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Save Money With Google's New Smartphone Service

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM

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

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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Advertise In Style! For (Almost) Free!

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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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Warning: Avoid Computer-Related Phone Scams

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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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E-mail Etiquette: An Essential Guide

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

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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Google Desktop Dual Monitor Issue Solved!

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 12:33 AM

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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Your Handwriting, Now In Font Form

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Every once in a while, you see something that makes you wonder, "Why isn't everyone doing this?" It might be something that simplifies life in an obvious way or it might be something that just makes sense.

In this case, enables you to do something that ju...

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The Hairy Toothbrush

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 1:21 PM
How do you react when you find a foreign object, like a hair or bit of packaging, in your food at a restaurant? It's pretty disturbing and gross, but it's understandable, as we all know that the food was just prepared by a real person and brought to you in a live environment.
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Customer Service Call With Circuit City

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

As a long-time customer service representative, I am always alert to the customer service shortcomings of the companies I deal with. The following is a particularly bad experience that made me decide not to deal with the provider of this terrible service ever again.

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About Me

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 2:13 AM

I am in my late 20's.

I've been working with computers for over 10 years.

My skills come from personal experience.

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My First Blog Entry

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 12:08 AM
So here it is: my first blog! Yay! Now I can say stuff like, "In my last post..." and, "After the jump...." Great. I have arrived!

You'll probably see things like reviews of programs, plans for world domination, stuff like that. Maybe links to other articles here or there. Or you may see this first entry sit here and gather dust all by itself forever, languishing in the dark back-corners of the Interwebs and wishing it had m...
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