Great Deal: Get a super-fast 120 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for less than $50!

daily-dealI have written several posts in the past explaining how much much faster your computer will run if you replace the hard drive with a super-fast SSD. Simply put, the speed difference will amaze you.

Today, Amazon is selling a great Silicon Power S70 120GB SSD for a mere $49.99, and they’ll ship it to you for  free!

This is an excellent drive that will fit most any laptop right out of the box, and most any desktop PC by placing it in an inexpensive 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive converter bracket.

If you’ve been wanting to put your computer in overdrive by upgrading to a solid state drive, here’s you chance to do it at a great price!

Click here to read more about this awesome deal at Amazon.

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Q&A: Can I transfer the Windows license from my dead laptop to a new PC?

windows-7Question from Leonard M.:  I have a 3 year old HP laptop that recently got ruined when my basement bedroom flooded. I was told that it can’t be fixed.

I’m planning to build a new desktop PC from a bare bones kit and I’m hoping I can install the Windows 7 that came with the dead laptop on it because I really don’t want to switch to Windows 8.

Will I be able to install my old Windows 7 on the new computer? I have a set of restore DVDs that I made from the laptop when I first got it.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

How to install a Solid State Drive (SSD) in your laptop

SSDI recently wrote a post explaining the benefits of replacing your hard drive with an SSD (Solid State Drive), the greatest of which is the amazing speed increase you’ll receive by replacing spinning platters and read/write heads with lightning-fast memory chips.

You might recall that in that post I recommended paying a PC Tech to swap them out for you, but since then I’ve had a couple of emails from folks who really wanted to try upgrading their laptops themselves, prompting me to decide to write this post explaining the procedure. [Continue Reading]

How to adjust the volume for individual programs and apps on your PC

volume-iconSometimes it can seem like your PC’s volume control has a mind of its own.

For example, you turn the volume up to a comfortable level while listening to music only to have your ears blasted to oblivion when an ad starts playing in your web browser.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Windows Volume Mixer makes it easy to set a custom volume level for every program that’s running on your computer. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

How to Right-Click on a Chromebook

acer-c720-chromebookChromebooks are gobbling up an ever-larger chunk of the laptop market these days thanks to their low cost and exceptional ease of use. These little gems are fast, and they work extremely well.

While the learning curve involved with switching from Windows to Google’s Chrome OS is virtually non-existent, there is one very simple Windows task that gives many first-time users trouble. It’s the seemingly simple “Right-Click”! [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I prevent my Facebook friends from knowing that I have read their messages?

facebook-logoQuestion from Lexie V.:  I get tons of messages from my Facebook friends, and I always try to read them as soon as possible.

That being said, there are times when I’d rather not let some senders know that I have read the messages they sent to me.

Is there any way to keep my friends from knowing that I have read the messages they sent me on Facebook?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I manage all the cords that are plugged into my computer?

anker-7-port-powered-usb-hubQuestion from Judy C.:  Rick, how do you manage so many cords on these stupid contraptions? They are confusing and they are dust collectors.

I’m wanting to rearrange the locations of all the parts of my computer setup, but I don’t even know where to begin. Right now, as I try to sort this out, I am using my mouse with my left hand.

I fear that if I start disconnecting things, I will never be able to put them together again. (Phone, hard drive, screen, scanner, router, some other boxes of some dang stuff.)

What do you recommend? Also, is there a way to shorten the cables?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Need a magnifiying glass? Use your smart phone!

magnificent-magnifier-logoDo you always have a magnifying glass handy when you need one? Me either. But I always have my smart phone with me, and I’m guessing you do too. A wonderful free Android app called Magnificent Magnifier turns your phone into a lighted magnifying glass!

With Magnificent Magnifier you can change power of the magnification and turn the light (your camera’s flash) on or off as needed. It’s pretty much as simple as that! You can download Magnificent Magnifier for free from the Google Play Store. [Continue Reading] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to