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At CDM, our goal is to always make technology accessible and streamlined for our customers. Though we can help you with your computer in countless ways, we can’t look over your shoulder while you’re at home and have a question. If you need our help, stop in or call! But in the meantime, check out these ten tips to make using your computer easier!

  1.     To find something on a web page or document without scrolling through the entire thing, hit control + F on PC or command + F on Mac and type in the phrase. Try it on this article! Type the find function for your device and type in “password” to find advice on choosing a strong password.
  2.     If you’re reading a webpage, press the spacebar to scroll down, and press shift + spacebar to scroll back up.
  3.     If you’re searching for flights or hotels online, try using Incognito mode on Google Chrome. This mode prevents websites from collecting data or cookies. That way, companies cannot see if you’ve viewed their flights before- if they know you’re interested, they will raise the prices you’re offered!
  4.     To create an especially secure password, use non-English characters on your keyboard, such as ñ or ø. (On PC: type “control + ~ + n” for ñ and “alt + 0248” for ø. On Mac, type “option + n” for ñ and “option + o” for ø)
  5.     If you’re drafting a long email, essay, or another piece of writing and need to proofread it, copy and paste the text in Google Translate or another translation tool. Then, click the speaker button to hear the text read aloud, making it easier to find any mistakes.
  6.     Are you doing research and want to find only reputable sources? Try using scholar.google.com instead of just google.com! Google Scholar only shows credible sources written by experts!
  7.     If you want to add emphasis to a piece of writing, press control + i to write in italics, control + u to write underlined, and control + B to write in bold (replace “control” with “command” if on Mac).
  8.     If you’re writing an important email, write the text of the email before you add a recipient! That way, you avoid sending it too early or to the wrong person.
  9.     To quickly find the dictionary definition of a word, type “define: [your word]” into Google for an instant definition!
  10.  If you accidentally closed a webpage tab too quickly, you can easily re-open it by pressing control + shift + T on PC or command + shift + T on Mac.

Whether you use your computer solely for personal use, or if it’s an integral part of your business, understanding how to use it properly is paramount. Lucky for you, we’re always here to help!

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Choosing a new computer can be daunting. However, when you have the right advice, it can be a simple process. First, understand what your needs are. What will you use your computer for? Whether it’s for business use, communicating with friends, streaming, gaming, editing photos, or something else, CDM can help you find the device you need. Your primary use is the biggest determinant of which type of computer to purchase. With that in mind, here are a few more tips for choosing the right machine for you. After you have an idea of what you want, call us!


Laptop or Desktop?


Today, laptops are very common: many users choose them for their portability, allowing them to work or surf the web away from their desks. Laptops are especially a good choice for students, as they can bring them back and forth from school and home with ease. They also are a great option for people who travel often and want to stay connected!


However, there are still some strong advantages for desktops. From a financial standpoint, they are generally less expensive to purchase, repair, and update than laptops. They also typically feature a larger screen than laptops, making them a strong choice for people who work with photos, videos, or design. The large screen also may appeal to older generations who are accustomed to it and prefer seeing things on a larger scale.


Operating system: Windows or Mac?


Deciding between a Window or Mac operating system is largely a personal preference. Some users are diehard Mac fans, while others are loyal to Windows. In choosing between them, consider what you’re familiar with. If you’ve only worked with Windows devices, are you willing to learn an entirely new operating system?


The other biggest determinant is what other devices you already own. If you use an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or other Apple product, you may enjoy how those devices can interact with a Mac operating system. Various apps will sync under your Apple ID and allow you to access the same content across devices. For example, if you save something in Notes on your iPhone, that content will appear on your Mac. On the other hand, Windows computers, tablets, and Xbox products all operate on the same system (Windows 10), which creates a more streamlined experience.


Processor


Processors impact how fast a computer operates. The main types are the Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 or i9. The Core i3 is the least expensive option, but is also the least powerful. However, if you’re looking to spend under $500 on a computer and only need basic computing abilities (like having a few web tabs open, sending emails, typing, etc.), the Core i3 would be a great choice for you.


Core i5 processors are a balance between moderate price and performance. They will provide decent speed and be efficient enough for the average computer user, especially if you’re on a budget. However, if you have a larger budget and want the fastest, most powerful option, a Core i7 processor or above will take very little time loading and will allow you to work quickly.


Memory


The memory of a computer is measured in gigabytes (GB). Standard computers feature eight GB of storage, which is plenty for most users. The only reason you would need more is if you frequently run multiple large applications at the same time. People who use their computers for streaming and gaming may opt for 16 GB options.


Price


Of course, your budget is an important factor for your decision. If you’re working on a tight budget, you can still purchase a computer to surf the web, use email, and other simple needs. Today, inexpensive computers are advanced enough to run common tasks. However, if you can spend slightly more, a computer at a mid-price will be dependable if you’re looking to get work done.

If you’re confused about which computer is right for you, you have a resource: CDM! We are here to help you choose the right product for your needs and to supply you with it. Or, if you’re wondering about whether to repair your current computer or purchase a new machine, stop by and talk to our computer experts. We are here to tailor technology to you!

 

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