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Time For That Solid State Drive Upgrade!

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to offer you a proposal for an upgrade to your laptop or desktop computer that will maximize its performance and make things run better than new!

 

If we have not already done this for you, or if you have other computers that have not yet been serviced:


We can rep...

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How Can You Keep Your Computer Safe?

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

What can you and I do to keep our computers safe from viruses, adware, and spyware? The first thing that comes to many people's mind is a good antivirus.


Sadly, there is no antivirus that can keep out ALL infections. A lot of it has to do with the user's own actions, such as not downloading email attachments, not downloading free software off the Internet, av...

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Additional Techy-Type Benefits of Google's Project Fi Smartphone Cell Service

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is more info about the other features and benefits of Google's Project Fi:

 

---Project Fi provides automatic access to a huge number of known, reliable, safe open WiFi networks all around the country. If you go into a Starbucks or an airport for example, your phone will connect to the WiFi on its own. Your Internet usage while you're on that WiFi connection will not count against your paid Project Fi data allowance.

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Save Money With Google's New Smartphone Service

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

There is a new smartphone cell service called Project Fi. It's an alternative to the overly-expensive, confusing cellphone services that we all know and love. ;) Here's a quick breakdown of how it works:

 

1. Buy one of the Android phones that works with Project Fi from Google, and buy screen protector/case/other accessories on Amazon

 

2. Port your current cell phone number over to...

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IMPORTANT: Avoid Computer Phone Scams

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Many people have recently informed me that they have been contacted over the phone (or on a website popup) by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a computer security company. If you ever receive this type of call, here is what to look out for:

 

  • The caller uses urgent wording and claims that your computer is infected or some other problem has occurred.
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WINDOWS 10 COMES OUT TOMORROW! (July 29th, 2015)

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tomorrow is a big day in the world of computer operating systems (exciting, I know)! Microsoft will release its first-ever FREE upgrade to the newest version of Windows, called Windows 10. This will be available for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. I have been testing it on various computers since October 2014, and it is pretty nice, with new features that Windows has never had before and excellent performance.

 

If you have already reserved your free Windows 10 upgrade, ...

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Windows 10 Upgrade Reservation Time!

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1)

If you see a little Windows icon show up in your notification area, it is legitimate! Windows 10 WILL BE A FREE UPGRADE!

 

Microsoft added this little "Windows 10 upgrade reservation" tool through a recent Windows update. It will allow you to confirm if you want to download and install Windows 10 when it is released on July 29.

 

If you are not comfortable letting the computer upgrade automatically, you can just ignore it and I'd be happy to help you through ...

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Increase Your Computer's Operating Speed With One Easy Upgrade!

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The hard drive disk (HDD) that stores your programs, documents, music, & photos in your laptop or desktop computer is a mechanical device with many moving parts. Inside your HDD are spinning platters that look like silver CDs, and a little arm that moves back and forth like the arm on a record player. This means that it takes time for the computer to physically look up the millions of bits of data that it needs to run throughout the day.

 

A NEW type of drive called a sol...

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Windows 8.1 Update, 4/12/14

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Windows 8 User?

 

Today's Windows 8.1 Update release brings some nice new features to Windows 8. Here's a list of the update's features along with explanations of how to use them:

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/whats-new

 

Windows 8 is becoming more like Windows 7, and that's a good thing! Please

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Print From Your Mobile Device To Your Printer!

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Using Google Cloud Print (http://goo.gl/Mm1eT), it is possible to connect your printer to the Internet and print to it from your smartphone or tablet. This will enable you to print photos or documents FROM anywhere you have an Internet connection TO your home or office printer!

 

To use Google Cloud Print, you will need to have Google Chrome on your home or office computer that is connected to your printer. A few...

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Advertise In Style! For (Almost) Free!

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I'd like to let you know about a way to advertise that really works using Craigslist. This is something I've done myself for years, and practically built my whole business from it.

 

Please see the attached photo, showing one of my interactive Craigslist ads next to a typical, plain-text ad (often with typos or poor grammar) from a competitor.

 

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Windows 7 & Windows XP Alert

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This article contains a few different items of importance.


1. In order to increase my availability in case of computer problems, I have made a Skype account that you can use to contact me.

 

If you have Skype already, you can click the 'Add a contact' button and search for me under the username of compmaint.

 

I...

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Warning: Avoid Computer-Related Phone Scams

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

There is an increasing threat in the world of computer scams that all should be aware of: Some individuals have informed me that they have been contacted over the phone by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a computer security company. If you ever receive this type of call, here is what to look out for:  

  • The caller uses urgent wording and claims that your compu...
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How To Get Free Home Phone Service

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (1)

As computer technology advances on, the old ways of doing certain things become increasingly inefficient, overly costly, or both. This is especially true of home phone service. With Internet access becoming more ubiquitous, it is possible to have ultra-inexpensive, high-quality home phone service without having to rely on the phone companies.


There is now a way to connect a regular home phone to your Internet router and use it to m...

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Computer Security Issues: Rogue Antivirus

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

During the past several months, I've encountered a large number of computers that have been infected with a particularly unpleasant type of computer virus. This kind of infection is called a 'rogue anti-virus'. It takes on many forms, and you may have already seen something like this show up on your computer. I'm sending this message to let you know what to look out for and

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E-mail Etiquette: An Essential Guide

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

What would the Internet be without e-mail? It's a fast, efficient method of communication. It entertains us and helps us keep in touch with family, friends and others. However, when using e-mail to communicate, there are some unofficial etiquette guidelines that can make the experience more pleasant for the ones who read your messages.


These 'guidelines' are unofficial in the sense that e-mail is completely voluntary...

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Some of My Favorite Android Apps

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM Comments comments (0)

As an Android user, I have been experimenting with different apps to find what works for me and to find new functions I didn't even know I needed. This list highlights some of the apps that I use regularly and find very useful.


Cop Recorder

This app allows you to record the audio around you. When you open it and tap the 'Record Now' button, it closes and simply begins recording. Open the app again to stop recording, and it will save the audio file to your...

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Don't Install Toolbar When Updating to Foxit Reader 5

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (11)

The venerable Foxit PDF Reader has updated to version 5! It sports a new interface and updated looks. Depending on where you download the new version from, it also sports a force-fed toolbar that can be considered intrusive and unneccessary.


If you download the installation package from CNet, as you proceed through the installation process, you come to a window that asks if you'd like to make Ask the default search provider. It also ask...

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Google Desktop Dual Monitor Issue Solved!

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the great upgrades you can make to your computer system is adding a second monitor.

Having two monitors allows for increased visibility of content and makes using multiple programs

simultaneously a breeze.


I have been using two different monitors for about a year now, and although they are different sizes and use different ...

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Windows 7 Startup & Shutdown Times

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a week or so since installing Windows 7 on my desktop computer. I have all the software that I need for now, and have about eight programs starting up with the system. These programs are:


Live Messenger

Avira Antivir

Intellitype

S...

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