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Build Your Own Phone

Us Nerds have been building our own computers for years. For many of us it was the first thing we learned how to do: order the parts we wanted, read the instruction manuals, mess up the first time. So we’ve gotten used to being able to customize our computers. It’s been frustrating not being able […]

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 […]

Replace Windows XP for Cheap

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP has officially ended.  Those systems still running XP are vulnerable to hackers accessing data or being turned into a bot-net to spread viruses and malware.  Maintaining an up-to-date anti-virus software isn’t enough to keep a system running XP secure.  It’s time to ditch XP once and for all.  Luckily, there […]

Get Kids to Love Science and Technology

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re totally gadget crazy. From my cell phone when we’re out to dinner to the console game at home, I am lucky if I can pry the little devices out of their fingers. They also tend to be more technically savvy than me, relying upon their natural curiosities […]

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 […]

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 […]

Internet Addiction: Is it real?

I play World of Warcraft – a massive, multiplayer online role-playing game. My husband and I have friends that we enjoy playing with regularly, and sometimes spend a few hours at a time questing together and fighting imaginary monsters. A few months ago, I read an article about a guy in the UK who was […]

Fix or Replace Your Old Computer?

When I talk to customers about the work needed to fix their ailing computer they often ponder, “Should I just replace it?” Whether your “old reliable” isn’t so reliable any more, or you have your eye on a shiny new PC for the holidays, here’s how to determine if you should fix your old PC […]

Benefits of Reducing Screen Time

I’m a mom who lives a life surrounded by technology. I struggle every day with the desire to do the best for my kids (Crafting! Healthy meals! No TV!) juxtaposed against the demands of working, chores and straight up exhaustion: “how bad is a half hour of iPad games so I can dry my hair?” […]

NERDS ON CALL: DIGITAL DISCONNECT

NERDS ON CALL: DIGITAL DISCONNECT Kids are learning it from their parents California, (November, 2013) –We all struggle every day with the desire to do the best for our kids (Crafting! Healthy meals! Limited TV!) juxtaposed against the demands of working, chores and straight up exhaustion: “how bad is a half hour of iPad games so […]

Find Charity Online

The other day I was sitting in the Starbucks drive-through line. I pulled up to the window to pay and I was informed that the car in front of me had paid my bill. It was surprising how such a simple gesture made my day. There’s no quicker path to a warm fuzzy feeling than […]

Tech for Students

Tech for Students Reviewed The best in Technology for Education If you’re replacing an old, reliable PC that just isn’t cutting it anymore, or you’re outfitting your student with some computing power, the back to school season is a prime time to buy electronics. The wave of shoppers drives down prices as retailers compete for […]

Mac vs Windows

Mac vs Windows: The Blow-by-Blow The debate over which PC platform is best, Mac or Windows, has waged for years with both sides equally passionate about which OS reigns supreme. While there’s no single answer for every user, you can find a computer with the right characteristics to meet your computing needs. Here’s the low-down […]

Dropbox Announcement Promises Much

Dropbox Announcement: They’re “Replacing the Hard Drive” With the amount of devices that the average person works on, it can take a lot of effort to keep track of your files. I can’t count the number of times I’ve hunted for the latest version of a file on my phone, computer, or in the cloud. […]

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

Prevent Identity Theft and Protect Yourself The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. According to data compiled by Zone Alarm, maker of antivirus and firewall software, identity theft results in an average cost to victim of $4,841 and takes, on average, 33 hours to resolve. With […]

NERDS ON CALL: PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE In Five Easy Steps California, (July, 2013) – The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. According to data compiled by Zone Alarm, maker of antivirus and firewall software, identity theft […]

NERDS ON CALL: PARENTS BEWARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PARENTS BEWARE 71% of Teens Try to Hide Their Online Behavior California, (July, 2013) – According to a study commissioned by Internet Technology specialist McAfee, “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents,” more than half of teens […]

How Your Teen is Hiding Online

What your Teen is Hiding Online: Part 2 According to a study commissioned by Internet Technology specialist McAfee, “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents,” more than half of teens feel confident that they know how to hide what they do online and 71% have actually done something to […]

Teens Hiding Online: Study Reveals Shocking Data

What your Teen is Hiding Online: Part 1 A 2012 Teen Internet Behavior study commissioned by the security technology company, McAfee, reveals a surprising chasm between the number of teens hiding what they do on the Internet and parents who are confident that they’re in-the-know about their kids’ online activities. Perhaps most telling: 71% of […]

NERDS ON CALL: BEWARE OF ZEUS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BEWARE OF ZEUS Trojan Steals Access to Bank Accounts California, (June, 2013) – A nasty Trojan virus nicknamed Zeus has been spreading quickly through social media forums like Facebook and via links to fake webpages. Once a system is compromised, the virus lays […]

Learn About Two-Step Verification and Which Services Use It

Why Should You Use Two-Step Verification? A lot of online services have announced recently that they’re introducing two-step or two-factor verification for their users. It all started when Google implemented the security feature into their Google services, but what exactly is two-step verification? Two-step verification solves a very old problem with computer security. If a […]

NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW FROM SUMMER MAYHEM California, (June, 2013) – Summer is the season for computer mayhem. The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for your system’s health and welfare. Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably […]

Get the Best Home Theater Setup

The Best Home Theater Setup: Go from ‘Meh’ to Marvelous You spent a lot of money on your that big TV and surround sound, so you should just be able to plug it and watch, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. There are a lot of different factors that affect your home theater looks and […]

Choose a Monitor Part 3: Touch-Screen Monitors

Is the Touch-Screen Monitor Age Here? In this, the last of my three-part series on choosing the right computer monitor, we get to the fun part: touch-screen and 3-D technology. Is it worth paying more to get your hands on the newest technology? Touch-screen technology is everywhere — from mobile devices to kids’ toys. As […]

Nerds On Call Reviews Summer Travel Websites: Save Precious Vacation Time

Summer Travel Websites for Saving You Time Summer vacations hold a special appeal to me, harking back to the excitement heralded by the final bell on the last day of the school year, so many years ago.  But now that I’m grown up and have to do the leg-work to plan the trip, I’m often […]

Sharing a Computer: How to Live in Harmony

Sharing a Computer and Retaining your Sanity Sharing a computer can be tricky.  Whether it’s the kids vying for screen time or summer house guests looking to check their email, following some easy tips can save your sanity. First, create separate user accounts for each family member and one for “Guest.”  This allows each user […]

NERDS ON CALL: SHARING A COMPUTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SHARING A COMPUTER California, (May, 2013) – Sharing a computer can be tricky.  Whether it’s the kids vying for screen time or summer house guests looking to check their email, following some easy tips can save your sanity. First, create separate user accounts for […]

The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 2

While your monitor has a huge impact on your computing experience, the multitude of performance indicators can be confusing.  Last week I reviewed some of the primary factors that you should consider when shopping for a new display, including screen size, components effecting clarity and pairing with the right graphics card. If you missed it, […]

NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR California, (April, 2013) – Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a […]

The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 1

Choose a Computer Monitor to Fit Your Needs – Part 1 Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a package deal, or opt for the largest screen available within […]

Want to Control Privacy Online? Read this

Control Privacy Online With These Tips Typing your own name into Google may prove an eye-opening experience.  Even if your personal information isn’t easily accessible, your computer may be sharing information about your habits, preferences and activities that you’d prefer to remain private.  Here’s how to keep a lid on what your computer shares about […]

NERDS ON CALL: AUDIT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: AUDIT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY Keep a Lid on What Your Computer Shares California, (April, 2013) – Typing your own name into Google may prove an eye-opening experience.  Even if your personal information isn’t easily accessible, your computer may be sharing information about your […]

Spring Clean your Computer and Improve Boot Time

Improve Boot Time with Tips From Our Nerds One of the most common questions I get from customers, family and friends alike is how to improve system start up time.  When your system was new it probably felt like you were able to boot up and get working at record speed.  Over time, as you […]

Been Hacked? Here’s What to Do

So You Think You’ve Been Hacked – What to do next Headlines have been shouting out, that the FBI recently investigated a website which had obtained personal information of high-profile people, and posted it online. Their credit card and social security numbers were available for anyone to see. These numbers have been conned out of […]

Tired of Spotty Reception? Boost WiFi at Home

Boost Wifi Reception at Home with These Tips Wi-Fi makes connecting to the Internet seem like magic.  There’s a wonderful signal passing through the air that makes my phone work faster and unplugs my laptop from the cable – miraculous!  If you’re affected by slow speed or bad reception, however, staying connected can be a […]

Avoid Social Media Scams with These Tips

Stay Safe by Avoiding Social Media Scams From identity theft to fake contests to “send me money” scams, Facebook and Twitter are host to all manner of Internet criminals looking to swindle unsuspecting users out of money or information.  Don’t fall victim!  Here’s how to identify and avoid the most common social media ploys. Tug […]

Options for Computers for Seniors in Your Life

Computers for Seniors When you think “cutting edge technology,” you probably don’t think “senior citizens,” but recent advances in technology are aimed at making life easier for grandma and grandpa, as well as those that care for them.  These devices make it possible for the less tech-savvy to stay connected to friends and family and […]

PREVENT TECH INJURIES: ERGONOMICS FOR TECH USERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PREVENT TECH INJURIES Ergonomic Tips for Tech Users California, (February, 2013) – Whether it is an aching wrist from too much keyboard and mouse use or neck strain from looking down at your laptop or tablet screen, tech injuries typically result from repetitive […]

Catfishing Isn’t What it Used to be: Online Dating Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: “CATFISHING” NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE Protect Yourself with Online Dating Tips California, (February, 2013) – Many looking for a partner this Valentine’s Day will turn to social media or dating websites to make a potential love connection. If you’re wary about […]

New Facebook Privacy Settings: How to decipher

The New Facebook Privacy Settings and how they affect you It seems like every time Facebook makes a change to their privacy policies or security settings, someone throws a fit about how it reflects a reduction in personal privacy and how Facebook is eventually going to own your life. But the world’s most popular social […]

Catfishing Isn’t What it Used to be: Online Dating Safety

Protect Yourself While Online Dating Many looking for a partner this Valentine’s Day will turn to social media or dating websites to make a potential love connection.  If you’re wary about trying them, or you’ve been burned in the past, you’re right to be dubious.  Internet dating and romance scams, dubbed “catfishing,” are on the […]

Claim Parental Tablet Control Before It’s Too Late

Parental Tablet Control: What you need to know If the family computer has been getting a lot of miles on it lately – perhaps you have one or more youngster in the house clamoring for screen time – you may be in the market for a second PC to share the load.  Some parents may […]

Curtail Teen Computer Use

Teen Computer Use: Understanding and Managing Clearly, many teens and tweens spend a lot of time in front of their computers and texting on cell phones — and much of that time is spent social networking. But is it that all bad? Surveys show the answer to that question is… no. Common Sense Media in […]

Nerdy Women You Should Know

Top 5 Nerdy Women Today Most people think of goofy looking guys in horn rimmed glasses when they think of geeks, bloggers, or businesspeople, like the quintessential geek, Bill Gates.  These stereotypes completely embody a “nerd” persona in our mind’s eye, but rarely you think of a computer-savvy successful person as feminine – but that […]

Files Gone? Could be a Hidden Files Virus

Hidden Files Virus Hits Victims Hard Imagine starting up your system one fine morning only to discover that everything appears to be missing – your files, installed programs, even your Start menu shortcuts.  If you’re one of the many people who’ve recently become victims of the “Hidden Files Virus,” this scenario may be a painful […]

Speed up Windows – Software Alternatives

Looking to Speed Up Windows? Try these programs “My computer is so blazingly fast I can hardly keep up with it!” – said no one, ever. The complaint I hear voiced most often by people calling to have their computer serviced is that their system is sluggish, slow to boot up and unresponsive. While the […]

Great New Year’s Resolution Websites

Resolution Websites for the New Year Whether you’ve dreamed of making delicious meals like a professional chef or would like to become fluent in French, this is the year you’ve resolved to make it happen.  In the past, you would have had to enroll in a class at your local college, requiring that you accommodate […]

Use Amazon at Your best

Get the Best when you Use Amazon.com Whether you’re in the market for the latest hit movie, coffee, electronics, or even a drum set, Amazon.com has just about anything you can imagine buying online. In addition to massive selection, Amazon is known for its competitive pricing. Save even more time and money by taking advantage […]

Hidden Mac Features: Getting the most from your computer

How to Find the Best Hidden Mac Features Last week I explored some of the cool, less-well-known things your Windows PC can do and this week it’s Mac’s turn. If you’re ready to unleash your Mountain Lion, here are some under-utilized tools built into Mac OS X. Dictation and Text to Speech: Imagine how quickly […]

Before You Upgrade to Windows 8, Prepare your PC

Looking to Upgrade to Windows 8? Check this out first Windows 8 officially hit the market on Friday, October 26th. I haven’t waivered in my recommendation that you use caution when considering upgrading to such a drastically different Operating System, but if you’re eager to join the ranks of early adopters, here are some tips […]

Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone

Mobile Security for your Android Phone Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one under your tree this year, there’s something you likely haven’t put much thought towards: mobile […]

Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses

Computer Won’t Turn on Because of a Virus? Try This If you’ve ever had a virus that kept your system from booting at all, you know how infuriating it is. One mistake and your computer is now a very expensive brick. If you’ve never had this happen to you, consider yourself one of the lucky […]

Borrow eBooks: All of the Library, None of the Late Fees

Borrow eBooks Online Whether you read them on an e-reader, tablet, smartphone or your computer, e-books are growing increasingly popular, and with good reason. Instant download capability lets you get right into the newest bestseller, you can hoard thousands of books without having to build a library in your basement, and with a mobile handheld […]

Why You Need a Router

Firewall Router is Necessary While most of us have less than fond memories of dial-up Internet – gritting teeth through the high-pitched squeal while your computer connected, heading to the kitchen for a snack while you waited for a website to load – these days just about everyone uses a high speed Internet connection like […]

Video Editing for Beginners

Video Editing: How to Ours is a video generation. We grew up with parents shooting camcorder footage of every birthday and graduation, and most of us have hours of movie footage without any cohesive organization or engaging content. Any novice with a video camera can benefit from editing. If you’ve ever forced your friends and […]

Netiquette For The Digital Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Do’s and Don’ts Online California, (December, 2012) – As children we were taught that there are a few cornerstones to polite social interactions: don’t interrupt someone when they’re speaking, say please and thank you and always send a written thank you note. Yet in today’s […]

Windows 8 is Here! Now What?

Windows 8: A Simple How to Windows 8 is finally here. If you’ve been reading our recent articles, you know that it’s promised to change many things about how we use our computers. If you’re one of those who have decided to make the switch, there are a few things you should know before installing […]

Browser Extensions: Make Your Internet Browser More Awesome

Browser Extensions and Add-Ons When you first pulled your cell phone out of the box, you probably spent the next few hours making it uniquely yours. From selecting ring tones to choosing a photo or theme wallpaper, or downloading apps to make your Smartphone more productive or fun, the customization transformed it from “a phone” […]

Staying Safe on Google+

For those of us who have opted to use Google+, there are already a great many options such as circles that help keep your information where you want it. But here are a few tips on making sure you have complete control of your data.

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Secret Features in Windows 7 California, (October, 2012) -Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage […]

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

Secret Features in Windows 7 Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage of. Here are just a few of the more under-utilized tools that […]

Take Full Control of Your Facebook Account

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. California, (October, 2012) -When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity […]

Take Control of Your Facebook Account

Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity is yours. Before you know it, however, your news feed is clogged […]

Tips for Staying Safe on Twitter

A lot of us use the social blogging site Twitter every day. With that use comes the possibility that someone can get your personal information from you. We’ve assembled a few tips so that you can stay safe while using the website. The infographic below will walk you through the steps necessary to protect yourself […]

Should You Be Cloud Computing?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Hidden Benefits to Cloud Computing California, (September, 2012) – Using cloud services such as Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Amazon’s “Cloud Drive,” Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or SugarSync to store and/or backup your data has some clear advantages. Most notably: unlimited storage capability and the reliability of offsite […]

Should You Be Cloud Computing?

Hidden Benefits to Cloud Computing Using cloud services such as Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Amazon’s “Cloud Drive,” Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or SugarSync to store and/or backup your data has some clear advantages. Most notably: unlimited storage capability and the reliability of offsite redundant servers maintaining multiple mirror images of your data without having to invest […]

Resist Tech Distractions

Stay Focused: Tech Distractions Ever have one of those mornings at work where 10 o’clock rolls around and you wonder what you’ve been doing for the past two hours? Between “catching up” on your friends’ Facebook posts and maintaining the little farm game you downloaded to your phone, tech distractions abound and they can make […]

Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers California, (September, 2012) -Over the weekend of September 15, researchers discovered a large security hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The security hole is more pervasive than any previously discovered and affects the last four versions of the browser, […]

Should You Shutdown Your Computer or Leave It On All The Time?

When You Shutdown Your Computer, Can It Cause Problems? There are a number of myths floating around about what you should do with your computer when you’re not using it. Some say that you should always shut it down, while others claim that shutting down regularly will shorten the life of your computer. The fact […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 California, (August, 2012) – At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, UltraBooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality of Windows 8. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can […]

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Supplies Online vs. In-Store It’s pretty well-established that back-to-school is the best time to buy school and office supplies. To be more specific, the best prices are typically found either now (when retailers compete for your back-to-school dollars) or at the end of September (when stores get rid of their leftovers). Many […]

Back to School: Homework Help

Free Web Tools For Homework Help When I was in high school I kept meticulous notes. The piece de resistance in my collection of classroom organization was my prized weekly planner with calendar and task lists. At the end of every class I’d furiously scribble in my assignments and notes about what I needed to […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Is There a Best Time to Buy a New Computer? California, (August, 2012) -Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new models. When is the best time to buy a new computer or gadget? Unless you stay up on trending tech news, it’s […]

Living Without an Optical Drive

Are Optical Drives Necessary Anymore? This time of year, you may be contemplating adding a new laptop to your gadget family, whether it’s for back-to-school or to take advantage of the season’s sales. Thinner, lighter, super portable systems that remain high functioning (like Intel’s Ultrabooks (TM) and Apple’s Macbook Air) are all the rage, but […]

Small Business Networking: Buy This Not That!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget California, (July, 2012)– These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in […]

Data Backup Basics

Easy Steps to Get Started With Data Backup There are certain things we all know we should do: change the oil every 3,000 miles, choose different passwords for every online login, and back up our computers. Though I know better, I sometimes get to 5,000 miles before changing the oil, I can’t remember 500 different […]

Secret Benefits Of Video Games

Believe it or Not, Video Games Have Some Advantages Anyone who has looked up from their computer to discover that they just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft would like to believe that there is some redeeming value to playing video games. On August 3rd, PBS MediaShift published an article asserting that […]

Job Hunting Tips for Grads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Social media mistakes could cost jobs/promotions California, (June, 2012)– Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. Years past when entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and […]

What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

Slow Computer? Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

Is your computer slow? The best way to speed it up is to upgrade your RAM The term RAM is probably pretty familiar. You may know it as memory and that it affects the speed of your PC, laptop, or handheld electronics. But will upgrading and adding more RAM speed up a slow computer? The […]

How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Android or iPhone? These tips will work for both. Are you on Pinterest? How about Facebook or Google + or even Reddit? Now ask yourself what makes these sites so engaging and fun to participate in? That’s right—we’re addicted making and sharing photographs. Back in the olden days of the late 1990s it used to […]

Facebook’s Timeline? Take control now

I’ve been dragging my heels about adopting Timeline, the Facebook profile introduced in September. I haven’t wanted to accept that my comfy, familiar profile will soon be gone for good. But there’s no delaying anymore: Facebook announced last week that “over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline.” Instead of waiting for Timeline to […]

Travel tips: Easy prep to avoid a ruined trip

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (May, 2012)– Bags packed? Check. Gas in the car? Check. Tech ready? Probably not…  You may have a nifty waterproof case, but there’s more you can do to get the most out of your tech while you’re away from home.  Before you head out on […]

4 Secrets Online Job Hunting

How To: Online Job Hunting If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the Internet can be a key resource, albeit a daunting one. Spend time searching through Monster.com online job listings, and you may even argue that the Internet is counter-productive to your job hunt. However, a discussion paper written in […]

BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

I’m a big fan of technology making life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and Web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them vulnerable to crooks looking to steal personal information for financial gain. Trust your instincts […]

Computer Repair: What to buy now that can save you later

Computer repair savings, what to buy now, and what you can pass on. By: Andrea Eldridge CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company. You don’t have to buy the latest, top-of-the-line option every time you shop for technology. I know I risk being shunned by the nerd community for saying […]

Some tech tips for going more green for Earth Day

Do you find it odd that we dedicate full days, or weeks, to celebrate things like General Pulaski Memorial Day and National Dairy Goat Awareness Week? When I was younger, I viewed Earth Day in a similar fashion. Sure, I’d recycle bottles and cans, but only if it was convenient and I certainly wasn’t going […]

NERDS ON CALL: EARTH DAY

EASY RESOURCES SO YOU CAN FEEL GUILT FREE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April, 2012) – Do you find it odd that we dedicate full days, or weeks, to celebrate things like General Pulaski Memorial Day and National Dairy Goat Awareness Week? When younger did you view Earth Day in […]

How To Keep Teens Safe Behind The Wheel

Parents of teenage drivers inwardly struggle every time their child gets behind the wheel, hoping that their teen is “doing the right thing,” refraining from speeding and not driving distractedly. Statistics affirm that teens with involved parents are involved in fewer accidents and exhibit overall better driving. Driver’s education provides them with the rules of […]

Just Because It’s An Apple, Doesn’t Mean You Should Buy It.

To buy nor not to buy? I didn’t buy a 3rd generation iPad. There, I said it. Some people may suggest that it’s time to strip me of my “nerd” credentials, particularly when I admit that I’ve been underwhelmed by all the “new” Apple gadgets to hit the market in the last year. I intended […]

What Else Can A Google Search Do?

It’s simple to Google, but it’s not always easy to get it right. We’ve all been frustrated by typing something into the search bar, only to be bombarded with a bunch of junk: pages of search results, filled with Web links from questionable sources. Results that aren’t what you were looking for. Google is unquestionably […]

Blogging Project: How Anyone Can Start A Blog

      Blogging is no longer just for the online-savvy. It’s for anyone who wants to share a little bit of themselves with the world. When our son was born, my husband started a blog chronicling every little coo and giggle so our friends and family could share in the experience as he grew. […]

4 Things Everyone Should Read Before They Buy A New Printer

      By: Andrea Eldridge As ironic as it may seem coming from the girl who a few short months ago wrote an article about how to get by without a printer, the reality is that life is still easier if you have one around. In this two-part series we’ll review all you need […]

Yep, They’re Watching

You think the things that you do online are between you and your computer. Not so. Your cyber-privacy is constantly being chipped away: by your Internet provider, your cellphone carrier and lawmakers. Before you post to a social-media site or browse the Internet for that report you’re compiling on pedophiles, keep in mind how your […]

Yep, They’re Watching

      By: Andrea Eldridge You think the things that you do online are between you and your computer. Not so. Your cyber-privacy is constantly being chipped away: by your Internet provider, your cellphone carrier and lawmakers. Before you post to a social-media site or browse the Internet for that report you’re compiling on […]

Facebook Timeline Tips: Soon It Will be A Requirement

I’ve been dragging my heels about adopting Timeline, the Facebook profile introduced in September. I haven’t wanted to accept that my comfy, familiar profile will soon be gone for good. But there’s no delaying anymore: Facebook announced last week that “over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline.” Instead of waiting for Timeline to […]

New Facebook Timeline: Tips, FAQs and Need To Knows

By: Andrea Eldridge I’ve been dragging my heels about adopting Timeline, the Facebook profile introduced in September. I haven’t wanted to accept that my comfy, familiar profile will soon be gone for good. But there’s no delaying anymore: Facebook announced last week that “over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline.” Instead of waiting […]

How To Pick The Right Web Browser

Think of your web browser as your window into Internet, web pages and applications. Which browser should you choose, and what security measures should you take to protect your view? The most popular browsers are Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Internet Explorer — preinstalled on all Windows machines — used to […]

Question & Answer | Nerds On Call

    Q&A: These are real questions by real people. We figured if someone wanted to know enough to email us, maybe you’re out there secretly wondering the same thing.   Do I Need An Anti-Virus Program On My Kindle? Q: Is an anti-virus program necessary on a Kindle Fire tablet? A: The short answer […]

Do You Still Need A Printer?

      One of the more inefficient habits that I can’t seem to break myself of is stubbornly maintaining a paper trail in a digital world. I print confirmations of online purchases, email correspondence, even documents sent to me electronically. I can’t explain it. If pressed I readily admit that it’s unnecessary and less […]

A Guide to Clearing Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send it off, keep in […]

How To Clear Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send […]

Don’t Forget the Batteries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS: OFFER LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS REMINDERS. Calif. (December, 2011)– It’s 5:00am Christmas morning.  The kids are shaking all the presents under the tree, pleading, “Come on Dad, just one…PLLLEEEAAASSSEEE?”  A satisfied smile crosses your face as you anticipate their cute little faces when they see the […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas

      The other day someone mentioned to me, very casually, that they’d had their holiday shopping done since Halloween. What? How is that even possible? I scramble every year for at least one or two people who I still haven’t decided on and inevitably end up with some sad mug filled with stale […]

The 6 Best Gift Cards Gift Ideas

      Despite my best intentions to give personalized gifts to everyone on my holiday list, at least one or two people always end up with a gift card. Deep down I can’t shake the feeling that I’m calling it in. This year, I’ve resolved to consider gifting some great online services, a gift […]

Christmas Gifts For Guy With Almost Everything

      By: Andrea Eldridge. I’d wager that just about everyone has a video game lover on their holiday list this year. From the armchair commando hunting down fellow players on Xbox live to the dedicated World of Warcraft dwarf, gaming has become a recreation activity for at least one or two members of […]

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her.

One of the sweetest parts of giving a gift to someone you care about is that excited, “I love it!” response, especially when you know that it’s genuine. Sadly, it can be surprisingly elusive this time of year. With so many gadgets on your loved one’s must-have lists, how’s a holiday shopper to find the […]

My PC won’t turn on!

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a computer, the most flustering, is when the computer just doesn’t turn on at all. If you are having difficulty turning on your PC, there is one thing you can try before you call Nerds On Call. My PC won’t turn on, how can […]

Permissions not granted error

What is a “permissions not granted error” and what does it mean? Usually this error message is a networking problem. If you are on a public or shared computer, then a permissions not granted error means you are trying to do something that you aren’t allowed to access. This message could mean that you don’t […]

Google+ Saved The World From Facebook

  What’s the difference between Google+ and Facebook? Imagine you’re at a party. In attendance are friends, family, co-workers, celebrities, and maybe even a politician or two. As you mingle with the crowd, you selectively share information with certain groups of people. For example you’d only want your friends to hear, “I drank too much […]

5 Backyard gadgets for the 4th of July 2011

  The Fourth of July is almost here. This year, make the 4th of July a time to gather friends and family, aat lots of food, play with fire(works). Of course, Nerd Chicks are always looking for ways to add some sparkle to any get-together, and your backyard barbecue is no exception. Pick up one or two […]

5 Spring Cleaning Tips You’ve Overlooked.

So now that you’ve untangled the rats nest of wires, and you’re down to one remote, you look over at your keyboard and it looks like you’ve got a crumb factory EEK! Well DON’T put your keyboard in the dishwasher (like some suggest) use these neat tips and tricks to make your tech sparkling clean […]

Build Your Own Phone

Us Nerds have been building our own computers for years. For many of us it was the first thing we learned how to do: order the parts we wanted, read the instruction manuals, mess up the first time. So we’ve gotten used to being able to customize our computers. It’s been frustrating not being able […]

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 […]

Replace Windows XP for Cheap

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP has officially ended.  Those systems still running XP are vulnerable to hackers accessing data or being turned into a bot-net to spread viruses and malware.  Maintaining an up-to-date anti-virus software isn’t enough to keep a system running XP secure.  It’s time to ditch XP once and for all.  Luckily, there […]

Twitter Redesign Starts Rolling Out

The original and most-popular ‘microblogging’ site, Twitter, is getting its most significant redesign. While the site has remained much the same since its inception in 2006, this latest design is shifting towards a more ‘profile-friendly’ design. Online commenters have noted the similarity between its design and fellow social network Facebook’s. The most prominent change is […]

“Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet

Researchers today discovered a serious flaw in the security software that keeps two-thirds of the web private. The bug, called “heartbleed,” has been a part of the “OpenSSL” software for two years without being detected. A patch has been written and is being distributed, but web servers running the old version are still affected. Don’t […]

Apps for Children with Special Needs

For parents of children with special needs, it can be heartbreaking to feel that their child’s potential to communicate, learn, or participate in school activities is hindered by a disability. Touch-screen devices such as tablets can offer your children unique opportunities to learn and develop because they aren’t mired by such things as input devices […]

Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those […]

Get Kids to Love Science and Technology

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re totally gadget crazy. From my cell phone when we’re out to dinner to the console game at home, I am lucky if I can pry the little devices out of their fingers. They also tend to be more technically savvy than me, relying upon their natural curiosities […]

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 […]

The Nerd World of March 17: US Gives Up Internet Control, Google Goes Out, OneNote Goes Free

U.S. Relinquishes Internet Control The Internet has always been an American phenomenon. Since Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet for the US Military, the government has always had tight control over the structure of the web. However, they are starting to relinquish some of that control. The US Department of Commerce announced that it is giving […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Nerd World of February 14, 2014 – Jedis in Love, Sony Shutters PCs, Windows 8 Sales Disappointing

Facebook Valentine’s All week long, Facebook has been releasing their data on love. Through a series of posts on the Facebook Data page, the social network has compiled their statistics on their users’ romantic relationships. The posts range in topic from “Love and Religion” to “The Formation of Love.” The statistics include intriguing graphs, like […]

The Nerd World of February 13, 2014 – Cable Merger, Malware Targets Veterans, Facebook Expands Genders

Cable Companies Merge Two of the biggest cable companies merged today in a $45 billion deal. Comcast bought Time Warner Cable and its 11 million subscribers today. The two companies “do not compete in a single zip code in America,” according to Comcast executive VP David Cohen, amid monopoly allegations. Comcast Corporation is a part […]

The Nerd World of February 12, 2014 – iPhone 6 Leaks, Android on Windows, Chinese Moon Rover Dies

China’s Rover Dies on Moon China has been ramping up its space program in the last few years and plans to have a human on the moon the next decade. Those plans suffered a minor setback today when China lost contact with its rover on the moon named Jade Rabbit. The moon rover which has […]

The Nerd World of February 11, 2014 – Iron Man Suit, In-Flight Social, Twitter Redesign, and the Mask Virus

Iron Man Suit Nearing Testing The United States Military has been developing a suit of armor based on Iron Man’s. This is science, not fiction. The suit is described as a “Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit” and contains such functions as night vision, super-strength, and bulletproof armor. It also provides heat, water, and oxygen to […]

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 […]

The Nerd World of February 10, 2014 – Credit Card PINs, Nook, and Flappy Bird

Credit Cards to use PINs Traditional money is getting a little bit more security in the United States. The rest of the world uses a PIN-based system for credit card transactions, while the US is the last to use the signature-based method. Multiple credit card companies are setting an October 2015 date to phase out […]

The Nerd World of February 7, 2014 – Twitter Stock, NYPD, Bitcoin Theft, and Amazon

Twitter Stock Plummets Twitter is worth 18% less than it was yesterday. The microblogging platform today announced their first quarterly earnings report as a public company, declaring significant growth. But while the company’s financial worth has been increasing, their growth has been on a steady decline. Since this time last year, the company has seen […]

The Nerd World of February 6, 2014 – Videoconferencing, Audio Streaming, Bitcoin, and Car Hacking

Videoconferencing Made Easy Google today announced “Chromebox for Meetings,” which is a videoconferencing system for businesses. The device, which costs $999 is based on the recently-released Chromebox. The Chromebox is a small computer with the Android operating system. The “Chromebox for Meetings” includes a Chromebox as well as accessories. The accessories include a high-definition camera, […]

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, […]

The Nerd World of February 4, 2014 – Microsoft CEO, Facebook Turns 10, Beer Shot Down

New Microsoft CEO Microsoft today announced that Satya Nadella would be its next CEO. As CEO, Nadella says that he will focus on the mobile and cloud-based aspects of Microsoft, signaling that the company will be refocused on software and services, instead of devices. Nadella has been with the company for more than twenty years […]

The Nerd World of February 3, 2014

Better Than a Turn Signal Your car may soon be talking to to other cars. But don’t worry, it won’t break up with you. It will break less in general, actually, according to news from the Obama administration. Officials in Washington today said that they are considering a communication standard for vehicles. This communication standard […]

The Nerd World of January 30, 2014

Paper is Dead, Long Live Paper Facebook has been the go-to source for millions of people to find out what’s going on. According to a recent study, only 4% of Americans read a traditional newspaper regularly. Instead, we’re getting more of our content online. In order to predict and hopefully create that trend, Facebook today […]

The Nerd World of January 29, 2014

“How I lost my $50,000 Twitter Username” Naoki Hiroshima, a Twitter user, today revealed that he had been the victim of a hack that stole his his Twitter username. But this was no ordinary hack. Hiroshima was, until yesterday, the owner of the Twitter name @N. Because of its short length, he had received many […]

The Nerd World of January 28, 2014

The world of Nerds is full of exciting innovations, though not all of them deserve an article. Fact is, most things in the computer world are incremental: small advances build on top of each other. It’s hard to get a picture of what’s going on just by seeing that “oh, Google bought another company.” In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Internet Addiction: Is it real?

I play World of Warcraft – a massive, multiplayer online role-playing game. My husband and I have friends that we enjoy playing with regularly, and sometimes spend a few hours at a time questing together and fighting imaginary monsters. A few months ago, I read an article about a guy in the UK who was […]

Target Credit Card Breach

If you were one of the thousands packing Target stores on Black Friday or if you’ve shopped there since, you may be the victim of credit card theft. Target admitted Thursday in response to allegations that its data had been compromised. More than 40 million credit cards of Target shoppers have been accessed. As of […]

Last Minute Tech Gifts

Now that the deadline to have something shipped and arrive before Christmas has officially passed and the truly desperate are combing the malls, you may have resigned yourself to picking up some generic gift cards for the remaining recipients on your gift list. Oh contraire! Before you resort to the modern day equivalent of handing […]

Kindle: Matchbook & Mayday Button

My Christmas present to myself this year was a Kindle Fire HDX. I’ve had a traditional Kindle for years, but found myself abandoning it in favor of my iPhone because frankly I just love the touch screen. Call me lazy, but I just didn’t like tabbing through pages with the little buttons on the sides […]

Track Christmas Gifts Online

Instead of my usual December dash to check everyone off my holiday shopping list, this year I accumulated gifts throughout the year. When I saw something perfect for my mom I grabbed it and tucked it away to wrap later. While I was feeling proud of myself for not procrastinating, I discovered an unfortunate side […]

Live Online Help Resources

The Internet provides a wealth of resources to find information, but sometimes you need a little one-on-one assistance for a specific question. Launched in November, Google Helpouts joins a host of online resources, including Just Answer, and eHow Now, that connect people who have questions to experts in a multitude of fields. Here’s how to […]

Sites to Make Santa Real

When I was a kid, Santa visited our neighbor’s house every Christmas Eve, at midnight, to deliver presents. He hopped down off the roof with a big red bag and a “ho-ho-ho!” and walked into their living room to the squeals of delight from the waiting children. Every year, we tried hard to stay up […]

Fix or Replace Your Old Computer?

When I talk to customers about the work needed to fix their ailing computer they often ponder, “Should I just replace it?” Whether your “old reliable” isn’t so reliable any more, or you have your eye on a shiny new PC for the holidays, here’s how to determine if you should fix your old PC […]

CryptoLocker Ransomware

There’s a new and nasty “ransomware” virus called CryptoLocker sweeping the web, taking computers hostage and demanding that users pay an exorbitant “ransom” to get their data back. Here’s what you need to know to avoid becoming a victim of this malicious software. Ransomware is the term adopted by those in the tech industry to […]

What is Bitcoin?

New digital currency called “legitimate” by SEC – but what is it? Yesterday the Securities Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice declared bitcoins a “legal means of exchange.” But what exactly are bitcoins? They’re a nerdy new type of currency that has a lot in common with gold, except for one important detail: they’re […]

Use Christmas Wishlists

Every year, our Christmas gift giving goes something like this. My sister sends out an email to a small handful of family members with a list of all the things her family wants. Then I send out a similar list, to a different handful of people regarding our family. Mom does the same. You already […]

Avoid Online Scams

As the holiday shopping season gains momentum, those looking to swindle online shoppers get creative in their attempts to lure victims. I consulted with Scambook (www.scambook.com), an online complaint resolution website, about the top scams from last holiday season – they’re likely to appear again either in the same form or with slight variations – […]

Benefits of Reducing Screen Time

I’m a mom who lives a life surrounded by technology. I struggle every day with the desire to do the best for my kids (Crafting! Healthy meals! No TV!) juxtaposed against the demands of working, chores and straight up exhaustion: “how bad is a half hour of iPad games so I can dry my hair?” […]

Smartphone Fingerprint Security

Apple’s iPhone 5S includes fingerprint scanning technology called Touch ID to unlock the phone and make purchases in iTunes. Some are calling it the key to the future of your Smartphone – a more secure way to authenticate mobile transactions and protect your data from theft if your phone is lost or stolen. Others are […]

Tablets in School

All across the country, “1:1 technology programs” that aim to get a mobile computing device in the hands of every student are gaining popularity among educators. Schools are spending educational resource dollars to acquire tablets for students to use for classwork, homework and educational games. In early 2013, schools in Los Angeles allocated $50 million […]

Spot Fake Online Reviews

Online reviews can be a great tool to help find a hotel for your next trip, a reputable handy man or the best coffeemaker around. On our last trip to San Francisco, we ate our way from one delicious restaurant to the next, all with the assistance of kindly Yelp reviewers. Unfortunately, there are some […]

Which Browser is Best?

Pop quiz: what browser do you use to access the Internet? If you’re like many computer users, you may have answered “Google,” or “Yahoo,” but while the company Google does have a browser (Chrome), Google and Yahoo are search engines. A browser is the piece of software on your computer that you use to navigate […]

Smartwatches Reviewed

Samsung’s commercials for their new Galaxy Gear “Smart Watch” (www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/, $299) tell us that the future is here.  After growing up watching Captain Kirk and the Knight Rider talk into their tiny, wristwatch communicators, the day has finally arrived where you too can have a mini phone on your wrist… well, sort of. Here’s what […]

Social Ads

A few months ago, I noticed a curious phenomenon on Facebook. Suddenly it seemed like my friends were posting ads for companies like Starbucks, Walmart and Tide in my newsfeed. “That’s weird,” I thought, “Why would Jennifer post an ad for Tide? Does she want everyone to know how much she loves clean sheets?” It […]

Make a Personal Website

From promoting your small business to getting yourself noticed by a potential employer, having your own website can allow you to better control the information, stories and images attached to your online persona. Yet the task of creating a website from scratch seems daunting, leaving many believing that a personal webpage is out of their […]

Can Minors Remove Content Online?

It’s nearly impossible to impress on children the permanence of things they share online through social media, emails or via text. Once they click “send,” that text message, photo or video is out there, available for sharing, forwarding and re-posting by anyone who gets ahold of it. A recent law passed last month in California […]

Chromecast Review

There are bevy of devices on the market aimed to allow you to stream content from the Internet to your TV, most notably Roku and Apple TV set-top boxes. Google has officially entered the fray with their $35 Chromecast device (www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast), leaving many to ponder how it’s different and whether it can serve their streaming […]

Chromebook 11 Announced

Google added to its collection of “Chromebooks” yesterday, with their announcement of the HP Chromebook 11. If you haven’t been following the search engine giant’s every move, they’ve already produced four Chromebooks and announced another three, including today’s 11-inch mini-laptop. The Chromebook 11 is produced by HP, like the HP Pavillion Chromebook and the upcoming […]

Best App Sequels

From Mario Brothers to World of Warcraft, I’ve tackled my fair share of games in my day. It tickles me that now I can play a game on my hand-held device from anywhere, whether I am early for an appointment or waiting to pick up the kids from school. A few of my favorites have […]

iOS 7 Reviewed

Last week Apple released iOS 7, an update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, the iPad 2 and later versions, and the iPad mini, millions will be seeing iOS 7 in […]

Clean up Your Email

I established my Yahoo email account many years ago. In those days, email was something to look forward to, usually a nice correspondence with a friend or family member. Boy have times changed. My account now receives upwards of 500 spam messages weekly, and most of the messages I receive are certainly not from family […]

New Surface Tablets from Microsoft

When Microsoft first unveiled their new Surface tablets last year, they were received with middling reviews, especially the lower-end Surface RT. Less than a year after the original release, Microsoft has already announced the next generation of Surface tablets. The “RT” designation has been dropped and the new tablets are now the Surface 2 and […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 3

It’s been almost a month since I made the switch to Windows 8, and my feelings are mixed. Here are some of the things that, so far, I like and others that I’d like to ditch. Windows 8’s integration with touch screen devices is undeniably cool. Being able to touch to launch an app, slide […]

Apps That Pay You Back

My four year old has a serious case of the “gimmes.” From every toy his friends have to things on the shelf in the store, just about everything elicits a “can I have that?” from his early consumer mouth. This has led to many discussions about how “money doesn’t grow on trees,” and “you can’t […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 2

Last week my foray into Windows 8 began in earnest. I discovered that I like the look of Metro with its apps displayed as “tiles,” though I’m withholding judgment on its user-friendliness. I also learned that I will need to get used to clicking on the corners of the screen to navigate between applications and […]

Find Charity Online

The other day I was sitting in the Starbucks drive-through line. I pulled up to the window to pay and I was informed that the car in front of me had paid my bill. It was surprising how such a simple gesture made my day. There’s no quicker path to a warm fuzzy feeling than […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 1

Despite my tech-writer status, I’ve held out against moving to Windows 8. I am strongly in favor of productivity and I find that learning an entirely new layout and way of getting around in my PC tends to hinder my ability to get things done. And yet, my trusty Windows 7 laptop has seen better […]

Internet.org – Universal Internet Access

If you’re reading this article, you’re in a minority of two billion: people with internet access. While it seems like nearly everyone has access to the internet, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to make sure that everyone does. Zuckerberg announced recently the launch of Internet.org, “a global partnership with the goal of making internet access […]

Back to School Apps

While I’ve consistently proclaimed that no student needs a tablet or Smartphone to succeed, handheld internet-enabled gadgets can serve a purpose. From downloading textbooks to syncing notes and reference materials, there are some amazing tools for studying, research and organization. I wish that I’d had them when schlepping back and forth to class oh-so-many years […]

Choose a Tablet – Part 2

Tablets are growing in popularity. Lightweight, ultra-portable and with a user-friendly and immersive touch-screen, it’s no wonder that more and more people are wondering if a tablet could replace their PC. Last week, I started to answer a reader’s inquiry about choosing a tablet for email, Internet, Facebook and reading books and magazines. This week, […]

Save Money on Tech

If there’s one thing we Nerds learn early it’s that technology doesn’t come cheap. Even after you shell out the dough for the computer, home theater set up or mobile device, you have to pay for Internet, data plans, and tons of monthly subscription fees to keep the toys buzzing and clicking. This week, I’ll […]

Choose a Tablet – Part 1

Last week, Christina P. sent me a great question about how to choose a tablet and what they do, an inquiry I receive regularly so I thought I’d share my reply in this two-part series: I am considering a tablet for Internet, Facebook and reading – books and magazines, but I don’t even own a smart […]

Nextdoor – Facebook for Neighborhoods?

If you live in a Nerdy Neighborhood, you might want to check out the newest web service that’s making a buzz. It’s called “Nextdoor,” and it’s a social network for neighborhoods. Users can advertise garage sales, post community messages, and connect with others in their area. It’s been described as a “Craigslist and LinkedIn hybrid.” […]

Mac vs Windows Part 2

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Best Online Tutoring Resources for 2013

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Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jellybean Announced

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Repair your Online Reputation

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Geocaching: Use your GPS to Find a Buried Treasure The game is afoot. You’re getting closer to the treasure, you can feel it. “It’s supposed to be right here,” you say, “the location is marked on my GPS!” You move a rock leaning up against a nearby tree, and suddenly there it is, the cache […]

iPhone Electrocution: Shocking News

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Easy Ways to Increase Laptop Lifespan

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Android Vulnerability Patched Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, installed on three quarter of a billion devices. Having a master key to all of those would give a hacker near-total control in the mobile world. Fortunately, this doomsday scenario has been narrowly avoided. Bluebox Labs, a computer security company, recently […]

Can Facebook Give Me a Virus?

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Dropbox Announcement Promises Much

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Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 Preview: Fixes Windows 8 Frustrations

Windows 8.1 Preview Announced Microsoft kicked off their build conference for developers this week. During the keynote speech, they announced the release of the preview version of Windows 8.1, the next version of their flagship Windows 8 operating system.  Windows 8 has suffered its share of complaints, and Microsoft aims to fix many of the […]

Teens Hiding Online: Study Reveals Shocking Data

What your Teen is Hiding Online: Part 1 A 2012 Teen Internet Behavior study commissioned by the security technology company, McAfee, reveals a surprising chasm between the number of teens hiding what they do on the Internet and parents who are confident that they’re in-the-know about their kids’ online activities. Perhaps most telling: 71% of […]

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Big Developments for Apple at WWDC 2013

Apple WWDC 2013 Makes Big Changes On June 10, 2013, Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. The event serves as a forum for Apple to announce upcoming product releases and innovations so that developers can begin to create supporting applications and hardware. It has become a reveal party for […]

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Mobile Malware Explodes in 2013

The numbers are out: McAfee‘s report on viruses in the first quarter of the year shows mobile malware, which exploded last year, is showing no signs of stopping. Smartphones, which just recently outnumbered “dumb phones” worldwide are increasingly becoming the targets of the same sorts of viruses and malware that we’ve worried about on our […]

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Find the Best Tech Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day Father’s Day, aka “Dad Appreciation Day,” is rapidly approaching and there are some great online resources that can help you to show dad (or help the kiddos show their main man) that he’s one of a kind. Before you pick up another tie or coffee […]

Job Hunting after Graduation: Manage your Online Reputation

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Learn About Two-Step Verification and Which Services Use It

Why Should You Use Two-Step Verification? A lot of online services have announced recently that they’re introducing two-step or two-factor verification for their users. It all started when Google implemented the security feature into their Google services, but what exactly is two-step verification? Two-step verification solves a very old problem with computer security. If a […]

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The Bing vs Google Challenge When it comes to searching the net, Google is the far and away market leader.  In the U.S., Google captures an average of 67% of monthly queries with the runner-up, Microsoft’s Bing, accounting for just about 17%.  Microsoft wants to change the public’s searching habits with their “Bing It On” […]

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Summer Computer Protection From the Kids Summer is the season for computer mayhem.  The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for you system’s health and welfare.  Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably find a million add-ons, applications and potentially shifty files to download onto your system while you’re at […]

Nerds On Call: Complaints about Windows 8 lead Microsoft to Deploy Fixes

Nerds On Call: Complaints about Windows 8 lead Microsoft to Deploy Fixes If you’ve used Windows 8 yet, chances are you have your fair share of frustrations with the operating system. Perhaps it’s the lack of the start button, the way that snapping works, or otherwise it’s just too confusing. In a welcome move, the […]

Get the Best Home Theater Setup

The Best Home Theater Setup: Go from ‘Meh’ to Marvelous You spent a lot of money on your that big TV and surround sound, so you should just be able to plug it and watch, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. There are a lot of different factors that affect your home theater looks and […]

Cyber Attacks Increasing Around the World

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Don’t Trash it: Use a Monitor to Watch TV

Anyone with a monitor in their closet gathering dust has probably thought the same thing: “Why can’t I just use this to watch TV?”  You can!  As more people transition to mobile devices or upgrade their screen when replacing their PC, there are decent monitors taking up room in storage cabinets everywhere.  Before you retire […]

The Next Xbox: Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox One Introduces Impressive Technology Microsoft today announced the release of the newest version of the flagship video game console, the Xbox. The new version is christened the Xbox One, and it boasts the usual regimen of hardware upgrades along with a fair measure of new features that send the game back to their […]

Get the Most out of Travel Booking Websites

Tips for Using Travel Booking Websites Hopefully you’ve set aside time this summer for a nice vacation in between summer school and the kids’ band camp.  Many of us have already started perusing various travel sites, on the lookout for the perfect get-away.  How do you know you’re getting the best deal on the vacation […]

Choose a Monitor Part 3: Touch-Screen Monitors

Is the Touch-Screen Monitor Age Here? In this, the last of my three-part series on choosing the right computer monitor, we get to the fun part: touch-screen and 3-D technology. Is it worth paying more to get your hands on the newest technology? Touch-screen technology is everywhere — from mobile devices to kids’ toys. As […]

Google IO Conference Keynote Rolls out Amazing New Features

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Nerds On Call Reviews Summer Travel Websites: Save Precious Vacation Time

Summer Travel Websites for Saving You Time Summer vacations hold a special appeal to me, harking back to the excitement heralded by the final bell on the last day of the school year, so many years ago.  But now that I’m grown up and have to do the leg-work to plan the trip, I’m often […]

Sharing a Computer: How to Live in Harmony

Sharing a Computer and Retaining your Sanity Sharing a computer can be tricky.  Whether it’s the kids vying for screen time or summer house guests looking to check their email, following some easy tips can save your sanity. First, create separate user accounts for each family member and one for “Guest.”  This allows each user […]

Cyberbullying Infographic: The Facts & Statistics About Online Bullying

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Helping Mom Out With Mother’s Day Tech

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The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 2

While your monitor has a huge impact on your computing experience, the multitude of performance indicators can be confusing.  Last week I reviewed some of the primary factors that you should consider when shopping for a new display, including screen size, components effecting clarity and pairing with the right graphics card. If you missed it, […]

Facebook Home Initially Disappointing; Will Evolve

Facebook Home In Early Stages Facebook recently released a new kind of app called Facebook Home, and the reviews are lackluster so far. But if the tech giant’s history proves to be any indicator of long-term success, this is just the beginning of a long relationship with the software. Facebook Home, launched April 12, 2013, […]

Smart Mobile Games for Kids to Download

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The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 1

Choose a Computer Monitor to Fit Your Needs – Part 1 Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a package deal, or opt for the largest screen available within […]

Smartphone Driving Apps

Smartphone Driving Apps – The Best Out There You certainly shouldn’t ever use your phone to text while you’re driving, and making calls is possible with Bluetooth but risky. However, there’s no reason to turn off your Smartphone all the way while you’re driving. USA Today reports on a few apps that make using a […]

Make Money Online… No, Really

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Facts about Google Fiber

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Teen Facebook Usage Declining

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Facebook Account Hacked? Don’t Panic.

Facebook Account Hacked? Fix it now! Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” knows that social media sites are prime targets for spam and data mining.  What do you do […]

Read the Facts about Facebook Bullying

Some Facts about Facebook Bullying and Social Network Abuse Cyberbullying is a topic on the minds of most parents with Internet-using youngsters.  That’s just about all parents, by the way – 95% of all teens age 12-17 are now online.  But online harassment doesn’t just affect kids and teens.  A recent study in the UK […]

Want to Control Privacy Online? Read this

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Spring Clean your Computer and Improve Boot Time

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Windows Blue Details – What to expect

Windows Blue – Big Changes to 8 Ahead? If you’re using Windows 8, you’re about to get a big upgrade. In June, Microsoft will roll out some big changes (Windows Blue) to their operating system that will significantly help the user. While it’s not available for download yet, a development version was leaked on the […]

About Facebook Home – The Next Big Thing

All About Facebook Home Facebook has taken one of the requisite steps to becoming an established software company – their first into the world of hardware. While it isn’t the Facebook phone that had been rumored for a few months, it’s close. It’s called “Facebook Home” and it’s a piece of software that comes on […]

New Game Console Launching in June

Gamers Listen Up – New Game Console “OUYA” Launches June 4th There’s a new kind of video game platform coming out, and you guessed it – we Nerds are excited about it. This isn’t just any old Xbox or Playstation though – it’s something completely different, and it’s making as much as possible free. This […]

Looking for a Weather Site? Try Forecast.io

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Maintain Public WiFi Safety: Some tips

Tips for Public WiFi Safety It seems every shop and gathering place proclaims “Free WiFi,” but is it safe to check your email at the airport, library or McDonalds?  There are risks to accessing private data while connected to an unsecured, community network.  Here’s how to surf safely when you’re on public WiFi. When you […]

For April Fools’: Best of the Web

April Fools Online: Best Online Tech Spoofs Last year, I completely forgot about April Fool’s Day until I was listening to a news story on the radio and thought, “That’s odd.  Is that really true?”  Two seconds later, I remembered “Oh, that’s right, it’s April Fools!” The big day is right around the corner.  Love […]

Google Keep Launches, Offers Tough Competition to Evernote

Google Keep – A Preview of “Keep What You Are Thinking” In its carefully-plotted quest to take over the entire internet, Google yesterday released their “Keep” service. It had been previously rumored and “accidentally leaked” a short while beforehand, but now that it’s out, how good of a job does it do at what it […]

Options on the Internet for Kids

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Wireless Security UPDATE: Reaver

A New Program Thwarts Wireless Security: UPDATE In December we posted this article, reposted here so to jog your memory: Having wireless internet access is awesome, especially with how many devices these days use the technology. And with proper network security, we can be sure that al our data is safe from intrusion…as long as […]

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Companies Announce Streaming Television Options

Future of Television:  Pay-Per-View – Personalized Streaming Television Since the advent of streaming video, consumers have been presented with a few options: either they can watch a limited number of shows for free on the internet, pay for video rentals of TV shows after they’ve aired, or pay for an expensive cable/satellite bill that includes […]

Been Hacked? Here’s What to Do

So You Think You’ve Been Hacked – What to do next Headlines have been shouting out, that the FBI recently investigated a website which had obtained personal information of high-profile people, and posted it online. Their credit card and social security numbers were available for anyone to see. These numbers have been conned out of […]

Tired of Spotty Reception? Boost WiFi at Home

Boost Wifi Reception at Home with These Tips Wi-Fi makes connecting to the Internet seem like magic.  There’s a wonderful signal passing through the air that makes my phone work faster and unplugs my laptop from the cable – miraculous!  If you’re affected by slow speed or bad reception, however, staying connected can be a […]

Avoid Social Media Scams with These Tips

Stay Safe by Avoiding Social Media Scams From identity theft to fake contests to “send me money” scams, Facebook and Twitter are host to all manner of Internet criminals looking to swindle unsuspecting users out of money or information.  Don’t fall victim!  Here’s how to identify and avoid the most common social media ploys. Tug […]

Options for Computers for Seniors in Your Life

Computers for Seniors When you think “cutting edge technology,” you probably don’t think “senior citizens,” but recent advances in technology are aimed at making life easier for grandma and grandpa, as well as those that care for them.  These devices make it possible for the less tech-savvy to stay connected to friends and family and […]

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Program Begins

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Updated Facebook Newsfeed Coming

Facebook Newsfeed gets Facelift Facebook users will be seeing a significant number of changes coming from the familiar blue-and-white website in the near future. In a press conference today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that they would be rolling out some dramatic alterations to the website’s layout. The new layout will come in the form of a […]

Get Turn-by-Turn Navigation in your Car

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Rumors of Youtube Streaming Music Service Surface

Youtube Streaming Music Service to Come Soon? There’s already a host of streaming music services available, like Spotify or Pandora, but soon there may be another, created by the most powerful company in the world. Fortune reported today that “Youtube…will launch a subscription music service later this year.” This information was provided to Forbes by […]

In-Home Computers for Everyone Part 2

Protecting Your Home With In-Home Computers As criminals become more sophisticated in their abilities to attack our homes with technology, we need our home security to be smarter too.  While traditional house alarms are fine for basic security, Smart Home automation systems integrate with video and online monitoring.  Check up on your house live on […]

Speed Up Boot Time on Your Computer

Speed Up Boot Time with These Tips My system takes FOREVER to start up.  Is there any way to make it boot up faster? Fully powering off your computer when you’re done using it for the day is a good practice to save energy and reduce hardware degradation.  However, it can make getting to work […]

Find the Best Tech Deals with These Tips

Find the Best Tech Deals Around Top Money Saving Tips There’s no denying that indulging a love of electronics can get pricey.  Here are a few tips to ensure that you don’t overpay for technology. Don’t pay more for “high end” cables/connectors: It may come as a surprise that part of your TV, home theater […]

Your Common Computer Questions Answered by a Nerd

Common Computer Questions: Q&A With a Nerd Every week I receive questions from readers – anything from what wireless mouse I would recommend to how to edit cell phone videos.  Here are a few of the most common queries: Q: Do I need an anti-virus program on my tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc.)? A: […]

In-Home Computers for Everyone

Your House Too, Can Have In-Home Computers The home of the future shall be one of seamless, intuitive automation – a home that anticipates the needs of its occupants while saving energy and keeping out predators. It has been promised since my first childhood trip to Disney’s EPCOT Center (more years ago than I care […]

Catfishing Isn’t What it Used to be: Online Dating Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: “CATFISHING” NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE Protect Yourself with Online Dating Tips California, (February, 2013) – Many looking for a partner this Valentine’s Day will turn to social media or dating websites to make a potential love connection. If you’re wary about […]

Nerdy Valentines Day Gifts

Nerdy Valentines: What to Buy If your beloved is more envious of gadgets than chocolates, there are many ways to show him or her how much you care with a gift of technology this Valentine’s Day.  You don’t need to break the bank, either.  The secret to an unforgettable token of your affection is to […]

New Facebook Privacy Settings: How to decipher

The New Facebook Privacy Settings and how they affect you It seems like every time Facebook makes a change to their privacy policies or security settings, someone throws a fit about how it reflects a reduction in personal privacy and how Facebook is eventually going to own your life. But the world’s most popular social […]

Future Tech Debuts at CES 2013

CES 2013: Future Tech In recent articles I’ve explored some of the new technology that was previewed at this year’s CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.  The products I’ve highlighted so far are all “in the works,” most of which will be available to the consumer within the year.  However, CES is also a platform for […]

Catfishing Isn’t What it Used to be: Online Dating Safety

Protect Yourself While Online Dating Many looking for a partner this Valentine’s Day will turn to social media or dating websites to make a potential love connection.  If you’re wary about trying them, or you’ve been burned in the past, you’re right to be dubious.  Internet dating and romance scams, dubbed “catfishing,” are on the […]

Watch out! Top Tech Scams of 2012

Tech Scams that Hit Hard in 2012 Social media, online databases and our “connected” lifestyle has made it easier than ever for criminals to use technology to steal identities, money, and data from unsuspecting users.  Here are some of the most prevalent technology scams of 2012, so you don’t fall victim to these tricky ploys. […]

New Router Vulnerability Surfaces

Router Vulnerability Leaves Many Unprotected Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Computer Emergency Readiness Team” issued a statement stating that a feature available on almost every router had been discovered to have a security vulnerability. But don’t worry just yet. While the vulnerability is widespread, it is not particularly serious, and this particular feature […]

Nerds On Call Reviews Blackberry 10

Nerds On Call Reviews BlackBerry 10: Back from the brink? The BlackBerry used to be the undisputed queen of mobile computing. In the days when “smartphone” wasn’t even in the culture’s lexicon, a little company named Research in Motion developed the BlackBerry, a device which could manage your email on a phone, unheard of in […]

Claim Parental Tablet Control Before It’s Too Late

Parental Tablet Control: What you need to know If the family computer has been getting a lot of miles on it lately – perhaps you have one or more youngster in the house clamoring for screen time – you may be in the market for a second PC to share the load.  Some parents may […]

Facebook Graph Search Begins Testing

Facebook Graph Search: A new era of search? Facebook has its sleeves rolled up and it’s off to work on something new. Don’t worry though; this change won’t come in the form of yet another visual redesign of the site. It’s something much more subtle, and with luck much more significant. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder […]

CES 2013 Part 2

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2013 Part II There were many exciting product announcements and prototypes demoed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but few so plentiful as next generation gaming innovations.  Whether you dedicate a large part of your free time video game playing or are simply intrigued by the potential uses of virtual reality […]

Bits Vs Bytes Explained

Bits vs Bytes: What’s the Difference? If you’ve ever shopped for internet packages or tried to buy storage, you’ve run into the bit/byte issue before – and you may not even have known it. It’s a concept that everyone who uses computer should at least familiarize themselves with. After all, it’s like not knowing the […]

Curtail Teen Computer Use

Teen Computer Use: Understanding and Managing Clearly, many teens and tweens spend a lot of time in front of their computers and texting on cell phones — and much of that time is spent social networking. But is it that all bad? Surveys show the answer to that question is… no. Common Sense Media in […]

Selling or Donating Old Computers: How To

What’s the Best way to Go About Selling or Donating Old Computers? Once you’ve set up that brand new shiny PC or laptop, it’s time to ditch the old clunker taking up coveted space under your desk. Before you sell or donate your old PC, however,ensure that the information you stored on it doesn’t fall […]

Pay by Phone: Next big thing?

Take the Next Step and Pay by Phone? If you’ve noticed offers at your gas station or grocery store to “pay with your phone,” you’ve seen what many claim is the future of how we’ll pay for goods and services: Near Field Communication, or NFC.  Whether you relish the idea of ditching your wallet in […]

Java Virus Vulnerability Discovered

NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes as you’re clicking on it, sometimes later, you realize it’s probably a virus. […]

Health Websites to Keep you to your Resolution

Trying to Keep your Resolution? Try these Health Websites Now that 2012 is nearing its close (and we all made it through that “end-of-days” Mayan calendar thing), the dawning of 2013 heralds a new opportunity to make those life changes you shelved over the busy holiday season.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore ways […]

Great Pinterest Style Boards to Inspire You

Pinterest Style Boards for Inspiration Pinterest is all about what impassions you. That makes picking a few top boards about style incredibly tricky. Here are some beautiful choices that offer a glimpse into some very stylish people’s lives and loves. Polyvore: For anyone who has ever stood in a clothing store pondering an adorable top […]

Nerdy Women You Should Know

Top 5 Nerdy Women Today Most people think of goofy looking guys in horn rimmed glasses when they think of geeks, bloggers, or businesspeople, like the quintessential geek, Bill Gates.  These stereotypes completely embody a “nerd” persona in our mind’s eye, but rarely you think of a computer-savvy successful person as feminine – but that […]

Daily Dose of Funny Websites

Funny Websites to Brighten your Day When I was working in an office, the latest joke email circulating was always there to give me a chuckle and brighten my day.  Nowadays, my LOLs come from many places and social media makes it easier to share the laughs with friends and family.  There are lots of […]

A Tour of CES 2013 Part 1

What Cool Stuff is Showing up at CES 2013? Every year, tech enthusiasts and future-focused consumers alike converge on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.  From the innovative to the downright wacky, it’s a platform to showcase the newest tech gadgets and get a preview of what electronics will be capable of in the […]

Files Gone? Could be a Hidden Files Virus

Hidden Files Virus Hits Victims Hard Imagine starting up your system one fine morning only to discover that everything appears to be missing – your files, installed programs, even your Start menu shortcuts.  If you’re one of the many people who’ve recently become victims of the “Hidden Files Virus,” this scenario may be a painful […]

Speed up Windows – Software Alternatives

Looking to Speed Up Windows? Try these programs “My computer is so blazingly fast I can hardly keep up with it!” – said no one, ever. The complaint I hear voiced most often by people calling to have their computer serviced is that their system is sluggish, slow to boot up and unresponsive. While the […]

Great New Year’s Resolution Websites

Resolution Websites for the New Year Whether you’ve dreamed of making delicious meals like a professional chef or would like to become fluent in French, this is the year you’ve resolved to make it happen.  In the past, you would have had to enroll in a class at your local college, requiring that you accommodate […]

What is Siri, Really?

What is Siri? An Explanation Apple made headlines in December when it introduced Siri with the latest iteration of their iPhone, the 4S. Siri has been billed as an “intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done by just asking.” It’s a new feature to the phone and coming to the iPad that allows […]

Antivirus Problems: Overzealous Scanning

How to Deal with Antivirus Problems Whether you’re a Nerd who’s adept at surfing the web, or an amateur who has yet to learn the ins and outs of it, a virus scanner is one of the most critical parts of your computer. If you don’t have a virus scanner, you should probably stop reading […]

Use Amazon at Your best

Get the Best when you Use Amazon.com Whether you’re in the market for the latest hit movie, coffee, electronics, or even a drum set, Amazon.com has just about anything you can imagine buying online. In addition to massive selection, Amazon is known for its competitive pricing. Save even more time and money by taking advantage […]

Hidden Mac Features: Getting the most from your computer

How to Find the Best Hidden Mac Features Last week I explored some of the cool, less-well-known things your Windows PC can do and this week it’s Mac’s turn. If you’re ready to unleash your Mountain Lion, here are some under-utilized tools built into Mac OS X. Dictation and Text to Speech: Imagine how quickly […]

Computer Tune Up for 2013

Resolve to Regular Computer Tune Up This Year New Year’s morning – you wake up and within a few hours you’ve broken half the resolutions you’ve set for the year. “I’ll start tomorrow,” you swear. You log on the computer, go directly to Facebook (another resolution down) and start to browse. Just like you, another […]

Using Technology at Work

Using Technology at Work is Changing: keep up with it Now that almost half of all Americans own a smartphone and roughly a quarter of all Americans own a tablet computer, it’s apparent that we are growing increasingly dependent on mobile handheld devices. Yet most companies haven’t outfitted their workforce with these gadgets, leading many […]

Before You Upgrade to Windows 8, Prepare your PC

Looking to Upgrade to Windows 8? Check this out first Windows 8 officially hit the market on Friday, October 26th. I haven’t waivered in my recommendation that you use caution when considering upgrading to such a drastically different Operating System, but if you’re eager to join the ranks of early adopters, here are some tips […]

Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone

Mobile Security for your Android Phone Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one under your tree this year, there’s something you likely haven’t put much thought towards: mobile […]

Speed Up Mac Computers with Software Alternatives

Computer Running Slow? Speed Up Mac Default Applications Apple fans may claim that Macs have a blissfully symbiotic relationship between software and hardware, but the truth is that some of the applications that come standard (or are very common) on Macs could be improved upon. Here are some alternatives to Mac’s most ditch-able software. Last […]

What is Twitter: Microblogging 101

Asking “What is Twitter?” – Some Helpful Tips What is Twitter? Well, when I think of Twitter, the first thing I think is: too much information. Do we really need to share the blow-by-blow of our lives with the world, or follow along on our friends’ every move? Yet with over 300 million users, it’s […]

Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses

Computer Won’t Turn on Because of a Virus? Try This If you’ve ever had a virus that kept your system from booting at all, you know how infuriating it is. One mistake and your computer is now a very expensive brick. If you’ve never had this happen to you, consider yourself one of the lucky […]

Borrow eBooks: All of the Library, None of the Late Fees

Borrow eBooks Online Whether you read them on an e-reader, tablet, smartphone or your computer, e-books are growing increasingly popular, and with good reason. Instant download capability lets you get right into the newest bestseller, you can hoard thousands of books without having to build a library in your basement, and with a mobile handheld […]

Internet Printing with Google Cloud Print

Print from Anywhere: Google Cloud Print Enables Internet Printing I refuse to replace my old, ailing printer because I believe it’s a dying technology, like landline phones and fax machines. Yet just as a home phone is good for emergencies and faxing is often convenient, sometimes you just need to print – forms that require […]

Wireless Security Breach: Reaver

A New Program Thwarts Wireless Security Having wireless internet access is awesome, especially with how many devices these days use the technology. And with proper network security, we can be sure that al our data is safe from intrusion…as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes, right? Well, that would be nice. However, there […]

Travel Pages on Pinterest: Trip Out

Travel With Pinterest Whether you’re compiling your own personal “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” planning your summer vacation, or just collecting gorgeous images for your desktop screensaver, Pinterest’s many travel boards offer ample material. If you just love drooling over white sand beaches, iconic landmarks, and picturesque cityscapes, there’s more than enough inspiration […]

Malware Primer: Deciphering the Digital Devils

Understanding Malware: Everything you need to know You’ve probably heard the terms “virus,” “malware,” “spyware,” and others all used interchangeably. However, these are actually all different types of bad software. The blanket term for software that harms your computer is “malware.” If you paid attention in Latin class, you’ll know that “mal” is a prefix […]

Slow Computer Myths and Fixes

Myths About Your Slow Computer: How to REALLY speed it up “My computer is running so slow!” – said everyone who’s ever owned a computer. It’s true: your computer never quite runs as fast as the day that you bought it. While a large part of that is simply your perception of it, it’s true […]

Internet Speed: Netflix Takes A Test

Are you getting a Fast Internet Speed It’s hard to find an unbiased comparison of various internet service providers. If you’re one of those fortunate enough to have a number of choices as far as ISPs go, chances are you only have two options for choosing the best. Either you’ll have to listen to the […]

Facebook Messaging: Pay to Send

Claims of Change to Facebook Messaging… sort of If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t even know your Facebook account had two in boxes That’s right; when you go to your messages, there’s a little grey link at the top that says “other.” This is where less-relevant messages end up. Check it out: you […]

Why You Need a Router

Firewall Router is Necessary While most of us have less than fond memories of dial-up Internet – gritting teeth through the high-pitched squeal while your computer connected, heading to the kitchen for a snack while you waited for a website to load – these days just about everyone uses a high speed Internet connection like […]

Video Editing for Beginners

Video Editing: How to Ours is a video generation. We grew up with parents shooting camcorder footage of every birthday and graduation, and most of us have hours of movie footage without any cohesive organization or engaging content. Any novice with a video camera can benefit from editing. If you’ve ever forced your friends and […]

Top Pinterest Pages For The Bride and Groom

Best Pinterest Boards For Weddings They’re just three letters, but they’ll change your life forever: “Yes” to the proposal and soon, “I do.” But as any bride or groom can attest, the time between those two utterances can be overwhelming, stressful, and even crazy. Whether you’re planning an unforgettable affair for 400 or so of […]

Top Pinterest Pages for Cooks and Foodies

Best Pinterest Boards For Cooks The world of cooking and food is a perfect match to the visual scrapbook nature of Pinterest. From gorgeous images of food art to helpful tutorials for the novice chef, finding inspiration isn’t hard; narrowing it down to a few great boards to follow so you don’t get overwhelmed… well […]

Windows 8 Upgrade Questions

Reader Questions about Window 8 Upgrade As we near the brink of massive Operating System overhaul (i.e., the release of Windows 8), readers want to know what to do to prepare and if they should upgrade. Here are some tips to save time, money and headaches. My family PC is on its last leg. Should […]

Video Chat to Connect this Holiday

Video Chat With Family & Friends The holidays are all about connecting with loved ones, but it can be a challenge when you’re separated by miles… or oceans. While you can pick up the phone, you miss out on seeing your nephew’s gleeful happy dance when he opens the super deluxe Batman Batcave action set […]

Last Minute Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts For The Procrastinator Every year I swear I will have my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and under the tree by the first week in December. Yet as the big day nears I inevitably note the passing of the last day to reasonably expect to ship online purchases with dismay, knowing I have at […]

Those Presents Are Going To Need Batteries & Cables

If you splurged on that perfect gadget gift, you’ve probably imagined an ecstatic squeal accompanying its discovery. But if you extend that fantasy five minutes, is the scene as jubilant? Gadget givers everywhere forget to make their toys useable straight out of the box, leading to frustration before the fun can begin. So, here are […]

The 6 Best Christmas Card Gift Ideas

Despite my best intentions to give personalized gifts to everyone on my holiday list, at least one or two people always end up with a gift card. Deep down I can’t shake the feeling that I’m calling it in. This year, I’ve resolved to consider gifting some great online services, a gift that keeps on […]

Things Nerds are Thankful For

Nerds Give Thanks like a Baws! Everyone has a nerd or two in their life these days, whether it’s a computer guru, video gamer or mobile gadget aficionado. From texting to email to blogging, the typical nerd often favors electronic communication over “real world” conversations, and this can make it difficult to connect. In honor […]

Create Custom Gifts Online

Who has Time For Custom Gifts? Nothing says you put time, thought and effort into a gift like personalization. I don’t mean just pasting Uncle Barry’s name on the coffee mug you bought at Target. I mean creating something unique for that special individual. Before you book a weeklong craft-a-thon at your neighborhood paint your […]

Top Tech Gifts You Don’t Know About

Ditch That Gift Card for a Top Tech Gift Now that so many of us rely on electronics to read, watch movies and listen to music, you may be thinking that giving gift cards is the only option to help fill out your loved ones media library this holiday season. Yet the generic ease of […]

3 Easy Ways to Save on Gift Cards

Gift cards are a ubiquitous staple of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to show some appreciation to someone you don’t know very well (like your newspaper delivery person or your gardener), or have someone on your list that’s hard to buy for, a gift card can be the perfect present for giver and receiver. […]

Move over Black Friday, Cyber Monday Tops Charts

Cyber Monday: Better than Black Friday Many have heard the term “Cyber Monday” floating around. But what exactly is it? Is it just a marketing term designed to sell more products or it is actually an event worth taking note of? It’s mostly both – and definitely worth paying attention to if you’re looking to […]

Trendy Tech Gifts for 2012

Black Friday Goto Guide In the sea of tech toys and gadgets that hit the shelves every holiday season, a few stand out as the year’s sure-to-sell-out favorites. With the first new console gaming system in six years and a mini-tablet war, this year is no exception. Here are the hottest trending tech goodies of […]

Use Tech to Conquer Black Friday

Black Friday Goto Guide For the truly dedicated Black Friday deal hunters, Thanksgiving marks the start of a shopper’s frenzy. With sales starting earlier and earlier, those elusive “doorbuster deals” can be as hard to get your hands on as a housecat that senses its ½ price vaccination day at the vet. Whether you’re a […]

Use Pinterest to UP Your Holiday Game

Unleash your inner Martha Stewart with Pinterest The holidays are my favorite time of year – gathering with friends and family over special meals, showing you care with gifts, watching the kids explode with excitement over pumpkins, decorated houses, lit Christmas trees… you get the idea. If you’ve yet to explore the wealth of inspiration […]

Top 5 Ways to Save on Your Holiday Shopping

Use Technology to Save on Holiday Shopping November seems to sneak up on me every year. I’m minding my own business, working out costume details and sugar coating trick-or-treaters when, BAM! Out of the blue it’s time to get cracking on holiday shopping. To help myself get in the game and to help you save […]

The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by anti-virus software, rootkits aim to keep your system working but under the […]

Social Media Election Apps

Election apps that work like Social Media? Politics used to be an old man’s game. I mean, just look at the writers of the constitution. For years, it stayed that way. Then in the twenties, women got the right to vote and the game changed a little. But one of the last holdouts of the […]

FBI Virus is “Ransomware”

FBI Virus is a Scam Out to Get You! I never thought I’d look back fondly on the days when malware just caused annoying pop-ups. The newest bug crawling the Web is called “ransomware,” and it holds your computer hostage until you pay a demanded ransom. The latest has several names: FBI Moneypak, Citadel Reveton […]

Windows 8 is Here! Now What?

Windows 8: A Simple How to Windows 8 is finally here. If you’ve been reading our recent articles, you know that it’s promised to change many things about how we use our computers. If you’re one of those who have decided to make the switch, there are a few things you should know before installing […]

Browser Extensions: Make Your Internet Browser More Awesome

Browser Extensions and Add-Ons When you first pulled your cell phone out of the box, you probably spent the next few hours making it uniquely yours. From selecting ring tones to choosing a photo or theme wallpaper, or downloading apps to make your Smartphone more productive or fun, the customization transformed it from “a phone” […]

The Perils of Online Free Trial Offers

Free Trial Offers: Don’t Get Scammed! Free trial offers, particularly those that require your credit card to sign up, are like internet quicksand. The bright, shiny “Try Now for Free!” emblazoned all over the webpage lures you in. You think, “30 days is a long time. I can test it out and if it’s not […]

Comparison Shop Your Life

Great Ways to Comparison Shop Online While all the money-saving forums suggest you take a look at your latte habit to trim a few dollars from your budget, it’s good to take stock of the things you pay for regularly to make sure you’re getting a fair shake. This includes everything from your prescription medication […]

Keep Your Credit Cards Safe From Skimmers!

Hackers Can Skim Your Credit Card Seventeen percent of Americans have been the victim of card fraud, whether credit or debit. Worldwide, card fraud costs people almost six billion dollars annually. That’s an alarmingly high number, and good reason to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you. So how does it happen, and more […]

How to Stay Safe Online

Being Safe Online Made Easy A lot of people these days have two lives: the one that they live using their body and a second one that only exists online. Facebook alone has more than 800 million accounts, which is over twice the population of the United States. However, not all of these accounts are […]

Staying Safe on Google+

For those of us who have opted to use Google+, there are already a great many options such as circles that help keep your information where you want it. But here are a few tips on making sure you have complete control of your data.

Apple’s New iPad Mini

Apple Unveils Star of the Show: iPad Mini In a much-anticipated event, Apple today released a spread of new devices, highlighting and improving the smallest form factors that the company has become well-known for. Two of the devices were additions to their iPad line of tablets. With the first viewing, our inner Nerd died a […]

Apple’s New iMac

iMac: “Sleek” Makeovers Unveiled: Apple’s Newest Additions Topping today’s announcements, Apple unveiled a number of new and sleek devices, including a major update to both their laptop and desktop lines. Popularity gets a makeover: The first device is an addition to the MacBook Pro line. The “world’s most popular notebook” now comes in a 13-inch […]

Nerds On Call Reviews Windows 8

Windows 8: Finally, Microsoft ahead of the Curve It’s been a few years since Microsoft came out with their last operating system, and in those years there have been some big changes to computing technologies. Windows 8, scheduled to release on October 26, attempts to evolve software in a direction that is compatible with the […]

Windows 8: Worth the $40 Upgrade?

Do We Need Windows 8? In just a few days, Microsoft will release the newest version of its flagship product: the Windows operating system. Named Windows 8, this piece of software promises to completely overhaul the PC computing experience, while adding functionality, security, and efficiency. Didn’t Windows 7 Just Come Out? Windows 8 has been […]

Staying Safe on LinkedIn

If you use the popular networking site LinkedIn, you should take a look at this handy infographic on how to make sure your online privacy is protected while using the website.

Never Worry About Losing Those (not-quite) Smart Devices Again

A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. This means that one tenth of laptops ever bought are either stolen are lost, usually along with all the data on it. Only three percent make it back to their owners. And 70 million smartphones are stolen every year – seven percent of these are recovered. Considering that […]

Try These Web Sources For A Fun Halloween!

Halloween is coming up in another week or so, and many of us are still making last-minute decorations or additions to our costumes. As always, the internet can offer some helpful tips to pull off the perfect ghoul-fest. If you’re keeping track of a couple of kids, or have enough trouble just making sure one […]

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

Secret Features in Windows 7 Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage of. Here are just a few of the more under-utilized tools that […]

Take Control of Your Facebook Account

Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity is yours. Before you know it, however, your news feed is clogged […]

Tips for Staying Safe on Twitter

A lot of us use the social blogging site Twitter every day. With that use comes the possibility that someone can get your personal information from you. We’ve assembled a few tips so that you can stay safe while using the website. The infographic below will walk you through the steps necessary to protect yourself […]

Should You Be Cloud Computing?

Hidden Benefits to Cloud Computing Using cloud services such as Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Amazon’s “Cloud Drive,” Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or SugarSync to store and/or backup your data has some clear advantages. Most notably: unlimited storage capability and the reliability of offsite redundant servers maintaining multiple mirror images of your data without having to invest […]

Resist Tech Distractions

Stay Focused: Tech Distractions Ever have one of those mornings at work where 10 o’clock rolls around and you wonder what you’ve been doing for the past two hours? Between “catching up” on your friends’ Facebook posts and maintaining the little farm game you downloaded to your phone, tech distractions abound and they can make […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

Breathe New Life Into an Old PC If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent you can and performed all maintenance to rule out a malware infection, […]

Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers A bug in all versions of Internet Explorer leaves anyone using IE in conjunction with the Windows Operating System (more than 40% of Internet users in North America according to StatCounter) vulnerable to infection by Trojan horse viruses. In a Security Advisory released by Microsoft on September […]

Breaking Up in the Digital Age

Y’Know Breaking Up is Hard to Do! Breakups suck. There’s no way around it. But the good old days of being reminded of your ex’s existence only at the rare mutual friend birthday party or when flipping through old photos are over. From Facebook updates to emails to shared passwords, today’s digital connectivity makes it […]

Should You Shutdown Your Computer or Leave It On All The Time?

When You Shutdown Your Computer, Can It Cause Problems? There are a number of myths floating around about what you should do with your computer when you’re not using it. Some say that you should always shut it down, while others claim that shutting down regularly will shorten the life of your computer. The fact […]

Apple iOS and Android New Targets of Malware

As computers become more prevalent, the viruses that prey on them increase as well. According to McAfee, a protection provider, malware is multiplying faster now than it ever has. In the last quarter alone, there have been 1.5 million more attacks than previously. With new technology, comes changes in the threats – botnets and ransomware […]

Emma Watson Will Give You A Computer Virus

Celebrity Crushes Can Give You a Computer Virus Emma Watson is at the top of the list “Most Dangerous Celeb to Search For.” If you’re reading this and you don’t know who Emma Watson is yet, you might want to finish reading this article before you perform a Google search for her. The young actress […]

iPhone 5 Rumors: “It’s almost here” Worth the Hype?

iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup On September 12th, Apple is holding an event that announces “It’s almost here” and features a prominent iPhone 5. Many people have speculated on what this means, most coming to the conclusion that the computer giant is about to release the fifth iteration of their incredibly popular iPhone. If announced on […]

Cyber Bullying Facts

Cyber Bullying: What is it? How do you prevent it? Some facts. In today’s schools you don’t see kids getting shoved in lockers or walking around with wedgies as much anymore. That’s not because kids are necessarily getting nicer – there are just more rules that really crack down on physical bullying in school. So […]

Inc. Magazine names Nerds On Call One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies, Again.

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies Nerds have done it again! For the fourth year in a row, Inc. Magazine named Nerds On Call to their annual Inc. 500|5000, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the United states. This list represents the companies which make up the backbone of America’s […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality of Windows 8. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can […]

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Supplies Online vs. In-Store It’s pretty well-established that back-to-school is the best time to buy school and office supplies. To be more specific, the best prices are typically found either now (when retailers compete for your back-to-school dollars) or at the end of September (when stores get rid of their leftovers). Many […]

Back to School: Homework Help

Free Web Tools For Homework Help When I was in high school I kept meticulous notes. The piece de resistance in my collection of classroom organization was my prized weekly planner with calendar and task lists. At the end of every class I’d furiously scribble in my assignments and notes about what I needed to […]

Back to School Deals

Getting The Most Out of Back to School Deals Well, it’s time to send the kids back to school. It used to be so simple to buy back-to-school supplies. Buy a few blank notepads, a couple packs of pencils, and maybe a calculator and you were set to go. These days, it’s a little more […]

Taking Your iPad Back to School

Playing it Cool With The New iPad The new iPad is loaded with features and also has the highest quality screen available in a portable device. The new Retina display touch screen makes colors and resolution more vivid than ever, allowing for an even more amazing user experience than with previous generations of iPads. The […]

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Online Identity Theft Prevention On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, was the victim of identity theft. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos from the first year of his daughter’s life, hundreds of emails, and […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new models. When is the best time to buy a new computer or gadget? Unless you stay up on trending tech news, it’s […]

Back to School Tablets: iPad vs. Laptop

Which Students Should Get Back to School Tablets As parents everywhere prepare to send sons and daughters back to school, they want to arm them with the best possible resources. For many families, computers or tech gadgets are alongside clothes, pens and paper on the list of purchases to budget for. As tablets grow in […]

Tech Bargains: Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Tech Bargains at Your Fingertips It seems summer gets shorter and shorter every year. How is it that back to school is already here? Whether you’re in the market for a PC, printer or router to get set up for the new academic year, or you’re just poised to take advantage of the season’s sales, […]

Get In Shape Using Gadgets

Get In Shape and Power Your Workout When the Wii Fit was released it was all the rage and for good reason: it made exercise fun by turning it into a game. You earned points while working out and the ability to compete against your friends to better your score motivated you to continue. There […]

Small Business Data BackUp

Data BackUp – You Don’t Even Need A Truck Data backup is the flossing of the tech world: you know you should do it, but you just never get around to it. There’s something in human nature that makes us learn the hard way – cavities are no fun. Yet when it comes to risking […]

Living Without an Optical Drive

Are Optical Drives Necessary Anymore? This time of year, you may be contemplating adding a new laptop to your gadget family, whether it’s for back-to-school or to take advantage of the season’s sales. Thinner, lighter, super portable systems that remain high functioning (like Intel’s Ultrabooks (TM) and Apple’s Macbook Air) are all the rage, but […]

Small Business Network: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in a unique position: they need more reliability than a standard wireless firewall […]

DNSChanger: What you need to know

DNSChanger: How To See If You’re Infected, How To Fix It If You Are. On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network […]

Data Backup Basics

Easy Steps to Get Started With Data Backup There are certain things we all know we should do: change the oil every 3,000 miles, choose different passwords for every online login, and back up our computers. Though I know better, I sometimes get to 5,000 miles before changing the oil, I can’t remember 500 different […]

How to Share Photos and Videos with Friends and Family.

Share Photos and Videos Like A Nerd The opportunity to capture your adorable kidlet trying their first taste of lemon only comes along once. If you’re fast enough to capture that shot on your phone or camera, how do you share that priceless pucker with all your friends and family? There are so many ways […]

3 Things To Do When You Set Up A New PC

Set Up A New PC: Protect, Transfer, Store After scrimping and saving, researching and debating, you finally settle on the perfect new PC, only to realize once you get it home and plugged in that you can’t get much use out of it until you get the files and programs from your old PC onto […]

How to Win at Facebook Birthdays

Standout Facebook Birthday Wishes In my circle of family and friends, summer is the season of birthdays. I know more than ten people who celebrate between the months of June and August. Even if I’m fortunate to live near enough to join their party, these days posting Happy Birthday wishes on their Facebook wall seems […]

Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook

Nexus 7 Google Takes on the Tablets This week Google went and set the tech world abuzz by announcing their new Nexus7 tablet, the result of a partnership with ASUS. Recent success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire has given Google hope that the small screen, inexpensive tablet market is one worth pursuing. Anyone who has considered […]

Pinterest for Parents:Top Pinterest Pages for Parents

Pinterest for Parents From adorable onesies to DIY crafts, Pinterest is full of great links for parents looking for ideas or guidance. Therein lies the rub: how can busy moms or dads narrow down the overwhelming sea of boards to find the ones that bring a little joy, peace, or motivation to their busy family? […]

Cheap Summer Fun

Online Resources to Find Cheap Summer Fun Summer is the time for fun in the sun (or the shade if you live with heat like we do), but it’s tough when you have limited cash for leisurely activities. What can you do when you’re low on funds for cheap summer fun? We’ve got you made […]

Small Business Computers: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Computers: It’s Important to Spend Wisely According to a May 2012 report by the National Economic Council, there are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. employing 60 million Americans – roughly half of the private sector workforce. The balance between budgeting and productivity can be challenging to small firms, particularly those working […]

How To: Set Up A Wireless Network

Setup Your Wireless Network The Nerds’ Way These days, you need a wireless network to take full advantage of high-speed Internet, streaming TV, handheld electronics, gaming systems and even some appliances. But most users have no real understanding of how a wireless network works, or what to do when it drops a connection. This two-part […]

Laptop Repair: Fix it or replace it?

Laptop Repair Can Be Costly, But Some Repairs Are Worth It. When I made the switch from a desktop computer to a laptop, the idea that everything that previously took up my entire desk could now fit in such a small, portable device was revolutionary. However, the first time that my keyboard failed, I realized […]

Secret Benefits Of Video Games

Believe it or Not, Video Games Have Some Advantages Anyone who has looked up from their computer to discover that they just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft would like to believe that there is some redeeming value to playing video games. On August 3rd, PBS MediaShift published an article asserting that […]

How to Stop Spam

Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam Now that I have a newborn in the house, the last thing I have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers for 30 percent off at a store I bought one thing from three years ago, or daily newsletters from an online magazine touting […]

Safe Online Shopping: 5 Tips You Need to Know!

Safe Online Shopping: Don’t get scammed Whether you do your online shopping for Christmas, Back to School or just to restock your paper-towels NERDS want to make sure that you protect your personal information while finding the best deals out there. NERDS put together their top five tips to follow for safe online shopping. Safe […]

How to Remove a Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

New MacBooks a $2,200 disposable computer?

[ Opt7_Microdata_Review_1437820936] New MacBooks can’t be upgraded When it comes to portable electronics, bigger is not better. From the new line of UltraBooks announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display released by Apple this month, laptops are getting ever smaller and lighter to compete with the […]

Tips & Tricks: Simple tricks to edit a PDF

Edit a PDF like a Boss! Portable Document Format (PDF) is a great tool when you want to send a document electronically that you don’t want the recipient to edit. But what about when you’re on the receiving end of a PDF that you need to change, such as an online form or application? Those […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 2

Hybrid or Solid State Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. The most vulnerable part of a hard drive is its moving parts. The disk spins, the spindle arm moves to read data, all the while creating heat, friction, and an opportunity to break when the moving stops. The next generation of hard drives – […]

Job Hunting Grads: Social Media Warning (With Infographic)

Nerd Chick Adventures: Job Hunting Tips for Grads Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. When I was entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and hitting the want ads. Yet in today’s socially connected internet […]

Travel Tips: Best Apps for the Summer

Travel Tips: Make your summer nerdier Summertime is all about fun under the sun and now this even includes apps for your smartphone. Whether you’re looking for show times at your local drive-in theater, recipes for a great backyard BBQ, or the best beaches to hit on your vacation to the coast, there’s an app […]

Cyber Bullying: Protecting Your Kids Online

How to protect against cyber bullying Nerd Chicks love a happy ending. Cliff hangers at the end of our favorite TV shows drive us nuts. After last weeks discussion of types of cyber bullying and the ways our kids are at risk, you may have been left thinking, ‘Ok, now that we’re sufficiently concerned, what’s […]

Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Nerd Dad Day

Nerd Chick Adventures: Nerd Treats for Father’s Day There is a relatively pervasive voice in my head that whispers, “Hallmark Holiday” whenever Mother’s Day or Father’s Day approaches. Yet there’s no denying that reminding our loved ones of their importance can’t be bad. If possible, I prefer giving time and attention to mom or dad […]

How To Help Kids Deal With Social Media Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying happens 24/7 From Facebook, to Twitter, to Foursquare, social media sites are everywhere and full of virtual land mines for our teens. They can quickly become a victim of cyber bullying. Anything they say can and may be used against them by a bully at school, a college admissions counselor or a future […]

Want a New Computer? What You Need to Know Now!

Everything you need to know about buying a new computer. Buying a new computer can be almost as stressful as buying a new car. How do you find the best fit for your needs without blowing your budget? If you sign on for all the bells and whistles, or have your heart set on a […]

Computer parts: CPU, Hard Drive, Giga…what?

Computer parts – do they have to name them such dorky names? Going Back to school is a great time to take advantage of retailers competing for parent’s dollars, and finally upgrade from that old Windows 98 machine limping along in your basement. In fact, please do yourself a favor, if you still have windows […]

What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

Best Computer Repair: Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know.

Best Computer Repair Company, How To Choose Wisely. Computer repair is like taking your car to the mechanic, at least for most of us. As much as I depend on my car, it’s a mystery how all the parts work together to get me down the road. This lack of fundamental understanding of the car’s […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 1

Hard Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. My computer repair company services thousands of PCs each year.  In my experience, there are some constants: no one’s computer or Internet speed is ever fast enough and all hard drives will eventually fail. Hard drives physically fail more than any other internal component: no surprise, given […]

Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

4 Essential Tech Travel Tips

You wouldn’t scuba dive without the right kind of gear, so don’t travel without these Tech Travel Tips! Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World for the first time this summer, or making the yearly migration to Grandma’s house, there are many things you can do to help ensure that the trip a success.  […]

Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!

Upgrade Windows now, seriously, we can wait…started yet…? Your computer’s operating system is the most integral part of how your machine functions. It determines how you view and launch programs, how stable software runs, and how your desktop looks and functions. Whether you’re nursing a trusty Windows XP machine or have resigned yourself to living […]

Cyber bullying: What It’s All About

Cyber Bullying – What the heck is it? As a computer repair company we feel a responsibility, not just to fix computers, but to also be a positive influence in the world of technology. These days we spend more of our lives online than ever before and our kids are certainly no exception. Parents and […]

Slow Computer? Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

Is your computer slow? The best way to speed it up is to upgrade your RAM The term RAM is probably pretty familiar. You may know it as memory and that it affects the speed of your PC, laptop, or handheld electronics. But will upgrading and adding more RAM speed up a slow computer? The […]

How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Android or iPhone? These tips will work for both. Are you on Pinterest? How about Facebook or Google + or even Reddit? Now ask yourself what makes these sites so engaging and fun to participate in? That’s right—we’re addicted making and sharing photographs. Back in the olden days of the late 1990s it used to […]

Travel Tips: Unplug from the Internet on vacation

How to resist the Internet when you’re on Vacation If you’re going on holiday this year, you’re probably already counting down the days. It’s a chance to escape the daily stress of work and family life and take some time out to re-charge those batteries. However, with more and more of us living our lives […]

Spring Clean: 1 in 6 Phones Have Poop on Them

Spring Clean Your Computer, iPhone, or Gadgets When I’m greeted by a fine layer of yellow pollen dust coating my car, I know that Spring has sprung. The brighter days and open windows lead many of us to notice the layer of dust that has also settled indoors, followed by a mental note to pull […]

Use Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to follow the candidates

Nerds On Call: Getting Political From 24-hour news streams to Facebook rants about hot-button issues, the Internet allows so many voices to shout that it can feel like a lot of noise. Yet it also allows the candidates to present themselves and what they stand for, communicating with constituents in a way that is unparalleled. […]

Travel tips: Easy Prep To Avoid a Ruined Trip

Travel Tips: How To Not Ruin Your Vacation You may have a nifty waterproof case, but there’s more you can do to get the most out of your tech while you’re away from home. Before you head out on that much needed vacation, use our travel tips to prep your tech for the road. Sync […]

4 Secrets Online Job Hunting

How To: Online Job Hunting If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the Internet can be a key resource, albeit a daunting one. Spend time searching through Monster.com online job listings, and you may even argue that the Internet is counter-productive to your job hunt. However, a discussion paper written in […]

Easy and Reliable Internet Research–When to “Google It”

Most of us use the Internet as a trusted source of information, whether you’re trying to remember the name of your favorite actor, or learn more about a medical condition. However, the quality of material you receive when you “Google it” varies extensively in its accuracy, reliability and value. Here’s how to sift through the […]

Mother’s Day—Tech Treats Just for Her

Give the Gift of Time As a mom, I’ve discovered that technology typically falls into two categories: that which makes my life easier (by making me more efficient, helping me to connect with loved ones, etc.), or that which makes my life harder (by taking too much time to learn, use or master). As a […]

BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

I’m a big fan of technology making life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and Web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them vulnerable to crooks looking to steal personal information for financial gain. Trust your instincts […]

Computer Repair: What to buy now that can save you later

Computer repair savings, what to buy now, and what you can pass on. By: Andrea Eldridge CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company. You don’t have to buy the latest, top-of-the-line option every time you shop for technology. I know I risk being shunned by the nerd community for saying […]

Re-Purpose Old Tech to get the Most out of Them

“Every year, tons of electronics are thrown in the garbage, creating a severe worldwide e-waste problem. Still, most of us love our gadgets and pine for the newest versions when they’re released.” What should we do with our tech leftovers so we don’t contribute to the dilemma? ‘a0Here are some ways to re-purpose your old […]

Some tech tips for going more green for Earth Day

Do you find it odd that we dedicate full days, or weeks, to celebrate things like General Pulaski Memorial Day and National Dairy Goat Awareness Week? When I was younger, I viewed Earth Day in a similar fashion. Sure, I’d recycle bottles and cans, but only if it was convenient and I certainly wasn’t going […]

How Pinterest Is Transforming Social Media

I’m a Facebook addict. I had to “LOL” when I read a statistic that the average user spends about seven hours every month on Facebook. When several friends started posting about Pinterest, exclaiming, “Wow, this is more addictive than Facebook,” I thought, “uh-oh.” The last thing I need is another compulsion. Still, my curiosity got […]

Recycling Websites to Save the World

By: Andrea Eldrige. I have a lengthy list of things I should do but don’t get around to, such as cleaning out the garage. A little monetary persuasion pushes me to action. With the approach of Earth Day (April 22) and the fact that I really need to get on with reducing, reusing and recycling, […]

How To Keep Teens Safe Behind The Wheel

Parents of teenage drivers inwardly struggle every time their child gets behind the wheel, hoping that their teen is “doing the right thing,” refraining from speeding and not driving distractedly. Statistics affirm that teens with involved parents are involved in fewer accidents and exhibit overall better driving. Driver’s education provides them with the rules of […]

Hilarious April Fools’ Day Tech Pranks

By: Andrea Eldrige. I am extremely gullible. I once believed that my husband had scaled the Disneyland Matterhorn on a drunken dare. Never mind the fact that he doesn’92t drink’85 and I’92m pretty sure that it’92s impossible. If you can say it with a straight face, I will likely believe it. I tell myself that […]

What More Can A Google Search Do?

It’s simple to Google, but it’s not always easy to get it right. We’ve all been frustrated by typing something into the search bar, only to be bombarded with a bunch of junk: pages of search results, filled with Web links from questionable sources. Results that aren’t what you were looking for. Google is unquestionably […]

Blogging Project: How Anyone Can Start A Blog

      Blogging is no longer just for the online-savvy. It’s for anyone who wants to share a little bit of themselves with the world. When our son was born, my husband started a blog chronicling every little coo and giggle so our friends and family could share in the experience as he grew. […]

Free Tax Prep Resources 2012

By: Andrea Eldridge April will be here before you know it, and so will that mid-month deadline for filing your tax returns. If you haven’t already tried electronic filing, give it a go. But with so many programs that offer roughly the same service, how’s a tax e-filer to choose? I checked out some popular […]

DIY: How To Fix A Broken Wireless Network

By: Andrea Eldridge. Once you have a wireless network set up in your home or office, it should work seamlessly about 80% of the time. The remaining 20% will likely cause you to tear your hair out. Before you resign yourself to your Sudoku book the next time you can’t get online, here are some […]

4 Things Everyone Should Read Before They Buy A New Printer

      By: Andrea Eldridge As ironic as it may seem coming from the girl who a few short months ago wrote an article about how to get by without a printer, the reality is that life is still easier if you have one around. In this two-part series we’ll review all you need […]

15 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You 15 Days During Your Lifetime

      By: Andrea Eldridge Every time I find an easier way to do something it’s a small victory. When it’s something I do all the time, like finding a shortcut to the office or a quicker way to make dinner, it’s even sweeter. There are some easy shortcuts to accomplish common tasks in […]

Yep, They’re Watching

      By: Andrea Eldridge You think the things that you do online are between you and your computer. Not so. Your cyber-privacy is constantly being chipped away: by your Internet provider, your cellphone carrier and lawmakers. Before you post to a social-media site or browse the Internet for that report you’re compiling on […]

How To Date Like A Nerd

      By: Andrea Eldridge Before I joined the ranks of happily married mommies, I was a single girl once.’a0After college, I learned that anyone who held to not dating from their pool of coworkers had a relatively narrow field of potential mate options. Bar hopping requires fending off drunken advances and getting set […]

When You Know Better, You Do Better: iTunes U Is Educating A Generation

      Itunes U: A new kind of learning, for a new generation. By: Andrea Eldridge The day my husband handed his iPad to our 2-year-old, I cringed, fearful of the $700 device’s imminent destruction and of introducing technology at perhaps far too young an age. But after seeing how quickly he picked up […]

7 Apps That Will Save Every Mom Time And Money

      By: Andrea Eldridge As a mom and a CEO (of Nerds On Call Computer Repair), I understand wanting to get the most out of every minute of every day. As much as I love tech, I’m not going to waste time that I could be spending planning my kids’ birthday parties on […]

New Facebook Timeline: Tips, FAQs and Need To Knows

By: Andrea Eldridge I’ve been dragging my heels about adopting Timeline, the Facebook profile introduced in September. I haven’t wanted to accept that my comfy, familiar profile will soon be gone for good. But there’s no delaying anymore: Facebook announced last week that “over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline.” Instead of waiting […]

Sexy Tech: Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

-HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FROM NERDS ON CALL     I’ll admit it: I’ve never been much of a romantic.I love spending time with my hubby, going out to dinner and a movie, or just curling up on the couch to watch a movie together, but I’ve never been very creative in thinking up ideas to […]

CES 2012: Dell ‘ultrabook,’ Nokia Lumia 900 draw kudos

THE BEST FROM CES 2012 Every January, thousands of industry professionals and gadget-lovers flock to Las Vegas for the nerd Mecca, the Consumer Electronics Show. The recent gathering showcased tech toys slated to hit the market in the coming year, providing a shopping list for those who are first in line for everything new and […]

Online Banking Finally Explained And Made Easy

A new year is a great time to explore new goals or recommit to ones you’ve had for a while.’a0My ongoing goal is to use technology to make my life easier, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in what I’m used to and not explore new tools.’a0Managing my finances is one area where I’ve […]

How To Pick The Right Web Browser

Think of your web browser as your window into Internet, web pages and applications. Which browser should you choose, and what security measures should you take to protect your view? The most popular browsers are Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Internet Explorer — preinstalled on all Windows machines — used to […]

4 Time Saving Apps & Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

This year, we have a renewed dedication to using technology to make my life easier. With precious few minutes to waste in the day, it seems like certain technological “advances” actually cause me to waste more time than they save. Here are some great resources to turn the tables and have your tech tools work […]

Question & Answer | Nerds On Call

    Q&A: These are real questions by real people. We figured if someone wanted to know enough to email us, maybe you’re out there secretly wondering the same thing.   Do I Need An Anti-Virus Program On My Kindle? Q: Is an anti-virus program necessary on a Kindle Fire tablet? A: The short answer […]

New Years Eve Resolutions For Your Computer

      As we venture into 2012, let’s resolve to ditch bad computing habits. Resolve to stay virus free: This year, take the’a0necessary’a0steps to keep viruses and spyware off your computer. Every day, frustrated computer users call about slow systems that are bogged down with pop-up ads, re-directing them on the Internet, generating error […]

Do You Still Need A Printer?

      One of the more inefficient habits that I can’t seem to break myself of is stubbornly maintaining a paper trail in a digital world. I print confirmations of online purchases, email correspondence, even documents sent to me electronically. I can’t explain it. If pressed I readily admit that it’s unnecessary and less […]

Smartphone 101: Which Cellphone Should You Use?

Confession: It took me a long time to abandon my old flip-phone. I had just gotten the hang of texting on it and I really didn’t want to shell out the extra 30 bucks a month for the data package.When I finally decided to make the switch, I chose an iPhone, but I have many […]

How To Clear Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send […]

Those Presents Are Going To Need Batteries & Cables

If you splurged on that perfect gadget gift, you’ve probably imagined an ecstatic squeal accompanying its discovery. But if you extend that fantasy five minutes, is the scene as jubilant? Gadget givers everywhere forget to make their toys useable straight out of the box, leading to frustration before the fun can begin. So, here are […]

How To Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to get all your new gadgets and gizmos set up and configured. Talk about […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas

      The other day someone mentioned to me, very casually, that they’d had their holiday shopping done since Halloween. What? How is that even possible? I scramble every year for at least one or two people who I still haven’t decided on and inevitably end up with some sad mug filled with stale […]

The 6 Best Gift Cards Gift Ideas

      Despite my best intentions to give personalized gifts to everyone on my holiday list, at least one or two people always end up with a gift card. Deep down I can’t shake the feeling that I’m calling it in. This year, I’ve resolved to consider gifting some great online services, a gift […]

Tech Gift Guide For Kids

      Every holiday season, retailers release a bevy of new toys and electronics aimed at capturing the attention of our little ones. While little Jane may be cooing, “Oooohh!” many of us are moaning, “Arghh! How am I supposed to pick among four versions of Nintendo handheld products?” Never fear, the Nerd Chicks […]

Video Game Gift Ideas

By: Andrea Eldridge. Id wager that just about everyone has a video game lover on their holiday list this year. From the armchair commando hunting down fellow players on Xbox live to the dedicated World of Warcraft dwarf, gaming has become a recreation activity for at least one or two members of most American households. […]

Buy This Not That: Ladies Edition

One of the sweetest parts of giving a gift to someone you care about is that excited, ‘I love it!’ response, especially when you know that it’s genuine. Sadly, it can be surprisingly elusive this time of year. With so many gadgets on your loved one’s must-have lists, how’s a holiday shopper to find the […]

Cyber Monday: A Resource Guide To The Best Deals & Sites

      As seen on Good Day Sacramento. Cyber Monday Resource Guide. It’92s Cyber Monday, the day online retailers roll out their best deals and slashed prices to lure you to spend your shopping dollars online. There are great deals to be had on tech, electronics, and much more, without ever leaving your PJs. […]

Nerdy Stocking Stuffers

By: Andrea Eldridge Its fun to be a nerd chick in a time when being called a nerd is no longer an insult. From video gamers to Star Wars lovers to gadget collectors, we all have nerds in our lives. As the holidays approach, many of you will be wondering where to find a suitably […]

What is the Best Tablet: Kindle Fire vs The Nook

One of the hottest items on many a gadget lover’s holiday list is a tablet PC, often the iPad. Just in time to muddy the waters, two more budget-friendly tablet e-readers have arrived on the market. I’ll review their pros and cons. The primary draw of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet […]

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

      Every year I vow to try something new for Thanksgiving and every year I end up making the same tried and true staples. As the food preparation checklist gets longer and the day looms closer, the thought of trying something untested and possibly ruining a dish I serve to my friends and […]

How Your Computer Can Help With Thanksgiving Party Planning

There are certain things that seem to sneak up on me over and over. Dentist appointments (who remembers an appointment they made six months ago?), flu season (I think my aversion to shots makes me resist this one), and daylight savings are always here before I expect them. I really have no excuse for the […]

Introducing the iPhone 4s

      By: Andrea Eldridge There are certain things in ’93Nerd Land’94 that make my husband giddy: the release of a new Call of Duty game for Xbox, a well-done Star Wars spoof, or an announcement of a new product or upgrade from Apple. He’92s what I lovingly refer to as an Apple fan-boy. […]

Planning The Perfect Halloween

      Planning the Perfect Halloween By: Andrea Eldridge Every year when I see the Halloween candy and costumes hit the store shelves, I get just a little bit anxious. From planning costumes, to mapping out a trick or treating route, to d’e9cor, to what to pass out, this spooky celebration can be a […]

Windows 8 Preview

I’m not a big fan of change. It took me five years with the same haircut to finally try bangs. When Microsoft announced at their developer’s conference on September 13th that they are releasing a new version of Windows, I received the news less enthusiastically than my nerdy cohorts. However, just as my Keurig coffeemaker […]

In Case Of (Electronic) Emergency

By: Heather Neal : Recently, Heather experienced electronic calamity. Here is her story. About a month ago, I was sitting in front of my laptop, eating my breakfast and drinking my morning coffee. I reached forward to type a witty response to my friend’s Facebook post, when disaster struck. I caught the edge of my […]

The World’s Best Free Downloads (part2)

(Read Part 1) Like the familiar route you take to work every day, or the path your dog walks you on every night, we all find ourselves doing things out of habit even when there may be a faster or easier way. There’s some process you follow to get online, get your email, or watch a […]

The Worlds Best Free Downloads

      Though my job is to discover new things technology can do to make life easier, I am a creature of habit. I rarely deviate from using the same few programs and applications. Just like when I was 7 and my mom finally convinced me to try broccoli again, sometimes branching out from […]

Social Networking Help

Almost everyone is on Facebook, as of 2011 there are 700 million Facebook members. If you have waited until now to set up your account, or if you just want someone to help you figure out some of Facebook’s features, give us a call. Our Nerds offer friendly, and easy to understand tutoring. We can […]

Apple and Mac Networking

Would you like to network your home Apple computers? We can two or more computers together. We can network iMacs with Macbook laptops, or even PC computers with Apples. If you want, we can even network your coffee pot to your computer. Call for a free in-home consultation, Apple Computer Networking Services Macbook, Macbook Pro, […]

The Best IT Jobs, An Overview Of The Tech Industry

    By: Andrea Eldridge The Tech industry is a booming business, despite that the country is still recovering from a recession. Technology and electronics continue to outperform other major industries. To put the tech industry in perspective, of the 5,000 companies on the 2011 INC. 5000, 999 of them were tech companies. That is […]

5 Easy Steps To A Clean Computer

A Clean Computer In 5 Easy Steps Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help you get back to […]

HELP! How To Clean Up Your Computer.

Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help your computer get back on track. After all, your computer needs […]

A New Age Of Note Taking

By: Heather Neal While I have no intention of admitting my age, in “my day” taking notes in class could be a harrowing experience. I would scribble as fast as I could while the teacher rattled off information way too fast, then run back to my dorm room to try to fill in the blanks […]

Oops We Did It Again! Nerds On Call Made Inc. 5000

On August 23, 2011 Inc. magazine announced its fifth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy— America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Nerds On Call is one of the fastest growing private companies in America for a third […]

Cozy Up To This Multitasking Organizer

    #1 GET ORGANIZED WITH COZI Keeping track of a busy schedule can be overwhelming, especially if you count on the reminder cards from your dentist and vet’s office buried in the leaning tower of paperwork that constitutes your to-do list.Add kids to the mix and chaos can quickly become pandemonium. Luckily there are […]

CEO Andrea Eldridge Interview with KPTV

    Buying A New Computer For School Q: If you had to pick one thing that was the most important component of a laptop, what would it be? A:If I had to be forced to pick just one, I’d say screen size. Most people transitioning from a desktop system have to adjust to the […]

The 4 Greatest Accessories That Every Student Needs To Succeed

    Article by: Andrea Eldridge As the new school year looms, families everywhere are shopping for new computers, laptops and tablets. Yet just as no outfit is complete without the perfect shoes, there are some techno accessories that can not only simplify homework and term paper completion, but may save you from an agonizing […]

Don’t Break The Bank Going Back To School

  How can you save on back to school shopping? We will show you the easiest ways to save money! By: Andrea Eldridge When I was a little girl, back to school was my second favorite time of year (after Christmas, of course). I loved picking out new fall outfits and shoes, and my mom […]

The Amazing Merits Of Social Media

  By: Andrea Eldridge Have you ever noticed that “Like us on Facebook”! stamp on the back of a chips or cookies package and wondered who in the world loves their snack foods so much as to want to get daily updates in their Facebook news feed? Social media has become the marketing Holy Grail. […]

How Google+ Saved The World From Facebook

  What’s the difference between Google+ and Facebook? Imagine you’re at a party. In attendance are friends, family, co-workers, celebrities, and maybe even a politician or two. As you mingle with the crowd, you selectively share information with certain groups of people. For example you’d only want your friends to hear, “I drank too much […]

3 Ways Technology Can Protect Your Home

    By: Andrea Eldridge My home is definitely where my heart is. As I build my house into a home, one tile and shingle at a time, I grow more and more inclined to protect my investment of sweat and, sometimes, tears. Home and personal security is definitely an area where technology has advanced […]

Summer Safety Gadgets

    The Eldridges are a summer loving family.  From lazy afternoons floating in the lake, to the cool tingle from the first lick of an ice cream cone, it’s no wonder we spend the winter counting down the days. Now that I’m a mom of a water-obsessed toddler, however, the season also brings some […]

The War Over The Future Of Music

  Everyone has a summer anthem. I’m partial to Will Smith’s “Summertime,” but please don’t look up when that was popular. These days, getting access to your favorite tunes is easier than ever with services that allow you to stream music to Internet-capable and mobile devices. There are even options for families like mine that […]

3 Ways To Secretly Entertain Your Kids With Education

Ahhh summer…As the sun rises, you spring from bed to make the kids a healthy breakfast before setting up the day’s roster of educational games and activities. Little Sally will be spending the day learning architecture and exploring other cultures while she builds a scale replica of the Louvre. Timmy will be splicing tomato seeds […]

Never Worry About Losing Those Smart Devices Again

Check out these 4 cool security apps to protect your computer!. About a month ago, I walked away from a coffee shop without my iPad. After I collected my stomach from my feet, I frantically raced back to the shop and practically offered to kiss the employee that had held it for me. I’m sure […]

Five Backyard gadgets for the 4th of July 2011

  The Fourth of July is almost here. This year, make the 4th of July a time to gather friends and family, aat lots of food, play with fire(works). Of course, Nerd Chicks are always looking for ways to add some sparkle to any get-together, and your backyard barbecue is no exception. Pick up one or two […]

Nerds On Call Reviews The 4 Most Trustworthy Movie Review Websites

Nerd Chick Adventures Conquers The Movie Theater Review! In a world where your swamp cooler just isn’t enough… Our hero wilts on the couch, surrounded by melted popsicles, and a sea of rapidly deteriorating moods… Things are about to get dangerous. One family will embark on a journey that will change the course of Wednesday afternoon. […]

Fathers Day: Top 5 Gadgets for Dad

      Let’s face it: Dad is simply the gadget-guru of the house. He programs the DVR, fixes Mom’s camera on the fly and has every tool known to man available at a moment’s notice from the garage. When it comes to trying to buy a gadget for Dad, how do you surprise a […]

Features of: OSX LION Revealed!

For us Apple-ites here at Nerds, today is a big day! Apple has released information on the newest version of OSX! While it won’t be available on the App Store until July, we still can’t wait for the lastest update to our OS! Apple has promised that Lion will be more similar to the iOS […]

Nerds On Call Reviews Review Sites for Planning Your Trip

With summer officially here for most students, parents are planning their summer trips, but beware of review sites. Last week we highlighted unusual review sites but this week I want to talk about Oyster.com in particular. Oyster is such a great website here at Nerds we wish that they could expand. The fact that they […]

Get Net Nanny For Free!

Our newest Customer Contest has just launched! We are giving away a copy of one of our favorite programs. Click this link, hop on over to our contest page and follow the 4 easy steps. All you have to do to enter our contest is click 4 buttons.    

How Many Kids Can You Take On A Road Trip?

Nerd Chick Adventures By: Andrea Eldridge. In your wild college days, the words “ROAD TRIP!” meant squeezing your friends into the back of a compact car and hitting the road. You survived on a steady diet of fast food burgers and Jolt Cola, and spent your time arguing about which songs to play, and whether […]

Awesome Travel Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

Yep, it’s that time of year again. The kids are getting out of school and antsy to get out of town. Don’t have the same ol’ vacation as everyone use these great travel websites to have the best vacation possible. Here is a list of the best travel sites which are chalked up with deals, […]

Conquer The Tech Clutter With Andrea on Sacramento & Co.

Summer may be right around the corner but it’s never to late for spring cleaning. Here are a few ways to clean up the mess around your home office or entertainment center. #1 Use a REAL universal remote: Logitech harmony remote actually does what it’s supposed to. This remote is the epitome of  smart and […]

Facebook Tips: Nerds On Call Ceo Andrea Eldridge on Good Morning Arizona.

In This Video Andrea give facebook tips to parents.

Facebook: Friend or Foe?

Ok, confession time. I didn’t join Facebook until a few months ago. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be on the cutting edge of all things tech, and today that includes social media. But frankly, I’m a busy girl and it sounded like a lot of work. Then I started hearing about all the […]

Which Gadgets Should I Bring With Me On Vacation?

Nerd Chick Adventures: An Essential Packing list for your Summer Vacation. Whether you dream of lounging on the beach with a margarita and a good book or prefer the thought of trailblazing through the rain forest, vacations can be a great opportunity to unplug from technology. However, we’ve tracked down some gadgets that can make […]

Get To Know Your Redding California Nerd: Dustin R.

Hi, my name is Dustin and I am a Computer Repair Rockstar in Redding California. Here is everything you need to know about me.   1. I am taller than the other so called “tallest Nerd” (Benjamin). 2. When I’m not fixing computers, I make the most epic breakfasts known to man kind. 3. Was […]

Get to know your Nerd: Kevin H.

Kevin is one of our AMAZING Nerds. In addition to spear-heading the Computer Repair industry in Portland, Oregon he lives an active and interesting life. Read some of the interesting facts about him and leave a comment. 1. I’m a sucker for pasta 2. I play a tabletop RPG called Mordheim 3. I’ve lost 20 lbs […]

Apple get your act together! We’re waiting!

Excited about getting your hands on the latest iPhone this Summer? Think again. Normally Apple releases a new iPhone every summer, but this year Apple has danced around the issue of this summer’s release only stating that the focus of the WWDC conference will be all software based. So here at Nerds we’re all waiting […]

5 Quick Last Minute (Tech Savvy) Gifts for Mom

Nerd Chick Adventures: Mother’s Day   I rolled out of bed this time last year and thought, “hmmm… it’s Mother’s Day. Wait! That’s TODAY?!” I don’t know about you, but I am a horrible planner. Add kids of my own to the mix, and I am pretty much useless. Don’t panic. Before you resign yourself […]

The Yuba City California Nerd, Adam F.

      Adam is a Nerd in Yuba City, California. Adam is a terrific computer repair technician! Adam has a long record of providing quality computer repair services to our customers in Yuba City. People often wonder, what does a Nerd do with his free time? I’m sure you imagine that we are ALWAYS […]

The Lowdown on Location Tracking

Recent news headlines shouting about iPhones, iPads and Android phones tracking your every move can make you wonder if the information being transmitted from your phone is being used for nefarious means. Like that high school friend that was so fun and helpful, but secretly gossiped behind your back, or dated your ex, Smartphones have […]

The best travel websites that you’ve never heard of

The best tips for discount travel sites. Hip Munk. In addition to performing price specific searches, Hip Munk also helps you find the most convenient fights. This site has an “agony factor rating”. Their agony meter factors in everything from departure time to the length of layovers. Travel Zoo. Travel Zoo has some of the […]

The 5 Travel Gadgets You Can’t Live Without.

Cool gadgets and travel gear for all of you’re 2011 adventures. Mobile Wifi Hot Spot: If the thought of going off the grid makes you more tense than tranquil, have no fear.  The MiFi 2200 is a device roughly the size of a business card that will give you internet access for up to five […]

Be Green! Learn the best ways to recycle your e-waste!

The easiest, little known secrets to recycling. Recycle, repurpose, and  resell.   In this video Andrea talks about the best local recycling resources. She shares about some companies who will even pay you for used merchandise. Local resources covered in this video include: Epa.gov Ecosquid.com Goodwill.org Salvationarmy.org

Nerd Chicks: Conquer your tech clutter for spring

Nothing makes a Nerd Chick question her dedication to gadgets more than seeing six remote controls lined up on the edge of the couch.While it may be mildly amusing to pretend you’re Indiana Jones conquering the tangle of cables to wrestle out your iPod charger, it’s really more annoying than anything else. Spring heralds a […]

Spring Clean With the Nerds! As Seen On Good Day Sacramento

As the days get longer and brighter, many of us start to notice the dust and clutter we’ve accumulated over the winter. From the tangle of cords surrounding your computer, to the ten remote controls lining your couch, Andrea Eldridge , CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, has brought us some fun tools to […]

Beware of Fake Reviews!

- In reply to,  “How can I tell if a customer review is fake” This week we highlighted how to find a contractor online, and while our sources are legitimate not all reviews are. The fact is that fake reviews happen much more than we all realize. Here are a few tips to figure out […]

Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets: Nerd Chicks

I am a Nerd Chick, but first and foremost I define myself by one word: Mommy. As a parent of young children, I can’t help but see the world through their eyes. My son celebrates the drive to the park, exclaiming “Look at all the TREES, Mommy! Mommy, there are TEN trees!” I love his […]

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Great travel deal websites!

HipMunk: http://www.hipmunk.com/ The site claims that most flight searches do not update their interface often, if at all. HipMunk, on the other hand, strives to create a pleasant experience for the user with a very simple design that is not intimidating and makes locating the best hotels and rates on air fare an easy. This […]

The Best Travel Gadgets

Here is our list of the top travel gadgets in 2012. iPad: Want endless hours of entertainment for the kiddos on that never ending plane ride? The iPad is the way to go. With 10 hours of active battery life they can watch Tangled over and over again or spend endless hours playing Angry Birds […]

Get to know your Nerd: Andrew R.

Andrew is a Nerd In Sacramento California. Along with helping the awesome customers of Sacramento with computer repair he also…   1. I like Chinese food (preferrably Rice <—–Seriously addicted) 2. I have a Xbox Gamerscore of 23,640 3. I have owed over 10 cars 4. Built my first computer at age of 12 5. […]

Nerd Chick Adventures: Find Your Own Mr. Fix-It

You started that DIY project only to realize that you may be in over your head. When you find yourself in the position of needing a contractor, how do you go about finding one? If you’re like us, you probably start with family or friends, but where do you turn if they don’t have a […]

Get to know your Eugene Oregon Nerd: Benjamin G.

Benjamin the famous Nerd from Eugene, Oregon. Ben has been charming computers and Eugene residents for years. His computer repair skills are top notch, and he’s a lot of fun to work with!   Ben has received hundreds of positive customer reviews, which you can read here. If you need any computer, laptop, pc or system […]

Nerd Chick Adventures: DIY Divas

Spring is officially here (despite the weather indications to the contrary…) and we all know the drill. It’s time for some Spring Cleaning. As you’re polishing your faucets to glimmer like a disco ball, you realize that the tarnish just isn’t lifting like it used to. Maybe it’s time to replace it, but… hire a […]

Insure your tech with a personal items policy!

So now that you’re protecting your smartphones with antivirus software does that get you thinking about other “what ifs” regarding your tech? Questions like what if my cell phone gets stolen, or my toddler just dropped it in the toilet? Yes, We all know that cellphone providers all have insurance that you can add on, […]

Nerd Chicks: Protect your smartphone from viruses!

I love my smartphone. As a self-proclaimed Nerd Chick, I should probably be ashamed by how reluctant I was to jump on the smartphone bandwagon, but once my old flip-phone finally dialed its last digit I took the leap and will never look back. This thing is awesome! I can keep up with my email […]

Save now with IRAs!

Here at NERDS were all about saving money, wether its that $1.00 off coupon for paper towels, or more substantial chunks of change like investing in IRAs. But why talk about IRAs now? Well with this tax season there have been some changes in how much money you can contribute to your IRA, and different […]

Nerd Chick Adventures: Tax Preparedness for Nerds

There’s nothing like tax prep time to bring my finances into focus.  Albert Einstein, upon filling out his tax forms was quoted as saying, “This is too difficult for a mathematician; it takes a philosopher.”  I find it to be a great time to wax a little philosophic about the past year and reflect upon […]

15 Great iPad apps for business!

Thinking about buying an iPad, but just cant justify spending that kind of money on a toy? Well The iPad isn’t just some plaything, it can also be a seriously helpful tool for business. With these apps you’ll save a lot of time and frustration so you can get more work done (or have more […]

Here’s why you may need an iPad

What is it about the iPad that is so alluring to husbands everywhere? Every time an iPad commercial comes on, you get jabbed in the ribs as he announces for the hundredth time “I need one of those!” It’s like living with a toddler when the “Tickle Me Elmo” was introduced. You look at his […]

Great anti-cyberbullying websites for kids!

Call out card from thatsnotcool.com Are you talking to your kids about cyberbullying but not feeling like you’re really getting through? Or would you like a few websites with games and other interactive features to really drive the message home? Well you’re in luck, we’ve searched out some of the best websites and iPad apps […]

Turn clutter into cash by selling it online

photo by: sindesign Do you have a closet full of discarded electronics, a garage teeming with pet projects your husband insists he’ll “get to,” or cupboards filled with toys the kids don’t play with anymore? Do you ever feel like you’re trapped in an episode of “Hoarders?” It may be time to consider selling some […]

What can you expect from your child’s school about cyber bullying?

Photo by: Andrew Scott There are a few things that you should expect from your school in regards to cyber bullying, but one point that I can’t stress enough is that if you are not getting results from the faculty of your school do not hesitate to contact the Superintendent of the school district. This […]

Budgeting Online

photo by: Andrew Magill I love being an adult. I decide my own bedtime, sometimes eat dessert for dinner and even (shhh, don’t tell my mother-in-law) skip making the bed when I want to. However, I know that with my great adult powers comes great responsibility. I have to plan ahead for large purchases. I […]

Things you can do to help fight against cyberbullying.

Photo by purpleslog Cyberbullying is an epidemic there is no getting around that but what can we do as adults to prevent the problem? Here are a few tips. The first line of defense against cyberbullying is communication. Define what cyberbullying is and go over the seriousness of it, making kids aware that the behavior […]

Geotagging Putting Your Privacy in Danger?

Smart phones seem to be taking over the mobile device industry, but many who don’t understand all the features, may be putting more personal information out there than they know The popular setting of Geotagging is revealing your exact location. If you’ve ever perused the collection of pictures posted to twitpics every day, you probably […]

Computer going slow? Don’t ditch it, fix it!

Newer, faster, bigger — it seems like the makers of computers and gadgets want us to see them as disposable. Why bother fixing it, just replace it! Yet we like our stuff — we are comfortable with how it works, and while it may not be the flashiest, it gets the job done. Who wants […]

Do You Google at Starbucks?

If you spend a lot of time “Googling” on a public wifi connection, then maybe you should think twice. misterbisson Love getting free Wi-Fi? Yep so do we, but free Wi-Fi may have more risks than we think while we’re sucking down our soy vanilla lattes and shopping on Ebay at the local Starbucks. The truth […]

Nerd Chicks: Never leave home without it — your smart phone, that is

As budget-conscious Nerd Chicks, it was hard to get us on board the smart phone bandwagon. “It’s going to cost me how much every month to have my e-mail sent to my phone?!?” was a refrain heard often by our spouses, friends, co-workers, you get the idea. It turns out, however, smart phones fall squarely […]

Cyber-bullying, is it really something we need to worry about?

Photo by Ange I would bet that if you have watched one of the major news channels in the last few months that you have seen an article on cyber-bullying. Is it something that we really need to worry about, or is it just the buzz phrase of the moment? This entire week Ill be […]

Coupons help save you cash

If there’s one thing frugal Nerd Chicks love to do, it’s save money on, well, everything! We’ve all learned that the Internet is great for comparison shopping, but did you know that there are a wealth of coupons available online to help you save money on anything from groceries to your next night out on […]

Save Money This Valentine’s Day With Printable Cards From Etsy

Yep, Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away. Instead of getting the regular old tear out cards from a box last minute from the drugstore be the cool parent and get these awesome printable cards from Etsy! They’re cute, relatively inexpensive, and don’t take that much more effort than buying them out of the […]

Gadgets take the ‘work’ out of workout

Does it sometimes feel like you’ve been making (and breaking) the same resolutions, year after year? Go to the gym. Lose weight. Eat better. If, like us, you are trying to improve your health and get in better shape (have you met anyone who isn’t? Yes, we hate them too.) exploring your inner-Nerd really can […]

Can an iPhone app really change the way we eat?

The iPhone app Fooducate helps decode the mysterious language of food labels and will help parents choose nutritious foods for their kids. The app is free, and easy to use: you scan a barcode into your iPhone and get ratings, nutritional reviews, and suggested alternatives. If an item doesn’t exist in their database of over […]

Using Your Smartphone To Help You Get Fit!

Just as your smartphone makes it easy to find healthy recipes and track everything you put in your mouth, so too can it help you learn new exercises, train for an upcoming goal (5K, anyone?), map your routes and monitor your progress. We sampled an assortment of mobile exercise apps, determined to find the most […]

The must-have gadgets of 2011

We’ve all had our spouse or partner come home and say “I NEED a (insert newfangled gadget here).” Most of the time, we look at him like he’s nuts, having no idea what he’s talking about. This is one reason that we Nerd Chicks look forward to the yearly Consumer Electronics Show. Yes, a little […]

NERDS ON CALL: HELPS YOU GET FIT

Using Technology to Get it Done REDDING, Calif. (January 1, 2011) – In mid 2010, an archeologist in the Middle East unearthed an ancient dwelling. Almost perfectly preserved was what appeared to be a kitchen and dining area. Frozen in time were bowls, cups and small bits of papyrus. After nearly six months of endless […]

TABLET WARS: Is now the time to buy a tablet?

Heres a small breakdown of what is out currently and what is coming soon. Photo by Luis A. Munoz This year is supposed to be a huge year for tablets. If you’re in the market for one, it’s starting to look like a mess in the tablet race, isn’t it? We’ve made a little tablet […]

5 Tech Tips To Get Organized

Photo by: dpstyles While most of us jot down our New Year’s resolutions in low tech notebooks and organizers there are billions of helpful websites and handy tech tips that can help us reach our goals. If you spend your whole day in front of a computer or carry a PDA in your pocket or […]

A Mommy-Tech Testimonial: How Google Calendar Saved My Life

Out goes the desktop calendar of old and in comes the calendar of the future. If you have more than one person living in your household, you will understand that everyone runs in different directions at any time of any day. Being a mother of two, it has become imperative to have a way to […]

No need for Post-it notes to simplify your life

photo by: Kevharb Resolutions can be a great motivator to make changes to improve our daily life. If, however, like us, one of your goals is to get organized… well, that can make it a bit harder to stay on track. In the past, we might have written our “make life easier!” goal on a […]

Things that excited us from the Consumer Electronics Show this year

Let’s face it, we all like gadgets, and we like them even more if they make our life easier! This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) one of the main focuses was “Mommy Tech”. There were gadgets, and apps galore focused on making the household run a little smoother. In this blog I’ll highlight […]

Use Google to Get Organized

Heather’s Confession time: I am not the most organized person when it comes to my life. I use sticky-notes on the fridge to track appointments, as I’ve yet to upgrade to the latest Smartphone (shocking, I know, since I am technically-savvy by nature). I’ve had to shame-facedly apologize to my chiropractor for missed appointments on […]

Now That The Holidays Are Over We Want To know…..

Photo by: Eirik Newth Does anyone have any funny holiday tech stories? Did you catch Grandpa snoring in the background of your Skype call to Grandma? Play Dance Dance Revolution on your new Kinect with your 3 year old? Or did you find your husband completely trapped in a rats nest of wires? Share your […]

My Computer’s 2011 Resolutions

photo by: erikcharlton Andrea, here. If only my computer could wrestle the mouse from my fingers, I have a feeling it would have a few choice words with me. If it could stop me from opening that link, or downloading that “great new application,” I’m sure both of us would be much happier. In the […]

Optimizing Your New Gadgets.

T’was the day after Christmas… and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…iPod…Xbox…eReader… How many of us have experienced the joy of little Johnny’s face when he opens that perfect present only to see the smile replaced by frustration when his new toy is too complicated to hook up? […]

The Best Gifts Tech Gifts To Buy For The Holidays

photo by:wicho Tape? Check. Wrapping Paper? Check. Batteries batteries?! It’s 5 a.m. Christmas morning. The kids are shaking all the presents under the tree, pleading: “Come on Mom, just one PLLLEEEAAASSSEEE?” A satisfied smile crosses your face as you anticipate their cute little faces when they see the perfect gift you picked out for them. […]

Internet Hit by Wave of Fake PC ‘defrag’ Tools

Photo by: basykes A spate of scareware apps that trick users into buying useless hard disk repair tools appears to be part of a concerted campaign to push fake ‘defrag’ software, a security company has said. The Internet abounds with Windows utilities, usually free, some not very good. Users have an unquenchable appetite for them. […]

Software Spotlight: Prey

Prey is an open-source anti-theft software designed for computers and smart phones. Basically, if you have a lost or stolen phone or computer with this software installed, you can easily track it and locate it from another computer. Prey has some pretty exciting features, such as: 100% Geolocation Aware- Uses existing gps or wifi hotspots […]

As seen On Good Day Sacramento: Black Friday Deals

We did too, so here they are! 1. Leapfrog Tag Writing System 16MB $33.99 Toy-Safari.com 2. Xbox Kinect (heres the tricky part the Kinect attachment is out of stock all of the internet but we found the best deal on the whole system) Utimate Xbox 360 Kinect Starter Pack $349.98 ToysRus.com 3. Call of Duty- […]

A few good gifts for the holidays

photo by: Yutaka Tsutano We are a family of readers, and these days no dedicated reader is complete without an ebook reader. There are several to choose from on the market, but we think Amazon’s Kindle Free 3G + Wi-Fi is the sure bet over the Barnes & Noble Nook Free 3G + Wi-Fi. Kindle’s […]

“Buy this, not that” for kids and teens

Now that I have kids of my own, the world of gifting opportunities has grown dramatically. How does one choose between a remote control Big Foot and a remote control Buzz Lightyear, when they seem so similar? This year in particular it seems that there are lots of products that do roughly the same thing […]

The Great Smartphone Debate; A Nerd Perspective on, wait, what?

Photo by: Bundini As a bonus, here is a nice counter-argument to the whole smartphone debate: I feel like I’m in that movie where everyone turns into zombies and I’m the last one left fighting for humanity.  Ok, maybe that’s extreme, but this smart phone craze is almost equivalent.  I see people everywhere with their […]

5 Tips To Keep You Cyber-Safe This Buying Season!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may mark the high points of the holiday shopping season, but they are by no means the end of it. In a still struggling economy, with everyone searching for value, consumers will encounter technology deals that might seem too good to be true. As reported by the Dow Jones newswires, […]

Essential tools for online communication

photo by:trekkyandy So now that we’ve decided to try out Skype/Google for communication with our far-off loved ones, what hardware do we need in order to make it happen? The basics would include a microphone, and headset, and a web cam. All of these things can be fairly inexpensive. Amazon. com has a variety of […]

The Great Smartphone Debate; A Nerd Perspective on iPhone

Why buy an iPhone you ask? Well if you ask me, you buy an iPhone if you want the total smart phone experience. My experience has been nothing short of spectacular. Before owning my first iPhone I owned a Blackberry Curve, and let me tell you I hated it! From the complicated sub menus, to […]

Top Sites For Cyber Monday Deals!

newegg.com walmart.com dell.com (more than just computers!) babycheapskate.com walgreens.com (code Cyber20) amazon.com techbargains.com Mrsdealfinder.com retailmenot.com Let us know your favorite sites and promo codes for Cyber Monday!

5 Helpful Cyber Monday Websites!

With so many sites offering deals, how do you know where to start? The first thing you can do is check out the list below for the top five online resources for Cyber Monday deals. I’ve compiled a list of deal aggregators, coupon sites, and even a few major retailers you should keep your eye […]

The Great Smartphone Debate; A Nerd Perspective on Android

The Android smartphones have a great advantage over a majority of any on the market, mainly because of their open source code that allows people to manipulate and customize any parts as they see fit.  Another advantage, for people that are making a living coding for Android over the iPhone is the much more lenient […]

Become Black Friday pro with these online tools

When it comes to standing in line at 3 in the morning to get a good deal, savvy Nerd Chicks do everything possible to plan ahead. There are some great websites available to view the Black Friday deals online, before the ads arrive at your door. Use these online tools to strategize so you can […]

Amazon releases Black Friday deals early, and they’ve added a nifty price comparing app!

Photo by Mr. Thomas Hold on to your credit cards: Amazon launched its Black Friday store this morning, and you’re in for a treat — there’s awesome deals on everything from gadgets and electronics to home goods. Best part? The store is open now for you to browse, buy, cash in on featured products, even […]

Are You Still Out Of The Email Loop?

photo by: Biscotte. Is there anyone out there who DOESN’T email? I find it hard to believe, but then again, anything is possible. I was originally planning on debating the difference between free email services and pay services, but then I realized, I don’t know about any email provider that actually requires payment. I don’t […]

New Online Phishing Scam on Paypal. Buyers Beware!

Photo By ToastyKen With Black Friday quickly approaching, and retailers racing to outdo each other with earlier and earlier deals, it is safe to say that the holiday shopping season has begun. If you’re shopping online, though, and paying with PayPal–be warned. There is a phishing attack targeted just for you. The holidays come with […]

Free calls with Skype

So Google Voice is pretty cool, huh? If you haven’t already, check out our resident Nerd Mommy Lana’s raving review of the service here. But did you know that aside from Google, the Internets top Voice/Video chat resource was/is Skype? Skype has been around for a long time, but is just recently reaching some popularity […]

More Black Friday Leaked Deals. Old Navy, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart OH MY!

Photo by: Michael Holden The Black Friday train is chugging along, and even though their ads may have been leaked a little early, Kmart, Old Navy, and Walmart are officially showing off even more of what we can expect on Nov. 26. Charting your Black Friday plan of attack? Be sure to take note of […]

5 Best Video Chat Applications

  When you really want to stay in touch over a long distance, a simple phone call or voice chat pales in comparison to a face-to-face video chat. You can look your long-distance significant other in the eyes while you talk; and under the right circumstances, video chat can also be an excellent tool for […]

Bring family virtually together for holidays

Last Thanksgiving, I was marooned in Kansas City for the longest three weeks of my life. It was a joyous time, since we were in the process of adopting our second child, but also heartbreaking because I was 1,800 miles away from my husband and 15-month-old son. I can truly say that video chat saved […]

How social media makes your life easier

I think by now we’re all aware of Facebook. It’s all over the news, all our friends are talking about it, and it’s even the subject of a major motion picture. But why the fascination? I know that at least for me, its a way to connect with my friends who have scattered across the […]

Stuff The Nerdmobile Full Of Toys

photo by:Aaron Patterson Santa’s Little NERDS ask for your help Nerds On Call have begun efforts in Redding, CA and Chico, CA to stuff one of the NERD mobiles full of toys for the less fortunate children in the community. Last year it was estimated that “1,235 Children received toys from the Redding community” (Salvation […]

How to Tell If a File Is Infected Before You Open It

All of us have experienced computer viruses in some way. One of the more common ones is when you receive a slightly suspicious email from a friend or a coworker. You trust them, and so you click on the link. All of a sudden, your computer could be asking you to install software or it […]

Black Friday Ad Leaks

As if there wasn’t enough to think about between the turkey and stuffing, Black Friday deals are already starting to leak out. This week, Sears and Kohl’s showed their hands in their Black Friday ads, and both are offering up some impressive deals on gadgets, HDTVs, and more. Check out a few things you should […]

Sanity Saving Gadgets For The Traveling Family

Photo by:Matthew Stewart It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you’ve been locked in a car with your teenage kids for six hours. How do you keep calm amongst the troops, and your sanity? Check out these Nerd Chick-approved gadgets to have you smooth sailing this holiday season. There’s nothing worse than the death of your […]

Fix for iPhone Alarm Woes Revealed

A bug in the iPhone operating system iOS, which resulted in alarms going off an hour late as Europe this week can be easily fixed. Many iPhone users found themselves waking late and even missing important appointments thanks to the glitch. The issue has been noted online, on Twitter, Facebook, and attracted mainstream coverage in […]

A Few Unknown Tips About Travel Websites

As the holidays approach, family time becomes that much more important. So how can we use technology to help us get in touch with those long lost relatives? How about searching for travel deals that are light on the wallet? We’ve all seen Captain Kirk on TV peddling priceline.com, but did you know there are […]

Have an iPhone? Here is a list of apps to help with your travels

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A Few Great Websites for Travel Plans

photo by: Zoagli The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family. Often, that involves the opportunity to travel to visit loved ones we may not see but once every year or so. How does a savvy Web user find the best bang for their travel buck? There are some great Web […]

Facebook launches quirky ‘friendship pages’

Facebook today launched a feature called “Friendship Pages,” which lets users load up the interactions between themselves and individual friends, or between any two friends, on the social network. You’ll see their posts on one another’s walls, events to which both RSVP’d, photos in which both are tagged, and other interactions that you would otherwise […]

Firefox Trojan Targets Older Versions of Windows

A new Firefox vulnerability reported on Tuesday affects primarily users of the browser on older versions of Windows, security firm Trend Micro has determined. Present in both Firefox 3.5 and 3.6, according to Mozilla, the zero-day flaw causes a “drive-by download” whereby a malicious file is downloaded and run without the user’s knowledge. It was […]

New Firefox Add-On Can Hijack Facebook and Twitter!

A freelance software developer has created a Firefox plug-in that allows the user to scan a network and steal cookies for hijacking user accounts. ZoomMonday at the ToorCon 12 security conference, Seattle-based freelance software developer Eric Butler announced the release of Firesheep, a Firefox plug-in that allows a user to scan a Wi-Fi network and […]

Does Mac OS X Need Malware Protection?

Everyone knows that the Mac OS X operating system is just inherently secure. Any Apple loyalist will gladly explain to you everything that is wrong with Microsoft Windows, and how happy they are with not having to worry about malware and exploits on their shiny new Mac. So, I guess Macs don’t need security software […]

Nerd Tricks: Undo a Sent Gmail Message For Up to 30 Seconds

Google’s Undo Send for Gmail feature debuted as a Labs feature and quickly turned standard – who doesn’t want the ability to recall a message you’ve mistakenly sent before it lands in its recipient’s inbox? The default setting for Undo Send is 10 seconds, but with a quick tweak, you can increase the time you’re […]

Facebook 101: Getting Started

By Heather Neal: Does it seem like all your friends have a Facebook account, and you’re out of the loop? Are you worried that if you start an account, your creepy ex-boyfriend from high school will track you down and start stalking you again? Well, keep reading. Here’s how to set up your Facebook account […]

Think Your Tweet Is Private? Think Again

Think Your Tweet Is Private? Think Again Twitter has established itself as a means of broadcasting information to wide group of people all at once. But, for those times where you want to talk more intimately, Twitter also has the ability to send a Direct Message (DM) that is private between the two parties. Well, […]

Rest and Relax Nerd Chick Style

Photo by: Pejman Parvandi Do you feel like your computer has a split personality? On the one hand, it can be so helpful: keeping you in touch with friends and family and helping you find recipes, books and cool travel deals. Yet, on the other hand, it crashes, gets infected with viruses and spyware, and […]

Tools To Keep Your Data Safe

Makeover that old Computer Part Five: Backup and Save Now that your computer is clean, it is time to learn how to keep your documents and files safe. There is nothing worse than spending hours on that paper—when disaster strikes and it vanishes!  Many things cause your computer to crash and in some cases you […]

Make Free Calls With Google

Lana Chappell As a working mother with two boys under the age of four, I am always looking for new ways to make my life more efficient and cost effective. Google’s free services are my saving grace.  One of the newest ways I save money with Google is by making free phone calls directly from […]

Security alert for people still using AVG 8.0

  According to AVG Tech Support a glitch has been found for those using AVG version 8.0.  In the article found here, the latest definition update 271.1.1/3048 will cause an .exe or .dll file to be recognized as a virus or infection in AVG versions 8.5.437 and older. What does this mean for you? Well— […]

Get The Junk Out Of Your Computer

Make over that old PC for the upcoming school year, Part IV: CCleaner and Glary Utilities CCleaner and Glary Utilities are two easy-to-use programs to help you clean up “junk” files and correct registry errors that will often clog up your computer and make it run slow.  Both programs are available for free HERE. Once […]

A Free Way To Get Rid Of Malware

Makeover that old computer for the school year, Part III: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Malware is a form of malicious software designed to infiltrate a users computer without their knowledge. The most common type of Malware is   referred to as “scareware“. As a computer repair company, we remove scareware, almost, on a daily basis. Scareware shows up on […]

Spyware Problem? Read This Article

Make over that old PC for the upcoming school year, Part Two: Spybot Search & Destroy Now that you have cleared any infection from your system, its time to do a sweep for Spyware. We recommend Spybot Search & Destroy available for download HERE. Click the link above, and follow the prompts to install. Unlike […]

Keep The Virus’s Away With AVG

Make-over that old computer for the upcoming school year-Part One: AVG Can’t afford a new computer this school year? NERDS will show you steps you can take to get extra life out of that old computer. Many people fall victim to the belief that computers go obsolete soon after purchase, this may be true in […]

Live Online Help Resources

The Internet provides a wealth of resources to find information, but sometimes you need a little one-on-one assistance for a specific question. Launched in November, Google Helpouts joins a host of online resources, including Just Answer, and eHow Now, that connect people who have questions to experts in a multitude of fields. Here’s how to […]

The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by anti-virus software, rootkits aim to keep your system working but under the […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

Breathe New Life Into an Old PC If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent you can and performed all maintenance to rule out a malware infection, […]

Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers A bug in all versions of Internet Explorer leaves anyone using IE in conjunction with the Windows Operating System (more than 40% of Internet users in North America according to StatCounter) vulnerable to infection by Trojan horse viruses. In a Security Advisory released by Microsoft on September […]

Breaking Up in the Digital Age

Y’Know Breaking Up is Hard to Do! Breakups suck. There’s no way around it. But the good old days of being reminded of your ex’s existence only at the rare mutual friend birthday party or when flipping through old photos are over. From Facebook updates to emails to shared passwords, today’s digital connectivity makes it […]

Should You Shutdown Your Computer or Leave It On All The Time?

When You Shutdown Your Computer, Can It Cause Problems? There are a number of myths floating around about what you should do with your computer when you’re not using it. Some say that you should always shut it down, while others claim that shutting down regularly will shorten the life of your computer. The fact […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

Tech Bargains: Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Tech Bargains at Your Fingertips It seems summer gets shorter and shorter every year. How is it that back to school is already here? Whether you’re in the market for a PC, printer or router to get set up for the new academic year, or you’re just poised to take advantage of the season’s sales, […]

Small Business Data BackUp

Data BackUp – You Don’t Even Need A Truck Data backup is the flossing of the tech world: you know you should do it, but you just never get around to it. There’s something in human nature that makes us learn the hard way – cavities are no fun. Yet when it comes to risking […]

Living Without an Optical Drive

Are Optical Drives Necessary Anymore? This time of year, you may be contemplating adding a new laptop to your gadget family, whether it’s for back-to-school or to take advantage of the season’s sales. Thinner, lighter, super portable systems that remain high functioning (like Intel’s Ultrabooks (TM) and Apple’s Macbook Air) are all the rage, but […]

Small Business Network: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in a unique position: they need more reliability than a standard wireless firewall […]

DNSChanger: What you need to know

DNSChanger: How To See If You’re Infected, How To Fix It If You Are. On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network […]

Data Backup Basics

Easy Steps to Get Started With Data Backup There are certain things we all know we should do: change the oil every 3,000 miles, choose different passwords for every online login, and back up our computers. Though I know better, I sometimes get to 5,000 miles before changing the oil, I can’t remember 500 different […]

Small Business Computers: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Computers: It’s Important to Spend Wisely According to a May 2012 report by the National Economic Council, there are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. employing 60 million Americans – roughly half of the private sector workforce. The balance between budgeting and productivity can be challenging to small firms, particularly those working […]

Laptop Repair: Fix it or replace it?

Laptop Repair Can Be Costly, But Some Repairs Are Worth It. When I made the switch from a desktop computer to a laptop, the idea that everything that previously took up my entire desk could now fit in such a small, portable device was revolutionary. However, the first time that my keyboard failed, I realized […]

How to Stop Spam

Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam Now that I have a newborn in the house, the last thing I have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers for 30 percent off at a store I bought one thing from three years ago, or daily newsletters from an online magazine touting […]

How to Remove a Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

New MacBooks a $2,200 disposable computer?

[ Opt7_Microdata_Review_1437820936] New MacBooks can’t be upgraded When it comes to portable electronics, bigger is not better. From the new line of UltraBooks announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display released by Apple this month, laptops are getting ever smaller and lighter to compete with the […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 2

Hybrid or Solid State Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. The most vulnerable part of a hard drive is its moving parts. The disk spins, the spindle arm moves to read data, all the while creating heat, friction, and an opportunity to break when the moving stops. The next generation of hard drives – […]

Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

Want a New Computer? What You Need to Know Now!

Everything you need to know about buying a new computer. Buying a new computer can be almost as stressful as buying a new car. How do you find the best fit for your needs without blowing your budget? If you sign on for all the bells and whistles, or have your heart set on a […]

Computer parts: CPU, Hard Drive, Giga…what?

Computer parts – do they have to name them such dorky names? Going Back to school is a great time to take advantage of retailers competing for parent’s dollars, and finally upgrade from that old Windows 98 machine limping along in your basement. In fact, please do yourself a favor, if you still have windows […]

What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

Best Computer Repair: Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know.

Best Computer Repair Company, How To Choose Wisely. Computer repair is like taking your car to the mechanic, at least for most of us. As much as I depend on my car, it’s a mystery how all the parts work together to get me down the road. This lack of fundamental understanding of the car’s […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 1

Hard Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. My computer repair company services thousands of PCs each year.  In my experience, there are some constants: no one’s computer or Internet speed is ever fast enough and all hard drives will eventually fail. Hard drives physically fail more than any other internal component: no surprise, given […]

Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!

Upgrade Windows now, seriously, we can wait…started yet…? Your computer’s operating system is the most integral part of how your machine functions. It determines how you view and launch programs, how stable software runs, and how your desktop looks and functions. Whether you’re nursing a trusty Windows XP machine or have resigned yourself to living […]

Slow Computer? Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

Is your computer slow? The best way to speed it up is to upgrade your RAM The term RAM is probably pretty familiar. You may know it as memory and that it affects the speed of your PC, laptop, or handheld electronics. But will upgrading and adding more RAM speed up a slow computer? The […]

Spring Clean: 1 in 6 Phones Have Poop on Them

Spring Clean Your Computer, iPhone, or Gadgets When I’m greeted by a fine layer of yellow pollen dust coating my car, I know that Spring has sprung. The brighter days and open windows lead many of us to notice the layer of dust that has also settled indoors, followed by a mental note to pull […]

Computer Repair: What to buy now that can save you later

Computer repair savings, what to buy now, and what you can pass on. By: Andrea Eldridge CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company. You don’t have to buy the latest, top-of-the-line option every time you shop for technology. I know I risk being shunned by the nerd community for saying […]

5 Easy Steps To A Clean Computer

A Clean Computer In 5 Easy Steps Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help you get back to […]

Kathy B, Customer Review

We are so thankful for the amazing customers of Nerds On Call. This customer review is from Kathy B. Thanks Kathy! Transcript of Video: Kathy: Hi this is Kathy B, and I’ve had my computer for 7 or 8 years. We all get really accustomed to technology some of us are a little more comfortable with […]

Jackie N, Customer Review

Jackie N of  Portland Oregon Highly Recommends Nerds On Call Computer Repair.   Jackie: “I had trouble with my computer and hated it and I called nerds on call because of their ad in the paper. Russel came out and was a great help to me and I really appreciate the work that he did, and he got […]

Get to know your Eugene Oregon Nerd: Benjamin G.

Benjamin the famous Nerd from Eugene, Oregon. Ben has been charming computers and Eugene residents for years. His computer repair skills are top notch, and he’s a lot of fun to work with!   Ben has received hundreds of positive customer reviews, which you can read here. If you need any computer, laptop, pc or system […]

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PR: Stuff the nerd mobile full of toys

Santa’s Little NERDS ask for your help Redding, CA-November 2, 2010: Nerds On Call have begun efforts in Redding, CA to stuff one of the NERD mobiles full of toys for the less fortunate children in the community. Last year it was estimated that “1,235 Children received toys from the Redding community” (Salvation Army, 2010) […]

PR: “Nerds” makes connecting with loved ones simple

Easy ways to bring your family closer REDDING, Calif. (November 1, 2010) – When it comes to staying close with those we love; deep down we all know what needs to be done. All too often a busy life or money worries get in the way, and suddenly our close-knit family becomes a loose connection […]

PR: Nerds On Call starts weekly column in newspaper

Andrea Eldridge, President of Nerds On Call starts weekly column “NERD Chick Adventures” in local paper REDDING, Calif. (October 11, 2010) – When you think of NERDS-you probably picture thick glasses, chess champs, and computer wizards but Andrea Eldridge, President and Co-founder of Nerds On Call is here to change that stereotype. Never judge a […]

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Home Theater Selection

Would you like a Nerd to take you shopping? Nerds on call will actually send a Nerd shopping with you, to the store of your choice. We can help you pick the perfect Home Theater set to fit your needs. We will explain the difference between a new LG Home Theater System and a Samsung […]

Home Theater Installation

Congratulations, you’ve finally bought that new Home theater system, every few years it seems we all need to upgrade from our older, smaller entertainment system. There are very few things as fun as watching a movie on your new big screen! Yet, with each new upgrade comes more wires, a thick home theater system manual. […]

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 […]

Replace Windows XP for Cheap

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP has officially ended.  Those systems still running XP are vulnerable to hackers accessing data or being turned into a bot-net to spread viruses and malware.  Maintaining an up-to-date anti-virus software isn’t enough to keep a system running XP secure.  It’s time to ditch XP once and for all.  Luckily, there […]

Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those […]

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 […]

Track Christmas Gifts Online

Instead of my usual December dash to check everyone off my holiday shopping list, this year I accumulated gifts throughout the year. When I saw something perfect for my mom I grabbed it and tucked it away to wrap later. While I was feeling proud of myself for not procrastinating, I discovered an unfortunate side […]

Use Christmas Wishlists

Every year, our Christmas gift giving goes something like this. My sister sends out an email to a small handful of family members with a list of all the things her family wants. Then I send out a similar list, to a different handful of people regarding our family. Mom does the same. You already […]

Avoid Online Scams

As the holiday shopping season gains momentum, those looking to swindle online shoppers get creative in their attempts to lure victims. I consulted with Scambook (www.scambook.com), an online complaint resolution website, about the top scams from last holiday season – they’re likely to appear again either in the same form or with slight variations – […]

Spot Fake Online Reviews

Online reviews can be a great tool to help find a hotel for your next trip, a reputable handy man or the best coffeemaker around. On our last trip to San Francisco, we ate our way from one delicious restaurant to the next, all with the assistance of kindly Yelp reviewers. Unfortunately, there are some […]

Which Browser is Best?

Pop quiz: what browser do you use to access the Internet? If you’re like many computer users, you may have answered “Google,” or “Yahoo,” but while the company Google does have a browser (Chrome), Google and Yahoo are search engines. A browser is the piece of software on your computer that you use to navigate […]

Social Ads

A few months ago, I noticed a curious phenomenon on Facebook. Suddenly it seemed like my friends were posting ads for companies like Starbucks, Walmart and Tide in my newsfeed. “That’s weird,” I thought, “Why would Jennifer post an ad for Tide? Does she want everyone to know how much she loves clean sheets?” It […]

Make a Personal Website

From promoting your small business to getting yourself noticed by a potential employer, having your own website can allow you to better control the information, stories and images attached to your online persona. Yet the task of creating a website from scratch seems daunting, leaving many believing that a personal webpage is out of their […]

Clean up Your Email

I established my Yahoo email account many years ago. In those days, email was something to look forward to, usually a nice correspondence with a friend or family member. Boy have times changed. My account now receives upwards of 500 spam messages weekly, and most of the messages I receive are certainly not from family […]

New Surface Tablets from Microsoft

When Microsoft first unveiled their new Surface tablets last year, they were received with middling reviews, especially the lower-end Surface RT. Less than a year after the original release, Microsoft has already announced the next generation of Surface tablets. The “RT” designation has been dropped and the new tablets are now the Surface 2 and […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 3

It’s been almost a month since I made the switch to Windows 8, and my feelings are mixed. Here are some of the things that, so far, I like and others that I’d like to ditch. Windows 8’s integration with touch screen devices is undeniably cool. Being able to touch to launch an app, slide […]

Apps That Pay You Back

My four year old has a serious case of the “gimmes.” From every toy his friends have to things on the shelf in the store, just about everything elicits a “can I have that?” from his early consumer mouth. This has led to many discussions about how “money doesn’t grow on trees,” and “you can’t […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 2

Last week my foray into Windows 8 began in earnest. I discovered that I like the look of Metro with its apps displayed as “tiles,” though I’m withholding judgment on its user-friendliness. I also learned that I will need to get used to clicking on the corners of the screen to navigate between applications and […]

Find Charity Online

The other day I was sitting in the Starbucks drive-through line. I pulled up to the window to pay and I was informed that the car in front of me had paid my bill. It was surprising how such a simple gesture made my day. There’s no quicker path to a warm fuzzy feeling than […]

The Switch to Windows 8 – Part 1

Despite my tech-writer status, I’ve held out against moving to Windows 8. I am strongly in favor of productivity and I find that learning an entirely new layout and way of getting around in my PC tends to hinder my ability to get things done. And yet, my trusty Windows 7 laptop has seen better […]

Hard Drive Diagnostics

Hard Drive Diagnostics Keep One Step Ahead of Your Hard Drive Hard drive failure can be devastating, particularly if it’s been a while since you backed up your data. It can lead to costly data retrieval or worse, loss of data if your drive becomes completely corrupted. Don’t be caught by surprise: make it a […]

Prep Your PC for Back to School

Prep Your PC for Back to School After spending the summer surfing the net, playing video games, and whatever else your kids do when you turn them loose on the computer, your family PC is probably in need of some R and R. Before you enter the season of homework and research projects, whip your […]

Upgrade to Windows 8

We received a great question from local reader Dorothy N. about whether or not she should upgrade to Windows 8. I still have Windows XP.  I have read that Windows will not support XP after April of next year.  I like to have a start button and prefer using a mouse instead of my fingers to […]

Use Pinterest for Back to School

Use Pinterest for Back to School Tips While it may seem like summer vacation just started (or perhaps for some, it feels like it will never end), the time to get the kids geared up and ready to head back to school is right around the corner. Pinterest can help take some of the guess […]

How to Use Google Better

How to Use Google Better Time-saving tips for navigating cyberspace Even though more web users search with Google than any other search engine, take advantage of the full power of the tool at their disposal. From finding a quick answer to just about any question, query or calculation you encounter to more easily finding relevant […]

NERDS ON CALL: REPAIR YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: REPAIR YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION With a Few Simple Tips California, (July, 2013) – When you enter your name into Google (or the search engine of your choice), are the results flattering, or at least accurate? Even if you aren’t keeping tabs on your […]

Repair your Online Reputation

Repair your Online Reputation When you enter your name into Google (or the search engine of your choice), are the results flattering, or at least accurate? Even if you aren’t keeping tabs on your online reputation, others may be. From potential employers to prospective love interests, information linked to you on the Internet can affect […]

Easy Ways to Increase Laptop Lifespan

Increase Your Laptop’s Lifespan A few simple tips The compact, mobile loveliness that is a laptop brings with it a shorter lifespan than a typical desktop PC. On average, a laptop has a lifespan of about four years. The hardware begins to age after 2-3 years and they’re usually more expensive to upgrade than a […]

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

Prevent Identity Theft and Protect Yourself The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. According to data compiled by Zone Alarm, maker of antivirus and firewall software, identity theft results in an average cost to victim of $4,841 and takes, on average, 33 hours to resolve. With […]

Protect Gadgets from Heat this Hot Summer

Protect Gadgets from Heat Are you enjoying the 100+ degree summer temperatures? I am pretty sure your gadgets are not. Summer heat and activities can be brutal on electronic devices, but no one wants to leave them behind when taking the kids to the beach or the lake. There are ways to protect your phone, […]

HD Antenna Makes it Easy to Get Rid of Cable

Get Rid of Cable with an HD Antenna One of the home theater questions I get asked most often is how to get rid of cable or satellite bills without losing TV entirely. I’ve highlighted how to stream content over the Internet to your TV or computer, but many readers balk at the idea of […]

Take Better Photos with these Smartphone Photography Tips

Smartphone Photography Tips for Better Pictures We take our Smartphones with us everywhere, so chances are when you’re ready to snap a quick picture of your kid or four-legged friend doing something especially cute, you’re not going to have your fancy-schmancy camera handy. Yet more often than not, these fast photo-ops end up looking dark […]

Get the Best Home Theater Setup

The Best Home Theater Setup: Go from ‘Meh’ to Marvelous You spent a lot of money on your that big TV and surround sound, so you should just be able to plug it and watch, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. There are a lot of different factors that affect your home theater looks and […]

Get the Most out of Travel Booking Websites – Part 2

Tips for Using Travel Booking Websites – Part 2 by Andrea Eldridge Over the last few weeks we’ve been exploring online tools to plan a great summer vacation.  From finding the best deals to doing Disney to cruising, the Internet offers a wealth of resources to get you where you want to go with fewer headaches.  […]

Don’t Trash it: Use a Monitor to Watch TV

Anyone with a monitor in their closet gathering dust has probably thought the same thing: “Why can’t I just use this to watch TV?”  You can!  As more people transition to mobile devices or upgrade their screen when replacing their PC, there are decent monitors taking up room in storage cabinets everywhere.  Before you retire […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: USE A MONITOR AS A TV California, (May, 2013) – Anyone with a monitor in their closet gathering dust has probably thought the same thing: “Why can’t I just use this to watch TV?”  You can!  As more people transition to mobile devices […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SHARING A COMPUTER California, (May, 2013) – Sharing a computer can be tricky.  Whether it’s the kids vying for screen time or summer house guests looking to check their email, following some easy tips can save your sanity. First, create separate user accounts for […]

The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 2

While your monitor has a huge impact on your computing experience, the multitude of performance indicators can be confusing.  Last week I reviewed some of the primary factors that you should consider when shopping for a new display, including screen size, components effecting clarity and pairing with the right graphics card. If you missed it, […]

NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR California, (April, 2013) – Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a […]

The Best Way to Choose a Computer Monitor Part 1

Choose a Computer Monitor to Fit Your Needs – Part 1 Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a package deal, or opt for the largest screen available within […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK California, (April, 2013) – Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” […]

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Facebook Account Hacked? Fix it now! Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” knows that social media sites are prime targets for spam and data mining.  What do you do […]

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Tips for Public WiFi Safety It seems every shop and gathering place proclaims “Free WiFi,” but is it safe to check your email at the airport, library or McDonalds?  There are risks to accessing private data while connected to an unsecured, community network.  Here’s how to surf safely when you’re on public WiFi. When you […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO SURF SAFELY On “Free WiFi” It seems every shop and gathering place proclaims “Free WiFi,” but is it safe to check your email at the airport, library or McDonalds?  There are risks to accessing private data while connected to an […]

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So You Think You’ve Been Hacked – What to do next Headlines have been shouting out, that the FBI recently investigated a website which had obtained personal information of high-profile people, and posted it online. Their credit card and social security numbers were available for anyone to see. These numbers have been conned out of […]

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Boost Wifi Reception at Home with These Tips Wi-Fi makes connecting to the Internet seem like magic.  There’s a wonderful signal passing through the air that makes my phone work faster and unplugs my laptop from the cable – miraculous!  If you’re affected by slow speed or bad reception, however, staying connected can be a […]

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Find the Best Tech Deals Around Top Money Saving Tips There’s no denying that indulging a love of electronics can get pricey.  Here are a few tips to ensure that you don’t overpay for technology. Don’t pay more for “high end” cables/connectors: It may come as a surprise that part of your TV, home theater […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PREVENT TECH INJURIES Ergonomic Tips for Tech Users California, (February, 2013) – Whether it is an aching wrist from too much keyboard and mouse use or neck strain from looking down at your laptop or tablet screen, tech injuries typically result from repetitive […]

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The New Facebook Privacy Settings and how they affect you It seems like every time Facebook makes a change to their privacy policies or security settings, someone throws a fit about how it reflects a reduction in personal privacy and how Facebook is eventually going to own your life. But the world’s most popular social […]

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Get the Best when you Use Amazon.com Whether you’re in the market for the latest hit movie, coffee, electronics, or even a drum set, Amazon.com has just about anything you can imagine buying online. In addition to massive selection, Amazon is known for its competitive pricing. Save even more time and money by taking advantage […]

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Use Pinterest to UP Your Holiday Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Unleash your inner Martha Stewart with Pinterest California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -The holidays are usually everyone’s favorite time of year – gathering with friends and family over special meals, showing you care with gifts, watching the kids explode with excitement over pumpkins, decorated houses, lit Christmas trees… […]

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Use Technology to Save on Holiday Shopping November seems to sneak up on me every year. I’m minding my own business, working out costume details and sugar coating trick-or-treaters when, BAM! Out of the blue it’s time to get cracking on holiday shopping. To help myself get in the game and to help you save […]

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Secret Features in Windows 7 Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage of. Here are just a few of the more under-utilized tools that […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. California, (October, 2012) -When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity […]

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Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity is yours. Before you know it, however, your news feed is clogged […]

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Hidden Benefits to Cloud Computing Using cloud services such as Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Amazon’s “Cloud Drive,” Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or SugarSync to store and/or backup your data has some clear advantages. Most notably: unlimited storage capability and the reliability of offsite redundant servers maintaining multiple mirror images of your data without having to invest […]

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Stay Focused: Tech Distractions Ever have one of those mornings at work where 10 o’clock rolls around and you wonder what you’ve been doing for the past two hours? Between “catching up” on your friends’ Facebook posts and maintaining the little farm game you downloaded to your phone, tech distractions abound and they can make […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Breathe New Life Into an Old PC California, (September, 2012) -If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

Breathe New Life Into an Old PC If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent you can and performed all maintenance to rule out a malware infection, […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers California, (September, 2012) -Over the weekend of September 15, researchers discovered a large security hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The security hole is more pervasive than any previously discovered and affects the last four versions of the browser, […]

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Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers A bug in all versions of Internet Explorer leaves anyone using IE in conjunction with the Windows Operating System (more than 40% of Internet users in North America according to StatCounter) vulnerable to infection by Trojan horse viruses. In a Security Advisory released by Microsoft on September […]

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Y’Know Breaking Up is Hard to Do! Breakups suck. There’s no way around it. But the good old days of being reminded of your ex’s existence only at the rare mutual friend birthday party or when flipping through old photos are over. From Facebook updates to emails to shared passwords, today’s digital connectivity makes it […]

Should You Shutdown Your Computer or Leave It On All The Time?

When You Shutdown Your Computer, Can It Cause Problems? There are a number of myths floating around about what you should do with your computer when you’re not using it. Some say that you should always shut it down, while others claim that shutting down regularly will shorten the life of your computer. The fact […]

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Cyber Bullying: What is it? How do you prevent it? Some facts. In today’s schools you don’t see kids getting shoved in lockers or walking around with wedgies as much anymore. That’s not because kids are necessarily getting nicer – there are just more rules that really crack down on physical bullying in school. So […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality of Windows 8. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can […]

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Online Identity Theft Prevention California, (August, 2012) -On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, had his digital identity brutally hacked. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos […]

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Online Identity Theft Prevention On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, was the victim of identity theft. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos from the first year of his daughter’s life, hundreds of emails, and […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Top 10 Computer Maintenance Tips California, (August, 2012) -You may think that upgrades are only available to the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a […]

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When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new models. When is the best time to buy a new computer or gadget? Unless you stay up on trending tech news, it’s […]

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Which Students Should Get Back to School Tablets As parents everywhere prepare to send sons and daughters back to school, they want to arm them with the best possible resources. For many families, computers or tech gadgets are alongside clothes, pens and paper on the list of purchases to budget for. As tablets grow in […]

Tech Bargains: Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Tech Bargains at Your Fingertips It seems summer gets shorter and shorter every year. How is it that back to school is already here? Whether you’re in the market for a PC, printer or router to get set up for the new academic year, or you’re just poised to take advantage of the season’s sales, […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com DNSChanger: PCs Infected with DNS Changer Will Get Cut Off California, (July, 2012) – On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is […]

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Share Photos and Videos Like A Nerd The opportunity to capture your adorable kidlet trying their first taste of lemon only comes along once. If you’re fast enough to capture that shot on your phone or camera, how do you share that priceless pucker with all your friends and family? There are so many ways […]

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Standout Facebook Birthday Wishes In my circle of family and friends, summer is the season of birthdays. I know more than ten people who celebrate between the months of June and August. Even if I’m fortunate to live near enough to join their party, these days posting Happy Birthday wishes on their Facebook wall seems […]

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How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

Tips & Tricks: Simple tricks to edit a PDF

Edit a PDF like a Boss! Portable Document Format (PDF) is a great tool when you want to send a document electronically that you don’t want the recipient to edit. But what about when you’re on the receiving end of a PDF that you need to change, such as an online form or application? Those […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 2

Hybrid or Solid State Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. The most vulnerable part of a hard drive is its moving parts. The disk spins, the spindle arm moves to read data, all the while creating heat, friction, and an opportunity to break when the moving stops. The next generation of hard drives – […]

Job Hunting Grads: Social Media Warning (With Infographic)

Nerd Chick Adventures: Job Hunting Tips for Grads Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. When I was entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and hitting the want ads. Yet in today’s socially connected internet […]

Travel Tips: Best Apps for the Summer

Travel Tips: Make your summer nerdier Summertime is all about fun under the sun and now this even includes apps for your smartphone. Whether you’re looking for show times at your local drive-in theater, recipes for a great backyard BBQ, or the best beaches to hit on your vacation to the coast, there’s an app […]

Cyber Bullying: Protecting Your Kids Online

How to protect against cyber bullying Nerd Chicks love a happy ending. Cliff hangers at the end of our favorite TV shows drive us nuts. After last weeks discussion of types of cyber bullying and the ways our kids are at risk, you may have been left thinking, ‘Ok, now that we’re sufficiently concerned, what’s […]

Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Nerd Dad Day

Nerd Chick Adventures: Nerd Treats for Father’s Day There is a relatively pervasive voice in my head that whispers, “Hallmark Holiday” whenever Mother’s Day or Father’s Day approaches. Yet there’s no denying that reminding our loved ones of their importance can’t be bad. If possible, I prefer giving time and attention to mom or dad […]

How To Help Kids Deal With Social Media Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying happens 24/7 From Facebook, to Twitter, to Foursquare, social media sites are everywhere and full of virtual land mines for our teens. They can quickly become a victim of cyber bullying. Anything they say can and may be used against them by a bully at school, a college admissions counselor or a future […]

Want a New Computer? What You Need to Know Now!

Everything you need to know about buying a new computer. Buying a new computer can be almost as stressful as buying a new car. How do you find the best fit for your needs without blowing your budget? If you sign on for all the bells and whistles, or have your heart set on a […]

Computer parts: CPU, Hard Drive, Giga…what?

Computer parts – do they have to name them such dorky names? Going Back to school is a great time to take advantage of retailers competing for parent’s dollars, and finally upgrade from that old Windows 98 machine limping along in your basement. In fact, please do yourself a favor, if you still have windows […]

What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

Best Computer Repair: Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know.

Best Computer Repair Company, How To Choose Wisely. Computer repair is like taking your car to the mechanic, at least for most of us. As much as I depend on my car, it’s a mystery how all the parts work together to get me down the road. This lack of fundamental understanding of the car’s […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 1

Hard Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. My computer repair company services thousands of PCs each year.  In my experience, there are some constants: no one’s computer or Internet speed is ever fast enough and all hard drives will eventually fail. Hard drives physically fail more than any other internal component: no surprise, given […]

Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

4 Essential Tech Travel Tips

You wouldn’t scuba dive without the right kind of gear, so don’t travel without these Tech Travel Tips! Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World for the first time this summer, or making the yearly migration to Grandma’s house, there are many things you can do to help ensure that the trip a success.  […]

Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!

Upgrade Windows now, seriously, we can wait…started yet…? Your computer’s operating system is the most integral part of how your machine functions. It determines how you view and launch programs, how stable software runs, and how your desktop looks and functions. Whether you’re nursing a trusty Windows XP machine or have resigned yourself to living […]

Slow Computer? Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

Is your computer slow? The best way to speed it up is to upgrade your RAM The term RAM is probably pretty familiar. You may know it as memory and that it affects the speed of your PC, laptop, or handheld electronics. But will upgrading and adding more RAM speed up a slow computer? The […]

How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Android or iPhone? These tips will work for both. Are you on Pinterest? How about Facebook or Google + or even Reddit? Now ask yourself what makes these sites so engaging and fun to participate in? That’s right—we’re addicted making and sharing photographs. Back in the olden days of the late 1990s it used to […]

Travel Tips: Unplug from the Internet on vacation

How to resist the Internet when you’re on Vacation If you’re going on holiday this year, you’re probably already counting down the days. It’s a chance to escape the daily stress of work and family life and take some time out to re-charge those batteries. However, with more and more of us living our lives […]

Facebook’s Timeline? Take control now

I’ve been dragging my heels about adopting Timeline, the Facebook profile introduced in September. I haven’t wanted to accept that my comfy, familiar profile will soon be gone for good. But there’s no delaying anymore: Facebook announced last week that “over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline.” Instead of waiting for Timeline to […]

Spring Clean: 1 in 6 Phones Have Poop on Them

Spring Clean Your Computer, iPhone, or Gadgets When I’m greeted by a fine layer of yellow pollen dust coating my car, I know that Spring has sprung. The brighter days and open windows lead many of us to notice the layer of dust that has also settled indoors, followed by a mental note to pull […]

Use Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to follow the candidates

Nerds On Call: Getting Political From 24-hour news streams to Facebook rants about hot-button issues, the Internet allows so many voices to shout that it can feel like a lot of noise. Yet it also allows the candidates to present themselves and what they stand for, communicating with constituents in a way that is unparalleled. […]

Travel tips: Easy Prep To Avoid a Ruined Trip

Travel Tips: How To Not Ruin Your Vacation You may have a nifty waterproof case, but there’s more you can do to get the most out of your tech while you’re away from home. Before you head out on that much needed vacation, use our travel tips to prep your tech for the road. Sync […]

4 Secrets Online Job Hunting

How To: Online Job Hunting If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the Internet can be a key resource, albeit a daunting one. Spend time searching through Monster.com online job listings, and you may even argue that the Internet is counter-productive to your job hunt. However, a discussion paper written in […]

NERDS ON CALL: FIND A JOB—Using the Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact:  Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373  marketing@callnerds.com California, (May, 2012) – If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the internet can be a good resource, albeit a daunting one.  Spend a few hours, or days, searching through Monster.com job listings, and you may even argue that the internet is […]

BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

I’m a big fan of technology making life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and Web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them vulnerable to crooks looking to steal personal information for financial gain. Trust your instincts […]

NERDS ON CALL: ONLINE SCAMS—Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com California, (April, 2012) – We are big fans of how technology makes life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them […]

Computer Repair: What to buy now that can save you later

Computer repair savings, what to buy now, and what you can pass on. By: Andrea Eldridge CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company. You don’t have to buy the latest, top-of-the-line option every time you shop for technology. I know I risk being shunned by the nerd community for saying […]

Re-Purpose Old Tech to get the Most out of Them

“Every year, tons of electronics are thrown in the garbage, creating a severe worldwide e-waste problem. Still, most of us love our gadgets and pine for the newest versions when they’re released.” What should we do with our tech leftovers so we don’t contribute to the dilemma? ‘a0Here are some ways to re-purpose your old […]

NERDS ON CALL: RE-PURPOSE — Your Obsolete Tech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April, 2012) – Every year, tons of electronics are thrown in the garbage, creating a severe worldwide e-waste problem. Still, most of us love our gadgets and pine for the newest versions when they’re released. What should we do with our tech leftovers so we […]

How Keep Teens Safe Behind The Wheel

Parents of teenage drivers inwardly struggle every time their child gets behind the wheel, hoping that their teen is “doing the right thing,” refraining from speeding and not driving distractedly. Statistics affirm that teens with involved parents are involved in fewer accidents and exhibit overall better driving. Driver’s education provides them with the rules of […]

How To Keep Teens Safe Behind The Wheel

Parents of teenage drivers inwardly struggle every time their child gets behind the wheel, hoping that their teen is “doing the right thing,” refraining from speeding and not driving distractedly. Statistics affirm that teens with involved parents are involved in fewer accidents and exhibit overall better driving. Driver’s education provides them with the rules of […]

What Else Can A Google Search Do?

It’s simple to Google, but it’s not always easy to get it right. We’ve all been frustrated by typing something into the search bar, only to be bombarded with a bunch of junk: pages of search results, filled with Web links from questionable sources. Results that aren’t what you were looking for. Google is unquestionably […]

Blogging Project: How Anyone Can Start A Blog

      Blogging is no longer just for the online-savvy. It’s for anyone who wants to share a little bit of themselves with the world. When our son was born, my husband started a blog chronicling every little coo and giggle so our friends and family could share in the experience as he grew. […]

How To Fix A Broken Wireless Network

By: Andrea Eldridge. Once you have a wireless network set up in your home or office, it should work seamlessly… about 80% of the time. The remaining 20% will likely cause you to tear your hair out. Before you resign yourself to your Soduku book the next time you can’t get online, here are some basic tips […]

DIY: How To Fix A Broken Wireless Network

By: Andrea Eldridge. Once you have a wireless network set up in your home or office, it should work seamlessly about 80% of the time. The remaining 20% will likely cause you to tear your hair out. Before you resign yourself to your Sudoku book the next time you can’t get online, here are some […]

Sick of Spam? Here’s an Easy Way to Stop Spam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam California, (February, 2012) – Most of us have a hectic lifestyle with work, kids and finding time to just catch our breath, so the last thing we have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers […]

How To Date Like A Nerd

      By: Andrea Eldridge Before I joined the ranks of happily married mommies, I was a single girl once.’a0After college, I learned that anyone who held to not dating from their pool of coworkers had a relatively narrow field of potential mate options. Bar hopping requires fending off drunken advances and getting set […]

How To Pick The Right Web Browser

Think of your web browser as your window into Internet, web pages and applications. Which browser should you choose, and what security measures should you take to protect your view? The most popular browsers are Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Internet Explorer — preinstalled on all Windows machines — used to […]

Question & Answer | Nerds On Call

    Q&A: These are real questions by real people. We figured if someone wanted to know enough to email us, maybe you’re out there secretly wondering the same thing.   Do I Need An Anti-Virus Program On My Kindle? Q: Is an anti-virus program necessary on a Kindle Fire tablet? A: The short answer […]

A Guide to Clearing Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send it off, keep in […]

How To Clear Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send […]

How To Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to get all your new gadgets and gizmos set up and configured. Talk about […]

How To Reinstall Your Windows Disk

I know that you are used to reading tons of helpful free tips and tricks on our site. However, as a computer repair company, we have to consider the risks involved here, and our official opinion is that you should not reinstall your Windows disk yourself. A complete reinstall should be handled by a professional repair tech. The reason for this, is because operating systems can be […]

Computer Selection, Installation and Setup

Congratulations! It’s time to finally buy a new computer or laptop. You go to the store and start looking around, but wait, how are you supposed to understand what 2.3GHz, DDR2, 4 Gigs of Ram and an Intel Dual Core Processor means? Sometimes the engineers who make computers forget that regular people buy their products. […]

5 Easy Steps To A Clean Computer

A Clean Computer In 5 Easy Steps Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help you get back to […]

HELP! How To Clean Up Your Computer.

Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help your computer get back on track. After all, your computer needs […]

10 Free Ways To Clean Up Your PC

Does it feel like you can make a pot of coffee and clean the kitchen all in the time it takes for your computer system to boot up? Do you find yourself daydreaming of dropping it off the top of your office building while you’re waiting for web pages to load? If it seems like […]

5 Free Tips On How To Speed Up Your Mac

  There are a few basic rules in the tech world that are NEVER questioned. First, never type “Google” into Google, or you’ll break the Internet. Second, you’re only one great idea from launching the greatest tech company in the world and becoming as rich as Bill Gates. Finally, Macs are better than PCs. Macs […]

Keep Kids Cyber Safe During Summer Vacation

For Immediate Release Contact: Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA 96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com NERDS ON CALL: Keep Kids Cyber Safe During Summer Vacation Redding, Calif. (May, 2011) – As the days get longer and warmer, they herald the coming of summer vacation. Who doesn’t remember the joy of lazy days spent roaming […]

3 Easy Ways To Keep Kids Safe Online

As the days get longer and warmer, they herald the coming of summer vacation. Who doesn’t remember the joy of lazy days spent roaming the neighborhood with your buddies, swimming in the pool or lake, or inventing games to play in the backyard? Yet these days our kids are more likely to spend the summer […]

5 Spring Cleaning Tips You’ve Overlooked.

So now that you’ve untangled the rats nest of wires, and you’re down to one remote, you look over at your keyboard and it looks like you’ve got a crumb factory EEK! Well DON’T put your keyboard in the dishwasher (like some suggest) use these neat tips and tricks to make your tech sparkling clean […]

Be Green! Learn the best ways to recycle your e-waste!

The easiest, little known secrets to recycling. Recycle, repurpose, and  resell.   In this video Andrea talks about the best local recycling resources. She shares about some companies who will even pay you for used merchandise. Local resources covered in this video include: Epa.gov Ecosquid.com Goodwill.org Salvationarmy.org

Conquer your tech clutter for spring

Nothing makes a Nerd Chick question her dedication to gadgets more than seeing six remote controls lined up on the edge of the couch.While it may be mildly amusing to pretend you’re Indiana Jones conquering the tangle of cables to wrestle out your iPod charger, it’s really more annoying than anything else. Spring heralds a […]

Internet Hit by Wave of Fake PC ‘defrag’ Tools

Photo by: basykes A spate of scareware apps that trick users into buying useless hard disk repair tools appears to be part of a concerted campaign to push fake ‘defrag’ software, a security company has said. The Internet abounds with Windows utilities, usually free, some not very good. Users have an unquenchable appetite for them. […]

Essential tools for online communication

photo by:trekkyandy So now that we’ve decided to try out Skype/Google for communication with our far-off loved ones, what hardware do we need in order to make it happen? The basics would include a microphone, and headset, and a web cam. All of these things can be fairly inexpensive. Amazon. com has a variety of […]

Bring family virtually together for holidays

Last Thanksgiving, I was marooned in Kansas City for the longest three weeks of my life. It was a joyous time, since we were in the process of adopting our second child, but also heartbreaking because I was 1,800 miles away from my husband and 15-month-old son. I can truly say that video chat saved […]

Twitter Redesign Starts Rolling Out

The original and most-popular ‘microblogging’ site, Twitter, is getting its most significant redesign. While the site has remained much the same since its inception in 2006, this latest design is shifting towards a more ‘profile-friendly’ design. Online commenters have noted the similarity between its design and fellow social network Facebook’s. The most prominent change is […]

Apps for Children with Special Needs

For parents of children with special needs, it can be heartbreaking to feel that their child’s potential to communicate, learn, or participate in school activities is hindered by a disability. Touch-screen devices such as tablets can offer your children unique opportunities to learn and develop because they aren’t mired by such things as input devices […]

Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those […]

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 […]

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 […]

Smartphone Fingerprint Security

Apple’s iPhone 5S includes fingerprint scanning technology called Touch ID to unlock the phone and make purchases in iTunes. Some are calling it the key to the future of your Smartphone – a more secure way to authenticate mobile transactions and protect your data from theft if your phone is lost or stolen. Others are […]

Chromebook 11 Announced

Google added to its collection of “Chromebooks” yesterday, with their announcement of the HP Chromebook 11. If you haven’t been following the search engine giant’s every move, they’ve already produced four Chromebooks and announced another three, including today’s 11-inch mini-laptop. The Chromebook 11 is produced by HP, like the HP Pavillion Chromebook and the upcoming […]

Best App Sequels

From Mario Brothers to World of Warcraft, I’ve tackled my fair share of games in my day. It tickles me that now I can play a game on my hand-held device from anywhere, whether I am early for an appointment or waiting to pick up the kids from school. A few of my favorites have […]

iOS 7 Reviewed

Last week Apple released iOS 7, an update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, the iPad 2 and later versions, and the iPad mini, millions will be seeing iOS 7 in […]

Choose a Tablet – Part 2

Tablets are growing in popularity. Lightweight, ultra-portable and with a user-friendly and immersive touch-screen, it’s no wonder that more and more people are wondering if a tablet could replace their PC. Last week, I started to answer a reader’s inquiry about choosing a tablet for email, Internet, Facebook and reading books and magazines. This week, […]

Choose a Tablet – Part 1

Last week, Christina P. sent me a great question about how to choose a tablet and what they do, an inquiry I receive regularly so I thought I’d share my reply in this two-part series: I am considering a tablet for Internet, Facebook and reading – books and magazines, but I don’t even own a smart […]

Moto X Announced

Moto X Announced by Google There have been rumors around the internet for months concerning the “Moto X.” So what exactly is the big deal about this phone, which is the result of close collaboration between Google and Motorola? Today everyone finally got their answers at Motorola’s press conference during which they officially announced the […]

Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jellybean Announced

Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jellybean Announced If you’ve been considering getting a tablet but nothing has caught your eye yet, you might want to take a second look at Google’s Nexus 7, which just received a major update, along with its operating system, Android 4.3. Google today announced the release of updates to two […]

iPhone Electrocution: Shocking News

Ryan Talks about iPhone Electrocution This week our very own Ryan Eldridge appeared on the Brandmeier show to talk about phones and electrocution. Read about the iPhone electrocution. Listen to the segment here: Transcript: Brandemeier: Andrea did a story that piqued my interest about this lady who was on her iPhone 5 while it was […]

Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Android Vulnerability Patched Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, installed on three quarter of a billion devices. Having a master key to all of those would give a hacker near-total control in the mobile world. Fortunately, this doomsday scenario has been narrowly avoided. Bluebox Labs, a computer security company, recently […]

Mobile Malware Explodes in 2013

The numbers are out: McAfee‘s report on viruses in the first quarter of the year shows mobile malware, which exploded last year, is showing no signs of stopping. Smartphones, which just recently outnumbered “dumb phones” worldwide are increasingly becoming the targets of the same sorts of viruses and malware that we’ve worried about on our […]

Google IO Conference Keynote Rolls out Amazing New Features

Google IO Conference Keynote Speech Reveals Amazing Tech Remember watching Star Trek, where the crew members could just speak to their computer and it would instantly know what they were referring to and provide them with that information? Well, nerds are ahead of schedule on developing that computer, and they work at Google. Google kicked […]

Pay by Phone: Next big thing?

Take the Next Step and Pay by Phone? If you’ve noticed offers at your gas station or grocery store to “pay with your phone,” you’ve seen what many claim is the future of how we’ll pay for goods and services: Near Field Communication, or NFC.  Whether you relish the idea of ditching your wallet in […]

What is Siri, Really?

What is Siri? An Explanation Apple made headlines in December when it introduced Siri with the latest iteration of their iPhone, the 4S. Siri has been billed as an “intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done by just asking.” It’s a new feature to the phone and coming to the iPad that allows […]

Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone

Mobile Security for your Android Phone Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one under your tree this year, there’s something you likely haven’t put much thought towards: mobile […]

Bring Your Own Device To Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com What You Need To Consider California, (December, 2012) – Now that almost half of all Americans own a Smartphone and roughly a quarter of all Americans own a tablet computer, it’s apparent that we are growing increasingly dependent on mobile handheld devices. Yet most companies haven’t […]

Social Media Election Apps

Election apps that work like Social Media? Politics used to be an old man’s game. I mean, just look at the writers of the constitution. For years, it stayed that way. Then in the twenties, women got the right to vote and the game changed a little. But one of the last holdouts of the […]

Comparison Shop Your Life

Great Ways to Comparison Shop Online While all the money-saving forums suggest you take a look at your latte habit to trim a few dollars from your budget, it’s good to take stock of the things you pay for regularly to make sure you’re getting a fair shake. This includes everything from your prescription medication […]

Apple iOS and Android New Targets of Malware

As computers become more prevalent, the viruses that prey on them increase as well. According to McAfee, a protection provider, malware is multiplying faster now than it ever has. In the last quarter alone, there have been 1.5 million more attacks than previously. With new technology, comes changes in the threats – botnets and ransomware […]

iPhone 5 Rumors: “It’s almost here” Worth the Hype?

iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup On September 12th, Apple is holding an event that announces “It’s almost here” and features a prominent iPhone 5. Many people have speculated on what this means, most coming to the conclusion that the computer giant is about to release the fifth iteration of their incredibly popular iPhone. If announced on […]

Cyber Bullying Facts

Cyber Bullying: What is it? How do you prevent it? Some facts. In today’s schools you don’t see kids getting shoved in lockers or walking around with wedgies as much anymore. That’s not because kids are necessarily getting nicer – there are just more rules that really crack down on physical bullying in school. So […]

Back to School: Homework Help

Free Web Tools For Homework Help When I was in high school I kept meticulous notes. The piece de resistance in my collection of classroom organization was my prized weekly planner with calendar and task lists. At the end of every class I’d furiously scribble in my assignments and notes about what I needed to […]

Back to School Deals

Getting The Most Out of Back to School Deals Well, it’s time to send the kids back to school. It used to be so simple to buy back-to-school supplies. Buy a few blank notepads, a couple packs of pencils, and maybe a calculator and you were set to go. These days, it’s a little more […]

Taking Your iPad Back to School

Playing it Cool With The New iPad The new iPad is loaded with features and also has the highest quality screen available in a portable device. The new Retina display touch screen makes colors and resolution more vivid than ever, allowing for an even more amazing user experience than with previous generations of iPads. The […]

Back to School Tablets: iPad vs. Laptop

Which Students Should Get Back to School Tablets As parents everywhere prepare to send sons and daughters back to school, they want to arm them with the best possible resources. For many families, computers or tech gadgets are alongside clothes, pens and paper on the list of purchases to budget for. As tablets grow in […]

How to Share Photos and Videos with Friends and Family.

Share Photos and Videos Like A Nerd The opportunity to capture your adorable kidlet trying their first taste of lemon only comes along once. If you’re fast enough to capture that shot on your phone or camera, how do you share that priceless pucker with all your friends and family? There are so many ways […]

Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook

Nexus 7 Google Takes on the Tablets This week Google went and set the tech world abuzz by announcing their new Nexus7 tablet, the result of a partnership with ASUS. Recent success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire has given Google hope that the small screen, inexpensive tablet market is one worth pursuing. Anyone who has considered […]

Pinterest for Parents:Top Pinterest Pages for Parents

Pinterest for Parents From adorable onesies to DIY crafts, Pinterest is full of great links for parents looking for ideas or guidance. Therein lies the rub: how can busy moms or dads narrow down the overwhelming sea of boards to find the ones that bring a little joy, peace, or motivation to their busy family? […]

Small Business Computers: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Computers: It’s Important to Spend Wisely According to a May 2012 report by the National Economic Council, there are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. employing 60 million Americans – roughly half of the private sector workforce. The balance between budgeting and productivity can be challenging to small firms, particularly those working […]

How To: Set Up A Wireless Network

Setup Your Wireless Network The Nerds’ Way These days, you need a wireless network to take full advantage of high-speed Internet, streaming TV, handheld electronics, gaming systems and even some appliances. But most users have no real understanding of how a wireless network works, or what to do when it drops a connection. This two-part […]

Safe Online Shopping: 5 Tips You Need to Know!

Safe Online Shopping: Don’t get scammed Whether you do your online shopping for Christmas, Back to School or just to restock your paper-towels NERDS want to make sure that you protect your personal information while finding the best deals out there. NERDS put together their top five tips to follow for safe online shopping. Safe […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Job Hunting Grads: Social Media Warning (With Infographic)

Nerd Chick Adventures: Job Hunting Tips for Grads Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. When I was entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and hitting the want ads. Yet in today’s socially connected internet […]

Travel Tips: Best Apps for the Summer

Travel Tips: Make your summer nerdier Summertime is all about fun under the sun and now this even includes apps for your smartphone. Whether you’re looking for show times at your local drive-in theater, recipes for a great backyard BBQ, or the best beaches to hit on your vacation to the coast, there’s an app […]

Cyber Bullying: Protecting Your Kids Online

How to protect against cyber bullying Nerd Chicks love a happy ending. Cliff hangers at the end of our favorite TV shows drive us nuts. After last weeks discussion of types of cyber bullying and the ways our kids are at risk, you may have been left thinking, ‘Ok, now that we’re sufficiently concerned, what’s […]

How To Help Kids Deal With Social Media Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying happens 24/7 From Facebook, to Twitter, to Foursquare, social media sites are everywhere and full of virtual land mines for our teens. They can quickly become a victim of cyber bullying. Anything they say can and may be used against them by a bully at school, a college admissions counselor or a future […]

Want a New Computer? What You Need to Know Now!

Everything you need to know about buying a new computer. Buying a new computer can be almost as stressful as buying a new car. How do you find the best fit for your needs without blowing your budget? If you sign on for all the bells and whistles, or have your heart set on a […]

4 Essential Tech Travel Tips

You wouldn’t scuba dive without the right kind of gear, so don’t travel without these Tech Travel Tips! Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World for the first time this summer, or making the yearly migration to Grandma’s house, there are many things you can do to help ensure that the trip a success.  […]

Cyber bullying: What It’s All About

Cyber Bullying – What the heck is it? As a computer repair company we feel a responsibility, not just to fix computers, but to also be a positive influence in the world of technology. These days we spend more of our lives online than ever before and our kids are certainly no exception. Parents and […]

How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Android or iPhone? These tips will work for both. Are you on Pinterest? How about Facebook or Google + or even Reddit? Now ask yourself what makes these sites so engaging and fun to participate in? That’s right—we’re addicted making and sharing photographs. Back in the olden days of the late 1990s it used to […]

Travel tips: Easy Prep To Avoid a Ruined Trip

Travel Tips: How To Not Ruin Your Vacation You may have a nifty waterproof case, but there’s more you can do to get the most out of your tech while you’re away from home. Before you head out on that much needed vacation, use our travel tips to prep your tech for the road. Sync […]

Computer Repair: What to buy now that can save you later

Computer repair savings, what to buy now, and what you can pass on. By: Andrea Eldridge CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company. You don’t have to buy the latest, top-of-the-line option every time you shop for technology. I know I risk being shunned by the nerd community for saying […]

4 Time Saving Apps & Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

This year, we have a renewed dedication to using technology to make my life easier. With precious few minutes to waste in the day, it seems like certain technological “advances” actually cause me to waste more time than they save. Here are some great resources to turn the tables and have your tech tools work […]

Smartphone 101: Which Cellphone Should You Use?

Confession: It took me a long time to abandon my old flip-phone. I had just gotten the hang of texting on it and I really didn’t want to shell out the extra 30 bucks a month for the data package.When I finally decided to make the switch, I chose an iPhone, but I have many […]

How To Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to get all your new gadgets and gizmos set up and configured. Talk about […]

Comparing Nook And Kindle: An Affordable Option To A Tablet PC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (November, 2011) — One of the hottest items on many a gadget lover’s holiday list is a tablet PC, often the iPad. Just in time to muddy the waters, two more budget-friendly tablet e-readers have arrived on the market. NERDS will review their pros and […]

What is the Best Tablet: Kindle Fire vs The Nook

One of the hottest items on many a gadget lover’s holiday list is a tablet PC, often the iPad. Just in time to muddy the waters, two more budget-friendly tablet e-readers have arrived on the market. I’ll review their pros and cons. The primary draw of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet […]

Understanding Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans

    When I was little, one of my favorite cartoons was the Jetsons. I would watch George video chatting with his boss, and proclaim to my sister, “The future is going to be awesome!” With every generation of portable technology, from walkmans to cell phones, it seemed my childhood dreams would soon be realized. […]

They War Over The Future Of Music

Everyone has a summer anthem. I’m partial to Will Smith’s “Summertime,” but please don’t look up when that was popular. These days, getting access to your favorite tunes is easier than ever with services that allow you to stream music to Internet-capable and mobile devices. There are even options for families like mine that cross […]

Computer Freezes When I Turn It Off

Why does my computer freeze when I try to turn it off? When your computer freezes during a shut down there is something you can try. First, you should hold down your computer’s power button for 10 seconds. Holding your computer’s power button for 10 seconds is called a hard shut down. Doing a hard […]

How To Install A Printer

Set Up A Windows Printer: With Windows based computers there are two ways to set up a printer. Usually the easiest way to install a printer is to plug the printer into the USB port on the computer and it will install the printer drivers automatically. But on rare occasions, simply plugging in your printer […]

Fix Laptop Cables

Laptop cables can break for a number of reasons (to name a few: children, pets, general wear and tear…), laptop cables tend to frey more often because they are attached to a mobile device. If you have a broken laptop cord, we can fix it. However, we can’t stop your cat from chewing on your […]

The World’s Best Free Downloads (part2)

(Read Part 1) Like the familiar route you take to work every day, or the path your dog walks you on every night, we all find ourselves doing things out of habit even when there may be a faster or easier way. There’s some process you follow to get online, get your email, or watch a […]

The Worlds Best Free Downloads

      Though my job is to discover new things technology can do to make life easier, I am a creature of habit. I rarely deviate from using the same few programs and applications. Just like when I was 7 and my mom finally convinced me to try broccoli again, sometimes branching out from […]

The Best Free Downloads In The World

Though my job is to discover new things technology can do to make life easier, I am a creature of habit. I rarely deviate from using the same few programs and applications. Just like when I was 7 and my mom finally convinced me to try broccoli again, sometimes branching out from a comfort zone […]

Cellphone Reception Boost

Boost your smart phone/cell phone’s reception by installing a reception booster. Reception boosters can increase the speed and connection of any cellphone. If you’re living in a black hole of cellphone reception, we will stop by your house and install a top of the line reception booster. Cellphone Booster Services: Vehicle Reception Amplifier Home Cellphone […]

Bug fixes

OS (operating system) fixes: Is your phone deleting text messages before you’ve read them. Do you have a phone that turns your alarm off for you, while your still sleeping? We can fix all of those funny phone problems for you. OS upgrades: Just like your home computer, cell phone companies release updates. We can […]

Phone Hardware fixes

Has your cell phone been randomly pocket dialing your friends, even when your phone isn’t in your pocket? Hardware glitches like this are extremely annoying. If you are having trouble with your phone’s hardware give us a call. We can fix any smart phone or cellphone. Phone Hardware Repair Services: Broken Buttons Replacement Broken Cellphone […]

Cellphone Screen Repair

Do you have a broken cellphone screen? We fixed broken and cracked cell phone screens. Nerds understand how important a cellphone can be, we will get your phone fixed as quickly as possible. Broken Screen Repair Services Blank Cell Phone Screen Bleeding LCD Screen Cracked or Shattered Touch Screen Unresponsive Touch Screen Give us a […]

Online Documents and Calendar

Google Docs is a realistic alternative to Microsoft Word and Apple’s iWork software. Google Docs is a safe, reliable and best of all free program that does everything Word does. Millions of people trust Google docs as their primary word processing program. Google offers a free alternative to: Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and even Auto […]

Blog Setup

Set up a custom blog. Nerds On Call currently services small businesses and personal blogs. We can design a custom blog for you and build it on a CMS (content management system) so you will be able to easily write and edit your blog’s content. You can call us to set up a free quote […]

Video Chat Services

Video Chat Technology can be used to connect with family, no matter how far away they live. Technology gives us the ability to communicate in more ways. Webcams and video chat programs will let you talk to your friends and family no matter where they live. Nerds On Call will set you up with a […]

Social Networking Help

Almost everyone is on Facebook, as of 2011 there are 700 million Facebook members. If you have waited until now to set up your account, or if you just want someone to help you figure out some of Facebook’s features, give us a call. Our Nerds offer friendly, and easy to understand tutoring. We can […]

Application Services

Your computer, phone or tablet has the ability to run useful and fun “apps”. Apps add additional convenience to your life and they are a major reason you have a computer. There are thousands of applications to choose from and it can be challenging to find the right one for what you’re trying to do. […]

Internet Security

Your computer contains personal and sensitive data. NERDS understand how important it is to keep your files private. Our computer and internet security services are designed to keep viruses and hackers out of your computer. When you choose Nerds On Call for Internet Security you get two things. Firstly, you can feel confident that we […]

Smart Home Design

The first home was designed by the Ancient Egyptians around 3000 B.C. Luckily, we have come a long way since those first mud roof homes. Today, home owners and contractors are starting to integrated technology directly into the foundation of their homes. Smart-Home technology is used to make your life simpler, and safer. Did you […]

Parental Controls

Parental Controls is something that Nerds On Call takes very seriously. Parental settings and filters are a reliable way to protect your children while they surf the internet. Nerds On Call has always advocated anti cyber bully efforts. We teach parents how to use simple programs to monitor and filter their family’s internet consumption. You […]

Game System Repair

If your kids (or husbands) are anything like us, they spend hours playing video games. A game console is a lot of fun, and more recently, they are even becoming athletic! Nerds are great at fixing game systems, and best of all, we offer free estimates! Whether your game system is experiencing the dreaded, “red […]

Home Theater Selection

Would you like a Nerd to take you shopping? Nerds on call will actually send a Nerd shopping with you, to the store of your choice. We can help you pick the perfect Home Theater set to fit your needs. We will explain the difference between a new LG Home Theater System and a Samsung […]

Home Theater Installation

Congratulations, you’ve finally bought that new Home theater system, every few years it seems we all need to upgrade from our older, smaller entertainment system. There are very few things as fun as watching a movie on your new big screen! Yet, with each new upgrade comes more wires, a thick home theater system manual. […]

Apple and Mac Networking

Would you like to network your home Apple computers? We can two or more computers together. We can network iMacs with Macbook laptops, or even PC computers with Apples. If you want, we can even network your coffee pot to your computer. Call for a free in-home consultation, Apple Computer Networking Services Macbook, Macbook Pro, […]

Remote Accessing Solutions

Now you can safely access the data on your computer from anywhere in the world. Remote accessing programs will allow you to log into your computer from any computer, smartphone or tablet. We will help you pick out a remote control solution that also has the highest security and encryption standards. As with all of […]

Virus Removal and Virus Protection

Viruses are the arch-nemesis of Nerds On Call. We spend most of our time cleaning up after viruses. Luckily, antivirus programs will keep you safe from prying, and hacking threats. You computer needs to stay updated against viruses, and spyware. We can remember a day when the only way to get a virus was from […]

Software Upgrade Services

Software can do almost anything you can imagine, today computer programs make our lives easier and more convenient. New software is great! If you need any help learning how to use, and upgrade new software, we would love to help. We can upgrade your entire operating system (windows or osx), or we can update the […]

Data Transfer

Have you bought a new computer lately, or do you need to transfer files from your work computer to your home computer? We offer a safe and dependable Data Transfer Service. Data Transfer can be used to move files from one computer to another, if done properly, (which Nerds will do) your valuable files will […]

Apple Computer Repair

Macintosh computers are amazing, to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs, “they just work”. Apple computers offer high quality hardware and software options, and are very reliable. Everyone knows that Macs don’t get traditional viruses, unfortunately, on occasion your beloved iMac or Macbook Pro will need a little extra tlc. The Apple Computer Nerds here […]

Privacy and Security

Home Network Security Your computer contains private and sensitive data. Nerds On Call understands how important it is to keep your files safe. Our computer and internet security services are designed to protect your computer from viruses and hackers. When you choose Nerds On Call for Internet Security you get two things. Firstly, you can […]

Internet Services

Nerds On Call offers comprehensive internet connection services, we will repair, install and teach you anything you need to know about your internet connection. Who can still remember the days of dial-up internet; you could brew a pot of coffee, fold the laundry and send your kids off to school, all before your computer connected […]

Home Networking Services

Home networking will allow you to seamlessly integrated your computers, laptops, printers, smart-phones and tablets. If you have more than one computer and more than one user in your home, odds are you would benefit from our Home Network services. Imagine being at work, and logging into your home computer to print an important memo, […]

Computer Selection, Installation and Setup

Congratulations! It’s time to finally buy a new computer or laptop. You go to the store and start looking around, but wait, how are you supposed to understand what 2.3GHz, DDR2, 4 Gigs of Ram and an Intel Dual Core Processor means? Sometimes the engineers who make computers forget that regular people buy their products. […]

Mobile Device Repair

SmartPhones are fun, and they keep getting smarter. Today our phones do things that computers couldn’t even do ten years ago (do you remember when phones were simple, and we actually plugged them into a wall). The only downside to smartphones, is that fixing them keeps getting harder! iPhones, and Android phones are quickly becoming […]

Laptop Repair

Laptops are amazing, they allow us to enjoy a flexible and convenient lifestyle. Laptops allow us to bring information with us anywhere we go. Years ago, laptops were heavy and expensive, now you can find laptops and notebooks that only weight 2 lbs! The only problem with these machines, is that all the wear and […]

Computer Repair Services

Can you remember how fast your computer ran when you first brought it home? Playing with a new computer is so much fun. Unfortunately, as time goes on, your computer will start to slow down. Your favorite programs don’t run as fast, and it even starts to freeze (don’t even get us started on the […]

Computer Repair Redding: Origin Story

Computer Repair Redding: Nerds On Call’s Original Location Nerds On Call Computer Repair Redding began in February 2004, although its exact location has changed over the years. When we started the company near the beginning of the millennium, we worked out of the Eldridges’ house! All advertising was done through a newspaper ad, and our […]

Computer Repair Tacoma

By 2010, Nerds had meandered Northwards where we had met with success and had happily integrated into the community of the city. We liked the area and the weather. That year, we were afflicted with gold fever and decided to head for the Yukon. We packed up our dreams of the 1890s and headed further […]

Computer Repair Modesto

Nerds On Call Computer Repair Modesto was started at the same time as its sister store – in 2007. At that time we were just embarking on a journey that would lead us to open a record five stores during that year. These two were founded right after Vacaville. Both Shane Rivers and Merl Valles […]

We don’t want to set the city on fire – we just want to start a flame in your hearts

Quick history lesson (we Nerds always like to teach people new things): in 1889, there was a large fire in Bakersfield. It was called, in the most inventive fashion, the “Great Bakersfield Fire of 1889.” This conflagration consumed almost the entire city, burning it to the ground and making thousands homeless. But this tragedy had […]

Computer Repair Stockton

Nerds On Call Computer Repair Stockton was started at the same time as its sister store in Modesto – in 2007. Near the beginning of that year we were starting on a journey that would end in us founding five locations – a record year. These two were founded right after Vacaville. Shane Rivers, our […]

Computer Repair Roseburg

In 2008, Nerds On Call established its first store in Oregon.After about a year in the area, our Nerds quickly fell in love with the rolling hills, the green trees, and the pastures. As Nerds had originally come from a near-desert town, the cool, fresh air and frequent rain came as a delightful relief. In […]

Computer Repair Yuba City

After Nerds On Call had established Chico and Sacramento outside of our home Redding location, we started looking for another place to settle a new location. We had caught expansion fever and it wasn’t looking like it was going to settle down any time soon. (It didn’t, as it turned out). The college town of […]

Computer Repair Phoenix

Computer Repair Phoenix: How The Nerds Won The West! As 2010 was drawing to a close, Nerds On Call had opened a second location in our home city.  Now don’t get us wrong, we love the cities we’re in – they’re great. But wanderlust is in our blood and had overtaken us once again so […]

Computer Repair Chico

After Nerds On Call Computer Repair had spread our wings in Redding, we started to really take off. The next location we were looking at expanding into was Chico. The city is near our home base of Redding, but significantly far away enough that we would be able to draw in new customers and efficiently […]

Computer Repair Vacaville

Believe it or not, Nerds On Call used to be a tiny little company back in the day. By the end of 2006, we just had four stores – those in Redding, Chico, Sacramento, and Yuba City. By the end of 2007, just a year later, Nerds had doubled the number of locations where we […]

Computer Repair Eugene

This was the year that we made the Inc 5000 and… Nerds were looking to expand further North after starting in that direction with the opening of the Medford store in 2008. We had already made that first step into the colder northern territories, and we couldn’t get enough of the beautiful Oregon countryside. So […]

Computer Repair Fresno

Computer Repair Fresno: Sign Wavers and Bull Dogs The year was 2007. Nerds On Call had already opened two stores that year: one in Vacaville and one in Stockton. We were looking at providing the computer repair Fresno needed, but didn’t know from what location to offer it. We scoured Fresno for the perfect place […]

Computer Repair Portland

Computer Repair Portland: Building the Dream In 2009, Nerds On Call was looking for another opportunity to expand our business and offer computer repair in more locations. We wanted to find a city that fit our interests and one that we could help the greatest number of people in. We had heard that the dream […]

Computer Repair Sacramento: How it Started

Computer Repair Sacramento: How The Big City Was Almost The End In 2005, we had two stores – Redding and Chico. We were about to open a third: Nerds On Call Computer Repair Sacramento Branch. But providing computer repair to a much bigger city posed some unique challenges. First it would be much more expensive […]

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 […]

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 […]

NERDS ON CALL: LIVE ONLINE HELP RESOURCES

NERDS ON CALL: SELF HELP ONLINE RESOURCES Get Live Help online California, (December, 2013) -The Internet provides a wealth of resources to find information, but sometimes you need a little one-on-one assistance for a specific question.  Launched in November, Google Helpouts joins a host of online resources, including Just Answer, and eHow Now, that connect people who […]

NERDS ON CALL: CRYPTOLOCKER RANSOMWARE

NERDS ON CALL: CRYPTOLOCKER RANSOMWARE Rogue software encrypts data, extorts users California, (November, 2013) - There’s a new and nasty “ransomware” virus called CryptoLocker sweeping the web, taking computers hostage and demanding that users pay an exorbitant “ransom” to get their data back. Here’s what you need to know to avoid becoming a victim of this malicious software. […]

NERDS ON CALL: AVOID ONLINE SCAMS

NERDS ON CALL: AVOID ONLINE SCAMS During the holiday shopping season California, (November, 2013) - As the holiday shopping season gains momentum, those looking to swindle online shoppers get creative in their attempts to lure victims.  I consulted with Scambook (www.scambook.com), an online complaint resolution website, about the top scams from last holiday season – they’re likely to […]

NERDS ON CALL: DIGITAL DISCONNECT

NERDS ON CALL: DIGITAL DISCONNECT Kids are learning it from their parents California, (November, 2013) –We all struggle every day with the desire to do the best for our kids (Crafting! Healthy meals! Limited TV!) juxtaposed against the demands of working, chores and straight up exhaustion: “how bad is a half hour of iPad games so […]

NERDS ON CALL: DELETING DIGITAL MISTAKES

NERDS ON CALL: DELETING DIGITAL MISTAKES The Truth about California Senate Bill 568 California, (October, 2013) –It’s nearly impossible to impress on children the permanence of things they share online through social media, emails or via text.  Once they click “send,” that text message, photo or video is out there, available for sharing, forwarding and re-posting […]

NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL ADVERTISING

NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL ADVERTISING Your Friends are Jumping Onboard? California, (October, 2013) –Have you noticed a curious phenomenon on Facebook? Suddenly it seems like your friends are posting ads for companies like Starbucks, Walmart and Tide in your newsfeed. “Why would your friend Jennifer post an ad for Tide? Does she want everyone to know […]

NERDS ON CALL: GOOGLE CHROMECAST

NERDS ON CALL: GOOGLE CHROMECAST A Top Contender in Video Streaming California, (October, 2013) –There are bevy of devices on the market aimed to allow you to stream content from the Internet to your TV, most notably Roku and Apple TV set-top boxes. Google has officially entered the fray with their $35 Chromecast device (www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast), leaving […]

NERDS ON CALL: IOS7 REVIEWED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: IOS7 REVIEWED A Nerds-Eye Review California, (October, 2013) –Apple released iOS 7, an update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, […]

NERDS ON CALL: CLEAN UP YOUR INBOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: CLEAN UP YOUR INBOX Five Simple Steps California, (October, 2013) –Many of us established an email account many years ago. In those days, email was something to look forward to, usually a nice correspondence with a friend or family member. Boy, have times […]

NERDS ON CALL: MAKE MONEY WITH APPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: MAKE MONEY WITH APPS “Something for Nothing” California, (September, 2013) – Most kids this time of year have a serious case of the “gimmes.” From every toy friends have to things on the shelf in the store, just about everything elicits a “can I […]

NERDS ON CALL: FIND CHARITY ONLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE Great Tools Online California, (September, 2013) –There’s no quicker path to a warm fuzzy feeling than giving to others, whether it be money or time. While the Internet gives you the ability to help any cause that […]

NERDS ON CALL: BACK TO SCHOOL APPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SAVE MONEY ON TECH Live the Tech Lifestyle On a Budget California, (September, 2013) – While we’ve consistently proclaimed that no student needs a tablet or Smartphone to succeed, handheld internet-enabled gadgets can serve a purpose.  From downloading textbooks to syncing notes and […]

NERDS ON CALL: TABLETS 2.0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SAVE MONEY ON TECH Live the Tech Lifestyle On a Budget California, (September, 2013) – Not all tablets are created equal, but there are some great options available that will give you the functionality that you’re looking for. The leader in the tablet […]

NERDS ON CALL: SAVE MONEY ON TECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SAVE MONEY ON TECH Live the Tech Lifestyle On a Budget California, (August, 2013) –If there’s one thing we Nerds learn early it’s that technology doesn’t come cheap. Even after you shell out the dough for the computer, home theater set up or […]

NERDS ON CALL: BACK TO SCHOOL TECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BACK TO SCHOOL Whip your PC Into Shape California, (August, 2013) –If you’re replacing an old, reliable PC that just isn’t cutting it anymore, or you’re outfitting your student with some computing power, the back to school season is a prime time to […]

NERDS ON CALL: BACK TO SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BACK TO SCHOOL Whip your PC Into Shape California, (August, 2013) – After spending the summer surfing the net, playing video games, and whatever else your kids do when you turn them loose on the computer, your family PC is probably in need of […]

NERDS ON CALL: ULTIMATE MATCHUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: ULTIMATE MATCHUP Get the low-down on Mac vs Windows California, (August, 2013) – The debate over which PC platform is best, Mac or Windows, has waged for years with both sides equally passionate about which OS reigns supreme. While there’s no single answer for […]

NERDS ON CALL: BETTER GOOGLE EXPERIENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BETTER GOOGLE EXPERIENCE Here’s How to Get More California, (July, 2013) – Even though more web users search with Google than any other search engine, take advantage of the full power of the tool at their disposal. From finding a quick answer to […]

NERDS ON CALL: REPAIR YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: REPAIR YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION With a Few Simple Tips California, (July, 2013) – When you enter your name into Google (or the search engine of your choice), are the results flattering, or at least accurate? Even if you aren’t keeping tabs on your […]

NERDS ON CALL: SIMPLE LIFESAVING TIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SIMPLE LIFESAVING TIPS Extend the Lifespan of Your Laptop California, (July, 2013) – The compact, mobile excellence that is a laptop brings with it a shorter lifespan than a typical desktop PC. On average, a laptop has a lifespan of about four years. […]

NERDS ON CALL: PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE In Five Easy Steps California, (July, 2013) – The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. According to data compiled by Zone Alarm, maker of antivirus and firewall software, identity theft […]

NERDS ON CALL: PARENTS BEWARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PARENTS BEWARE 71% of Teens Try to Hide Their Online Behavior California, (July, 2013) – According to a study commissioned by Internet Technology specialist McAfee, “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents,” more than half of teens […]

NERDS ON CALL: FIND FREE WIFI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: FIND FREE WIFI Anywhere, Anytime California, (June, 2013) – You can find free WiFi just about anywhere, particularly if you plan ahead and know where to look. Here’s how to stay productive, or kill some time surfing the net, when you’re on the […]

NERDS ON CALL: WWDC 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: WWDC 2013 Apple Announces Upcoming Innovations California, (June, 2013) – On June 10, 2013, Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. The event serves as a forum for Apple to announce upcoming product releases and innovations so that […]

NERDS ON CALL: BEWARE OF ZEUS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BEWARE OF ZEUS Trojan Steals Access to Bank Accounts California, (June, 2013) – A nasty Trojan virus nicknamed Zeus has been spreading quickly through social media forums like Facebook and via links to fake webpages. Once a system is compromised, the virus lays […]

NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW FROM SUMMER MAYHEM California, (June, 2013) – Summer is the season for computer mayhem. The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for your system’s health and welfare. Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably […]

NERDS ON CALL: XBOX ONE ANNOUNCEMENT CAUSES CONFUSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: XBOX ONE ANNOUNCEMENT CAUSES CONFUSION California, (May, 2013) – On May 21, 2013, Microsoft revealed details of their highly anticipated new game console, the Xbox One, scheduled to be available for sale near the end of the year.  The first major hardware overhaul for […]

NERDS ON CALL: DON’T TRASH THAT MONITOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: USE A MONITOR AS A TV California, (May, 2013) – Anyone with a monitor in their closet gathering dust has probably thought the same thing: “Why can’t I just use this to watch TV?”  You can!  As more people transition to mobile devices […]

NERDS ON CALL: SHARING A COMPUTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SHARING A COMPUTER California, (May, 2013) – Sharing a computer can be tricky.  Whether it’s the kids vying for screen time or summer house guests looking to check their email, following some easy tips can save your sanity. First, create separate user accounts for […]

NERDS ON CALL: BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS California, (May, 2013) – The best Mother’s Day gifts are often those that don’t come wrapped with a pretty bow.  It’s great when you’re able to buy Mom the latest new gadget, but she may not know the first […]

NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPUTER MONITOR California, (April, 2013) – Your computer’s monitor can make or break your ability to work comfortably, enjoy high quality media and efficiently manage multiple processes simultaneously.   Yet many users choose their monitor based on what’s included in a […]

NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK California, (April, 2013) – Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” […]

NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL MEDIA CYBERBULLYING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL MEDIA CYBERBULLYING California, (April, 2013) – Cyberbullying is a topic on the minds of most parents with Internet-using youngsters.  That’s just about all parents, by the way – 95% of all teens age 12-17 are now online.  But online harassment doesn’t just […]

NERDS ON CALL: AUDIT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: AUDIT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY Keep a Lid on What Your Computer Shares California, (April, 2013) – Typing your own name into Google may prove an eye-opening experience.  Even if your personal information isn’t easily accessible, your computer may be sharing information about your […]

Maintain Public WiFi Safety: Some tips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO SURF SAFELY On “Free WiFi” It seems every shop and gathering place proclaims “Free WiFi,” but is it safe to check your email at the airport, library or McDonalds?  There are risks to accessing private data while connected to an […]

NERDS ON CALL: KID FRIENDLY MEDIA RESOURCES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: KID FRIENDLY MEDIA RESOURCES California, (March, 2013) – These days the iPad is so popular most kids can’t keep their hands off them, so it’s important as parents we find age appropriate applications, movies and TV shows that are considered to be educational, or […]

NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS California, (March, 2013)-From identity theft to fake contests to “send me money” scams, Facebook and Twitter are host to all manner of Internet criminals looking to swindle unsuspecting users out of money or information.  Don’t fall victim!  Here’s how to identify […]

NERDS ON CALL: COMPUTERS FOR SENIORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL:  ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY The Cutting Edge for Senior Citizens California, (March, 2013)- When you think “cutting edge technology,” you probably don’t think “senior citizens,” but recent advances in technology are aimed at making life easier for grandma and grandpa, as well as those […]

NERDS ON CALL: COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL:  COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM “Six Strikes” Launches to Educate Users California, (March, 2013)- The last week of February 2013 marked the official launch of the Copyright Alert System, a joint program between major internet service providers, aka ISPs (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision and Time […]

NERDS ON CALL: SMART HOME AUTOMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL:  SMART HOME AUTOMATION DIY Options to Keep Your Home Safe California, (February, 2013) – As criminals become more sophisticated in their abilities to attack our homes with technology, we need our home security to be smarter too.  While traditional house alarms are fine […]

NERDS ON CALL: DON’T OVERPAY FOR TECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL:  DON’T OVER PAY ON TECHNOLOGY Top Money Saving Tips California, (February, 2013) – There’s no denying that indulging a love of electronics can get pricey.  Here are a few tips to ensure that you don’t overpay for technology. Don’t pay more for “high […]

PREVENT TECH INJURIES: ERGONOMICS FOR TECH USERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PREVENT TECH INJURIES Ergonomic Tips for Tech Users California, (February, 2013) – Whether it is an aching wrist from too much keyboard and mouse use or neck strain from looking down at your laptop or tablet screen, tech injuries typically result from repetitive […]

Catfishing Isn’t What it Used to be: Online Dating Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: “CATFISHING” NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE Protect Yourself with Online Dating Tips California, (February, 2013) – Many looking for a partner this Valentine’s Day will turn to social media or dating websites to make a potential love connection. If you’re wary about […]

NERDS ON CALL: TOP TECH SCAMS OF 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TECH SCAMS OF 2012 Don’t be a Victim-Protect Yourself   California, (February, 2013) – Social media, online databases and our “connected” lifestyle has made it easier than ever for criminals to use technology to steal identities, money, and data from unsuspecting users.  […]

NERDS ON CALL: PARENTAL CONTROL FOR TABLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL:  PARENTAL CONTROL FOR TABLETS Set your own surfing standards   California, (January, 2013) – If the family computer has been getting a lot of miles on it lately – perhaps you have one or more youngster in the house clamoring for screen time […]

CES 2013 Part 2

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2013 Part II: Gamer’s Heaven FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com There were many exciting product announcements and prototypes demoed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but few so plentiful as next generation gaming innovations.  Whether you dedicate a large part of your free time video game playing […]

NERDS ON CALL Java Virus

NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (January, 2013) – You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes […]

CES 2013 Part 1 – Press Blog

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2013 Part I – “Smart” Tops the List Every year, tech enthusiasts and future-focused consumers alike converge on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.  From the innovative to the downright wacky, it’s a platform to showcase the newest tech gadgets and get a preview of what electronics will be capable […]

Nerds On Call: Smartphone Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SMARTPHONE SECURITY Understanding Mobile Payment California, (January, 2013) – If you’ve noticed offers at your gas station or grocery store to “pay with your phone,” you’ve seen what many claim is the future of how we’ll pay for goods and services: Near Field Communication, […]

Nerds On Call: Security for a Mobile Generation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SECURITY FOR A MOBILE GENERATION Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself California, (December, 2012) – Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one […]

Bring Your Own Device To Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com What You Need To Consider California, (December, 2012) – Now that almost half of all Americans own a Smartphone and roughly a quarter of all Americans own a tablet computer, it’s apparent that we are growing increasingly dependent on mobile handheld devices. Yet most companies haven’t […]

Netiquette For The Digital Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Do’s and Don’ts Online California, (December, 2012) – As children we were taught that there are a few cornerstones to polite social interactions: don’t interrupt someone when they’re speaking, say please and thank you and always send a written thank you note. Yet in today’s […]

TOP TECH GIFTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Ditch That Gift Card for Truly Useful Digital Services California, (December, 2012) – Now that so many of us rely on electronics to read, watch movies and listen to music, you may be thinking that giving gift cards is the only option to help fill out […]

3 Easy Ways to Save on Gift Cards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Score a Deal on Gift Cards California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) – Gift cards are a ubiquitous staple of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to show some appreciation to someone you don’t know very well (like your newspaper delivery person or your gardener), or have someone on […]

Top Tech Gifts of 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Our Favorite Holiday Gifts California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) – In the sea of tech toys and gadgets that hit the shelves every holiday season, a few stand out as the year’s sure-to-sell-out favorites. With the first new console gaming system in six years and a mini-tablet war, […]

Use Tech to Conquer Black Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Black Friday Goto Guide California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) – For the truly dedicated Black Friday deal hunters, Thanksgiving marks the start of a shopper’s frenzy. With sales starting earlier and earlier, those elusive “doorbuster deals” can be as hard to get your hands on as a housecat […]

Use Pinterest to UP Your Holiday Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Unleash your inner Martha Stewart with Pinterest California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -The holidays are usually everyone’s favorite time of year – gathering with friends and family over special meals, showing you care with gifts, watching the kids explode with excitement over pumpkins, decorated houses, lit Christmas trees… […]

ALERT: Top 5 Ways to Save on Your Holiday Shopping

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Use Technology to Save on Holiday Shopping California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -November seems to sneak up on us every year. You’re minding your own business, working out costume details and sugar coating trick-or-treaters when, BAM! Out of the blue November 1st hits and it’s time to get […]

STUFF THE NERDMOBILE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Santa’s Little NERDS ask for your help! California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -For the third year, Nerds On Call have begun efforts in Redding, CA to stuff one of the NERD mobiles full of toys for the less fortunate children in the community. Last year, “we distributed 4000 […]

The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by […]

Book Release – “iPad for PC Users”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com iPad for PC Refugees California, (October, 2012) -With over 3 million of the newest iPads sold since its launch on March 16th, Apple has created one of the latest popular consumer electronic gadgets in history. iPad and iPad mini owners think the only issue with this […]

Book Release – “The Cloud for Hard Drive Refugees”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Reluctant Journey From Hard Drive to “The Cloud” California, (October, 2012) -In a recent study by Seagate, computer repair experts were asked “How Much Is Your Customer’s Data Worth? 36% of consumers have “priceless” data, but few back it up.” For those reluctant to journey […]

Windows 8: Worth the $40 Upgrade?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Do We Need Windows 8? California, (October, 2012) -In just a few days, Microsoft will release the newest version of its flagship product: the Windows operating system. Named Windows 8, this piece of software promises to completely overhaul the PC computing experience, while adding functionality, security, […]

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Secret Features in Windows 7 California, (October, 2012) -Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage […]

Take Full Control of Your Facebook Account

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then. California, (October, 2012) -When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity […]

Should You Be Cloud Computing?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Hidden Benefits to Cloud Computing California, (September, 2012) – Using cloud services such as Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Amazon’s “Cloud Drive,” Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or SugarSync to store and/or backup your data has some clear advantages. Most notably: unlimited storage capability and the reliability of offsite […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Breathe New Life Into an Old PC California, (September, 2012) -If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent […]

Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers California, (September, 2012) -Over the weekend of September 15, researchers discovered a large security hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The security hole is more pervasive than any previously discovered and affects the last four versions of the browser, […]

Breaking Up in the Digital Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Maneuvering the Pitfalls of Social Entanglements California, (September, 2012) -Breakups suck. There’s no way around it. But the good old days of being reminded of your ex’s existence only at the rare mutual friend birthday party or when flipping through old photos are over. From Facebook […]

iPhone 5 Rumors: “It’s almost here” Worth the Hype?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup California, (September, 2012) -On September 12th, Apple is holding an event that announces “It’s almost here” and features a prominent iPhone 5. Many people have speculated on what this means, most coming to the conclusion that the computer giant is about to […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 California, (August, 2012) – At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, UltraBooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality […]

Nerds On Call On Inc. 5,000 List For Fourth Year In A Row!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Sixth Annual Exclusive List of America’s fastest-Growing Private Companies California, (August, 2012) -Inc. magazine today ranked Nerds On Call at number 3634 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most […]

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Online Identity Theft Prevention California, (August, 2012) -On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, had his digital identity brutally hacked. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Top 10 Computer Maintenance Tips California, (August, 2012) -You may think that upgrades are only available to the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Is There a Best Time to Buy a New Computer? California, (August, 2012) -Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new […]

Back to School Tablets: iPad vs. Laptop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Which Students Should Get Back to School Tablets California, (August, 2012) -As parents everywhere prepare to send sons and daughters back to school, they want to arm them with the best possible resources. For many families, computers or tech gadgets are alongside clothes, pens and paper […]

Back to School: Tech Bargain Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Tech Bargains at Your Fingertips California, (July, 2012) – It seems summer gets shorter and shorter every year. How is it that back to school is already here? Whether you’re in the market for a PC, printer or router to get set up for the new […]

Get In Shape Using Gadgets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Use Tech Gadgets To Get in Shape California, (July, 2012)– When the Wii Fit was released it was all the rage and for good reason: it made exercise fun by turning it into a game. You earned points while working out and the ability to compete […]

Small Business Data BackUp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Data Backup: How to Save Your Business, Literally. California, (July, 2012)– Data backup is the flossing of the tech world: you know you should do it, but you just never get around to it. There’s something in human nature that makes us learn the hard way […]

Small Business Networking: Buy This Not That!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget California, (July, 2012)– These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in […]

IS IT TIME FOR THE CLOUD? Options To Sync Your Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   California, (September, 2011) — Many of us have the same data problem. We create data in different places with multiple devices.  During our busy personal and professional lives we take pictures with our Smartphones, buy songs on our iPods, download movies to iPads, and create […]

NEXUS 7 GOOGLE TAKES ON THE TABLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Nexus 7 vs. Kindle FIRE vs. Nook California, (July, 2012)– This week Google went and set the tech world abuzz by announcing their new Nexus7 tablet, the result of a partnership with ASUS. Recent success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire has given Google hope that the small […]

DNSChanger: July 9th FBI Pulls Plug

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com DNSChanger: PCs Infected with DNS Changer Will Get Cut Off California, (July, 2012) – On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is […]

New MacBooks a $2,200 Disposable Computer?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com New MacBooks Can’t Be Upgraded California, (June, 2012)– When it comes to portable electronics, bigger is not better. From the new line of UltraBooks announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display released by Apple this month, laptops […]

Job Hunting Tips for Grads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Social media mistakes could cost jobs/promotions California, (June, 2012)– Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. Years past when entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and […]

Stalking the candidates, this ain’t your Granddad’s election.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (June, 2012)– The candidates have been chosen; the race to the White House has begun in earnest. From 24-hour news streams to Facebook rants about hot-button issues, the internet allows so many voices to shout that it can feel like a lot of noise. Yet […]

Travel tips: Easy prep to avoid a ruined trip

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (May, 2012)– Bags packed? Check. Gas in the car? Check. Tech ready? Probably not…  You may have a nifty waterproof case, but there’s more you can do to get the most out of your tech while you’re away from home.  Before you head out on […]

NERDS ON CALL: FIND A JOB—Using the Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact:  Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373  marketing@callnerds.com California, (May, 2012) – If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the internet can be a good resource, albeit a daunting one.  Spend a few hours, or days, searching through Monster.com job listings, and you may even argue that the internet is […]

NERDS ON CALL:  MOTHER’S DAY—Tech Treats just for Her

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com  California, (May, 2012) – We’ve discovered that technology typically falls into two categories: that which makes our life easier (by making us more efficient, helping us to connect with loved ones, etc), or that which makes our life harder (by taking too much time to learn, […]

NERDS ON CALL: ONLINE SCAMS—Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com California, (April, 2012) – We are big fans of how technology makes life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them […]

NERDS ON CALL: RE-PURPOSE — Your Obsolete Tech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April, 2012) – Every year, tons of electronics are thrown in the garbage, creating a severe worldwide e-waste problem. Still, most of us love our gadgets and pine for the newest versions when they’re released. What should we do with our tech leftovers so we […]

NERDS ON CALL: EARTH DAY

EASY RESOURCES SO YOU CAN FEEL GUILT FREE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April, 2012) – Do you find it odd that we dedicate full days, or weeks, to celebrate things like General Pulaski Memorial Day and National Dairy Goat Awareness Week? When younger did you view Earth Day in […]

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NERDS ON CALL: IT’S A REVOLUTION

New Book Released What To Do Now That The Plastic’s Off FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April, 2012) – With over 180 million iPhones sold since its launch, Apple has created the single most popular consumer electronic gadget in history. The only problem is this magical gadget doesn’t come with […]

NERDS ON CALL: DISPELS RUMOR, NERDS to replace Geek Squad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (April 2, 2012) – Nerds On Call on Monday denied it was merging with Best Buy, to replace the retailer’s Geek Squad, after Best Buy’s CEO Brian Dunn announced he would be closing 50 of Best Buy’s big box stores and laying off about 400 employees. http://www.startribune.com/business/144875875.html […]

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NERDS ON CALL: TEENS & SOCIAL MEDIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TEENS & SOCIAL MEDIA Avoiding Social Land Mines California, (March, 2012) – From Facebook, to Twitter, to Foursquare, social media sites are everywhere and full of virtual land mines for our teens. Anything they say can, and may be used against them, by a bully […]

NERDS ON CALL: TEEN DRIVERS & SAFETY Yes there is even Tech for that

NERDS ON CALL: TEEN DRIVERS & SAFETY Yes there is even Tech for that California, (March, 2012) – Parents of teenage drivers inwardly struggle every time their child gets behind the wheel, hoping that their teen is “doing the right thing,” refraining from speeding, and not driving distractedly. Statistics affirm that teens with involved parents are involved in […]

NERDS ON CALL: TAX DAY 2012, ISN’T THE 15TH Tax Resources for April 17th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TAX DAY 2012, ISN’T THE 15TH Tax Resources for April 17th California, (March, 2012) – We hate to bear bad news, but April is going to be here before you know it. If you haven’t already tried electronic filing your tax returns, it doesn’t […]

Sick of Spam? Here’s an Easy Way to Stop Spam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam California, (February, 2012) – Most of us have a hectic lifestyle with work, kids and finding time to just catch our breath, so the last thing we have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers […]

NERDS ON CALL: CYBER PRIVACY NERDS ON CALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Actions online are anything but private! California, (February, 2012) – You might think the things that you do online are between you and your computer. Not so. Your cyber-privacy is constantly being chipped away: by your Internet provider, your cell phone carrier and lawmakers. Before you […]

NERDS ON CALL & PHONE SMART LIAISON

Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA  96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   NERDS ON CALL: PHONE SMART Timely liaison offers expanded services Redding, CA: February, 2012— “The most common cause of death for cell phones is a drop or fall, which accounts for 66% of failed phones. Another 25% of them were […]

NERDS ON CALL: SEXY TECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   Simple ways to Spice up your Valentine’s Day California, (February, 2012) – We’ll admit it: NERDS aren’t very romantic at times.  Most love spending time on the computer, going out to dinner and a movie, or just curling up on the couch to play the […]

RESOLVE TO MAKE LIFE EASIER: Tech Timesavers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   California, (January, 2012) – With the New Year brings a new dedication to do everything better.  For us NERDS our resolution is to utilize technology to make life easier.  With precious few minutes to waste in the day, it seems like certain technological “advances” actually […]

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com CES 2012: A NERDS Eye View California, (January, 2012) – Every January, thousands of industry professionals and gadget-lovers alike flock to the Nerd Mecca, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Showcasing the tech toys slated to hit the market in the upcoming year, CES presents […]

Resolve to Make Life Easier Your Computer’s New Year’s Resolutions

California, (January, 2012) – As the holiday season draws to a close, many of us resolve to try to improve ourselves or our habits in the New Year. As we venture forth into 2012, let’s take this opportunity to resolve to change some of the less savory habits we have probably all fallen into with […]

Don’t Forget The Batteries On: Good Day Sacramento

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4 WAYS TO SAFELY REPLACE YOUR TECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com     NERDS ON CALL:  Wipe your Data First   California, (January, 2012) – If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need.  […]

Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! California, (December, 2011) – Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to […]

Don’t Forget the Batteries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS: OFFER LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS REMINDERS. Calif. (December, 2011)– It’s 5:00am Christmas morning.  The kids are shaking all the presents under the tree, pleading, “Come on Dad, just one…PLLLEEEAAASSSEEE?”  A satisfied smile crosses your face as you anticipate their cute little faces when they see the […]

Last Minute Tech Gifts: Way Better Than A Gift Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact:Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com”marketing   California, (December, 2011) — As the big day approaches, many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping, especially for those people on the list who seem to have everything… Some people seem to be just impossible to buy for, so you think, “Isn’t it […]

Nerd School: Skype Class By Cameron Moody

One of our Nerds, gave a free community class in Phoenix Arizona. One of the attendees was so happy with Cameron’s presentation that he wrote a very helpful review of the class. Excerpt from Cyber Coyote’s Article: “Cameron Moody from the local Nerds On Call in Peoria was here today to show us how to […]

Top Five Tips: Stay Safe Shopping Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (December, 2011) — ‘Tis the season for shopping online and NERDS want to make sure that you protect your personal information while finding the best deals out there. NERDS put together their top five tips to follow to stay safe when shopping online. Create some Cyber […]

Buy This, Not That – Men’s Edition

We all know at least one: the man who has everything. You regularly find him drooling over previews of the next hot item and as soon as the newest gadget hits the shelves, he buys it before anyone else even knows it exists. When a tie or another pair of pajamas just won’t cut it, […]

Comparing Nook And Kindle: An Affordable Option To A Tablet PC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (November, 2011) — One of the hottest items on many a gadget lover’s holiday list is a tablet PC, often the iPad. Just in time to muddy the waters, two more budget-friendly tablet e-readers have arrived on the market. NERDS will review their pros and […]

Good Day Sacramento Cyber Monday Specials

A special thank you to Andrea Eldridge, the CEO of Nerds On Call Computer Repair for finding the web’s best cyber monday deals. Segment Topic: Cyber Monday It’s Cyber Monday, the day online retailers roll out their best deals and slashed prices to lure you to spend your shopping dollars online. There are great deals […]

NERDY STOCKING STUFFERS

For any Nerd in your life California, (November, 2011) — It’s fun to be a “nerd” in a time when being called a nerd is no longer an insult. From video gamers to Star Wars lovers to gadget collectors, we all have our inner nerds. As the holidays approach, many of you will be wondering […]

BLACK FRIDAY Survival Tips and Maneuvers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL PRESS RELEASE: California, (November, 2011) — Black Friday is the shopper’s nirvana, the day eagerly awaited by bargain hunters looking to snag their holiday gifts for the lowest price. While it’s easy to get most NERDS excited about the idea of steeply discounted […]

THANKSGIVING TECH RESOURCES LET’S TALK TURKEY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (November, 2011) — Every year we vow to try something new for Thanksgiving and every year we end up making the same tried and true staples. As the food preparation checklist gets longer and the day looms closer, the thought of trying something untested and […]

UNRAVEL THE MYSTERIES Of Remote Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   California, (November, 2011) — These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs.  If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” NERDS want to unravel some of the […]

STUFFS NERD MOBILE FULL OF TOYS

Nerds On Call Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA 96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com Santa’s Little NERDS ask for your help 
Redding, CA-November, 2011:  Nerds On Call have begun efforts in Redding, CA to stuff one of the NERD mobiles full of toys for the less fortunate children in the community. Last year it […]

Press Release: Back Up Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (October, 2011) — Whether your computer’s hard drive has moving parts or uses solid-state technology, it eventually will break. Sometimes it takes years, but it usually fails when you least expect it — say, a doctoral thesis or as you’re putting the finishing touches on […]

Press Release: Before You Call Tech Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (October, 2011)– More than once most of us have had to call a repair person to fix a dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint.  A little basic troubleshooting could have saved […]

Why Is My PC Making A Loud Noise?

Why is your PC making a loud noise? What can you do about it, and can we help? If your PC is making a loud noise it is almost certainty the result of damaged hardware. The exact cause of this problem depends on what noise your computer is making. As you can imagine, a computer […]

Press Release: A WINDOWS 8 PREVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   NERDS ON CALL:  WINDOWS 8 PREVIEW A Nerds Perspective By Andrea Eldridge, CEO of Nerds On Call California, (October, 2011) — NERDS are not always big fans of change. So when Microsoft announced at their developer’s conference on September 13th that they are releasing a […]

PR: Cyber Bullying What It’s All About

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com By: Nerds On Call California, (October, 2011) — These days our kids spend more of their lives online than ever before. Parents and caregivers hear more and more about the risks our kids are exposed to on the internet and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. One question […]

PR: In Case of (Electronic) Emergency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   By: Andrea Eldridge. CEO of Nerds On Call California, (September, 2011) — Imagine you are sitting in front of your laptop, drinking your morning coffee, when you reach forward to type a witty response on Facebook. Then disaster strikes. You catch the edge of your […]

NERDS ON CALL: SEQUEL TO DISCOVER THE TOP TEN Downloads

Press Release, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (September, 2011) — Like the familiar route you take to work every day, or the path your dog walks you on every night, we all find ourselves doing things out of habit even when there may be a faster or easier way. There’s […]

Discover The Top 10 Windows Downloads

California, (October, 2011) — Even though it is a NERDS job is to discover new and wonderful things technology can do to make life easier, like many we are creatures of habit by nature.  Using the same few programs and applications, we rarely deviate from the tried and true comfortable software.  Change can be scary […]

TIME FOR THE CLOUD? Options To Sync Your Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   California, (September, 2011) — Many of us have the same data problem. We create data in different places with multiple devices.  During our busy personal and professional lives we take pictures with our Smartphones, buy songs on our iPods, download movies to iPads, and create […]

Chris Chapin Was Outstanding! Thank You

Thank You Letter To: Corporate HQ.   Hi, My name is Wanda Lammer, I have been with your company (Nerds On Call) several years. I have always been satisfied with your many talented workers. However , Chris Chapin was outstanding. He really listened to me, he took over my computer and made it act like a NEW one! The service […]

How To Fix A Slow Computer From Kid’s Summer Break Use

NERDS ON CALL HAS THE ANSWER ON how to fix a slow computer from kid’s summer break Use. Contact: Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA 96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com Computer repair service offers back-to-school Computer tips for parents Redding, Calif. (August, 2011) – It’s that time of year again: the kids have gone […]

NERDS ON CALL: LOCAL COMPANY IN TOP LIST FOR THIRD YEAR

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Fifth Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies Redding, CA: August, 2011–On August 23, 2011 Inc. magazine announced its fifth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy— America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.  Nerds […]

Nerds On Call: Ditch Your Cable With Internet TV

By Andrea Eldridge: California, (August, 2011) —The new fall TV season is almost here! If you’re like us you’ll be setting up your DVR to record every new show. During these tough times many of us use TV as an escape, but one thing brings us back to reality faster than commercials, the cable bill. […]

How Safe Is Online Banking Press Release

www.callnerds.com Online banking is not perfect, however, it is safer than offline banking (statistically) Nerds On Call responds to concerns about the safety of online banking. Use these easy tips to enjoy secure online banking.

Secret Benefits Of Video Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Believe it or Not Video Games Have Some Advantages California, (August, 2011)- Anyone who has looked up from their computer to discover that they just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft would like to believe that there is some redeeming value to playing […]

BACK TO SCHOOL “MUST HAVES”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Techno Accessories for School Success California, (August, 2011)— As the new school year draws near, families everywhere are shopping for new computers, laptops and tablets. Yet just as no outfit is complete without the perfect shoes, there are some techno accessories that can not only simplify […]

Thank You Letter: Eugene, Oregon Alzheimer’s Association

To Shawna Bell Marketing Director of Nerds On Call 1733 Oregon St Redding, Ca 96003 Dear Shawna, We deeply appreciate your support of the Eugene walk to end alzheimer’s 2011! Community partners like you provide essential support for the Oregon Chapter’s major awareness and fund raising event. Your in-kind donation of gift cards for Nerds […]

Don’t Break the Bank Getting Back to School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com   By: Andrea Eldridge. California, (August, 2011)— For kids, Back to School is a great time of year. They get new clothes, new school supplies, and maybe even a new gadget or two. For adults, though, Back to School means new expenses and new bills. All […]

Laptop Or Tablet – Can an iPad Replace your Computer?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Can an iPad replace a laptop? California, (June, 2012)— As the school year approaches, the question NERDS get asked most often is, “should I buy a laptop, or a tablet?”  Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”.  Is it really possible […]

Kathy B, Customer Review

We are so thankful for the amazing customers of Nerds On Call. This customer review is from Kathy B. Thanks Kathy! Transcript of Video: Kathy: Hi this is Kathy B, and I’ve had my computer for 7 or 8 years. We all get really accustomed to technology some of us are a little more comfortable with […]

Debra P, Customer Review

Transcript of video:   Debra: “We really enjoyed having Nerds On Call out here, they did a great job! We live a long way out, and josh came out to our house twice. We were having problems with our printers spooler… and all kinds of things, but now it works great. We got our computer […]

Using Technology to Secure your Home: NERDS ON CALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com By: Andrea Eldridge, CEO of Nerds On Call California. (July, 2011)—Our homes are definitely where our hearts are. As we build our houses into a home, one tile and shingle at a time, we are more and more inclined to protect our investments of sweat and, sometimes, […]

NERDS ON CALL: SUMMER SAFETY GADGETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com         NERDS ON CALL: SUMMER SAFETY GADGETS   California, (July, 2011).—Like many families, the Eldridges are a summer loving family.  From lazy afternoons floating in the lake, to the cool tingle from the first lick of an ice cream cone, it’s no wonder […]

Jackie N, Customer Review

Jackie N of  Portland Oregon Highly Recommends Nerds On Call Computer Repair.   Jackie: “I had trouble with my computer and hated it and I called nerds on call because of their ad in the paper. Russel came out and was a great help to me and I really appreciate the work that he did, and he got […]

Back To School.

NERDS ON CALL HAS THE ANSWERS:   how to fix a slow computer from STUDENTS summer break, update virus protection software and get back-to-school computer tips for parents   California. (July, 2011) – It’s that time of year again: the kids are heading back to school and parents-you suddenly notice your computer is acting sluggish. Now what?  […]

NERDS ON CALL: SUMMER PROOF THOSE TECHNO GADGETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com       That lounge chair next to the pool is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the latest summer romance on your eReader, or take out some Angry Birds’ pigs on your iPad.  With Pina Colada in hand and toes in the pool or […]

Andrea Eldridge On Late Afternoon With Mike WSVA

Syndicated Columnist and technology expert, Andrea Eldridge appears on WSVA. Andrea talks about how Nerds On Call is a community oriented company. “We now have 15 locations, but we are still pursuing a small town strategy” . Andrea and Mike discuss how technology can improve our every day lives. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO Andrea Eldridge on […]

Nerds On Call: Good Day Sacramento “Keeping kid’s Cyber Safe for the Summer.”

Andrea Eldridge appears on Good Day Sacramento, talking about relevant cyber safety issues.  

NERDS ON CALL: SECRETLY EDUCATE KIDS THIS SUMMER

Redding, CA. June, 2011. — Every parent secretly hopes their child will grow up to be the next Einstein or Bill Gates. However, with summer break well under way kids have already started the common cry, “I’m bored!” While we’d love to pull out the old Scrabble board game, create a cool science experiment or […]

NERDS ON CALL: Gadgets Add Bang To Your Techie 4th of July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Redding, CA. June, 2011. — The 4th of July is a great time to gather your friends and family for food, fireworks and festivities. Of course, NERDS are always looking for ways to add some sparkle to any get together, and your backyard BBQ is no […]

NERDS ON CALL: SUMMER MOVIE ADVENTURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Redding, CA. June, 2011. — In a world where your swamp cooler just isn’t enough… It was a hot and sultry afternoon. Our hero wilts on the couch, surrounded by melted popsicles, and a sea of rapidly deteriorating moods… Things are about to get dangerous. One […]

NERDS ON CALL: Top 5 Gadgets for Father’s Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Redding, CA. May, 2011. Let’s face it: Dad is simply the gadget-guru of the house. He programs the DVR, fixes Mom’s camera on the fly and has every tool known to man available at a moment’s notice from the garage. When it comes to trying to […]

NERDS ON CALL: WHEN YOU’RE A NERD You’re Family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California. (June, 2011) — “I quit. My family and I are moving to South Dakota.” When Daniel Hughes told his employer, Nerds On Call, about the tough decision he and his family had made, it was met with more understanding than he expected. Daniel loved his […]

NERDS ON CALL: Road Trip Survival Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com In your wild college days, the words “ROAD TRIP!” meant squeezing your friends into the back of a compact car and hitting the road. You survived on a steady diet of fast food burgers and Jolt Cola, and spent your time arguing about which songs to […]

Banish The Clutter! Simplify And Spiff Up Your Tech With Andrea and Sacramento & Co.

Find out secret organization tricks to clean up your desk. Andrea Eldridge appears on local Sacramento California TV station to talk about “cleaning up the clutter.”

NERDS ON CALL: 5 Essential Travel Gadgets Don’t leave home without them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Redding, CA. May, 2011. Whether you dream of lounging on the beach with a margarita and a good book, or prefer the thought of trailblazing through the rainforest, vacations can be a great opportunity to unplug from technology. However, we’ve tracked down some gadgets that can […]

Keep Kids Cyber Safe During Summer Vacation

For Immediate Release Contact: Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA 96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com NERDS ON CALL: Keep Kids Cyber Safe During Summer Vacation Redding, Calif. (May, 2011) – As the days get longer and warmer, they herald the coming of summer vacation. Who doesn’t remember the joy of lazy days spent roaming […]

NERDS ON CALL: LAST MINUTE TECH TREATS FOR MOM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: LAST MINUTE TECH TREATS FOR MOM REDDING, Calif. (May) – Every year you vow to plan ahead, but you glance at the calendar and realize, Zoinks! Mother’s Day is this weekend… or tomorrow… or the worse we’ll admit to… TODAY! Before you resign […]

NERDS ON CALL: SECRETS YOUR SMARTPHONE KEEPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SECRETS YOUR SMARTPHONE KEEPS The Lowdown on Location Tracking REDDING, Calif. (May) – Recent news headlines shouting about iPhones, iPads and Android phones tracking your every move can make you wonder if the information being transmitted from your phone is being used for […]

NERDS ON CALL: 10 “MOST” WANTED LIST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nerds On Call Shawna Bell, Marketing Director 1733 Oregon Street Redding, CA 96003 1-800-919-6373 marketingnerds@gmail.com NERDS ON CALL: 10 “MOST” WANTED LIST Stuff the NERD mobile Food Drive Redding, CA. (April, 2011) – “Mommy, what’s for dinner?” Most of us don’t give this question much of a thought. We pull something from […]

Green Technology on 105.3

Nerds on Call President and CEO talks about green technology and how to recycle your technology Click Here to Listen

NERDS ON CALL: Wallets are so 2010!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: HELPS YOU “SQUARE UP” Don’t wait to get paid Redding, CA: April 21, 2011: Whenever we’re out with friends, just as the conversation starts to get juicy, the waiter shows up with the bill. We have to delay the fun and turn to […]

NERDS ON CALL: HELP YOU SPRING CLEAN YOUR GADGETS

Nothing makes one question our dedication to gadgets more than seeing six remote controls lined up on the edge of the couch. While it may be mildly amusing to pretend you’re Indiana Jones conquering the tangle of cables to wrestle out your iPod charger, it’s really more annoying than anything else. Spring heralds a desire […]

NERDS ON CALL: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been the battle cry of go-green citizens for many years. When you look around your house and see the bevy of used techno gadgets, batteries, ink cartridges and electronic toys your kids have outgrown, you wonder: where is it safe to dispose of these things? You want to do your part […]

Good Day Sacramento: Travel Treasures

Andrea Eldridge appears on Good Day Sacramento to talk about the best online travel sites. As the CEO of a computer repair company, Andrea says, “computers can help everyone improve their travel plans.” Keep watching to hear some of her valuable tips.

NERDS ON CALL: USE TECH TO SPIFF UP YOUR SPACE

You started that DIY project only to realize that you may be in over your head. When you find yourself in the position of needing a contractor, how do you go about finding one? If you’re like us, you probably start with family or friends, but where do you turn if they don’t have a […]

NERDS ON CALL TO THE RESCUE: KEEP KIDS SAFE

When we were kids, bullying happened in public. Bullies would follow us around the playground, and try to insult us, or worse physically hurt us. However, we could always escape to the safety of home and family. Today, it isn’t that easy. Now, the bullies reach into victims’ homes, mass text their friends, post to […]

NERDS ON CALL: GETS YOU IN TOUCH With your inner DIY DIVA

Spring is officially here and we all know the drill, it’s time for some Spring Cleaning. As you’re polishing your faucets to glimmer like a disco ball, you realize that the tarnish just isn’t lifting like it used to and maybe it’s time to replace it, but… (Gasp!!)… Hire a handy man to install a […]

NERDS ON CALL: Smartphone Viruses?!? There’s an App for That!

I have to admit, I loved my old cell phone. It was simple to use, it was bright red and I was proud of how I personally bedazzled it. However, work requires that I be “connected”, and for some strange reason my kids were embarrassed to be seen with me and my phone, so I […]

NERDS ON CALL: HELPING YOU MANAGE YOUR MONEY One Click at Time

When Albert Einstein had to fill out his tax forms he was quoted as saying “This is too difficult for a mathematician, it takes a philosopher.” If you’re like most Americans, you’ll feel the same way as Tax day approaches. This year NERDS wants to help you stay in the black, with great tax prep […]

Nerds On Call: KPTV 2-22-11

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge on KPTV 2-28-11 in Portland, OR

Nerds On Call: KHSL 2-22-11

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge on KHSL 2-22-11 in Chico CA

Nerds on Call KSEE 2-22-2011

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge on KSEE on 2-22-11 in Fresno, CA

Nerds on Call KPTV 2-11-2011

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge on KPTV on 2-11-2011 in Portland, OR

Nerds On Call KPTV 2-24-2011

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge talks about the Kinect Fitness Game

Nerds On Call: iPad 2, Is it time to get one?

Redding, CA: March 3, 2011: What is it about the iPad that is so alluring to husbands everywhere? Every time an iPad commercial comes on, you get jabbed in the ribs as he announces for the hundredth time “I need one of those!” It’s like living with a toddler when the “Tickle Me Elmo” was […]

NERDS ON CALL: TAKE THE “OUCH” OUT OF BUDGETING

Ways to simplify your budget Redding, CA: February 27, 2011: Being an adult has its advantages. We get to make our own bedtimes, eat desert whenever we want and we can even skip making the bed if we want to. Just like a comic book super hero, though, with this great power also comes great […]

NERDS ON CALL: HELP YOU FIX IT

Cheap, Easy Fixes for your Gadgets REDDING, Calif. (February 21, 2011) Psstt…..NERDS wants to share a little known secret—there are quick and easy ways to repair your gadgets and save you some serious coin. Newer, faster, bigger… it seems like the makers of computers and gadgets want us to see them as disposable. Why bother […]

Nerds On Call KXTV 2-2-2011

Nerds on Call President and CEO Andrea Eldridge on KXTV in Sacramento.

Nerds on Call KTVK Phoenix 2-8-2011

Nerds on Call President Anderea Eldridge on KTVK in Phoenix AZ

Nerds on Call KSEE TV 01-04-2011

Nerds on Call President and CEO Andrea Eldridge with KSEE TV in Fresno

Nerds on Call KSEE TV 12-28-2010

Nerds on Call President and CEO Andrea Eldridge on KSEE TV in Fresno

Nerds On Call KSEE TV 12-21-2010

Nerds on Call President and CEO Andrea Eldridge on KSEE TV in Fresno

NERDS ON CALL: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BREAK INTO YOUR PIGGY BANK

Simple Money Saving Tips REDDING, Calif. (February 1, 2011) –Remember when you were a kid, and getting something in the mail was fun? These days a trek to the mailbox yields, coupons, special offers and bills. Groceries, electricity, gas all of life’s essentials keep getting more and more expensive. How can you get ahead and […]

NERDS ON CALL: DON’T BUY THE VERIZON iPHONE

4 Reasons to “Wait” to Buy Redding, Calif. (February 4th, 2011) – At long last Verizon is riding in on its powerful network to save the day. So if you are an existing Verizon customer or someone switching from another network, we have a few words of advice: DON’T BUY A VERIZON iPHONE…YET! Anyone who […]

NERDS ON CALL: HELPS YOU GET FIT

Using Technology to Get it Done REDDING, Calif. (January 1, 2011) – In mid 2010, an archeologist in the Middle East unearthed an ancient dwelling. Almost perfectly preserved was what appeared to be a kitchen and dining area. Frozen in time were bowls, cups and small bits of papyrus. After nearly six months of endless […]

NERDS ON CALL: 2011 TOP CES TECHNO GADGETS REVEALED

New Techno Gadgets not just for NERDS Redding, Calif. (January 11, 2011) – Last week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) revealed the latest gadgets the tech industry has to offer. You may ask, “So what? I’m not a NERD?” Techno gadgets are no longer just for the nerdy or the computer experts; they are […]

NERDS ON CALL: Your computer’s New Years Resolutions

This is the Year! REDDING, Calif. (January 1, 2011) – If only your computer could wrestle the mouse from your fingers, we have a feeling it would have a few choice words with you. If it could stop you from opening that link, or downloading that “great new application”, we’re sure both of you would […]

NERDS ON CALL: Helps you get organized with Google

Use Google to Get it Done REDDING, Calif. (January 1, 2011) – Your desk is overrun with piles of paper, your computer screen is a confusing map of icons, and you can’t remember where you put the electric bill. You resolve with glass held high, “This is the year to get organized,” but how do […]

NERDS ON CALL: Helps you get organized with these online tools

Tech Resources to Organize Your Life Fresno, CA. (January 19, 2011): Here you are, two weeks into the New Year, and you have already stalled on your resolutions. You have all the best intentions, but your friend Mr. Procrastination seduces you in your weakest moments. He says to sleep in a little longer, eat the […]

Nerds on Call KHSL 12-31-2010

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge talks about the values of cloud computing on KHSL

Nerds on Call KHSL 10-25-2010

Nerds on Call President Andrea Eldridge gives some great tips on using your gadgets for the holidays.

Buy This Not That. KMAX. 11-25-2010

Nerds President Andrea Eldridge gives some tips on things to buy for your loved ones.

Black Friday Deals With Nerds On Call. KHSL. 11-23-2010

Nerds On Call president Andrea Eldridge gives some tips on how to shop on Black Friday

Cyber Monday Deals on KMAX Sacramento 11-29-2010

Nerds on Call President and Vice President Ryan and Andrea Eldridge Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

Chris Chapin on “Into Tomorrow” with Dave Graveline

Chris Chapin, our manager in charge of California was featured on “Into Tomorrow” with Dave Graveline. Click the hear the audio

“The Great Great Smartphone Debate”

Our Nerds take place in “The Great Great Smartphone Debate” on Good Morning Sacramento

Boomertech

Company Co-founder Ryan Eldridge talks about computer repair on boomertech radio. Click here to listen

KEX Portland

Nerds On Call Co-founder Ryan Eldridge talks about keeping your computer safe for the school year. Click to hear audio

KUGN 590

Company Co-founder Ryan Eldridge on Morning News with Al Kline & Storm Kennedy in Eugene, Oregon Click to hear audio

PR: Stuff the nerd mobile full of toys

Santa’s Little NERDS ask for your help Redding, CA-November 2, 2010: Nerds On Call have begun efforts in Redding, CA to stuff one of the NERD mobiles full of toys for the less fortunate children in the community. Last year it was estimated that “1,235 Children received toys from the Redding community” (Salvation Army, 2010) […]

PR: Nerds On Call in top 5000 for second year.

NERDS ON CALL: LOCAL COMPANY IN TOP 5000 FOR SECOND YEAR Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Fourth Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 Redding, CA: September 10, 2010–On August 24, 2010 Inc. magazine announced its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the […]

PR: “Nerds” makes connecting with loved ones simple

Easy ways to bring your family closer REDDING, Calif. (November 1, 2010) – When it comes to staying close with those we love; deep down we all know what needs to be done. All too often a busy life or money worries get in the way, and suddenly our close-knit family becomes a loose connection […]

PR: Nerds On Call starts weekly column in newspaper

Andrea Eldridge, President of Nerds On Call starts weekly column “NERD Chick Adventures” in local paper REDDING, Calif. (October 11, 2010) – When you think of NERDS-you probably picture thick glasses, chess champs, and computer wizards but Andrea Eldridge, President and Co-founder of Nerds On Call is here to change that stereotype. Never judge a […]

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Chris Chapin on KSEETV

Chris Chapin with Nerds On Call is on KSEETV News in Fresno, CA

Nerds on Call on Good Morning Sacramento 10-28-2010

Company Co-founder Ryan Eldridge talking about photo processing on Good Morning Sacramento

Nerds on Consumer Watch KPTV 10-3-2010

Nerds on Call was featured on Consumer Watch in Portland Oregon

KHSL Reports on Nerds On Call Being in Inc. 5000

This is a recent report from KHSL about Nerds being placed in inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the US.

Nerds On Call on Better Portland 9-13-2010

Company Co-Founder Ryan Eldridge Talking On Better Portland talking about Malware, Virus and Spyware Removal

Nerds On Good Morning Sacramento 9-6-2010

Company Owner Ryan Eldridge Talking On Good Morning Sacramento Talking about Malware, Virus and Spyware Removal

Apps for Children with Special Needs

For parents of children with special needs, it can be heartbreaking to feel that their child’s potential to communicate, learn, or participate in school activities is hindered by a disability. Touch-screen devices such as tablets can offer your children unique opportunities to learn and develop because they aren’t mired by such things as input devices […]

Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those […]

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 […]

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 […]

Target Credit Card Breach

If you were one of the thousands packing Target stores on Black Friday or if you’ve shopped there since, you may be the victim of credit card theft. Target admitted Thursday in response to allegations that its data had been compromised. More than 40 million credit cards of Target shoppers have been accessed. As of […]

Last Minute Tech Gifts

Now that the deadline to have something shipped and arrive before Christmas has officially passed and the truly desperate are combing the malls, you may have resigned yourself to picking up some generic gift cards for the remaining recipients on your gift list. Oh contraire! Before you resort to the modern day equivalent of handing […]

Track Christmas Gifts Online

Instead of my usual December dash to check everyone off my holiday shopping list, this year I accumulated gifts throughout the year. When I saw something perfect for my mom I grabbed it and tucked it away to wrap later. While I was feeling proud of myself for not procrastinating, I discovered an unfortunate side […]

Live Online Help Resources

The Internet provides a wealth of resources to find information, but sometimes you need a little one-on-one assistance for a specific question. Launched in November, Google Helpouts joins a host of online resources, including Just Answer, and eHow Now, that connect people who have questions to experts in a multitude of fields. Here’s how to […]

NERDS ON CALL: LIVE ONLINE HELP RESOURCES

NERDS ON CALL: SELF HELP ONLINE RESOURCES Get Live Help online California, (December, 2013) -The Internet provides a wealth of resources to find information, but sometimes you need a little one-on-one assistance for a specific question.  Launched in November, Google Helpouts joins a host of online resources, including Just Answer, and eHow Now, that connect people who […]

What is Bitcoin?

New digital currency called “legitimate” by SEC – but what is it? Yesterday the Securities Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice declared bitcoins a “legal means of exchange.” But what exactly are bitcoins? They’re a nerdy new type of currency that has a lot in common with gold, except for one important detail: they’re […]

Chromecast Review

There are bevy of devices on the market aimed to allow you to stream content from the Internet to your TV, most notably Roku and Apple TV set-top boxes. Google has officially entered the fray with their $35 Chromecast device (www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast), leaving many to ponder how it’s different and whether it can serve their streaming […]

NERDS ON CALL: IOS7 REVIEWED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: IOS7 REVIEWED A Nerds-Eye Review California, (October, 2013) –Apple released iOS 7, an update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, […]

iOS 7 Reviewed

Last week Apple released iOS 7, an update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, the iPad 2 and later versions, and the iPad mini, millions will be seeing iOS 7 in […]

Apps That Pay You Back

My four year old has a serious case of the “gimmes.” From every toy his friends have to things on the shelf in the store, just about everything elicits a “can I have that?” from his early consumer mouth. This has led to many discussions about how “money doesn’t grow on trees,” and “you can’t […]

Back to School Apps

While I’ve consistently proclaimed that no student needs a tablet or Smartphone to succeed, handheld internet-enabled gadgets can serve a purpose. From downloading textbooks to syncing notes and reference materials, there are some amazing tools for studying, research and organization. I wish that I’d had them when schlepping back and forth to class oh-so-many years […]

Easy Ways to Increase Laptop Lifespan

Increase Your Laptop’s Lifespan A few simple tips The compact, mobile loveliness that is a laptop brings with it a shorter lifespan than a typical desktop PC. On average, a laptop has a lifespan of about four years. The hardware begins to age after 2-3 years and they’re usually more expensive to upgrade than a […]

NERDS ON CALL: SIMPLE LIFESAVING TIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: SIMPLE LIFESAVING TIPS Extend the Lifespan of Your Laptop California, (July, 2013) – The compact, mobile excellence that is a laptop brings with it a shorter lifespan than a typical desktop PC. On average, a laptop has a lifespan of about four years. […]

Protect Gadgets from Heat this Hot Summer

Protect Gadgets from Heat Are you enjoying the 100+ degree summer temperatures? I am pretty sure your gadgets are not. Summer heat and activities can be brutal on electronic devices, but no one wants to leave them behind when taking the kids to the beach or the lake. There are ways to protect your phone, […]

Find Free WiFi (almost) Anywhere

Find Free WiFi with a Few Simple Tips You can find free WiFi just about anywhere, particularly if you plan ahead and know where to look. Here’s how to stay productive, or kill some time surfing the net, when you’re on the go. From Panera to McDonalds to Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, getting online […]

Take Better Photos with these Smartphone Photography Tips

Smartphone Photography Tips for Better Pictures We take our Smartphones with us everywhere, so chances are when you’re ready to snap a quick picture of your kid or four-legged friend doing something especially cute, you’re not going to have your fancy-schmancy camera handy. Yet more often than not, these fast photo-ops end up looking dark […]

Waterproof your Phone and Other Gadgets this Summer

Waterproof your Phone & Gadgets It’s finally the summer and it’s time to spend less time indoors and more time soaking up sun. Whether you have a pool or head to the lake to get your fill of vitamin D, everyone spends more time outdoors in the summer. And most of us will end up […]

Tech Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

Find the Best Tech Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day Father’s Day, aka “Dad Appreciation Day,” is rapidly approaching and there are some great online resources that can help you to show dad (or help the kiddos show their main man) that he’s one of a kind. Before you pick up another tie or coffee […]

Learn About Two-Step Verification and Which Services Use It

Why Should You Use Two-Step Verification? A lot of online services have announced recently that they’re introducing two-step or two-factor verification for their users. It all started when Google implemented the security feature into their Google services, but what exactly is two-step verification? Two-step verification solves a very old problem with computer security. If a […]

Summer Computer Protection for and from the Kids

Summer Computer Protection From the Kids Summer is the season for computer mayhem.  The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for you system’s health and welfare.  Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably find a million add-ons, applications and potentially shifty files to download onto your system while you’re at […]

Get the Most out of Travel Booking Websites

Tips for Using Travel Booking Websites Hopefully you’ve set aside time this summer for a nice vacation in between summer school and the kids’ band camp.  Many of us have already started perusing various travel sites, on the lookout for the perfect get-away.  How do you know you’re getting the best deal on the vacation […]

Cyberbullying Infographic: The Facts & Statistics About Online Bullying

Cyberbullying Infographic: The Facts & Statistics About Online Bullying We’ve covered cyberbullying in previous articles, but it can be difficult to slog through technical talk on the subject. Here are some numbers and facts that make the subject easy to comprehend, as hard as it may be to understand. Learn what you can do to […]

Helping Mom Out With Mother’s Day Tech

Help Mom With Mother’s Day Tech The best Mother’s Day gifts are often those that don’t come wrapped with a pretty bow.  It’s great when you’re able to buy Mom the latest new gadget, but she may not know the first thing about setting it up or operating it.  What better way to show Mom […]

Smartphone Driving Apps

Smartphone Driving Apps – The Best Out There You certainly shouldn’t ever use your phone to text while you’re driving, and making calls is possible with Bluetooth but risky. However, there’s no reason to turn off your Smartphone all the way while you’re driving. USA Today reports on a few apps that make using a […]

Facts about Google Fiber

Facts About Google Fiber – the internet service to rule them all There’s nothing Nerds love more than fast internet access everywhere, so that’s why we’ve been excited to follow Google Fiber. They’ve just announced they’ll be expanding to a new city, so we thought we’d take the time to share a little bit about […]

Looking for a Weather Site? Try Forecast.io

Great New Weather Site: Forecast.io If you’re not a Nerd constantly combing the web for new info, you’ve probably missed the release of yet another app in the sea that seems to surge in daily. But those of us who spend our days wading in that briny ocean occasionally find a pearl worth bringing back […]

Maintain Public WiFi Safety: Some tips

Tips for Public WiFi Safety It seems every shop and gathering place proclaims “Free WiFi,” but is it safe to check your email at the airport, library or McDonalds?  There are risks to accessing private data while connected to an unsecured, community network.  Here’s how to surf safely when you’re on public WiFi. When you […]

Options on the Internet for Kids

Finding Media and Apps on the Internet for Kids My two kids can’t keep their hands off Daddy’s iPad, so it’s important that I find age appropriate applications, movies and TV shows that I consider to be educational, or at least a valuable use of their time.  While I love recommendations from other parents with […]

Avoid Social Media Scams with These Tips

Stay Safe by Avoiding Social Media Scams From identity theft to fake contests to “send me money” scams, Facebook and Twitter are host to all manner of Internet criminals looking to swindle unsuspecting users out of money or information.  Don’t fall victim!  Here’s how to identify and avoid the most common social media ploys. Tug […]

Your Common Computer Questions Answered by a Nerd

Common Computer Questions: Q&A With a Nerd Every week I receive questions from readers – anything from what wireless mouse I would recommend to how to edit cell phone videos.  Here are a few of the most common queries: Q: Do I need an anti-virus program on my tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc.)? A: […]

Nerdy Valentines Day Gifts

Nerdy Valentines: What to Buy If your beloved is more envious of gadgets than chocolates, there are many ways to show him or her how much you care with a gift of technology this Valentine’s Day.  You don’t need to break the bank, either.  The secret to an unforgettable token of your affection is to […]

Watch out! Top Tech Scams of 2012

Tech Scams that Hit Hard in 2012 Social media, online databases and our “connected” lifestyle has made it easier than ever for criminals to use technology to steal identities, money, and data from unsuspecting users.  Here are some of the most prevalent technology scams of 2012, so you don’t fall victim to these tricky ploys. […]

New Router Vulnerability Surfaces

Router Vulnerability Leaves Many Unprotected Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Computer Emergency Readiness Team” issued a statement stating that a feature available on almost every router had been discovered to have a security vulnerability. But don’t worry just yet. While the vulnerability is widespread, it is not particularly serious, and this particular feature […]

Nerds On Call Reviews Blackberry 10

Nerds On Call Reviews BlackBerry 10: Back from the brink? The BlackBerry used to be the undisputed queen of mobile computing. In the days when “smartphone” wasn’t even in the culture’s lexicon, a little company named Research in Motion developed the BlackBerry, a device which could manage your email on a phone, unheard of in […]

CES 2013 Part 2

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2013 Part II There were many exciting product announcements and prototypes demoed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but few so plentiful as next generation gaming innovations.  Whether you dedicate a large part of your free time video game playing or are simply intrigued by the potential uses of virtual reality […]

CES 2013 Part 2

NERDS ON CALL: CES 2013 Part II: Gamer’s Heaven FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com There were many exciting product announcements and prototypes demoed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but few so plentiful as next generation gaming innovations.  Whether you dedicate a large part of your free time video game playing […]

Nerdy Women You Should Know

Top 5 Nerdy Women Today Most people think of goofy looking guys in horn rimmed glasses when they think of geeks, bloggers, or businesspeople, like the quintessential geek, Bill Gates.  These stereotypes completely embody a “nerd” persona in our mind’s eye, but rarely you think of a computer-savvy successful person as feminine – but that […]

Daily Dose of Funny Websites

Funny Websites to Brighten your Day When I was working in an office, the latest joke email circulating was always there to give me a chuckle and brighten my day.  Nowadays, my LOLs come from many places and social media makes it easier to share the laughs with friends and family.  There are lots of […]

A Tour of CES 2013 Part 1

What Cool Stuff is Showing up at CES 2013? Every year, tech enthusiasts and future-focused consumers alike converge on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.  From the innovative to the downright wacky, it’s a platform to showcase the newest tech gadgets and get a preview of what electronics will be capable of in the […]

Speed up Windows – Software Alternatives

Looking to Speed Up Windows? Try these programs “My computer is so blazingly fast I can hardly keep up with it!” – said no one, ever. The complaint I hear voiced most often by people calling to have their computer serviced is that their system is sluggish, slow to boot up and unresponsive. While the […]

Great New Year’s Resolution Websites

Resolution Websites for the New Year Whether you’ve dreamed of making delicious meals like a professional chef or would like to become fluent in French, this is the year you’ve resolved to make it happen.  In the past, you would have had to enroll in a class at your local college, requiring that you accommodate […]

What is Twitter: Microblogging 101

Asking “What is Twitter?” – Some Helpful Tips What is Twitter? Well, when I think of Twitter, the first thing I think is: too much information. Do we really need to share the blow-by-blow of our lives with the world, or follow along on our friends’ every move? Yet with over 300 million users, it’s […]

Internet Printing with Google Cloud Print

Print from Anywhere: Google Cloud Print Enables Internet Printing I refuse to replace my old, ailing printer because I believe it’s a dying technology, like landline phones and fax machines. Yet just as a home phone is good for emergencies and faxing is often convenient, sometimes you just need to print – forms that require […]

Wireless Security Breach: Reaver

A New Program Thwarts Wireless Security Having wireless internet access is awesome, especially with how many devices these days use the technology. And with proper network security, we can be sure that al our data is safe from intrusion…as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes, right? Well, that would be nice. However, there […]

Travel Pages on Pinterest: Trip Out

Travel With Pinterest Whether you’re compiling your own personal “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” planning your summer vacation, or just collecting gorgeous images for your desktop screensaver, Pinterest’s many travel boards offer ample material. If you just love drooling over white sand beaches, iconic landmarks, and picturesque cityscapes, there’s more than enough inspiration […]

Malware Primer: Deciphering the Digital Devils

Understanding Malware: Everything you need to know You’ve probably heard the terms “virus,” “malware,” “spyware,” and others all used interchangeably. However, these are actually all different types of bad software. The blanket term for software that harms your computer is “malware.” If you paid attention in Latin class, you’ll know that “mal” is a prefix […]

Video Editing for Beginners

Video Editing: How to Ours is a video generation. We grew up with parents shooting camcorder footage of every birthday and graduation, and most of us have hours of movie footage without any cohesive organization or engaging content. Any novice with a video camera can benefit from editing. If you’ve ever forced your friends and […]

Last Minute Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts For The Procrastinator Every year I swear I will have my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and under the tree by the first week in December. Yet as the big day nears I inevitably note the passing of the last day to reasonably expect to ship online purchases with dismay, knowing I have at […]

Netiquette For The Digital Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Do’s and Don’ts Online California, (December, 2012) – As children we were taught that there are a few cornerstones to polite social interactions: don’t interrupt someone when they’re speaking, say please and thank you and always send a written thank you note. Yet in today’s […]

TOP TECH GIFTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Ditch That Gift Card for Truly Useful Digital Services California, (December, 2012) – Now that so many of us rely on electronics to read, watch movies and listen to music, you may be thinking that giving gift cards is the only option to help fill out […]

The 6 Best Christmas Card Gift Ideas

Despite my best intentions to give personalized gifts to everyone on my holiday list, at least one or two people always end up with a gift card. Deep down I can’t shake the feeling that I’m calling it in. This year, I’ve resolved to consider gifting some great online services, a gift that keeps on […]

Create Custom Gifts Online

Who has Time For Custom Gifts? Nothing says you put time, thought and effort into a gift like personalization. I don’t mean just pasting Uncle Barry’s name on the coffee mug you bought at Target. I mean creating something unique for that special individual. Before you book a weeklong craft-a-thon at your neighborhood paint your […]

Top Tech Gifts You Don’t Know About

Ditch That Gift Card for a Top Tech Gift Now that so many of us rely on electronics to read, watch movies and listen to music, you may be thinking that giving gift cards is the only option to help fill out your loved ones media library this holiday season. Yet the generic ease of […]

3 Easy Ways to Save on Gift Cards

Gift cards are a ubiquitous staple of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to show some appreciation to someone you don’t know very well (like your newspaper delivery person or your gardener), or have someone on your list that’s hard to buy for, a gift card can be the perfect present for giver and receiver. […]

3 Easy Ways to Save on Gift Cards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Score a Deal on Gift Cards California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) – Gift cards are a ubiquitous staple of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to show some appreciation to someone you don’t know very well (like your newspaper delivery person or your gardener), or have someone on […]

Top Tech Gifts of 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Our Favorite Holiday Gifts California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) – In the sea of tech toys and gadgets that hit the shelves every holiday season, a few stand out as the year’s sure-to-sell-out favorites. With the first new console gaming system in six years and a mini-tablet war, […]

Trendy Tech Gifts for 2012

Black Friday Goto Guide In the sea of tech toys and gadgets that hit the shelves every holiday season, a few stand out as the year’s sure-to-sell-out favorites. With the first new console gaming system in six years and a mini-tablet war, this year is no exception. Here are the hottest trending tech goodies of […]

Social Media Election Apps

Election apps that work like Social Media? Politics used to be an old man’s game. I mean, just look at the writers of the constitution. For years, it stayed that way. Then in the twenties, women got the right to vote and the game changed a little. But one of the last holdouts of the […]

Staying Safe on LinkedIn

If you use the popular networking site LinkedIn, you should take a look at this handy infographic on how to make sure your online privacy is protected while using the website.

Try These Web Sources For A Fun Halloween!

Halloween is coming up in another week or so, and many of us are still making last-minute decorations or additions to our costumes. As always, the internet can offer some helpful tips to pull off the perfect ghoul-fest. If you’re keeping track of a couple of kids, or have enough trouble just making sure one […]

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Secret Features in Windows 7 California, (October, 2012) -Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage […]

Under-Utilized Windows 7 Features

Secret Features in Windows 7 Most of us utilize a Windows PC regularly enough that we navigate through our go-to functions with little exploration or modification. Yet hidden in the Windows 7 framework are some handy tools that you’ve likely never taken advantage of. Here are just a few of the more under-utilized tools that […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 California, (August, 2012) – At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, UltraBooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality […]

The Best Windows 8 Gadgets

The Future of Tech – Gadgets Built for Windows 8 At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality of Windows 8. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can […]

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Supplies Online vs. In-Store It’s pretty well-established that back-to-school is the best time to buy school and office supplies. To be more specific, the best prices are typically found either now (when retailers compete for your back-to-school dollars) or at the end of September (when stores get rid of their leftovers). Many […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new models. When is the best time to buy a new computer or gadget? Unless you stay up on trending tech news, it’s […]

Small Business Network: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in a unique position: they need more reliability than a standard wireless firewall […]

Small Business Networking: Buy This Not That!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget California, (July, 2012)– These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Job Hunting Tips for Grads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Social media mistakes could cost jobs/promotions California, (June, 2012)– Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. Years past when entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and […]

4 Essential Tech Travel Tips

You wouldn’t scuba dive without the right kind of gear, so don’t travel without these Tech Travel Tips! Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World for the first time this summer, or making the yearly migration to Grandma’s house, there are many things you can do to help ensure that the trip a success.  […]

Spring Clean: 1 in 6 Phones Have Poop on Them

Spring Clean Your Computer, iPhone, or Gadgets When I’m greeted by a fine layer of yellow pollen dust coating my car, I know that Spring has sprung. The brighter days and open windows lead many of us to notice the layer of dust that has also settled indoors, followed by a mental note to pull […]

Use Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to follow the candidates

Nerds On Call: Getting Political From 24-hour news streams to Facebook rants about hot-button issues, the Internet allows so many voices to shout that it can feel like a lot of noise. Yet it also allows the candidates to present themselves and what they stand for, communicating with constituents in a way that is unparalleled. […]

4 Secrets Online Job Hunting

How To: Online Job Hunting If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work, the Internet can be a key resource, albeit a daunting one. Spend time searching through Monster.com online job listings, and you may even argue that the Internet is counter-productive to your job hunt. However, a discussion paper written in […]

Mother’s Day—Tech Treats Just for Her

Give the Gift of Time As a mom, I’ve discovered that technology typically falls into two categories: that which makes my life easier (by making me more efficient, helping me to connect with loved ones, etc.), or that which makes my life harder (by taking too much time to learn, use or master). As a […]

A List of The Greatest And Friendliest Recycling Websites

By: Andrea Eldridge. I have a lengthy list of things I should do but don’t get around to, such as cleaning out the garage. A little monetary persuasion pushes me to action. With the approach of Earth Day (April 22) and the fact that I really need to get on with reducing, reusing and recycling, […]

Recycling Websites to Save the World

By: Andrea Eldrige. I have a lengthy list of things I should do but don’t get around to, such as cleaning out the garage. A little monetary persuasion pushes me to action. With the approach of Earth Day (April 22) and the fact that I really need to get on with reducing, reusing and recycling, […]

What Else Can A Google Search Do?

It’s simple to Google, but it’s not always easy to get it right. We’ve all been frustrated by typing something into the search bar, only to be bombarded with a bunch of junk: pages of search results, filled with Web links from questionable sources. Results that aren’t what you were looking for. Google is unquestionably […]

Free Tax Prep Resources

By: Andrea Eldridge April will be here before you know it, and so will that mid-month deadline for filing your tax returns. If you haven’t already tried electronic filing, give it a go. But with so many programs that offer roughly the same service, how’s a tax e-filer to choose? I checked out some popular […]

Free Tax Prep Resources 2012

By: Andrea Eldridge April will be here before you know it, and so will that mid-month deadline for filing your tax returns. If you haven’t already tried electronic filing, give it a go. But with so many programs that offer roughly the same service, how’s a tax e-filer to choose? I checked out some popular […]

How To Pick The Right Web Browser

Think of your web browser as your window into Internet, web pages and applications. Which browser should you choose, and what security measures should you take to protect your view? The most popular browsers are Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Internet Explorer — preinstalled on all Windows machines — used to […]

4 Time Saving Apps & Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

This year, we have a renewed dedication to using technology to make my life easier. With precious few minutes to waste in the day, it seems like certain technological “advances” actually cause me to waste more time than they save. Here are some great resources to turn the tables and have your tech tools work […]

New Years Eve Resolutions For Your Computer

As we venture into 2012, let’s resolve to ditch bad computing habits. Resolve to stay viruses fre: This year, take the necessary steps to keep viruses and spyware off your computer. Every day, frustrated computer users call about slow systems that are bogged down with pop-up ads, re-directing them on the Internet, generating error messages or preventing […]

A Guide to Clearing Personal Data From Old Devices

Before You give away your computer or cellphone, make sure you permanently delete your personal information from the hard drive. If you were fortunate enough to receive a new tech gadget this holiday season, it can be a great opportunity to donate or sell an older device that you no longer need. Before you send it off, keep in […]

Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! California, (December, 2011) – Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to […]

How To Guide: Stress Free Gadget Set Up

Online How to Guide: The easiest way to set up your Christmas Toys! Once the wrapping paper is piled in the corner and the toys have been wrestled from their packaging, you’ll realize that now you have to figure out how to get all your new gadgets and gizmos set up and configured. Talk about […]

Christmas Gifts For Guy With Almost Everything

      By: Andrea Eldridge. I’d wager that just about everyone has a video game lover on their holiday list this year. From the armchair commando hunting down fellow players on Xbox live to the dedicated World of Warcraft dwarf, gaming has become a recreation activity for at least one or two members of […]

Holiday shopping for electronics? Nook vs Fire

      One of the hottest items on many a gadget lover’s holiday list is a tablet PC, often the iPad. Just in time to muddy the waters, two more budget-friendly tablet e-readers have arrived on the market. I’ll review their pros and cons. The primary draw of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and […]

Video Game Gift Ideas

By: Andrea Eldridge. Id wager that just about everyone has a video game lover on their holiday list this year. From the armchair commando hunting down fellow players on Xbox live to the dedicated World of Warcraft dwarf, gaming has become a recreation activity for at least one or two members of most American households. […]

Buy This, Not That – Men’s Edition

We all know at least one: the man who has everything. You regularly find him drooling over previews of the next hot item and as soon as the newest gadget hits the shelves, he buys it before anyone else even knows it exists. When a tie or another pair of pajamas just won’t cut it, […]

Buy This Not That: Ladies Edition

One of the sweetest parts of giving a gift to someone you care about is that excited, ‘I love it!’ response, especially when you know that it’s genuine. Sadly, it can be surprisingly elusive this time of year. With so many gadgets on your loved one’s must-have lists, how’s a holiday shopper to find the […]

NERDY STOCKING STUFFERS

For any Nerd in your life California, (November, 2011) — It’s fun to be a “nerd” in a time when being called a nerd is no longer an insult. From video gamers to Star Wars lovers to gadget collectors, we all have our inner nerds. As the holidays approach, many of you will be wondering […]

Nerdy Stocking Stuffers

By: Andrea Eldridge Its fun to be a nerd chick in a time when being called a nerd is no longer an insult. From video gamers to Star Wars lovers to gadget collectors, we all have nerds in our lives. As the holidays approach, many of you will be wondering where to find a suitably […]

My PC won’t turn on!

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a computer, the most flustering, is when the computer just doesn’t turn on at all. If you are having difficulty turning on your PC, there is one thing you can try before you call Nerds On Call. My PC won’t turn on, how can […]

Permissions not granted error

What is a “permissions not granted error” and what does it mean? Usually this error message is a networking problem. If you are on a public or shared computer, then a permissions not granted error means you are trying to do something that you aren’t allowed to access. This message could mean that you don’t […]

How To Reinstall Your Windows Disk

I know that you are used to reading tons of helpful free tips and tricks on our site. However, as a computer repair company, we have to consider the risks involved here, and our official opinion is that you should not reinstall your Windows disk yourself. A complete reinstall should be handled by a professional repair tech. The reason for this, is because operating systems can be […]

Understanding Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans

    When I was little, one of my favorite cartoons was the Jetsons. I would watch George video chatting with his boss, and proclaim to my sister, “The future is going to be awesome!” With every generation of portable technology, from walkmans to cell phones, it seemed my childhood dreams would soon be realized. […]

They War Over The Future Of Music

Everyone has a summer anthem. I’m partial to Will Smith’s “Summertime,” but please don’t look up when that was popular. These days, getting access to your favorite tunes is easier than ever with services that allow you to stream music to Internet-capable and mobile devices. There are even options for families like mine that cross […]

5 Backyard gadgets for the 4th of July 2011

  The Fourth of July is almost here. This year, make the 4th of July a time to gather friends and family, aat lots of food, play with fire(works). Of course, Nerd Chicks are always looking for ways to add some sparkle to any get-together, and your backyard barbecue is no exception. Pick up one or two […]

Conquer your tech clutter for spring

Nothing makes a Nerd Chick question her dedication to gadgets more than seeing six remote controls lined up on the edge of the couch.While it may be mildly amusing to pretend you’re Indiana Jones conquering the tangle of cables to wrestle out your iPod charger, it’s really more annoying than anything else. Spring heralds a […]

Nextdoor – Facebook for Neighborhoods?

If you live in a Nerdy Neighborhood, you might want to check out the newest web service that’s making a buzz. It’s called “Nextdoor,” and it’s a social network for neighborhoods. Users can advertise garage sales, post community messages, and connect with others in their area. It’s been described as a “Craigslist and LinkedIn hybrid.” […]

Mobile Malware Explodes in 2013

The numbers are out: McAfee‘s report on viruses in the first quarter of the year shows mobile malware, which exploded last year, is showing no signs of stopping. Smartphones, which just recently outnumbered “dumb phones” worldwide are increasingly becoming the targets of the same sorts of viruses and malware that we’ve worried about on our […]

Speed up Windows – Software Alternatives

Looking to Speed Up Windows? Try these programs “My computer is so blazingly fast I can hardly keep up with it!” – said no one, ever. The complaint I hear voiced most often by people calling to have their computer serviced is that their system is sluggish, slow to boot up and unresponsive. While the […]

Speed Up Mac Computers with Software Alternatives

Computer Running Slow? Speed Up Mac Default Applications Apple fans may claim that Macs have a blissfully symbiotic relationship between software and hardware, but the truth is that some of the applications that come standard (or are very common) on Macs could be improved upon. Here are some alternatives to Mac’s most ditch-able software. Last […]

Never Worry About Losing Those (not-quite) Smart Devices Again

A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. This means that one tenth of laptops ever bought are either stolen are lost, usually along with all the data on it. Only three percent make it back to their owners. And 70 million smartphones are stolen every year – seven percent of these are recovered. Considering that […]

DNSChanger: What you need to know

DNSChanger: How To See If You’re Infected, How To Fix It If You Are. On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network […]

DNSChanger: July 9th FBI Pulls Plug

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com DNSChanger: PCs Infected with DNS Changer Will Get Cut Off California, (July, 2012) – On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is […]

3 Things To Do When You Set Up A New PC

Set Up A New PC: Protect, Transfer, Store After scrimping and saving, researching and debating, you finally settle on the perfect new PC, only to realize once you get it home and plugged in that you can’t get much use out of it until you get the files and programs from your old PC onto […]

How to Remove a Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

Tips & Tricks: Simple tricks to edit a PDF

Edit a PDF like a Boss! Portable Document Format (PDF) is a great tool when you want to send a document electronically that you don’t want the recipient to edit. But what about when you’re on the receiving end of a PDF that you need to change, such as an online form or application? Those […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

4 Essential Tech Travel Tips

You wouldn’t scuba dive without the right kind of gear, so don’t travel without these Tech Travel Tips! Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World for the first time this summer, or making the yearly migration to Grandma’s house, there are many things you can do to help ensure that the trip a success.  […]

Slow Computer? Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

Is your computer slow? The best way to speed it up is to upgrade your RAM The term RAM is probably pretty familiar. You may know it as memory and that it affects the speed of your PC, laptop, or handheld electronics. But will upgrading and adding more RAM speed up a slow computer? The […]

How To Pick The Right Web Browser

Think of your web browser as your window into Internet, web pages and applications. Which browser should you choose, and what security measures should you take to protect your view? The most popular browsers are Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Internet Explorer — preinstalled on all Windows machines — used to […]

Windows 8 Preview

      I’m not a big fan of change. It took me five years with the same haircut to finally try bangs. When Microsoft announced at their developer’s conference on September 13th that they are releasing a new version of Windows, I received the news less enthusiastically than my nerdy cohorts. However, just as […]

The World’s Best Free Downloads (part2)

(Read Part 1) Like the familiar route you take to work every day, or the path your dog walks you on every night, we all find ourselves doing things out of habit even when there may be a faster or easier way. There’s some process you follow to get online, get your email, or watch a […]

A New Age Of Note Taking

By: Heather Neal While I have no intention of admitting my age, in “my day” taking notes in class could be a harrowing experience. I would scribble as fast as I could while the teacher rattled off information way too fast, then run back to my dorm room to try to fill in the blanks […]

BACK TO SCHOOL “MUST HAVES”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com Techno Accessories for School Success California, (August, 2011)— As the new school year draws near, families everywhere are shopping for new computers, laptops and tablets. Yet just as no outfit is complete without the perfect shoes, there are some techno accessories that can not only simplify […]

The 4 Greatest Accessories That Every Student Needs To Succeed

    Article by: Andrea Eldridge As the new school year looms, families everywhere are shopping for new computers, laptops and tablets. Yet just as no outfit is complete without the perfect shoes, there are some techno accessories that can not only simplify homework and term paper completion, but may save you from an agonizing […]

Never Worry About Losing Those Smart Devices Again

Check out these 4 cool security apps to protect your computer!. About a month ago, I walked away from a coffee shop without my iPad. After I collected my stomach from my feet, I frantically raced back to the shop and practically offered to kiss the employee that had held it for me. I’m sure […]

Get Net Nanny For Free!

Our newest Customer Contest has just launched! We are giving away a copy of one of our favorite programs. Click this link, hop on over to our contest page and follow the 4 easy steps. All you have to do to enter our contest is click 4 buttons.    

Optimizing Your New Gadgets.

T’was the day after Christmas… and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…iPod…Xbox…eReader… How many of us have experienced the joy of little Johnny’s face when he opens that perfect present only to see the smile replaced by frustration when his new toy is too complicated to hook up? […]

Essential tools for online communication

photo by:trekkyandy So now that we’ve decided to try out Skype/Google for communication with our far-off loved ones, what hardware do we need in order to make it happen? The basics would include a microphone, and headset, and a web cam. All of these things can be fairly inexpensive. Amazon. com has a variety of […]

Bring family virtually together for holidays

Last Thanksgiving, I was marooned in Kansas City for the longest three weeks of my life. It was a joyous time, since we were in the process of adopting our second child, but also heartbreaking because I was 1,800 miles away from my husband and 15-month-old son. I can truly say that video chat saved […]

Firefox Trojan Targets Older Versions of Windows

A new Firefox vulnerability reported on Tuesday affects primarily users of the browser on older versions of Windows, security firm Trend Micro has determined. Present in both Firefox 3.5 and 3.6, according to Mozilla, the zero-day flaw causes a “drive-by download” whereby a malicious file is downloaded and run without the user’s knowledge. It was […]

Does Mac OS X Need Malware Protection?

Everyone knows that the Mac OS X operating system is just inherently secure. Any Apple loyalist will gladly explain to you everything that is wrong with Microsoft Windows, and how happy they are with not having to worry about malware and exploits on their shiny new Mac. So, I guess Macs don’t need security software […]

Make Free Calls With Google

Lana Chappell As a working mother with two boys under the age of four, I am always looking for new ways to make my life more efficient and cost effective. Google’s free services are my saving grace.  One of the newest ways I save money with Google is by making free phone calls directly from […]

Security alert for people still using AVG 8.0

  According to AVG Tech Support a glitch has been found for those using AVG version 8.0.  In the article found here, the latest definition update 271.1.1/3048 will cause an .exe or .dll file to be recognized as a virus or infection in AVG versions 8.5.437 and older. What does this mean for you? Well— […]

Get The Junk Out Of Your Computer

Make over that old PC for the upcoming school year, Part IV: CCleaner and Glary Utilities CCleaner and Glary Utilities are two easy-to-use programs to help you clean up “junk” files and correct registry errors that will often clog up your computer and make it run slow.  Both programs are available for free HERE. Once […]

A Free Way To Get Rid Of Malware

Makeover that old computer for the school year, Part III: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Malware is a form of malicious software designed to infiltrate a users computer without their knowledge. The most common type of Malware is   referred to as “scareware“. As a computer repair company, we remove scareware, almost, on a daily basis. Scareware shows up on […]

Spyware Problem? Read This Article

Make over that old PC for the upcoming school year, Part Two: Spybot Search & Destroy Now that you have cleared any infection from your system, its time to do a sweep for Spyware. We recommend Spybot Search & Destroy available for download HERE. Click the link above, and follow the prompts to install. Unlike […]

Keep The Virus’s Away With AVG

Make-over that old computer for the upcoming school year-Part One: AVG Can’t afford a new computer this school year? NERDS will show you steps you can take to get extra life out of that old computer. Many people fall victim to the belief that computers go obsolete soon after purchase, this may be true in […]

Can Minors Remove Content Online?

It’s nearly impossible to impress on children the permanence of things they share online through social media, emails or via text. Once they click “send,” that text message, photo or video is out there, available for sharing, forwarding and re-posting by anyone who gets ahold of it. A recent law passed last month in California […]

Facebook Messaging: Pay to Send

Claims of Change to Facebook Messaging… sort of If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t even know your Facebook account had two in boxes That’s right; when you go to your messages, there’s a little grey link at the top that says “other.” This is where less-relevant messages end up. Check it out: you […]

Why You Need a Router

Firewall Router is Necessary While most of us have less than fond memories of dial-up Internet – gritting teeth through the high-pitched squeal while your computer connected, heading to the kitchen for a snack while you waited for a website to load – these days just about everyone uses a high speed Internet connection like […]

Video Editing for Beginners

Video Editing: How to Ours is a video generation. We grew up with parents shooting camcorder footage of every birthday and graduation, and most of us have hours of movie footage without any cohesive organization or engaging content. Any novice with a video camera can benefit from editing. If you’ve ever forced your friends and […]

Top Pinterest Pages For The Bride and Groom

Best Pinterest Boards For Weddings They’re just three letters, but they’ll change your life forever: “Yes” to the proposal and soon, “I do.” But as any bride or groom can attest, the time between those two utterances can be overwhelming, stressful, and even crazy. Whether you’re planning an unforgettable affair for 400 or so of […]

Top Pinterest Pages for Cooks and Foodies

Best Pinterest Boards For Cooks The world of cooking and food is a perfect match to the visual scrapbook nature of Pinterest. From gorgeous images of food art to helpful tutorials for the novice chef, finding inspiration isn’t hard; narrowing it down to a few great boards to follow so you don’t get overwhelmed… well […]

Move over Black Friday, Cyber Monday Tops Charts

Cyber Monday: Better than Black Friday Many have heard the term “Cyber Monday” floating around. But what exactly is it? Is it just a marketing term designed to sell more products or it is actually an event worth taking note of? It’s mostly both – and definitely worth paying attention to if you’re looking to […]

Trendy Tech Gifts for 2012

Black Friday Goto Guide In the sea of tech toys and gadgets that hit the shelves every holiday season, a few stand out as the year’s sure-to-sell-out favorites. With the first new console gaming system in six years and a mini-tablet war, this year is no exception. Here are the hottest trending tech goodies of […]

Use Tech to Conquer Black Friday

Black Friday Goto Guide For the truly dedicated Black Friday deal hunters, Thanksgiving marks the start of a shopper’s frenzy. With sales starting earlier and earlier, those elusive “doorbuster deals” can be as hard to get your hands on as a housecat that senses its ½ price vaccination day at the vet. Whether you’re a […]

Top 5 Ways to Save on Your Holiday Shopping

Use Technology to Save on Holiday Shopping November seems to sneak up on me every year. I’m minding my own business, working out costume details and sugar coating trick-or-treaters when, BAM! Out of the blue it’s time to get cracking on holiday shopping. To help myself get in the game and to help you save […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Computer?

Bargain hunters everywhere swear by shopping seasonally. Buy when demand is lowest (who thinks to replace their air conditioner in February?) or when retailers are pushing out old inventory in anticipation of new models. When is the best time to buy a new computer or gadget? Unless you stay up on trending tech news, it’s […]

Back to School Tablets: iPad vs. Laptop

Which Students Should Get Back to School Tablets As parents everywhere prepare to send sons and daughters back to school, they want to arm them with the best possible resources. For many families, computers or tech gadgets are alongside clothes, pens and paper on the list of purchases to budget for. As tablets grow in […]

Tech Bargains: Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Tech Bargains at Your Fingertips It seems summer gets shorter and shorter every year. How is it that back to school is already here? Whether you’re in the market for a PC, printer or router to get set up for the new academic year, or you’re just poised to take advantage of the season’s sales, […]

Get In Shape Using Gadgets

Get In Shape and Power Your Workout When the Wii Fit was released it was all the rage and for good reason: it made exercise fun by turning it into a game. You earned points while working out and the ability to compete against your friends to better your score motivated you to continue. There […]

Small Business Data BackUp

Data BackUp – You Don’t Even Need A Truck Data backup is the flossing of the tech world: you know you should do it, but you just never get around to it. There’s something in human nature that makes us learn the hard way – cavities are no fun. Yet when it comes to risking […]

Small Business Network: Buy This Not That!

Small Business Network: Stability Trumps Budget These days a business that can’t get online can’t go very far. From emailing appointment confirmations to processing credit cards, when the network goes down, business productivity grinds to a halt. Small business owners are stuck in a unique position: they need more reliability than a standard wireless firewall […]

How to Win at Facebook Birthdays

Standout Facebook Birthday Wishes In my circle of family and friends, summer is the season of birthdays. I know more than ten people who celebrate between the months of June and August. Even if I’m fortunate to live near enough to join their party, these days posting Happy Birthday wishes on their Facebook wall seems […]

Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook

Nexus 7 Google Takes on the Tablets This week Google went and set the tech world abuzz by announcing their new Nexus7 tablet, the result of a partnership with ASUS. Recent success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire has given Google hope that the small screen, inexpensive tablet market is one worth pursuing. Anyone who has considered […]

Pinterest for Parents:Top Pinterest Pages for Parents

Pinterest for Parents From adorable onesies to DIY crafts, Pinterest is full of great links for parents looking for ideas or guidance. Therein lies the rub: how can busy moms or dads narrow down the overwhelming sea of boards to find the ones that bring a little joy, peace, or motivation to their busy family? […]

How to Remove a Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

9 Tips for Hosting Captivating Video Calls

Make Your Skype and Google+ Video Calls Amazing! Advances in communications technology and Internet infrastructure have brought us to the place where video conferencing is more than a reality – it’s a necessity, for many businesses. Video calls are regularly used for internal meetings, sales presentations, and more. They enable a team to work together […]

Can An iPad Replace A Laptop

iPad vs. Laptop: Can an iPad replace a laptop? As the new school year approaches, the question I get asked most often is, “Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?” Apple’s Steve Jobs has asserted that we are living in a “post-PC world”. can an iPad replace a laptop? To test the theory, I […]

Computer Upgrades: Hard Drives, Part 2

Hybrid or Solid State Drives can be an easy computer upgrade. The most vulnerable part of a hard drive is its moving parts. The disk spins, the spindle arm moves to read data, all the while creating heat, friction, and an opportunity to break when the moving stops. The next generation of hard drives – […]

Job Hunting Grads: Social Media Warning (With Infographic)

Nerd Chick Adventures: Job Hunting Tips for Grads Once your little prodigy has diploma fast in hand, she may be eager to jump into “the real world,” and go job hunting online. When I was entering the workforce, this meant polishing up the resume and hitting the want ads. Yet in today’s socially connected internet […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Nerd Dad Day

Nerd Chick Adventures: Nerd Treats for Father’s Day There is a relatively pervasive voice in my head that whispers, “Hallmark Holiday” whenever Mother’s Day or Father’s Day approaches. Yet there’s no denying that reminding our loved ones of their importance can’t be bad. If possible, I prefer giving time and attention to mom or dad […]

Want a New Computer? What You Need to Know Now!

Everything you need to know about buying a new computer. Buying a new computer can be almost as stressful as buying a new car. How do you find the best fit for your needs without blowing your budget? If you sign on for all the bells and whistles, or have your heart set on a […]

Best Computer Repair: Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know.

Best Computer Repair Company, How To Choose Wisely. Computer repair is like taking your car to the mechanic, at least for most of us. As much as I depend on my car, it’s a mystery how all the parts work together to get me down the road. This lack of fundamental understanding of the car’s […]

Nerds On Call Computer Repair Complaints and Reviews

The Nerds On Call Computer Policy on Complaints and Reviews No one likes getting complaints, but it’s what you do about them that matters. What we want to do is be totally honest. Here at Nerds On Call Computer Repair we take our complaints and reviews very seriously. Every review or complaint about Nerds On […]

Nerds On Call Reviews

Hey there. I’m Andrea Eldridge, Owner and Founder of Nerds On Call Computer Repair. If you type “Nerds On Call Computer Repair Reviews” into Google right now, you’ll probably find a smattering of links from all over the place. Some are legitimate reviews, some are old complaints, a lot aren’t even relevant and quite a few just […]

Nerds On Call Complaints

Nerds On Call Complaints: Complain to Us! Hi, I’m Andrea the owner and founder of Nerds On Call Computer Repair. We want to hear your complaints. We’ll make them disappear. Nerds On Call Computer Repair tries to make every one of our customers happy. You can see a number of letters from our customers and […]

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“Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet

Researchers today discovered a serious flaw in the security software that keeps two-thirds of the web private. The bug, called “heartbleed,” has been a part of the “OpenSSL” software for two years without being detected. A patch has been written and is being distributed, but web servers running the old version are still affected. Don’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Android Vulnerability Patched Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, installed on three quarter of a billion devices. Having a master key to all of those would give a hacker near-total control in the mobile world. Fortunately, this doomsday scenario has been narrowly avoided. Bluebox Labs, a computer security company, recently […]

Can Facebook Give Me a Virus?

Can Facebook Give Me A Virus? One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “can Facebook give me a virus?” With over a billion people logging in at least once a month, it’s no surprise that criminals are constantly working to find ways to get access to and exploit users. Here are the […]

Teens Hiding Online: Study Reveals Shocking Data

What your Teen is Hiding Online: Part 1 A 2012 Teen Internet Behavior study commissioned by the security technology company, McAfee, reveals a surprising chasm between the number of teens hiding what they do on the Internet and parents who are confident that they’re in-the-know about their kids’ online activities. Perhaps most telling: 71% of […]

Find Free WiFi (almost) Anywhere

Find Free WiFi with a Few Simple Tips You can find free WiFi just about anywhere, particularly if you plan ahead and know where to look. Here’s how to stay productive, or kill some time surfing the net, when you’re on the go. From Panera to McDonalds to Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, getting online […]

Take Better Photos with these Smartphone Photography Tips

Smartphone Photography Tips for Better Pictures We take our Smartphones with us everywhere, so chances are when you’re ready to snap a quick picture of your kid or four-legged friend doing something especially cute, you’re not going to have your fancy-schmancy camera handy. Yet more often than not, these fast photo-ops end up looking dark […]

Big Developments for Apple at WWDC 2013

Apple WWDC 2013 Makes Big Changes On June 10, 2013, Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. The event serves as a forum for Apple to announce upcoming product releases and innovations so that developers can begin to create supporting applications and hardware. It has become a reveal party for […]

Zeus Trojan Steals Bank Account Info via Facebook

Zeus Trojan Steals Bank Account Access A nasty Trojan virus nicknamed Zeus has been spreading quickly through social media forums like Facebook and via links to fake webpages. Once a system is compromised, the virus lays in wait until the user accesses a banking account or credit card website wherein it captures login and personal […]

Mobile Malware Explodes in 2013

The numbers are out: McAfee‘s report on viruses in the first quarter of the year shows mobile malware, which exploded last year, is showing no signs of stopping. Smartphones, which just recently outnumbered “dumb phones” worldwide are increasingly becoming the targets of the same sorts of viruses and malware that we’ve worried about on our […]

NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW FROM SUMMER MAYHEM California, (June, 2013) – Summer is the season for computer mayhem. The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for your system’s health and welfare. Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably […]

NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK California, (April, 2013) – Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” […]

Facebook Account Hacked? Don’t Panic.

Facebook Account Hacked? Fix it now! Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” knows that social media sites are prime targets for spam and data mining.  What do you do […]

Been Hacked? Here’s What to Do

So You Think You’ve Been Hacked – What to do next Headlines have been shouting out, that the FBI recently investigated a website which had obtained personal information of high-profile people, and posted it online. Their credit card and social security numbers were available for anyone to see. These numbers have been conned out of […]

Watch out! Top Tech Scams of 2012

Tech Scams that Hit Hard in 2012 Social media, online databases and our “connected” lifestyle has made it easier than ever for criminals to use technology to steal identities, money, and data from unsuspecting users.  Here are some of the most prevalent technology scams of 2012, so you don’t fall victim to these tricky ploys. […]

New Router Vulnerability Surfaces

Router Vulnerability Leaves Many Unprotected Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Computer Emergency Readiness Team” issued a statement stating that a feature available on almost every router had been discovered to have a security vulnerability. But don’t worry just yet. While the vulnerability is widespread, it is not particularly serious, and this particular feature […]

Java Virus Vulnerability Discovered

NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes as you’re clicking on it, sometimes later, you realize it’s probably a virus. […]

NERDS ON CALL Java Virus

NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (January, 2013) – You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes […]

Files Gone? Could be a Hidden Files Virus

Hidden Files Virus Hits Victims Hard Imagine starting up your system one fine morning only to discover that everything appears to be missing – your files, installed programs, even your Start menu shortcuts.  If you’re one of the many people who’ve recently become victims of the “Hidden Files Virus,” this scenario may be a painful […]

Antivirus Problems: Overzealous Scanning

How to Deal with Antivirus Problems Whether you’re a Nerd who’s adept at surfing the web, or an amateur who has yet to learn the ins and outs of it, a virus scanner is one of the most critical parts of your computer. If you don’t have a virus scanner, you should probably stop reading […]

Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone

Mobile Security for your Android Phone Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one under your tree this year, there’s something you likely haven’t put much thought towards: mobile […]

Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses

Computer Won’t Turn on Because of a Virus? Try This If you’ve ever had a virus that kept your system from booting at all, you know how infuriating it is. One mistake and your computer is now a very expensive brick. If you’ve never had this happen to you, consider yourself one of the lucky […]

Wireless Security Breach: Reaver

A New Program Thwarts Wireless Security Having wireless internet access is awesome, especially with how many devices these days use the technology. And with proper network security, we can be sure that al our data is safe from intrusion…as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes, right? Well, that would be nice. However, there […]

Malware Primer: Deciphering the Digital Devils

Understanding Malware: Everything you need to know You’ve probably heard the terms “virus,” “malware,” “spyware,” and others all used interchangeably. However, these are actually all different types of bad software. The blanket term for software that harms your computer is “malware.” If you paid attention in Latin class, you’ll know that “mal” is a prefix […]

The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by […]

The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by anti-virus software, rootkits aim to keep your system working but under the […]

FBI Virus is “Ransomware”

FBI Virus is a Scam Out to Get You! I never thought I’d look back fondly on the days when malware just caused annoying pop-ups. The newest bug crawling the Web is called “ransomware,” and it holds your computer hostage until you pay a demanded ransom. The latest has several names: FBI Moneypak, Citadel Reveton […]

5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

Breathe New Life Into an Old PC If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent you can and performed all maintenance to rule out a malware infection, […]

Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers A bug in all versions of Internet Explorer leaves anyone using IE in conjunction with the Windows Operating System (more than 40% of Internet users in North America according to StatCounter) vulnerable to infection by Trojan horse viruses. In a Security Advisory released by Microsoft on September […]

Apple iOS and Android New Targets of Malware

As computers become more prevalent, the viruses that prey on them increase as well. According to McAfee, a protection provider, malware is multiplying faster now than it ever has. In the last quarter alone, there have been 1.5 million more attacks than previously. With new technology, comes changes in the threats – botnets and ransomware […]

Emma Watson Will Give You A Computer Virus

Celebrity Crushes Can Give You a Computer Virus Emma Watson is at the top of the list “Most Dangerous Celeb to Search For.” If you’re reading this and you don’t know who Emma Watson is yet, you might want to finish reading this article before you perform a Google search for her. The young actress […]

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Online Identity Theft Prevention On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, was the victim of identity theft. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos from the first year of his daughter’s life, hundreds of emails, and […]

Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

DNSChanger: What you need to know

DNSChanger: How To See If You’re Infected, How To Fix It If You Are. On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network […]

DNSChanger: July 9th FBI Pulls Plug

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com DNSChanger: PCs Infected with DNS Changer Will Get Cut Off California, (July, 2012) – On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is […]

3 Things To Do When You Set Up A New PC

Set Up A New PC: Protect, Transfer, Store After scrimping and saving, researching and debating, you finally settle on the perfect new PC, only to realize once you get it home and plugged in that you can’t get much use out of it until you get the files and programs from your old PC onto […]

Laptop Repair: Fix it or replace it?

Laptop Repair Can Be Costly, But Some Repairs Are Worth It. When I made the switch from a desktop computer to a laptop, the idea that everything that previously took up my entire desk could now fit in such a small, portable device was revolutionary. However, the first time that my keyboard failed, I realized […]

How to Stop Spam

Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam Now that I have a newborn in the house, the last thing I have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers for 30 percent off at a store I bought one thing from three years ago, or daily newsletters from an online magazine touting […]

How to Remove a Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!

Upgrade Windows now, seriously, we can wait…started yet…? Your computer’s operating system is the most integral part of how your machine functions. It determines how you view and launch programs, how stable software runs, and how your desktop looks and functions. Whether you’re nursing a trusty Windows XP machine or have resigned yourself to living […]

BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

I’m a big fan of technology making life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and Web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them vulnerable to crooks looking to steal personal information for financial gain. Trust your instincts […]

New Years Eve Resolutions For Your Computer

      As we venture into 2012, let’s resolve to ditch bad computing habits. Resolve to stay virus free: This year, take the’a0necessary’a0steps to keep viruses and spyware off your computer. Every day, frustrated computer users call about slow systems that are bogged down with pop-up ads, re-directing them on the Internet, generating error […]

5 Easy Steps To A Clean Computer

A Clean Computer In 5 Easy Steps Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help you get back to […]

HELP! How To Clean Up Your Computer.

Long summer days with the kids downloading all manner of Internet sludge has likely left your computer with the technology equivalent of a hangover. Before you give in to your kids’ pleas to replace your old reliable, try a few simple things to help your computer get back on track. After all, your computer needs […]

Internet Hit by Wave of Fake PC ‘defrag’ Tools

Photo by: basykes A spate of scareware apps that trick users into buying useless hard disk repair tools appears to be part of a concerted campaign to push fake ‘defrag’ software, a security company has said. The Internet abounds with Windows utilities, usually free, some not very good. Users have an unquenchable appetite for them. […]

5 Tips To Keep You Cyber-Safe This Buying Season!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may mark the high points of the holiday shopping season, but they are by no means the end of it. In a still struggling economy, with everyone searching for value, consumers will encounter technology deals that might seem too good to be true. As reported by the Dow Jones newswires, […]

New Online Phishing Scam on Paypal. Buyers Beware!

Photo By ToastyKen With Black Friday quickly approaching, and retailers racing to outdo each other with earlier and earlier deals, it is safe to say that the holiday shopping season has begun. If you’re shopping online, though, and paying with PayPal–be warned. There is a phishing attack targeted just for you. The holidays come with […]

Does Mac OS X Need Malware Protection?

Everyone knows that the Mac OS X operating system is just inherently secure. Any Apple loyalist will gladly explain to you everything that is wrong with Microsoft Windows, and how happy they are with not having to worry about malware and exploits on their shiny new Mac. So, I guess Macs don’t need security software […]

Security alert for people still using AVG 8.0

  According to AVG Tech Support a glitch has been found for those using AVG version 8.0.  In the article found here, the latest definition update 271.1.1/3048 will cause an .exe or .dll file to be recognized as a virus or infection in AVG versions 8.5.437 and older. What does this mean for you? Well— […]

Keep The Virus’s Away With AVG

Make-over that old computer for the upcoming school year-Part One: AVG Can’t afford a new computer this school year? NERDS will show you steps you can take to get extra life out of that old computer. Many people fall victim to the belief that computers go obsolete soon after purchase, this may be true in […]

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