Q&A: Does the number of cells in a laptop battery matter?

hp-envy-13-batteryQuestion from Anita F.:  Hi Rick. The battery in my HP laptop went bad and I need to order a new one. When I looked up the model number for my laptop on Amazon a thousand choices came up.

What really confuses me is the number of cells each battery has. Some are 4 cell, some 6 and some are 8.

Are more cells better? They seem to be more expensive as the number of cells go up. Is the extra cost worth it?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

RicksDailyTips Newsletter for Jan 21, 2017 – 5 tips for keeping your web browser running fast and safe

Hello again. I hope you had a fantastic week!

These days most home computers are used primarily to visit websites and perform other Internet-related tasks such as checking email and shopping online. Truth be told, a web browser is the only program that many users ever open.

If you depend on your favorite browser as much as I do, here are a few things you can do to keep it working fast and protecting your online accounts from hackers: [Continue Reading]

Afraid to install the awesome DD-WRT firmware on your router? No problem – buy one with it already on it!

buffalo-airstation-ac-1750Do you enjoy keeping up with the latest in technology?

If so, you probably know that replacing your router’s proprietary firmware with the free open-source DD-WRT firmware can increase your Wi-Fi speed, extend your wireless range and make your wireless connection more stable.

That being said, you might also be afraid to install DD-WRT on your own expensive router because of the very real chance that you might accidentally “brick” it.

Well, now you can actually buy a super-powerful wireless router that comes from the factory with DD-WRT already installed! [Continue Reading]

Picture of the Day: “Ducks on a Pond”

Today’s picture by photographer Joses Tirtabudi is a beautiful, yet simple reminder that life is precious, in all its countless forms.

These ducks might be just two of millions that are swimming around in various bodies of water around the globe, but they are God’s creations just the same as you and me. I believe they were put here with a purpose, even if only the Creator Himself fully understands what their purpose is.

But regardless of why they are here, they sure add a measure of beauty and grace to the world in which we live. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why they were put here in the first place.

Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

Camera: Canon EOS 55D
Focal length: 250mm
Shutter speed: 1/320 second
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400

Thanks for checking out the “Picture of the Day”!


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Many titles are absolutely free, and you won’t even need a Kindle device to enjoy them!

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9 tips for searching Google like a pro

google-logoThese days you can find virtually anything you’re looking for with a Google search, but the search results pages can be confusing and cluttered with results that have little or nothing to do with the topic you’re interested in.

But by using a few tricks you can eliminate many of the distracting listings and find the info you need in a jiffy.

Here are 9 tips for searching Google like a pro: [Continue Reading]

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