In this two part series, we'll be discussing why it's important to convert your media (like CDs and DVDs) to digital files (like .mp3 and .mp4) for all your various needs, including future-proofing - and how to do it. Here are some terms we'll be using throughout this article, with their definitions: Content - Media
Why You Shouldn't Buy An iPad (or a Tablet) ... Yet People ask me for recommendations/opinions on tablets about once a week. Although I'd love one (especially if it was given as a gift!) I don't own one. Lately, I've been recommending the B&N Nook Tablet to friends because of it's low price point ($200!)
People get new computers just infrequently enough to remember what to do with the old computer. Some people say "just wipe it" or "format it" or "re-install a clean version of Windows", but those steps aren't enough. Here's why. When you reinstall an operating system, you are given the option of formatting the drive. Although
My Avengers Movie Review - 9/10 Last night, we had the opportunity to see the Avengers in 3D as part of a prescreening, thanks to Cinemit.com. Here are my thoughts - and I'll try not to give away any spoilers. If you enjoy summer blockbusters, you need to see this movie. Summer blockbuster movies often
How Can I Redownload Microsoft Office? When you need to re-install Windows, you often need discs to reinstall your software, and Microsoft Office is the one you need first. This creates a panic - where are your installation discs? Did you put them software safe - and now no longer know where that safe place
In recognition of reaching the milestone of 10 billion apps downloaded, Google has offered select apps for $0.10 over the next few days. This is a great promotion, but Google has needed to do something like this for a long time. Here's the reason why: Android does not build loyalty in users. New Android devices
Thanks to Cinemait.com, we had the opportunity to see the new Muppets movie earlier today. We've been anxiously anticipating this movie for months, watching trailers, parody trailers, and listening to the soundtrack. This movie has been thoroughly marketed - so did it live up to the marketing? After watching it for the 1:50 running time,
Before 2000, Windows was not great. It had it's good points, but there wasn't anything worth writing home about. Windows XP was first the consumer focused operating system built on the Windows NT kernel, generally agreed upon to be more stable and memory efficient than Windows 95/98/98SE/ME. Over time, Windows XP has been shown
Back when most households got computers for the first time and signed online, they used one of those discs that came free in the mail - from AOL. "500 hours free!" the discs proclaimed. And so the $19.95/month credit card charge started. What was the draw
Bet you never thought you'd see me say I like something Apple related! I'll say it so everyone hears it - I love iTunes! Not for it's music management abilities (although those are very good, in some ways), but rather, the feature of iTunes called "Airplay". What is it? Your music library is on your
When I was younger, my parents would often suggest that I write a letter to my grandparents. At the time, it kind of seemed like an odd thing to do, but getting a letter in the mail was (and still is) a great feeling - but I couldn't tell you the last time I
You sign into Facebook, and are confronted with something new on your wall. It's begging to be clicked on. It promises you something funny, something revealing about someone else, or information about your profile you'd love to know. So - do you click on it? How could you pass that up? Of course, it may
I talk about twitter a fair bit, and I notice people have one of 3 reactions. They either say "I didn't know you were on Twitter! I'll follow you! What's your twitter name?", or they give me a vague, blank look as if to say "I already have Facebook, why do I need Twitter?" or,
Yesterday, a friend emailed me to ask if he should get an iPad or a Motorola XOOM. He wanted my honest opinion, and so I told him what the deciding factor needed to be - did he own already own apps for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, or Android apps? Although the devices cost similar amounts, the costs
I'm a proud Android user. Whether you want to debate about how great it is or how iOS is better (or even Windows Phone 7), there are some things about Android that are just amazing. Here they are. 1. Voice Actions - Trying to navigate the menu of a phone while driving is challenging. Google
I hear this question a lot – often from people who have recently heard the term used in a commercial. Today, we’ll get into exactly what the “cloud” is, as well as what it isn’t, with respect to consumers (that’s you).
The answer is - whichever cable is least expensive. HDMI cables are designed for connecting HDTV's to other devices, like your cable box, Blu-Ray player, XBOX, PS3, or your computer to your monitor. HDMI cables cost anywhere from $5 each (or less, if you find a sale) to $100 each. The difference between expensive HDMI
WARNING: This is a long saga. This is more advanced than typical articles on this site. I just wanted to share my story.
Ever felt unsafe while driving and controlling your phone, MP3 player, or other device? Ever wish you could easily talk to your car, which could talk to your device, and have it accomplish the task for you? Well, that could never happen.
You need a cable. A car charger. A case for your phone. Anything. You get in the car and head over to your local store, right? Absolutely not. Would you buy bread, eggs or milk from 7-11? Of course not. Those are convenience stores – they’re convenient to get to, but you pay a premium
Before doing anything, make sure you actually have a virus. Did your anti-virus software alert you to something? Or is your computer acting differently than normal? If you have an alert from your anti-virus software, is it giving you any indication that the threat was quarantined or removed? Very often you might download an infected
It's true, RAM and a hard drive are both "memory", in that they store information. But how they do it, and their cost, are very different. A hard drive is similar to long term storage, where files are stored. Much like how paper documents are put into folders and eventually put into a file cabinet,
A couple of years ago, a guy from work approached me. “Hey, good news!” he said. “I’m getting a Macbook this weekend!” I asked why. “I want to go online, and I’m tired of the anti-virus software trying to get me to pay. I want a Mac so I don’t have to worry about viruses.”
This is a great question because fixing this problem costs so much less than it used to years ago. The shortest answer is - "buy and install more memory (RAM)". One of my college professors used to have a rule about upgrading an older computer before buying a new one. His rule of thumb was
Usually, in technology, newer is better. However, with the release of Windows Vista, something happened that is rarely seen in this type of environment. Vista had certainly been a long time in coming. Typically, Windows operating systems come every couple of years (think Windows 95, Windows 98). However, Windows XP was released in October of
Netbooks are something that seem great on paper. They're small, they're less expensive than a laptop, have great battery life, and you were only planning on using it to go online and maybe some email. So - is it worth it to buy a netbook? The answer in most cases, unfortunately, is no. Netbooks typically
Why You Should Never Pay for AntiVirus Software (or, how to save $50.00 per year). Every once in a while, someone will come up to me and say - "hey, good news! I paid for the latest anti-virus software renewal updates, just like you said!" At that point, I like to turn an odd shade
This subject is one that’s absolutely amazing, once you take the plunge. Sure, it’s kind of strange having a computer in the living room. Sure, you have to find somewhere to hide it, or make it look like part of the furniture. But the amount of things it opens up to you … here’s a
I get this question so frequently, it makes you wonder why computers don't come with it pre-installed for no extra charge. Well, they do. But it's only a 60 day trial. First, let me define Microsoft Office, which is different from Microsoft Windows. Office refers to the programs typically used in a business setting -
This is a great question I get all the time. I'm going to break this down into categories as much as possible. First, ask yourself - what do I want my mobile phone to do? Do I want to email from it? Sync with Outlook or Microsoft Exchange? Send instant messages? Install applications
How can you upgrade the graphics in a laptop?
This has irked me for years. Why waste half a piece of paper when printing? Duplex printers address this issue well - they print a page out, then suck it back into print on the other side. But what if you don't have a printer that supports automatic duplexing? Printers that don't support automatic duplexing
Often, I get asked by friends and family what they should get as a new computer. My first question is always in regard to budget, and what you’ll be doing with the machine. Are you going to just go on the Internet, email, store pictures and music, and do some word processing? If so - this article is for you.