Call Control – Stop telemarketing and nuisance calls with this free Android app

call-control-logoHave you started receiving SPAM calls from unscrupulous telemarketers? Are you being called at the most inopportune times by bill collectors? Or perhaps you’re getting harassing calls in the middle of the night from someone who has made it his/her mission in life to make yours as miserable as possible?

If so, you need Call Control, a free Android app that automatically blocks calls from known “bad” numbers such as telemarketers, scammers, debt collectors and more. You can even add numbers on your own to prevent absolutely anyone at all from calling you if you simply would rather not talk to them.

With Call Control, you can set your phone to handle unwanted calls in one of three ways: [Continue Reading]

Review: Samsung T1 Portable 1TB USB 3.0 External SSD

samsung-t1-portable-1-tb-usb-3-0-external-ssdIf you’re like me, you have probably dreamed about having a portable USB drive that can store as much data as a hard drive yet transfer data back and forth at SSD-like speeds. Up until now, that dream was little more than a fantasy.

Well, we can now stop dreaming. The new Samsung T1 Portable 1TB USB 3.0 External SSD provides a whopping 1TB of storage, and when plugged into a USB 3.0 port it’s so fast that you’ll be hard-pressed to tell that you aren’t using an internal SSD!

When Samsung says this is a portable drive, they aren’t kidding. It’s small enough in fact to easily and comfortably fit in a shirt or pants pocket. What’s more, it only weighs 1 ounce. Yes, you read that right – 1 ounce!

Check out the photo below to get an idea of just how compact this drive really is: [Continue Reading]

My top 20 favorite free tools for maintaining and repairing your PC

bsodKnowing how to keep your PC running smoothly and doing your own repairs is a lot of fun as well as a real money saver. I’ve been working on computers for well over 30 years but I still gain a lot of satisfaction every time I fix someone’s computer.

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to the inner workings of a PC and the software that runs on it, and knowing how to put those skills to work in the most efficient manner possible is half the battle. The other half of the battle is knowing which tools can help us complete the task at hand when we need to work on a computer.

Luckily, a great number of the tools used to maintain and repair PCs are absolutely free. I have written about most of these tools before, but I thought it might be a good idea to list them all in a single, comprehensive post for quick and easy access. To that end, here are 20 of my favorite free tech tools: [Continue Reading]

A real-world example of why I recommend a Battery Backup Unit for your computer equipment

battery-backupI receive dozens of emails every day from readers of this blog, most of them requesting assistance with computer problems or offering suggestions for posts on the blog.

I also receive quite a few messages offering feedback on one of my posts, and I always appreciate them. I received a very nice message just this morning from Suzanne F. from Australia, and I’d like to share it with you: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How do I delete my Facebook search history?

facebook-logoQuestion from Alveda G:  I found out through a mutual friend that my ex recently broke into my Facebook account and checked my search history to see if I was trying to hook up with any old boyfriends. I do NOT like that!!

I didn’t even know Facebook recorded the things you search for. Is there any way to delete my search history? And is there a way to prevent Facebook from saving it in the first place?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: EaseUS EverySync 2.0 File Synchronization Software

everysync-2-0-logoThese days it seems that we have files stored everywhere. Such is life in our high-tech world.

Many of us find ourselves switching between our computers and mobile devices, working on the same files on multiple devices and trying our best to manage those files and keep them up-to-date as we go along.

In an effort to make that juggling act a little easier to manage, I recently began checking out a file sync software utility from the folks at EaseUS that keeps all of your files updated automatically on all of your devices, plus any cloud storage that you use. It’s called EverySync 2.0, and I am extremely pleased with how well it performs. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I find out how much RAM my computer can use?

ramQuestion from Gene S.:  Rick, I have a 3 year old home-built PC running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro. It has 4 GB of RAM in at the moment, but with memory sticks being so cheap these days I’d really like to max it out.

How can I find out how much memory this computer can use since it doesn’t really have a brand/model to look up?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Speed up your slow laptop with an inexpensive Solid State Hybrid Drive

hybrid-driveI’ve written several posts in the past explaining how you can speed up your computer dramatically by replacing its hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD). Installing an SSD is, quite literally, the best single upgrade you can make on virtually any computer.

That being said, installing an SSD in a laptop does have a downside…

Byte for byte, large capacity SSDs are still pretty expensive when compared to even the smallest modern day hard drives, and since most laptops only have one drive bay, leaving your larger hard drive installed to hold your data isn’t usually an option. [Continue Reading]