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Importance of Equipment for the IT Department

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 29 Mar, 2016
As an IT professional, it would be your responsibility to maintain all computer related equipment inside your office. It might sound like a pretty easy job but believe me or not, being part of an IT department plays a very critical role in an organization.

Working in an IT department would need good analytical and problem solving skills. It would also require someone who could work in a fast pace environment especially for those companies that rely on computers for their business.

As we all know, skills would be very important but in emergency situations for the IT department, skills would not be enough without the proper equipment.

Working with the I.T infrastructure team might be fun and challenging but again, this kind of job is very critical. A minute of downtime might already have a big effect for the company.

In this article, I would be listing down some of the most important equipment that the IT department must have for them to react well in every situation. Troubleshooting might be able to do the job but in some cases where time is a factor, replacing a defective equipment might be more efficient.

Network Peripherals - One of the most important things to have... ... continue |
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Triple screen for Laptop Computers

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 31 Jul, 2015
Working using a laptop is sometimes hard due to the fact that the screen size is a bit small especially when you are multi-tasking. The very common laptop screen size nowadays is ranging from 13" to 15". For those who are always on the go, a lightweight but powerful laptop might be your preference in buying one. Nowadays where laptops are getting smaller and thinner without compromising performance, it would not be that hard for you to choose one.

For laptop users that want to extend their desktop screen, plugging an external monitor is always the best solution out there but make sure that you have set it to extend your desktop and not just to duplicate the display. Some of you might not be contented in using a single external monitor and you want to add another one. It is still possible but you might need to buy another connector / adaptor for this.

As a laptop user myself, having an extended screen is really important especially when you have several windows that are open. For those who are always on the go that wants to have extended screens, it would be impossible to bring their external monitors where... ... continue |
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Lenovo Flex 2 review

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 30 Jun, 2015
Years back, when tablets were still out of the picture, laptops were used by those who are always on the go. A laptop is a portable computer that you can bring wherever you go. As we all know, laptops nowadays are starting to become thinner and thinner but is also becoming faster than ever. If you'll be comparing it to the time where laptop computers were first introduced, you'll notice a very big difference when it comes to the design, weight, size and speed.

Laptops are being updated every now and then. Several features has been added which includes face detection, biometric scanner, smart card reader and more. There are several laptop brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo in the market and they also have their own trademarks when it comes to designs and features.

In this article, I will be giving a review for a certain product of Lenovo called Flex 2. The said laptop was released a year ago but until now, the said laptop is still on the market due to its nice features and design.

The flex 2 laptop has a feature called dual mode where it functions both as a laptop and a tablet.... ... continue |
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Logitech's Washable Keyboard

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 28 Aug, 2012

If you are one of those computer users that can’t resist eating and drinking besides your computer, this article might please you. Most of us are aware that electronic equipments are sensitive to dust, heat and especially water. In offices, computers are used in working and there are times we couldn’t prevent accidents or spilling liquids like coffee, juice and water into your keyboards.

Based from personal experience, I was also guilty in drinking and eating besides my computer especially if... continue |
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The importance of having a UPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 09 Apr, 2012

UPS or an uninterruptible power supply is a device which immediately provides backup power during power failure. A UPS is normally used for computers or other devices such as networking equipments. This will allow the users to save everything to avoid data loss and properly shut the computer down.  Having a UPS in a company is a must.

Based from personal experience, it is really a must to have a UPS for companies in order to prevent downtime. This is also... continue |
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AIO printers

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 29 Mar, 2012

What are AIO printers? AIO printers or all in one printer is a printer combined with scanner, fax and copier. These kinds of printers are not just used in offices but also at home. As the term implies, almost everything you need is already in this device and not to mention the amount of space you can save by using this device.  AIO printers may be a bit expensive compared to a regular printer because of its added functionalities but... continue |
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Ways on how to maintain your computer's performance

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 27 Oct, 2011

Most of you might already be aware that almost everyone on earth knows how to use a computer but not anyone knows how to maintain a computer. Having a computer is also like having a car because you also need to take care of it and maintain it every now and then so that it can perform at its best. In this article, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to boost your computers performance without upgrading anything.

Clean your computers... continue |
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How to Solve PC Problems

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 11 Oct, 2011
If you ask this question then i am sure you are a novice computer user why because there are hundreds of PC problems out there. You need to know what PC problems is bugging you out.

Anyway, I will tell you exactly how to solve PC problems. Let us start with the very basic troubleshooting techniques.

PC problems may be too easy or too hard to fix. To fix too easy computer problems, Try not to make the problem hard to fix... continue |
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Common Signs of a Failing Motherboard

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 29 Jul, 2011

As we all know, the motherboard is the one holding all components inside the computer. It is where everything is connected. A computer can’t run without the motherboard because from the term itself, it is the main part of the computer. In this article, I’ll be giving you some of the signs of a failing motherboard.

Random restarts / shut down – This is one of the very common signs of a failing motherboard though you must also check carefully because... continue |
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Asus G73JH-X3 Gaming Laptop, The Monster Laptop

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 27 Jul, 2011

This laptop was manufactured by Asus, one of the leading computer brands in the world. This laptop is basically made for gaming. If you want to have a gaming laptop, this might be the perfect one for you.

Specifications:

Processor: Inter Core i7 1.6GHz Quad- core

RAM: 8GB DDR3 1066Mhz

DISPLAY: 17.3” Full HD

VIDEO CARD: 1GB DDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics

STORAGE: 640GB

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS: WIFI 802.11 B/G/N, Bluetooth

CARD READER: 8 in 1 card reader that supports SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, MS-Pro Duo w/ adapter,... continue |
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Common Signs of a Failing Graphics Card

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 27 Jul, 2011

Graphic cards or also known as video cards are the one in charge of displaying pictures in our screens. There are two types of video cards, the built in video card and the dedicated video card. Built in video cards are already embedded at the mother board while the dedicated video card are bought separately. When it comes to performance, dedicated video cards will be better compared to a built in. Most gamers are using dedicated video card to give... continue |
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Continuous Ink System, Save more and Print more

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 27 Jul, 2011

As we all know, printing back then is really expensive. A single printer cartridge would already costs you thousands of pesos depending on the brand. That is also why printing services back then was also expensive.

The new technology in printing arrived and this is called the Continuous Ink System Technology which became popular in 2005. This technology was the solution for the very high prices of ink cartridges.

Nowadays, there are already many stores that offer conversion of printers into the... continue |
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The lowering prices of Laptop Computers

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 23 Jul, 2011

Years back, when laptop computers were introduced, their prices are really high. One of the very first laptops that were introduced back then was the Osborne 1 which costs around $1,795. Just imagine the price of that. The said laptop only has a 5” screen and can also display less than 52 characters per line. It may sound funny now but without it, laptops won’t be developed.

Now, at the modern age, things are getting cheaper and cheaper. Computers advances almost... continue |
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Computer Troubleshooting bloopers

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 22 Jul, 2011

As we all know, troubleshooting is what we call the process of repairing a defective computer. As a computer technician, there would also be times that you’ll be experiencing funny moments with a computer. In this article, I’ll be sharing some of the troubleshooting bloopers that I’ve experienced back then.

No Power – There was this time that I was asked to check the power supply of a computer. After checking it, I told the owner that it must be replaced... continue |
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How to maximize your Laptop's Battery life

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 18 Jul, 2011

Laptops are made for portability.  Their size allows you to bring them wherever you go. As we all know, laptops depends on batteries besides the main power adapter. The life of the battery will depend on the user. In this article, I’ll be discussing ways on how to maximize the battery life of your laptop computers.

Lower your brightness – Diming your screen can help you maximize your battery life. This will increase your battery life by a few percent.

Turn off... continue |
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How to Setup a Wireless Printer

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 18 Jul, 2011

Due to the advancement of technology, wireless devices are slowly growing. There are different wireless products in the market nowadays; there is the wireless mouse, keyboards, headsets and more. And now, they’ve already invented the wireless printer. In this article, I’ll be discussing you on how to install a wireless printer.

So what’s new with the wireless printer?

Basically, from the term itself, it eliminates the need of wires on the network for printing though it will still depend on you.... continue |
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The Best USB Devices and Flash Disks in the Market

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 17 Jul, 2011

As we all know, USB’s or flash disks are used for data storage. They are small devices which can fit your pocket. They are the modern version of diskettes which are smaller and have bigger storage capacities. In this article, I’ll be sharing some of the coolest USB devices that are available in the market.

USB Baller – Most of you might think that ballers are only for nba players. But now, the modern baller already has a USB flash disk... continue |
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How can I Fix a Computer that Restarts without any reason

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 09 Jul, 2011
Have you ever encountered a computer that keeps restarting without any apparent reason? This situation usually occurs after doing something inside your computer or it just happen without any warning at all. It's like you were using your computer browsing while ago and then you turn it off to eat your lunch and then come back later to check your email. You turn your computer on again and again and then it just keeps on restarting. Well that thing might... continue |
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What you need to Know about USB Flash Drives and Floppy Disks or Diskettes

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 25 Jun, 2011

For those who are not familiar with diskettes: diskettes or a floppy disk was the medium of storage from the mid 70’s until the early 2000’s. In this modern era, we are now using the modern type of storage and it is called a “USB flash disk”.  In this article, I’ll be comparing the two devices. I’ll be talking about not just their physical specifications but also their storage capacities.

So, what are the differences of the two devices?

Size – Basically,... continue |
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CPU Overclocking Good or Bad to your Computer?

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 24 Jun, 2011

What is overclocking? Is it safe? These are the questions that are being raised by computer users when the topic is about overclocking. Basically, overclocking is a process wherein you are running a hardware component in a speed higher than the usual or higher than the speed that is stated on the manual. In this article, I’ll only just be discussing to you the things that you must know about overclocking and not the steps on how to overclock your... continue |
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Basic tools that a computer technician must have (part 1)

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 20 Jun, 2011

As we all know, computer technicians are basically the “doctor” when it comes to computers. They are the one who is capable of repairing problems related to computers. But as a computer technician, what kind of tools or equipments do you need to handle different kinds of problems and errors?  In this article, I’ll be enumerating some tools and equipments that might be helpful for you as a computer technician.

Screwdriver – As the term itself, it is used to remove... continue |
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Common Errors in Upgrading a Computer Motherboard and Processor

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 13 Jun, 2011

Processor upgrade – In upgrading a processor, the very common error is to buy a processor that is not compatible with your motherboard.  You might want to upgrade your processor to a core 2 quad but eventually, your motherboard can only support dual core processors. In upgrading your motherboard, make sure that you’ll be buying the processor that is compatible with your motherboard so that you won’t waste your money. When handling processors, always be careful because if one of... continue |
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Common Mistakes in Upgrading a Computer System

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 13 Jun, 2011

What is a PC upgrade? Pc upgrade from the term itself is the process in which you add or replace existing hardware devices to a newer one or to a more advanced one. Basically, you can upgrade almost everything inside your computer, from the RAM, hard drive, video card, processor, power supply and more. Upgrading can be done by anyone but make sure that he knows what he’s doing but if you’re going to ask me, let an experienced technician... continue |
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Why use Network Attached Storage (NAS) to your business

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 13 Jun, 2011

NAS or Network attached storage is a type of device that also acts as a server. This device can share your personal files thru your network. All you need to do is to attach this device to your switch and you can now share and store files using your network. The storage capacity will depend on your needs. If you are using NAS for your home, a lower storage capacity can already be good for you. But if you are... continue |
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How to build a High End PC for Gaming

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 30 May, 2011

As a gamer, it would really be irritating to experience hangs or lags every now and then. With the said issues, a normal pc won’t be enough to support their gaming needs. They would need a bunch of items to upgrade in order for them to play their favorite games without any issues. In this article, I’ll be helping you build your own gaming pc.

PC case – I would recommend you to get a full tower case so that you... continue |
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A laptop vs. a desktop

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 18 May, 2011

First of all, I’ll briefly explain the main difference of a laptop computer from a desktop computer. Laptop computers are the portable one’s where you can carry wherever you want to go while the desktop computers are the ones which has a small box like case commonly called as the CPU and it has a separate monitor unlike the laptop. A desktop and a laptop are both computers but they differ in some aspects. Below are some of their differences:

Size... continue |
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Basic steps in troubleshooting a computer that won't boot

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 16 Mar, 2011

For computer users, there might be a time that you’ll be experiencing certain problems in your computer that might look complicated though it’s not. One of the most common problems of users is when their computer won’t turn on or just display a blank screen. Below are some tips which can help you resolve these kinds of problems.

Check your power connector – Always check first if your power connector is properly inserted to your power supply because most of the... continue |
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Steps in cleaning your computer

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 16 Mar, 2011

Some people might think that cleaning a computer is just an easy task but it’s not that easy. It’s a little complicated than you might think. Cleaning a computer can’t be done by the use of soap and water. You need a special chemical for electronics to avoid damages. Cleaning your computer is one way of prolonging your computer’s life. This can also help you to reduce heat buildup which can result to overheating which can damage your computer’s parts.... continue |
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Compact Disk Audio Files Working Tips

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 27 Jan, 2011

Each song track of Windows audio Compact Disk has Compact Disk Audio (.CDA) files if you see its contents. There are many people who still got questions in their minds asking why they cannot replicate these files to their personal computer instead of having to rip them first to Waveform Audio Files (.WAV).

On that case, the reason is there are no Compact Disk Audio files on their Compact Disk. When you get to look on it from the Windows... continue |
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Discovering Things Your PC Might Have

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 25 Jan, 2011

Most people these days are computer users, but a bit fairly they know what are those things their PCs have, and yet to discover in the first place. With this is mind, you can utilize a Window built-in utility which is called System Info if you want to discover details about your computer which are of interest to you, the installed software and hardware, and the Random Access Memory your PC have.

You may access the information you are looking for... continue |
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My Documents Folder Moving Techniques

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 24 Jan, 2011

It is a sure thing for most PC users to secure their private information, and because of this they need to use the folder of My Documents. But the drive where the folder of My Documents located is the same with the OS of Windows which is on drive C.

For various reasons, it is not a likeable idea to store these two components on the same drive location. You are going to learn about the two of the most... continue |
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Harmonious Living With Your PC: Registry And Malicious Software

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 21 Jan, 2011

(This is the second part of our discussion from – Hard Disk And Registry.)

 

·          Damage of registry prevention and troubleshooting (continuation)

You may experience regular system downs and screen freezes which resulting from tons of errors that your PC may have.

You are advised to download on your system trustworthy software for registry which is suitable for Windows Vista for keeping your PC free from problems and issues of registry. You may backup your registry for Vista using the software tool you... continue |
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Harmonious Living With Your PC: Hard Disk And Registry

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 21 Jan, 2011

You need to keep your PC in sound health like what you are doing for your own body to keep it fit. It is very essential for your everyday computing life to experience the topmost peak of performance and free from all possible errors to enjoy your surfing and browsing time. For you to maintain your Windows Vista or XP personal computer harmoniously and in sound health, you may perform very easy computer maintaining tasks which you can do on... continue |
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Computer Maintenance Techniques

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 20 Jan, 2011

Our everyday lives have been filled with computer related things and elements since years and years back then. Both entities and people were benefited from what computers can do to their businesses and jobs which can make them work efficiently and with ease.

You need to regularly maintain your PCs by applying the applicable service and monitoring its overall status. You may prevent your computer from having multiple cases of unexpected and natural errors by holistically maintaining a regular and right... continue |
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Backup Planning For Apple Macintosh: 5

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 16 Jan, 2011

This is the concluding part of our discussion.

The Digital Versatile Disk or Compact Disk conversion of your special playlist can be done through the process of burning. You may select File>Burn Playlist to Disc after choosing your Source list in your iTunes playlist for this option’s proper configuration. You may click the button for Burn after enabling the option for Data Digital Versatile Disk or Compact Disk in the Burn Settings window that shows. You will be told that the... continue |
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Backup Planning For Apple Macintosh: 4

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 16 Jan, 2011

To resume our topic, here is part 4 of our article.

On what you backup has a big effect on how you backup or vice versa. For instance, you are planning to do several backup tasks on Unique and Individual data and backing up maintenance on an off-site rotation. If you are still attached to the past, or if your Apple Macintosh has a Time Machine linked to it, the backing up task can be done, or you may altogether refuse... continue |
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Backup Planning For Apple Macintosh: 3

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 15 Jan, 2011

This is the third part of our discussion, here is the continuation.

From the root directory of your startup drive, you could save some space by means of asking it to not include the folder for the System for instance. Time Machine offers you the option to additionally not include UNIX tools and system applications when you perform this. This requires effort no better than plugging in after purchasing a hard drive which is compatible to your system may be... continue |
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Backup Planning For Apple Macintosh: 2

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 15 Jan, 2011

This is the second part of our article regarding backup planning for Apple Mac.

Your saved résumés or CVs which may be intact from your computer memory or can be an old electronic mail from years way back which may be an application that you no longer use of since the transition period of change in Operaing System from 9 to X is our main focus.

You can imagine how time flies so fast when the usual things you were... continue |
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Backup Planning For Apple Macintosh: 1

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 15 Jan, 2011

These days, to keep your data safe, you need to put your full attention to it or make it your priority and your data should be backed up. It is a general knowledge that the technology of Time Machine was made by Apple Macintosh. On the contrary, backing up data is not an automatic or a regular practice by most of the people. Majority of Apple Macintosh users don’t have a sensible idea of how to perfect the way they... continue |
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CPU Installation: Tips and How To

By: Kenneth Tello Posted: 08 Jan, 2011

Learn the techniques on how to install CPU on your desktop computer 

The central processing unit (CPU) acts as the core of every computer system. The Central Processing Unit (CPU), commonly known as the microprocessor controls and processes all the instructions that the computer is instructed to do. As future technicians, or people from the Information Technology field, it is presumed that you already have the knowledge on the characteristics and properties of that small piece of semiconductor – how to... continue |
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The Best Ways To Maintain Your Ports And Personal Computers

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 06 Jan, 2011

It is very lousy and uncomfortable to feel when your port openings and your personal computers are untidy and got a lot of dust on it, right?

Now, you’ll be learning ways to maintain both your ports and PCs. 

·          Clogged port cleaning

Your computer ports may be not excluded from debris and dust clogging over the course of time. The first step to do is to clean the grimes from your connecting ports if you have problems on devices working on... continue |
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Brand New Mac Preferable Ideas: Series 5

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 04 Jan, 2011

In our 5th part of the series for preferable ideas when you buy a brand new Apple Mac, we’re going to focus on topics like old computer file transferring and software updating. 

·                    Old computer file transferring 

You may use the help of Migration Assistant when you are ready to transfer your selected or entire files from your old Apple Mac to the new one; it is so easy to keep your files on hand. Now, you can do more with your... continue |
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Brand New Mac Preferable Ideas: Series 4

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 04 Jan, 2011

At this point, we are going to focus on second to the last article series about preferable ideas for your brand new Mac. This part will focus on what we could tag as two of the most important ways to do when it happens that you own a new Apple Mac personal computer. 

Now, let’s start with practice backing-up time machine, and then followed by habits for a better battery life.  

·                    Practice backing-up time machine 

It’s a sure thing that if you... continue |
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Brand New Mac Preferable Ideas: Series 3

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 04 Jan, 2011

I really do appreciate the time you spent following my article series which is now on its third part. Now, we will tackle about 2 more preferable ideas that you can follow when you buy a brand new Mac personal computer.
On this series, you’ll be learning about the iLife 2011 and AppleCare plan.
  

·                    iLife 2011 

You can have your creativity pass through iLife 2011 on your newly bought Mac PC because through this sharing creations is easy, redirect your... continue |
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Brand New Mac Preferable Ideas: Series 2

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 03 Jan, 2011

Thank you for staying on site. I’m so glad you’re there to continue reading the second part of my article series about preferable ideas for your brand new Mac. If you just bought a new Mac unit, you need to have some of these ideas for better maintenance and support for your personal computer. Through reading these article series,

You’ll be updated on which would be the best option you can do to maximize your use of your Mac personal... continue |
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Brand New Mac Preferable Ideas: Series 1

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 02 Jan, 2011

We are going to discuss preferable ideas on how to deal with your brand new Mac and this will come in 5-part series. This article will focus on Safari surfing’ customization and Dashboard and Flash controlling. 

If you just bought a new Mac laptop or netbook, there are simple ideas you can do in favor of your new machine. You don’t have to be a technical person to do the trick. All you have to do is follow easy-to-do instructions... continue |
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Ways In Deciding Which Personal Computer Is The Best

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 01 Jan, 2011

This year 2011, you must be thinking of ways on how to save money without compromising the quality of what you’re using, especially, when it comes to using a desktop, laptop, or notebook whether it is a brand new unit or an oldie. On the other hand, if your personal computer is already years old, the possibility of slowing down due to lacking of features that a new PC model has, your system may not be able to cope up... continue |
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Your Personal Computer Can Be Useful Even If Its Old: Series 3

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 29 Dec, 2010

At this point, we will continue to discuss three more options for you to make your old computer useful for your own good or for others benefit. It’s very sure that there are guaranteed ways which can turn your old PC into a whole new tool with a different purpose.

Now, let’s talk about the remaining ways for making your old PC workable. 

·          Convert your old personal computer into an experimental box

With your old computer in mind and if you... continue |
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Your Personal Computer Can Be Useful Even If Its Old: Series 2

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 29 Dec, 2010

This is the second part of our discussion about how you could dispose off or keep your old computer in a right way.

Here are the next things to do to make your old computer still productive and useful.

·          You can turn your old computer into a gaming machine

You may consider turning your old computer into a vintage gaming machine which is the best tool as game server using an older unit. Let’s suppose that you are using an older Windows... continue |
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Your Personal Computer Can Be Useful Even If Its Old: Series 1

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 28 Dec, 2010

There’s a big question in mind when your old personal computer is on the corner and it seems that it no longer has any use since you just bought a new one. But why this is always a notion when you have newly bought gadgets which will replace your old computer? You feel really sad when you have to move on from using the old one to start using the newly bought PC, right? So to begin with, you have... continue |
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Easy-To-Do Techniques To Fix Personal Computer Issues: Series 3

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 23 Dec, 2010

Now, we are going to conclude this series with 2 more computer issues that are commonly experienced by users. You’ll be learning how to deal with audio problems troubleshooting and bad driver roll-backing. 

Bad Driver Roll-Backing

This part will focus mainly on your computer drivers. If you want to keep your computer drivers current on support for new features and fixing bug, you need to update it regularly that will take less than 5 minutes. You should return on using older version... continue |
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Easy-To-Do Techniques To Fix Personal Computer Issues: Series 2

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 23 Dec, 2010

On this series we will tackle about understanding weird error messages and optical drive booting.

  • Optical Drive Booting

Sometimes, even booting our computers takes a lot of effort to do, most especially when there are errors in the system. It will not take you a minute to boot your personal computer from the optical drive instead of using hard drive to reinstall access repair tools or Windows on your Windows Digital Versatile Disc (DVD). Before you reboot the system make sure that... continue |
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Easy-To-Do Techniques To Fix Personal Computer Issues: Series 1

By: Cresencio Daffon Jr. Posted: 22 Dec, 2010

Many of us who are computer owners can never escape dilemmas arising from driver failures, audio and video problems, and many different issues. You can now make your life easier and have more things to know to better cope with some of the common computer riddles.

On these series, we are going to discuss about personal computers that don’t boot-up, optical drive booting, understanding weird error messages, and bad driver roll-backing and audio problems troubleshooting.

First, let's focus on booting problems.

Personal computers... continue |
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Ways on how to prolong your computer’s life

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 21 Dec, 2010

Computers were present for decades already and it has affected our lives in many ways. Almost every person in this world knows what a computer is and how to operate it. It is not new that computers aren’t that cheap and that’s why we need to take care of it to avoid paying thousands of pesos for repairs. I’ll be sharing some tips on how to maintain and to prolong your computer’s life.

Clean your computer once in a while –... continue |
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Increase your system's performance by adding more memory

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 21 Dec, 2010

Adding memory is the first thing you need if you want to increase your system performance without changing your processor. Adding a memory is not that expensive though it still depends on the memory that is compatible with your system. Older motherboards support older memory also and it might already be faced out. In this case, you might want to check for 2nd hand items or check the surplus shops for availability. Adding a memory won’t boost your computer speed... continue |
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Fixing the Blue Screen of Death

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 20 Dec, 2010

This error that is also known as BSOD/ bluescreen is a fatal system error that is displayed when your windows operating system has encountered a critical error which results to a system crash. These kinds of errors are normally caused by hardware errors or driver problems which can cause your system to temporarily stop responding.  This error can cause panic to some computer users though this errors can be fixed by you. Below are some of the tips on how... continue |
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Boost Up Your Hard Drive Performance with RAID Technologies

By: Kenneth Tello Posted: 18 Dec, 2010

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disk) is a hard disk technology developed to optimize hard drive performance by increasing reliability and storing functions through redundancy. Disk redundancy is achieved by joining multiple disks, forming a logical unit of independent disks. Designs of RAID array system involve two main goals: first is to increase reliability of data, and second is to boost up read/write performance of your hard drive. Though RAID distributes data on all disks in the array, the operating... continue |
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3 Characteristics Making Up a Must-Buy Gadget

By: Tesa Mari S. Sabao Posted: 15 Dec, 2010

Just a moment ago, I was at the mall searching for a matching ribbon for the Christmas decorations at home when I saw my dream gadget. Thanks to the attached price tag. The reality bells to my hypnotized head and so I came to my senses.

If you got the kind of purse to get what you want (not like meJ), still consider the following criteria in buying your gadget:

Characteristic No. 1 - Convenient to Use. Technology is meant to bring... continue |
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The battle against AMD and Intel based computers for gamers

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 13 Dec, 2010

The question on which is better against AMD and Intel has been circling around the web for years already. This question has been asked a million times though the answer will depend on you, the user. The two competitors have been around for decades already. Intel (Integrated Electronics Corporation) was founded 1968 and is based in California while AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) was founded 1969 and is also based in California. The two companies are the top manufacturers of CPU... continue |
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Selecting the best “Drives” for your Laptop

By: Kenneth Tello Posted: 25 Nov, 2010

Tips in finding the right hard drive, optical drive and external drives for your laptop

Aside from the processor and the memory, other hardware specifications that you take into considerations when buying the right laptop for your needs are the different types of drives for your laptop computer. When we talk about drives, the first thing that comes in your mind might be the hard disk drive and no other. There are different types of drives and each of them has... continue |
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Desktop Computer Cleaning Tips

By: Kenneth Tello Posted: 25 Nov, 2010

No matter how sophisticated your computer components are, they are still no match when it comes to dirt and dust. In most cases it is the excessive dirt and dust inside the computer casing that causes your computer to slow down its performance. So in order for your computer to be in good health and working condition, it is important to make cleaning your computer a habit. In fact, you don’t need to be a professional computer technician to clean... continue |
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PC Troubleshooting and Repair Training. Learn How to build a Career in Computer Repair

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 18 Oct, 2010
Getting the best IT training for PC Troubleshooting and Repair is one of the most essential steps to become a Computer Technician. Start by looking for Training Centers that are proven to be effective on what they are doing and are offering certifications to prove that you are making progress on  what your are doing.

We all know that every small to large companies are using computers to run their daily operations and even average class and middle class homes are... continue |
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Hard disk Bad Sectors How it can affect your PC and Fix it for good

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 10 Oct, 2010
If Windows XP detects Bad sectors in your computer, that would be a very bad news for you. Your computer will become erratic and would absolutelly make your life miserable you will experience constant hung ups while working on your computer.

What exactly is a bad sector in your hard disk?

Bad sectors are damaged sectors on your hard drive where the computer can not read or write data in it anymore. Sectors are sections on your hard disk which are... continue |
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What is Hard disk Cloning? Learn the purpose of Cloning your computer Hard Drive

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 08 Oct, 2010
You may not heard of Hard disk cloning and may have not used it for your daily job as a computer technician but i tell you what? This is the best way to make your IT job easier. You will save time and energy doing time consuming job in maintaining massive numbers of computers in your company or at home.

What is hard disk Cloning?

Hard disk cloning is a method of copying the entire contents of your hard drive or a... continue |
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What is the Life Expectancy of a Computer?

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 30 Sep, 2010

I've just bought my laptop recently and I wonder how long it lasts? I still kept the warranty certificate to be ready in case a problem occurs. But what is really the life expectancy of a computer whether a laptop or a desktop?

Generally, the length of time for every system that runs smoothly depends on the users. Usually, errors and data corruption happen only if the user doesn't properly use it. However, inescapably, we come across some troubles that we... continue |
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How to format a computer and install Windows XP for beginners

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 23 Sep, 2010
Do you have the guts to mess with your computer? if yes i will teach you how to format your computer nice and easy. You dont need to go to a computer repair shop and let the computer technician format your computer and then lose some money for the service rendered to your Personal computer. You might also end up spending alot of money than you least expected because if you end up with a unscrupulous computer technician he might... continue |
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Who invented the first computer?

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 23 Aug, 2010

            Did you know who invented the first computer? Maybe you have different answer from mine. This only shows that the creation of computers was very complicated and innovative. In my article, I will briefly discuss the history of the early computers.

            It was in 1936 when the first computer was invented and developed by the most promising creation of Konrad Zuse. Though it has been claimed that there were devices prior to it but it was the first ever... continue |
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Your computer is malfunctioning: What are instant troubleshooting procedures?

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 17 Aug, 2010

OMG! Your computer is not working! What are you going to do now? This sitution is a commonplace, however, what matters most is the way you react.

The problem of your computer might be trivial, so don’t overreact as if you are carrying the heaviest burden. Nevertheless, this small problem can lead to bigger ones if unattended or ignored.  Your remedy is the utmost. There are two possible causes of the malfunctions.

  1. User error – If you ... continue |
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How can you prevent your computer from troubles?

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 10 Aug, 2010
Can we possibly prevent computers from troubles? Have these problems occurred frequently? These have been the questions since computers started evolving in our daily lives. These problems have been piled up unless we can do something. Nevertheless, we don’t need to be a computer expert to maintain our computer in a good condition. But one thing is certain, preventive maintenance is far better than troubleshooting. Just systematically follow the guidelines I can share you in this article.

1. We need to... continue |
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What you need to do before you format your Computer

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 10 Aug, 2010
Your computer was working perfectly well but all of a sudden it starts behaving badly. You can not play your favorite online games or do your computer programming projects anymore it really pissed you off. What will be the first thing  to do to address a malfunctioning computer?

There are lots of first level approach in dealing with this kind of scenario you can begin by reading this When to format and Why you need to format a computer and... continue |
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Bad Effects of the Rarity of Laptop Repair Shops

By: Tesa Mari S. Sabao Posted: 30 Jul, 2010

Last week, I had my laptop broken. After checking it, I found out that the keyboards were broken. There aren’t scratches, or dents. The touch pad is also working just fine. However, each letter and number doesn’t appear in the monitor as I type each specific character. Oh, I just hated that moment. Considering the expensive laptop was just days old, now it has damage already. How I wish I could get back on whoever dropped it down the floor... continue |
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Ways in maintaining your laptop

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 25 Jul, 2010

Laptops are made for on the go users. A laptop and a desktop computer differ when it comes to the physical components but is almost the same when it comes to performance. Laptop parts are more sensitive compared to a desktop computer and it is also more expensive when it comes to repairs and upgrades. To avoid repairs that can cost you thousand of pesos, there are some tips in maintaining your laptop computer.

Free your laptop from dusts: Dust is... continue |
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Computer Hardware Upgrading Tips

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 15 Jul, 2010

Upgrading is the term used by computer users to add or replace hardware components to a better one to improve performance. Before upgrading your computer you must first know your hardware components. You must know your motherboard, CPU (Processor), RAM (memory), hard disk, video card and also your power supply. Most hardware components are upgradable but will still depend on your components. Below are some tips to help you in upgrading your computer.

Motherboard- When upgrading your motherboard, make sure to... continue |
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The pros and cons of internal and external storage drives

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 14 Jul, 2010

You are in a dilemma. You hardly make a decision whether internal storage drive is used or external storage device is more proper. Your decision signifies the needs and it is not only the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

 You must further be educated at first. It’s not because you need it or simply like external storage or internal but you have to consider as well some pros and cons of both. Let’s look at its both sides:

First, if you... continue |
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Important things to consider on buying a laptop

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 14 Jul, 2010

Looking around, I can see almost all students have their laptop with them. This has been the most useful and the best tool for their education. Laptops perform multi-task from their assignments to their projects as well as to their presentation in classrooms. They always find the workflow very smooth but productive and effective.

With the recent trend brought by technology, there can be no doubt that many students will buy their laptops sooner or later. For this reason, I can... continue |
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Tips To Prevent Computer Overheating

By: Mon Peter I. Damiles Posted: 13 Jul, 2010

During the start of the computer era, computer cases were having issues when it comes to cooling due to lack of fans and proper air flow. Earlier case designs are not effective when it comes to dissipating heat which caused many computer units to overheat. Heat buildup can cause various problems. It can cause your computer to hang, to restart, to shut down unexpectedly and most of all; it can really damage your hardware components.

One of the most common symptoms... continue |
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Gadget Buying Tip: 5 Factors You Need to Pick Satisfying Thingamajig

By: Tesa Mari S. Sabao Posted: 12 Jul, 2010

People get easily hooked with the hi-tech thingy bandwagon. Being exposed to advertisements and trendy friends can make you decide without thinking. Later when the excitement is over, you’ll discover out the blue that what you bought isn’t what you need. To avoid this kind of dilemma, consider these 5 wise equipping things:

Factor 1: Specific Reason

Ask yourself why are you buying? Do you really need that “so cool” gadget? If you really do, consider other alternative way in satisfying your... continue |
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Laptop or PC: What Would You Choose?

By: Tesa Mari S. Sabao Posted: 10 Jul, 2010

It’s so easy to buy, but to endure the consequences of unwise decision is different. It is difficult and utterly stressing. Others may choose laptop, while some may prefer PC. To tell you, there is no absolute choice. Whichever you’ll choose between personal computer and laptop, your decision should depend on your individual needs and present situation. This article will give you idea on when you should select laptop and what circumstances requires you to have PC.

Choose Laptop If…

…you really... continue |
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Philippines: A Dump Site for Pirated Gadgets?

By: Tesa Mari S. Sabao Posted: 29 Jun, 2010

Computers, laptops, cellphones, all these and more copycat gadgets from other countries are currently available in the market. Hidden business establishments continually progress by producing these illegal stuffs. Thanks to the light punishments. Everyone dares to step on against anti-piracy law as the bail is easy to gain with the illegal business’s earnings. Nope, the bail isn’t heavy enough to stop unlawful copying. I won’t even be surprised if it’s already considered as a part of the capital in running... continue |
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How to clean a virus infected computer!

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 27 Jun, 2010
In the event that your computer is infected with a computer virus then gone are those days where you can smoothly browse the internet or work with your projects hassle free and without any distractions.

How do you know that your computer is infected wih a virus?
  • One obvious symptom is your computer slows down dramatically.
  • You can not run your computer application normally. Your program will occasionally crash
  • Your computer reboots all the time unexpectedly.
  • and Finally your computer will drop... continue |
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Why is my computer getting too slow today but too fast yesterday?

By: Megan B. Bolivar Posted: 23 Jun, 2010

Having a computer in your home will give you a great deal of excitement especially if you are one of those people who engage themselves in doing researches or computer works such as doing assignments, projects or simply surfing the web for fun.

Computers are not built to be used by any people without experiencing troubles or errors, You may one day use your computer smoothly and then all of a sudden you are encountering computer problems which you never... continue |
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Anti virus - the best PC doctor

By: Melissa Reyes Posted: 11 Jun, 2010

       We can’t deny the fact that the number of computer users is increasing. These computers may be used in the workplaces, at schools and at homes. Simultaneously, the number of internet surfers increases. This is visible evidence that we are now living in a world of technology. Nevertheless, these so-called computer users ignore  the possible consequences and other oncoming threats side by side. For instance, the viruses though they are not harmful at first, but eventually spread and multiplied... continue |
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Buying Your Own Computer: Getting the Pre-built or Building your Own

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 30 Mar, 2010

Maybe you are planning to purchase your personal desktop computers.   It’s great that you found this article before buying one.   I want you to take a look and consider which is the best way or option to choose in getting your own computer.

This article will give you an idea which to consider in buying your own computer.  The prebuilt or packaged computers or buying different parts and built your own computer.  Which is better?

I will try to give you pros... continue |
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NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 19 Feb, 2010

Nowadays, you can see more and more computers everywhere you go.  From your house, to the office, supermarket, subway, school, etc.  People are becoming computer dependent.  Well in fact most of our tasks are commonly done with the use of computer.

 With this, most computer manufacturer never stop their research and development to further enhance the capability of our existing computers.

 Most of the software available in the market has excellent graphical user interface. Also, most of us are getting much interested... continue |
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The Nvidia Ion: Early Dose of Technology

By: Ryan Elvin O. De Guzman Posted: 12 Feb, 2010

Nvidia is the world’s leading developer of complex, high performance GPU (Graphic Processing Unit), a visual processing technology that delivers high performance graphic solution in your desktop PC, gaming consoles and mobile devices.

Focusing in the world of mobility, Nvidia has created a much higher level of integrated graphics technology for small computers because most of our operating system today is high in graphics interface. Perhaps this technology is the stepping stone to the next level of high performance mobile devices... continue |
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Why ink refills are becoming popular?

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 25 Jan, 2010
The available number of computers is increasing so fast that the high demand of printer was also observed lately. Where ever you go you will see computer terminals and most of it has printer. Most of these printers use refill ink instead of the original ink.

We are all aware of the use of refill ink. For some they may call it low quality ink or pirated ink. Also, many of us would think that refill inks are substandard. Its print... continue |
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Why Computer Users are Choosing Laptop?

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 19 Jan, 2010
Everywhere I go, I see more and more people are using laptop. Actually I have this conclusion, where there are Wi-Fi spots, there are numerous laptop users. Do I sound familiar?

But then what it is with laptop why most users are hooked into it? We all know laptop price are not that cheap it is something that sounds expensive, and indeed really expensive. So join me as we find out reasons why it is popular in our generation.

Desktop computers innovations... continue |
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Why LCD monitor?

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 19 Jan, 2010
Nowadays most desktop computers come with LCD monitor regardless of its size. Even most of the televisions are already flat screen.

What is with LCD that it is already grasped with most computer manufacturer? What are the advantages it can give the user compare with the traditional CRT monitor? Is there any drawback of having an LCD monitor?

If you go around, most of the banks, supermarkets, mall most of the counters uses LCP screen for their cash registers. Most of the... continue |
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What is router?

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 15 Jan, 2010
Many will agree if I will say that Internet was one of the greatest developments in the 20th century. It allows people around the world to communicate in a snap of their fingers. Most residences anywhere in the world have Internet connection, and most of them share the connection over different computer terminal.
In this article I will give you a glimpse of how the router device helps the computer user to connect with other terminal and share Internet access.
Let me... continue |
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Cleaning your computer and its parts

By: Vianca C. Villar Posted: 10 Jan, 2010
Keeping your computers and its parts clean is one sure way of keeping it healthy and running efficiently. Proper maintenance is the key in ensuring your hardware delivers its optimum performance. Let this article teach you a few pointers of the things you need to consider and do to achieve such.
This leads us to our first question, how often should I clean my computer? Answer, it depends on several factors such as location (school, office, industry) users and other... continue |
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The Things You Should Know Before Buying A Laptop Computer

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 29 Dec, 2009
At present, most individuals opt to buy a laptop rather than a desktop computer because it is handy and its function is almost similar to a desktop. If you are planning to buy a laptop for you, you might want to consider reading this article to have an idea of the things you have to consider. It will give you an overview of the standard criteria that an individual should learn to have the ideal laptop unit that will cater... continue |
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Some reasons why your computer is very slow

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 29 Dec, 2009
When you buy a new computer you will be impressed on its fast performance or total efficiency. But after several months, you will start wondering what is wrong with your PC. It is now performing very slow, when you open your computer you experienced very slow start-up and when you started working everything is getting slow. The big question is what is going on with your computer.

Let me give you some scenario to answer that question. Sooner you will realize... continue |
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Why is my computer running slow?

By: Vianca C. Villar Posted: 22 Dec, 2009
Does it take longer than usual now to open or run programs on your computer? If you answered yes to that question, you might want to sit down and read through this article to pinpoint its cause and what you can do to solve the problem.
Decreased computer performance is attributed to one major factor, its registry. Hence, the equation, (slow computer =corrupt registry).
The registry is considered the computer's huge database, for it keeps all information in its system, including... continue |
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Practical Ways to Take Care of your Laptop

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 19 Dec, 2009
As the saying goes "prevention is always better that cure", same goes in taking good care of our laptop. This article will provide basic practical that you can follow to protect your laptop and keep it in good shape.

1. Always bear in your mind that you have to keep your laptop away from any liquid. Water spill is very hazardous that it can totally damage your unit. You can drink but make sure you will place the bottle away from... continue |
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Things to Consider Before Buying a Computer

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 19 Dec, 2009
You might be on your planning stage before buying a computer. Let me help you in your decision making as I enumerate the things that you might consider before buying a computer. I will be giving you some tips in a point of view of an end user.

Most of us, we always consider the budget. How much is your budget for this project? Everything will follow if you're decided on this matter. Are you decided how much will be allotted... continue |
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What you need to know about your laptops…

By: Vianca C. Villar Posted: 14 Dec, 2009

So, you bought a new laptop or are planning to buy one? Before you go all gaga in spending a year's worth of savings on technology's creation or swiping that credit card for your very first purchase these are just a few things you need to consider in making sure that you have everything you'll ever need in that portable PC and keep it running smoothly. Hard drive, Cache and Memory

First, let's look at the hard drive, as you may... continue |
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A Glimpse of the Core Processors

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 07 Dec, 2009
Technologies change very fast from one model to another. Let us consider the development of computer as well with the laptops. At first we have Celeron, Pentium and now the Core processors for Intel.

Most of the new laptop and computer models contain Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core inside, or Pentium D. But are you aware of it's' technology and structure? Does each differ from one another? The big question is which is the best for your needs?

This article will... continue |
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Computer Error Beep Codes

By: Ailene B. Misa Posted: 01 Dec, 2009

Have you experience turning on your computer and nothing appears on your screen? To your surprise you start hearing beep sounds? You start wondering what is that sound, and you start to panic. Your computer is trying to communicate to you through those beeps. As a computer user, you should learn to interpret each beep sound.


Beep codes are installed/programmed in your Basic Input Output System (BIOS). It is a unique chip in your motherboard. Even though we have different... continue |
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How to Troubleshoot a Dead Motherboard/Computer

By: Joseph Alderete Posted: 01 Jun, 2009
This is one of the best practice to troubleshoot SYSTEM BOARD

1.Reset the bios
2.Check the power supply
3. Make sure you didnt over tighten the screws.
4. Make sure that the mb standoffs are only in the places where there are holes. if not it can short the Motherboard.
5. Check for loose screws
6. Verify in the manual that the Power Switch is on the correct pins
7. Verify that the switch works. You can do that by finding the pins where the power switch... continue |
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