Computer Fixer Blog <h1>The Right Business Software for Your Computer</h1> <p>There are <a href="">more than 22 million small businesses in the U.S.</a>, says the latest U.S. Census figures. Each of them have the same business problems to solve. Software is one of the toolkits that every small business relies on to grow and become successful. Make sure you have the right software in your toolkit to manage your business.</p> <h3>Offline or Online?</h3> <p>With the <a href="">growth of cloud computing</a>, you have the choice of having software on your computer (offline), or accessing it in the cloud (online), notes Computer Weekly. Desktop software often has more features and flexibility. Cloud-based applications are less expensive and can be accessed by you or any of your staff from anywhere through a web browser. Sometimes cloud-based software is available for free with limitations.</p> <h3>Office Automation Software</h3> <p>Like all businesses, you need to create documents, analyze numbers and create presentations. Office automation tools come as a collection of tools to handle all of these tasks. The standard for many years has been Microsoft Office products, with Office 2013 being the current release of their tools. Businesses often have Word and Excel downloaded to company computers but now can access the tools through the cloud. The Office Web Apps allow you to access a version of these tools online through a browser. If you use Microsoft Skydrive to store your company's files in the cloud, then your staff can access them from anywhere at anytime.</p> <h3>Accounting Software</h3> <p>The Quickbooks suite by Intuit includes everything you need in order to manage the financial side of your business from processing payroll to <a href="">invoice software</a>. Intuit also offers their products in a desktop version that installs onto your computer as well as a cloud-based version. The cloud version gives you various options to start with, using the minimum tools you'll need for your business size, allowing you to grow into the product as your business grows.</p> <p>With this suite, you can track expenses, pay bills, create job estimates and send electronic invoices. You can track inventory, process purchase orders, record contractor and employee time, and file payroll taxes. Quicken has incorporated all of the typical accounting and bookkeeping functions in this suite.</p> <h3>Collaboration Software</h3> <p>You need a place to store company information and documents where your staff has access to what they need in order to do their jobs. Microsoft Skydrive was mentioned above as a place to store documents online. <a href="">Evernote Business</a> is another tool that allows you to set up company libraries and work areas for your team. You can create individual project areas and assign people to them to work on tasks such as marketing and social media. Team notes can be linked to view a thread of communication. Save research from the web for future reference. This will help keep your staff connected with each other and the information they need to finish their projects.</p> <h3>Utility Software</h3> <p>There are a number of miscellaneous software products that will make your business more efficient:</p> <p>Adobe Acrobat XI ( - This lets you create documents in PDF (portable document format) which make them available to anyone to review, even if they do not have the same office software.</p> <p>Office Time ( - This is a time tracking tool to make sure that you have an accurate record of the time spent on customer projects. Analyze the data and send it to your invoicing software.</p> <p>Zoho CRM - ( This lets you manage all of your customer information, and integrate it with your sales information. Track c</p> <p><a href="">Must read news alerts</a> and case studies from The Computer Fixer in Philadelphia</p> en-us Article 88: Steam Streaming for PC <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>Steam Streaming comes to PC &nbsp;</i> </span></span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:00:24 -0400 Article 87: Scrapping an Old Computer <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Article 87: Disposing of Old Computers</span></span><o:p></o:p></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 22:01:04 -0400 Article 86: The End of XP <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> Sun, 04 May 2014 21:50:54 -0400 Article 85: The Heartbleed Bug <p><font face="Tahoma" size="3">Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to the Modern Nerd blog. We are at DEFCON 3 around here, and there's a fairly scary thing that has invaded a lot of online spaces. There was recently discovered a major security flaw in SSL (Secure Socket Layer) websites that store account information, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank accounts, the whole enchilada. Let's get into what it means for you, and what security measures to take to protect yourself. </font></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:25:26 -0400 Optimize Your Computer for Gaming <p>&nbsp;<img src="/files/Image/gaming%20people.jpg" width="0" height="0" alt="" /><img src="/files/Image/gaming%20people.jpg" width="391" height="306" alt="" /></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:13 -0400 Article 84: SleepTracker Watch <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Modern Nerd Testing Report: Sleeptracker</span></span></em><o:p></o:p></p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:10:34 -0400 Article 83: Mouse Acceleration and Why You Shouldn't Use It't-use-it <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Mouse Movements: To Accelerate or Not Accelerate?</em></span></span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:41:01 -0500't-use-it The Tethering Knowhow Guide for Newbies <p>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: freight-sans-pro, 'Myriad Pro', 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Geneva, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 52px; line-height: 1;">The Tethering Know-how Guide for Newbies</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:06:35 -0500 Article 82: Sochi Olympics <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<i>Mobile Olympics: Options from the Modern Nerd Blog &nbsp;</i> </span></span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:06:20 -0500 Article 81: GPU Tandem Configurations <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<i>If One is Good &ndash; Two Must Be Better</i> </span></span></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 23:19:20 -0500 Cloud Storage Protection: Avoiding Cloud Hack Disasters <p>In an Internet-dependent nation, the risks of a failed connection, a scrambled upload or a hacked cloud storage account slips into the back regions of daily thoughts and routines. It&rsquo;s something that happens, but only to other people, right? For you, life goes on without incident. The battery in your car never fails. Your electricity never goes off. And your home data backup system is always up to date. Then, WAM, Yahoo leaks your email password, HP issues warnings of security vulnerabilities in their server monitoring software and<a href="">Dropbox gets hacked via theft of a Dropbox file</a>&nbsp;maintained by a company employee, (according to Iowa's Information Security office news feed).</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:03:38 -0500 Article 80: Desktops Revisited <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Article 79: Gift Guide for Nerds <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>Gift Shopping for the Nerd in your Family</i> </span></span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:33:55 -0500 PC Gamers: Last Call for the Games You've Been Dying to Play've-been-dying-to-play <p>&nbsp;PC gamers across the world know it&rsquo;s that time of year when games they've been patiently salivating over for the past 10 months are finally being released. Read on for a recap of some of the most popular new-release games that have you champing at the bit.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:29:04 -0500've-been-dying-to-play Article 78: Black Friday 2013 <p><i style="font-size: medium; font-family: Tahoma;">Black Friday 2013 (dun dun dun)</i></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:38:14 -0500 Article 77: Mechanical Keyboard Review Part 2 <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>Cooler Master CMStorm QuickFire Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard Review</i> </span></span></p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:16:46 -0500 Article 76: Mechanical Keyboard Review Part 1 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>CMStorm QuickFire Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard</i></span></span><i><o:p></o:p></i></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:53:00 -0500 Article 75: iPad Air <p><em><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">iPad Air:</span>&nbsp;Your Newest Reason to Camp Outside</span></em></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:15:19 -0400 Shopping for a New Laptop? What You Should Know <p>Your old laptop has served you well so far, but it&rsquo;s getting up there in years and you are starting to eye the latest portable computers. However, finding a new laptop can easily end up an expensive trial-and-error effort, especially if you&rsquo;re not quite sure what you&rsquo;re looking for. Look to the following tips to guide you along your search for the laptop of your dreams (and budget).</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:32:17 -0400 Article 74: Leechblock <p><em><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Tahoma;">Leechblock (AKA How to Get Stuff Done)</span></em></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:13:40 -0400 How to Remove the Junk That Comes With Downloading a Great New Free PC Game <p>&nbsp;It is impressive to witness the growing video, mobile and PC game explosion. From the increasing hype of the Playstation 4 release to the staggering amount of downloads for mobile and computer games. Unfortunately, free PC game downloads connect with a wide assortment of fake, filler or potentially malicious junk.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:37:14 -0400 Article 73: Laptop Features at Home <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Getting Laptop Features on your Desktop</em></span></span></p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:26:29 -0400 Article 72: Dumping Cable? <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Is it time to dump the Cable Box?</em></span></span><o:p></o:p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:33:17 -0400 3 Tech Tools for Remote Business Management <p>Working from home has multiple advantages &mdash; more family time, no commute, higher productivity, as Forbes points out in a recent article. With the benefits apparent, many companies are increasing the number of remote workers they employ. If you are the owner of a company, though, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of these benefits and still manage your business.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:09:21 -0400 Article 71: iOS7 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>Meet the New iPhone&hellip;</i></span></span><i><o:p></o:p></i></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:06:22 -0400 Best Ways to Upgrade Your Old Laptop <p>Out of the 95.4 million computers sold in the United States in 2011, 16.4 percent are laptops, according to Statistic Brain. With these mobile computers being so useful in work, school and play situations, it's pretty easy to end up with a few older computers on hand. Instead of throwing them out or selling them, you can put your old laptop to work by upgrading it. You won't necessarily be able to swap out the motherboard or processor as you would in a desktop, but other components, peripherals and software provide laptops with a second lease on life.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:49:10 -0400 Article 70: ShareMouse <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Hey there tech users, welcome back the Computer Fixer&rsquo;s Blog. Multi-Screen systems are often a staple of desktops, they allow for more surfaces to work on, and you can work more efficiently. But what about a multi-computer setup? Stay with me here, guys. If you have a laptop that you use on the road and a desktop you use at home, then you can combine them into one big powerhouse home office rig, with a nifty piece of software. Let&rsquo;s have a look at your options to share your mouse and keyboard on this week&rsquo;s Modern Nerd.</span></span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:42:34 -0400 Article 69: Google Desktop Apps <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Google Desktop Apps</span></span></em></p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:49:41 -0400 Tools to Effectively Sync All Your Devices <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:45:29 -0400 Article 68: WinDirStat <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;<i>WinDirStat</i> </span></span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:40:16 -0400 Article 67: Roku <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;Roku Box : Streaming Goodness for your TV &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:27:50 -0400 Article 66: Windows 8.1 <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Windows 8.1 Brings Needed Help &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></em></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:37:49 -0400 Article 65: Internet Maintenance <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Internet Speed &ndash; Optimize your Network!</span></span></em><o:p></o:p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:15:01 -0400 Typical Tech Startup Mess Ups <p>&nbsp;Every startup must face the question of how to manage its technology needs. Startups with huge budgets may put too much money and emphasis on technology. Some may not put enough attention on it. Learn what the typical issues are that small businesses face, and get ahead of them for your business before they become a problem for you.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:45:29 -0400 Article 64: Chromecast <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>The Google Chromecast: 35 Bucks?!?</i> </span></span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:40:48 -0400 Article 63: Spotlight Continued <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Spotlight on: Yoga 13 by Lenovo</span></span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:26:25 -0400 Article 62: Spotlight: Lenovo Yoga 13 <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Welcome back to the Modern Nerd ladies and gentlemen. This week I am bringing you a spotlight on a computer that I am very excited about, because I have ordered it for myself. It is currently in the mail, so this will be the first of a two-part article. I will highlight some decision making points, go over some really cool features, and show you how a new piece of technology can integrate seamlessly with what you already own.</span></span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:49:12 -0400 Article 61: Steam Summer Sales <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i>Steam Sales: Summertime Gaming for Cheap!</i> </span></span></p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:35:18 -0400 Choosing Online Data Backup: 5 Questions to Ask <p>Cloud storage is one of the biggest technology buzzwords, freeing people from their hard drives and USB cables and allowing them to store precious data in one centralized, virtual location where it's accessible from anywhere, from any device. As dozens of storage providers continue to pop up, wading through the choices can seem, well, cloudy. When evaluating cloud providers, ask these five questions to get an insight over what the cloud vendor can and can't do for you.<img src="/files/Image/7557181168_91f4af2d99.jpg" width="250" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:12:40 -0400 Article 60: Power Buttons <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Hey &shy;&shy;guys, welcome back to the Modern Nerd. Today I want to give you a few tips about your computer, and more specifically how you can change the button functions. The power and reset buttons on your computer are rarely used aren&rsquo;t they? I mean sure, everyone gets frustrated and has to hard boot the thing every once in a while (I&rsquo;ll explain that one further down if I just lost you), but for the most part the power button goes unused. Let&rsquo;s figure out how to use Windows settings to make them more useful, so you don&rsquo;t have to go through your start menu, or lackthereof in Windows 8, to tell the computer to go to sleep.<br /> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:07:42 -0400 Article 59: Smart TV's's <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">&nbsp;<i>Smart TV&rsquo;s &ndash; No Consoles Required</i> </span></span></p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:57:04 -0400's What Do Governments, School and Hospitals Have in Common?,-school-and-hospitals-have-in-common? <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:30:39 -0400,-school-and-hospitals-have-in-common? Article 58: Adblock <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Modern Nerd. Today I have a very special treat for you, one that has changed the way I browse the internet forever. &shy;This article will be short and sweet, and give you the full story on an essential app for your internet browsers. It is called Adblock, and it comes in several varieties. All of them handle the basic function though, which is to remove all of the irritating spam that litters your pages. Come check this out. </span></span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:25:14 -0400 Article 57: CTRL ALT DEL <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">CTRL ALT DEL<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:09:53 -0400 Article 56: 3D Revisited <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="font-size: medium; ">&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); ">Hey guys, it's Aaron again, back with more technology goodies for the Modern Nerd. I am going to try to revisit a topic that I already covered, because there are new and exciting developments that are available in immersion for your television and games. 3D is getting more exciting by offering solutions with more affordable glasses, so lets dive in and take a look.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; " /> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:43:31 -0400 Article 55: Smartphone Selection <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><i><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Smartphone Selection: What are the Important Things?</span></i> </span></span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:38:56 -0400 Article 54: Malware Attack!! <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">Mal. Bad. In the Latin.&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:51:14 -0400! Article 53: Jailbreak!! <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">&nbsp;<i><span style="line-height: 115%;">Jailbreaking: Getting the Most out of your iPhone</span></i> </span></span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:12:41 -0400! Leap Motion Lets You Control PC with a Gesture <p>&nbsp;The development of touch-screen technology changed the way we interact with our devices. It does have its drawbacks, such as greasy screens and a scratch here or there, but it works wonderfully. Surprisingly enough, however, something new has come along, something that may one day make the touch screen a messy inconvenience.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:43:03 -0400 Article 52: Streaming Legal Music <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Welcome back to the Modern Nerd. I'm going to share a secret with you guys this week. It's a personal character flaw, but it's one that I have learned to live with. I am a horrible DJ. I can't decide on music to save my life, and when it comes to making mixes I'm even worse. However, like many small problems I have fixed, I can rely on technology to help me out a little bit. Today we are going to look at options that you use to automate your music selections, and apps that might even help you to discover new artists.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:21:33 -0400 Article 51: Dead Gadget Storage <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:53:19 -0400 Beyond Social Media: CRM Tools to Connect With Customers Faster <p>&nbsp;If you've ever post<img src="/files/Image/Aaron/SOCIALMEDIA.jpg" width="454" height="500" align="right" alt="" />ed a complaint on a companies' Twitter page and wondered why you didn't hear a response from a representative, chances are your words were lost among the trillions of tweeters. A study by LiveOps says that 70 percent of the complaints on Twitter and Facebook are ignored by customer service.&nbsp;<a href="">According to Heather Somerville, of</a>, this study shows it takes at least two days for customer support to respond to comments posted to their social media networks. The study also showed that rather than deal with a customer's complaint or question, most retailers will delete the post on their Facebook profile. Somerville says that companies want to provide good support, but they lack the technology to respond to customers in a timely manner. Cloud-based&nbsp;<a href="">customer support software</a>&nbsp;still reigns supreme as the tool that connects representatives with prospects. TJ McCue, author of Small Business Trends, suggests the following CRM apps, to help reps strengthen their relationship with customers.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:12:19 -0400 Article 50: Diagnosing Common Hardware Failures <p><i style="font-size: medium; font-family: Tahoma;">I sense a disturbance in my computer...</i></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:57:22 -0400 Article 49: Cloud Storage to Replace USB Drives <p><em><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">We don&rsquo;t need no stinkin&rsquo; Flash Drives</span></span></em></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:28:41 -0400 Article 48: Windows Navigation <div><em><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">Windows Navigation - How to Look Like a Pro</span></span></em></div> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:02:29 -0400 Article 47: Mapping Network Drives <p><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Mapping Network Drives in Windows 7</span></i></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:08:31 -0400 Article 46: How to Get Free Educational Software <p><em><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">Free Software for Students</span></span></em></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:35:18 -0400 Article 45: VPN and Privacy Online <p><em><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">VPN and You: Reclaiming your Privacy</span></span></span></em><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:57:33 -0400 The 6 Strikes Rule & You - Will You Change How You Get Content? <p>&nbsp;The so-called &quot;6 Strikes&nbsp;Rule&quot; has been in the news since early 2012 and was implemented early this year. The basic premise is that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will begin penalizing customers who misuse copyrighted material on the web. Consumers fear they might face suspension or cancelation of service for perceived misuse on their IP address.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:10:34 -0500 Article 44: Backing Up Facebook <p>&nbsp;<i><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Backing up Facebook</span></i></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:53:56 -0500 Article 43: Blu Ray Updates <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><i><span style="line-height: 115%;">Updating Your Blu Ray Firmware</span></i></span></span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:23:23 -0500 Article 42: Old Laptops <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Making Use of an Old Laptop</span></span></em></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:14:47 -0500 Article 41: Data Recovery <p><b style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: medium;"><i>Data Recovery: What do you mean that you deleted it?</i></b></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:31:34 -0500 Safe Social Media Practices for 2013 <p><span style="font-size: x-large;">Safe Social Media Practices for 2013</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:02:14 -0500 Article 40: Accessibility <p><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Making Text Larger &ndash; Windows Accessibility</span></i></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:15:53 -0500 Article 39: Phishing <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><i><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; ">Phishing Emails &ndash; Make Sure That You Don&rsquo;t Get Caught</span></i> </span></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:33:40 -0500 Article 38: Laptops in a Vending Machine!! <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">S</span></em><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><i>ervice takes another Step towards Full Automation</i></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:50:07 -0500! Article 37: Smartphone Repair <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Whether or not we would like to admit it, we are dependent on our smartphones. They have become an extension of our day, our schedule, our connectivity, and a deeply personal thing. Think about what you would feel and think when someone asks to borrow your phone. Do you want them snooping around? It&rsquo;s a personal device and when it breaks, you take it quite badly.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:06:18 -0500 Article 36: Tablets!! <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Tablets are straight out of Star Trek. When I was a little kid, I watched people walk around a futuristic starship with pads that contained anything and everything with a screen that worked simply by touching it. Now, we can do that. PC and Mac users alike have hardware that competes for our attention, with sleek designs and convenient features that interface with all of our existing technology.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:28:23 -0500! Article 35: Smartphone Repairs!! <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">&shy;Welcome back to the Modern Nerd, and Happy New Year to all! 2013 is upon us, the world spins on, and I hope that the year treats all of you well. For many who got a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas or otherwise, welcome to the 21<sup>st</sup> century. There are so many cool uses for them, and I hope that you find as much productivity as you do enjoyment. A tall order, well, perhaps.</span></div> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:51:08 -0500! Article 34: Turning your computer off? <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: medium;">If you have a laptop computer, then deciding whether or not to turn off your computer is a simple matter of saving your battery until you need it again. But should you turn off a desktop machine? There are several arguments for and against it, and it's the subject of this week's Modern Nerd.</span></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:03:18 -0500 Article 33: Removing a Page or Picture from Google <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:20:16 -0500 Article 32: Public Computers <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So you&rsquo;ve got a really nice laptop, and a sweet smartphone, right? And their batteries are dead. For whatever reason, sometimes you have to use a public computer. Libraries and workstations that are not at home or get stowed in your pocket have different rules, because they are not yours. When you browse the internet or check your favorite online sites, you want to know that your information is not being stored locally or given to people that should not have them. Let&rsquo;s look at a few tips and tricks that will keep your identity safe online when your favorite window into the internet is unavailable.</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:06:09 -0500 Article 31: Tech for a New Business <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">This week, the Computer Fixer&rsquo;s main General Blog has a great look at what you might need to start your own business. That&rsquo;s great for physical starters, but what about your technology to get a business started? Is it just as simple as a laptop, a smartphone, and some open source software? The Modern Nerd examines this week, so let&rsquo;s get into it.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 23:01:17 -0500 Get Your Business Started Without Having to Leave the House <p>Starting a business is one of the most-exciting endeavors you can undertake. When that business is home-based, it's even better. Thanks to updated methods at all levels, it's even possible to handle all of your startup needs without leaving your house. From registering the business and getting permits to acquiring supplies, it can all be done online or through the mail.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:46:27 -0500 Article 30: Cyber Monday <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Thanksgiving is upon us, and would first and foremost like to wish a happy holiday to everyone, and I hope that you get to spend time with those people in your life that mean the most. Sure football and turkey and the numerous traditions that go with it are great, but family should always come first. That is why I am not participating in Black Thursday, which I will get right down to explaining in a minute. However, the largest shopping holiday of the year is upon us as well, and that cannot be denied. There are some great opportunities to get ahead of the curve getting the latest tech gear at great prices. Let&rsquo;s have a look, on this week&rsquo;s Modern Nerd. </span></span></span></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:41:30 -0500 Article 29: Windows 8 <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">The war rages on between Microsoft and Apple, for who will be the king of the home computer. With Windows 8, Microsoft has taken their next big step and not surprisingly, there is a lot of advertising about it. Everywhere. It&rsquo;s not as bad as the election, but since Microsoft is basically its own Super PAC they can afford the advertising.&nbsp;</span></span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:23:25 -0500 Article 28: Research Methods <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); ">How many times have you heard people say &quot;Google it.&quot; ? It has become a new verb in our language, and a rather effective way to say, I don't know, go look it up. When you absolutely have to know how many inches are in a mile, then you are all set. However, more than one-word answers require more than one search. While the Internet has revolutionized how we digest and receive information, there is a lot of misinformation out there too. Not all of it is intentional, or malicious, but websites can be created by anyone for any purpose. More than likely they are trying to sell you something. When you need reliable information to research a topic, write a paper, or learn something new, it helps to know where to go. Lets look at how we can verify out sources and be sure we know what we are talking about on this week's Modern Nerd.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; " /> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:58:47 -0500 Thoughts about Mainframe Developers... <h1 class="entry-title">Thoughts About Mainframe Developers and Why I Was Oh So Wrong</h1> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:21:45 -0400 Article 27: Saving Battery Life <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span>Conserving Battery Life in your Tech Devices</span></span></span></em><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> </span></span></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:06:03 -0400 Article 26: Working out with Technology <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; ">The stereotype of the computer user is that guy who sits in his cubicle all day right? Spare tire gut, coke bottle glasses, starts breathing heavy after climbing the stairs&hellip; False. Computers and technology are part of our lives now, so we can use them for many more things than sitting, working, playing&hellip;<br /> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:05:43 -0400 3 Ways The Cloud is Revolutionizing Technology <p>&nbsp;One of the biggest things to hit the technological world since the computer itself has to be the cloud. Starting out as a near mythical concept that had a dreamlike quality, computing using the cloud is transforming everything from software companies to computer users at home. Every sector from Wall Street to the Web has been effected by the changes in the technological world. Some of the changes in 2012 include the growing rate of investing in cloud services, Microsoft's application of the cloud for Office 365 and the direct influence of the cloud on home computer users.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:42:15 -0400 Article 24: Keyboards <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">Keyboards are the tactile mechanism that connects your fingers to your computer.</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">Maybe you don&rsquo;t ever think about it, maybe you think about it constantly. If you haven&rsquo;t cleaned your keyboard since you have owned it, then I weep for you. But fear not, brave reader. The Modern Nerd is back to give you some tips about buying, owning, and caring for your keyboards. Let&rsquo;s take a closer look.</span></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 23:40:40 -0400 Article 23: Webcams, Screen Capture, and Streaming,-screen-capture,-and-streaming <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">Big </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">Brother is watching you. That's what a lot of people thought when the idea of a </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">camera connected to the Internet was attached to a computer for the first time. </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">While some people are still wearing their tinfoil hats and ensuring that no </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">satellites will ever read their thoughts, the rest of us have transitioned into </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">a new era where all of a sudden, being across the state or across the country </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">is no barrier to having a face to face conversation with your friends and </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">family. Webcams make it possible, and they are the focus of this week's Modern </span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; ">Nerd. </span></span></span></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:27:29 -0400,-screen-capture,-and-streaming Article 22: Recycling and Responsible Ownership <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); "><span style="background-color: white; ">We love our gadgets. Everyone seems to go nuts for a new phone every few months. New tablets, laptops, computers, everything is better new right? This presents a not so small problem when it comes to disposing of the old, and it's the focus of this week's Modern Nerd. Owning a piece of technology means being responsible for it even after it's usable life. Let's check it out.</span><br /> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:42:21 -0400 Article 21: Wiring and Surge Protection <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:24:59 -0400 Article 20: Televisions <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">Choosing an HD Television</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:57:51 -0400 Article 19: Sound Systems <p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.12017482286319137" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Tahoma; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">All About Audio</span><br /> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:52:32 -0400 Simplify Your Customer Support with New Tech Tools <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><img src="/files/Image/customersupport.jpg" width="424" height="283" alt="" /></span></span></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:38:10 -0400 Article 18: Home Workstations <p>&nbsp;<i style="line-height: 150%; "><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Building a Home Workstation</span></i></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:28:24 -0400 Article 17: Ultrabooks <p><em><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">The Latest Breed of Laptops</span></em></p> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:40:14 -0400 The Ramifications Of TLDs And The Future Of .com Websites <p><img width="424" align="right" height="283" alt="" src="/files/Image/ticket%20%235502%20-%20web%20domain.jpg" />There was a time when everyone wanted to purchase a domain because they were the hottest trend on the Internet. If you're an IT professional, or just an early computer user, you may have been one of the few who did purchase one (or many) domains, some were successful in creating high quality websites while others didn't survive. TLDs (top level domains), such as .com, .org, and .net, are said to have had quite an impact on the value assigned to domain names. Before new businesses and <a href="">computer</a> users go to a website broker for a new domain name, it can't hurt to understand the past, present and future of the workings of domain value.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:00:07 -0400 Article 16: Computer Cases & a Place for Your Stuff <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:44:49 -0400 Article 15: Cords, Cables, and Connections,-cables,-and-connections <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; "><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 17:21:04 -0400,-cables,-and-connections Article 14: Is 3D the Future of TV? <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="line-height: 18px; ">Welcome back to the Modern Nerd. This week I want to present my views on something that has many different angles, literally. Three dimensional technologies are new and exciting, but it&rsquo;s tricky to sort through the hype and see if something like this is for you. Nobody has a window into the future, but the major TV manufacturers want to sell you on the idea that they do, and that window requires electronic glasses. But before I get to ranting too much, let&rsquo;s look at the different kinds of 3D and whether they are worth the time or trouble or tin.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 18px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; "><o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:21:48 -0400 Article 13: Gaining Computer Experience <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:29:25 -0400 Article 12: Replacing your CPU <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:57:12 -0400 Article 11: Hard Drives, Partitions, and Maximizing Your Space,-partitions,-and-maximizing-your-space <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; ">Welcome back everyone to the Modern Nerd. In this week&rsquo;s article I&rsquo;m going to talk a little bit about partitions. The partitions on your hard drive are neat ways to organize all of your things, but they can also limit your space if you have partitions that you don&rsquo;t need or don&rsquo;t want. We&rsquo;ll discuss making new ones, and getting rid of old ones, so you can make the most of your computer&rsquo;s drive space.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:55:11 -0400,-partitions,-and-maximizing-your-space Article 10: Article 9 Part 2!! <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:40:53 -0400! Article 9: Building Your Own Desktop, Part 1,-part-1 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">Hey guys, Aaron back again with the Modern Nerd. I&rsquo;ve been working on a special edition this week, a topic that some of the amateur computer users may be hesitant to tackle by themselves, but putting together your own desktop computer is something that can save you a ton of money, and it's a ton of fun if you enjoy computers as a hobby.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:45:53 -0400,-part-1 Article 8: Connected Home Theatres <p><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><span style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); ">Let's look at some cool tech to improve your home theatre his week. When flatscreen, wall-mounted, televisions were first introduced, it gave rise to a whole new set of home theatre enthusiasts. A Blu-Ray player provides full 1080p High Definition movies, but a modern system can and should do so much more.</span> What you really need is an Internet connection to take advantage of everything your system can do. It opens up so many more possibilities, and there are so many ways that we can accomplish this.</span></span></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:37:12 -0400 Article 7: Stress and Time Management <p>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">Hi everyone, this week the Modern Nerd is going to tackle the concept of sanity as a college student. I may need a bigger boat, but let&rsquo;s look at what the average college student has to deal with on a weekly basis.</span></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:29:58 -0400 Article 6: Data Backup and Storage <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:09:45 -0400 Article 5: DVD Digital Copies <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 22:07:44 -0400 Article 4: Smartphones: The Digital Swiss Army Knife <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; "><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Mon, 21 May 2012 20:40:49 -0400 Article 3: The Blue Screen of Death <p>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">Hi guys, it&rsquo;s Aaron back again with The Modern Nerd. If you are relatively new to the realm of computer maintenance, you may not be familiar with the term blue screen of death. If you&rsquo;re more of a veteran, then it&rsquo;s one of the most dreaded things that can ever appear on your Windows screen. We&rsquo;ll have a look at the various things that can cause this, and more importantly how we can get rid of it.</span></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 17:28:25 -0400 Article 2: Solid State Drives <p><span style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">Welcome back to The Modern Nerd.<br /> Wed, 09 May 2012 14:53:21 -0400 Article 1: Frozen!! <p><em><span style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; ">Oh Crap, It's Frozen!</span></span></em></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 14:34:42 -0400! Do you still need computer repair? <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Tue, 08 May 2012 03:55:43 -0400 Article 0: About this Category <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 14:42:24 -0400 Repair request number 9505 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:26:44 -0400 How to use your phone while driving <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:23:59 -0400 Responsible for Recycling computer desks <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:55:20 -0400 Repair Request number 9381 <p>Repair request number 9381</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:24:25 -0400 service, repair, recover, replace, restore, renew,-repair,-recover,-replace,-restore,-renew <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:46:59 -0400,-repair,-recover,-replace,-restore,-renew Want to work from home or on the road? <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 22:59:24 -0400 Cyber Security Protect our computers <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 01:44:04 -0400 Repair request number 9342 <p>Description: paper keeps jamming</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:26:21 -0400 Repair request number 9320 <p>Repair request number 9320</p> Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:45:47 -0400 What are the right tools for computer repair? Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:13:15 -0400 Seminar Transform your Sales Culture <p>Gene Marks asked to share this opportunity with all of you. I could not think of a better way to boost sales or spend some of my Friday time. This is really good stuff!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chris, Owner of The Computer Fixer</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:01:05 -0400 Computer Repair History 7046 <p><span data-li-comment-text="" class="comment-body"> Computer Repair history 7046 <br /> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:18:23 -0400 Success is having the right tools for the job <div class="popular-article"> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:11:59 -0400 Why don't Apple computers get viruses?'t-apple-computers-get-viruses? <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:50:57 -0400't-apple-computers-get-viruses? What is the Cloud in cloud computing? <p>We started sharing information with the World Wide Web, then connecting users on the Net (Internet), Intranets are closed groups (more trust, share more valuable data) and now we have the Cloud!<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:44:04 -0400 Repair request number 9207 <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 02:00:22 -0400 Trenton Computer Fair Success in the 37th year <p>The Trenton Computer Festival has had a major impact on many careers including my own.</p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:22:12 -0400 How to meet technicians for hire using Career Builder <p>Internet based job postings are expensive but they work. The word gets out! Computer Fixer is looking for networking technicians and consultants. Since&nbsp; I placed the posting we received over 85 resumes' and inquiries in the first week.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:38:47 -0500 Repair request number 9163 <p>Description: External hard drive not working / no data access </p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:20:19 -0500 A virtual private network (VPN) share information between the office and your home. <p>A <strong>virtual private network</strong> (<strong>VPN</strong>) uses the Internet--allows users to privately share information between the office and your home.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:01:46 -0500 Water Damage to Computers and Laptops, How to Save your data,-how-to-save-your-data <p>Water and liquids in general, are hazardous to many electrical components in a laptop, Mac or desktop PC and can be expensive to fix or replace. Spillage onto the keyboard can cause damage to the hard drive and other components. Water damages the products components, introduces a shock hazard and can completely destroy your machine.</p> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:48:26 -0400,-how-to-save-your-data Computer Repair History 7958 <p>Description:<br /> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:57:50 -0400 The Computer Fixer appears in Drexel's IRT Helpdesk movie.'s-irt-helpdesk-movie. <p>Drexel just posted the IRT Helpdesk Movie on IRT&rsquo;s YouTube presence. The coops spent a good portion of the summer writing, filming &amp; editing to make it happen. Special thanks also goes out to the VCAV team who greatly helped the coops during filming &amp; editing. You can view it by going to YouTube: click on top of picture to see video<br /> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:56:30 -0400's-irt-helpdesk-movie. Laptop Loaner Project <p>Here is how we responded to a request from our higher education customer to provide loaners to students, faculty and employees. If you need any free expert advice on this program, just ask The Computer Fixer.</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:10:10 -0400 Computer Repair History 7342 <p><span data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}" class="messageBody">Description: moving cursor issues, when typing the cursor jumps and types elsewhere all the time</span></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 20:11:16 -0400