You need not spend large amounts of cash for decent computers and reasonable Internet services. If you know how, you can get these cheaply. This site is dedicated to showing you how.
It seems that very few consumers of computers understand this
one simple rule: the more you know about computers, the
less you pay for them...
There are so many really, really, awful, horrible laptops
(and desktops) around. The question is why? And what
should you do as a result? ...
Many people like their laptops like they like their women:
thin and beautiful. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
But, as with many women, there are disadvantages to laptops that
are thin and beautiful...
Knowing what you need before you buy a new computer may save
you a substantial amount of money and will greatly improve
your chances of getting the computer you really want.
Now, you may be thinking,
"Of course I know what kind of a computer I need!", but do you
really? Is the computer you're thinking of buying really the one
you need? Or is it just the one you want? ...
The better you understand any computer you're considering buying,
the more money you'll save and the more satisfied you will be with
your purchase. Most consumers of computers know little about what
they're buying. The common result is that they experience significant
buyer's remorse when they get their new computer home and discover
that it is low quality, frustrating to use, and/or doesn't do
everything they want. The way to not fall into this trap is to do
your homework before you buy...
Being able to identify a quality computer is an important skill
to develop over a lifetime of computer buying.
Unfortunately, it is also a difficult skill to develop. Fortunately,
there are some key features of quality computers. Most of these are
more important to look for in laptops, because desktop computers tend
to stay put and have more replaceable components: ... Read More
If you can live without the newest computer, you can almost
always find the best value by buying at the knee of the cost
versus time curve. Time is the time since the technology first
appeared on the market, and cost is the cost to you to buy that
technology today. The knee of the curve is where the curve
transitions sharply from looking more like a vertical line
to looking more like a horizontal line.
The reason you may want to buy there is that
is where you can get a great deal while still getting a
computer that is eminently useful... Read More
You hear a lot of trepidation out on the Internet when the question
of buying a used computer comes up. It seems that most articles
don't recommend it. The fact is that you can easily
make a mistake. But as you make yourself more
your risk goes down. The risk never goes away completely, but
you can learn what to look for and what to avoid. But why risk
it? The reason is simple, the right used computer can be a
really great buy...
The first steps in successfully obtaining an inexpensive computer
that you will be happy with are: 1)
knowing what you need,
2) knowing what you're buying,
and 3) knowing quality when you see it.
This article takes the process from there to show you where to shop
or how to otherwise legally acquire a cheap laptop...
These days consumers can find themselves in the position of paying
exorbitant prices for bundled communications services, including
Internet. This article tells you how you may be able to
reduce your cost for monthly Internet service...
These days, everyone should be using Linux! I know that isn't
going to happen any time soon, but I just have to say it again.
Everyone should be using Linux! Being a cheapskate,
I can't help being in love with the Linux operating system--even
though at times, it's a painful kind of love. Here's why...
Many consumers seem to be unaware that great
smartphones can be purchased for far less than $1000. I am truly
baffled by this. I don't know whether consumers are buying very
expensive phones because they don't know any better, or...
Several months ago, I explained
how to host your website on
a Raspberry Pi 3 computer for $2 a year. This article will
explain how to host your site on ZeroNet for free. Hosting a site
on ZeroNet is much easier than hosting a website on the Internet
from a webserver in your physical possession. Hosting fees and
domain name registration fees are not charged for ZeroNet sites.
No one will ever charge you a penny...
I recently came across some information about a
device called the
is apparently supposed to enable a novice user (someone with
no webserver or Linux experience) to run a web server from
his home. I wanted to find out more, so I downloaded the
FreedomBox software, installed it on a Raspberry Pi Model 3B
computer, and tried to set up the webserver. Continue
reading to see what happened... Read More
The following post recently drew my attention. It
highlights the problem individuals face in trying to retain their
Internet freedom while under the thumb of an authoritarian
organization or regime...
Since 2019 will end in a few days, I felt this would
be an opportune time to be just a tiny bit critical of the many
articles that will be written about the best laptops to buy
in 2020. I'll do that by giving some recommendations of my
own. However, instead of recommending laptops costing in the
range of $350 to $2000, as nearly all the others will, my
price range will be just a tad lower. I'll recommend the
best laptops to buy for under $100, including shipping
charges. Yes, obviously, these laptops will be used...
Governments and large corporations recognize that
long-term data storage is a problem without an easy solution. While
they can afford to spend millions of dollars for
repositories buried inside mountains in the Arctic or for
writing data onto quartz glass platters with femtosecond
lasers, the average consumer is forced to take a cheaper
Thanks to the policies of Facebook, Reddit, and other
giant online social networks and forums, smaller social networks and
forums appear to be making a comeback. Whether due to
political pressure, or as a result of efforts to maximize
advertising profits, many large platforms silence users and
refuse to acknowledge their desires for
Seemingly every month, new embarrassing revelations about
Facebook's user-unfriendly policies feature prominently on major
news organizations' websites. The result seems to be that some
people are beginning to relocate to smaller, more relaxed
platforms, where money and politics are less influential and a
sense of community is more apparent...
Living in a technologically advancing society funded by
capitalism means regularly being presented with new
technological solutions to old problems. Sometimes these
solutions are awesome. I would never replace my laptop with
a typewriter. I can write with either, but laptops make writing
so much easier and faster, once one has overcome the
substantial learning curve. But often, newer solutions are
I've been waiting ten years to buy a cellphone
that I can use as a desktop computer (or laptop computer). Where
is it?! ...
Before I brought my first website on line last year,
I read a lot of mediocre advice about website building. The problem
with nearly everything I read was that it was geared toward
creating and running a website using commercial software and
a commercial website-hosting company. This advice would have
lead me to build a website just like everyone else's--harvesting
visitors' data, displaying the mandatory advertisements for
the software I was using, and advertising for the hosting
company as well. I wanted a personal platform for conveying
information, not just another revenue stream for corporate
The title of this article is a play on words,
because "the end of the Internet" can mean two things. I mean
both. I'm looking for the undiscovered places at the edges
of the Internet, and I'm looking and
waiting with anticipation for what may replace the Internet--a
next Internet, or next Internets. Perhaps, if it occurs, the next
Internet will be what many now call "the darknet". Perhaps it will
be something completely different...
I recently decided to foray onto the Invisible Internet Project
(I2P) network and write about what I found there. The I2P
network is a distributed, peer-to-peer network that allows
users to interact with others via chat rooms, forums, and email.
Users can also take advantage of various other I2P services:
gaming, file sharing, search, and RSS aggregators. According
survey, the I2P network has more than 140,000 users,
with an average of about 25,000 actively connected at any given
I've been a daily user of ZeroNet now for 6 months. During
that time, I've found it a delightful way of "meeting" (if
only virtually) interesting people and discussing interesting
ideas as well as many technical topics. I've communicated
with other ZeroNet users from all over the world, and I've
been able hear what they think and feel about the situations
that are developing in their countries. ZeroNet is where I
first learned of...
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Gateway KAV60 (LT2016u)
laptop for sale in a local thrift store for $9. It turned out
to be such a waste of $9 that I decided to make it a case
study of what not to buy...
I think many people far under estimate the capabilities of old
laptops. Based on experiences I've had with friends and
relatives, and also based on what
I've heard others say, I believe many consumers are still under
the impression that they have to have a fairly new laptop with
a core i3 to core i7 processor to do the things they want to
do every day with their computers. When I go on line to see
what others are doing with their old computers, I see some
mentions of running Linux, but most articles discuss
"recycling". In other words, they don't seem to think they
can use old computers for what they're doing every day with
their Windows 10 computers...
In the United States, we waste far too many old computers by
giving in to the pressure to hand them over to "recyclers",
companies that destroy computers and ship them to land-fills
in third-world countries. Most of these computers are still
useful, and many people who can't afford to pay several hundred
dollars for a brand-new computer would like to have one.
They may just have difficulty finding one for a good price,
because we "recycle" so many of them...
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