Category Archives: computer tips

Safely install ImgBurn without OpenCandy malware

Without a doubt ImgBurn is an awesome ISO creation too. However, at some point in the past they started bundling OpenCandy with ImgBurn. OpenCandy is an adware application that many people feel falls within the definition of malware or spyware.  This is obviously quite a bummer! From some of the licensing text and the way the options are presented during installation it seems like OpenCandy installation is inevitable. 🙁 However, if you are willing to check some options and uncheck some

Combine SSD or HDD boot and data partitions on Windows 8

*NOTE: I highly recommend backing up your data and creating restore media before trying ANY of these methods, just in case something goes awry! Today Antony asked the following question: Now that the ssd is successfully installed, my drive is divided into two, in My Computer ihave the Local disk that has the OS inside of it, and i have another drive that has the rest of my free space from the SSD, is there a way to combine the

Google Gmail Auto Responder date selection

Yesterday I was setting up my Gmail vacation responder (Gmail -> Settings -> General -> Vacation Responder) and the date started at July 20th, 2011! Apparently it had been 3 years since I last used the feature 🙂 At first glance I thought I was going to have to click the >> Month button about 30 times. :-(Thankfully after a while I eventually discovered the ‘Today’ link at the bottom of the calendar. Of course clicking THAT link will jump

Connect an older iMac to a TV via HDMI

Large LCD TV’s are nice for showcasing plans, presentations and other business documents. However, many recent TV’s only have HDMI inputs and HDMI ports are often not available on older business PCs or Macs. Today I encountered just that situation where a client had been trying to connect an LCD TV to their older (circa 2008) iMac as a secondary display. They had tried an expensive $85 USB to HDMI adapter with no luck 🙁 Thankfully, since the iMac was

How to download YouTube videos to your computer or phone [SOLVED]

I received the following question from my friend Alicia: Do you know of a way that I can take videos from youtube and put them on a flash drive or disc so I can watch them at home? I’m wanting some zumba videos to use at home but my phone internet isn’t strong enough to run them.. -Alicia So I sent her are a couple websites where you can paste the youtube video’s URL (website address) into the form and then

Upgrade the Acer Chromebook C720 SSD

The Acer C720 is a lovely little Chromebook that currently sits near the top of the Amazon best selling laptop list 🙂 Amazon Best Sellers: Best Laptop Computershttp://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-Laptop/zgbs/pc/565108/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=pixensity-20These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items. Here you can discover the best Laptop Computers in Amazon Best Sellers, and find the top 100 most popular Amazon Laptop Computers. More info here about the US model: Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FNPD1VW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FNPD1VW&linkCode=as2&tag=pixensity-20User comment: I was skeptical about Chrome OS but now I

HMT325S6BFR8C compatible with Intel NUC? [YES]

I have two Intel NUC’s that were equipped with 16GB of RAM (2x8GB DDR SODIMMs). The little PCs were originally intended for server use where the relatively vast amount of memory would have been useful. The RAM kits were also purchased when prices were rather absurdly low (around $60-$80). Unfortunately, since then RAM prices have  doubled. 🙁 These two machines never actually made it into server usage. They ended up being used around the house for a simple HTPC setup

Dual monitors on HP Pro 3500 desktop PC? [SOLVED]

Today I received the following PC question: Yo JD, Can you suggest a video card for us to order? We hired an individual at our office, and we purchased two monitors for his computer, but I don’t think the video card it came with will push two monitors. The computer is a “HP Pro” – stock off the shelf – purchased at a Office Depot type store. The existing video card is a Intel(R) HD Graphics Card. Can you suggest