Thursday, February 24, 2011
By Ben Musall
Dropbox is a very useful tool that allows users to share data between multiple computers and mobile devices that can connect to the Internet. What's really cool about it is that the devices you want to share data with do not have to be on the same Local Area Network but can be anywhere in the world as long as the device has access to the Internet. You can also access your files from the Dropbox website or with an app on your smartphone or other mobile device. The service is offered for free with 2GB of storage space and a fee for more storage. I use the service a lot and 2GB suits my needs. Visit the Dropbox website, www.dropbox.com, for more information.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
by Ben Musall
I am really excited about Microsoft's announcement regarding porting the next version of Windows to mobile processors. Your next phone, mp3 player, or "Tablet" may run a FULL version of Windows. Laptop computers will probably benefit from this as well meaning that battery life will drastically improve, maybe even all the way to 75 or more hours on a single charge. We probably won't see this until late 2012 or 2013 - I'm not holding my breath though because early announcement of Windows release dates are usually wrong.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
by Dave Alm
You're going to love this -- you save a heap of money AND do some good for the planet at the same time. Go to the bottom of our web page and click on the small green button that says "CO2 Saver".
This takes you to the CO2 Saver main page. Once there, click on the Install Now button. This will download this nice little program for. When you run it it will take over the power management of your computer, saving you money -- between $20 and $65 per year. Put it on all of your computers and multiply the savings! We save over $300 a year with this little program.
CO2 Saver works transparently in the background, reducing the amount of juice your computer is pulling. It shows you how much CO2 you have saved from being emitted into the atmosphere. (It would be nicer if it showed the amount of money you had saved, but for free I'm not going to quibble.
It incorporates a nice little search window, but I almost never use it, preferring to use Google from my browser. You can also click to share it with a friend or co-worker. I am surprised more companies don't make this part of the minimum install on all of their computers. Now get out there and save the planet (and some cash)!
Friday, July 16, 2010
by Dave Alm
Bing is Microsoft's attempt to get in on the search engine business. It is terrible, especially compared with Google. (You can test sample Google searches against Bing searches at http://www.bing-vs-google.com/ if you don't believe me. It will open your eyes.)
While there is nothing wrong with making a terrible product, what Microsoft has been doing lately has me all riled up. It appears to me they are trying to sneak their cruddy Bing onto all of our computers without our consent!
I see a lot of computers coming through our shop and they are all starting to have Bing on them. It is worth noting that no customer has ever told me they installed Bing or how much they love bing. (If you are one of our customers who loves Bing, do let me know and I will take this back.) It seems to me Microsoft has been using their market dominance to change all of our default search engines settings to Bing. It is usually done without so much as asking your permission in any way that you would notice it. When you do a Windows upgrade, perhaps a browser update, you will suddenly find that your browser's default search engine is no longer whatever it was.
It is almost a certainty you liked your old search engine choice better than bing. When you attempt to change back to Google, you will find it is not there as a choice. You will have to wade through 3 or 4 pages of third-rate search-enginey things to finally find the it, and then it is unclear that it is the "real" Google search engine.
I am wondering why nobody has tried to stop Microsoft from doing this? You can stop them on your computer. Change your preferred search engine back to Google!
Monday, June 07, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
by Dave Alm
John Wanamaker said, " Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."
I just attended an excellent workshop on marketing at the City Hall in Madison, Indiana, down on the Ohio River. The workshop was led by Lisa Sirkin Vielee, owner of Gracie Communications, who works or has worked for The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana Transportation Museum, Indianapolis Cultural Center, and FitCity Indianapolis.
The workshop focused on practical tangible actions a company can take on a limited budget.
Electronic techniques were explored in detail. Search Engine Optimization, Facebook, Twitter, ideas for a company's web pages, direct email campaigns, and blogs were some of the areas covered.
Many ideas I came away with will be helpful in business. Also it really helped build our skill set to help our customers figure out what's out there in the new media and social media and determine what can work for them, make a plan and then implement. There are a lot of exciting new ways to reach our markets, and I would be happy to share what we have learned!
Sunday, October 04, 2009
by Dave Alm
Google Voice is a new gizmo from the Google gang. It integrates all of your various telephones under one new phone number and adds a lot of very nifty features.
It has a waiting list. I signed up for it over a month ago and just received an invition to join yesterday.
What I most like about it so far is two things. First my family and friends and customers can call one number. It rings all of my phones, and wherever I am, I can take the call there. You can set rules by time of day, caller, etc. You might not want customer calls after five or on weekends. No calls from numbers you have not authorized, and so on.
Second, and the real killer thing for me, is: if nobody answers it goes to voice mail, and then a transcript is made and emailed to me. I can look at in an email on my phone or computer. Their web interface is identical to Gmail, so it is very easy to get going on.
You do not get to choose the new number, nor do you get to use an existing one, but you get to choose from many possible numbers in your area so it is a local call, or for that matter any number in the country. This would be a nice way to give yourself extensions in other cities! It also gives you extremely low long distance rates to other countries. (I have not tried that part yet...)
Monday, September 21, 2009
by Dave Alm
Super efficient, cost effective, cute! The new Intel Atoms come on a 6.75" square motherboard, also made by Intel. With their low power consumption, an amazing eight watts(!), they are very economical, very green.
The new N330 Dual-Core Atoms make for a zippy-feeling computer that is up to most office workstation needs. The small size of the motherboard and low heat output allow it to be put into a small box without fear of early death due to high internal case temps.
Though video processing, CAD, and serious photo editing may be a little too much, Micrtosoft Office, QuickBooks, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Ebay are all easy lifting for this little comuter that could. They also make a nice MediaCenter PC. Run Windows XP, Vista (boo, hiss), and Windows 7 handily.
If you are in the market for new workstations that won't break the bank, check out the specs and price on the new cute little Atom.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Intel’s newest chip is the Core i7 and it is smoking FAST! These are around five times faster than the average dual core processor most people now have. If you do anything that requires real speed, take a serious look at this new speed demon.
The i7 is a quad-core desktop processor with hyper-threading. This means it has four brains inside of the main chip, all working together. There are 6 versions of this chip, from the 920 through the 9750.
Whether number crunching, working with photos, editing videos, gaming, doing CAD rendering – all of these users would see benefits from a computer with this new processor. If you do any of these or are just ready for a new FAST computer, stop in today and let us build one for you!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
by Dave Alm
One of our friends just sent me a copy of an email he'd just received and I thought I would pass it along because it looks very plausable. Here is how it read:
The chances of downloading spyware, adware, viruses or other unwanted software from surfing the Web have increased greatly in the last year. You do not want to give ANYBODY personal information no mater who they say they are -- and especially if they are from a domain in Hong Kong, China, the Phillipines or Russia.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
by Ben Musall
I'm kind of embarrassed to say I am starting to like Windows 7. The new "Start" bar on the bottom with its new way of handling open applications seems useful. It also seems faster than Windows XP - A SHOCKER. I guess something I am going to have to do is put it on older hardware (see vitals in previous post) such as a P4 2.0Ghz or something like that. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
by Dave Alm
Admittedly I have only installed and used Windows 7 for about an hour - but so far it seems faster and more stable than Vista has ever been. I'll be updating this in the coming days and weeks as I have more experience.
Test System Vitals:
AMD 6000+ Dual-Core Processor
Onboard Nvidia Geforce 6150 Graphics
250GB Seagate Hard Drive
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Your hard drive just failed! You have lost everything!
Friday, April 03, 2009
by Dave Alm
After seeing all the ads on TV for the last six months for a product called "Magic Jack'" I couldn't resist. I had to see if the thing really worked. I visited my local Walmart and found them in the special As-Seen-On-TV section of the store. The price was 39.95, though they advertise at 19.95 on TV. I later found out the price includes the first year's use. I bought mine and anxiously took it home.
Saturday, November 25, 2000
Be sure and check out the new Dave's Computer World Techie Cam. It is a web cam located in the shop at Dave's and it's turned on every day during business hours. It refreshes every fifteen seconds, so there is almost always something new happening. Open it in a little window on you desktop and check it out from time to time. See what we're up to -- sometimes Bosco our shop cat wanders through, maybe we're working on you're machine today!