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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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  • 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 in no time. Use your inbox’s view sort option to arrange your messages by date. Create a folder for each year for which you have messages, lumping all messages older than 2012 together as “Old.” Move everything from 2013 and 2012 into their folders, leaving just the messages from 2014. The older messages aren’t gone, but they're out of your way and you can easily go back to them later. Now sort the current year’s messages by sender to lump all correspondence between the same messengers in one spot. You’re usually safe to delete all but the most current email under a given subject. There are also probably some senders that you can delete altogether, like notices of sales long past from your favorite stores or newsletters that no longer interest you. This should leave you significantly less mail than you started with, and only those that you still need to hang onto for some reason. Sort remai... Read More
  • 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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  • NERDS ON CALL: ARE YOU SPREADING MALWARE?

    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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  • Is Your PC Spreading Malware?
    Is Your PC Spreading Malware?

    I often receive emails from people who haven’t contacted me in years, with a subject line such as “check this out!” I 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. Messages sent from your email or your Facebook account should show in […]

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  • CES 2014 Gadgets
    CES 2014 Gadgets

    Every year in January the tech industry gathers in Las Vegas to ogle the latest gadgets and innovations at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. While much of what is on display is prototype and concept, it’s a great sneak peek into the future of what we’ll see on the shelves in years to come. As they do every year at CES, TVs got bigger (Vizio showed off a 120” model), but the main change up in design is the push toward curved screens, which manufacturers promise will offer an IMAX-like experience provided you can spring for a 50” or larger […]

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  • NERDS ON CALL: STOP USING WINDOWS XP

    California, (January, 2014) – In April 2012, Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014.  After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer write software patches and push out updates to fix software vulnerabilities, leaving those still utilizing the Windows XP Operating System vulnerable to malware, viruses and worse.  With the date of support termination rapidly approaching, here’s why you should bite the bullet and ditch Windows XP. Windows XP was released in 2001.  Since then, Microsoft has released several new versions of Windows operating systems including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and most recently Windows 8. […]

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  • Should You Remove Windows XP?
    Should You Remove Windows XP?

    In April 2012, Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer write software patches and push out updates to fix software vulnerabilities, leaving those still utilizing the Windows XP Operating System vulnerable to malware, viruses and worse. With the date of support termination rapidly approaching, here’s why you should bite the bullet and ditch Windows XP. Windows XP was released in 2001. Since then, Microsoft has released several new versions of Windows operating systems including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and most recently Windows 8. With every new generation, […]

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  • Best Tech of 2013
    Best Tech of 2013

    Nerds love sci-fi because it makes us excited for the future. Technology keeps improving and at this rate Star Trek will be real soon! 2013 was a great year for technology. Many new devices that had been promised for years finally made their way to the commercial sector, and people are loving them. Here are a few of the futuristic gadgets that found their place this year: “Now listening” – Voice recognition has been a mixed bag for years. Dragon Naturally Speaking, a dictation program, used to be the name in voice recognition until Siri appeared on iPhones in 2011. […]

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  • Manage Gift Cards with Online Services
    Manage Gift Cards with Online Services

    There’s nothing I hate more than wasting money. Yet it seems as though every time I need to return something at Target or Macys they give me a gift card, and then I forget to use it at the checkout counter. Even worse – the next time I go, the gift card is buried in my wallet somewhere and I can’t track it down. This year I am vowing to use my mobile phone to keep track of all my gift cards so I can stop hoarding plastic cards. Here’s how you can too. Before you get started, a few […]

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