Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

A new year and new good habits. Organize those drawers and, oh my, that closet! I must be preaching to myself. I promise to get A Round Tuit. However, I am great at keeping my computer backed up and in good shape. Make this your resolution. Clean up your files and pictures. Get more organized. You will feel fantastic. Continue reading Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

Computer 101 – DANGER – Back up your computer this week!

I would shout out “do it today” but no one I have met does it the same day. I know you are busy this month, but what would you do if you lost all your files and photos? I have had two people call me this week whose hard drive has crashed. Gone is their data. They have a 25 percent chance, if they take the computer to a reputable shop, that they can retrieve the information and even fix the computer with a replacement drive. This isn’t free. They will spend hundreds to get the job done. Continue reading Computer 101 – DANGER – Back up your computer this week!

Computer 101 – Best way to charge a cell phone

We spend so much money on tech that it’s incredibly frustrating when devices break. A little prevention can go a long way. There are the mistakes we make day in and day out. Bad charging habits can shorten or disrupt a smartphone’s battery life if you aren’t careful. Just like with cheap chargers, cheap power banks can ruin a battery over time. Be sure any power bank you use has overcharge protection. If not, you can still use it, but keep an eye out. Once your battery is almost full, unplug it. Continue reading Computer 101 – Best way to charge a cell phone

Computer 101 – Where are my iPhone pictures?

How many years have you been taking photos and movies on your iPhone? Have they filled up the storage on your device? Yes! The images are on your phone and hopefully you have activated the free iCloud storage in the settings app on your phone. Apple gives you five megabytes of free storage, which accommodates maybe a thousand photos. However, as your files grow you can pay a fee to store more. Join the millions that pay only 99 cents a month for 50 megs of storage. Great! But, if you have been taking pictures for years you may have thousand of pictures. No problem, you can pay $5 for 500 megabytes. You may have an iPad with photos on it too. Every image taken from day one can be stored in the iCloud. By now most of us are paying something. Continue reading Computer 101 – Where are my iPhone pictures?

The Mouse Trap – Slow computer?

If you are annoyed at the speed of your computer and how slow it is becoming, let me shed some light. The Task Manager is your friend for this problem. Think of Task Manager as a window into your PC’s health. The app gives you insight into what’s taxing the processor, how much memory something is taking up and even how much network data a program has used. Continue reading The Mouse Trap – Slow computer?

Computer 101 – Let’s save money on Amazon

There are a few things you can do to save money on Amazon orders. Now that the annual membership has been raised to $139, you many want to know some hints. First of all you can share your membership with someone else and still use individual log-in information. Click on your name within your accounts. Scroll down until you see “Share Your Prime Benefits.” Click that, and then click the word “here” at the end of the paragraph (it’s highlighted in blue). Scroll down to the “Households and Family Library” section, and click Add an Adult. Free or paid Amazon Prime members can share their shipping benefits with up to four additional family members. Let each additional member pay a portion of your membership fee. Remember each member has access to Amazon Prime Streaming as well. Continue reading Computer 101 – Let’s save money on Amazon

The Mouse Trap – My favorite way to organize photos

Photos can become a hassle to handle. All those pictures we take because we can, oh my! Let’s get them organized once and for all. It is not that hard but it can be time-consuming. No time is better than today, but no hurry to get them done in one sitting. Pictures are saved as a .jpg, the extension you may not ordinarily see. Continue reading The Mouse Trap – My favorite way to organize photos