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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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  • Share Secrets on New Social Network
    Share Secrets on New Social Network
    Secret is the latest social media site to garner buzz. It’s different from Facebook or Twitter because you post anonymously to a pool of people gathered from your contact list, or linked through a series of friends-of-friends. You may ponder, “How is it social to post anonymously?” The hot new app is a like a social media masquerade ball and fans insist that the anonymity allows them to be more themselves than when they have to “face” their fellow users. Anyone who’s used Facebook or Twitter has likely censored themselves at some point or another. By the time you gather a social pool of a few hundred “friends” including relatives, co-workers and neighbors, it becomes apparent that a too-honest observation or comment can step on some real-world feelings. Many wish they could be more honest about what they think, or engage in more heated political or social debates, but instead post mostly bland, non-confrontational updates. After scrolling through another post about your nephew’s haircut and “the cutest cat video ever,” the rare current event opinion link is tempting to respond to. But most of us defer or comment with a watered-down version of our actual opinion. Sometimes it’d be nice to engage in a real, honest debate without worrying about Aunt Vera disavowing you for your scandalous ways. Better yet, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to post your actual thoughts without fear of social repercussions? If your co-worker’s cologne makes yo... Read More
  • Mid-March Tech News Roundup
    Mid-March Tech News Roundup

    If you ever feel as though you’d like a cliff-notes version of the latest tech news, I’m here to help.  It was a busy week in technology.  Here are the highlights. XP Users to Get Pop-Up Reminder Starting on March 8th, Windows XP users will begin seeing a pop-up notice on their screen, warning that support for the OS will end on April 8th.  Microsoft is pushing out the pop-up warnings, which include a link to the Windows XP “Support is ending soon” site, in the hope that more users will migrate off the 12-year-old software. Before you click the […]

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  • Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP
    Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP

    It’s time to remove Windows XP, upgrade, and move on. We published an earlier article about XP’s end of life, and the deadline is here – On March 8, 2014, you may have been greeted with a message telling you that “Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2013” and a link to learn more. For the 29 percent of computers around the World still running Windows XP, this will be the last chance they have to upgrade before the storm of malware rolls in. The End of Support date is the point at which Microsoft will no […]

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  • IRS Releases Top Tax Scams of 2014
    IRS Releases Top Tax Scams of 2014

    On February 19th, the IRS released its annual list of the top tax scams for 2014. As more taxpayers prepare, file, and store their data online, incidents of crimes like identity theft, phone scams and phishing increase. While these scams happen year round, the IRS warns taxpayers to be particularly cautious during tax season. Here’s what to look out for. Identity theft tops the IRS’s list of most pervasive tax scams in 2014. This is a broad term that encompasses any time someone uses your personal information like your name, Social Security number or driver’s license without your permission to […]

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  • The Nerd World of February 25, 2014 – Bitcoin Exchange Topples, Apple Discovers Flaw,  Nokia X Announced
    The Nerd World of February 25, 2014 – Bitcoin Exchange Topples, Apple Discovers Flaw, Nokia X Announced

    Bitcoin Exchange Crashes The tech world is abuzz today with the news of MtGox closing its doors. MtGox is a Bitcoin exchange, a site that allows users to buy and sell the virtual currency. For years, the site has been a staple of the Bitcoin community and has transferred millions of dollars worth. Today, the site reads “In light of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox’s operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being…(cont).” The recent news referenced refers to the site’s series of troubles since February 7th. It […]

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  • Wearable Tech
    Wearable Tech

    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was crowded with wearable technology like smart watches, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth jewelry. Google Glass is already in the hands of a few select early-adopters. Even those brands without a wearable device on the market, such as Apple and Microsoft, are rumored to have them in the works. Manufacturers believe it will be an integral part of how we will interact with technology in the future. Is it ready to join your arsenal of mobile technology? Smart Watches and Bluetooth Jewelry Wearable technology appeals to those looking to have constant access to certain information. If […]

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  • De-Clutter Your Email Inbox
    De-Clutter Your Email Inbox

    Once upon a time, you opened your email inbox and it was – gasp – empty! I can hear you chuckling, “that is definitely a fairytale.” If you have hundreds of messages in your inbox, it is difficult to believe that your email could ever be anything other than overwhelming. But it can be. Here’s how to make your email fantasies a reality and de-clutter your email inbox. First things first, it’s time to do some hard and fast sorting. With a little strategy and copious use of your email inbox’s sorting capabilities, you’ll clear out a ton of clutter […]

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  • Is Facebook Depressing You?
    Is Facebook Depressing You?

    While Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have been shown to increase a user’s feeling of connectedness with friends, family and their community, a growing body of research highlights the negative effects of social media on our general state of mind. From envy, to anger, to depression, for some users these forums offer more pain than joy. Here are some of the most common social media ailments and what to do if you find yourself being brought down by your social networking. Facebook is a hugely popular medium for sharing life updates, photos, stories and opinions with a […]

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  • The Muse Headband Exercises your Brain
    The Muse Headband Exercises your Brain

    Last night I was startled awake with a bad dream. I found myself staring at the ceiling at 4 AM, unable to get back to sleep and wishing I could relax my buzzing mind enough to catch a couple more hours of sleep. Sometimes it happens when my day’s been go-go-go, working at the office, rushing the kids to karate practice, making dinner, hustling everyone to bed … life’s little stresses start to build up so I just can’t relax. Most doctors will tell you that this kind of stress is detrimental to your health. Approximately 75% of all doctor’s […]

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    California, (January, 2014) – Have you ever had this happen to you:  Often you receive emails from people who haven’t contacted you in years, with a subject line such as “check this out!”  You open the email and contained within is simply a web link.  When you get emails like this don’t click on the links – they usually contain malware that will infect your computer.  If the person sending the malware is you, here are some steps you can take to fix the problem, and hopefully assure that it doesn’t happen again. First, determine where the message came from. […]

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