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Repairing Hard Drives

Murdered Hard Drive

TweetRepairing Your Failing Hard Drive This is actually not possible.  But for the sake of discussion… This topic comes up from time to time and I think I may have even written about it years ago in another blog, but that blog is history, since I sold The Computer Wizard in Plano, TX.  The blog Continue Reading

Do NOT Drill Into Your iPhone 7

TweetThere is NO hidden headphone jack inside the iPhone 7 You cannot DRILL INTO Your iPhone and have a headphone jack. Contrary to the popular #DIY prank video on YouTube, you cannot drill a hole into your shiny new iPhone 7 and voila! have the headphone jack that was always a part of your iPhone Continue Reading

Opening a Master Padlock is Too Easy

TweetAs our regular readers have figured out by now, the posts here deal with security of many kinds – not just computers.  Our goal is to keep you safe in all areas.  Therefore, from time to time we discover something significant that we think you should know about and Voila! a new blog article is Continue Reading

Don’t Do This To Your Computer 9-10-15 Edition

TweetAn interesting situation with PCs is the result of the way they were marketed initially – and that continues even after more than 30 years.  PCs have been sold as being self-serviceable / self-upgradable this entire time.  Apple computers on the other hand, have been marketed as being ready to go right out of the Continue Reading

Don’t Do This To Your Computer 8-31-15 Edition

TweetOver the years I have collected a pretty decent assortment of photos from the insides (and outsides) of computers.  Some of these represent basic issues regarding neglected periodic maintenance, normal wear and tear – and then we have the category of “What were you thinking?” Today’s image is from this last category.  Entitled Loose Power Continue Reading

Put up an Antenna. Save $$$ Over Cable!

TweetPut up an Antenna.  Save $$$ Over Cable! I don’t know about you, but I look at our cable bill (AT&T U-Verse) and am in disbelief how much we spend for the handful of channels we actually watch.  Since we never watch sports, just scrolling through the (literally) hundreds of sports channels wastes too much Continue Reading

iCloud Drive 100% CPU Usage – SOLVED

TweetSince I penned the first blog entry on this topic, I have encountered a total of four PCs completely unusable due to running iCloud.  I cannot at this time call it an epidemic, but in 100% of the PCs I’ve encountered running iCloud, the CPU usage has been pegged at 100%, with typically over 60% Continue Reading

Is CNN’s Autoplay Driving You Crazy?

TweetIf you’re like me, you have several tabs open at once in any given browser.  I use 3 different browsers on 3 separate monitors to access various sites I need to keep up with.  On Google Chrome, I have Facebook, CNN, Google+ and weather all open at the same time. Starting a few months ago, Continue Reading

GalaxyS5 Constantly Disconnecting – Reconnecting WiFi

TweetDoes your Samsung #GalaxyS5 constantly notify you that it’s reconnecting to your #WiFi? Well, so did both of ours and it’s a fairly recent problem, most likely caused by some infernal #Android update that’s not ready for prime time. Are you listening, #Google? Here’s the #DIY? fix: Go to Settings > Network Connections > WiFi Continue Reading

When Your Router Quits…

TweetWhen Your Router Quits… Nothing lasts forever, but some brands / models of equipment are simply better than the rest. For some time we had a Trend router in our home for WiFi + DHCP on our home network of 3 or 4 computers and 3 network printers.  As of late, we had been dropping Continue Reading

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