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Quick and Easy File/Document Conversions

Quick and Easy File/Document Conversions

Zamzar. Have you ever wanted to convert a PDF file into Word or Excel so that you didn't have to re-type it? Last week a friend asked me how to strip the music soundtrack off of a video. Perhaps you have a company logo that is in JPG format and you need it in PNG format for a website. There are hundreds[...]
Instantly Access Over 1 Million Songs!

Instantly Access Over 1 Million Songs!

What's the best internet music service? This morning I decided to make a Christmas playlist of my favorite holiday songs. I know how irritating that is for some of you since it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but bear with me. Whether you just want a personal playlist of your all-time favorites, or office appropriate music for the business, my goal was to[...]
Holiday eCards

Holiday eCards

Most people still prefer to send conventional paper-printed holiday cards. However if you're interested in a way to send nice eCards for the holiday you can save a lot of time and money. One choice is postcard.fm and it's 100% free. Create your own online holiday audio card in 4 easy steps. Select a photo on your computer. Select an MP3[...]
Best Places to Order Gifts From

Best Places to Order Gifts From

Once you know what you want to buy, it's time to find the best place to make the purchase. There are two online sites that I use for everything. The first is Amazon.com. You can find almost anything you want there, and the prices are among the best anywhere - especially if you have purchased their Prime membership. That gets you free[...]
Find the Perfect Gift Every Time

Find the Perfect Gift Every Time

The first place to start with your holiday gift-giving experience is to make a list of people for whom you are shopping.  Then we'll use technology to give us ideas of what to get for each.  One of the best sites for that is Gifts.com. They have dozens of ways to help you determine the right gift for each person.  You[...]
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft!

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft!

Most of you know someone who has had their identities stolen or abused.  For me it's my brother, and also my VP of Operations at Root-InfoTech. It's an absolute nightmare and can go on for years.  So about 5 years ago I reviewed several credit monitoring services and went with LifeLock Ultimate.  It cost $495 per year which covered my[...]
How to Revitalize and Speed Up Your PC!

How to Revitalize and Speed Up Your PC!

It's inevitable.  As your computer ages, everything slows down.  I'm going to avoid the obvious analogy here with people - perhaps because it hits too close to home.  🙁 A client called me last week who was in a panic.  Her home computer was running so slowly that she couldn't get her work done - and it was due the next[...]
Find Out Which Phone or Tablet is Best for You!

Find Out Which Phone or Tablet is Best for You!

A lot of people are considering upgrades to their smartphone or tablet. How can you get real, objective facts to compare the offerings so you can see which one is right for you? The answer is phoneArena. It's billed as the ultimate one-stop shop for cell phone and tablet news, reviews and information. Thanks to Mike Walsh, my co-worker and friend[...]
The One Image Tool You've Always Needed!

The One Image Tool You've Always Needed!

Most people need an image editing and viewer tool at one time or another. Maybe you just want to quickly locate a particular image on your computer or network, and then print it. Or you may want to crop it first and make it smaller so that you can email it to a colleague. If you update a website or[...]
Thought You Were Already Getting the Best Prices?

Thought You Were Already Getting the Best Prices?

Now you really can with Keepa! I'm a big fan of shopping online at Amazon.com.  I buy things there every day - for clients, for my own business, and personally - from computer equipment to Splenda and everything in between.  Why? Lower prices Better selection of almost everything than you can get in a store Free shipping Very fast order processing and delivery Huge time saver[...]
A New Era in Credit Card Payments is Here!

A New Era in Credit Card Payments is Here!

Apple Pay Starts Tomorrow. For years, companies have been talking about replacing credit cards with smartphones to pay for goods. But consumers have been slow to play along. That could change tomorrow when Apple unveils its new Apple Pay program Apple Pay will hit the ground running - with more than 220,000 retail locations that will accept payment on it. Major payment networks[...]
Do Apple Computers Get Viruses?

Do Apple Computers Get Viruses?

I get this question a lot, so let's put it to bed. Last week the Russian antivirus vendor Dr. Web reported the spread of a new virus that exclusively targets Apple computers running Mac OS X. According to a survey of traffic conducted by researchers at Dr. Web, over 17,000 Macs worldwide are part of the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm botnet and it's[...]
Windows 10!

Windows 10!

What happened to Windows 9? On September 30, 2014 Microsoft announced the next version of it's operating system, Windows 10. Most of you are still using Windows 7. A few are using its predecessor, Windows XP (and shouldn't be). Very few businesses are using the newest version - Windows 8. It won't come as a shock to most people that Windows 8[...]
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Ready for the iPhone 6?

The single most popular tech question I've been asked this past week is about the much anticipated, new Apple iPhone.  Apple is sticking to its usual M.O. by staying mum on the details, but a slew of leaked photos, factory orders, designer mock-ups, and analyst speculations paint a prospective picture. Here is what's expected. It will be introduced this Tuesday, September[...]
Anatomy of the Perfect Business Homepage

Anatomy of the Perfect Business Homepage

Reprinted from Huff Post Small Business at http://www.huffingtonpost.com, July 16, 2014.  Written by Don Dodds, Managing Partner and Chief Strategist, M16 Marketing. Visiting your homepage is likely to be the first experience that one has with your business, so it shouldn't be too difficult to see why it is one of the most important pages of your website. Your homepage will[...]
LA Residents Call 911 Over Facebook Outage!

LA Residents Call 911 Over Facebook Outage!

Does missing your friend's latest baby picture constitute an emergency? For some Los Angeles residents who called 911 to report that Facebook was down two days ago on Friday, the answer is apparently yes.. Facebook was not accessible for a short time during "a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries," according to Reuters. Service was restored fully and the[...]
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How to Grow Your Business Using a Blog.

Check out the following statistics and you'll see why having a blog is a really good idea.  Whether your customers are consumers, other businesses, or both, there is no doubt that having one will benefit your business.   Want to know how to do it?  There's a wonderful blog by Gail Gardner, Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap that was posted yesterday.  It[...]
Simple Survival Tips for Windows 8

Simple Survival Tips for Windows 8

With the recent Microsoft announcement that Windows 7 will be going away in 5 years, it's just a matter of time until we all start using Windows 8 or even the next version, Windows 9. If you've never faced Windows 8 before, you're in for a humbling experience. The first time you will likely sit there wondering how you do ANYTHING[...]
Book Your Next Hotel at the Best Rate - REALLY!

Book Your Next Hotel at the Best Rate - REALLY!

You may have seen their commercials on TV, but like me, you may have chalked them up to just another website like Expedia and Hotels.com. That would be a mistake. Trivago is the real-deal and much better than the rest. This search engine compares results from over 200 booking sites (like Expedia, Hotels.com, and others) to get you the best rate[...]
You Could Be The Next Scandal in The News!

You Could Be The Next Scandal in The News!

Don't get rid of your smart phone until you read this. Nude pictures and other data can be recovered from 'wiped' phones that you sell, throw away or give away! The anti-virus maker Avast conducted a study recently where they purchased 20 used smart phones on eBay that had been wiped (cleaned of all information). Then they had their software engineers go[...]