Monday, March 7, 2011

iPad 2 Release at Best Buy

The iPad 2 is scheduled to be released at 5pm Friday March 11th at the Apple Store. But I've also seen that Best Buy may also have the ipad 2 available at launch on Friday March 11th. No details are available on the time of the Best Buy launch but I would assume that its also 5pm.

If I had plenty of free time, no job and unlimited funds, it might be fun to camp out at my local Apple store. However, I have none of those so I plan on pre-ordering the iPad 2 on Friday as soon as it becomes available online. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How to Sync your Google email, Contacts and Calendar on Iphone

Google has a great service called google sync that allows you to instantly sync your gmail email account, google contacts, and calendar on your iphone. Its easy to set-up and keeps all of your information in-sync with the cloud. It even has push support available so that you can receive emails on your iphone as soon as they hit your inbox (although this does tend to drain the battery faster).

I especially enjoy the contacts feature. If I update a contact in gmail it instantly gets update on my iphone an vice versa. I never have to worry about losing contacts again.


iPad 2 available starting March 11

Apple announced the new iPad 2 yesterday with a release date of March 11. The new model is thinner, lighter, faster, and adds a gyroscope and 2 cameras. The cameras allow you to use apples Facetime video call service which allows you to freely call any compatible iphone, ipod touch, and mac computer.

I've waited a year and I will commit to purchasing the iPad 2. I typically avoid 1st designs to give the company an opportunity to work out any kinks and improve the product.

Once I receive the iPad 2 I will do a series of how-to articles for settting up and using the ipad.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Slow computer? How to get it running like new again.

Computers tend to slow down after a while for a variety of reasons. There are a lot of products out there that will attempt to speed up your system. However, the best way o get your computer running like new again is to format your hard drive and reinstall windows. Your computer will feel as fast as the day you bought it.

You will need:

Portable hard drive to back up all of your files.

Windows installation disc

Installation discs for any software that you have on your computer such as Microsoft office.

The key to this is to back up all of your files. You will lose everything after you format your hard drive so anything not backed up will be permanently lost. A portable hard drive should allow you to easy back-up all of your photos, music, videos and documents onto a single hard drive.

Once all of your files are backed up, reboot and press f8 until the boot menu appears. Insert your windows installation disc and select boot from disc. You will want to format your main partition then reinstall windows.

Follow these instructions from microsoft to format your partition:

Next, install a new version of windows. You will need a valid license key to proceed. 

Finally, reinstall all software on your system and put your backed up files back in place.

Your system will be good as new.