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Quick Tip here: I’ve had a couple computers lately with fans that have failed. This is usually due to the user cleaning the fan believe it or not!

Cleaning the fans, blowing them out using compressed air is a good thing to do, however there is one very important thing people don’t know… you want to prevent the fan from spinning when you are doing this.

Blowing the compressed air on the fan, makes it spin, often much faster than it normally would – and puts a lot of stress on...



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Standby/Sleep Mode and Hibernate mode – two things which have been present since windows XP but still a mystery to so many. Really it’s quite simple. The purpose of these two tools is to help increase your computer startup time. To be more accurate it actually prevents your computer from having to “start up” every time you use your computer. Standby mode, also known as sleep mode, is the fastest of the two options. It takes everything currently open and running – and tosses it into your...



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In this Tech Tip's video PC Computer Guy shares with you a scammer, who tried to scam the computer guy! In the end, only he got scammed out of a credit card number. Watch this video to see some of the tips that tell of a scammer in progress.


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Is your internet running slow? Or is it your computer running slow? Or is it the web site running slow? What's the difference?

Many people don't know that there even is a difference, but there is... and the remedy is different for each scenario. Listen to this PcComputerGuy podcast as I try to shed some light on what is...


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The world is coming to an end!! Everyone's internet is going to be shut down. The government is after you... Yeah, not so much. Tune in to this edition the Tech Tips Podcast to learn what's really going on, without all the hyperbole.

For more information you can also check out our article on the topic at:...


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FBI Warning of Internet Shutdown: Internet Doomsday (yawn)

For the audio podcast on this topic see: Internet Doomsday Podcast

This is the headline you see all over the...



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You have that old computer, sitting in the closet (maybe even two or three of them). It sits there because there is a lot of very important, personal data that you don't want to fall into the wrong hands. So instead of trashing it, or even giving it to someone else, you keep it in the closet, taking up space, and only getting older...


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In this video we discuss phishing (fishing) for information, email hijacking and ways to avoid it. One of the most common questions I get, is how to avoid bad emails and links. Unfortunately it's not an easy "Do this..." type of answer. The reason it's not easy is because the bad guys are always devising new schemes to trick you! However I try here to provide a couple general, very useful tips to keep yourself safe.

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In this third and final video on Picasa we discuss how to edit, crop and enhance your photos. I demonstrate how you can make your pictures look better with just a few clicks. I also demonstrate how to add some effects to your photos and demonstrate my favorite tool: saturation.


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Many people browse facebook without even the most basic protections. We have put together a short 2 minute video that demonstrates how to enable SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to ensure your facebook tramissions are encrypted. You can then see the result of this, and know your information is protected when you see "https" across the address bar, instead of the classic "http". The S at the end indicates it's secure. It's quick, and very easy.

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