Having your laptop plugged in all the time and never using the battery shortens the battery life. To keep the battery functional you need to drain the battery at least once a week to about 10%. Let the computer hibernate by itself then afterwards plug in the charger till its fully charged. Don’t remove the power cable till its fully charged but you can still use the laptop. Simply setup a weekly reminder in your digital calender on a day that is most convenient for you.
When traveling always shutdown or hibernate your computer and remove the battery before placing it in your luggage. If you are going to be away from your laptop for longer than a few days, fully charge and remove the battery from the laptop.
Some laptop manufacturers like Lenovo include a battery maintenance tool in their power management software. Refer to your laptop manufacturers manual for battery maintenance or calibration instructions.
New products coming out with Intel’s 4th generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (code name Haswell). To keep things simple here is what you need to know.
Slightly faster than 3rd generation
Better battery life
Better video performance (Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200, Intel Iris graphics 5100 and Intel HD graphics 5000 / 4600)
More USB 3.0 ports
In the market for a new PC or Mac then wait for the new products. Want to save money look for 3rd generation products to start going on sale.
Help protect your email account from hackers with two step verification. Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and others have enabled this feature. How this basically works is that whenever your account is accessed from a new computer. You receive a text message on your cellphone with a code that you have to enter in order to login. Just search the help section for “two step verification” with the service you use if they offer this feature. Sometimes the feature goes by a different name but they all basically do the same thing.
Just to give you some idea of how much we can hold on a single drive here are some numbers. Numbers are rounded off.
1GB is 1,000MB
1TB is 1,000,000MB
Picture typical size 3MB
MP3 song typical size 4MB
Desktop hard drive maximum size 4TB
Laptop hard drive maximum size 1TB
SD card maximum size 128GB
micro SD card maximum size 64GB
Apple will now fix the issue with the rubber bottom on the white unibody MacBook coming off due to issues with glue. This applies to any MacBook purchased between October 2009 and April 2011. The program is available free of charge via your local Apple Store, Apple Authorized Service Providers, or get a self replacement kit. Click the link below for more info.
When asked about what top of the line routers we would recommend this used to be an easy answer. We used to always recommend Linksys routers, but since Cisco bought them out they have declined in reliability year after year. The worst part is Cisco’s recent decision to control the router configuration from their end with what they call as Smart Router. You have to create an account with them in order for you to configure your router. After you read their fine print what this also meant was that they can monitor where you go on the internet. Also if Cisco/Linksys wants to they can turn off your router remotely because of the websites you visit.
We have chosen to use Asus top of the line RT-AC66U and RT-N66U routers for our WiFi network installations. These models have received great reviews and we have personally tested them in our own networks. The WiFi has great signal range, the router can process 40% more transactions at the same time, and the router is rock solid stable. After the easy initial setup process we upgraded the firmware ‘software’ of the router to version 18.104.22.168.260. The firmware upgrade can be done easily directly from the router setup page.
The difference between the two routers are that the RT-AC66U supports the new ‘AC’ WiFi standard that supports 1300Mbps speed with compatible hardware. The RT-N66U supports the current ‘N’ WiFi at 450Mbps.
The other great features are;
You can visually see how much data is going through the router
You can connect a USB hard drive to share/stream files, pictures, videos, music or Printer directly to the router.
There is also a VPN server built in so that you can securely connect to your network remotely and have your computer act as if it was on your business or home network.
For more information you can view the following links.
I went to a big box store and they were displaying a few of the new Windows 8 devices. The one that stood out the most is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 $999. It folds 360 degrees from a standard laptop to a tablet. The hinges feel really strong and Windows 8 runs fluidly.
If you purchased a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you are eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is February 28, 2013.
Flashblock is an extension for the Firefox that blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
Flashblock currently blocks the following content types:
* Macromedia Flash * Macromedia Shockwave * Macromedia Authorware