Buying A New Laptop

If you're in the market for a new laptop, here are some specs to keep in mind. I always advise clients to aim for mid to high-end laptops, so that you will not need to upgrade for awhile and have a better overall experience. Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-7500U Intel is the top of the line, running fast and staying cool. The Core i7 has hyper-threading so it's that much faster. Check to make sure it is a newer generation, 7th gen is the latest as of this writing. Memory (RAM) 8GB+ DDR4 This helps the CPU move things around, so the more you have the better. Programs are s...
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Windows 10 Preview

The new Windows OS, Windows 10, is already in Preview stage and is only a matter of time before its release. You can download the technical preview at Microsoft. There are some notable changes that i think will help reluctant users transition over. The biggest problem that users were complaining about was the new Start screen, referred to as the Metro UI, that replaced the traditional start menu. The revised start menu is a perfect combination of the old start menu and the new Start screen. Also notice, the addition of a search button and switch-windows button. Performance of the OS see...
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Stop the Pop-ups

Pop-ups can originate from several different sources - an installed program, virus, operating system, bundled software, websites. In general,  i am going to refer to pop-ups as any kind of window that opens without user interaction. Non-malicious pop-ups can any of the sources described. For websites, the pop-ups are usually ads for the site or to prompt you to look at something or sign-up for a newsletter or mailing group. Although these ads are annoying, generally they don't pose a threat to the security of your computer. For installed programs and operating system, pop-ups are usually...
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Lengthen the life of your computer

Many average users think computers do not require any maintenance in the physical world, but they do. In reality, it only requires a small amount of maintenance and just common sense. Below is a photo of a laptop I recently looked at, notice the large dust/lint ball that was lodged between the fan and the vents. Keep your case clean. The number one enemy of computers is heat. The parts are designed to withstand only so much heat. At high heat, the parts can only last half of what they could at regular temperatures, if you're lucky. Use a vacuum to get rid of all the dust in corners of ...
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