Blog: Personal Computing

16 May 2013

Windows 8 Best New Features

Here is an overview of the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8:

  • Faster Start Up Mode. Windows operating systems have always taken a long time to start up. ... Read More

21 Mar 2013

Five Awesome Window 8 Features!

Microsoft’s Windows 7 has enjoyed brisk sales as the most popular operating system in history. In 2010, it recorded sales of about 7 copies per second. Yet Microsoft is so dynamic that it&rsq ... Read More

15 Mar 2012

Pinterest - A Basic Overview

Are you burned out on social media? Then you won't be thrilled to hear that a new social media site is gaining traction. However, you might be interested to learn that this new site, Pinterest, ... Read More

24 Feb 2012

An Analysis of Smartphone Charge Pads

You use your smartphone to order movie tickets, download your favorite songs, and make online reservations at the new French restaurant. However, if your smartphone battery dies, you can't do a ... Read More

9 Dec 2011

Your Android Phone

There's a major difference between Android smartphones and Apple's iPhones. Android phones, powered by Google, allow for a remarkable amount of customization. Android phones are open source ... Read More

15 Nov 2011

Free Online Space

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

Today’s personal web space for documents is getting a lot of attention.  For the most part, you can find the services for FREE!  There are a lot of services out there that offer a s ... Read More

7 Nov 2011

Locating Drivers

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I do not usually endorse products, but when I come across one that is good and works well, I feel I should share the wealth.

The product is called Driver Genius, and that’s wha ... Read More

4 Nov 2011

Devices, Apps and Software, Oh My!

You likely have read a lot about the world becoming more and more connected. We don’t only mean with individuals but within our own lives as well. Having our devices more connected makes life ... Read More

20 Oct 2011

The iPhone 4S - Is It Worth It?

Apple is known for its forward thinking, cutting-edge and revolutionary inventions.  From the Apple IIe to the iPad, Apple has always been at the forefront of computing and communicating.  ... Read More

14 Oct 2011


Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I am lucky enough to have received a Google+ invite, and, I must admit, I love it! 

I have had a Facebook account for years, and also dabble in Twitter, but honestly I find this ... Read More

16 Sep 2011

Windows Tips and Shortcuts

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, I have more Windows more tips and shortcuts.

1. Adding Internet Prefixes and Suffixes

You can quickly add the www. and the .com to anything typed in ... Read More

30 Aug 2011

Office 2010 Secrets

Dennis Foote- Systems Engineer

Now that I have had some time with Microsoft Office 2010, I wondered what sets this edition apart from 2003 or 2007. Here are a few things I found while using a copy of Microsoft office 2010 Pro Pl ... Read More

26 Aug 2011

That's My Boy!

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week's blog is about how much kids seem to understand technology instinctively. My kids are five and six.  They play some games on the Xbox 360 using Kinect.  They love it as the ... Read More

15 Aug 2011

To Build or Not to Build? That Is the Question!

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I wanted to talk a bit this week about buying versus building computers. I am a builder, always have been and always will be. I love the act of building a machine from start to finish. There is not ... Read More

15 Jul 2011

Delete Freak

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

Are you a delete freak?  I know I am!  I have a couple of computers at home - a laptop and a tower rig. They are both gaming machines as I play a lot of video games, which often means&nbs ... Read More

17 Jun 2011

Buying Used Computers

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week I had a friend ask me for some computer help with a system he bought from Craigslist.  It wasn’t playing videos that he wanted, and it turned out to be a codec problem that was ... Read More

27 May 2011

Improving Laptop Boot Times

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I have been asked a few times lately how to improve boot time on a laptop. Well, my first answer is an SSD, which will do it!  But that is not always an option, whereas changing programs on st ... Read More

20 May 2011

Avoiding Malware on the Web

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

Seems like I see more and more malware on the web and on systems that get brought in the shop. I don't want to go into fixing those as we have already covered that topic in other entries; ... Read More

13 May 2011

Stay juiced! Manage Your Laptop Power

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I'm writing a quick blog entry on laptop batteries this week and a few tips on how to get the most out of them.  Some basic ways to get the most from a laptop batt ... Read More

10 May 2011

Secure Password List

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

This week, I ran into a large amount of people that forgot their passwords.  So, I let them know about a program called KeePass.

I have been using KeePass for some time and it never ... Read More

6 May 2011

Evernote Mobile Note-taking

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I have been studying for some upcoming tests over the last couple of weeks and have started to look at my iPad as a study tool.  I know that some people don't like the lack of a keyboard,& ... Read More

5 May 2011

Windows XP and the 4 GB RAM Ceiling

Brian St. Marie - Sr. Systems Engineer

Despite being nearly 10 years old, Windows XP is still very frequently used both at home and in the business.  Unfortunately, as applications continue to become more demanding, one of the bigg ... Read More

29 Apr 2011

When Is It Time To Buy a New Computer?

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, we had a few walk-in customers with really old laptops; one being eight years old!

I am a fan of new technology and I love having cool gadgets and  fast gaming machin ... Read More

25 Apr 2011

A Clean Computer Is a Happy Computer

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week's blog is about dirt. I have taken on a project at work that involves server maintenance for a transportation service. This means that the servers are in some crazy places, sometimes ... Read More

15 Apr 2011

Laptop Fan Error

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, I had a laptop come in that was tiny, an itsy bitsy thing, and it was still classed as a commercial laptop. Well, it was getting a fan error but was still booting up.  I went t ... Read More

14 Apr 2011

Hiren's Boot Disk

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

The importance of having a good boot disk seems to be a no brainer. Through the years, technicians have relied on boot disks to get PCs set up or back in working condition.  Over the last year ... Read More

8 Apr 2011

A Laptop Trackpoint

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, I came across an issue with a trackpoint for a laptop. The laptop itself had some problems and the system board and the keyboard had to be replaced.

Once that was done, th ... Read More

7 Apr 2011

Making the Most of Mobile Broadband

Brian St. Marie – Sr. Systems Engineer

As the internet continues to become more and more of a necessity for business, the ability to connect to the internet becomes increasingly critical to keeping your business running.  Many comp ... Read More

6 Apr 2011

Outlook Import Wizard

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

Converting Windows Mail to Microsoft Outlook is easy to do with the Outlook Import Wizard.  I had a client that was on Outlook Express which changed over to Windows Mail in Windows V ... Read More

4 Apr 2011

Speed Up an Older Computer

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I just wanted to pop in today and talk a bit about speed. We had a laptop in last week that was slow and the customer wanted it back to the way it was.

Well, the laptop was older and ... Read More

29 Mar 2011

Recovering Deleted Files on a PC

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

This week, a client accidentally deleted files and folders from his local hard drive. I found some free software that had very good reviews and seemed to have a friendly layout for easy u ... Read More

25 Mar 2011

Windows Control Key Shortcuts

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I just wanted to take a minute in this week's blog to give a list of some keyboard shortcuts.  It may seem like basic stuff to technicians and computer users in general, but not ... Read More

17 Mar 2011

Wireless Profile Cleanup

Dennis Foote-Systems Engineer

I seem to be running into this a lot lately. When you connect to a wireless network, your computer saves the configuration. So all of your old Internet connections in the Network and Sharing Center ... Read More

11 Mar 2011

PC Doctor

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, I am blogging about PC Doctor, I don't normally name products, but this is one I really like!

I have been given a lot of laptops this week with intermittent problems: blue ... Read More

3 Mar 2011

Daemon Tools

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

This week, a client wanted to have data transferred from one PC to another. The client had an image backup.  Because the hardware had changed so dramatically, I knew the idea of dropping the i ... Read More

22 Feb 2011

Disappearing Startup Programs

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

This week, I ran across an issue where the startup programs kept disappearing. I found a nice and quick fix so I did not have to restart the PC each and every time a startup program disappeared unt ... Read More

8 Feb 2011

Driver Issues

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

This week, I ran into driver issues with one of my clients. I found that they had multiple driver issues and looked for a fast solution. I stumbled across a program that got very good reviews. So l ... Read More

4 Feb 2011

PC Thermal Issues

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week I want to blog about something that happened to me, not a client. I am a gamer, a big one; I have loved games since I was a kid.  I own the big consoles and a couple of handhelds as ... Read More

1 Feb 2011

Dedicated Video Memory

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

I was asked this week why dedicated video memory makes a difference.  I replied with “it only makes a difference when you have high intense flash or video with HD or intense 3D quality.& ... Read More

28 Jan 2011

PC System Recovery

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

Full system recovery of a systems operating system should be last option if you would like to to fix a broken copy of windows.

If you would like to keep your data and you happen to have t ... Read More

18 Jan 2011

Windows Shortcut Commands

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

Shortcut commands can be an easy way to get what you want when you want it when using Windows operating systems without all the clicking and menus. This week, I came across some that I knew I learn ... Read More

12 Jan 2011

Windows System Restore

Adam Jones - Systems Engineer

Windows restore points can save you some big time headaches. Case in point, I received an urgent message from a client expressing that their system was “fried” and “it doesn&rsquo ... Read More

11 Jan 2011

Preventing Computer Thermal Issues

Dennis Foote- Systems Engineer

This week, I had a client that was having random shutdowns.   I first thought that it might be the hard drive or the system board.  After noticing that the fan was not spinning, I kn ... Read More

7 Jan 2011

Console Hacking

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I wanted to take a sidetrack today into hacking, not of computers, but of consoles. The big news this week is that the Sony Playstation 3 was laid bare, with its root key revealed to the world.

... Read More

28 Dec 2010

Installing Windows 7 from a USB Thumb Drive

Adam Jones - Systems Engineer

My brother received a fantastic Lenovo netbook from Santa Clause this year! It’s a great piece of hardware but he was not pleased that it shipped with the extremely limited Windows 7 Starter ... Read More

17 Dec 2010

Essential iPhone Applications

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

For this week's blog, I am looking at iPhone applications that I cannot do without.

Having just moved to MA from Texas in the last couple of months, the first one that comes ... Read More

14 Dec 2010

iPhone and iPad iOS 4.2.1 - New Features

Dennis Foote – Systems Engineer

With last month’s release of iPhone and iPad’s iOS 4.2.1 firmware and software came some new features. Here is a list of the new and much needed changes.

Apple Air Pla ... Read More