How to get free 2-day shipping on ALL of your Christmas gifts when you buy from Amazon

amazon-prime-logoThese days many of us choose to do much of our Christmas shopping online since it allows us to shop from home and save gasoline while avoiding the frustration of navigating the crowded stores.

As the world’s largest and busiest online marketplace, Amazon gets a massive chunk of the online Christmas shopping business. Why? Because their selection can’t be beat, they offer competitive prices on literally millions of products, and their return policy is one of the best around.

Amazon also makes it easy to get free 2-day shipping on most anything you want to buy. Simply sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime, and anything you order between Thanksgiving and Christmas day will come with free 2-day shipping as long as the order page(s) say the item(s) carries the Amazon Prime designation. [Continue Reading]

Great Deal: Save $80 on an Acer G276HL Gbd 27-Inch Widescreen Monitor

daily-deal-2If you’ve been dreaming about replacing your small monitor with one that has a larger, wider screen, this is the deal for you!

Right now Amazon is selling a very nice 27 inch flat panel monitor for way less than $200!

The Acer G276HL Gbd 27-Inch Widescreen Monitor provides plenty of room for viewing multiple windows and apps at once, which means less clicking and higher productivity.

This monitor is bright, with vivid colors, and it has a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. It will connect to any computer that has a standard DVI-D port.

Click here to read more about this awesome deal on a great wide screen monitor at Amazon, including over 700 user reviews.

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links.

Review: Acer Aspire E15 15.6-Inch Laptop

acer-aspire-e15In times past, the typical budget laptop came stuffed with cheap, inferior components that made for a frustratingly slow and inefficient computing experience. But times have changed.

Nowadays even the cheapest of laptops offer plenty of speed and power for everyday computing tasks.

I recently had the opportunity to check out a very affordable budget laptop from Acer, and overall I believe it’s a great machine for the money.

The Acer Aspire E15 is an attractive, sleek looking laptop that has everything the typical user will need in order to surf the Internet, peruse Facebook and Twitter, watch videos on Youtube, send and receive email, use Microsoft Office, edit photos and much, much more. [Continue Reading]

Here’s a quick and hassle-free way to sell your used Apple gear!

sell-your-mac-dot-com-logoDo you have one or more working, but no longer needed Apple products sitting around just collecting dust?

If so, did you know that you can easily sell them and get a fair price without the risk and hassle of meeting some stranger off of Craigslist? will give you an instant online quote on your used Apple gear.

All you have to do is describe the item and its condition by answering a few simple questions, then instantly receive an estimate of how much will give you for it. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why is the ‘Update Now’ link in AWstats missing?

awstats-logoQuestion from Francessa H.:  Hi Rick. I have a problem with my WordPress blog and I hope you can help me fix it.

My blog was hosted with BlueHost for several years, but a few weeks ago I switched to Site5 with CPANEL.

When the blog was on BlueHost I could click the “Update Now” link in AWstats and it would immediately update my blog stats. But the “Update Now” link has been missing ever since I switched to Site5.

How can I get that link back? I like checking my stats a couple of times each day and without the update link I have to wait for the stats to be updated over night.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

How to manually enable TRIM support in Windows

microsoft-windowsTRIM is a feature in Windows 7 and above that immediately frees up the space on a solid state drive (SSD) that was previously occupied by a deleted file.

This allows Windows to re-use those no longer needed memory locations right away instead of having to search for unused locations elsewhere on the drive.

In a nutshell, having TRIM enabled keeps your SSD from slowing down with regular use, and it makes the drive last longer to boot. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I transfer the Windows license from my dead laptop to a new PC?

windows-7Question from Leonard M.:  I have a 3 year old HP laptop that recently got ruined when my basement bedroom flooded. I was told that it can’t be fixed.

I’m planning to build a new desktop PC from a bare bones kit and I’m hoping I can install the Windows 7 that came with the dead laptop on it because I really don’t want to switch to Windows 8.

Will I be able to install my old Windows 7 on the new computer? I have a set of restore DVDs that I made from the laptop when I first got it.

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How to install a Solid State Drive (SSD) in your laptop

SSDI recently wrote a post explaining the benefits of replacing your hard drive with an SSD (Solid State Drive), the greatest of which is the amazing speed increase you’ll receive by replacing spinning platters and read/write heads with lightning-fast memory chips.

You might recall that in that post I recommended paying a PC Tech to swap them out for you, but since then I’ve had a couple of emails from folks who really wanted to try upgrading their laptops themselves, prompting me to decide to write this post explaining the procedure. [Continue Reading] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to