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Chocolatey – New Package Manager for Windows

package manager for Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a package manager for Windows? Soon to be gone are the days when you use a trusty search engine to search for the software you’re looking to install on a Windows operating system, hoping you’ve found the correct and most updated version. You then click through a series of windows rather quickly and hope you didn’t forget to uncheck that sneaky little box which will install some random, obnoxious toolbar or antivirus software that you’ll never use and now you have no idea now how to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’re losing valuable…

My Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

You may have noticed that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM; possibly more than many of the desktop programs you might use. This is most certainly true if you use the newest versions of Chrome and Firefox. But is it really a bad thing that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM? First you have to understand how RAM works. How Does RAM Work? It’s usually a good thing when your computer utilizes RAM. RAM works like a quick reference for recently used information, using it as a quick access to the programs and information you use…

Why Are There Two Folders for Program Files on My Computer?

Two Folders for Program Files

You might have noticed that your computer has two folders for program files instead of one, and you might be wondering why. Here’s a brief explanation for why your computer has two folders for program files and why this is absolutely necessary for your operating system and programs to run smoothly. Why Are There Two Folders For Program Files? Nearly every running computer these days are capable of processing 64 bit code and are also running a 64 bit version of Windows. Chances are, however, that your computer still runs quite a few 32 bit programs (x86). These two codes,…

KRACK Attack – WiFi Vulnerability

Krack Vulnerability

The latest in technology security threats comes in the form of KRACK Attack, which stands for Key Reinstallation Attacks. The KRACK Attack vulnerability affects nearly all WPA and modern WPA2 WiFi protocols. What is the KRACK Attack Vulnerability? The KRACK vulnerability takes advantage of what’s called the “4-Way Handshake.” When someone tries connect to a network, the 4-Way Handshake negotiates a fresh encryption key. This key will attempt to install on the third step of the 4-Way Handshake protocol, which is when a potential hacker comes in and tries to manipulate the key. How Do You Protect Your WiFi Devices?…

How to Transfer Files from Computer to Phone

Transfer Files from Computer to Phone

With remote work and business on-the-go, the ability to transfer files from computer to phone has become an important necessity. There are several ways to do this; some can be complicated… or it can be simple. How to Transfer Files from Computer to Phone One of the most common ways to transfer files from computer to phone has been to email the file or files to yourself and then pull the email up on your phone. Another way might be to upload the file or files to a cloud or cloud service, such as Dropbox, and use the phone app…

Why You Need Extra Space on Your Hard Drive

extra space on hard drive

When you fill up extra space on your hard drive, you’ll begin to notice a myriad of problems. Not leaving enough extra space on your hard drive can lead to slow performance, programs crashing and the inability to download and install important security updates. How much spare room you’ll need to leave on your hard drive will depend on some factors. How Much Extra Space on Your Hard Drive? On older computers with mechanical hard drives, the rule of leaving 15%-20% was for the purpose of defragmenting your hard drive. Think about organizing a messy room – if there’s not…

Windows Won’t Boot

Windows Won't Boot

It’s every computer owner’s nightmare – your computer won’t start or if it does start, you get stared down by the “Blue Screen of Death” or some other screen informing you that Windows won’t boot. Before you call someone in your tech department, there are a couple things you can check: Windows Won’t Boot – Before You Call the Tech Department Ask yourself if there is anything you’ve recently changed (installed a new driver for hardware, connected new hardware, or physically manipulated anything inside your computer case?) If your computer won’t start up at all, double check that your computer…

9 New iOS 10 Features You Might Not Know About

New iOS 10 Features

Each time Apple comes out with new iOS updates, the biggest changes are noticed while the fun little features might get overlooked. Here are 9 new iOS features that you might not know about: 9 New iOS 10 Features Photos: In a matter of a second or two, you can click the home button to wake your phone and swipe left on your locked iPhone. Voila! Camera is ready for action! Lots of new photo featuresThe iOS 10 Photos app uses facial recognition to group people (after it analyzes your photos which can take a day or so, plugged in.)…

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….

2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less

2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner for holiday shopping. Are you in search of some techie gift ideas? Here’s a short list of 2016 best tech gifts $100 or less to consider for this year. Nine of 2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less iPhone Nomad Key ($20) – A simple lightning cable replacement to carry with your keys. Never worry about not having a lightening cable with you. Tile Slim Tracker (from $30) – We all know that person who is constantly misplacing their phone. This is a practical gift they can appreciate. As long as…