Category Archives: Tech Article

Prep, Travel, Work, Repeat

Yes, those are Christmas decorations I'm putting away!

Ken configuring portable wireless routers, and yes, those are Christmas decorations I (Anne) am putting away!

Ken is preparing and testing wireless access points for internet connectivity with all of his technology tools. It’s not my thing but it’s what he does and loves! We’re in the countdown for his next trip. Unfortunately, he has to leave the States earlier than projected, so we had to cancel our Michigan trip. We’ll reschedule it for the spring. Thank you for praying even now, that God would prepare the group for the lessons and that the technology would work!


Back It Up!

I once heard a dentist say, “Only brush the teeth you want to keep.” Makes sense. But what does that have to do with Bible Translation, computers, and/or computing?

It’s the principle. In other words, back up only those files you want to keep.

People are now using their computer for both work and home use, saving critical information, photos, videos, and the like. Unfortunately, I have encounter only a few that regularly backing up their computer despite the fact that Windows, Macs, and Linux systems have their own back up software and, if you don’t like them, free third-party programs as well.

I recently came across this article about backing up one’s computer. Although it written some time ago, it is still quite relevant. Click here to read more.

I personally use the Windows 7 built-in image creator and restore disc to prepare for a hard drive failure. I also back up my computer data to two different external USB hard drives. It works well. The major disadvantage though, is that the hard drives are in the same location so all of my data would be lost in the event of a fire or flood. And, although some would say that my computer data would be the least of my worries in a situation like that, I still don’t want to take a chance loosing years of data including twenty six years of ministry pictures. Backing up to the cloud would certainly help in this case. I just need to get around to it.

The following articles evaluate various online back up services. May I encourage you take a look and choose one. In the event of a hard drive catastrophic failure, you’ll be glad you did.
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Backup, Tech Article, Tech Support, Windows


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iTunes Syncing

Several people have contacted me about helping them move their iTunes to a new computer. In all honesty, I have found the process somewhat confusing so I’ve done some research that might be of assistance to both you and I alike. I hope it helps.

The first article is on the Apple website. The second comes from a TechRepublic article.

If you have easier methods or additional information that might help others, please share them with us. We would love to hear them.


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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Apple, Tech Article, TechRepublic


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Windows Search Function Tricks

I was searching for a document on my hard drive the other day and received a long list of results. “There has got to be an easier way than this!”, I thought. Then I came TechRepublic’s article entitled, Take advantage of Search filters in Windows Explorer that offered some new search techniques and tricks.

I hope you find it as helpful as I have.

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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Tech Article, Website


Free tools for removing malicious software

Check out this TechRepublic article listing free tools for removing malicious software. It’s worth downloading the tools and installing them.


Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Free, Malware, Rootkit, Security, Software, Tech Article, Virus


Looking for a new printer?

I was looking for a new, wireless printer recently and found myself looking through a multitude of web sites/pages to find the best, most affordable one. If you find yourself in the same boat, look no more. Well, at least here’s a place to start.

PC Magazine has just published an article on their Top 10 Best Printers. Take a look and let me know what you think.


Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Hardware, Printers, Tech Article


A Fast Way to Improve Computer Performance

If it suddenly seems that your computer is running real slow and the drive light is flickering like crazy (geek speak = “thrashing”), you can correct the problem by installing more memory. And, for most systems it’s not that hard. So, before you tear down your system, unplug the cables, lug the machine to the car, drive to the computer store, wait to have RAM installed, and pay for the service—read Microsoft At Home’s article entitled, “Add More Memory to Your Computer” on how to install it yourself.

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Hardware, Tech Article


Spring Cleaning

With the coming of spring comes spring cleaning. As they say in Poland, “you gotta do what spring cleaningya gotta do” so we get to it. But, have you ever thought about spring cleaning your computer?

Here’s an excellent PC Magazine article on cleaning up your computer. I’ve also included a link on PC Mag’s best Tune Up Utilities, both free and paid.

Here’s an excellent and helpful TechRepublic checklist entitled “Items to Address with a PC  Tune-up” that will help you remember WHAT to focus on in maintaining your computer.

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Hardware, Software, Tech Article, Utilities


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Best Free Microsoft Downloads and Cool Win 7 tools

Gizmo’s, one of favorite sites to discovering free software, has an excellent article on free Microsoft software. Gizmo’s also has recommendations for Apple and Linux operating systems.

Both Anne and I have an e-book reader. Anne has a Nook, from Barnes & Noble, and I have an Amazon Kindle. We both love our readers – they are so compact but are able to store so much reading material. So, we found this article on free e-books quite helpful.

See for more information.

Tech Republic is one of my favorite web sites. They recently published this following article on 10 cool Windows 7 tools. Check it out…

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Free, Software, Tech Article, Utilities, Windows


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