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Windows 8 for Dummies - Pocket EditionI freely admit it. I’m not the biggest fan of Windows 8. I tried out the beta test version and thought “Well, it’s not quite finished.” I tried the release candidate version and thought “Well, maybe they’ll fix it before release.” Now I’m running the retail version and saying “Ugh, this thing is a mess.”

If you’re not familiar with the changes in Windows 8, it’s essentially Microsoft trying to get everyone to start using touch-screen devices. Don’t get me wrong…the new OS works great on the new MS Surface tablets. But, using an operating system optimized for touch on a laptop or desktop computer is proving to be more frustrating than innovative. They even have touchscreen-equipped¬†¬†laptops and desktops out now that allow you to “experience Windows 8 the way it was designed”. Continue reading “Get Windows 8 for Dummies e-book for free!”

Getting Rid of the ol’ Desktop – Laptop Buyers Guide

I can remember back in the mid-90’s waiting in anticipation of the Sunday newspaper. It would show up at my doorstep (or in the bushes, or occasionally on the roof depending on my paperboy) at 7am sharp. I would grab the giant bundle on sight, rip off the cheap green rubber band, plop on the couch, and dig in. Front-page news? Who cares. Political section? In the trash. Sports? Tossed it over my shoulder. The meat of the paper…and the entire goal of my newspaper subscription…was always located in the center: the Best Buy flyer. Continue reading “Getting Rid of the ol’ Desktop – Laptop Buyers Guide”

The Student Laptop Guide

I was at a local electronics dealer this weekend that shall remain nameless (rhymes with Rest Rye), and noticed a lot of middle aged people seeking out blue shirted sages asking for advice on laptops for their kids. Some wanted something to “type reports on,” some wanted something to take to college, and some just wanted something for basic Internet access. A lot of different answers were being handed out…both sound and cringe-worthy. When buying a computer for school, there are a few key areas one needs to consider. Keep these tips in mind and your school-bound students won’t end up with a frowny face: Continue reading “The Student Laptop Guide”