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It’s time to upgrade that old router!

One important piece of computer technology that often gets overlooked when people are looking to upgrade their hardware is the router.  It’s there sitting behind the desk or under a piece of furniture or behind the closet door and is usually out of sight and out of mind.  The router is doing a lot of…

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Lost or forgot your email password? Try this!

With so many passwords to remember nowadays, it’s easier to forget even some of the common ones.  If you use a desktop email client like Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, etc. then the password is entered once and saved so you don’t have to re-enter it every time you open the application.  It may be many…

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Image Backup vs File Backup

Everyone has a general concept of what a computer backup means.  It’s a separate stash of your data that you can use if you have some type of system crash or hardware failure.  Beyond this basic definition though, things seem to get fuzzy very quickly for most people.  Ask someone what software they are using…

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Windows 10 Update and Sleep Mode Issues

There is a known issue with the Windows 10 Creator’s update causing problems with graphics drivers when coming out of sleep mode.  I’ve had quite a few people contact me lately with some variation of this.  Sometimes the computer simply will not wake from sleep mode.  Sometimes the display looks like you have a broken…

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What are cookies on my computer?

If you use a computer at all, you’ve probably heard the term “cookie” mentioned a few times but you may not be quite sure what it means.  It’s not a very descriptive term.  What are they for?  Are they good or bad? Cookies are small text files that are created and stored on your computer’s…

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Resetting your Windows 10 Password

It happens to most people sooner or later.  For one reason or another you get locked out of Windows.  If you’ve got a Microsoft account (one that you set up with an email address) you can go here to reset it. What if you no longer have access to that email address?  That makes things…

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What’s the difference in memory and hard drive?

RAM (computer memory) and hard drive storage are often confused by your typical computer consumer. This is probably because they are both measured in the same units.  Megabytes or more commonly today gigabytes of data are used to define both types of hardware. Most computers today have somewhere between 1 and 16 GB of RAM,…

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What is OneDrive?

Maybe you’ve seen the little cloud icon in your taskbar and wondered exactly what it meant.  It’s called OneDrive and it’s a product of Microsoft.  OneDrive is a an online file hosting service (cloud storage).  The application comes built into Windows 10, so it’s there whether you want it or not. The  service is comparable…

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Should I buy a computer with a touch screen?

Touchscreens are pretty cool, there is no denying that we live in a time when it feels like it’s the modern standard for displays.  Your smartphone and tablet rely on the screen for almost all of their input.  So, why wouldn’t you want a PC with a touchscreen too?  It turns out there are a…

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Which Web Browser Should You Use?

There are dozens of web browsers that you can install on your Windows PC.  You have probably heard from someone that this one or that one is the safest or fastest, but which one should you really pick?  I’m going to mainly talk about 3 of the top modern browsers… these are Chrome, Firefox, and…

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