COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
    Some of the greatest minds in technology - Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, among others – have recently issued public warnings about advancements in artificial intelligence. A future where computers can think for themselves, to the detriment of their human creators, seems far off. Yet scientists and technology leaders say it could happen in the next century. I recently read a fascinating and comprehensive article about artificial intelligence and it fundamentally changed the way I think about the technology surrounding us in our ever-faster, ever-bigger tech world. Previously, when I thought about AI, I quickly compartmentalized it into every futuristic scenario I'd seen, from The Matrix to Battlestar Galactica. There is much more for us to understand about this technology before we decide: should we be afraid of artificial intelligence? The most basic form of AI is all around us. Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) is the type of intelligence you find in computers that do everything from beat you at chess to spell-check your text messages. ANI performs a specific task, often times better and faster than a human could do, but it doesn't usually have the power to make any decisions farther than those it's programmed for. ANI systems aren't particularly scary, but they can occasionally wreak havoc. Remember when the stock market lost $1 trillion in 2010 because of a computer glitch? That was an ANI. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the level o... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Cool Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Kindle
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Cool Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Kindle

    I’ve had a Kindle Fire for over a year now, and I love having all my books at my fingertips. I can read while waiting for an appointment without lugging a big tome, and when I pick up the latest sequel to a series, I can easily refer back to the previous novel without having to dig through my bookshelf. But a Kindle reader can do so much more than just store digital books. Here are some cool things you didn’t know your Kindle could do. Read for free. Project Gutenberg (www.m.gutenberg.org) has a lending library of over 45,000 e-books, […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Tech Mistakes to Stop Making Today
    Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Tech Mistakes to Stop Making Today

    by Andrea Eldridge Logging on to your computer can be a dangerous venture: Hackers! Malware! Never-ending spam! Some common habits make you vulnerable to the worst elements of the Internet. Stop making these five tech mistakes today, and you’ll be instantly safer online. Neglecting to install Operating System updates on your computers AND mobile devices. Hackers and writers of malicious code spend their days ferreting out weaknesses in commonly used software – vulnerabilities in the code that can be exploited to spread malware, siphon data, or hijack your machine. When developers at Microsoft, Apple, Google and the like discover an […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Tech to De-Stress Your Family
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Tech to De-Stress Your Family

    [andriabyline] Who couldn’t use a little more serenity and a lot less stress in their life? Juggling work commitments, keeping your house in order and cajoling the kids into doing their chores can tax your sanity. Good news! Technology can help you restore some peace to your household. Here are some of my favorite tech tools for helping you and your family to stress less and enjoy life more. I consider myself a relatively patient parent, but after the sixth time of asking (or, more accurately, begging and wheedling) my six year old to brush his teeth, I can lose […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Data Protection Gadgets Worth Investing In
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Data Protection Gadgets Worth Investing In

    Your credit cards and personal data are worth big money to criminals, and that’s created a market for products that are touted to help keep your digital data safe from stealthy thieves. Here’s our run-down of some of the data protection gadgets on the market , so that you can decide which devices are worth your dollars. Ever see the Exxon Mobile commercial where the guy taps his keychain and conveniently pays for his gas without swiping his card? Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology chips allow for this transaction by wirelessly transmitting information from an RFID-enabled keychain or card to a […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Re-home, Re-purpose and Recycle Old Tech
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Re-home, Re-purpose and Recycle Old Tech

    My home is where electronics go to die. I have a couple shelves in my garage dedicated to the tech relics and gizmos that were at some point “necessary,” but are now gathering dust. Some old devices still have value on the resale market, if only to those looking to break them down for parts. Other things can live a second life, as a toy or limited function gadget. Even if you can’t get any more use out from your old tech gear, don’t toss it in the trash. As electronics degrade, they release toxic waste into our landfills and […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?

    Mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets are made infinitely better – or worse – by the apps you install on them. With well over a million apps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher safe apps from the sketchy ones. Here’s how to recognize the duds before you download them. “App” is short for “application,” and on a mobile device these little software programs come in the form of mini games, tools for things like active navigation, calendar and appointment tracking or a synced to-do list, access to Netflix, Facebook, or video chat… the options are seemingly endless. […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!

    When you pay by the megabyte for data through your cell service provider, the free WiFi offered at your local Starbucks or McDonalds provides a real value. Yet, there are inherent dangers in connecting to a public WiFi network, particularly if you intend on taking care of personal banking, connecting to social media, or shopping online. Here’s what you need to know before you join a free, public WiFi network. I recently read an article written by a hacker who was able to plop himself down inside a cafe and within minutes, he had accessed the personal data of every […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens

    Studies have shown that seniors who stay connected with friends and loved ones are happier and healthier than their solo counterparts. While computers and smartphones can give Grandma the ability to access email, Facebook and countless photos and updates about the grandkids, navigating gadgets can be daunting for anyone who hasn’t grown up clicking away on a keyboard and mouse, or familiar with how a touchscreen works. Luckily, there are cell phones, tablets and computers designed specifically with seniors in mind. Samsung designed the Jitterbug5, $99, cellular phone especially for seniors. Flip it open and you’re greeted with large, raised, […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life

    My hubby’s iPhone 5 was always dying on him. He’s constantly on the phone at work, and he was charging it two or three times a day. I’m not a power user, but even I had to recharge every night or I wouldn’t have a battery to speak of in the morning. When we upgraded to iPhone 6’s, we were determined to thwart those blasted battery problems however we could. Here are some tips for conserving the life of your iPhone and other iOS devices. While these tips apply to all mobile devices, the instructions for changing settings are iOS […]

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