Author: Kris McDonald

Dirty Laptops are Nasty… It’s Important to Clean Your Laptop

Ok, this is a sensitive subject, and some may be offended, but it needs to be said… People… PLEASE CLEAN YOUR LAPTOP!!! I work in IT. I have seen some doozies. I’ve received laptops with stuck on food, crumbs, and a ton of dust embedded in the keys, the hinges, and the fan opening. Back in the day when computers were still beige, I received some that were yellow and sticky from gook and cigarette smoke. Whenever I get a laptop to fix one of the first things I do it clean it. This should not be my job,...

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Keeping Your Kids Informed about Smoking and Vaping

As parents, we sometimes have tough conversations with our kids… drugs, sex, alcohol… it’s our responsibility to teach them right and wrong along the way. Yes, they will make their own decisions, but we have to do our part. We have known about the dangers of smoking for many years. Smoking can cause lung cancer. Smoking can cause throat cancer. It can trigger asthma, cause coughing episodes, cause emphysema, and a host of other health problems. Many people have taken this to heart and have stopped smoking. Others continue to do it anyway.   Smoking is Dangerous According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per...

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7 Ways To Welcome Spring Into Your Home

The past week or so in Chicago has been the most insane weather that I have seen in a long time! When I woke up in Chicago last Monday morning and looked out the window I had a shock. There was snow everywhere! It was beautiful. But umm… it was April 9th! I was certainly not seeing spring. I was thinking, “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??” We had a couple of teaser days of warmer weather, then right back to cold temps, then back up again. Ugh! “Sometimes it snows in April” and we don’t like it one bit....

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Earth Day is Coming – Be More Environmentally Conscious

Over the past few years, we have heard a lot about living “green”. But what exactly does that mean? The short definition is that Green living is a lifestyle that tries in as many ways as it can to bring into balance the conservation and preservation of the Earth’s natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity with human culture and communities. On the expressway that I drive to go home, there is a landfill. It’s pretty though. They have covered it over with grass and trees so that it just looks like hills. However, every now and then they kick on the burners...

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Why The Google Pixelbook Could Be Your Next Laptop

Chromebooks have been around for a while now. However, I feel like they’ve gotten a bit of a bad rap. When most think Chromebooks, we think about computers that teachers hold in classrooms, pass out to their students, then collect again at the end of class. Past models have come with very little RAM (memory), Celeron processors, and small hard drives. The Google Pixelbook is here to change our minds about Chromebooks. The Google Pixelbook is the new high-performance Chromebook which is not just for school kids. It’s for real people, who need to do “real” computing. The specs...

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