Latest news on my, in-the-field, technology research and recommendations.

5 reasons why upgrading every 5 years enriches your life

I know, I know, another discussion about this beat to death topic? Computers should just last forever, right? When your automobile breaks down on the way to an important meeting after running it into the ground is that idea going to help you recover from the time loss? Automobiles don’t last forever and neither do computers. Computers are much more likely to break down or cause issues due to wear and tear because they are much more complicated and require regular upkeep and eventually, yes, they need to be upgraded....more

Check Xfinity Internet Status

If you find that your internet service is down, you can take these steps first before you reach out for my technical service. In most cases, if internet access is not working in your home or office (all computers are not able to surf the internet) The modem may need to be restarted, or there is an outage in your area. Comcast allows you to manage restarting your gateway/modem and check for outages from its website.

How to check Battery level via Command line

Sometimes, the battery indicator in Windows 10 stops working, fails to respond, or disappears. In this case you might need to check your battery life, until that problem gets fixed. Check Battery level using command line Open Windows Command Prompt and execute the following command: WMIC PATH Win32_Battery Get EstimatedChargeRemaining The output for that command would look something like this: EstimatedCharge Remaining You can see the estimated battery charge remaining....more

Scooters' Preferred Windows Tweaks

These are tweaks that I make to my Windows configuration that improves my productivity. Performing these kinds of changes to Windows requires a careful understanding of programming, the Windows registry, and how to protect Windows from damage by making and restoring backups. Don’t perform any of these tweaks unless you know what your doing. I am not liable, nor responsible for any action you take on behalf of this information....more

Should you upgrade to Windows 10, or Retire that old PC?

Many technology firms will recommend upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10. Truth be told, in most cases, the hardware in that older computer is not recent enough to support an upgrade like this. It can be done, but you may find, in a short amount of time, that the computer operates slower than it ever had. Don’t bother wasting time an money on a upgrade that is just going to be worthless in a few months time....more

New Office at 555 5th Street

I moved my office on 3/1/2019 to a new and improve location. 555 5th Street Suite 230-a. I’m still downtown a block away from the Santa Rosa Plaza. This new location has a bigger space to operate. As of 1/1/2019 my rates have changed as well. Check my rates page for more information. With this new location I offer faster and a quicker turn-around time. I am one of two people that operates so close to downtown Santa Rosa....more

Improving the Life Expectancy of your SSD

SSD is a Solid State Drive. SSD’s are part of most newer computers, laptops and mobile devices. A storage device stores your personal information every time you save, copy, or transfer a file to your device. SSD’s use non-moving parts like memory technology. A hard disk drive uses moving parts to store information. Like Hard Disk Drives (HDD’s), Solid State Storage devices (SSD’s) have a life expectancy time line. A SSD is what your computer, laptop, or mobile device uses to store information on, and read from over the course of its life....more

Ebook Publishing Process

I am a author, publisher, and ebook conversion specialist. I got my start developing websites about 5 years after the internet was in fruition. During the beginning of 2019, my first book “Most Improved” was authored, and published in digital form. I then converted the digital format to a print version so my audience can experience both formats. I can do the same for you. If you are looking to convert your manuscript to a ebook, or you are just thinking about finding another way to format your documents so you can easily get them to you customers in a way they can read them, on any device, with out a major hassle, then this document is for you....more

Smooth Video Playback

Playing video online or off smoothly has some minimum hardware requirements if you want to avoid hassles: Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core Processor. Graphics Card: 256 MB VRAM, 600Mhz Core Clock RAM: 4 GB If you do not know what specifications your device has, there are a few ways to check, on a PC the easiest way is to open a Run Dialog Box. Hold the Windows key down and press ‘R’....more

Where is my email stored, and is it being backed up?

You might think that when you are reading and responding to your email, it is actually is stored on your device. In the last 5 years or so IMAP and Cloud based email services changed all of that. Email is actually stored on the email hosting provider servers, unless you are using a old POP mail account. When you read, or respond to your email, you are actually reading/responding to a remote copy of this email that is stored at your service provider’s data center....more