COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • Windows 10: Should You Take Advantage of the Free Upgrade?
    Windows 10, Microsoft’s highly anticipated operating system update, is finally set to roll out to the public on July 29th, and for most people currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can get it for free. Here’s how to confirm that you’re eligible for a free upgrade and, if so, decide if you should get in line to get Windows 10. If you’re like many users who’ve been using Microsoft products for years, the idea of getting Windows 10 for free probably leaves you wondering, “What’s the catch?” Some people have viewed the appearance of the “Get Windows 10” icon in their lower right task bar with more than a little suspicion. Is it just trying to rope you in to charge you later? There are two important points to keep in mind: first, Microsoft has made it incredibly easy to revert back to your ole Operating System if you’re unhappy with Windows 10. Second, while there’s no way to guarantee that Microsoft won’t eventually charge for updates to the OS, they’re letting users that are currently running an active, genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 install Windows 10 for free for at least the first year. After that, there has been some question about how long Microsoft will offer free updates. All information seems to indicate that they will continue to support Windows 10 with patches and updates for at least 2-4 years, maybe longer. Users running an older version of Windows, such as XP or Vista, will need to purchase a full vers... Read More
  • Organize Your Digital Photo Collection in a Weekend

    Organize Your Digital Photo Collection in a Weekend The problem: You have about a gazillion digital photos, and they’re everywhere. How do you find the ONE shot you’re looking for? Is it on your: Phone…  Computer… Your camera’s memory card… that old back up hard drive… your old computer? There is a better way to get all your photos compiled, organized and condensed. With today’s powerful tools you really can get your digital photos organized in a weekend. Problem #1: Too many photos. The advent of digital cameras has created a tendency to go picture crazy. After all, why take […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Workout Apps to Get You in Summer Shape
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Workout Apps to Get You in Summer Shape

    As temperatures rise, it gets harder to head outdoors to exercise. Running, hiking, and biking are no fun when you’re baking in the sun, and spending hours on the treadmill gets tedious. Just in time for summer, here are some of our favorite workout apps and websites that offer variety and on-the-go portability so you can get – or stay – in top form this summer. All of the apps and programs I tested offer a free trial or free “basic version,” which I’d recommend you start with. Get a feel for the interface, how well you sync with the […]

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  • Digitize Your Wedding, for Free

    Weddings should be a joyous experience, filled with family, friends and love. But the planning process can be a real headache. Coordinating the details – from flowers, to cake, to honeymoon, guest accommodations and the surrounding parties can make you seriously consider eloping. Whether you are just starting on the path of planning your big day, or if you’ll be getting hitched in the next few weeks, there are some great free apps and tools that allow you to “digitize your nuptials” and make sure everything runs smoothly. Don’t just post your party details on Facebook and hope your guest […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Etiquette Tips in the Digital Age
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Etiquette Tips in the Digital Age

    Cell phones, social media, texting and email have fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Technology has made it easier and faster to keep in touch, but it has also created a variety of new ways to unintentionally irritate or insult. Before you click send on that text or update your Facebook, consider these etiquette tips for the digital age. The Golden Rule. When surfing Facebook, you’re probably chatting and sharing stories directly with your friends and family. You’re unlikely to meet anyone you don’t know, and you’re probably pretty polite in your communications, minding your P’s and Q’s so you […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Essential Aps for Vacationers
    Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Essential Aps for Vacationers

    Whether it’s a bucket-list trip to Europe or a road trip to Yosemite, travel is easier in the digital age. Websites compile reviews of hotels, restaurants and attractions so you don’t have to suffer through terrible food or an uncomfortable room while away from home. GPS help you find your way around, and instant translators help you navigate through town – or through dinner – with relative ease. If you’re heading out of town this summer, here are the five apps you shouldn’t leave home without. If you’ve planned a trip recently, you’ve likely discovered the mountain of paperwork that […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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