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The brand new Sonos Amp is out and I'm installing some today! Can't wait to hear these things. If you're looking to spru...
12/07/2018

The brand new Sonos Amp is out and I'm installing some today! Can't wait to hear these things. If you're looking to spruce up your home audio system, let me know!

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01/13/2017
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Nearly all TVs come with a stand that you can use to place it on a piece of furniture. But these stands can be pretty flimsy, and certainly aren't safe when there's small children around. Lets put that TV on the wall! A wall mounted TV often looks nicer, and becomes almost a work of art.

Check out the triumphant return of the 3TG newsletter!
03/18/2015
3TG News

Check out the triumphant return of the 3TG newsletter!

Excited to check out Eero. It might be my new go-to product recommendation for getting WiFi throughout larger spaces. Ev...
02/06/2015
eero

Excited to check out Eero. It might be my new go-to product recommendation for getting WiFi throughout larger spaces. Even for a small place, the single unit would be a good idea. http://goo.gl/jgfhd2

Finally, WiFi that really works. Check it out.

06/03/2014

Looks like some good updates to iOS and OSX. iOS is looking more like Android all the time, and alternate keyboards are a good addition.

06/03/2014

Looks like some good updates to iOS and OSX coming soon. iOS is looking more like Android all the time, and alternate keyboards are a good addition.

Important! If you use eBay, or have ever used eBay, make sure you go and change your password (they've had a huge securi...
05/21/2014
Password Management

Important! If you use eBay, or have ever used eBay, make sure you go and change your password (they've had a huge security breach). The site will probably require that you change it anyway. The real thing to look out for is any other site where you've used the same password. When hackers breach the security of one site and steal usernames and passwords, they use that information to try logging into other sites on the web.

Check out my blog post to find out how to use unique passwords on every site you visit.

Passwords are one of the necessary annoyances of the web. The problem with security, though, is that the stronger it is the hard it is to use. The more complex a password is, the more secure, but the harder it is to remember. This leads to using the same password for all your web accounts. The reaso…

Find out about a super convenient way to search all your favorite sites.
04/07/2014
Context Menu Search

Find out about a super convenient way to search all your favorite sites.

There are so many ways to search for information on the internet. Sure, Google is still one of the most popular methods, but sometimes you already know where you want to search for something, and you just want to search one site. My favorite tool for this job is a simple little browser plugin for Go...

Google just announced new pricing for Google Drive storage. The new prices are incredible and offer far more storage for...
03/14/2014
Save more with Google Drive

Google just announced new pricing for Google Drive storage. The new prices are incredible and offer far more storage for the money than their competitors.

03/14/2014
What is Net Neutrality?

If you're not sure what net neutrality means, this very short video is a good primer. Net neutrality is really important, and you should be ready to call your Congressperson should the need arise.

Net neutrality is a contentious topic that has been the subject of numerous debates and continues to make news almost every day. So what is it exactly? Check...

Do you have a slow computer you're not quite ready to replace? Check out this article for suggestions on how to speed it...
03/11/2014
Speeding Up Old Computers

Do you have a slow computer you're not quite ready to replace? Check out this article for suggestions on how to speed it up!

There are several things that can be done to get more life out of your current computer instead of purchasing a new one. If you like your current computer, or don't want to spend the money and effort of replacing it, here are a few ways to get more life out of your device: Upgrade the Operating Syst...

If you're curious to know the difference between hard drives and RAM, check out the latest blog post, which is the first...
03/11/2014
Computing 101: Memory

If you're curious to know the difference between hard drives and RAM, check out the latest blog post, which is the first in the blog to explain basic computing concepts.

From time to time, I'll be writing educational blog posts. In these posts I'll explain some basic aspects of computing that some of my readers/clients might not be familiar with, and may help them better understand the tools they're using. In this post, I'll be discussing the topic of memory. I'll f...

If you're wondering how you should store your photos, check out the latest 3TG blog post.
03/03/2014
Photo Storage Methods

If you're wondering how you should store your photos, check out the latest 3TG blog post.

Digital photography has significantly decreased the cost of taking photos, but now we take more photos than ever and we need a way to store them and back them up. One solution used to be to burn backups of photos to CDs or DVDs. This is inadvisable because optical discs tend to suffer data corruptio...

02/21/2014

Do you want to keep an old computer running for another couple years? Switch your hard drive to an SSD (Solid State Drive). It'll help the speed of your PC tremendously!

It's a fairly quick job, and if you drop your computer off, there's a guaranteed fixed labor charge of $150 (the drive must be obtained separately).

Important notice to users of Windows XP: you'll need to think about upgrading soon. Check out the 3TG blog for more info...
02/17/2014
The End of XP

Important notice to users of Windows XP: you'll need to think about upgrading soon. Check out the 3TG blog for more information.

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. This means that if you have XP installed on your computer, over time your operating system will be less and less secure. When Microsoft [MS] says they're no longer supporting XP, it means that the OS won't be getting regular security…

A quick post about the preferred web browser of 3TG.(image source: shoze.blogspot.com)
02/17/2014
Picking a Web Browser

A quick post about the preferred web browser of 3TG.

(image source: shoze.blogspot.com)

Credit: shoze.blogspot.com Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) enjoyed a long run as the king of the web browsers, a position it obtained mostly due to the fact that it has come installed with every version of Windows from Windows 98 onward (it was first released as a add-on for Windows 95). The past...

A great sale on big Vizio TVs over at Woot.com today! Vizio makes some really good TVs and they're a US-based company.
02/06/2014
Your Choice of VIZIO 1080p LED Smart TV

A great sale on big Vizio TVs over at Woot.com today! Vizio makes some really good TVs and they're a US-based company.

Live the American Dream, or at least one of them

Amazon is running a huge sale on some solid state hard drives. These things can make your computer (laptop OR desktop) i...
01/27/2014
Transcend Information 256GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive TS256GSSD340

Amazon is running a huge sale on some solid state hard drives. These things can make your computer (laptop OR desktop) incredibly fast. Pick one up and for two hours of work 3TG can move your current operating system to a super fast SSD.

Transcend SATA III SSD340 Fast Performance for All Your Computing Needs Aimed at users looking to upgrade to the superior performance of solid-state technology at a competitive price, Transcend’s SSD340 with SATA III 6 GB/s technology makes sluggish computer boot-up and program launches a...

01/22/2014

Fun fact: there's a computer term related to Windows servers called "reanimate tombstones." Spooky!

Crazy sale on a 70" Vizio TV at Woot today. Just $1200. My 60" cost three times that in 2007, and it wasn't even a flat ...
01/21/2014
VIZIO 70" 1080p LED Smart TV with Wi-Fi

Crazy sale on a 70" Vizio TV at Woot today. Just $1200. My 60" cost three times that in 2007, and it wasn't even a flat screen :)

Get in the game. And in your own head. 

In today's new blog post, I stress the most important rule in computer usage.
01/21/2014
The Number One Rule

In today's new blog post, I stress the most important rule in computer usage.

I can't stress just how important this is: YOU NEED TO BACK UP YOUR DATA! I don't normally insist that my clients do anything. I won't insist that you to use a smartphone, or to switch to a Mac, or to buy a new computer/TV/printer (I'll often recommend, not insist). But there's one thing that every…

This is a nice list of all the crazy things the NSA is capable of doing to monitor us when we use the internet.
01/17/2014
A Running List of What We Know the NSA Can Do. So Far.

This is a nice list of all the crazy things the NSA is capable of doing to monitor us when we use the internet.

The trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden has revealed the elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. Here, a running list of things we now know the NSA can do, based on media reports and other publicly available documents -- so far. If we missed any,...

Save hundreds of dollars per year with an easy phone call (#soundslikeupworthy)!
01/16/2014
Save Money with a Phone Call

Save hundreds of dollars per year with an easy phone call (#soundslikeupworthy)!

If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you pay a company for access to the internet. The question I pose to you today is: when was the last time you looked at that bill? ISPs (Internet Service Providers) often change their plans and their pricing because competing ISPs will often keep th...

Here is the 3TG treatise on purchasing movies, especially digital, streaming versions.
01/16/2014
In this Market, Rent - Don't Buy

Here is the 3TG treatise on purchasing movies, especially digital, streaming versions.

At the moment I'm looking at a shelving unit in my office. This unit is designed to hold DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs... It currently holds 180 DVD movies, 80 TV season box sets, and a small set of VHS tapes. In the past year I have taken an item off that shelving unit exactly ZERO times. My first DVD was p...

Computer running slow? 3TG can get the cobwebs out. Literally!
01/16/2014
Bunnies Can Slow Your PC

Computer running slow? 3TG can get the cobwebs out. Literally!

Is your computer running slowly? The culprit could be dust. The vast majority of computers are cooled by air, and most of the time this is done with fans moving room temperature air past the much hotter internals of a computer. Metal heatsinks sit on the hottest parts and draw the heat away from the...

The only craft I do is making ethernet cables...
01/10/2014

The only craft I do is making ethernet cables...

If you're looking for a powerful portable bluetooth speaker, this one seems to get good reviews and there's a major sale...
12/12/2013
The Oontz XL - Cambridge SoundWorks Most Powerful Portable, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker

If you're looking for a powerful portable bluetooth speaker, this one seems to get good reviews and there's a major sale on it today.

I'll confess I don't have any first-hand experience with this specific portable speaker, but I love having one around to use at picnics or tailgating.

The OontZ XL Portable , Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker turns any phone, tablet , mobile device or PC into a high-end portable boombox sound system. Now you can play music, movies and games and fill even the largest spaces with amazing sound. The OontZ XL produces, high quality sound, powerful volume...

3TG is now on Yelp!
12/11/2013
3TG

3TG is now on Yelp!

IT Services & Computer Repair in Sterling, VA

3TG's recommended media streamer, the Roku 3, is on sale today at Woot.com for only $65 (plus $5 shipping). That's aroun...
12/11/2013
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

3TG's recommended media streamer, the Roku 3, is on sale today at Woot.com for only $65 (plus $5 shipping). That's around $20 less than usual! This is definitely something to snatch up before it sells out.

On the ninth day of Crapmas... 

Wow! The favorite mouse of 3TG, the Logitech Performance MX, is being sold on Amazon for an all-time low of $45. It norm...
12/06/2013
Peripherals

Wow! The favorite mouse of 3TG, the Logitech Performance MX, is being sold on Amazon for an all-time low of $45. It normally sells for around $79. Pick one up if you need a new mouse. You can find it through our website:

http://3tg.co/peripherals/

12/05/2013

The Spheero is a little ball that you can roll around remotely with your mobile device. If you're looking for a fun holiday gift, there's a one-day sale on the gadget over at Woot.com: http://goo.gl/WNZemC

11/24/2013

I found this late, but for one day only you can get big discounts on Logitech peripherals, easily my favorite computer accessories. Check out my favorites at http://3tg.co/products/

Today's Woot is last year's model of Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet. The current model is the best in its price range, ...
11/14/2013
Google Nexus 7 16GB or 32GB Tablet

Today's Woot is last year's model of Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet. The current model is the best in its price range, and this older model at $130 or $150 is also unbeatable.

Get it while Google's still not entirely evil!

11/08/2013
3TG Customer Newsletter

The 3TG newsletter will be going out today at 10am! If you haven't signed up for it yet, go here: http://goo.gl/5jAd8W

Today's issue will discuss the Cryptolocker virus, managed services for the masses, and WiFi coverage in your home and/or business.

3TG Customer Newsletter Email Forms

Do you use the same password for everything? PLEASE DON'T!Good security doesn't even have to be difficult. One of my fav...
09/18/2012
LastPass - Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management

Do you use the same password for everything? PLEASE DON'T!

Good security doesn't even have to be difficult. One of my favorite internet companies out there is one called Lastpass. They make the tough job of personal web security far easier, while also making things more secure. Check them out to get started, or give me a call for help.

LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

09/12/2012
Carbonite vs CrashPlan

There's no way around it: if you have irreplaceable data on your computer, you MUST have a backup plan. Whether it's a thumb drive, another hard drive, or making floppies and sending them out of state to a friend (I don't recommend this), you have to have a plan for when the worst can happen to your computer.

Fortunately, my favorite service, Crashplan, is having a special promotion. You get a year of unlimited space for free! Or, a year of unlimited space for up to 10 computers for $50! Please check Crashplan out. They're a great service, and for a tiny amount of money you can have peace of mind that your data is backed up.

Yep. One computer, backing up an unlimited amount of personal files with no restrictions, costs nothing for one full year. Backup doesn't get any better than that! And if you've got multiple computers, our Family Plan is only $50 for the first year!

What's my favorite gadget of all time you ask? The Tivo! Check out this sale for today only: http://goo.gl/mb3pQ
09/10/2012
TiVo Premiere DVR

What's my favorite gadget of all time you ask? The Tivo! Check out this sale for today only: http://goo.gl/mb3pQ

The original deal pioneer keeps on pinching pennies and cracking wise. No, that price isn't a typo. Go to Woot.

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