Q&A: How do I get to the Power Options in Windows 8.1?

windows-8-1Question from Marcel Q.:  My old HP laptop stopped working a few days ago and I decided it was time to replace it instead of having it fixed (again!).

I bought a new Lenovo laptop and I like it OK, but making the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 is turning out to be a pain. It’s so different from earlier versions of Windows!

For 3 days now I’ve been trying to figure out how and where to adjust the power options. Can you tell me how to find them?

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‘HiJack Hunter’ helps you determine if malware has taken over your PC or changed critical system settings

hijack-hunter-logoDo you suspect that malware might be slowing down your PC or putting your data at risk, yet nothing is detected during a virus or spyware scan?

Or do you suspect that malware that was found and removed changed some of your Windows settings and/or disabled certain features such as the Task Manager or the ability to boot into Safe Mode?

Even the best anti-malware programs have a difficult time catching all the viruses, trojans and spyware that is out there today. That’s why it helps to have a low-level system scanner that can root out and report every single running process and detect any suspicious system activity. [Continue Reading]

Check out the awesome Jetson Electric Bike

jetson-electric-bikeDo you enjoy riding a bicycle, but wish your weary legs could take an occasional break from pedaling?

Do you long for a fun, safe and economical way to get from Point A to Point B?

Does most of your traveling involve scurrying around town to pick up a few items at the grocery store, visiting the library or making a short commute to work?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to check out the awesome Jetson Electric Bike!

The Jetson Electric Bike isn’t a motorcycle or a moped. It’s an honest-to-goodness bicycle that just happens to have an electric motor on it. [Continue Reading]

3 great “Back to School” tech deals for less than $250 each – including a Dell laptop!

Well, it’s hard to believe that the kids will be heading back to school in just a few short weeks!

That means it’s time to start shopping for some new clothes as well as a bushel of school supplies like spiral notebooks, pencils, glue sticks and sanitary wipes.

But the really serious shopping will be for the tech items the older kids will need. You know, the laptop and other goodies that are pretty much required these days. With that in mind, here are three suggestions to help you get started… [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I make my Tumblr posts private?

tumblr-logo-2Question from Ellis R.:  Rick, I just created a blog on Tumblr and I’d like to make it private. In other words I don’t want anyone except myself to see it.

I know this is a strange request, but I have a reason for it. So can you tell me how to make my blog private? I’d really appreciate it.

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If your laptop’s battery dies faster than it should, check your web browser!

chrome-os-logoIt has recently come to light that Google’s Chrome web browser (which I LOVE by the way) is a battery hog when used on a laptop, and this is something that I had preciously been totally unaware of.

I hadn’t noticed it because I do the vast majority of my work on a desktop PC, but after checking it out by running tests with my laptop, I can tell you that it is indeed true.

Apparently the culprit is something called the “System Clock Tick Rate”. In simplified terms, this is the rate at which the system “wakes up” a sleeping CPU to check to see if anything is going on that needs to be taken care of. [Continue Reading]

Now you can sign up for a Google+ account without using your real name

google-plus-logoHave you been wanting to sign up for a Google+ account, but you’re apprehensive about having to use your real name on your profile? Well now you don’t have to.

Google has finally lifted the “you must use your real name” restriction, something that potential users have been complaining about since the day the service was launched. [Continue Reading]

Review: SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SSD – A superfast drive with a 10 year warranty

sandisk-extreme-pro-240gb-ssdYou are probably already aware that a Solid State Drive (SSD) is a LOT faster than even the fastest spinning hard drives, but did you know that SSDs vary in speed from model to model?

Well, they do, and they’re getting faster all the time. SandDisk has just released the fastest consumer grade SSD line yet, the SanDisk Extreme PRO.

This drive really is a speedster, offering read and write speeds at up to 550MB/second and 520MB/second respectively. This drive will truly put your computer in the fast lane! [Continue Reading]