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By: JeffC | December 03, 2016

Here's a good comparison of WordPress and SquareSpace.  

Category: Websites 

Tags: WordPress, Squarespace 

By: JeffC | November 12, 2016

Have you received links from your friends in Skype or have your friends said you are sending links to them that you did not send? Someone may have stolen your password.  Read this article to see what you need to do.  You can also contact me at HelpMyOffice for assistance. 

Category: Viruses and Malware 


By: JeffC | September 24, 2016

If you are a web designer, web developer, creative artist, or just someone who creates presentations, you most likely need to use exact and consistent colors.  In software and on the web, colors are defined by either an RGB value or a hexadecimal value.  For example, African Violet is #B284BE in hexadecimal and 178,132,190 in RGB.  


A handy tool to use for this is You can search in Google or Bing for "colorpicker <color name>" and the search result will return the URL or you can use the color chart or you can play with the color scheme generator.  Whichever method you use, this is a handy tool.  Enjoy!

By: JeffC | July 05, 2016

WiFi Signal Image  

I recently decided to dig into why WiFi signals seem to do better "down" than "up."  I have known for a while that the higher the router the better (2nd floor vs. 1st floor) but I was not sure why.  I also had heard that the number of walls, the wall materials, and the angle of walls can affect your signal.  Again, I did not know why. So what can you do to improve your WiFi signal and speed?
  1. Place your router as high as you can.  Wireless signals are electromagnetic waves travelling through the air. There is less chance for signal interference higher in a room because fewer objects are up high. This decreases the dispersion of the signal and keeps the signal stronger for longer distances.
  2. Place it in as central a locat...

By: JeffC | June 21, 2011

When Outlook will not start or is running slowly, the culprit may be an Outlook Add-In. To see if that is the issue, you need to start Outlook in "Safe Mode." This will load Outlook without any Add-Ins.
  1. Click the Start Button
  2. Type Run and press ENTER.
  3. In the Run box, type Outlook /Safe and press ENTER.
Play the video below for a live demonstration.  

Category: Computers and Internet 


By: JeffC | May 01, 2011

Back in August 2008, I started using a program called OpenDNS for filtering and blocking objectional web content for my home content.  I'm still using it!  It's done what it advertised and more.  It protects your network and your family without having to install a program on each PC.  It works for Apple, Windows PCs, and Linux PCs. It is also a good option for your business if you don't want to invest in your own Internet filtering and blocking hardware or software. Go to to read more about it.

Category: Internet Filtering 


By: JeffC | August 14, 2009

If you have upgraded your PC memory to 4 Gigabytes of RAM, you may not see all of it.  System Properties may only show 3.0 GB to 3.25 GB of RAM if you are running a 32-bit operating system.  Why?  Here's as simple an explanation as possible.  It can get really technical but most people don't really care.
  • Binary math: 2^32 = 4,294,967,296.00 bytes of memory. This is the maximum possible that Windows (32-bit) can see.
  • Hide and Seek: The PC hardware reserves some of that memory for itself and hides it from Windows.
  • More math: 4 GB of RAM - hidden memory = ~3.2 GB of RAM (your mileage may vary)
  • Did I waste my money? All 4 Gigabytes of memory are being used, you just cannot see it.
Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, or Windows 7 6...

Category: Computer Memory 


By: JeffC | July 17, 2009

I went with an HP Pavilion dv6z laptop.  It has all the features I wanted, plus some, and did not cost a lot more than I wanted to spend.  The only thing I did not like was the weird size of the 12-cell battery.  It will be interesting to see how it works.  See the photo below.  

See how the battery sticks out and is not flush with the bottom of the laptop?  That's odd.  But maybe it will help improve airflow and keep the CPU cooler.

Category: Computer shopping 


By: JeffC | July 13, 2009

What's the Story?
I'm in the market for a new laptop.  I've been happy with my HP Pavilion dv6000 but I need something that will run 64-bit Vista  (I'm giving in!), a little more horsepower, and more hard drive space (so I can dual-boot with XP).  Most of my clients still have Windows XP but I'm starting to see more Vista PCs and Windows 7 is just around the corner.
What do I pick?
I'm leaning towards Dell, HP, or maybe Lenovo. I have heard and read some good things about the Lenovo ThinkPads.  I'm keeping an eye out on each of the Outlets on their sites for a good deal.
The Specs
I'll probably get a laptop with a little more horsepower than what most people need because of the work I do but not quite as much as a hard-core gamer (more ...

Category: Computer shopping 


By: JeffC | December 03, 2008

When trying to determine what type of web site you need and how many photos it will support, the size of the photos and the amount of web site storage space are the critical considerations. To help you determine, how large each photo will be (in megabytes), here's a web site that can provide a good reference - - and below is an example of how you would use this web site to help you determine how much web site storage space you will need.   Step 1 – Look up your camera on the web site. Let's assume we have a 5 Megapixel (MP) camera that is not on the list. We will use the 5 MP camera under the "Standards" list. Clicking on this link shows us that a 100% JPG (JPG100) image wi...

Category: Websites