Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Firefox Web Browser

Firefox Beta


There are quite a few browsers out there for sure. The most popular based on how many machines it’s running on is Internet Explorer, which I could write a whole post on why it’s #1 and it has little to do with the functionality of the browser. Closer on IE’s heels everyday is Chrome which is made by Google. It’s good browser and offers lots of functionality and many fewer bugs and issues then IE. Firefox may be far behind these two based on the number of machines its running on, but it is far superior when it comes to coolness. People who work in the computer industry are much more common to choose Firefox as their browser when given the choice.

Firefox Plugins

To me the coolest thing about Firefox is that they essentially invented the phenomenon known as the app. Yes the idea of the apps that we all download onto our smart phones everyday we born from the Firefox browser. Some time ago Firefox decided that they would release the right for third party programmers to create applications that would run within their browser. These can range from really small Firefox addons to whole fully functional applications. Ironically one of the largest companies that built and still supports Firefox plugins is Google, who offers among others, Google Talk, Google Earth, Google Maps, and more.

Firefox Themes

Many of the other browser offer themes, but I feel that  it’s yet another reason that Firefox is cool! You can basically personalize your web experience and Firefox will remember your preferences. It’s kind of like a skin that is doing the same thing as the basic browser in most cases but has a cool look that you choose.


So if you are looking to better your internet surfing experience you might think about downloading the Firefox browser and see what it, and all its plugins have to offer.

Antivirus Software

Anti Virus Software

Computer Virus

If you run a PC then you certainly know what viruses are all about. You need to have antivirus software running all the time because there are just so many of them out there that can attack you. It’s almost a full time job keeping your computer free of a PC antivirus!

I said you are familiar with antivirus if you are running a PC for a reason. I’m not a MAC person but I am thinking about making the switch the next time I need to update my laptop. From what I understand though there isn’t a need for any antivirus with a MAC. I’m still not sure if they because they are some how built differently so that viruses can’t take effect or if hackers simply don’t have interest in creating a virus for a MAC? My guess is the latter but I guess time will tell. As Apple and MAC’s become much more popular you would think there would be lonely nerds out there that would take notice and write some viruses.

Computer antivirus programs come in two different forms. One that tries to block them before they can get on your computer, and the other will detect the ones that make it through. Most of the more popular software antivirus will attempt to do both. To find the antivirus program or programs that are right for you, I suggest you check out antivirus software review and antivirus ratings.

Free Antivirus Program

There are programs out there which will both detect incoming viruses and those that are all ready on your hard drive, for free. You do have to be careful about free antivirus programs though. While there are some good ones, I am always leary about something useful that is free. Why is it free? Antivirus software free typically means, “We’re actually putting viruses on your computer!” So be careful of what you choose for your free antivirus protection.

Antivirus Removal

Because there are so many malicious antivirus programs out there, there is a whole industry of programs which will remove these free antivirus programs. Make sure to get something that will completely clean it off of your hard drive. And just like the original free antivirus program you need to be leary of free antivirus removal. Free comes at a price!

Fry’s Electronic


Fry’s is a popular electronic store, mainly located in the central and western US. They are famous for their computer and electronic goods and great discounts! Fry’s can be found online at

Fry’s electronics ad is well knows for it’s weekly Fry’s electronics ad, where you can really find some great weekly deals. Everything from software, computer hardware, and camera and televisions. If it’s electronics they have it. Just like any other place where you might find electronics you need to shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. But if it’s in their weekly flyer then it’s going to be hard to beat.

Fry’s really does have everything too. They really are more of an office supply store even though they are mainly known for their electronics. They have pens, pencils, backpacks, and even health and beauty items.

So if you are look for a good deal on electronics, office and school supplies, software, or more eclectic items then check out Fry’s!





Barebone Computer

Barebones System

Barebone Kit

If you are thinking of a getting a new PC and you have some basic technical computer hardware knowledge then you can really save some serious money if you look into barebone computers. The typical person who is looking for a new computer is going to check out Dell or Apple and buy everything they need, including the keyboard, speakers, and all the common peripherals. The thing is if you all ready have a computer and you are just looking to upgrade then you likely have most of what you need. I mean, do you really need a new keyboard? Is your monitor fine? Your hard drive is still working fine.

So a barebone computer is going to be offered by retailers and mail order outlets as well. Barebones computers are going to just be the basics that you need to get a new PC. Different packages will vary in what exactly they are going to ffer with a computer barebone set up, but typically you are going to get a new tower, a power supply, a motherboard, and a processor. Depending on what you want to spend in you can get some extras added on as well, but that is going to be the basic package.

Computer barebones options is really great if you have enough knowledge to pull out your existing drives and cards (possibly memory and/or hard drive as well) and plug them into the new tower. Even if you don’t have this specific knowledge but you are relatively handy and computer savvy then you can probably find a Youtube video that will walk you through it. Or the company selling you the barebones set up might even offer some detail instructions.


So if you are open to the idea of a project and are looking to save some money on the purchase of your new PC then a barebone kit is in your future.

Internet Software

Cloud Computing


These days it is becoming more and more common for the programs that we use to be be internet software as opposed to something that runs on your machine. This is basically what has become to be known at cloud computing. Cloud software (also known as website software) runs in cyberspace in a web browser for you, and your data is saved on a server. With cloud computing you are basically just using your computer as a way to connect to the internet, and all the “doing” is happening on the cloud.

Cloud Computer Providers

Because cloud computer has become so popular there are quite a few big name competitors getting in on the action. Some of the cloud computer leaders are Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Google got into the game very early, and is still a leader. Microsoft picked up on the idea kind of late but has a decent market share because they are Microsoft and they are everywhere pushing Sharepoint software. Amazon’s cloud computing play for right now is more of an online hard drive, offering competitive rates for large amounts of cloud storage.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

The main advantage of cloud computing is that everything is based on the internet, including the application and your data. So as long as you can get to an internet connection then you have access to all your work. So you no longer have to carry your files back and forth to work from home or out of town to presentations on some kind of media. You can just log online when you get there and you are ready to go. The other thing that is nice about cloud computing is how much easier it is to share files and collaborate on work. You don’t have to email files back and forth and wonder if it’s the most recent version. You can just give someone access to your file and you are always looking at the same version of the same file all of the time. With Google Docs you can give someone full access to a file and you can both be online viewing and making changes at the same time!

Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

The only real disadvantage to cloud computing is that you are putting a lot of trust in the company that is handeling your applications and data. Suppose you got out of down and your presentation is a Google Doc. You are expecting to log on when the presentation starts and use it to illustrate for the audience. But if for some reason Google goes down (which is fairness almost never happens) you are left there with nothing to present. You are also trusting these companies with your data too. I mean, if you are saving your favorites recipes, then it’s not that big a deal. But let’s say you are saving some personal financial data for all your customers. If that company gets hacked your could have real issue on your hands!

Over all cloud computing is really taking off and is a great thing. The key for it truly being the future is in the hands of the companies that offer these applications and data storage. As long as you can always get to the applications and your data, and your data doesn’t end up the in the wrong hands then it is going to be the wave of the future.

Computer Programming Degree

A little over a decade ago the folks that were working in a career that involved computers didn’t have a college degree that involved computers. This is because at that time there weren’t colleges that offered majors specilizing in anything that focused on computers. Computers quickly because a must have for small companies to the fortune 500’s though and the people that did have some computer knowledge started making quite a bit of money because they were so in demand. Colleges quickly were able to adapt to the changing environment and now most people working as computer programmers, IT, computer engineers and the like did likely major in computers.

Computer Programming Major

A computer programmer is someone that is going to specialize in writing of code to create applications for their company. Usually these applications will be specific to a need for one department but they can be as large in scope as something needed to be used company wide. As a computer programming major you’ll be exposed to a number of different programming languages and overall coding structure theory as well.

Computer Programming Degree Online

A great option for a computer programming degree is to see what options are available to you online. These may include colleges that offer their entire degree online or you maybe find a traditional campus degree that offers some classes online. Either way taking a class online is going to save you money and give you the flexibility of schedule that many people need in order to make a degree possible.

Associate Degree Computer Programming

An associate degree is your basic two year degree. It’s not going to get you as far ahead as a Bachelors Degree computer programming (4 year degree) would but it’s a great way to get a degree and get employed in the industry that interests you. You also can get an entry level job in the industry and continue with your Bachelors studies at night or online. Then apply for promotions at your company where you have been working and are well known.

Accredited Online Degree

If you do choose to find a college that offers you a completely online degree one thing you need to make sure of is that they are a truely accredited college. There are sites out there that are selling not accredited degrees. It won’t seem like a big deal while you are taking your classed but trust me that it’ll make all the difference when you go to apply for jobs after graduation.

Computer Science Degree

A computer science degree is going to be a little more general then a computer programming degree. With a computer science degree you are going to get a little more exposure to computer hardware as well as networking and IT as well. If you really love computer programming then that is the way to go. However, if you really love computers but aren’t sure what specific area you like then a degree in computer science is the way to go.

Software Engineering Degree

A software engineer is similar to a computer programmer but it’s a little bit of a large scope. A programmer might create the code for a specific part of a program or with the narrow scope of an individual task. A software engineer I think of as more someone that will help create the program along with users right from the ground up. This would include the planning of what the program is going to be, how it will be used, and how it will interact with the other programs the company uses.

Computer Engineering Degree

A computer engineer is someone that works more with the hardware of a computer. You’ll either do more research and development in creating new technologies to make computers faster or better, or you’ll work for a company in their computer department building or fixing their computers for end users.

Game Programming Degree

One newer area of computer degrees is for people who are specifically interested in creating video games. Video games has become a huge industry and now there are college majors that deal specifically with the topic. You can specialize in the coding, with the theory behind the game, or other areas, as making a video game has become a huge under taking. No matter your focus you’ll be involved in cutting edge technology and an exciting industry.


Careers in Technology

It seems like just a few years ago there were folks that had a career in technology that didn’t go to college for technology. This was because when they were going to college there was no major that had to do with technology. It’s now become a very popular major in colleges and a very profitable career path. The number of people looking for jobs in technology has caught up a little to the need of companies but it’s still a very profitable and rewarding option.

There are a number of different kinds on concentrations within computer technology in which you can choose to focus. These include Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineer, and others.

Careers in Information Technology

Information technology has more to do with data and the programming and hardware that deals with the storage and access to data. You might be an expert in databases, or even an internet based database like cold fusion. You also are going to need to be knowledgeable about the different hardware platforms you are going to encounter when dealing with a company’s data. This can be a specifically challenging type of position if you are are working and a company that is merging or buying out another company. Imagine getting both sets of data from totally different systems to work together seamlessly? This is the kind of challenge that can make a career in IT so rewarding and profitable for you.

Careers in Computer Science

Careers in computer science have more to do with computer programming. In other words you will be dealing more with the software applications then you will with the computer hardware. You might be coding new applications for the specific needs of a department at your company. Or you might be creating a new large scale computer application that will integrate all the pieces of a large corporation. Either way being knowledgeable about as many different computer languages as possible will help quite a bit.

Computer Engineering Career 

A career in computer engineering is going to deal mostly with the hardware of computers. Depending on your specific focus you might deal more with installation and maintenance of the computers are your company, or you might be working for a research and development firm which is experimenting with new and faster forms of computer chips. Either way this is going to be a hands on of the physical pieces of the computer that interest you.


No matter what your specific computer interests are you be able to find a career path that will suit you. Of course for all jobs that deal with computers these day you’ll need a good college foundation. Careers computer technology go vastly more often to those people who have at least a two year degree. If you have decided to look for careers in technology fields then the best place to start is look online for a list of careers in technology. Then look up the average salary for two or three that seem to interest you. Not that money is everything but if you are deciding between two or three specific computer technology focuses you might as well let the jobs technology pay you the most to do what will make you happy.


Office 2007 Download

Microsoft Office 2007 got quite an overhaul from all its previous versions. If you are not currently familiar with it then you will likely be relearning a lot of basic things you already know how to do. Granted once you get used to it many things will become quicker and easier, but if you download Office 2007 you will spend some time getting acquainted.

With the Office 2007 Download you will find that Word, Ecxel, and Powerpoint give you crisp and fresh documents. Also Outlook has a new scheduling tool that is definitely a step up from all the previous versions.

When working in Excel from the Office 2007 Download you will find the top toolbar to a complete change. Commands are grouped in to categories and once you get familiar where to find everything you can breeze through spreadsheets like there is no tomorrow. If you work with large documents in excel that have a large number of records then you will want to definitely get the Office 2007 Download because it greatly increases the number of records that Excel can handle allowing you to do much more work in a single spreadsheet.

One downside if you decide not to download Office 2007 is that you are going to need still download special software to open any documents that someone might send you that came from Office 2007. The file extension are no longer the same and conversion software is needed. So if you are stubborn and don’t want to update and learn the new tools then you will still need to do a special download when interaction with others that have decided to take advantage of the Office 2007 Download.

How to Learn Java

Learning the Java language can be quite intimidating. There are a ton of different sites out there offering to teach you how to program in Java but it can be difficult trying to figure out where to start.

If you have never programmed anything before then I am going to recommend that you first take a class at your local college in order to learn programming basics. Programming can be very intimidating and you certainly need a solid basis before trying to layer on new skills. Once you have the basics down though learning a new language such as Java will be a little easier than going at it without an experience at all.

Once you feel comfortable of taking on the task of how to learn Java on your own, it is time to begin your search for the best training. My first suggestion would be to find an online class that would be set up similar to a college class taken online. Find a website that already has several videos in place such as webinars that will teach you how to learn Java. These videos should start off with the basics of Java, along with its benefits and weaknesses along with what you can use Java for. Once you get the basics down the lessons should progressively advance and get harder. You will also want to look for a training program that offers assignments for you to complete on you own.

Typically you will have to pay for a learning session like this but it is going to be much less than taking a full semester of Java at your local college.

If you are just looking to learn something very specific then the chances are someone out there wants to show you how to do it and it will be posted on a website. Be specific in your search in order to get the results that you are looking for.

If you are unable to get the video lessons which I highly recommend then you do have the option of doing a lot of reading but I don’t recommend this for anyone. You have to be extremely motivated and already have a good understanding of programming and even a basic knowledge of Java itself before attempting this. I would only suggest this if you have taken many other program courses and are very familiar with programming languages similar to Java or you just need a little refresher.

Open PDF Files

PDF Files are one of the most popular ways to save and transmit electronic documents. You can save everything from text to scan images to graphics as a PDF so if you are unable to Open PDF files then you are certainly missing out.

In order to properly Open PDF Files you have to have the right software installed on your computer. The software that you will need in order to open a PDF files is called Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat reader is free and you simply have to go to in order to download the software and start using it. Once there simply click on the download button and follow the on screen instruction to finish downloading the software.

Now that you have Adobe Acrobat installed you are ready to open any PDF file that comes your way. You should simply be able to double click that file and it should automatically open.

If the PDF file does not automatically open with Adobe Acrobat installed then you will want to right click on the file you would like to open and select “Open With” From the list of option here find Adobe Acrobat and you will be well on you way to viewing you PDF file.