Top 10 Education iPhone Apps


Whether you’re involved in kindergarten or college, learning how to cope in a digital world is quickly becoming essential. Starting as early as elementary school, we’re learning how to use computers and gadgets undreamed of just a generation ago. As the availability of Apple devices …continue reading

When Do You Start Fixing Computers by Hacking Passwords?


Try as I might, I have been unable to avoid having my problem-solving skills compromised by clients. I feel caught between a rock and a hard place. If a client simply deposits on your bench a compromised computer and says “Fix it,” then you are …continue reading

What Happened to the Start Menu in Windows 8?

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Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday, releasing the latest build of its upcoming operating system to the consumer market for what amounts to a giant open beta test. If you’re reading this article, there’s a chance that you’re one of …continue reading

Review: My First 30 Days with T-Mobile


I purchased my first cellphone sometime around the year 2000, and since then have made the gambit of carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Straight Talk. If you are looking for information on pre-paid vs. contract plans, feel free to check out …continue reading

Tasks You Should Be Doing on the Cloud (And Why)


The Web is evolving rapidly these days. In what seems like the blink of an eye, more and more Web applications spring up to catch our fancy and intrigue. However, many people are neglecting to switch to Web-based solutions for their routines, creating stagnation for …continue reading

How to Download and Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) was released by Microsoft on Wednesday, giving anxious Windows users the ability to perform an upgrade to their existing Windows machines to the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer. Alternatively, you can opt to grab an .ISO and …continue reading

Why Your Blog Should Have an Email Newsletter


Whether you run your own personal blog as a hobby or help manage a blog for a business, attracting — and retaining — readers is a crucial component to your marketing campaign. Readers can help increase your ad revenue, drive more traffic to your website, …continue reading

How PayPal and Apple’s Fraud Policies Punish the Honest User

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In mid-November last year, I woke up to the sound of my inbox suddenly being flooded with new messages. I have things set to alert me whenever PayPal, Wells Fargo, or iTunes emails me because I know that means that money is either being given …continue reading

How to Get Popular iPhone Apps for Free

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FreeMyApps lets consumers get popular paid apps for free (like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Grand Theft Auto) in exchange for trying out free apps. Beyond the obvious benefit for regular consumers (such as not having to pay for apps and …continue reading

How to Create Multiple Virtual Desktops in Windows 7 for Free

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Users of Linux and OS X benefit from having the ability to create and utilize multiple virtual desktops to use throughout the day. These desktops can allow the user to keep more programs open without cluttering the workspace, as well as separate programs that don’t …continue reading

Should We Allow ID Chips to Be Placed Under the Skin of Humans?

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How would you like to wake up some morning only to find a tattoo on your arm that says Intel Inside? The idea first started to gain traction back in 2002, when one company (Allied Digital Solutions via a subsidiary) sought FDA approval for its …continue reading

Beyond Netflix: What Roku Offers That Apple TV Doesn’t

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This winter I finally picked up a Roku box — er, digital media streaming device. Roku is a US company that’s in the business of delivering streaming media to televisions and home theater (or audio) setups. For years I’d …continue reading

How to Improve Windows 7 Startup Time

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When you first wake up or sit at your desk for the first time in the morning, the last thing you want to do is wait for Windows to boot up. While Windows 7 itself depends greatly on hardware for dramatic startup time improvements, …continue reading

Why Can’t Americans Vote Online?

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Over the years and with lots of experience under my belt, I have learned the truth behind this old adage: “Don’t discuss religion or politics.” It seems that these hot topics are even more volatile during campaign seasons as people, locked into their religious beliefs …continue reading

Five Ways to Get Rewarded for Exercising


It’s almost now March, which is a great time of the year to start asking yourself how well you’re doing with your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions. Was getting in shape one of them? If so, just how many times per week are you going to …continue reading

How Do You Know if a Client Needs Help?


Although I try to be proactive with my senior clients to help keep them out of trouble, sometimes they sneak by me in surprising ways.

Recently a woman who I have occasionally helped called after a long absence. She had a problem. All the lights …continue reading

Are Hackintosh Computers Legal?


It seems that a week doesn’t go by that we don’t have someone in the community asking about Hackintosh computers. Hackintosh is a nickname given to a PC, made of non-Apple components, which runs on some version of OS X. Simply put, this is seen …continue reading Vs. Google: a Web Analytics Showdown (Of Sorts)


For the longest time, I’ve used Google Analytics for tracking visits and pageviews to my websites. Google has done a great job at accumulating tons of information about my sites and the visitors that stumble upon them. Lately though, I’ve gotten the feeling that it …continue reading

IDrive: One-stop Backup for All of Your Devices and Computers


A few weeks ago I took inventory of all the toys I have in my house and was surprised at just how much stuff I own. My list of computers and devices consists of the following:

2 laptop computers running Windows 7 1 laptop running …continue reading

Top 10 Photography iPhone Apps


Who needs a big, bulky camera anymore when you have an iPhone with an amazing internal camera? Well, me, because I’m a photographer. But for the more casual shutterbugs out there, the iPhone is good enough for taking snapshots to share with friends and family. …continue reading

#FellowesInc PowerShred 79Ci Paper Shredder Review and Giveaway


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fellowes for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently, we discussed 10 things that you should always and absolutely shred — including old tax returns, …continue reading

How to Get a Refund from the App Store

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Have you ever downloaded an app for your iPhone or iPad only to be severely disappointed because you found it not to be compatible with your iPhone or iPad (likely because it was designed for the other type of iOS device) or discovered it didn’t …continue reading

Five Ways to Boost Productivity Using Windows 7

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Adonis, a member of the Gnomies community, asked about how the tools made available in Windows 7 can be used in a productive environment.

Microsoft has long had a reputation for being the software developer for business applications. In addition to being the …continue reading

Cremation: the Creation of the Implant Recycling Industry

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In this era of technological advances, modern medicine has reached new pinnacles of treatment. New methods of surgery that would have amazed physicians from a century ago are now considered routine.

These routine surgeries include total hip and/or knee replacement. In fact, I have personally …continue reading

How to Reduce Fan Noise on a Desktop Computer

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Victor Cashes, a member of the Gnomies community, writes: “My computer’s fans are very loud. I recently found a buzz sound when I record a podcast. I need serious help quieting my gaming PC.”

Being a podcaster and a gamer myself, I can …continue reading

How Do You Get Rid of the Babylon Toolbar?


This post, which explores some false paths taken in a decision making process, started with a previous post discussing how a senior client of mine went from a desktop to a laptop. She gave me her XP desktop, which apparently had not been …continue reading

P is for Potential: 10 Possibilities for Windows Phone 7

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Many people don’t seriously consider Windows Phone 7 (WP7) when they’re looking into smartphones these days. (I wrote many people, not necessarily us who are educated and tech-savvy. Read the rest of this article to find out what I mean.) Microsoft’s mobile operating system …continue reading

How to Use Pinterest Without Breaking the Law

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Watch out, Twitter! Pinterest is quickly becoming one of the most popular social networks, edging out other social networks like Twitter for referrals to other websites. Its traffic patterns are also one of the most stunning compared to any existing social network, …continue reading

Top 10 Productivity iPhone Apps


Mobile productivity is on the rise and mobile phones are starting to turn into mobile offices. Productivity apps keep getting better and making our lives easier. For example, I have a remote morning meeting that I have to attend every day; sometimes I can’t get …continue reading

Five Programs Every Onsite Support Technician Should Have


Providing onsite technical support can be very challenging. Not only are you responsible for investigating and solving issues with a customer’s computer and/or network, but you have the added burden of dealing with their additional needs. Questions about usage habits, using various pieces of software, …continue reading