How to Keep Your Computer Clean on the Internet

I often get asked to help someone with a computer problem, or to clean up a computer that is not running properly. Sometimes it’s a virus, sometimes its spyware, sometimes it’s something wrong with the operating system. Most of the time, it’s all 3. Fixing computer problems is actually pretty …

Its Spring, Time to Think About Surge Protectors

Spring is here, and that means thunderstorms.  Thunderstorms mean lightning, and lightning means power surges.  Pretty much everyone I know, including my grandparents, have electronics worth protecting.  Most everyone knows to plug their computer or their televisions into some type of surge protector, but how do you know that your …

Backup Your Media for 1 cent per GB with Amazon Glacier

We’ve all been using computers long enough to understand the need to keep backups of our most important data.  Every one of us, myself included, has had that moment where something went wrong and we lost something.  Usually its not anything super important, maybe a document you were working on, …

So Maybe Windows 8 Isn’t So Bad

Almost a year ago today (3/15/12) I made a post here covering my initial thoughts on Windows 8.  Back then Windows 8 was still in Release Candidate mode, and Microsoft still referred to their new interface as Metro. Now, its 2013 and Windows 8 has been out since last October, …

How Much Do you Think About Privacy on the Internet?

I’ve been “online” since sometime in 1992.  Back then, I used Prodigy.  Prodigy was an early on-line service that existed before AOL started.  It was a private service that you paid a monthly charge to interact with other Prodigy members.  The Internet was in its infancy back then so everything …

4K and OLED Televisions For Dummies

For those of you who aren’t me, you probably don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually every January. The CES is basically THE expo for all tech companies to demo their latest and greatest trying to begin lubricating the wallets of the …

Initial Impressions of Windows 8

Microsoft publicly released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29th, which for my non-technical friends, is something that Microsoft did very successfully with Windows 7.  A Consumer Preview allows the public a free glimpse of their upcoming new operating system, and the ability to offer feedback before its general …

Galaxy Nexus / Android 4.0

I made the switch to a new cell phone and carrier.  The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. I previously had a T-Mobile G2.  First, I have to say the G2 is a very good phone.  I really had no complaints about it, but I was mainly unhappy with …