Happy Techies Day!


It is important to recognize the contributions that each and every tech professional has made – from technological advancement, education, and assistance – there is no doubt that tech professionals sure do make our lives much better and easier. But what makes someone a “techie”? Here are a few key characteristics of a tech professional and why they are so great!

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To all the techies out there, we appreciate you! Thank you for your hard work and contributions.

How to Maintain Your Electronic Devices


Your computer and mobile run the gauntlet every day. When a machine works that hard for you, it’s important to take care of it. Not only are these items expensive to replace, but replacing your equipment and transferring information can be time-consuming. It can also lead to lost files and contacts.

Electronic Device Maintenance

So how do you keep your equipment running like new?

Delete. A maxed out hard drive can be slow and temperamental. Don’t burden your computer by overloading it with old files. When files become obsolete, delete them. Here’s our guide to get you started.

Clean. You’ve probably seen it: the laptop, owned by a colleague or family member, that’s a forest of dust, encrusted with last week’s lunch. Don’t let your electronics fall to the wayside; clean your gadgets regularly with screen cleaner and an air duster.

Back up. Hard drives do not have unlimited space, so your best bet is keeping a carbon copy of your most cherished files. That way, if an unfortunate glitch or loss occurs, you can restore your electronics to their former glory. Bonus, this is a great opportunity to see what’s sitting on your hard drive, and delete what’s no longer needed. Here’s how to properly backup your files.

Use a mouse pad. We live compact lives, but some ‘extras’ are important. If you want that mouse to live a long life, put a pad under it. Scratching the bottom of your equipment across the desk surface is a good way to shorten its life.

Use a phone case. This seems like a no-brainer, but some people don’t protect this expensive, essential item. Look for a case that can withstand a tall drop, with raised edges along the screen to prevent cracking.

When it doubt, get service. By sweating the seemingly small stuff, like antivirus updates and minor glitches, you’ll prevent major problems. If your laptop keeps shutting down or your cell phone isn’t functioning at full capacity, take it in for service.

Is Wireless Better?


We love WIFI and wouldn’t even think of using a wall-mounted phone, but wires are still all around us. Like that keyboard or mouse of yours. How many times have you moved your mouse only to realize the wire is tangled? You get on your hands and knees, unplug, re-plug and sit back down. But, shoot, that was the keyboard wire, not the mouse.

It’s enough to make a person switch to wireless. But, what are the pros and cons? When it comes to wireless mice and keyboards, there are some things to consider before making the big switch.

  1. Portability – Ergonomics, people. Portable keyboards and mice can be moved to support proper posture and compliment your workspace. Wireless options won’t limit your movement the way cords do.
  2. More Inputs – If you’re using a laptop, USB inputs are limited. So, if you’re plugging in a mouse and a keyboard, you might be out of space. With wireless options, you can keep USB inputs free for memory sticks, external hard drives and the like!
  3. Battery Life – Here’s the biggest downside to using wireless mice and keyboards. You’re a prisoner to your batteries. If a deadline is looming and your keyboard goes dead, that’s going to be a problem. Always stay well-stocked in the battery department.
  4. Interference – There are plenty of wireless electronics in our households and offices which rely on radio signals. Interference from those signals may result in slow performance from your wireless computer accessories.

So there you have it, from Ebay and Small Business. What do you think — are wireless mice and keyboards better?