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What Actions Add CO2 to the Environment?

Reducing our carbon footprint by lowering CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions means being aware of what daily activities pollute the environment and making better choices to reduce the impact you have on the [more…]

CO2 Emissions Measuring Tools

How much CO2 is going into the environment? If you’re wondering about how much carbon dioxide is released into the air from your actions, use these resources to find out: [more…]

Tips to Reduce Your Home Computer’s Power

Reducing the amount of power your computer uses conserves resources and lowers CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Here are some guidelines that can help you cut back on the energy your home computer consumes [more…]

Helpful Resources for Buying Green Home Computer Equipment

Want to purchase environmentally friendly home computing equipment but don't know where to turn? Use the following resources to green up your home computer and cut your energy costs: [more…]

Green Home Computing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Being green with your home computing practices starts with reducing the amount of power you spend on your home computer. Deciding to buy a new green home computer involves research and recycling your old [more…]

What to Look for in a New Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 will run on most people’s existing computers, but if yours is particularly old or limited or if you just want the latest and greatest, you need to know what to look for in a new Windows 7 PC. [more…]

Upgrading a Netbook to Windows 7 Home Premium

Most netbooks can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. To determine whether your netbook can handle Windows 7 Home Premium, you first need to evaluate your system hardware capabilities, then [more…]

Common Netbook Characteristics

More than likely you've wondered just exactly what a netbook is and how it’s different from a laptop. Here's the lowdown. A netbook is a shrunk-down, lightweight laptop that often has these key features [more…]

Netbook Buying Tips

If you’ve researched all the available netbook models, done all of your homework, and narrowed your choices down to one or more netbooks, you’re almost there. Here’s some final advice for buying a netbook [more…]

Unconventional Netbook Carrying Cases

A surprising number of cases and containers on the market can fit netbooks like a charm, even though they weren’t designed specifically for the little laptops. You can usually score one of these unconventional [more…]

Netbook Manufacturers' Web Sites

When netbooks first hit the marketplace, only a handful of computer manufacturers offered the little laptops. Now it seems everyone is making a version a netbook. When selecting a netbook, it's best to [more…]

Netbook Web Forums

If you're having problems with your netbook and can't get a good answer from an official support site, visit a Web forum. A number of user communities have popped up around popular brands and models of [more…]

Netbooks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don't let the toy-like appearance of netbooks — small, inexpensive laptop computers — fool you; they are real computers. Netbooks, for the most part, can do just about anything a normal PC can do. Before [more…]

Changing What Happens When You Close the Lid on a Windows 7 Laptop

Closing the laptop’s lid means that you’re through working, but for how long? Are you done for the day, or are you coming back after lunch. Windows 7 lets you control exactly what happens when you close [more…]

How to Update Applications Software

If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from application improvements, bug fixes, and new security defenses (including virus and malware attacks). Follow these instructions [more…]

Get Help with Computer Problems

Having trouble with your PC? Computer help comes from many sources: the manufacturer and local computer stores are just two. The Windows Remote Assistant lets a friend or trusted expert control your machine [more…]

Computer Update and Maintenance Web Sites

Updating your computer and performing PC maintenance is made easier at the following Web sites. These update and maintenance sites offer support, advice, and information that can help you keep your computer [more…]

Perform Windows Computer Preventive Maintenance

Fixing your own computer is less necessary if you perform computer maintenance. These tips for maintaining your PC can help you prevent computer problems before they happen and can keep your computer running [more…]

How to Update Windows Automatically

Setting up Windows to update automatically is easy, though the steps to automatic updates depend on your operating system version. If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from [more…]

Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Updating software and performing computer maintenance can make your computer last longer, and it isn't difficult. Update software to get the latest security updates and bug fixes. Physically clean your [more…]

Conserve Battery Life on Your Smartphones and Laptops

Smartphones and laptops can give you near-instantaneous access to the Internet no matter where you are, but all that accessibility means nothing if your battery is dead. If you're ultimately concerned [more…]

Equipment for Building a Mid-Range PC

If you’re looking for a computer to browse the Web, e-mail, use simple desktop publishing software, or work with more advanced productivity programs (like spreadsheets and scheduling applications), then [more…]

Making Sense of PC Beep Code Descriptions

If your computer starts beeping, don’t worry; your PC is trying to tell you something. Here’s a guide to those PC beeps and what they mean: [more…]

What You Need to Build a Top-of-the-Line PC

If you want to build a first-class computer — a PC that does advanced computational work (like video editing), plays the latest computer games, and has high-quality video — then here’s the equipment you'll [more…]

Commonsense Rules for Computer Assembly

When you’re ready to put your PC together, keep these things in mind when you’re handling and connecting the computer parts to make assembly quicker, easier, and safer: [more…]

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