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  • How To Find Your Lost Android Device

    Find Your Phone

    Everyone has had it happen, you check your pocket and your phone isn’t where you normally put it.  You immediately go into a panic because in this day and age people use their phones for everything from shopping to banking or as their digital camera.  So either you are thinking, Oh my God my banking info or oh my God how will a replace all those pictures of little Jimmy. Continue reading

  • Recycling Your Old Computer? What To Do

    Computer Recycling

    With the technology in computers evolving as quickly as it has in recent years a lot of computer equipment has started to become obsolete within a year or two of purchase.  Because of this what should you do with your old equipment when you inevitably upgrade that old boat anchor of a laptop for a new thinner and lighter model or you upgrade your old tower desktop for an all-in-one.  Some people think that they can just put the old system out by the curb for trash pickup.  Well that is not very environmentally friendly and in some areas it is actually illegal.  Here are a several legal and environmentally friendly ways you can dispose of your old equipment. Continue reading
  • Purchasing Computer Parts: OEM vs. Retail

    Purchasing Retail vs OEM Products

    Most people are not familiar with what an OEM is let alone what an OEM product is, these products are becoming more and more available to the consumer. This is due to a combination of the fast evolution of computer technology and online shopping. Some will say it is better to purchase retail only while others will say it is better to purchase OEM. Personally I agree with both; so I am going to fill you in on the differences and the benefits of each so you have the information you need to decide for yourself. Continue reading

  • How To Setup Your Home Network In 3 Easy Steps

    How To Setup Your Home Network In 3 Easy Steps

    With the amount of connected devices in the average home growing more and more people are setting up home networks.

    Now most people think that setting up a network at home is as simple as just plugging in your shiny new router and connecting everything to that.

    Well that will get you up and running, but that doesn’t mean it is the correct way of doing it.  It is worth taking the time to configure and setup security, file and printer sharing on your network.

    This will just make everything easier in the future, especially when you are sitting in your living room with your tablet or laptop and you can access files on your desktop and print to the printer in your home office.

    Let me show you how to setup your home network in 3 easy steps...

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  • How To Avoid Freeloaders On Your Wireless Network

    How To Avoid Freeloaders On Your Wireless Network

    Whenever I am browsing various tech forums, blogs and sites, I continually see all these posts and articles about securing your wireless network.

    One thing that constantly aggravates me is when people claim that if you follow these steps no one will be able to get into your network.

    When I read this I always think of something my father always used to say, “Locks are made for honest people.”  If a hacker with the right skill-set wants to get into your network, they will find a way to get in.

    I'm going to explain how to avoid freeloaders on your wireless network and why it's important...

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  • Windows 8.1 Tips & Tricks

    tipsntricksA great deal of people received new gadgets over the holiday season and are now sitting in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop running Windows 8 or 8.1. Now if your new device is still running windows 8 do yourself a favor an update to 8.1 as soon as possible. It is a free update and makes a huge difference on the usability of the operating system and will make a huge difference for new users who have never used Windows 8 before. If your system is running Windows 8 still here is a tutorial from Microsoft that will get you updated to 8.1 Continue reading

  • How to Stop Google+ Users You Do Not Know From Emailing You

    Recently Google has added a new feature to Gmail that allows Gmail users to email anyone on Google+ even if they do not have their email address. So basically anyone with a Gmail account can email anyone on Google+ even if they do not have your email address. This might sound convenient to some but to me this looks like an easy way for spammers to send you messages without even having your email address; all they need to do is find and connect to you on Google+. Continue reading

  • How To Run Your Favorite Android Apps on Windows


    I have a friend of mine who has always been a diehard Android fan when it came to his cell phones and tablets, but always windows for his laptop. While he was over visiting we got to talking about Windows 8 running on a tablet. So I let him play around with one of my tablets. He started asking a million and one questions and for the next couple of weeks he kept emailing and texting me questions about different systems and configurations that they offer windows 8 on. Continue reading

  • Lenovo Shortcut Keys

    The Lenovo ThinkPad is a popular laptop computer in part because of the many features and functions it offers at a relatively low cost. As with all computers, its keypad has some keyboard shortcuts for fast adaptations to the view, to control power functions, to connect to an external monitor, to control PowerPoint, and other features. Having shortcut keys provides the opportunity to be fast and efficient.
  • Extending the Life of your Lenovo Laptop Battery

    When you first get your laptop, or a new battery, it is important to discharge the battery completely. Once you charge it up for use, go ahead and use the laptop unplugged until it literally runs out of charge. Doing this at least twice at the beginning of use can actually extend the battery life.

    Many people no longer own desktops, instead using laptops for everyday use both in and outside of the home. This is a common practice, but without taking certain precautions, it can lead to problems for a laptop battery.

    When a laptop is acting as a replacement for a desktop computer, users will often leave the laptop plugged in for extended periods of time. If the battery is inside the laptop while it is plugged in, this will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up, reducing the life of your battery.

    Instead, if you do not need to move your laptop for several days, take the battery out at about a 40% charge, then wrap it and store it in the fridge or somewhere clean and dry.  Preferably, you will replace the battery in the laptop at least once per month, charge it up and let it discharge completely before recharging partway.

    When your laptop is operating on battery power, minimize the use of power by reducing the screen light, closing applications not in use, and turn it off quickly when you finish what you’re doing. Then, whenever you can get a charge somewhere, go ahead and charge up your battery to prevent running out of power.

    By Al LaPeter

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