Saturday, December 5, 2015

Computers For Christmas

 Yes Christmas is only a few weeks away, so now is the time to get someone an awesome computer for Christmas. There are plenty of different computers to choose from. Alot depends on what the person is going to do with the computer. First are they going to use it just for web surfing, writing documents and email. This would be a general type computer for this particular user. The second type would be for the person that wants to play computer games. Yes I am talking about a gaming computer. There are some awesome deals at Amazon for excellent gaming computers. Here is an example below of a nice gaming computer through Amazon.

  • System: AMD FX-4300 3.80GHZ Quad-Core | AMD 760G Chipset | 8GB DDR3 | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT720 1GB Video Card | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Gigabit LAN | Keyboard and Mouse
  • Connectivity: 6x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio | 1x HDMI | 1x DVI | 1x VGA
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty | Free Lifetime Tech Support
Here is a review from Amazon on the computer above:

 All I have to say is that this computer, as is, operates beyond my expectations. Granted, some of the components can and should be upgraded for optimal performance, which it can be at a reasonable cost (graphics card, processor, etc). Out of the box, the computer worked perfectly. Definitely a big upgrade from what I was using. I have to get used to all this power at my fingertips. It runs quietly and hasn't given me any problems so far. Kudos to CyberpowerPC for this computer. Coming from a long time Intel fan, the AMD FX 4100 surely impressed me. If you are looking for an upgrade from a tired, old computer, I recommend this one hands down.

1. Personally, I do not like all the extra software that comes with a shelf computer, this one comes as is and ready for customization to your specification. None of this other junk the computer manufactures try to cram down your throat. I just loads Windows 7 and that's it. I like that, because I want to choose what I want on my computer, not what some manufacturer wants me to have.

2. It plays the most current games with the onboard Nvidia 610, Even though it does run high demand gaming and video editing software great, I will be upgrading this card to something with a little more power.

3. Not only all of that, it even looks cool to have around. The blue led lighting gives great ambiance while playing in a dark room.

1. The only con I have about this system is that it used a re-badged video card. Don't get me wrong, it works great, but I would recommend upgrading for a more serious gamer.

2. RAM is a big issue with me. Since it's highest adaptability is 8GBs, Maybe a processor is in order to get that extra ram that we all desire. Which with this architecture, those processors are reasonably inexpensive.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking to find an easily up-gradable computer without spending the big bucks, this system is for you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Back Up That PC Data Or Risk Losing It

 I have seen time and time again where someone did not back up their data or system and disaster strikes. Yes the hard drive went bad or the computer was infected with the cryptowall or cryptolocker. In any case they lost it all. I will tell you it is the worst feeling to have to call a customer and tell them they have lost all their family pictures and documents.
 Today I always stress to my customers the importance of backing up your data. In fact I just had a customer where she though she was backing up her data, because she was told just plug in the external hard drive and it will back up automatically. Well unfortunately it had syncback on it a few years ago and it backed up data . The problem is that the computer had a defective hard drive drive and it was replaced. When windows was reinstalled the syncback program was not installed, because the technician never knew it. Fortunately her data was all intact and the viruses cleaned of with no errors. I then set the vista system to back up using the back up program in the control panel. It worked properly and backed up everything.
 Now I did inform her that when she goes into a new computer she should purchase a new external hard drive and have a back up of some sort. In windows 10 you have the file history back up and the back up from windows 7. She can then have it set up that way on a schedule. Her other choice is to go with carbonite through the cloud. Either way she will be protecting her system and data.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Gaming Computers Are Very Popular These Days

 Today there are more and more software games being made. They are not only for video game systems like the Xbox One or the Play Station Video Systems. There are plenty of awesome Gaming Computers out there on the internet. Here are a few examples of excellent Gaming Computers you can check out.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ham Radio Equipment For Christmas

Since Christmas is getting closer we all start thinking about all those wonderful Ham Radio pieces of equipment we would like. One of those favorite items I can think of is a nice Handheld Transceiver. There are quite a few different ones to choose from and they all do an excellent job. In fact I remember watching a video where a ham radio operator used a hand held transceiver with a homebrew quad 2 meter antenna. He was getting some excellent results with it on the 2 meter band.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Is Almost Here October 31st 2015

 It's time to find that Halloween Costume to wear to that up coming party. It's always fun to dress up as someone else and have a good time with friends and family. Maybe you are going to take your kids out Trick or Treating, so why not dress up yourself and join in the fun. Remember to stay safe this year.

                     HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2015 !!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's Time For Fall Weather Clothing

 The Fall is here and along with that is the cooler weather. Yes here in New York the temperatures have been in the 70s and cooler in the morning. This is when I start wearing my favorite Chamois Shirts. I am also wearing my zip up sweatshirt jacket. The kind of jacket without a hood. If I need a hat I have my camouflage hunting baseball style hat. This is my favorite time of year as we are out of the hot weather and the leaves change color. Here are some of my picks below, but you can always search for more.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Installing Windows 10

 If you are thinking of going to windows 10 make sure your computer can handle it. I had one customer that installed windows 10 on their five year old computer and now they have nothing but problems. I have had other customers where it is working perfectly on their windows 7 computers. In fact my computer is working very well with windows 10. It just depends on a few different items as to how well it will work.
 You need to determine how old your computer is. If your computer is older than 3 years I would be a little hesitant on installing windows 10 on it. You would be better in the long run to live with windows 7 and purchase a newer more up to date computer. There are plenty of good buys out there on and Ebay. The next thing is that you need to make sure your computer is virus free and running properly. I have a customers computer on the bench and it is infected with viruses, malware, spyware and adware. These infections will cause problems installing windows 10 and how the computer runs after windows 10 is installed.
 I would also make sure that you have plenty of system ram memory and hard drive free space. Another important item is to make sure that your hardware is functioning properly. I have had customers where there hard drive has bad sectors or a stick of memory is failing. Also make sure after these items are corrected you make a backup of the windows operating system. That way if windows 10 fails miserably you will be able to get back to windows 7. I say this because I am seeing various times when windows 10 will not recover back to the previous operating system.
 Also make sure that you are upgrading from either windows 7 or 8.1. If you have windows 8 make sure to update it to windows 8.1 before trying to upgrade to windows 10. Another important item is to make sure that your current system has system drivers for windows 10. I have had customers that upgraded to windows 10 and now various parts of the system are not working properly. This is usually  because there were no drivers so it used what ever windows 10 set up. Also make sure your other software programs work with windows 10.
 Thank You for stopping by and have fun with windows 10.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ideas For This Years Christmas Shopping

 Have you started thinking about what you want for Christmas this year ? Maybe you have your kids giving you their Christmas lists for Santa. What I would do is check out for some awesome Christmas present ideas. Believe me there are so many different items it's easy to get lost. Just sit back and think about what you would like and start browsing through Amazon.
 If on the other hand your kids gave you their Christmas lists just type it in in the search for Amazon and you should easily find those items they want. The nice thing is you get to avoid those busy packed stores full of people that may be sick. You are also going to avoid those long lines standing at the cash register for an hour. Believe me when my 3 kids were young I remember doing that and feeling exhausted . The one thing I never liked is that I never knew how many people had picked up, opened the package and messed around with what was inside it. I don't know how many times we opened a present only to find something was missing or broken.

 Below are 4 popular items items at Amazon and there is a search window below them.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 Football Season Is Here

Aaron Rodgers Greenbay Packers...GO PACK !!!
 Football Season has returned again for all of us fans. I myself am a Greenbay Packers Fan, so don't hate me for it. I do like other teams, but Greenbay has been my favorite for years. It all started when I was a young kid and got a FOOTBALL UNIFORM FOR CHRISTMAS . My older brother had the Falcons and my younger brother had the Saints. My helmet was just colored yellow, so I decided to do something about it. I looked at all the Football Teams and Greenbay had the yellow helmet, so that became my choice for a Football Team. I painted the Greenbay G symbol on both sides of the helmet and I loved them ever since even though I grew up in New York.
 Okay so what does everybody need for football season ? We all need a BIG SCREEN TELEVISION , so we can feel like were right at the game. At my house we have a 48 inch Samsung Television and it does a nice job for our house. I have seen some other much larger televisions that I would love to have, but I would need a bigger room to put it in. If you have the place and the budget I say go for it. I know on my television I love watching the WWE Wrestling Show on it. It's even awesome for playing our video games on our XBOX 360. It is a much better choice than the old 19 inch Magnavox television we used to watch. Don't get me wrong the smaller televisions do have their place. In fact I have a nice Viewsonic 19 inch led lcd television in my Computer Ham Shack where I can watch programs while I am on the computer.
 So if you are into the Football Season I would suggest getting a nice big screen television today. There are many different brands to choose from. I know for myself I did some looking at and checked out all the reviews before I decided on a particular brand of television. I found that the Samsung Televisions function very well and have a good track record. Of course there are many other brands that do an awesome job. So shop around, read the reviews and then choose the LARGE LCD SCREEN TELEVISION you prefer.
 Thank You for stopping by and enjoy the Football Season.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back To School

 Yes next week the kids will be back in school. So now I would get my last minute shopping in for school cloths and school supplies. I remember my Mom taking us to the what they called the dime store. We would pick out some cheap folders, 3 ring notebooks, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks and line paper to write on. I remember in one school we would buy some small note books, pencils and erasers.
 The other items we would buy were various types of clothing. We bought simple fruit of the loom colored t-shirts and some kind of cheap jeans. We also bought some flannel shirts to wear when the weather got colder. When it was warmer we would buy some sneakers and then some boots for the cold weather. If our summer, fall and winter jackets were worn out we would buy those when we needed them. Then there were the essentials as far as clothing went like socks etc....
 Here are a couple links where you can get your school supplies.

Friday, August 7, 2015

PC And Windows 10

 Okay so what is happening with Computers and Windows 10. Well I am seeing more and more people that have installed or upgraded their older windows 7, 8 and 8.1 pc computers to windows 10. The problem is that not all computers work well with windows 10. I have seen some horror stories where they upgraded to windows 10 and they lost their data. The other problem is that the computer seems to be running slower. The other problem that is happening is that the computer is now crashing.
 If you are going to try and upgrade you computer to windows 10 make sure that you have made a back up of your system. Use the backup program in the control panel in windows 7 to back up to an eternal hard drive before upgrading to windows 10. If you are using windows 8 or 8.1 make sure to use file history and make an image backup first, then try upgrading to windows 10. I would also make sure your computer is free of viruses, spyware, adware and malware before upgrading. This way you will save yourself a lot of headaches.
 If you don't do the windows 10 upgrade you can always purchase a full package of windows 10. I say if you can do the free upgrade just do it. I downloaded the windows 10 media software and ran the upgrade. So far I am not having any problems. You do have a 30 day limit where you can roll back to your previous version of software. I have tried this on a pc that was not running properly and now I am having to wipe out the pc and install everything fresh.
 If you are looking for a new computer you can click on the link below or go to the store below.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cloths And Online Shopping

  I don't mind too much going to the malls to buy cloths, but I have found that online shopping can't be beat. I have bought various types of clothing through and Ebay. The trick is to know what size you wear. I also look at the reviews on the various items so I can get a feel for what people like and what problems I could be facing. It seems as though when I follow those two steps size and reviews I never have a problem.
 You can buy all kinds of clothing from shirts to shoes and get some really good deals. Another item I look at is to see what the current fashion for some particular type of clothing. A good example is last year when it was cold outside I wanted something warm to wear on my feet when I was at work. I wanted the boots to be waterproof and not to heavy. I did some shopping around and found what I wanted on . They were fairly priced and fit with no problems. So if you are looking for certain types of clothing here are a few links you can click on.
Thank You For Stopping By And Happy Shopping !!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


 Cool Stuff can be found all over the place. You can find it at your local garage sales, used stores and on the internet. If you are looking for some awesome sales then I would check out Amazon and Ebay. If it's a Toy you are looking for these two websites can be a goldmine of cool stuff. I like going to the local stores and malls, but I find it easier to shop through Amazon and Ebay. The cool stuff isn't always cheap stuff. The prices on many different items vary, so you do have to be a good shopper. If you are shopping on Amazon remember to check out the ratings and reviews on whatever Toy or Item you have in mind. If you are searching for cool stuff on Ebay remember to check carefully at the reviews of the seller. They can be very helpful in deciding on a particular item. Always remember to comparison shop. In other words check out local stores, amazon and ebay and then make your decision. Here are a few links below where you can find cool stuff.
 The items at Amazon and Ebay seem to be endless. So if you click on the links above have fun searching.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


  So it's finally summer and it's time to let the music play. Open your windows and turn up the sound. If you looking for a good stereo and stereo equipment check out the pioneer stereo systems. Pioneer has been around for a long time and they are still going strong. I remember having those awesome car stereo systems that made cruising on a warm summer night fun. Riding along the lake with my wife by my side enjoying the music.
 So get a nice stereo system, boom box or car stereo and enjoy the summer time.
  Looking for more Stereo Equipment Check Out This Link AWESOME STEREO SYSTEMS

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Weather Forecast For Summer

  The weather is getting warmer and summer is almost here. That means that along with the nice weather we get the nasty thunder and lightning storms. In fact we have already had a few go through. What I suggest doing is get a nice weather forecast station. They do vary in price as to how advanced a weather forecast station you would prefer. If you are a Ham Radio Operator or a CB Radio Operator this can be a valuable piece of equipment for the Ham Shack or the CB Radio Shack.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Ceramics A Hobby Or Career

  If you like making things with your two hands I would look into Ceramics. I remember taking Ceramics Shop Classes when I was in High School years ago. It was one of those classes that I was not sure about at first, but I ended up loving it. I still have mt Beer Stein that I made way back when I was eighteen years old. The nice thing about Ceramics is that you can have it for a hobby or you can make it into a career. I remember my Aunt used to have a ceramics shop in her basement where she did it as a hobby. She gave different items to different family members. In fact I still have a few of them in my home today.
  Okay so do you want the think more about making ceramics a career. My advise would be to buy some books on ceramics. This way you can learn exactly what tools you will need. What I would suggest doing is creating a blog and try to sell some of your ceramics on it. You could also try to sell your ceramics on Amazon and Ebay. Eventually you may be able to start your own ecommerce website.
  There will be various tools that you will need to start a ceramics hobby or career. You are going to need your various supplies, molds, potters wheel and a kiln. You will need to save up some money for those items. I have seen on the internet where you can by ceramic molds at some good prices. There are also places where you can buy the clay and slip for the molds as well as some tools for working with your projects. You are also going to need the different glazes to color your ceramic projects. Also look into payment methods such as paypal and credit cards. It's not going to be easy, but if you love ceramics that will make it that much easier. Click on any of the links or use the store below the posts for more ceramic items. You can also go to my bookstore at this link to find more books on ceramics.
  Thank You for stopping by.    

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Summer Vacation Is Almost Here

Adirondack Mountains

  Summer Vacation is almost here. It's time to get that tent and go camping with your family and friends. I remember going back packing in the Adirondacks with my wife and brother on a back packing trip. We went with a group one year and then just family another year. It was one of the best vacations I ever had. We also had a tent when I was younger and we used to sleep in the front yard. Our house sat back from the road with trees and bushes to block us from the road. Those were some fun times growing up. So get out there and get that tent and camping supplies for that summer vacation camping trip.
So follow these links  TENTS and  CAMPING GEAR
Thanks For Stopping By.