Category: Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: Sync bookmarks across browsers and computers

Bookmarks, also known as favorites, are links to sites that you save when you browse the web. These links are useful for future reference since they save you the trouble of remembering and typing website addresses over and over again. The problem with bookmarks is that they are specific to the web browser and the computer you save them on. You can, however, take additional steps to ensure the bookmarks you save on one of your computers is available on others.

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Tech Tip: Finding symbols with Character Map

Every once in a while you come across a symbol you want to use that is not available on your keyboard. it may be the © for a copyright notice or the ° for the temperature you are writing. Most of these symbols are hidden in the Character Map on Windows.

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Tech Tip: Tag your music files for a better music library

Music is now more prominent in digital form than ever before. The internet has made music files more accessible and the proliferation of digital music players means that these files are not confined to just one device. As we obtain more and more music from various sources it becomes harder to keep this music organized. Who is the Unknown Artist on the Unknown Album in your music library? Where can you find the song you are listening to on your hard drive? Fortunately there are many tools we can use to help organize our music libraries and make our songs easier to find.

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Tech Tip: Regularly backup important files

Disaster can strike at any time and computers are just machines that are not immune to failures or technical glitches. In the unfortunate even that your data does become inaccessible you want to ensure that you have a backup copy that you can revert to. Most modern operating systems come with backup programs built in. Windows 7 has a Backup and Restore utility while Mac OS X has Time Machine. You do not, however, need any specific software to start backing up your files.

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Tech Tip: Use Google as a quick calculator

Google is well known as being one of the best places to go when searching for information on the internet. You can use it to search for information on various topics, images or even news articles. Google can also be used as a quick and simple calculator which might save you from having to go through other websites to perform simple mathematical functions.

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Tech Tip: GnuCash for simple accounting

GnuCash is a free, open-source accounting program that can be used to manage your finances. This program uses simple double entry principles to record your income, expenses, assets and liabilities. You can create any account that you want, specify the account type, and the account gets treated accordingly. This program can also generate reports and financial statements for any period that you specify.

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Tech Tip: Always use antivirus software

Whether you are a new computer user or you have been using computers for years there is one program that no one wants – the computer virus. A computer virus is a malicious program that can cause all kind of havoc to an infected system such as deleting data and corrupting the operating system. As you can imagine this is a major inconvenience and can result in irrecoverable data loss. To protect yourself from this it is wise to always have an updated version of antivirus software installed on your computer.

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Tech Tip: Manage startup programs with CCleaner

Over time your Windows computer noticeably begins to take longer to startup and may suffer from degraded performance. Many times this is a result of entries that programs make instructing your computer to run them as soon as it starts up. This makes your computer take longer to become responsive once it is turned on. One solution for managing this startup clutter is a program called CCleaner.

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Tech Tip: Create an online things to do list with Todoist

At one point or another we have all struggled with days that are so busy that we spin around in circles trying to figure out what we should do next. The problem may not only be figuring out which task to perform but also how to prioritize tasks so that you get the right ones done at the right time. This organizational problem becomes evident when you have to give regular status updates to your...

Tech Tip: How To Set Up A Wireless Network [Windows] 0

Tech Tip: How To Set Up A Wireless Network [Windows]

A wireless network is a great option if you want to connect computers without running many cables or if you want to maximize the mobility of your laptop/notebook computer. Setting up a wifi network isn’t that hard. Requirements Wireless router or wireless access point Wireless Network Inteface Card or Wireless LAN Adapter (one for each computer) Ethernet Modem Putting It All Together If you have not set up an internet connection with an internet service...