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Free software, the easy way.

April 25, 2011

Take your new PC home and go to http://www.ninite.com.This website takes care of everything you will need for a new PC. Scroll down the list and select what programs you need. For a brand new PC, I recommend you uninstall any trial security software they included and install the free stuff here.
Why is the free stuff better? There are a number of reasons.

  1. It’s free. No $50/year just so you can feel safe.
  2. It’s lightweight on your PC, not really invasive by design.
  3. You can freely distribute it to friends without fear of some agency sending lawyers after you.
  4. Updates are usually free, and you have no commitment or subscription to worry about.

SOFTWARE LIST! (I Will Sticky this)

SECURITY SOFTWARE

  1. Microsoft Security Essentials
  2. Malwarebytes Anti-malware

MAINTENANCE

  1. CCleaner
  2. Defraggler (XP only, vista and 7 defrag themselves)

OFFICE SOFTWARE

  1. Openoffice (If you don’t have office)
  2. Office Trial (If you insist on MS office

FILE RECOVERY

  1. Recuva (Recovers deleted files, even after a quick format)

FILE TRANSFER

  1. TeraCopy (Copies files, pauses copies, queues copies, also skips corrupted files!)

COMPRESSION

  1. 7zip

FILE SHARING

  1. uTorrent

FREE ONLINE DATA BACKUP

  1. Dropbox

PROGRAM PLATFORMS

  1. Java
  2. .Net 3.x
  3. Flash

PDF READER

  1. Foxit

CD / DVD BURNER

  1. CDburnerXP
  2. Imgburn
  3. DVD Flick (Available for download here)

When you are done selecting the software you want, just click “Get installer” and let it run! Before you know it, all the icons will be on your desktop of all the software you installed.  Feel free to suggest more for me to add!

Getting yourself a new PC

April 25, 2011

Buying a new PC?

Let me help you with this simple guide.

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PREPARE YOURSELF
You are going to be in the midst of friendly acting people who want to take your money. Don’t give them the satisfaction. Pick out what you need. Don’t let someone else do it for you. Especially a  salesperson.


Salespersons are trained with the idea in mind that they are to exploit you for as much money as they can. If they make commission, it’s even more pressure. Big stores like BEST BUY and STAPLES do not make much money on the PCs they sell, they make the money by attaching services. If you take 5 minutes of your own time, I swear you will save the 3 hours they take and you will save at least $50/year. Get yourself a weekly circular, go to the store on the SUNDAY when the sale starts when they open, and get your CHEAPER PC.

WHAT TO DO
Go to the store of your choice, make sure the PC is right for you by actually using it first. Especially laptops. Laptop designers have gone so overboard with aesthetics nowadays, sometimes it is physically UNCOMFORTABLE to use the mousepad or keyboard. Also, not all laptop screens are created equally. Get one that is nice and bright (Article coming soon).

BRANDS YOU WILL FIND

ACER hit the market big about 5 or 6 years ago, and people liked them so much, they made a ton of $ and they bought out GATEWAY who owned EMACHINES. Acer quality quickly took a turn for the worse as all their laptops became cheap, lightweight, hard to service, and poorly manufactured (physically). Their performance is nothing to complain about, but the hinges are troublesome, especially in their 17 inch models. ACER PCs Come with a lot of branded software that clings to all the functionality of your PC. C-

HP used to be an industry standard, but their quality of product has dramatically decreased and their PCs come filled with trial software that takes close to an hour to get rid of. Compaqs are in the same boat, with even less quality.

SONY laptops are thin, stylish, but they don’t cool well and their screens and known to die easily. Their backlights can go dead in a few years especially in their all-in-ones. The PCs don’t come with too much trial software. Their desktops are overpriced but cool well and can be heavy. D+

ASUS used to primarily be a motherboard manufacturer for the most part, making quality parts. I have had ASUS motherboards for years, with no problems. Their laptops are decent quality, but I run into one every now and then with a busted keyboard or a touchpad not working. B+

MSI is another Motherboard mogul who started making laptops (mainly netbooks) and they get mediocre reviews. Many people complain about the ease of use above everything. C+

DELL is probably one brand that went from good – to crap – to great. Everyone knows that “Black / Purple Dell PC” from nearly 10 years ago. I still get them in my office for spyware problems. Same old hard drive, same amount of RAM, same XP install. These things last forever. Soon after, they started with the INSPIRON NOTEBOOKS IN SILVER / GREY which had numerous hardware issues and possible dust in front of backlights, which were not covered under warranty. Their newest PCs are lightweight, designed well, B+

APPLE is what you get when you pay $500 for parts, throw on a custom operating system, and charge an extra $1000 for the PC. Since you paid so much for the PC, you get EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. They can afford to take care of your PC at little to no charge, even if it’s out of warranty.

BUILD YOUR OWN PC (Thread coming soon) A+

Buy your new PC with the accessories you need, do not purchase software, and for the love of god, don’t let them install it for you. Don’t even let them look at it when you buy it. Next post is about FREE SOFTWARE that will install automatically. No hassles, no wizards to browse through.

This, and every article I write is fully is fully open to criticism and suggestions.

Quickly making a post

April 13, 2011

So here it is, I think a quick post from the “QuickPress” on the top right of the dashboard. Very nifty!

PC Protips by Colin

April 8, 2011

First post! Finally making a blog so I can learn how to master the process. Not too shabby for someone who should already have one, eh?

Hopefuly, in time I will have all kinds of tricks of the trade for fixing PCs.

 

Hello world!

April 8, 2011

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can alway preview any post or edit you before you share it to the world.