Five tips for freeing up PC hard disk space

Even though many PCs today come equipped with multi-terabyte hard drives, I am often amazed by how often I get calls from friends and family because they are running out of hard disk space. That being the case, I wanted to share some tips for freeing up some of that space. NOTE: Before you attempt […]

Those clients that give us technicians gray hair

Hey guys, its been AGES since I posted something. Mainly due to the constraints at work and lack of time. However, I WILL do my best to keep you lovely folks informed. Now I am sure that 90% of you as technicians have had a bad experience or 2 with some “lovely” clients. Those “clients” […]

Office health hazards and you

Hey again folks. Its one of your fav tech dudes with some important information that can and will prove useful. As a tech pro, you may escape the risk of serious injury, but there are still A LOT of things that could befall you right at your desk. Three of these conditions are:

1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Yow know the people in your office with those ridiculous Velcro contraptions strapped to their forearms and hands? They’re not professional bowlers. They have what is perhaps the most common office malady around–carpal tunnel syndrome. This is marked by pain, soreness, tingling, numbness, or itching that’s caused when a nerve that runs through the forearm is compressed by swollen ligaments and bones in the wrist. It’s brought on by too much typing. Read more about Office health hazards and you

Avira Antivir: Virus and Malware Protection

Being that I am an IT consultant, I have seen a sizable increase in the amount of virus infected machines out there. Case in point, I was working on some machines for a client, and one of the victims had over 1000 infections. On the business level however, paid solutions are the only way to go. When your machines are housing mission-critical data, you need the best and most  powerful protection as you can get.

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Now I’m not saying that this is as good as it gets, but it weighs in as a heavy contender in the industry. Now on the residential side of things, there are features that the Professional Edition has that aren’t as critical. Most every AntiVirus company offers editions for both user groups, including Avira. However, Avira does not seem to have the same popularity as its competition. This is a shame, because my experience shows Avira AntiVir Profesional catches infections when other tools don’t. Read more about Avira Antivir: Virus and Malware Protection

Digsby: the good , the bad, and the useful

Hello everybody, its your favourite IT dude again with a brief rundown for one of the more popular chat software. Its called Digsby. Now mind you, its been around for a few years but I recently stumbled upon it. I always wanted to bundle my chat programs together (MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, etc) but couldn’t find any way to do so without opening multiple programs at once. That is where Digsby comes in.

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It is so robust and easy to use, you will be wondering how you got along without it. In the past, instant messaging was the exclusive domain of a leisurely chat with friends or to avoid having to pay for long distance phone calls. However, it is not uncommon now to see office colleagues in neighboring cubicles communicating via these IM networks. Read more about Digsby: the good , the bad, and the useful

Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it

When you surf the net, the last thing the average user thinks about is “can someone track me or my net habits?”. Believe me when I say that, it is possible to learn information about you even when you don’t want to advertise who you are. This is true even if your system contains no virus or malware software. Specifically, information that is easily available online includes your internet protocol address, your country (and often more location information based on internet protocol address), what computer system you are on, the operating system version your using, what browser you use, your browser history and more. Also, cookies (not those sweet kind I must add, the bits and pieces of your browsing history) can track your habits as you move from machine to machine. So basically, you are being monitored even thought you might not want to be.

Surfing the Web safely

How do people get this basic information about you?

When you visit different websites, information about you can be retrieved and recorded. Basically, information is intercepted and used by others to track your Internet activities. Read more about Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it