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Tech article round-up

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There are so many interesting stories on technology, computers, cloud computing innovations that it is hard to just choose one a week to highlight on Facebook and G+.  Here is a summary of what we have posted in the last few weeks;

6/18 and 6/11 were vacation and summer themed articles that both merit a repost since August is the #1 vacation month.  Keep your computer safe and cool in summer. Don’t forget to leave an out of office note!

6/25 This article about workplace flexibility and the perception of value speaks to the tech worker of the world.  If your IT guys come in at 10am it is probably because they are still working at 10pm.

7/2 Starting July with a ‘bang’ and a fun list of crazy microsoft trivia.

7/9 Cloud Computing and how it is evolving!  The best thing about technology is that it keeps getting better and it is fun (if not exhausting!) to keep on top of the newest trend.  PGP can help you keep up to date – just give us a call.

network all the things…

7/16 Africa, using Cloud Technology, caught our attention with uAfrica.com expansion plan.  This plan brings a higher level of technology to another corner of the world enabling people to do business, learn and communicate on-line.

7/23 A favorite topic of ours; PC Recycling, was the topic of conversation on CNet this week.  We can both take your old PC and responsibly recycle, or, help you with some of the other options mentioned.

7/30 we posted a link about how Google maps Street View is helping find gas leaks in the streets it is prowling.  It is great to see map and cloud technology helping to preserve the real life physical environment

http://www.livescience.com/47028-google-street-view-tracking-methane.html

As always, we are here to help you.  We can build your business, maintain your cloud, or just keep you informed of what is going on in the world.

10 tips for summer computer care

Posted & filed under Hardware, Tech Tips.

 

10 tips to prevent overheating your computer

Our friends at Antec.com have a great article about keeping your computer cool in the hot summer months.  It only takes a minute to review if your computer is ready for the heat.  Here are the highlights;

 

1) Choose a naturally cool place in your house for computers.  Lower level, away from direct light and any heat sources.
2) Room to breathe.  Desk cubbies are nice to look at but make sure the computer has open air flow.  Consider pulling it out for the summer months.  Keep the vents clean and clear too.
3) Ventilate the computer room. Computers create heat so put a fan near the output to help blow away the hot air out toward a window or door.  Moving air around the room is nice for people but not much help for machines.
4) Consider air conditioning.

5) Light properly. Switch to low or no heat options

6) Turn the computer off when not in use. Maybe you can’t, but, if you can….

7) Clean your computer. dust traps heat!

8) Add or upgrade fans.  80mm fans are pretty affordable.

9) Make sure you have proper airflow. tempting as it may be to remove a side panel,  that disrupts the in the front-out the back flow.  Clear space is the key

10) Set your screensaver and power-saving settings properly. An active screen saver is still keeping power flowing.  Use your sleep option where possible.

 

Here is a link to the original article; http://www.antec.com/pdf/article/info_DIYArticle3.html.  If any of these tasks are out of your comfort zone let us know and we can help.

Interesting Technology and Computer news

Posted & filed under Hardware, Networking Solutions, News.

PGP summer background

The seasons have changed over the past two months from a seemingly never ending winter to suddenly summer.  Over on Facebook and G+ we post an interesting article weekly and here is a roundup of Interesting Technology and Computer News for April and May;

 

We started April with a hot discussion of the virtues and pitfalls of Windows 8 and how some people still want Windows 7.  Cnet found a way to make it possible (ie not easy) and here is that article again.

Over at PGP Computers we can help you with Windows 7 or 8 and a variety of other tech tasks~

 

Next up was an internet sweeping article about cost savings through changing fonts, we even posted it here but in case you missed it, here it is.

and here is the rebuttal because nothing can be easy.   We like the thought that people are looking for ways to conserve resources, ask us about other ways we can help you decrease your overhead by outsourcing IT to us.

 

Keeping with the theme of cost reduction and conservation, earth day in late April inspired us to post the EPA’s article on how to responsibly take care of old computers.

Just a reminder, we can do that for you too.

 

Last week of April we went silly with an article on a  ‘treasure’ hunt for the lost Atari games.  I just had to follow up on this one and YES they did find them!  Read this follow up for some details but apparently they found quite a few other old games too, only took 20 years to make them cool.

 

Back to our bread and butter business; Data backup.  This is a must do for everyone; business or personal. We agree with the article;  Ask yourself – 1. What are you doing today? 2. How much downtime can you afford? 3. What is your budget?

 

Given we are all consumers of technology we posted a PSA on some things do not need to be saved for eternity in the cloud (no offence cloud). Here are some new tools to keep things temporary.

 

Mid May we revisited Windows 8 and posted an article on the features of 8.1 that as of April 2014 is available.  We can help you update your personal computer or your entire companies to 8.1 so you can enjoy all the new things.

 

Finally today we posted the 4th May article and it is out of our normal mold of personal computers, but, it might be the future of computersThe Google Car is self driving and on the test road!  It is a marvel of computer integration; sensors, mechanics, split second processing to make the best decision.  In some ways we already trust our lives to computers but this is taking it to the next step.

Follow us on Facebook or G+ for weekly updates from the world of technology, just another way that PGP is here for you.

How to save money on printing – “Think before you Print”

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This article is making the rounds of the internet and the basis is very simple; change your font to reduce ink usage and therefore save money.

click for full article on CNN.com

 

 

This is exciting news!  However, it is not as simple as that as described by  Phinney on Fonts who dives a bit deeper into the equation

Click for Phinney’s full article – graphic credit to Phinney on Fonts

 

The lesson we can all take away is that there is savings to being mindful of what and how you print.  “Think before you Print”