Office hear you didn’t know you needed

Posted by admin on Aug 22, 2013

Taken from PC World.

You might think you don’t need much in the way of business equipment to get your work done—maybe just a PC with an Internet connection. But you’re missing out on some interesting, under-the-radar products that can speed your workflow, protect your business, and keep your body healthy during long hours at your desk. We’ve assembled a collection of ten peripherals and accessories that are so beautiful, smart, or helpful that you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done without them.

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How The Internet Works

Posted by admin on Mar 5, 2013

This is a great little video explaining how the internet works.  Of course, they have left out a lot of the technical stuff, but it gives you a great overview of what happens millions of times per day.

The Worst Passwords to Use

Posted by admin on Feb 15, 2013

I have written a lot about using a secure password, so I won’t lecture you again.  But here is a list of the most common and worst passwords you can use…

1 – password
2 – 123456
3 – 12345678
4 – abc123
5 – qwerty
6 – monkey
7 – letmein
8 – dragon
9 – 111111
10 – baseball
11 – iloveyou
12 – trustno1
13 – 1234567
14 – sunshine
15 – master
16 – 123123
17 – welcome
18 – shadow
19 – ashley
20 – football
21 – jesus
22 – michael
23 – ninja
24 – mustang
25 – password1

Block Websites for All Users

Posted by admin on Jun 25, 2012

There is an easy way to block all users of your Windows-based computer from opening certain websites.  This fix is simple to do, and free… but is also simple to get around.  You can use this solution if you want to block the use of YouTube or Facebook at work.

First, open Windows Explorer and go to c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
Open the hosts file in Notepad
After the very last line in this file, enter (or whatever website you want to block)
Save the file, and test it out.

This fix will work for any browser, and any link to the blocked website.

7 Things Every Geek Should Know or Own

Posted by admin on Aug 3, 2011

Taken from PC World Magazine, August 2011 Edition

Geek pride day comes along every May 25th, but just about any day is a great day to bask in being a geek.  If you have or know at least a few of the following things, congratulations.  If you don’t, consider this a shopping list of the items you need.

A Geek Should Own…

Flash drives: Not just one or two – you should have an entire collection.  You should also know how to partition your flash drives properly, and they should contain system utilities and perhaps a Linux installation or two.

Lots of Cables: Keeping a box of miscellaneous cables is a great idea, since you’ll have them handy for pretty much any unforeseen circumstance.

A home-built PC: Nothing shouts geek cred like a homemade computer.

A soldering iron: You never know when you’ll have to hack together some hardware.

A geeky tee: Any kind of geek slogan or motif, or something to do with geek culture, is legitimate and potentially cool.

A Geek Should Know…

How to code: Depending on what coding you find most interesting – be it computer programming or Web design – you should be able to lay down the basics from memory.

Keyboard shortcuts: Knowing your way around a keyboard is pretty useful, especially if you mouse stops working and you need to shut down.  Plus, keyboard shortcuts save a ton of time on the desktop.

Rules to Put Digital Disasters in Perspective

Posted by admin on Mar 23, 2011

Taken from PC World Magazine, March 2011 Edition

Most of us love a good mystery, as long as we eventually find out who dunnit or, in the case of high-tech, how it’s done.  Ultimately, we’re looking for a resolution – something that ties up the loose ends so that we don’t have to waste time noodling over the unknown.

Some mysteries, though, have no neat answer.  Although verified by personal experience, these enigmas can’t be explained by physics, psychology, or even logic.  When faced with such digital brain-twisters, we can toss them off with a shrug – or better yet, we can codify these conundrums into a set of rules, along the lines of Murphy’s Law.

Here, Nine Regrettable Rules of High-Tech Happenstance.  Read ’em and weep.

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The Computer… male of female?

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2007

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine. Things like ‘chalk’ or ‘pencil,’ she described, would have a gender association although in English these words were neutral.

Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, “What gender is a computer?” The teacher wasn’t certain which it was, and so divided the class into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. One group was comprised of the women in the class, and the other, of men. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendations.

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How The Internet Began

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2007

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com.

She said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?” And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, Dear?”

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Installing Husband 1.0

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2007

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance – particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

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A Snakey Computer Problem

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2007

A gal has a problem with her computer so she makes a phone call…..

Hello, technical support. How can I help you?”

The female:

Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noise at me so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on, the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing.


I will have a technician come over first thing this morning. Just leave the computer just like it is so they can find the problem and fix it or change it out with another computer. Give me your address and telephone number and the technician will be there just as soon as possible.

When the technician got there, the lady showed the technician where the computer was and told what happened to it. This is what the technician found wrong.

Take a look at the pictures… you won’t believe your eyes!!!

And you thought you had computer problems…

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