Love Bluegrass Music? Check out WorldWideBluegrass.com!

wwb-logoBluegrass is the music of choice for many who enjoy the magical combination of acoustic music and fine vocal harmonies.

In my humble opinion, anyone who has never heard good Bluegrass music performed live is surely missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Many artists who have already achieved great success in Country and other genres of music are now crossing over into Bluegrass, joining Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson and countless other Bluegrass greats in helping to promote the sounds of this wonderful music to the masses.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to World Wide Bluegrass, an awesome (and absolutely free) Bluegrass-only Internet radio station created by my friend Gracie Davis. [Continue Reading]

How to give Windows 10 a Windows 7 style Start Menu

Windows-10-logoMicrosoft dramatically changed the Windows user interface when they released Windows 8, and most users (myself included) didn’t like many of the changes.

To their credit, the folks up in Redmond listened to our feedback and made Windows 10 look and feel more like Windows 7. Most importantly, they brought back the beloved Start Menu.

The Windows 10 Start Menu is still a bit different from the Start Menu in Windows 7, but I actually like it better. But apparently not everyone agrees with me.

Every week I receive several emails from folks asking if there’s a way to force Windows 10 to use a Windows 7 style Start Menu.

Well, the answer to that question is yes. All you have to do is install a free utility called Classic Shell. Just follow the steps below: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I add an HDMI port to my laptop?

displayport-to-hdmi-cableQuestion from Kevin:  I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 laptop that I’d like to hook up to a spare 24 inch flat panel TV that I’m not using so I can watch Netflix on a larger screen.

The problem is the Thinkpad T520 does’t have an HDMI port. Is there any way to add HDMI to this laptop?

Rick’s answer:  Kevin, there are a couple of ways to add an HDMI port to your laptop, but you really don’t need to. [Continue Reading]

My 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 is a list of some of my favorite free tech tools: [Continue Reading]

Review: EaseUS Todo Backup Free

todo-backup-freeThese days our computers are loaded down with programs, apps, photos, videos and other files that we simply could never replace if something were to happen to our hard drive.

That’s why it’s so important to always have a current backup of your system at the ready.

All recent versions of Windows have decent backup capabilities built-in, and I have written several posts explaining how to use them. That being said, there are times when it helps to have something a lot more powerful and easier to use than Windows’ integrated backup tools. [Continue Reading]

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