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Improving Wifi connection

March 2017 – This simple technique improved my WiFi reception at my Roku box 20 fold. How to reduce interference on the 2.4 GHz channels.

Keeping your computer healthy

February 2017 – There are a few simple things you can do to help your computer remain happy and healthy.

Prolonging Battery Life

February 2017 – Sometimes people's phone or tablet battery runs low. Here are some tips for prolonging battery life.

Testing Your Router

October 2016 – Your router is the wall between you and a cesspool of evil stuff on the Internet. It is prudent to test it occasionally and to check for firmware updates.

Chromebooks- the Computer Appliance

August 2016 – Many people want a computer to work like an appliance. Just plug it in, turn it on and it works. It should be very easy. A chromebook will do that. They are fast, safe, secure and easy. But this safety and security comes at a price; your freedom.

Wireless Networking basics

July 2016 – This article explains wireless routers. Why you want one, and how to choose them. We look at dual band, the 2.4 and 5 GHz spectrums and selecting one.

Router Setup Instructions

July 2016 – These instructions show you how to fill in the Router setup form and describe what each item means and why it is important.

Interesting News

May 2016 – A gun that looks like a smart phone, and Chrome stops supporting Vista.

Interesting news stories

February 2016 – Interesting news stories about a new edition of Monopoly without paper money and information about choosing the right padlock.

Understanding Modems and Routers

February 2016 – What is a modem and what is a router. What do they do? Which ones should you buy?

Video Standards

December 2015 – There are 4 different video standards, plus sub-standards! Making sure your monitor can send information to your computer can be frustrating. This guide could help.

Reboot your computer

November 2015 – Reboot your computer every Monday morning. It will run much better.

10 reasons your computer might be slowing down

October 2015 – If your computer is getting slow, here are 10 possible causes.

$30 device to bypass the lock for cars

August 2015 – Link to an Engadget article about how to use a $30 device to bypass the pass codes for most locked cars and some garage doors.

What kind of desktop do you want?

July 2015 – Things to think about when buying a new computer. The factors you need to consider

Faster SSDs are coming

July 2015 – Faster SSDs are coming. Though Solid state drives seem really fast now, they are going to get much faster as they move from the SATA ports to PCI-E slots.

Google's Project Soli

July 2015 – Google's project Soli might be one of the biggest technology developments ever. It can add very accurate very cheap sight to virtually any device or material object. Using Radar to see Soli is cheap and can respond to tiny movements.

Planning the transfer to your new computer

May 2015 – Tips for making the transfer to a new computer smooth.

Prevent problems, clean your computer

April 2015 – You should check your computer's temperature and clean it out to prevent overheating. Clean your computer at least every other year (more if in a dusty place).

Getting the most from Open Hardware Monitor

April 2015 – Using the Gadget function of the Open hardware monitor to understand and monitor your computer. Learn how it works, when it is working hard and when there is an issue. Like a tachometer can help you see how your car works, this monitor can help you see how your computer is working.

Additional expenses that come along with a new computer

December 2014 – When you buy a new computer, the additional expenses are often as much or more than the computer. In addition to the new box, what other things must you consider and budget for?

SSD Drive Maintenance

December 2014 – Solid State Drives create new maintenance issues. I will show you how to make sure the cleanup operations needed for maintenance have a chance to run. The article will also show you how to recover some space if you are running out.

Computer Replacement

October 2014 – If your computer is working just fine, should it still be replaced? Recommended replacement schedule.

Notebook and SSD Power Settings

August 2014 – Windows Sleep and Hibernate are normally unnecessary and sometimes reek havoc with a notebook's proper functioning. You do not need to use them. Here is how to stop it.

Patching your router

August 2014 – Recent research indicates that about 80% of the best selling routers have serious security flaws. Routers are rapidly adding many new features, but even more rapidly adding security flaws. Here is some help patching your router.

How long do hard drives last?

June 2014 – How long can we expect our Hard drives to last?

New USB Spec

June 2014 – A new USB specification is coming out which is faster, smaller and reversible

Chromebooks, The Computer Appliance

April 2014 – Chromebooks begin a new generation of easy to use, fast, low maintenance and inexpensive computer appliances. Some of the benefits and limitations are discussed.

I Wipe Hard Drives

February 2014 – I offer a reliable hard drive wiping and computer recycling service.

Troubleshooting Slow Computers

June 2013 – Is your computer getting slower and slower? If so, here are some steps that might help.

My Favorite Android Tablet Apps

June 2013 – These are my current (May 29, 2013) favorite Android Apps for my tablet. Perhaps you'll find something new in here.

Pictorial Guide to Connectors

April 2013 – Cable connections to monitors, printers, tablets, and other devices require correct connectors. You must have the right cable! But, these cable connections are more complicated than one would expect. Here is a pictorial guide.

Two Videos showing hard drives in action

February 2013 – How do hard drives work, and what effect does vibration have. Two short and revealing videos

Thinking about 7" Tablets and E-Readers

October 2012 – Looking at 7" tablets and E-ink readers. I quickly review some and discuss the various ecosystems, DRM (digital rights management)they represent. I compare the Nexus 7 with the new Kindle Fire HD.

Vacuum your computer

August 2012 – Dust causes computers to overheat. You should check the temperature and fan speed for your computer each month and make sure to clean it at least annually.

Thinking About a Notebook Computer

April 2012 – This is a form to use to help you think more clearly when trying to decide on a new notebook, netbook, tablet or other mobile computer. It should help you weigh the various pluses and minuses of your options.

Forms you can use

April 2012 – I have a few forms that should help you working with security and your computers. They are in PDF format and freely available for use.

Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners

April 2012 – Fujitsu has two new low cost personal scanners that are absolutely fabulous. Scan directly to pdf. USB powered for mobile use. Get organized and go paperless (or at least less paper. These two scanners are great for personal and small home business organization

Turn Off WPS

February 2012 – When configuring your router, it is important to turn off WPS because it is a gigantic security hole. Here's how.

Improving You WiFi Coverage

February 2012 – How to improve your WiFi coverage so you can get a good WiFi connection throughout your whole office or home.

Prolonging Battery Life

February 2012 – How to get the best results from your lithium Ion batteries. Improving the battery life of you cell phone, notebook, tablets and ebook readers.

SSD Drives

February 2012 – SSD or Solid State Drives are faster and more reliable than traditional spinning drives. Here is a comparison.

Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection

August 2011 – What to do when you lose Internet connectivity. How to problem solve your connection issues.

Computer Stands

August 2011 – Computer Stands

An Insecure Router Could Send You to Jail

June 2011 – What you need to know to secure your router and what could happern if you don't.

Thinking about Ebook Readers

April 2011 – What are the variables to consider before buying an Ebook Reader?

Where to get Ebooks

April 2011 – Where can I buy and download ebooks?

Mirrored Hard Drives

December 2010 – It is very inexpensive to have mirrored hard drives in new computers, and it provides big benefits.

Notebook Battery Preservation

March 2010 – Notebook Battery Life

Keep notebooks cool

August 2009 – Keep Notebooks Cool

Keep your computer clean

March 2008 – Keep Your Computer Clean

How to Clean Your LCD Screens

October 2007 – How to safely clean you LCD Screens

Use a USB Patch Cord

June 2007 – Protect the USB connections on your computer by using a patch cord.



 
 
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