Q&A: Why is the Internet not working on my laptop?

internetQuestion from Caleb H.:  Rick, I have a Dell laptop that’s running Windows 7. It’s connected to the Internet with a LAN cable plugged into my router (it’s an older router and not wireless, but it works great).

I know the router and modem are working fine because my desktop PC can load web pages with no problem at all.

The laptop was working fine last night, but when I woke it up from sleep mode this morning I couldn’t load any websites or check my email even though the little indicator in the lower-right corner of the screen says I have an active connection to the Internet.

What do I need to do to get my Internet connection working again? Rebooting the PC didn’t help. Thanks in advance.

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How to ‘unpost’ an embarrassing Facebook post before anyone sees it

facebook-undo-logoHave you ever published a status update, a photo, or a link on Facebook only to immediately have second thoughts about it?

If so, you probably deleted the post as quickly as possible, hoping that you got rid of it before any of your friends had a chance to see it.

Truth be told, most of us have published an embarrassing post at one time or another. It happens.

Luckily, if you use Google Chrome you can give yourself a brief moment of reflection after clicking the “Post” button before the post actually goes live, and change your mind if you end up thinking better of it. [Continue Reading]

Use an IP Camera and your mobile device to monitor your house while on vacation

ip-cameraAre you planning on taking a well-deserved vacation but worry about vandals and burglars ransacking your home while you’re gone? Unfortunately, in today’s world that is a very valid concern.

A good alarm system is a great deterrent, but an inexpensive and strategically placed IP camera can let you keep an “eye” on your house while you’re out of town using your smart phone, tablet or laptop computer.

IP cameras work by transmitting video and/or still images to your Wi-Fi router, allowing you to monitor the area that’s in view of the camera from anywhere in the world via your mobile device. [Continue Reading]

Get this awesome 128GB USB 3.0 thumb drive for just $44 – with free shipping!

winten-128gb-thumb-driveWouldn’t it be nice to have an inexpensive 128GB SSD that plugs into a USB port and fits in your shirt pocket? Well, while you can now buy external SSD’s that do fit in your pocket, they’ll set you back a pretty penny.

But you do have a less expensive alternative. With the blazing fast speed of the USB 3.0 interface, a high capacity thumb drive truly is almost like having a portable SSD that you can carry with you anywhere and plug into virtually any PC. [Continue Reading]

Instantly get the current time in virtually any city or town in the world with Google

google-logoHave you ever found yourself calculating the current time in some far off locale, only to discover later that your calculation missed the mark by a mile?

Well, thanks to our friends at Google we can instantly get the current time for virtually any city or town on the planet. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

Review: TrafficSwarm (website traffic generation service)

trafficswarm-logoAs a blogger, I know how important it is to have lots of people visiting your website. After all, a site that no one ever visits is pretty much useless, especially if you hope to make money with it.

If your website is new you’ve probably spent some time searching Google for ways to increase the number of visitors you have coming to it on a daily basis. And if that’s the case, chances are you’ve come across a service called TrafficSwarm.

In a nutshell, TrafficSwarm is a “traffic exchange” service. Website owners sign up and place an “ad” for their website in the TrafficSwarm database. Then they peruse a page filled with ads for other sites, and click on those ads to visit the sites. Every “visit” to another site earns credits that are redeemed in exchange for your ad being displayed in the list. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I transfer the photos from my dead laptop to my new one?

anker-sata-to-usb-adapterQuestion from Barbara E.:  Rick, my two year old Acer laptop wouldn’t come on the other day so I took it to the Geek Squad to have it checked out. They said the motherboard was bad and that it wasn’t worth fixing, so I bought a new laptop.

The problem is I have literally thousands of photos on the dead laptop’s hard drive that I desperately need to get off of it and onto my new Laptop. The Geek Squad said they can do it but it’ll cost me 1/3 what I paid for the new computer!

I really can’t afford to pay that much, but I REALLY need my pictures. Do you know of a way that I can retrieve the photos myself? If you can tell me how I’ll be forever grateful!!

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Q&A: Will a new battery fix my laptop?

hp-envy-13-batteryQuestion from Danielle H.:  I have a 5 year old HP Envy 13 laptop that works fine when it’s plugged into the wall with the charger, but if I unplug the charger it shuts off almost immediately.

Do you think replacing the battery would fix the problem or do you think there’s something else wrong?

Rick’s answer: Yes Danielle, the problem is almost certainly a bad battery. If the charger was bad it wouldn’t run the laptop at all, and if the laptop itself was bad it wouldn’t run regardless of whether it was using battery power or AC power.

You have several options available to you for buying a replacement laptop battery for your HP Envy 13: [Continue Reading]