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What is a NAS Drive?

NAS stands for “Network Attached Storage”. Typically we think of external storage in terms of flash drives and USB hard drives. The basic NAS is the same in concept, except it attaches to your network (i.e. your...


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What is the CPU?

The CPU is the “brain” of the computer. (See here for other parts of the computer) It does the thinking, the “processing” of information and is one of the 3 critical components that...


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Users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 are given an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. You can do this until July 28, 2016 when the free offer expires.

Some people are perfectly satisfied with their current version of Windows and do not want to upgrade. 

We recommend that if everything is working fine, and you are...



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Return of the start menu

Windows 10 Start Menu

The single biggest hatred of Windows 8 (and even 8.1) was the removal of the traditional start menu. Now we all tend to be resistant to change, but if given time to adapt we usually cope and learn to like the changes....



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Google has disabled the mechanism by which many programs interact with Chrome, including Java. This is for people using Chrome 43 or higher. This has been done for security reasons, but will likely have the result of making Java not work in chrome (among other plugins). If you encounter this – as of the time of writing this – the best solution is to use FireFox or Internet Explorer and ensure you have the most up to date Java for that browser (...



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Online Cloud-based Document Storage has become very easy to use, and free. It offers many benefits over keeping files stored on your computer. Some of those benefits include:

  • Ability to share files with friends/family
  • Collaboration – where multiple people can work on the same file without constantly emailing back and forth.
  • Pseudo-backup – should your hard drive crash in your computer, your cloud-based files are still...

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Surfing the web is something we spend a lot of time doing. However some sites are hammered with advertisements. Some of these advertisements are legit, while others are malicious junkware products you don’t want on your computer. One of the ways we combat...


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Should I turn my computer off, or leave it on?

This is perhaps the most, if not one of the most questions we receive.

The reason so many people don’t know the answer to this question, is because there are so many different answers out there! And most of them are not wrong, they are just not entirely correct.

The...


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Article written 8/21/2014 – while the specs may change over time from the writing of this article, the principal will still apply years from now.

“You get what you pay for.” Ever hear that expression? It holds true for computers as well as so many other things.

Often I hear “I can buy a new computer for $300”, to which I...


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