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Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and electronics repair service for homes and businesses. Andrea established the company with her husband, Ryan, from a...Read More »

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: New PC Must-Do Checklist
    Nerd Chick Adventures: New PC Must-Do Checklist
    Whether your reliable old PC was finally beaten down by the kids this summer, or you are springing for a new laptop for your back-to-schooler, ‘tis the season of new computers. Before you plug and play that new PC, take these steps to ensure your computer runs optimally from the beginning and to protect your investment for years to come. Step 1: Get rid of the junk programs. Anyone who has booted up a new, off-the-shelf Windows PC can attest to the deluge of junk programs that come pre-installed to the average Dell or HP machine. Widely known as "bloatware," these are programs that you'll probably never use. They're installed mainly because the computer’s manufacturer was paid to install them on your machine. They take up space, slow your system's boot-up time and compromise performance. Not only that, but they're really annoying - they pop up all the time, take up your bandwidth downloading updates, and are rarely useful. The cleanest way to get rid of the junk is to wipe your hard drive and install a fresh version of Windows. It's the pathway that most tech professionals choose. The hard part for most people, however, is that your new PC probably didn't come with a Windows disk or even a recovery CD. Most of the functionality of your video card, USB ports and touchpad come from drivers that may or may not be included with Windows. If these functions aren't immediately restored, you can be stuck spending hours tracking down the drivers ... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Back to School Tech
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Back to School Tech

    As a new school year rapidly approaches, parents everywhere are pondering, “What tech tools do my kids really need to succeed?” Here’s a rundown of the most helpful computer and gadget choices for every age of student. College Co-Ed: When it comes to outfitting your college-bound kiddo, it’s all about reliable mobility. The most useful tool for any college student is a lightweight laptop. While a smaller screen usually corresponds with a lighter device, you want to be sure that the keyboard and screen are large enough to accommodate the strain of spending long, sleepless nights typing out a thesis […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: How to Get Better Tech Support
    Nerd Chick Adventures: How to Get Better Tech Support

    Despite my “Nerd Chick” credentials, I’ve had to call technical support many times in my life, and I can’t say that it’s always been a pleasant experience. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few things that can make the experience less painful. The next time you need to make that call, here are some ways to assure it’ll go more smoothly. Computers, routers, printers and, frankly, most electronic devices, can get buggy after long periods of use without a break. It never hurts to do a full system shut down and restart to see if that fixes the problem before […]

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  • Tech for Toddlers: How to Help, not Harm
    Tech for Toddlers: How to Help, not Harm

    In their book, “Toddlers on Technology,” Patti Wollman Summers (early childhood educator and Head of the Parenting Program at the Mandell School), neuropsychologist Ann DeSollar-Hale, PhD, and Heather Ibrahim-Leathers explore the way today’s toddlers are interacting with technology. Is time spent with digital media helpful, harmful, or both? According to a study released in October 2013 by Common Sense Media, “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013”: “Among families with children age 8 and under, there has been a five-fold increase in ownership of tablet devices such as iPads, from 8% of all families in 2011 to 40% […]

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  • Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide
    Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide

    Summer can be a real beast when it comes to your electronics.  Whether you and your Smartphone get pushed into the pool, you drop your tablet in the sand, or your iPod overheats in the car, here are some tips to cure your gadget’s summertime blues. Summer and water go together, but electronics and water?  That’s a no-win combination.  Assuming that you haven’t yet dropped your phone in the lake, prevention is unquestionably more effective than repair.  Consider investing in a waterproof case that can keep your mobile device safe from splashes and spills.  There are a bunch of great […]

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  • The Lowdown on Net Neutrality
    The Lowdown on Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality is not just a fight between the big tech companies like Google, Netflix and AT&T. Whether or not Net Neutrality is upheld will affect the future of how every American accesses the Internet. Here’s the low down of what it means, why you should care, and what you can do to have your voice heard in the debate. The current state of the Internet in America is one of “Net Neutrality.” It means that all traffic is treated the same regardless of what data is being sent – emails, web searches, VOIP calls, streaming videos, etc.. – all […]

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  • Tech Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day
    Tech Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

    He’s always there to help you out of a jam, be it a flat tire or first date advice. There’s one day a year dedicated to showing Dad how much you appreciate him. Before you grab a tie and a box of golf balls for dad this year, consider some tech-inspired alternatives to take your Father’s Day gift up a notch. The Commuter: When dad sets off for work or on a car trip, ensure that his coffee or tea is hot to the last sip with the Retro Smart Mug, made by Princess International and sold through Amazon for […]

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  • Avoid Scams While Job Hunting Online
    Avoid Scams While Job Hunting Online

    While the job market appears to be improving, there are still plenty of people out there either unemployed or underemployed looking for work.  An urgent need to find work can lead some to the point where they’ll “take anything.”  Here’s where the scammer strikes: preying on individuals who need to be solicitous, polite and willing to jump through hoops to prove themselves accommodating to potential employers.  Don’t be swindled!  Here are some ways to identify potential scams and prevent yourself from becoming a victim. The first step of a job-hunting scam typically employs posting a fake job listing.  Scammers advertise […]

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  • Kid-Proof your Tablet for Summer
    Kid-Proof your Tablet for Summer

    Even if you aren’t ready to accept that summer vacation has arrived, it’s here.  Before your kid has way too many free hours to surf the net and spend her college savings fund on in-app purchases, get your mobile devices ready by activating some quick and easy parental controls. It’s all too common for parents to diligently restrict access to the Internet and adult content on the family PC, but forget the handheld mobile devices like iPods, Kindle Fires or other tablets.  While these kinds of gadgets seem like toys, they can get online and give access to games, media […]

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  • Fix Shattered Smartphone Screen
    Fix Shattered Smartphone Screen

    It’s become the rite-of-passage for clumsy Smartphone owners everywhere: shattering your phone’s screen.  After shelling out hundreds of dollars and getting your technical life transferred to your mobile device, one trip or slip and that shiny new phone, tablet or iPod is totally unusable.  It’s too late to repent the decision to forgo a sturdier case – how do you get your phone back to usable condition? The first call most people make is to their cell phone carrier.  The person on the phone or behind the counter is going to ask whether or not you bought their phone insurance.  […]

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