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One tool you should NEVER use on your laptop

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Unfortunately, it’s an accident that happens way more often than it should – a liquid gets spilled on a laptop. Water, soda, wine, beer, lemonade, whatever – obviously none of these things are a good thing for a computer. But then, in some cases, the owner of the laptop makes things worse by trying to […] Read more »

What do you do with an old laptop?

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Most people get a new computer every 3-5 years. Sometimes they might go longer than that, but that’s probably about the average. But I see a lot of people that have a stack of old laptops sitting in their office or their garage, just because they don’t know exactly how to get rid of them. […] Read more »

What happens when you close the lid on your laptop?

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Do you know what your laptop does when you close the lid without powering it down first? Does it shut it off, or put it to Sleep mode, or Hibernate, or maybe it does nothing at all?   It’s interesting to find out what people think about this process. Some people assume that when […] Read more »

The secret repair trick that techs don’t want you to know

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Recently a client called me in a panic, because he was in the middle of using his laptop and suddenly it shut off and now it wouldn’t boot up again. By all appearances, his laptop was just dead. Here’s how we handled it.   I have to tell you, I really love using this […] Read more »

How to make sure your laptop has a long life

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Obviously you want to make sure your computer lasts as many years as possible. And now, this is especially true if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 because if you buy a computer right off the shelf now it will most likely be running Windows 10. The laptops I sell are almost all […] Read more »

Fix for Dell laptop display brightness randomly changing

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If you have a Dell laptop, it might have a built-in “feature” called Ambient Light Sensor (I put “feature” in quotation marks intentionally). This is not really a widely advertised function so a lot of people don’t know about it. In fact, I personally was not aware of it until my friend Bob did some research […] Read more »

What is a laptop docking station?

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A laptop docking station can be a pretty handy thing, if you need one for your circumstances. What kind of computer user would find value in one of these things? Anyone that uses a laptop as their home computer, and also takes it with them to work or while traveling would benefit from a laptop […] Read more »

Cursor jumping around on your Windows laptop? Here’s the fix.

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My favorite kind of computer tips are those that address a particularly common and annoying problem, and solve that problem with a quick solution that’s easy to implement.  And preferably free.  Today is a great example of this kind of computer tip.   It’s a common complaint among laptop users.  The cursor seems to […] Read more »

Laptop best practices

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Your laptop computer represents a sizable investment, so it makes sense to take care of it and make it run well, and last as long as possible.  Here are some ways to make that happen. First of all, there are some practices that are standard procedure for any computer, whether it’s a laptop, desktop, […] Read more »

How to track your stolen laptop or phone

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One of the great advantages of having a laptop computer is the portability.  You can just pick it up and take it anywhere, and these days you can find a wifi signal in lots of public places.  However, there is a downside with that portability benefit – laptops are easily stolen.  One minute you are […] Read more »