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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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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Computer technician onsite service tool and supply list

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Blog, computers, hardware, helpful website, Technology | 0 comments

If you are a computer technician and you do service calls onsite there are certain things you should always carry with you in your vehicle. Getting to a job and not having a spare power supply or a spare SATA cable can be real pain. Not to mention lost profits on the upsell, and having to drive to a store and over pay for it. The combination of lost time and money will make having all of this stuff well worth it. Some of these items I specify...

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derekscomputer.com review of Irfanview photo editor

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Blog, photos, software, Technology | 1 comment

A free program that I have used for many years is Irfanview. It is a powerful photo editor written by a guy named Irfan living in Vienna, Austria. It has been around since 1996 with many upgrades over the years. Once you learn how to use Irfanview you will really come to appreciate it. It is very small in download size weighing in at 1.5mb. It shouldn’t be compared to Photoshop but is still very useful for the average photo manipulation...

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derekscomputer.com review of Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Blog, internet appliance, internet radio, music, Technology | 1 comment

One of the best Internet appliances I have found is the Logitech Squeezebox. It is an Internet radio that allows you to stream podcasts, music, and talk radio from all over the world.  It connects using either wireless or a wired connection to your home or office Internet. The fit and finish on the Squeezebox is excellent as well as the sound. It has a “well built” type of feel to it with tactile rubber buttons and knobs.  It is...

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