Archive for: March 2010

What happens when your hard drive gets full?

In today’s world of 500GB drives for under $100, most of us don’t need to worry about maxing out the hard drives on our personal laptops unless we have tens of thousands of mp3s and photos, or hundreds of movies.  The average user is storing a few photos, some music, emails, and some work documents, and probably won’t make...

Pro Tips: Use a Hot Air Gun to Reflow Solder

Why A good hot air solder rework station costs well upwards of $100. If you have just a few parts you need to reflow, you can use a common heat gun available at most hardware stores for around $30. These guns have all kinds of uses and are commonly used in construction to strip paint. They are usually around...

A few good Hosted Services

Sometimes people are surprised when I tell them that we don’t host our web site, or run and exchange server.  They’re even more surprised when I tell them we also have a hosted point of sale system, hosted backup, hosted email newsletter system, and will soon be switching to a hosted VOIP solution (as soon as we can escape...

New Rates Effective April 1st

Our new rate schedule is available online.  The changes will only effect our business clients, who are encouraged to look into a service agreement for optimal support and cost savings. We have the expertise to provide the highest quality tech services to businesses of all sizes.  Please contact us for more information about service agreements.

Online Business Owners: Beware of SURBLs!

About this Post We recently found ourselves in a fight with SURBL.org to get a client’s domain off of one of their blacklists. This is a little bit of information about SURBLs and some resources to help others who have been wrongfully blacklisted.

Drive an RC Servo from Analog Voltage

ABOUT: This is a circuit I designed to generate a PWM signal for an RC servo given an analog voltage or high frequency PWM.  It has no microcontroller and can be built with one quad op-amp and passive components. The op-amp I used in my implementation is a NJU7034D-ND, available from digikey, but any rail-to-rail quad op-amp will do. Since...

BIOS Password: Don’t Set it and Forget it

We recently had a computer in the shop that had a Hard Disk password and a BIOS password set on it. The Hard Disk password is stored not only on the logic controller, but also on the disk itself, and make the drive unusable without entering the password. Under normal circumstances, people will password protect their windows logon, but...

Performing a “Clean Install”

A clean install is a reinstallation of your operating system “from scratch”.  Under most circumstances, this is a last resort when the operating system is so badly damaged, corrupted, or otherwise uncooperative, that other options won’t work. Some other reasons to do a clean install are: When transferring a computer from one owner to another.  This is to delete...
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