Review: Audio Technica ATLP60 USB Turntable

audio-technica-atlp60-usb-turntableDo you enjoy the retro sound of music played from a good old fashioned vinyl record? Or do you have a stack of old LPs and “single” records that you’s love to transfer onto CDs?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, a high-quality USB turntable will allow you to listen to your favorite vinyl records using the latest in modern audio technology.

I have checked out several very nice USB turntables, and one that I really like is the Audio Technica ATLP60 USB.

The sound quality produced by this turntable is superb, and the built-in pre-amplifer lets you plug it directly into a set of powered speakers or a stereo system with standard phono inputs. [Continue Reading]

HP recalls power cords for 6 million HP and Compaq laptops. Is yours one of them?

hp-logoHP has just announced the recall of approximately 6 million power cords belonging to HP and Compaq laptop owners in the USA and Canada.

The reason? They tend to overheat, leading to melting insulation – and even fires in some cases.

The “brick” section of the power cord and the wire that’s permanently attached to it appear to be fine. It’s the cord that plugs into and detaches from the “brick” that’s defective. [Continue Reading]

Google releases 64 bit version of the Chrome web browser

chrome-os-logoGoogle has finally released a 64 bit version of their popular Chrome web browser, and after putting it through its paces it appears to be a lot faster and more stable than the 32 bit version that we’ve all been using for so long.

Let me tell you, this is one fast browser!

There are other enhancements in the new version as well, one of my favorites being much crisper text on high-DPI monitors. But the increases in speed and stability are by far the most important of all the enhancements. [Continue Reading]

Review: Carbonite online backup service

carbonite-logoIf you’ve ever had a laptop stolen or suffered a hard drive crash, you already know that losing your precious photos, music, Word documents and other critical files is even worse than having to replace the hardware.

If you didn’t have a current backup, you most likely lost every scrap of your irreplaceable data. That’s why always having a current backup of your hard drive on hand is absolutely critical.

But did you know that just backing up your data onto an external hard drive isn’t enough? What happens if a fire or flood destroys your home and everything in it? In addition to your computer being destroyed, you’ll lose your backup drive too! [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How do I take a screenshot on my Chromebook?

chromebook-logoQuestion from Elisa G.:  Hi Rick! I love your site and I visit it every day to read your latest computer tips! Would you mind answering a question for me?

The screen in my old laptop stopped working and I replaced it with a Samsung Chromebook after reading about them in one of your posts. I love it because it does everything I need it to do without all the hassles that go with Windows.

Anyway, back to my question. Every once in a while I need to take a screenshot. It was easy on Windows Vista but I can’t figure out how to do it on my Chromebook. Can you tell me how to do it?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Skip those irritating voice mail instructions and go right to the beep!

cell-phone-keypadIf you’re like me you probably hate calling someone who doesn’t answer, especially if you need to leave a message.

Before you get to that magic beep, you first have to wait while the voice mail system plays the recipient’s personal greeting, and then you have to listen for another 10-15 seconds while it tells you how to leave a message.

If you’re wondering why all the major cell carriers require us to listen to the same boring voice mail instructions over and over again before allowing us to leave a simple message, it’s because it makes them a ton of money! [Continue Reading]

Review: ASUS ROG G750JZ-DS71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop

asus-rog-g750jz-ds71If you’re a “gamer” you understand the importance of raw hardware performance in a gaming PC. Well, I recently had the opportunity to check out the best gaming laptops I have ever seen.

The ASUS ROG G750JZ-DS71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop is a veritable gamer’s dream machine.

It comes standard with an Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4Ghz CPU, 24GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and a 256GB SSD. Yes, that’s right. This laptop comes with both a hard drive and a solid state drive!

The screen on this computer is a very nice 17.3″ FHD (1920*1080) anti-glare display that will really bring your graphics, videos and photos to life. [Continue Reading]

How to capture a screenshot of an entire web page in Google Chrome without scrolling

webpage-screenshot-logoHave you ever needed to create a screenshot of an entire web page, but the page was too long and/or wide to fit on the screen?

If so, you probably had to “capture” the current contents of the screen, scroll to display more of the page, “capture” that part of the page to a different image file, then repeat the process until you had a photo depicting every part of the web page.

Well, if you use Google Chrome, there’s an easy way to take a screenshot of an entire web page without having to scroll or capture multiple images. All you have to do is use an awesome free Chrome extension called Webpage Screenshot.

The instructions below explain how to install Webpage Screenshot and then use it to quickly and easily create a full-page screenshot of any web page. [Continue Reading]