Great Deal: Get $60 off this Brother Laser Printer with Duplex Printing and Wireless Networking

daily-deal4Amazon has been running some fantastic specials on laser printers of late, and today’s deal is one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time.

Right now you can purchase the awesome Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer with Duplex Printing and Wireless Networking for only $79.99. That’s a whopping 43% off!

This printer can churn out black and white documents at up to 27 pages per minute, and it can print on both sides of the paper at once. Throw in the wireless networking feature and you have a true winner.

Click here to read more about this fantastic deal on a truly awesome printer at Amazon.

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Q&A: Where can I find Windows 8.1 Wireless LAN Drivers for my HP Pavilion dv4000?

windows-8-1Question from Howard L.:  Rick, I’m hoping you can help me out. After Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP I decided to install Windows 8.1 on my HP Pavilion dv4000 CTO laptop. I really love this computer and I hate to give it up!

Since this PC is so old I didn’t know how well it would work with Windows 8.1, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It actually seems to run faster than it did with XP. But there’s one problem. [Continue Reading]

How to choose the best Surge Protector for your computer and other devices

surge-protector-2Most everyone has lost at least one appliance or electronic device due to a power surge or lightning strike at some point, but a quality surge protector can help protect your valuable equipment from damage during the next one (and believe me, there WILL be a next one).

For maximum protection, it’s essential that you choose the best surge protector for the device(s) in question.

And when it comes to surge protectors, the “best” doesn’t automatically mean the most expensive. Some high-end (i.e. expensive) models actually offer less real protection against power surges and lightning strikes than some of their lower priced counterparts. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: What does the term ‘brick your phone’ mean?

brickQuestion from Betty C.:  I read an article suggesting that everyone needs to keep the software on their smart phones up to date. It also said to be careful not to ‘brick your phone’ while you’re updating it. Can you tell me what they mean by that? Thanks.

Rick’s answer:  Betty, most modern electronic devices have computer chips inside that make the devices do whatever it is that they were designed to do. And just like a regular computer, the CPU in those devices must have a body of computer code (i.e. a program) to execute in order to complete those tasks. [Continue Reading]

Review: Acer Aspire E15 15.6-Inch Laptop

acer-aspire-e15In times past, the typical budget laptop came stuffed with cheap, inferior components that made for a frustratingly slow and inefficient computing experience. But times have changed.

Nowadays even the cheapest of laptops offer plenty of speed and power for everyday computing tasks.

I recently had the opportunity to check out a very affordable budget laptop from Acer, and overall I believe it’s a great machine for the money.

The Acer Aspire E15 is an attractive, sleek looking laptop that has everything the typical user will need in order to surf the Internet, peruse Facebook and Twitter, watch videos on Youtube, send and receive email, use Microsoft Office, edit photos and much, much more. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Is there a way to silence a noisy mouse?

silent-mouseQuestion from Margie:  My computer is in our bedroom and my mouse makes a loud clicking sound that drives my husband up the wall when he’s trying to sleep.

I tried the instructions from several articles I found online about silencing the mouse in the Control Panel, but nothing works. I believe the mouse itself is generating the clicking sound.

Do you know of any way to make it stop making that irritating clicking noise?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Track your packages the easy way – with Google!

google-logoIf you receive a lot of packages that are shipped by UPS, Fedex or the U.S. Postal Service, you are no doubt familiar with the process of tracking your packages via the handy tools on their respective websites.

But did you know there is a faster, easier way? [Continue Reading]

New computer? Prepare for having it serviced by creating an info packet!

pc-data-cardDoes this scenario sound familiar? You buy a new computer, take it home, set it up and begin using it.

Everything works just fine for several months, but then one morning it just refuses to boot into Windows. Try as you might, you can’t get the system to come up. Oh well, time to send it on for repair, right?

But then a question pops into your mind: Is the computer still under warranty? You know you’ve had it close to a year, but is the warranty still in effect? Did you spring for the extended warranty when you bought it? No problem, you’ll just get that information right off of the receipt.

Uh-oh, you can’t find the receipt! What to do now? [Continue Reading]