REVIEW: Will the O2 Hurricane Canless Air unit get you to ditch canned air?

Published 17th January 2013 By Derrick Wlodarz

When offered to send me a sample of their flagship product, the Hurricane Canless Air System, I couldn’t resist the offer. Like most other technicians out there, I heavily invested in compressed (canned) air for most technical work up until about two years ago. I still keep canned air around for when my beloved air compressor just won’t fit the bill (like going into downtown Chicago on the train) and it’s still expensive as it ever was.

The premise of the Hurricane Canless Air unit is pretty simple: ditch the canned air that you have to re-purchase consistently, and invest in a piece of equipment like any other that resides in your tool bag. More specifically, a tool that can be recharged numerous times (over 500 times, they claim – equivalent to 1000 cans of air) and provide consistent operation each and every time. All this in the size of a product that is truly not much larger than a decently sized can of compressed air.

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Effectively Marketing Your Services with Free Advertising

Published 15th January 2013 By Micah Lahren
Attracting Customers

Craigslist, Backpage, Oodle, Recycler, Kijiji, Marketplace – they can be very useful for effectively marketing your services with free advertising. They’re effective marketing for professionals in any industry, when used properly. Even social bookmarking sites have their place in internet marketing. Not to be forgotten are local bulletin boards, which can be found in many stores and places of business in your local area. However, where free advertising can be found, scammers and spammers abound, so there is a need for caution. How can you make the most of your advertisements and catch the eye of serious potential clients while minimizing the possibility of attracting undesirable responses?

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Clean Up Outlook’s Auto Complete with NK2Edit

Published 11th January 2013 By Chuck Romano

For those who have to deal with a large mailing list or who manage contracts with large mailing lists, having an easy way to manage and update emails is not only a great thing but it can also save time. If you are working with customers who regularly use email clients like Outlook (or if your company does), it will be nice to familiarize yourself with NK2Edit. The tool is designed to allow users to efficiently edit and update the AutoComplete list. The AutoComplete is seen when you are typing the email address of a person in the “To” section of your email client. It will automatically help you complete the email address by giving you known names from the .NK2 file.

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My Quest for the Perfect Backup Software

Published 8th January 2013 By Bryce Whitty
Backup Software

I want to tell you about some software for Windows I found. I actually discovered this while trying to find a good backup solution for my own personal setup, but ended up using it for clients once I knew how powerful it is.

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Prepare Your Business for 2013

Published 4th January 2013 By Ric Chapman

It’s 2013, a new year has landed. Happy New Year Technibblers! We didn’t get wiped out in some Mayan prophesied apocalypse. We’re safe, at least until the next ancient civilization inspires another nutty induced hoax for the year 2020 or something. We’ll still get to enjoy time with friends and family, we’ll hopefully see some inspired iProducts from our favorite soft fruit company and we’ll hopefully see Microsoft finally catch up with the competition and release better products. But aside from all that, 2013 is yet another year we can concentrate on creating and/or growing our businesses, lets help see the new year in and get ourselves and our businesses a little cleaned up.

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Process Hanging? Troubleshoot with WhatIsHang

Published 29th December 2012 By Chuck Romano

We all know about those pesky programs that like to hang for no apparent reason. While we can use Windows Task Manager that allows you to see which process is hanging and how to kill it, sometimes we need something a little more powerful and a bit more granular. If you are a programmer or a developer, or a hot-shot tech, you will want more information in order to determine the underlying processes. That is when WhatIsHang can be a lifesaver.

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My 8 Certification Choices for Business Techs

Published 24th December 2012 By Ric Chapman
Computer Certification

In my previous posts you’ve seen some pretty strong arguments about why you should and shouldn’t get certified in the tech industry and it’s clear that many share my points as well as disagree entirely which comes back to why I wrote about them in the first place. Views on this topic are clearly divided for the reason that there is simply no right or wrong answer, certification comes down entirely to the individual in question. Perhaps you’re one of those individuals looking to make the right certification choice to propel you and your business forward? Is that you? If you’ve taken the time to read the good and bad points on my previous articles and you’re still keen to push forward with study then take a look at my top 8 certification choices for small business technicians to help get you started on the right path.

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Get Awesome Discounts on Computer Products

Published 21st December 2012 By Bryce Whitty

This post is to all the readers out there who do not visit the Technibble forums. I wanted to let you know that even if you do not wish to take part in the community (and you are really missing out if you dont), we have a killer community driven Deals Forum which can save you a TON on computer products.

You do not need to be a member to view this part of the forum so anyone can take advantage of the deals. There is typically a new deal in this forum every few days and many of the deals are one day only, so be sure to check it out often.

In fact, the current deal in there is 50% to 70% OFF ALL HOSTGATOR WEBHOSTING PLANS with domains names for only $1.95. This is a one day deal from Midnight to 11:59PM on Friday the 21st only.

Some of the past deals we had posted there in the past were Malwarebytes for $12, a HP N40L Microserver for £102 with cashback and free Office 2013 upgrades from Office 2010.

So, come check out the deals forum, add it to your favorites and drop by every few days (or every day if you really dont want to miss out on those one day deals).

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6 Reasons Why Techs SHOULD Get Certified

Published 19th December 2012 By Ric Chapman
Why Technicians Should Get Certified

I’m back discussing the divide in the tech community with regards to certifications, I recently gave certs quite a beating with a very one sided view against, but I return today to the flip side. Despite there being plenty of reasons not to get certified there a number of reasons why you should never overlook them entirely, they may have a lot to offer, both for you personally and for your business. With just a little more thought, maybe its time to un-stack those mounting piles of books and start reading!

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5 Reasons Why Techs SHOULDN’T Get Certified

Published 17th December 2012 By Ric Chapman
Why Techs Shouldnt Get Certified

Certifications receive mixed praise and opinion on the Technibble forums and the result of any cert based thread often ends with a 50/50 split for and against. I’ve decided to broach this tricky topic by writing about them in a bit more detail, today I’m leaning towards the negative view of certifications and how they can be detrimental to our progress. In truth there are many reasons but I’ll focus on the 5 I believe to be strong deciding factors to leave those books stacking up in the corner.

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