Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts - Troubleshooting Dell, HP, Sony, eMachines, IBM, Compaq and Gateway PC's

Are you looking to save money on computer repairs? Don't mind getting your hands dirty? Here is a great trouble-shooting guide that can help a lot of do-it-yourselfers:

Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts - Troubleshooting Dell, HP, Sony, eMachines, IBM, Compaq and Gateway PC's

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Top 6 Sites to go to AFTER you buy your back to school computer

So you just bought yourself a computer for back to school and you think now what? Well if you read my post last week "The Top 4 sites you MUST see before you buy yourself a back to school computer" then give yourself a pat on the back for saving some money and getting a great deal. Now go to these sites to save even more money and make the most of your new computer

#1 http://windowsupdate.com/ -for up todate Windows Security Patches. OK so this only really applies if you got a windows computer but most of you are so that's OK. Go to this website and make sure you get the latest security patches. This is one of the most important steps to make sure your computer is secure from viruses, trojans, spyware and all that nasty stuff.

#2 http://avast.com/ or http://avg.com/ for free Anti-Virus software.

I highly recommend either of these free for home, personal use software programs over any other Anti-Virus program that you typically pay for. They both have real time scanning, automatic updating and all of the same features you would find in a software program you pay for. Do it now before your 30 day trial runs out.

#3 http://openoffice.org/ for free Office Software which is totally compatible with Microsoft Office. Open Office is a full suite of programs that mirror's Microsofts' programs for Word Processing, Spreadsheets Software, Presentations and database software.

#4 http://www.kijiji.ca - This is a classifieds site owned by eBay. If you haven't been here yet you will. This is the perfect way for you to sell your old computer.

#5 http://lifehacker.org - How do you make the most of your new computer? You hack it of course! Lifehacker.org has lots of great articles for how to get things done like How to make Outlook faster and How to Burn CDs and DVDs through Windows Explorer

#6 http://www.priceprotectr.com/ -for price protection on your new computer. So your new computer comes 30 day price protection but are you going to keep watching the flyers to see if you get a price break? Now you don't have to. Go to priceprotectr.com and they will watch for you and email you if your computer you just bought goes down in price.
Happy Schooling everyone!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Top 4 MUST SEE sites BEFORE you buy your back to school computer

It's Back to School time again which can only mean one thing. . . BIG SALES on Laptops and Computers! Yeah! So if you are going back to school and you are looking to buy a cheap a laptop check out these great websites to make sure you get the best deal on your computer.

http://redflagdeals.com/ -This is a great site for finding coupons, deals, freebies, etc for computer electronics or just about anything really. They even have a special section just for student deals as well as store ratings. As you will see the red flag is for Canada so is probably won't help you if you are in the United States.

http://retailmenot.com/ - This site is where users share their coupon codes for various stores. They brag that they have over 90,000 printable coupons and over 150,000 searchable coupon codes including coupons to get deals from Apple, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony and many more computer makers.

(PS-They also have a great sister site called http://Bugmenot.com where users share their userid's and passwords on various websites so you don't have to give your own email address and personal information! Pretty cool service!)

http://www.pricecanada.com/ - PriceCanada.com is a Canadian Shopping Comparison Service that lets you compare pricing, products, and retailers. All prices are in Canadian dollars and only retailers who sell to Canadians listed (Awesome, Eh!) . PriceCanada.com helps you find and rate online retailers, so you can comfortably purchase computers, electronics, and DVDs wherever you are in the Great White North! One feature they have is to monitor stores for Price Drops in the last week. Good to know if you just bought a computer too!

http://tomshardware.com/ -This site has been around for a long time and has a great reputation for doing good in depth reviews and tests of various computers and hardware. Look here first for detailed information on the latest technology like Graphics Cards, CPUs, and Hard Drives.

Stay tuned for next week's article - Best sites to go to AFTER you have bought your back to school laptop or computer.