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Another good APP: TextPLUS

21 Jan

As I have stated, Tablets can communicate when it needs to. It is beneficial when you are reading, working cooperatively, or researching. You want or need to share in the process of your work?  Do you need something that can do that in real time?

Texting has been one of the back bones of this form of collaboration.

TextPLUS (Text+) is a FREE instant messaging application for your tablet that lets you text someone. This is a true texting medium unlike other apps like eBuddy, Meebo, AIM, and so on that tie you into their particular medium. Simply, like texting on your phone, you can text here with the same basic graphics you generally see.

So the question bears, if texting requires a phone number, how does it work if your tablet doesn’t have one? It assigns you a phone number for your unit to work. Takes under three (3) minutes to get going and it works great even on Android OS 1.5 devices.

So, if you don’t mind tapping away at a virtual Keyboard and getting a few words spelled wrong in the process, go for it!

If It Says “Upgrade”…Do It!

4 Jan

If you have covered yourself with a good virus and malware program (see my suggestions in upcoming article), then when your computer prompts you to upgrade, then take a moment to do it right then.

I cannot tell you how often I am called upon to help with a slow or non-functioning system to find that the majority of the problem is that the computer has not been updated with important updates. This is not a computer error, but an operator one. Most people see the pop-up alert to update and they click it off telling themselves they will do it later.  The problem is that they don’t.  Sound like you?

I had a friend that had over 50 updates on just his system alone. This did not include updates on drivers for various attachments and programs. There is nothing more frustrating than sitting for a couple of hours updating someones system because they didn’t do it when prompted.  Hey, I will do it, but I will charge $30 for the service.

Simply, CNET.com offers a Software Tracker for FREE that you can download and run once a month to check and see if there are any new updates to your software or drivers.  Additionally, you should be running a system checkup once a week and running a malware program once or twice a month. This is especially important if your kids are playing games a lot on your computer.

Again, however, if you just don’t want the hassle because your just too busy and money is not an issue, then contact me and I will clean it up for you and install updates for $30 for the first 2 hours and $20 for every hour afterward. I do have friends and clients that pay. But it is something you can do yourself for sure.

Before You Upgrade Anything!

4 Jan

If you have not upgraded a program or your Microsoft system ware in some time, it is always good to be sure to “Set A Recovery Date” before doing so.

Nowadays, software often prompts the computer to register a recovery point before it installs but that is never 100%. So why should you set a recovery point? Simply, if you mess up something, you can most likely recover your system by running the Recover the System. A get out out of jail kinda card.

So, here is the skinny of this process…

Select>  Start
Select> All Programs
Select> Accessories
Select> System Tools
Select> System Restore

Ok, I expect everyone can follow directions from there.