Sunday, March 17, 2013

Getting A New Computer, Part 4: How To Properly Protect Your Laptop

A lot of research is involved in choosing the right computer. Should you go with a laptop or desktop? If you decide on a laptop, how do you choose which one? In all of these decisions, I’m sorry to say that you’re not even done if you’ve decided on a laptop and which one to get. This is the last article in the series which is preceded by articles about how to transition from your old PC to your new one, things you must do before you start to use your laptop, and essential programs to install and how to efficiently install them.

In this article we will cover the security measures you should take with your new laptop. I’m not talking about software here (although you should take those measures too, but that is with any computer). I’m talking about five things to ensure the safety and protection of it. Part 4

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Getting A New Computer, Part 3: Essential Programs & How To Efficiently Install Them

So you’ve just got a new computer and you’re ready to dive into installing all of your favorite programs – great! But you should understand that this isn’t the first thing you should do. In the two prior articles of this series we covered how to have a seamless transition from your old PC to your new one, and what you must do before you start “using” it. However, in both of those articles the topic of installing or using programs is mentioned, so the concept in this article is somewhat intertwined throughout those prior articles as well.

In the first article, How To Transition From Your Old PC To Your New One, the tip of exporting your list of applications with a program like CCleaner is mentioned. It’s also mentioned that this is the perfect time to weed out any programs you really don’t need. In the second article, Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It, the topic of uninstalling bloatware is covered. To do this best, it’s recommended to use a third-party program, such as PC Decrapifier, Revo Uninstaller or Geek Uninstaller.

One of the great things about a new computer is that you get to reassess what programs you really need and even try new ones that perhaps you haven’t tried because you already had a comparable alternative. In this article we’ll explore some programs you must have on any computer and the best way to go about acquiring those programs – because there’s a much better way than visiting each individual program’s download page.

Part 3

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

The first thing you probably want to do when getting a new computer is jump right into using it. But hold on! There are some things that you must do and take care of before you get to that point. In this article, the second in the Getting A New Computer series, we will cover the first things you must do before starting to use your new computer for those everyday tasks.

In the first one we discussed how to have a seamless transition into your new computer. Some of the things mentioned in that article should technically be done after the things in this article. This was actually prefaced in that article as well with the following note:

NOTE: Different sections in each of these articles will somewhat overlap. The articles are not intended to be followed in order from first to last. However, they are published in order of importance.

Part 2

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Getting A New Computer, Part 1: How To Transition From Your Old PC To Your New One

Ahhh! The joy of a new computer! An opportunity to start fresh and leave all the worries of your slow, dusty, old computer in the past. However, whether you’ve just purchased a new computer or are thinking about it, it is crucial to start out with it the right way in order to have the best experience possible. There are several aspects in doing this, all of which will be covered in this series of 4 articles.

This is the first article in the series and in it we’ll discuss the process of the best way to make the move from one computer to another. One computer to another can be a daunting process, but there are several things which you can do to make it go smoothly. Part 1

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wi-Fi networks may soon become easier and safer to join

The way we use Wi-Fi now may be in for a big change in the next few years, and your cellular provider might be much more involved. People connect their devices to Wi-Fi networks a lot these days, but an Informa study says we rarely connect with Wi-Fi service provided by big wireless companies like AT&T and Verizon. More likely, we connect with the hotspot deployed by our local coffee shop owner. A couple of Wi-Fi consortiums I talked to here are working to make it far easier for us to connect our mobile devices with Wi-Fi hotspots owned by our service provider. Read more