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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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  • 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 right alongside real employers and job placement firms to make themselves appear legitimate.  Craigslist is a site frequently targeted by fake ads since they have fewer safeguards in place to monitor the legitimacy of postings. Be wary of listings that are vague or offer a high wage for little or no experience.  Scam listings are often for mystery shopper, postal or government jobs, or work-from-home positions. Do your research before you respond to an ad so that you can make sure a potential employer is legit.  Visit their website to see if job and career information is posted on the site.  Google the company name to see what information is available.  Search for links that tie the company name to reports of scams.  Finally, check with the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if they've been reported to be ... Read More
  • 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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  • Read Your eBooks Anywhere
    Read Your eBooks Anywhere

    When I bought a Kindle Fire, I went from my book-a-month habit to about a book-a-week, practically overnight.  This could be a costly endeavor, and yet when it comes to eBooks, I stuck with my old habit of purchasing new titles directly through Amazon, simply because it was easier.  It never occurred to me to price compare other vendors, even though saving a few bucks on a new release could equate to some serious cash over the course of the year.  Is it possible to shop around e-book vendors, but still read the e-books on my Kindle?  Here’s what I […]

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  • Amazon Fire: Cable Killer?
    Amazon Fire: Cable Killer?

    Amazon Fire TV is just the latest debut in a number of streaming devices on the market allowing you to stream content from video applications like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime directly to your TV.  To hear Amazon speak of it, you’re destined to cut the cord with your cable or satellite company after investing in one.  If you’d like to cut back on your cable bill, or eliminate it completely, here’s what you need to know about the streaming devices on the market, what you can watch – and what you’ll miss – if you make the switch […]

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  • Make Awesomely Secure Passwords Easily
    Make Awesomely Secure Passwords Easily

    Remembering a unique login and password for every website you frequent on the internet requires either a genius-level photographic memory or a really cool trick. Since these days I often forget what I was getting up to retrieve as soon as I leave the room, my vote goes to the really cool trick method. Here’s how to get unique AND easy to remember passwords for every website you visit. The recently exposed “Heartbleed” bug is a coding flaw in the security and encryption protocol OpenSSL. It allows attackers to access passwords and personal information on affected websites. Open SSL is […]

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  • Replace Windows XP for Cheap
    Replace Windows XP for Cheap

    Microsoft’s support for Windows XP has officially ended.  Those systems still running XP are vulnerable to hackers accessing data or being turned into a bot-net to spread viruses and malware.  Maintaining an up-to-date anti-virus software isn’t enough to keep a system running XP secure.  It’s time to ditch XP once and for all.  Luckily, there are reasonably-priced options so that you can replace your XP relic without needing a second mortgage. “Do I have to switch to Windows 8.1?  I hear it’s a big change from XP.” It’s true that Windows XP users will feel more at home with Windows […]

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  • Apps for Children with Special Needs
    Apps for Children with Special Needs

    Note: I have updated this article with reader feedback at the end. Please read it and my response For parents of children with special needs, it can be heartbreaking to feel that their child’s potential to communicate, learn, or participate in school activities is hindered by a disability. Touch-screen devices such as tablets can offer your children unique opportunities to learn and develop because they aren’t mired by such things as input devices (e.g., mouse and keyboard). They can scroll through applications, play games or navigate the device more easily, allowing them to engage in the activity, practice or learn […]

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  • Replace Phone Carriers with Apps
    Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

    When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those in the U.S. continue to utilize mostly SMS texting through their cell service provider. Will web-based mobile messaging and talk apps let you say sayonara to your pricey cell service? As one of the most popular web-based mobile messaging apps, WhatsApp (www.whatsapp.com/) has over 450 […]

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  • Get Kids to Love Science and Technology
    Get Kids to Love Science and Technology

    If your kids are anything like mine, they’re totally gadget crazy. From my cell phone when we’re out to dinner to the console game at home, I am lucky if I can pry the little devices out of their fingers. They also tend to be more technically savvy than me, relying upon their natural curiosities to experiment until they get the results they want, instead of being bound by many of the “shoulds” and “should-nots” that sometimes limit my own abilities. According to a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the US is currently […]

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