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  • Choosing the Best Back-To-School Laptops for Students
    It is that time of year again; the weather is starting to cool off, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and the kids are going back to school.  With back-to-school season upon us, it is also time for parents to send their kids off right by setting them up with an effective laptop.  Though there are a few general aspects that are always important when purchasing a laptop, such as build quality and battery-life, it is crucial to know who the laptop is for, and what exactly they will be doing with it.  Nerds on Call has created their guide to choosing the best back-to-school laptops for students based on the tasks and capabilities required by different types of students. High School & Entry-Level College Students High school and entry-level college students have similar needs when it comes to laptop performance.  They both require a word processing application to complete papers and assignments,  reliable internet access and portability to take to and from class for note-taking.  Since the users will not require any specific capabilities, our resident nerds recommend the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 with a 15.6" display and 4 GB's of RAM for $400.  In the world of laptops, this is a budget friendly workhorse that can handle any basic need that a high school or new college student would have.  Although the 15.6" display is a little big to carry to and from class everyday, i... Read More
  • Easy Photo Edits

    Digital photography has given us the ability to take a lot of photos. Sometimes we post shots that look like they came direct from a pro, other times…not so much. Sometimes their too dark, a little out of focus, or have too much of the background in them. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to make great shots you capture with your phone or point-and-shoot even better. Armed with some free photo editing software, here are some quick and easy photo edits that can take your photos from good to great. Cropping When it comes to on-the-fly photo […]

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  • How to Sell Your Stuff Online

    For many of us purging the house of old, no longer useful gear and gadgets, the next challenge involves figuring out what to do with them. Online peer-to-peer sales sites like EBay and Craigslist can offer a unique opportunity to earn some cash while making your trash someone else’s treasure, but they can be daunting for the newbie. Let’s compare all the options to see which would be a better fit for ease of transaction versus highest value for your sale. Gazelle ( Gazelle offers an easy trade-in for cash for most previous-generation electronics. Simply enter the information about your […]

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  • Save on Stuff You’re Already Buying

    Everyone loves to save money, but sorting through a mountain of coupons to save a couple bucks, or buying a truckload of something you don’t really need is a drag. Our resident Nerd Ryan Eldridge, Co-Founder of Nerds on Call says there’s a better way. He’s here with some websites and apps that can help you save money on the stuff you’re already buying.     No-Clip Coupons: RetailMeNot ( My wife uses this all the time at Kohls, Old Navy and Carters Thousands of stores – coupons or discount codes Online coupons ALWAYS check RetailMeNot before you check-out/pay Coupon […]

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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 ( has a lending library of over 45,000 e-books, […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections

    All Lenovo users need to be aware that the manufacturer was pre-installing an adware program, called Superfish, on new laptops up until January 2015. The program breaks secure connections to webpages, making your online activities – including passwords and any data you enter into a webpage – vulnerable to hackers. Here’s what you need to know and how to ditch that nasty software for good. Superfish tracking software is bloatware, installed by Lenovo to see where users go online in order to show you ads based on your online activity. The program scans for images on web pages that you […]

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  • Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide
    Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide

    Summer can be a real beast when it comes to your electronics.  Whether you and your Smartphone get pushed into the pool, you drop your tablet in the sand, or your iPod overheats in the car, here are some tips to cure your gadget’s summertime blues. Summer and water go together, but electronics and water?  That’s a no-win combination.  Assuming that you haven’t yet dropped your phone in the lake, prevention is unquestionably more effective than repair.  Consider investing in a waterproof case that can keep your mobile device safe from splashes and spills.  There are a bunch of great […]

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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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  • 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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  • Spring Clean Your Gadgets

    When one thinks of spring cleaning, it’s more likely your garage or closet that commands your attention than your earphones, keyboard and cell phone. Yet when it comes to germs and grime, it’s difficult to imagine anything else that you touch on a daily basis that gets more dirt and so little cleaning attention. If the ten-or-so sneezes I’m treated to each day are any indication, spring has sprung. So take a few moments to give your gadgets and accessories some sanitizing love this season. As I wipe baby drool and fingerprint smudges off my phone with the hem of […]

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