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    How-to: Secure your wireless network/Change its password

      Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    It is enormously important to keep your home or business’s wireless network secured. If your wireless network is currently unsecured, it and your computers, may be at risk. Or perhaps, you would just like to change your current network password to something more secure? In either case, the steps are mostly the same. However, the steps will differ slightly depending on what brand and type or router you have. Below is a link to a step-by-step guide to performing this task on multiple router types:


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    How-to: Clear print queue

      Posted Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Printers can be one of the most fickle and frustrating devices that computer users encounter. There could be many reasons why your printer is not cooperating, but one of the most common is when print jobs get stuck in the print queue. The print queue is essentially the order in which print jobs are printed, and sometimes if there is a problem with just one of the print jobs, it can make it so you cannot print at all. There are a few different ways you can remedy this. Appearing below are links to Microsoft Support articles describing these steps. Just click on the version of Windows you have and follow the instructions provided. If this doesn’t get your printer going again there may be other issues occurring that may require additional troubleshooting.

    Windows 7

    Windows Vista

    Windows XP

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    How-to: Reset your Windows password

      Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Passwords are everywhere these days, a part of our daily lives. We are expected to remember, not one, but several passwords in most cases. Unfortunately, sometimes we tend to forget a password or two here and there. The steps for recovering/resetting passwords is a little different for each type of password, but here is a link to a helpful guide provided by Microsoft on how to reset your Windows password:

    Windows 7: windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Reset-your-Windows-password

    Windows Vista or XP: windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Reset-your-Windows-password

    Note: This is only for resetting your Windows password(s). If you need to change an email password, for example, there’s usually a link next to the login area on the email provider’s website.

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    How-to: Troubleshoot sound issues

      Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Does your computer’s sound seem to not be working today? This is actually one of most common minor issues faced by most computer users. It may come down to a hardware issue, failed speakers for example, but more often than not it is just a settings or configuration issue. Below is a link to an article from Microsoft on how to troubleshoot your sound issues:


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    Crucial antivirus news for some users

      Posted Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Just a quick alert; it has recently come to our attention that a historically reputable antivirus company has been accused of working with another company that has been long suspected of engaging in allegedly unscrupulous business practices. Without going into too many specifics here, some very helpful links with additional information have been provided below:



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    How-to: Print from your iPad or iPhone

      Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    The Apple iPad and iPhone have revolutionized the way we view and handle different types of media; including web browsing, music, movies, pictures, email and word processing. But did you know you can also print from your iPad or iPhone? It is really easy too! All you need is an AirPrint compatible printer and iOS 4.2 or later.

    Below is a link with detailed instructions and a list of compatible printers:


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    How-to: Add a network device or computer

      Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Getting ready for the new iPhone? Perhaps you have a new tablet device or netbook? Or maybe you just have some friends or family over and they’ve brought their laptops. In any event, if you want to use any of these devices on the Internet, you’ll need to connect them to your home network. The process can vary slightly depending on the type of device, but for the most part it’s just a matter of finding and selecting the network, and then entering the required credentials. Below are links to some helpful guides with additional, more specific, instructions.

    Connecting a Windows computer

    Connecting an Apple computer

    Connecting a smartphone

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    How-to: Clean up imported data in Excel

      Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Microsoft Excel is a great tool for creating spreadsheets to organize and manipulate data, but sometimes you’re required to import or copy/paste data from somewhere else into an Excel spreadsheet, and it may not always come out looking exactly the way you’d like. One way to remedy this is to manually go through each cell and correct issues one by one, which can be very time consuming, depending on the amount of data to be edited. Luckily, there are a few easy tips and tricks that may save you a lot of time.

    Below is a link to an article that explains this in further detail:


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    How-to: Spot Spam

      Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    We all know Spam, the unsolicited email kind (not the canned meat), can be very annoying…but it can also be dangerous.  Most Spam emails are fairly easy to spot, but some are trickier than others.  We’ve recently come across an article online that focuses on tips and tricks for spotting Spam. 

    See the link below for more information:


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    Surge protectors

      Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Just a quick reminder, it is very important to properly protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes.  Desktop computers are especially sensitive to this and should always be plugged into a robust surge protector.  It is also important to plug said surge protector into a properly grounded outlet, and not just a self grounding GFCI type outlet receptacle.  Failure to do so could result in hardware failure during a voltage spike.  Some power strips have a built-in surge protector, but not all of them do.  Pay close attention to the type of power strip to be used and make sure it specifically says there is a built-in surge protector.  To make sure your outlet is properly grounded you can use an inexpensive tester device, which can be found at almost any hardware store and most electronic stores.

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