Monday, August 21, 2017

Want a faster computer?

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Mashabale.com recently released the following news item regarding much faster computers that should be available very soon. So, if you are in the market for a new computer, you might just want to wait a couple of months for these exciting products.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Access Chrome extensions

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A user wrote that he saw an article about a Chrome extension that would show if Amazon prices were really the cheapest, but when he went to add the extension to Chrome, the site wanted him to grant access to all his contacts. He became nervous and now wants to know how to remove the extension from Chrome.

Access to extensions in Chrome is gained by clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper right of the Chrome page. Click on "More Tools" and then on "Extensions". You can then un-enable the extension or remove it completely.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You may be entitled to up to $900 in class action suit.

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It's all over the news. It seems that a Telemarketing firm, called Resorts Marketing, conspired with Cruise lines Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian to robocall homes about cruises. A class action suit was filed. If you were called by the firm, you may be entitled to $300 per call up to a maximum of $900. Read the story below and check to see if your phone number was included in the settlement. Mine was.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free

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Techspot just ran the following article showing that you can still upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 for free.


Read the previous post about this topic > HERE.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Small SSDs are just too small

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There are many inexpensive computers on the market that contain solid state drives. The problem with most of them is that small normally means 32 GB. Windows 10 needs 16 GB on a 32 bit system and 20 GB on a 64 bit system. That means that there is very little space left for any programs. Many people try to make up for the lack of space by installing SD cards, but that is a poor man's solution.

I suggest that you avoid computers with such tiny hard drives. Look for machine that have at least double the 32 GB capacity. Otherwise, you'll find that your computer will be an expensive book end.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Drinks spilled on keyboards can cause real havoc

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We've all been told not to have coffee, soda and even water around computers, but most of us ignore the advice.

Yesterday, a resident brought an expensive ultra book computer to me. He had spilled a sugary drink on the keyboard, and none of the keys would work. He had the foresight to dry the laptop carefully and embed it in a lot of rice to absorb the moisture, but the computer still wouldn't work. I played with various connectors and eventually got the machine to boot. I copied his important files to a flash drive and was able to copy all to a new computer.

What many people don't realize is that ultrabooks normally have the keyboard and touch pad embedded in the entire computer top, and replacement of the top can be ultra expensive. So, remember, don't drink and drive a computer.

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