Tech Tips

What’s taking up so much space on your hard drive?

By May 25th, 2011 in Tech Tips

These days it’s easy to download and save lots of files until your hard drive is overflowing.  But it’s difficult to tell at a glance what files are taking up the most space without going through every single folder one at a time.  Enter SpaceSniffer, a free utility that graphically displays the largest files and

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Earth Day E-Waste Recycling at Sears in Santa Barbara

By April 22nd, 2011 in Tech Tips

To celebrate Earth Day, a free electronic waste collection event April 22nd and 23rd, at the Santa Barbara Sears parking lot, from 8:30-4:00 each day! Sponsored by the City, all businesses and residents are invited to bring any and all of their unwanted or unusable electronics to the drop off event! For more info call

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Diagnose your own laptop screen problem

By April 7th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Laptops often have display issues when their LCD screen backlight burns out, or they encounter video problems.  Some problems, like loose connections, are inexpensive fixes, while others like replacing the screen or video card can be more expensive.  Being able to diagnose your own laptop problem can help determine whether it’s worth fixing.  Below are

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Hackers steal your e-mail address from Chase, Citi, Walgreens, Best Buy, others

By April 4th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Prepare to be inundated with even more spam. Hackers have stolen the e-mail databases from Epsilon, an e-mail service provider that sends e-mails to you on behalf of such big name clients as Chase, Citibank, Walgreens, and others.  While Epsilon has sent assurances that no bank account information or other highly sensitive data was compromised,

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Avoid getting hacked, use a program to remember secure passwords

By February 26th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Everybody knows they should use secure passwords, but far too many people are guilty of using their pets’ or children’s names as passwords instead of strong passwords.  The problem is it’s difficult to remember a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and non-dictionary words.  Enter the password manager. Password Managers These programs securely

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Mozy pricing has changed, we review online backup alternatives

By February 23rd, 2011 in Tech Tips

For many years we’ve recommended Mozy online backups for our clients. We’ve found them to be a cost-effective reliable way to ensure that your data is safe should the worst occur. They are a great solution particularly for people with laptops.  When people travel, they rarely bring their external hard drives with them to backup

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