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iPad pro 12.9″, worth the money?

I want to discuss both the original model and the new model of the iPad Pro 12.9″. Since I have both models in my house, it makes sense to compare the two as well as look at the overall model to determine if it is right for you. The iPad Pro 12.9″ version 1 My favorite Christmas present last year was my iPad Pro 12.9, even though it was…

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What is VOIP? Part 2 of 2

Last time we discussed the basics of VOIP and different types of systems. This time we will get a little more in depth on the subject. VOIP installation concerns Since VOIP systems use networks and the internet there are things they require that we do not worry with when dealing with standard business phone systems. Let’s talk about those for a minute. Routers are the devices that allow us…

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What is VOIP? Part 1 of 2

There is a lot of confusion about what exactly VOIP means, what it does, and even who provides it. In this article we will look into some of those things and see if VOIP might provide a solution you can use. VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol and at the most basic level means that your conversation with someone else is transported not over the old analog phone…

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Get your Paper Bird swag!

If you have been watching you may have noticed that there is a new menu item at the top of our webpage, Shop. That’s right, you can buy Paper Bird items online now. You know you want them, go ahead, we won’t tell. Even better, we will be offering more items for sale, most of which will not have the Bird on them (I know, sad). These might include…

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Is your phone or tablet infected?

Today there are more smart devices (phones and tablets) than computers out there. It seems for every person who has a desktop or laptop computer, they have at least two smart devices (I’ll just call them devices from here on out). People who write malware and viruses (I’m going to lump everything into malware from here on out) want to get the most people possible with the least amount of…

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Questionable Practices of Computer Repair Companies

Everyone who takes anything in to be repaired is a little nervous unless they are extremely good friends with the shop they are visiting. It doesn’t matter if it is your computer or your car, your mind runs through all the things that could go wrong, get damaged, or stolen. With your car, the dangers are pretty straight forward, but with your computer, you may not really think about…

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802.11ax, the newest wireless standard is fast, really fast.

Almost all of us use wireless networking every day. From our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, to our thermostats and cameras, it is all around us. I think everyone will agree that the faster we can get this network, the better. Everyone hates stuttering or buffering video and audio. 802.11ax promises to help reduce bottlenecks and increase speeds but to understand it’s advances, we need to start a little earlier…

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What is hard drive fragmentation and should you care?

All of your computer’s programs and data are stored on a device called a hard drive (or an SSD, when I say hard drive in this article, I could be talking about either type). Every time you open a document, load a webpage, or even turn on your computer, you are reading and writing data to your hard drive. There are two basic types of hard drives in use:…

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What upgrade do you need to make your computer faster?

This is without a doubt one of the most common questions I get asked. Even people with new computers don’t seem satisfied with the speed of their machines. Desktop, laptop, and even tablet users are wanting their devices to go ever faster. What the typical user does not seem to understand is that the question is far more complex than it seems. Just like with a car engine, replacing…

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Cleaning up after you have been hacked or scammed

I see an increasing number of people who have been scammed either by a pop-up that appears while they are online telling them to call someone for assistance with their infected computer, or that call them on the telephone saying they have received messages from their computer and are calling to help….for a fee. Now what? Once you realize you have been scammed, what do you do? This article…

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