10 Tech Tips from Pogue's TED Talk - NSI, CT

By Tom McDonald | May 8, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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New York Times Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users in less than six minutes in this video from TED, February 2013.  In this quick and entertaining talk, Pogue points out that we are handed computers, and told to get to work with no standardized training or testing.  He goes on to share ten tech tips that almost everyone is “supposed” to know, such as:

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Lenovo Leads as Most Reliable Laptop Brand with Asus Trailing Close Behind

By Tom McDonald | Jun 15, 2011 10:05:00 AM

RescueCom has released their quarterly report outlining the top 5 Laptop brands based on quality. Lenovo laptops ranked highest with a score of 254, followed by Asus with 242. Toshiba took third with 164, followed by Apple with 149 and HP with 122.

RescueCom is a computer repair center and has been recording their data since 2006. They determine each brand’s reliability rating by looking at 3 different factors:

  • Looking at each brands market share in that given time period compare to the percentage of repair calls for that specific brand
  • Component Quality used within the laptops; the better the quality of the components the less likely they are going to fail
  • Likelihood the customer will need a third party support on their PC; a lack of manufacturer support sends more customers to third party vendors for support
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15 Run Commands to Help You Become a Power User

By Tom McDonald | Jun 10, 2011 10:28:00 AM

A power user is someone who uses the advanced features of the OS that a "normal" user wouldn't need access to. For many power users, getting to the right menu's and utilities as quickly as possible is a must have. Below is a list of 15 Run Commands that every power user should be acquainted with.

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Increase Mobile Productivity with PortableApps

By Tom McDonald | May 23, 2011 4:13:00 PM

Hate having to sit down at someone’s PC just to find that they don’t have a common program you need in order to finish the job. PortableApps has you covered by allowing you to download and install a wide array of common programs onto a flash drive. PortableApps has a large library of preconfigured applications ready for install that can be taken anywhere with you. All you have to do is download the installer and choose any of the apps that have already been configured; this then installs them onto any flash drive you want and al the files are configured to work without needing any files from the Windows OS. Meaning that any app you use from the flash drive will run without needing to first install it on the computer your using, and it also won’t leave behind any data when you leave.

PortableApps has both Chrome and Firefox as supported web browsers, allowing you to configure your browser with all the extensions and settings you need without having to mess with your friends/clients computer. What makes this even more powerful is people with privacy concerns who need to access a public computer, but would rather not use the web browser installed on the computer in fear of having their person info stolen.

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