Should I pay for Virus Protection?

It's New Years Resolution time again. Not too many people make resolutions about their computers, but if they do it's probably about backups or security. When it comes to computer security, the first step is a good anti virus software. Or is it antivirus or anti-virus.

Connected Home

Is your home connected to the internet? You likely have a cable or DSL internet connection at home and you use it to surf the web and check email from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet and phone, but what about the rest of your home? What about your central cooling and heating system? Should it be online too? Absolutely!

A connected AC system is a pretty cool thing.

Great Tech Gifts

It is Christmas shopping time again. Since we are your source for technical information, here are some cool techie gift ideas.

U-Socket: This USB wall plug simply replaces your existing wall plug. It gives you the typical two 110 volt wall plugs plus two 2.1 amp USB plugs to connect your USB powered portable devices.

Email Management

We live in a very connected world. We must know everything and know it now. So we have our computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Without them we would feel a little disconnected.

One of the most efficient ways to communicate in this connected world is through email.

Password Safety

Today I received another "I'm stuck in London so wire me some money." email scams from a friend. Some miscreant on the other side of the world has gained access to her email account and is using it to try to steal money. This is relatively common today.

Computer Scams

For the past few years, it seems most of the computer related scams aimed at getting your money have been initiated by the user responding to an email or browsing to a fraudulent web site. Now the scammers are even calling users on the phone to lure them into giving them money.

Solid State Hard Drives

If you pay attention to high tech things at all, you have probably heard of SSD drives or Solid State Drives. But what is an SSD drive? Do you need one? How would you get one if you needed it?

For many years computers have used hard drives to store data.

Working From Your iPad

When the iPad 3 was released I decided I would finally splurge and buy one for myself. I do IT support and I never know when and where I might have to jump on a computer to fix something. So I keep a small, almost too small notebook computer with me for emergencies and I justified the iPad purchase as a convenient, easier to use replacement for the notebook.

Drop Box

Computers today are almost magical, but what I think really makes them amazing is the new and creative application ideas that sharp minds keep coming up with. The desktop computer has not changed a lot in the last few years, but many, many new and innovative applications have been built to run on them.