Month: December 2013

8 Creative Uses for Google’s Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast, which was announced last July, came into a crowded scene of gadgets that let you watch web-content on your TV. From the Roku to Smart TVs, there are lots of ways to get online videos onto your TV screen. What’s really cool about the Chromecast is that it goes far beyond just letting you watch online videos on your TV.

With the ability to cast any tab from your Chrome browser onto your TV, or even cast your entire desktop, the Google Chromecast becomes more than just a way to watch online videos on your TV – it becomes an incredibly productive and exciting tool. We’ve come up with 8 unique uses for Google’s Chromecast. Read on to find out just how you can make even more use of your Chromecast.

If you have yet to purchase a Chromecast, find out if its the right fit for you by reading our in-depth review. And don’t forget with the holiday season coming up, it makes a great geek gift for under $50.

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Six lessons from 2013 that the iPad, Android, and Surface 2 could learn from each other

The year 2013 was a big one for tablets, because they finally usurped laptops as the go-to mobile tool for business users. During that time, Apple, Android, and Microsoft jockeyed to get their products into the enterprise. Each platform experienced successes and failures — some big and some small — and there are definitely lessons here that can be learned. That’s right, all three platforms should turn an eye toward one another and educate themselves on how best to move forward with their products. In the end, however, the results could be a complete game changer for one or more of the platforms.

Let’s examine each platform to find out what they can learn from their competition.

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Photo memories of 18 first computers

Franklin Ace 2000 series

We asked TechRepublic members (via our Forums and our Facebook page) if they remembered their first computers. Many do, and quite fondly. Here is a photo walk down memory lane, featuring comments from members about their first computers. (All photos are from

TechRepublic member Tink! shares this memory about the Franklin Ace 2000: “I was 5 years old and it was the family computer. My dad taught me how to do simple math calculations on it and I learned how to type using a 5” floppy disk game called MasterType. (When I say “type” I mean real “touch typing”. I was typing 60-90 wpm by the time I was in grade school.)”

Here they are

5 Ways to Take Screenshots Using Built-in Tools

One of our readers asked us to share all the Windows tools you can use to take quick screenshots of your screen. We’ve done a bit of testing and experimentation and we’ve found four different ways for taking all kinds of screenshots, without using third-party programs. Here’s how to take screenshots in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

6 Things You Can Prepare For Internet Downtime

The Internet’s down, everybody panic! If you’ve ever said that, out loud, maybe it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for outages.

Web-based services are awesome, but largely impossible to use if your Internet connection goes down. You should plan to be ready next time.

With a little preparation, even people who use web apps for just about everything can be ready to be reasonably productive during outages. Here are a few things to think about now so you’ll be ready later.

Nifty Password Program

I have discovered a new program that will save all of your log in and passwords, and then sync with all of your devices.

It’s free to download, but if you want the sync feature it’s $30/year.

So, if you just need it for your main computer, it would be free.

So far it seems to be working well…pretty intuitive.

Here is the link:

Pat Sonnenstuhl, webmaster

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5 Online Scams To Be Aware Of This Christmas

The holidays are a dangerous time. It’d be nice if the season of cheer was all happiness and joy but, unfortunately, there are malicious people out there who will capitalize on your good spirits to scam you out of a lot of money. If you think you’re safe from scams just because you’re safe at home behind a computer screen, think again.

The basic idea of a scam is always the same: trickery and deceit. We’ve covered this topic before with subjects ranging from Craigslist scams to free gift card scams toonline marketing scams. The difference here is that people tend to drop their guard during the holidays, resulting in emotional vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited.

Keep these tips in mind and stay alert, or you may end up regretting it.

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5 Ways To Improve Speed & Efficiency In Windows 8

Has Windows 8 slowed you down? We’ll get you back to speed! From boot to shutdown and everything in between – let us show you the best tweaks and shortcuts to efficiently use Windows 8.

Experienced Windows 8 users know the tricks that let them bypass the seemingly inefficient Start screen and mouse gestures for getting around the system. With the right tweaks and knowledge, a Windows 8 system doesn’t have to be more inefficient than a Windows 7 system. In fact, a Windows 8 PC might be even faster, as Windows 8 performs better than Windows 7 — especially when it comes to boot times.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Dealing With Email Spam

Here’s one more reason for everyone to hate Mondays. They’re supposedly the busiest days for email spam, that frustrating stream of unsolicited emails about weight loss, Viagra, million-dollar lotteries, and what not.

It might be next to impossible to stop spam completely, but it’s certainly possible to reduce its flow to a trickle. We have already covered ways to tackle Facebook spam ,Twitter spam, and spam from friends. In this post, we’ll tell you how to control email spam.

Unfortunately, the option to stop unwanted emails from piling up in your inbox is not available as a one-click solution. It is more of a bunch of different measures that you can take as part of your Web usage. We have outlined some of the important ones below.

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