Tips on buying a used laptop

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Blog, computers, helpful website, Technology | 10 comments

Buying a used laptop is a lot like buying a used car. You have to kick the wheels, look under the hood, and take a test drive. I have gathered some thoughts on what you should look for when you buy a used laptop and they can be found below. What brand to buy. I have been asked this question a hundred times and the answer usually is the same. It really depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you want a product with good resale value the...

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Review of Khanacademy.org

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Blog, education, helpful website, Technology | 0 comments

Think of all of the years of education in the world where the same teaching style has been put in place. Typically kids sit in a classroom, and a teacher teaches about a certain subject. Then at the end of the week there is a test to make sure the subject has been learned. The odds of each kid learning at the same pace are slim to none. Sure there are stopgaps put in place to help those that can’t grasp a subject, but is it really enough?...

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derekscomputer.com review of Lenovo customer support

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Blog, computers, customer support | 0 comments

I needed to initiate a warranty repair of a Lenovo laptop and this is a post about my experience. I recently had a customer come in with a Lenovo laptop and his keyboard had stopped working when using the letters “T” and “Y” the laptop was under warranty and all I need to do is get a new keyboard sent to me from Lenovo.   I phoned customer support at 1-800-426-7378 for the Thinkpad laptops. There was a brief phone...

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Don’t buy memory from computer system manufacturers (Dell, Apple, Lenovo, HP, etc)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Blog, computers, hardware, save money, Technology | 0 comments

Here is a tip that can save you some money. When you are in the market for a computer and you are configuring it online or standing in a store DO NOT add extra memory! You will get fleeced big time and spend way more than you need to. Memory is super cheap for new computers right now. The standard DDR3 is what is being currently shipped on all new computers. It is very easy to install, usually taking about 5 minutes to do so. Apple tries to pick...

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Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 worn off cert (COA) scam on laptops

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Blog, computers, scam, software, Technology | 7 comments

Microsoft has changed the way they make Windows COA stickers over the years and I’m not happy about it. Windows certificate of authenticity (COA) sticker is a sticker that is placed on a computer and goes along with the operating system that was installed when you first bought it. This very important sticker has a one of a kind unique group of numbers and letters on it. There are a total of twenty five numbers and letters on the COA. There...

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