Make Your Old PC Relevant Again

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 2 comments

Make Your Old PC Relevant Again

Over and over again, it seems like I’m telling folks that they need to just replace that old computer with something newer.  In the long run it really will save you a ton of headaches.  Unfortunately, with Washington doing it’s best to blow all of your money and both political parties coming up with fun new ways to get more out of you, buying a new computer isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  So, I’m going to try to lay out a few ways that you can take that old PC and make it useful again. There are three age...

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Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old: What are Consequences?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old:  What are Consequences?

Emma says, “If you are scared you’ll mess something up, you’ll never learn the cool things your computer can do.” I learn something from Emma nearly every day.  One of the things that is special about a child, that in some cases can be a serious threat to their well being, is also one of the things that helps them to learn new things so quickly.  A child doesn’t understand, and doesn’t plan for, consequences of the actions that she’s taking.  When Emma sees something that can be picked up, she picks...

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Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old: The Button Mash

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 9 comments

Computer Tricks From a 1 Year Old:  The Button Mash

Emma says, “If you hit enough buttons at the same time, weird things will happen.” Emma found out that if you press Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow you can flip your display 180 degrees.  She also realized very quickly that this only works with most ATI, NVIDIA, and Intel Graphics Cards, not all of them.  The last thing she realized is that this can really drive her Grandparents crazy. Now you might be saying that she got lucky, that she only happened to find the right key combination by accident, she was just mashing random keys, and I...

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Self-Troubleshooting: Simple Fixes

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 4 comments

This will be the last entry in the Self-Troubleshooting Series; this time I wanted to touch on a few common issues where the troubleshooting part wasn’t enough to fill up a whole Blog Entry.  There are all kinds of issues that you will run into while working on your computer that will completely baffle you.  They will make you want to pull out your hair or punch your grandmother in the face.  Then, when a Tech shows up and fixes the problem in one step you’ll be looking for your gun to take out all of your shame and frustration...

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Outlook Auto-Complete

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 0 comments

One of the most used and least appreciated functions in Outlook is the Auto-Complete.  It’s so automatic to most people that they don’t even realize they’re using it.  You just type out the first few letters of someone’s name or email address, hit Tab to let Outlook fill in the rest of it, and move on.  Let that little tool stop working however, and now we have a problem.  It’s like speed dial on your phone; all you know is the speed dial code, not the actual phone number, with Outlook all you know is the...

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Strong Passwords – A Numbers Game

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Security | 4 comments

What is a Strong Password? A Strong Password is usually defined by a set of characteristics.  If your password possesses each of these characteristics then it would be considered strong. 1. A Strong Password consists of at least 8 characters.  (The more characters the stronger it is.) 2. A Strong Password consists of a combination of Letters (Upper and Lower Case), Numbers, and Common Symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.). Now, why in the world do you need a Strong Password?  Well, where all do you use a password?  You use a password to access your...

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Self-Troubleshooting: Loud Computer

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 1 comment

Remember the first time you powered on your computer.  Right out of the box, you hooked everything up, when you turned it on you heard the faint whirr of the fans running and that was it.  If someone in the room was whispering it would drown out the sounds your computer was making.  What does your computer sound like now?  Does it sound like tiny men with pick-axes are trying to mine the steel out of your case?  Does it sound like somebody left their kid inside of your computer to ride his bike with a baseball card in his spokes? ...

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7 Technologies That You Must Upgrade

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Small Business | 0 comments

Businesses are judged in all sorts of ways, most of them completely unrelated to how you actually do business.  Sometimes its the initial hand-shake between customer and business owner, sometimes its the new suit that your salesman is wearing during his pitch, sometimes it’s the way the phone is answered by your receptionist, but what if the first thing potential customers saw of your business was the technology that you use?  How do you think you would be judged?  Here are a few things that can be updated to help sway that...

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Self-Troubleshooting: Printers

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Troubleshooting | 2 comments

In all the years that I’ve owned a computer, even back to the time when what I called “my” computer was actually my parents’ computer, there are few things that have remained mostly unchanged.  The one that stands out most in my mind is the Printer.  Sure, they’ve gotten smaller, more streamlined, and new connectors have been added, but the technology is still basically the same as it was 20 years ago (more like 40 years ago, but someone will probably call me on that).  Your computer takes what you tell it to...

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Sitting Down is Killing Us

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in News | 6 comments

Read this InfoGraphic from Medical Billing and Coding.  I’d love to hear your comments.  If you don’t think this is a relevant post on a Blog about Business Technology, then please feel free to tell me why. Via: Medical Billing And Coding

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