Review: Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

Review: Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

After my BMW 325i got totaled in an accident, I did a bunch of research to find a new car. I knew I wanted something with good gas mileage which was moderately sporty-looking. Oh, and it had to have folding rear seats to carry big things. After reading a lot online, I...
The Ten Worst Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ten Worst Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

From the title of this article, you might think that I hate my 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But actually the opposite is true. I love my Fusion and I highly recommend it! Read my article, Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But, no car is perfect, and...
Amazon Echo Review: Expensive Toy or The Future of Home Tech?

Amazon Echo Review: Expensive Toy or The Future of Home Tech?

A little while ago, I got an Amazon Echo using expiring airline miles. I didn’t know much about it, and was skeptical about its usefulness at first, but now I’m a huge fan! What Is It? In one sentence, the Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled cloud-based...
Restore the Factory User Bank in Your Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer

Restore the Factory User Bank in Your Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer

I recently fired up my old Alesis QS6.2 synth after a long hiatus, only to discover the user bank was hosed. Not only did I want those sounds to play with, but they have special significance to me, since I worked on them while I was at Alesis! Opening up the unit, I...
How to Play DVDs and MPG Files on Windows 10 for Free

How to Play DVDs and MPG Files on Windows 10 for Free

One thing that sucks about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has removed the ability to play DVDs and .mpg files in Windows Media Player! This apparently is due to licensing issues. So, how do you play DVDs on your Windows 10 system? First, check to see if you have the...
Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Building your own computer can be a rewarding experience and can save money in some situations, but not all. I recently undertook my first Windows PC build. Here’s what I learned from the experience. I’ll try to help you gauge whether building your own...
How to Protect Yourself from Getting Hacked

How to Protect Yourself from Getting Hacked

I recently attended a major information security conference here in L.A. where leading industry professionals talked about the current state of Internet security, mostly from the perspective of developers, managers, and network folks.  But, from their talks I also...
Ten Ways to Massively Increase Your Productivity on a Computer

Ten Ways to Massively Increase Your Productivity on a Computer

Do you work on a computer all day? How would you like to get more done in the same amount of time? Here are my top ten tips on how to be more productive on a computer, without getting a new computer. Some involve hardware changes; some involve behavioral changes. Some...
My Experience Using a Standing Desk

My Experience Using a Standing Desk

Concerned about the long hours I spend sitting in front of a computer working at home, I had been wanting to jump onto the standing desk bandwagon for a while.  Finally, when Apple CEO Tim Cook said that “sitting is the new cancer” (which actually doesn’t really make...
Speed Up a Slow Computer by Installing a Solid-State Drive

Speed Up a Slow Computer by Installing a Solid-State Drive

My old desktop PC from 2006 was taking almost nine minutes to boot up to a usable state (and even after that time, it was still slow for about five more minutes)!  It was ridiculous. I finally said “enough is enough”! I thought about my options:  I could get a new...
Where to Get Inkjet Printer Ink… Cheap  

Where to Get Inkjet Printer Ink… Cheap  

Printer ink is one of the most expensive fluids that you will ever use!  If you were to try to purchase a gallon of it, it would cost thousands of dollars at retail prices. A few months ago, I badly needed to print something out and my last ink cartridge ran dry. I...
The Best Free Antivirus and Ransomware Protection Software

The Best Free Antivirus and Ransomware Protection Software

For the past few years, I’ve been personally using and enthusiastically recommending Microsoft Security Essentials as a great free antivirus solution for Windows.  After it came out around 2009/2010, it ranked near the top of many independent tests.  It was free, easy...
Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

My desktop computer’s fans started to get annoyingly loud after years of faithful service.  In my case, there were two causes: dust blocking the CPU heatsink airflow causing high fan speed, and a grinding power supply fan, probably due to normal wear or lack of...
Fax for Free Using Your Computer

Fax for Free Using Your Computer

I get annoyed in this day and age when I have to deal with a company that still demands information to be sent by fax.  I have long since ditched my fax machine, and it’s a pain to go all the way to Kinkos just to send a fax. But, if you have a computer connected to...
Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Homeland security has taken the rare step of recommending that users completely disable Java on their computers due to security vulnerabilities. This is a very extreme and unusual move which must be a sign of how bad the problem is! There...
Save Your Cassette Tape Recordings to Your Computer

Save Your Cassette Tape Recordings to Your Computer

Going through my old cassette tapes brings back memories from high school in a way that MP3’s never can. If you’ve been around a while, you might have a box of old tapes in your closet or attic somewhere. Here are some ways to transfer those recordings into your...
How to Save Money on Internet Access

How to Save Money on Internet Access

Internet access is a practical necessity these days, but in many areas there are only a few choices of providers, all of which are expensive.  Here are some ways you might be able to cut your Internet bill. 1. Threaten to Leave Call your Internet service provider and...
How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How much do you spend on cable TV every month? The average is $75, or $900 per year! Over the course of your life, that’s as much as a BMW 3-Series sedan! Many people spend over a hundred dollars a month on cable! You do the math. Wouldn’t you like to save this money...

Your Email Account Has Been Hacked – Now What?

Someone has hacked into your email account and spammed everyone in your address book. It can leave you feeling embarrassed and sorry about the annoying, or even possibly destructive, email that has gone to all of your friends and family. Odds are, if it hasn’t...
How to Make a Slide Show with Your Windows PC

How to Make a Slide Show with Your Windows PC

I was recently asked to create a farewell slide show. It didn’t sound too hard, so I accepted the task having never done it before. Along the way, I learned some things that I think you’d find useful if you ever need to do this. Software The first question you might...

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