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Normally I would give you tech tips/advice, but this time I thought I would do something a little different. I work on lots of computers and it's common that people customize their computer with a wallpaper image of cute little Johnny or a picture of their favorite place. With my job here at MyBizNow, graphic design is what takes up most of my time. One thing I will often do for my clients is to make them a custom wallpaper for their personal use. Usually this is after I have designed a logo or developed a website for their business. Living here in San Tan Valley, you can take a lot of pictures that would be worthy of a postcard to send to friends or family outside of our area to rub-in how great the weather is year round.

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Have you ever accidentally deleted the files on your digital camera? I know many of us have done this. It's not like you can just re-do that cross country trip with little Rusty & Audrey.

I was recently reminded of the sinking feeling one gets while I was speaking to a customer on the phone. While explaining how to take better photos with the digital camera, I recommended that he make some room on his memory card since the new settings use more space/memory. Instead of moving the pictures to the PC, he had just deleted all. At first there was a long awkward silence.

Technology isn't killing you, but your habits using it just might. I'm not talking about the obvious texting while driving. By the way, NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING! I am referring to my previous post "Use your computer to shed pounds". While that was more about the benefits of using a standing desk, this infographic by Medical Billing and Coding shows how the standing desk might not be such a crazy thing after all.

 

Have you ever tried to send a large file by email?  If it is a picture being sent to a loved one or those important late documents to your boss, then you know just how stressful it can be. When you attach that large file to your email and hit send, you may think that your computer is frozen because of having to wait so long for it to say "Send Complete". Finally when it does complete you have a sigh of relief until you check your incoming mail to see a message that reads "REJECTED" due to your internet service provider not allowing anything over 5 megabytes in size to be sent. With pictures, most of the time you could send 1 at a time, or reduce the size/quality of the pics to send without issue. Maybe you could do this with other documents also, but why when there are better options?

This is not anything new, but I am surprised how many people still don’t know about this one. I am going to help you get the most out of the real estate on your monitor and focus on what you want to see. Are search toolbars and favorites getting in your way browsing the web and being productive? Yes, if you have 3,4,and 5 toolbars at the top of Internet Explorer you should probably uninstall them.

If you would rather not, you can simply locate the F11 key on your keyboard and press it. Instantly you gained inches (on your monitor)!

Me: I lost 60 lbs. while using the computer.
Actor Billy Crystal: “That’s a Backstreet Boy!

No I was not running sprints around the block with my laptop in hand, and I didn’t really lose 60lbs.  This latest read however leads me to believe that maybe that isn't such a crazy thought.  Maybe I could lose some weight while working.

I'm sure most of you have seen people using inflated exercise balls as a chair to loose extra pounds and improve posture.  But have you ever heard of a “Standing Desk”?

I recently had a customer, John, ask me about Blu-ray movies.  He was wondering if it was worth it for him to upgrade to a Blu-ray player for better viewing or was it just all hype to spend more money.

Well I have to tell you, it is worth it, but only if you have a high definition television.

Most people take action immediately after a disaster to try and prevent it from happening again. You hear it time and time again. After a burglary in the home someone decides to get a home monitoring service, or after someone is injured they might sign up with Aflac to help them financially from future injuries. It is one of the worst feelings to tell someone that their data is not recoverable, much less being the one to hear that. Hard drives today are bigger than ever. More pictures, more music, and more files can be devastating to a family if a backup solution is not in place.

No, I am not suggesting that you not use an antivirus on your computer. That would be like asking you to drive a car without auto insurance. Microsoft has an antivirus out now called – Microsoft Security Essentials (we’ll call it MSE for short).

Many of you have not heard of MSE although it has been out for some time in beta, and now full version. The reason you aren’t as familiar with it as other Antivirus programs like Norton 360 or McAfee is that the PC Makers get paid to offer the trials that you get with your fancy new PC.

Microsoft said they will not pay to market a free antivirus so you and I need to spread the word to stop people from wasting their money on the other antivirus programs.

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