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Top 5 ways to help your favorite blog, or website out without spending a dime

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/29/2009 12:53 PM
Top 5 ways to help your favorite blog, or website out without spending a dimeSo you have a website you really like, or that has alot of useful information on it. You want to help the owner of the website out, but you are not sure how to do it, or even if you can help. Well the truth of the story is you can help your favorite website almost every time you visit it. #5 - Rate the Content This is by far the easiest and quickest thing to do, just clicking on the rate button and giving it some stars or a thumbs up or thumbs down. Whatever the website has for a content rating system, use it. It's often just one or two clicks and will hardly take any of your time. Seeing what people think of the content gives the author feedback to know if his content is actually appreciated. A simple warm fuzzy of &qu...

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Netbooks vs Laptops what is the difference

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/29/2009 04:08 AM
Netbooks vs Laptops what is the differenceWhat makes a netbook different from a laptop, they are cheaper, and smaller so why not get one? Well it all depends what you want to do with your laptop. Lets start with the key features and the differences with netbooks and laptops. Lets start with the netbooks first Key Advantages of Netbooks: Extremely light weight often only around 2 pounds Very small - Screen sizes such as 8 and 10 inches are common Long battery life - Lasting 5 or more hours easily, some are up to 9 hours now from Asus More are showing up on the market now with built-in air cards for use on cell phone networks such as Sprint, Verizon, and AT&...

Microsoft Photoshop Fail

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/26/2009 01:52 PM
Microsoft Photoshop FailIf you don't know already TechCrunch has reported that Microsoft has had a quite the epic photoshop fail on their polish site. For some odd reason the art/graphics guy decided to modify the original picture and put in a picture of a white guy instead of an african american. The artist failed hard as he forgot to correct the hand on the picture. Now it could be possible that the art guy did that at the direction of someone in marketing, or some other sort of thing. However the point is this is, why not take another picture, and second if your going to put someone else's head in the picture at least get the head at a proper angle. The replacement head is at such a strange angle you have to wonder if his neck...

Google Docs Review

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/08/2009 11:07 PM
Google Docs ReviewYou know that crazy bird that sells the cocoa puffs, Sonny... I think his name is. Anyway he is always Cucoo for cocoa puffs, and makes it well known. That's what I always think of when someone tells me about a new application, or feature from Google. Everyone seems to be GOOGLE for Google stuff! Google seems to be the solution for everything to a point that the word Google is a noun, a verb, and I believe an adjective now. You could probably name an entire sentice using just the word Google. What I am getting at is that Google is making a bigger and bigger push to replace desktop software with web applications. Obviously these applications are the ones that they make, and can put ads on or around. Recently they have started a hu...

Troubleshooting Networking issues in Windows XP

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/08/2009 01:02 AM
Troubleshooting Networking issues in Windows XPI would say roughly 90% of the reasons I get called out for network and internet connectivity issues are due to simple reasons. Going through and checking these simple configuration issues yourself can save you the trouble of calling someone to come fix it or waiting for your ISP's technical support to answer the phone. I use these same methods myself when I find that my internet connection is down or not working, and it has saved me from calling my ISP numerous times. Ironically speaking of ISP technical support, several times a customer will contact their ISP first before calling me, and I still surprised that many of these things are not checked. In some cases the technical support representative will actually ...

How to use MSConfig to optimize your startup entries

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/08/2009 12:47 AM
How to use MSConfig to optimize your startup entriesBuilt into your Windows operating system is a utility called MSConfig. This program allows you to remove extra startup entries, and disable extra services from starting up. It is a very powerful tool, and can make cleaning up entries very quick and simple. However you should use some care with this utility, as you can easily disable critical programs and services. You will want to focus on the Startup and Services tabs in msconfig. In addition if you are not sure what a program is, or does it is best not to remove it. Further if you are a complete beginner to tweaking your system or adjusting system changes I highly recommend making a backup of your files before proceeding. Removing entries from startup is as simple as un...

Twitter DDoS attack more complex than you think

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/06/2009 10:27 PM
Twitter DDoS attack more complex than you thinkThe denial of service attack that Twitter was under today caused the site to be inaccessible for several hours. It is now being reported that the same botnet that was attacking Twitter was also attacking YouTube, Livejournal, and Facebook profile sites of blogger "Cyxymu". Reports claim that "Cyxymu" is a name of a town in the Republic of Georgia. It has yet to be determined if Russia has anything to do with the attack or not. However I do know one thing, so an attack to have taken Twitter offline, caused facebook to run significantly slower at times, and still have room to try and take a bit out of Google's imense resources is huge. Without a doubt several thousand computers had to be compromised for this att...

More hard drive firmware bugs cause data loss

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/03/2009 03:39 PM
One thing people don't realize is that just how fragile of a device a hard drive is, and how easily they can stop working. Fortunately most of those failures are caused by mechanical issues that can be reduced such as ventilation. However I've noticed a growing trend of software issues causing hard drives to fail. Most notibly I have seen several Seagate drives fail for firmware glitches and bugs. In a recent case I have seen drive heads become damaged in the 1TB barracuda models due to a firmware glitch. Another very common issue is overflows of firmware data in the system area of the hard drives, causing them to not be accessed at all. Now that SSD (Solid State Drives) is starting to become more popular I was hoping to see more...

What to look for in purchasing a used computer

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/01/2009 10:10 PM
I see this time and time again, someone buys a used computer for themselves or a family member and get ripped offer because they did'nt know of some obvious things to look for. In addition to what I mentioned in the video here are some KEY things to look for: Dents and dings in the case Heavy collections of dust and dirt in the system Try to turn on the system, if they won't let you do it - you don't want it. Make sure everything shows up in device manager by Right clicking on the My Computer icon and going to Manage and then device manager. Make sure there are no yellow triangles or exlamation marks. Red X's mean something is disabled, and is not always an issue. ...

Liquid cooling systems are not ready for home use

Posted by Robert Hall on 08/01/2009 06:06 AM
I've gone through and had to service a couple systems now that have come with Liquid cooling to keep the CPU and other components cool. While without a doubt Liquid cooling does provide superior cooling capabilities, it should be taken into account the required maintenance. These systems were sold to average people, with the fact that the Liquid cooling is better. The customers were not told about the maintenance they need to perform on them, and in several cases would'nt be able to perform maintenance if they wanted. With a Liquid cooling system, you need to periodically check for leaks, and low coolant. Many home users do not know how to do this, or what to look for.  As a result the system begins to run low on coolant, an...

Geek squad or do whatever the cd says squad?

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/31/2009 04:47 PM
Talk to anyone that runs a computer repair shop and they can tell you more horror stories about Bestbuy's Geek Squad than anyone. I constantly hear complaints about service and prices from their former customers. Technicians doing more harm than good, not fixing the issue, pushing purchasing new systems, and incorrectly diagnosing issues. I've learned to accept that as the norm from them. However now I've seen something new. A customer told me about how they sent their laptop in for a broken display and had their hard drive replaced. Bestbuy did'nt tell the customer this was going to happen, they just did it without approval. Not only that, but they had the guts to try and sell her a data recovery service to get the files...

Facebook bug causes Twitter posts to flood Facebook walls

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/30/2009 01:35 PM
No surprise that it was a bug on Facebook that was the cause of thousands of unwanted Twitter posts appearing on facebook just the other day. As a programmer myself, as well as a hardware repair guy. I can say I have only seen a few programs that have as many cross application integration issues as Facebook has. When I initially setup my Facebook account I had issue after issue, and now after using it for awhile I have found that almost all those issues were caused by either the strange interface, or poorly written applications. So it comes to me as no surprise that a bug on facebook caused a complete ignore of user preferences in terms of how updates will be handled from an a...

Why the paper business card will never go away

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/30/2009 11:54 AM
Ever since the mid 90's or at least that's when I started noticing. Almost every PDA, Phone, and now SmartPhone vendor tries to make a push for all digital business cards. Toting how much time, paper, and storage it will save you. I've even seen products that will take paper cards and turn them into digital ones (Nothing more than over priced scanners). So why is it that these digital cards never get a foot hold? In one word, compatibility. Think about it, if you and someone else has the same phone, and software on it, sharing contact information is straight forward. Just open your phone, launch the program, hit the send button, wait for the phones to find each other, and that's it. Now if you don't have matching ...

Diagnosing intermitent problems

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/29/2009 01:16 PM
The ultimate challenge for any computer technician is to diagnose an intermitent issue. The reason this is so hard is the technician only has a short time with your system, and that problem might not even show up while he is working on it. However you can be the biggest help to your technician by doing just a few small things. Make a note of when the error or issue happens, this includes the day and time Write down what you were doing at the time Make a note of the EXACT error message if there is one Note any strange sounds that might have happened at the same time Finally be sure to note any programs you have open at the time of the error ...

Epson Workforce 600 - An Epic Fail Like no Other

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/28/2009 11:29 PM
I wish I could write this review in a positive way, but doing so would be doing an injustice to you and giving the programs of this product too much credit. I am talking about the Epson Workforce 600 all in one printer/fax/scanner/copier with Ethernet, and Wireless. I have setup many printers, and all in one units in my day, from huge laser jets, to printing presses, and from all makes and models. But never before have I had such a horrible experience setting up a printer. The problem...

T-Shirt Giveaway This Weekend Saturday the 1st

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/28/2009 04:01 PM
Looking for a chance to win a Free T-Shirt this weekend? It's easy first subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and then make a comment on THIS page here. You can post anything, but be sure to list your YouTube channel/user name here so you can win, and perferably something useful like what you would like to see from me in the future. I've been meaning to do this contest for awhile, I had alot of stuff going on that was keeping me down. However I am back and ready to rock and/or roll as required =) . The comments must be made by Saturday at 9pm EST, and you must also be subscribed to the YouTube channel b...

Just exactly why do celeron and sempron processors run so slow

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/28/2009 12:23 PM
If you have a computer running a celeron or sempron processor you might be noticing that your computer seems a bit slow, or laggy when opening programs, saving files, and in general anything that makes heavy usage of the processor. This is because the celeron and sempron processors are scaled back versions of their bigger brothers the pentium and athlon series chips. The biggest difference is that these lower end chips have less on chip cache, and usually by half or more. The processor cache is like ram, but just for the processor. So as you use programs the processor actually remembers some of the code it ran before and does'nt have to send requests to the motherboard to get additional instruction...

Google Chrome Review

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/27/2009 03:21 AM
Google Chrome ReviewI find that Google Chrome for the most part works fine. I have a few issues with it, mostly in the display arena, and the complete lack of settings. One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that if you save a file in a directory that already has a file of the same name, Chrome automatically renames it. This is a problem if you visit a site alot, and download a file. You may have forgotten that you already downloaded the file, however Chrome "helps" you and automatically changes the name of the new download so you don't overwrite it. This should be an option so you can turn it off if you don't want it. Also with the SSL settings I was refering to the options of SSL, and TLS found in Internet Explorer and Fir...

Protect your system from a random sudden death!

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/26/2009 05:47 PM
Ever worry about one day going to turn your computer on, and it just does'nt turn on. It can happen, but there is a way to help prevent it or reduce the chance of it happening! Most of the time when a computer is shut down, and then someone goes to turn it back on in the morning, or several days later and nothing happens... No lights... no fans... no video... It is for one common cause. A power surge, or a rapid series of power fluctuations through the building, or just to the one outlet the system is on. This can effect laptops and desktops alike. Although usually laptops are more resilent to power fluctuations, they are still susceptible to power spikes and surges. The quality of power supplies and ac adapters have been...

The NOC has new features!

Posted by Robert Hall on 07/25/2009 04:04 AM
I have finally gotten a chance to add several new features to the website! If you visted here frequently you might already notice a few, a couple might not be so obvious. Because I am sooo stoked about this you get each feature numbered, named, AND in bold... fancy... #1 RSS Feeds! Yes, I have finally added an RSS feed for the site, so you don't have to come here every day and look for updates, you can just add the RSS feed to your browser or RSS client. The link for it is on every page of the NOC, and I added code so browsers like firefox and Internet explorer 8 will see there is an RSS feed available. #2 Page views! Now the almighty question as to how many vie...

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