Review of Vantec NexStar SE 2.5″ SATA mobile drive bay

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog, computer backups, computers, hardware, Technology | 0 comments

I was recently looking for a 2.5″ mobile drive bay for a desktop computer. I decided to try the Vantec NexStar SE 2.5″ SATA mobile drive bay. Before I bought it I was a bit concerned with how the hard drive would fit into the drive bay that slid into the unit. I was hoping it would be relatively easy and it turned out it was. To insert a drive you simply spread four plastic tabs that have posts on them that fit into the side screw...

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COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) 3.5″ USB card reader problem

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Blog, computers, customer support, gaming, hardware | 0 comments

If you recently bought a COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper case (SGC-5000-KKN1) you may run into problems when installing a 3.5″ USB card reader. The issue I found when I installed my card reader is that the front of the card reader ends up being recessed about 3/8 of an inch from the front of the case. It should be flush to the front of the case. I spent about a half hour trying different ways and different card readers to get it to...

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FBI warning / Greendot MoneyPak infection on your computer.

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Blog, computers, infection, internet, malware, scam, Technology | 14 comments

In the past two days I have seen the same infection hit two different computer users. The infection causes a fake message to be displayed on your screen. The message appears to be from the FBI, but when you start to look at it you can easily tell it is fake. The message displays a way for you to send payment using Greendot MoneyPak. Greendot MoneyPak can be found at Walmart, CVS, Kmart, 7 Eleven, and Walgreens. It is a payment system where you...

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Apple can no longer be recommended for a computer

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Apple, Blog, computers, hardware, Technology | 2 comments

There is a little known fact about Apple computers that everyone should know. Apple does not want you to fix your own computer. Over the years Apple has been slowly implementing “features” into their computers that will not allow you fix your Mac. I believe it started out with the 2009 Imac and Apple requiring you to buy compatible hard drives from them because of a proprietary cable system they implemented. No longer could you...

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Don’t use Outlook to move IMAP mail

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Blog, computers, email, software, Technology | 0 comments

Using Outlook to move a ton of mail from one IMAP account to another is the equivalent of racing at Indy using your Grandmas Buick Le Sabre. It can be done but you will lose and it will not be pretty. Recently I tried to move a lot of email from an AOL account to Gmail using the built in Gmail “move from another address feature”. This feature is supposed to move mail from one email account into Gmail seamlessly, all you have to do...

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Hats off to HP for Beats audio volume knob

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Blog, computers, hardware, Technology | 0 comments

I still don’t trust HP enough to spend a ton of money on one of their computers, but I do want to report on something positive I noticed recently. On certain HP laptops that come with the Beats audio package they have designed a really cool volume knob on the right hand side of the laptop. It has a really good feel to it and reminds me of a volume knob you might turn on a vintage amp of days gone by. I think everything today is push this,...

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