Monthly Archives: November 2012
PCRS Computers is proud to present our $50 Cash Giveaway. PCRS Computers is giving away $50 to the person who can come up with a great ad for PCRS Computers. Do what ever you want print ads or videos it is up to you. Please limit Videos to 60 sec please. All you have to do is go to our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pcrscomputers and post your add submission on our Facebook Page. Winners we will be chosen and contacted through your Facebook profile. So no signup require just like our page and have fun. PCRS Computers will choose 5 finalists then our Facebook fans will pick a winner from there.
January 1 Entry Deadline for $50 Cash Giveaway Contest
January 4 Finalist selected and posted on Facebook
January 18 Voting ends and winner will be selected by most likes on your entry.
For alternate Entry contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook
PC- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz processor
Windows 7 Professional
Call 260-220-9527 to order or contact us on our website at www.pcrscomputers.com
PCRS Computers announces the launch of Everyday Tech, a free four page flyer which is sent both electrically by e-mail to our contact list and distributed through participating businesses.
We are offering advertising space in Everyday Tech for only five dollars monthly. There are currently seven ad spaces available. The ad space varies monthly in relation to other article content. There will be no fewer than nine ads and no greater than twelve ads monthly
You may change the content of your ad each month by e-mailing your changes before the 21st of the month to email@example.com. Any advertiser may request one or more printed copies of Everyday Tech for their business. Advertisers may also submit articles or pictures relating to their business.
Also, we offer three options of a combo ad which is placed in Everyday Tech and on http://www.pcrscomputers.com . First, you may select to advertise on a pay by the month option for $30 monthly. Secondly, you may select six months of advertising for $150 prepaid. That is a 16% savings over the per month option. Thirdly, you may select one year of advertising for $240 prepaid giving you a 33% savings over paying per month and a 20 % savings over the six months option.
Call 260-220-9527 today to be in the Jan. issue.
Below is the Dec Everyday Tech please check it out and comment what you think.
Top 10 Internet tips and tricks
You don’t need the http:// portion of a web page
When typing an Internet address you do not need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit Computer Hope you could just type pcrscomputers.com and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you’re visiting a .com address you can type pcrscomputers.com and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full http://www.pcrscomputers.com address.
Quickly move between the fields of a web page
If you’re filling out an online form, e-mail, or other text field you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, if you’re filling out your name and the next field is your e-mail address you can press the Tab key to switch to the e-mail field.
Tip: This tip also applies to the buttons, if you press tab and the web developer has designed correctly the button should be selected and will allow you to press the space bar or enter to push the button.
Tip: If you have a drop-down box that lists every country or every state you can click that box and then press the letter of the state or country you’re looking for. For example, is a drop-down box of States in the United States you could press u on the keyboard to quickly scroll to Utah.
Use Internet search engines to their full potential
Make sure to get the most out of every search result. If you’re not finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, if you were searching for ‘computer help’ this actually searches for pages that contain both computer and help and not necessarily pages that have computer and help next to each other. If you search for “computer help” with the quotes around the search query this will only return pages that actually have computer and help next to each other.
Tip: Many new computer users also don’t realize that in every search box you can press enter instead of having to move the mouse button over to the Search button.
Know your Internet browser shortcuts
There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Below are a few of our top suggested Internet browser shortcuts.
– Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.
– Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text.
– Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
– Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
– Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return back to the normal view.
– Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
– Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you’re looking at.
Take advantage of tabbed browsing
Take full advantage of tabbed browsing in all Internet browsers today. While reading any web page if you come across a link you may be interested in open that link in a new tab so it can be viewed later. A new tab can be opened by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link or if you have a mouse with a wheel click the link with the middle mouse button.
Try alternative browsers
Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer, with Microsoft Windows this is Internet Explorer. There are several great alternative browsers that are all free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include. Below are a few of our favorites, try one or try them all.
Install plugins and add-ons
Each of the above alternative browsers also have a large community of volunteers who develop add-ons and plugins that can be added into the browser. Each of these browsers have hundreds of thousands of these add-ons that can do such things as giving you live weather in your browser window, changing its color, and adding additional functionality.
Make sure your browser and its plugins are up-to-date
Each Internet browser can have several additional plugins that give it additional functionality. For example, Adobe Flash is a great way to bring movies and other animated content to the Internet. Keeping these plugins up-to-date is vital for your computer stability and also security. Using the below tool you can quickly verify if your plugins are up-to-date and get links to where to download the latest updates.
Use online services
There are hundreds of free online services that can help make using your computer easier, more productive, and more enjoyable. See our top 10 online services for a listing of our favorites.
Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard and pressing Ctrl + C is much faster than taking your hand from the keyboard, highlighting the text using the mouse, clicking copy from the file menu, and then putting your hand back in place on the keyboard. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
Copy the highlighted text or selected item.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.
Ctrl + F
Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.
Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc
Quickly switch between open programs moving forward.
Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program.
Tip: Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards. For example, if you are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to switch to, press Alt + Shift + Tab to move backwards to that program.
Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.
Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow
Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.
Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting each word.
Ctrl + S
While working on a document or other file in almost every program pressing Ctrl + S will save that file. This shortcut key should be used frequently anytime you’re working on anything important.
Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End
Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a document.
Ctrl + P
Print the page being viewed. For example, the document in Microsoft Word or the web page in your Internet browser.
Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down
Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet pressing the space bar will also move the page down one page at a time. If you press Shift and the Space bar the page will go up a page at a time.
What is an external hard drive and why do i need one?
If you are asking “what is an external hard drive?”, an external hard drive is the ultimate computer maintenance backup device. How much data it stores depends on how big the hard drive is inside the external case. If you find that there is not enough storage space you can simply remove the hard drive and replace it with a bigger one. Computer backup devices are a part of our lives now as people are accumulating more and more files. Gone are the days of tape backup devices, external drives are the in thing for now.
Most newer type external hard drives connect to the computer via a USB cable. Most computers have a front USB port and therefore make it easy to plug and play or use your external computer backup devices.
What does an external hard drive do?
Once connected to the computer, your hard drive backup device will show up in my computer as another hard disc drive. All you have to do is double click on the drive icon and you can paste or drop any file you like there. Now days people have a 500gb external hard drives or even larger, but the smaller ones are fine too. It all depends on how much space you personally need.
After connecting your external hard drive, go to the start menu, then computer, then you will see all the drives connected to the computer. C drive is usually your computers main hard drive so the device you just plugged in might be named D or F etc.
The benefits of having an external hard drive
If you are wondering why you need an external hard drive, take note of these points below.
- It’s a portable device You can easily pick up your external hard drive, take it to a friends house, and connect it to their computer. Most computers have a USB port through which it can be connected.
- Safe Backup Device Because the external hard drive is not permanently connected to your computer, if your system crashes, the information and files on your external hard drive device will still be safe. There this is a great easy secure backup device.
- Easily upgradeable If you find that it does not have enough storage space for your backup files you can easily replace the hard drive with a bigger one. You cannot, as yet, upgrade a normal USB Flash drive.
- Can store a huge amount of Data and files For example if you had a 160gb external hard drive you could fit movies, backup your files such as music, photos, entire programs, and more on it.
- Will save your computer from getting clogged up with downloads and large files. If you find yourself downloading a lot of files it is always better to remove them from your computer to store somewhere else. This way your computers performance will not be effected by storing unnecessary files, data, and movies.
- You can format anytime.
See 5 kinds of computer backup storage.
What size external hard drive do you need?
If you just want to store documents, emails, small backup files, and photos then 20GB is enough for an external hard drive. However if you want to store in type of movie, video footage, large amounts of music, or even entire backups of your system, then you will need at least 100GB or more.
How much money does an external hard drive cost?
Nowadays you can buy a 2TB hard drive for about $79 and then you just have to buy an external hard drive enclosure which can be around $20 or $30. However there is no point buying them separately any more as they are just so damn cheap! For example you can get a Western Digital 2 TB external hard drive for under $100 and this includes everything you need. (may change) You can store or backup everything on your external hard drive. I cannot live without mine!!! It is a fantastic device…
Make sure you see my external hard drive buying guide to help you decide on what you need to buy.
What happens if the eternal hard drive fails to work and I lose my files?
OK this is not funny. It has happened to me. I had my 300GB external hard drive sitting on a chair and knocked the cord and the whole thing gently slid off the chair. The hard drive was dead. It just tapped the floor. Anyway I was absolutely devastated and vowed this would not happen again. Now I have an external hard drive that backs up the other external hard drive. I know this sounds silly but imagine loosing 10 years of goodies that I had on that hard drive.. I would rather keep my files safe and have two computer backup devices.
It is very important that we all own an external hard drive to backup our precious files.
What is the Best External Harddrive?
Most external hard drives are pretty good. Of course I do recommend staying with the main well known brands as there is no rules or guidelines that hard drive manufacturers have to follow. Therefore reputation is the only thing they can lose.
But one of the best external harddrives is the WD harddrive (western digital as mentioned above) simply because it works for both Macs and PCs. This is a big factor to consider as many households have both types of computer systems.