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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Setting Up New Computer

1. Transfer your important data to a flash drive or get an external hard drive. Do this as soon as you know you are going to replace your old PC. This will give you a backup source for all the info you need.

2. Use special cables for PC to PC data transfer to make things easier for you. However, you can get by with an external storage device. You also can turn the old hard drive into an external hard drive for your new computer. Check online or at local computer stores for an external hard drive enclosure that lets you use an internal hard drive as an external drive.

3. If your old hard drive is fried, do not throw it away yet. Contact a local computer shop and see if they can retrieve important data that you need.

4. If you use a fax machine or telephone software you probably need to buy an external USB modem. Many new computers do not have phone modems because high-speed broadband rules nowadays. These modems are not expensive but make sure that your software will work with the modem you buy.

5. Most new PCs only come with trial versions of office programs and you will have to buy new or reinstall your old programs. Gather up all your software product key info that you plan to transfer to the new PC. Place all this info into a text document and put it on the desktop of your new computer for easy access.

6. Transfer your browser bookmarks or favorites. Check the help section of your new browser and search for “import bookmarks”. It will show you exactly what you need to do.

7. Before you go online, check to see that your antivirus software is working. If you have a paid version (from the old PC) you may want to transfer it right away, as your PC probably only has trial version antivirus software. This will save you the trouble of making the changeover in 30 days.

Find Good Cheap Cell Phone

The first step in finding a good cheap cell phone is to know your budget. Having an idea of how much you are willing to spend is one way of finding a good cheap cell phone. There are several budget smartphones that are offered by several big brands of mobile phones. You can find a good cheap cell phone from phone manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung and Alcatel. These mobile phone companies know that there is a huge demand for budget phones, and they are consistently releasing new lines of mid ranged smartphones that are affordable to the general consumer.

Know what features you will most likely use on a regular basis. High end smartphones offer a vast array of cutting edge features that can prove to be unnecessary for an average phone user. Budget smartphones that have Wi-Fi connectivity, decent processor speed and expandable memory are good enough features that can deem them worthy to be called as smartphones.

People who are looking for a good cheap cell phone that can be used for basic functions can consider sacrificing some of the modern features offered by expensive smartphones like processors with multiple cores, HD screen resolution, high megapixel camera and enhanced graphics display. However, even without these added features, a good cheap cell phone can provide you with decent graphics for games and movies as well as internet connectivity. Android based phones are cheaper than iPhones, but their features can have some similarities. Sometimes the brand of the phone can have an influence to its price. So when choosing a good cheap cell phone it would be best if you select based on its features and specifications rather than the brand.

It is important to remember that the cheapest phones may not always be the best options. There are several cloned smartphones that are being sold in the market today that lists all the features of a high end smartphone. But these are not the same quality and can get easily broken. It is always smart to buy a good cheap cell phone from a trusted mobile phone company.

Get Rid Of Old Computer Data

Mechanical hard drives

These are the old-school alternatives to SSDs, which happen to have a spinning platter. Normally, files that you delete from these types of drives are still recoverable. What happens is that, when you delete a file from this kind of drive, the drive will simply mark the file as deleted. However, until it is overwritten in future, experts can easily scan the drive and recover that data, which had been marked as deleted before.

Solid state drives

Internal SSDs happen to use a feature known as TRIM. Due to this, whenever you delete a file from an SSD, the drive receives a notice from the operating system, which indicates that the file was deleted. This guides the drive to deleting only the file’s data from the memory cells. Though doing this generally speeds things up, as it is faster to write to empty cells; the process does not erase everything from the drive, making it easily recoverable.

External SSDs and other media

Contrary to the case of internal SSDs, whenever you delete files from an external SSD or any other storage removable media, TRIM is not responsible for erasing the files. This means that the deleted files are recoverable from the external SSDs. Moreover, USB flash drives, SD cards or any other removable media source, just like the external SSD, are not safe until thorough formatting takes place.

Find Lost Devices

Apple Devices

There are apps you could download to keep track of your device, but one of the simpler ways is to find you idevice is to use iCloud. In iCloud, there is a feature you can click called “find my iPhone” or “find my Mac”. Both of these services locate your devices using a map. There are even security devices in iCloud that let you lock your device from iCloud.com. The “find my phone” feature or app can also help to find your iPod touch and/or iPad. Using this feature should keep you iDevices close at hand.

Android Devices

If Android devices are more your speed, Google has you covered with their Android Device Manager. To activate this feature, go into the Google settings app and enable the “Remotely locate this Device” feature. This will allow you to find your Android device when you go to android.com/devicemanager. If you want more security, turn on the “Allow remote lock and reset device” feature while you are in the Google settings app.

Doing this will allow you to keep unwanted individuals from gaining access to your device, and even if they do, you can remotely wipe all of the data. Knowing how to do this should now keep you worry free the next time your Android device decides to take an unscheduled trip.