7 Essential Computer Repair Tools

When getting ready to fix a computer, there are seven essential tools that can be used to make sure the technician stays safe and the job gets done.  Most of these are hand tools and they come in computer tool kit.  They range between twenty to fifty dollars depending on what is included in the kit.   The first tool is an ESD wrist strap that helps  ground the technician and protect the computer from static electricity.  This is used to prevent static electricity from shorting out different parts of the motherboard.  The best way to to discharge yourself is to touch the metal part of the computer  case.The second tool is a screwdriver that comes with removable tips.  This tool provides more options when taking apart a computer and finding many sizes/types of screws.  Some of the more common types of screws you will find are flat-head, phillips-head, torx and hex.  Also, most screwdrivers have a magnetic head which helps with small screws. The third tool is a needle nose pliers.  This tool can be helpful in a few different ways. First of all, if you drop a screw into the computer case this is the best way to fish it out. Sometimes cases are magnetic and screws seem to stick on the bottom or the sides.  This pliers is also used  to work with small parts. For example, when changing the jumpers on the motherboard or an old hard drive.  Lastly, some needle nose pliers have an area closest to the handle where it can be used to cut wire. The fourth tool is a multimeter.  This device...

How to Set Up and Configure a Wireless Network in a Secure Manner

   Did you recently have internet installed in your home?  Do you need a little help getting it  set up?  This is a “how to” guide on how to make sure your wireless network is safe and secure.  The first step is to make sure you have all the equipment you need to get the job done.  When setting up a wireless network at home, consider how large the house is and if you want to have internet outside.  There are different kinds of wireless technologies you should look at. The different wireless security protocols are WEP, WPA and WPA2.  WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) was created in 1997 to keep wireless networks secure but, due to it’s 24 bit vector it was easily hacked and broken into.  By 2003 WPA(WiFi protected access) came out and went up to 128 bits encryption which made it five times more secure.  The next year in 2004 WPA2 came out a new tech that would replace RC4 and TKIP(Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) with CCMP and AES which used a different algorithm that made  stronger authorization and encryption. These routers were some of the top rated routers on Best Buys website.  Starting from the left, the RangeMax N600 dual-band wireless-n router has 802.11n wireless technology which  is capable of 300Mbps and range up to 300 feet.  Also it has WPA wireless protocol  This router would be good for medium homes with limited amount of internet usage.   The next router is the AC1750 which works up to 1750Mps and has the range of 300 feet and the security protocol WPA2-PSK .  If you’re looking to...

7 “Best Self Improvement Tools” and how they are helpful

When searching online there are many self improvement tools that can be used  to help improve a person's organisational skills,  productivity, and efficiency.  The following lists seven tools that you may want to consider adding to your daily routine.  They include… Google Drive, Cozi, Hootsuite, MailBird, Wm Capture and Online Alarm Clock. The first tool is called Google Drive.  This tool is a cloud based service that stores all types of files online, making them available whenever needed.  You can access these files from a computer, tablet and a smartphone that are connected to the internet.  Microsoft’s  Word, Excel and Powerpoint files can be edited, shared and printed all using the built in productivity apps called docs, sheets and slides from Google. Google Drive helps to keep files organized and with you at all times.  This is one way to improve someone's day to day operations and make things go smoother. The next tool is called Cozi. This tool is helpful for active families that need to keep track of everyone's schedule.  This application is free and lets you add calendars, a shopping list, a “to do” list and more.  This is a snapshot of what the calendar and interface look like.  As you can see, I have added some events to the calendar.  By clicking the show button you can actually choose the person’s calendar you want to see. When double clicking on any of the dates it lets you add different events.  This is an example of how I added one of the events.  The next option on the menu is shopping… clicking this gives you a simple...

Three Ways to Repurpose Old Devices Around Your Home

Look around your home. Do you have any older  pieces of technology you’re not using, perhaps a computer or a smartphone.  These devices may be old but they can still be useful.  Let's go over a few ideas that you may be interested in. A desktop computer is one of those devices that gets replaced after two years but, might be still hanging around the house.  This desktop could be turned into a network attached storage device.  NAS is a device that holds data on a network that can be accessed from different computers and other devices.  You can find free software called FreeNAS which you can download.  Some of the features include file sharing, web interface and back ups.  FreeNAS software needs a 64Bit processor with 8GB of RAM.  The hard drive is going to depend on how much space you want available for storage.   If your computer isn’t fast enough to run FreeNAS, don’t worry about it.   you can still use it to share files on the network.  Assuming it has Windows on it you just need to set up file sharing and you will be ready to go.    If you could use a TV in the kitchen or you have smaller kids that love to watch Netflix now you’re in luck.  You can put that older monitor to good use.  Go purchase a Raspberry PI.  It is a low cost credit card sized computer that can be used for many things.  For example, watching your favorite shows on Netflix or playing old school games like Minecraft PI edition, Doom, Duke Nukem and many...

How to use Webinar Google Tools

Lets get Started! Step one: Log into your Google account and then click on the box with nine dots that makes up a square.  This will display the different tools that Google offers.  Now,  click on YouTube. Step Two: After clicking on YouTube, click on the Google icon at the top right hand corner to display different options for the Youtube account.  (Don’t click on the box with the dots)  Now, click on the creator studio button. Step Three:  Now that you’re in creator studio click on the live streaming option.  If this is your first time you might have to enable live streaming which can take up to twenty four hours to be approved. This is what the screen will look like if you haven't enabled live streaming on your account.Step Four:  After getting approved go back into your YouTube studio creator and click on live streaming… now click new live event. Step Five:  This is the main webinar event setup screen.  This is where you set the title, date and time and give it a description.  For searching purposes you can add different keywords to help your target audience find your broadcast.  Also, it gives you the option to share it on twitter and google plus.After setting up the event it will show up in the events box. If subscribers come to your channel, it will say on the bottom left hand corner how much longer until it starts.  For example, this event starts in ninety nine minutes. If you’re looking to start the event early,  you can find the event in the events box and click on...