Tech Tips


How To Spot A Bad Hard Drive

Does he really know? Did you ever wonder how a computer guy can tell if your Hard Drive has gone bad? Well it’s actually easier than you might think, in addition to intuition, and noticing when things are just not working the way they are supposed to, nearly every computer hard drive created today has what’s called S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis […]


Tech Tip – Protect Your Dongle

Don’t Forget the Dongle It’s easy to become a little careless when in a hurry, but one thing you should always keep an eye on is your dongle. They are incredibly important, pretty delicate, and once broken are not easily fixed and sometimes not replaceable… I should probably take a moment to tell you that a dongle is any USB […]


Tech Tip – Canned Air

Tis the start of the season of spring cleaning, and help you get into the spirit I’ve got a little tip about dusting your computer. For most people, the go to for cleaning out the computer is a good old-fashioned “can of air” that you can pick up from just about any store. While these products work good it is […]


Memory is King

Memory + More = Better Weather looking for a quick boost of speed to your computer or if you’re looking to expand on what you already have, nothing beats a memory upgrade! First things first, Don’t confuse memory with storage, memory is what allows your computer to multitask and create an environment where you can do many more things, quicker. […]


Lets Save You a Headache!

Thanks for taking the time to read this We are going to talk about something today that is hard but I am going to do my best to make it super easy.  Backing up your computer. It is so incredibly important and how you do it is equally as important. A lot of people use these portable USB flash drives […]


Have you tried turning it off and on again?

It Sounds Like A Joke It Does, and as an IT guy it’s almost become a joke.  I can’t even tell you how often I actually say the phrase have you tried rebooting the device, or have you tried turning it on and off again. The problem is is that it’s not a joke it actually really works, and I’m […]


Passwords. I HATE PASSWORDS!

A Necessary Evil Passwords are incredibly important and nowadays there are so many to remember. Every website you visit, every bank account, every credit card, every social media account has a requirement for a password.  A lot of times it’s hard to find a way to make passwords that are; 1: easy to remember, and 2: hard for other people […]


Holiday gift ideas that Scott wants

Tis the season of giving, and that sometimes can be a burden, and unfortunately ideas can sometimes be hard to come across so if you’re looking to give that special somebody a present they may just love here’s a few things that the Northwoods Computer Guy wants…. this is not a request of you to buy them for me however […]


Black Friday is here

Odd Deals I’ve Stumbled Across!  Aroma Trees 2 Mini Hand Held Hummingbird Feeders with Instructions and Kit   Laptop Deals Worth Seeing! Lenovo – Yoga 710 2-in-1 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 256GB Solid State Drive – Black  Price: $599.99 (Save $230) Best Buy MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US 15.6″ Full HD Thin and Light Gaming […]


What is a Computer Virus?

Such A Simple Question…. With a Thousand Answers! The Easy Answer: A computer virus is a program that runs on your computer that has malicious intent. The Plane Speak Answer: A computer virus is a program that has a specific job. Typically its job is to collect information about you or open up additional security breaches in your computer that […]


Hey I found your missing tools!

Windows 10 Surprises Windows 10 had a ton of really cool surprises, and some not so cool.  One of the most common questions I get asked about is the Missing Control Panel and Original Internet Explorer. Well in this months Tech Tip I help you win at this little game of hide and seek.  Not only are you going to […]