virtualization?  If you’ve heard of it, do you know what it is?  If you know what it is, could you explain it?  If you can explain it, could you make your Mom understand it?  Most readers might answer yes to the first question.  There will be far less who can answer yes to the second question.  As for the last two, forget about it. The problem here isn’t with the standard reader or user, it’s with the Tech Industry as a whole.  We have gone out of our way to implement a technology that our clients can barely...

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Rule Number Never: Blame Someone Else

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 0 comments

Rule Number Never: Blame Someone Else

It seems to me that the number one rule for techs these days is “Blame Someone Else”.  They are really ruining things for those of us that would like to, you know, help our clients.  It seems lazy and almost offensive to me for someone to leave their client with a single sentence prognosis that places all the blame on someone not even in the conversation while getting the tech away from there as fast as possible.  I’ll follow up my rant with a few examples; tell me if any of this sounds familiar. The Internet Did It For...

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Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old: Be Comfortable

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Small Business | 1 comment

Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old:  Be Comfortable

Emma says, “If you aren’t comfortable when you are working on your computer then you won’t get much done.” While playing with my laptop the other day, I noticed that Emma kept moving around.  She would wiggle around, adjust the screen, get up and walk around the laptop and look at it from different angles, I almost thought she was losing interest in her videos, except that she kept coming back to a position similar to the one in the photo for this post.  I realized that Emma doesn’t have built into her the same...

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