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The Best Places To Buy A Computer - The Results !

The results are in...the decision is clear...as clear as the Genesee River after a two inch rainfall.  Our question this week generated quite a bit of "lively" comments and e-mails.  A number of respondents, obviously technically astute and capable individuals, suggested building your own computer to achieve the best price/performance ratio.  While I agree with their conclusions, many casual computer users do not have the technical knowledge required or simply have no desire to tackle a project such as this.  These folks just want to know where to buy a good computer at a fair price that will meet their needs...sounds simple enough, right?

Well as with most things, it's not that simple.  As suggested by several commenters you should do your homework first.  The internet is a great place to start.  Search for computer reviews and read what technical writers and publications have to say about various brands and features you will want.  S

Should You Be Using Windows 7?

Windows 7 has been released for almost a year now and many XP users are wondering if it is time to switch. This week's In The Classroom helps you decide. But first, here's the latest news...

In The News

Toshiba Prepping 3DTV That Doesn't Require Glasses

The Best (and Worst) PC Movie and TV Services

Technology's Biggest Myths

  • Expensive cables are better! Defragging speeds up your PC!

The best places to buy a computer - What do you think?

With the Christmas shopping season not far off, where will you be shopping for computers and accessories?  Major retailers such as Best Buy or Staples?  Local computer stores like Soyata or Lytespeed?  Or will you be shopping online at Amazon?

Let us know your favorites and why you like them...selection, price, service?  I'll publish the results right here next Tuesday.

You can submit your comments below or e-mail them to joesblog@thecetagroup.com.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

MagicJack - The Results

The results are in...

  • 61% gave MagicJack a positive rating
  • 39% were negative

The positives were low cost, good call quality (but not always great) and ease of installation.  The negatives were lack of customer support to answer questions or solve installation problems and the requirement to have your computer running to make outgoing calls. (If your computer is off, incoming calls go directly to voice mail).

One respondant suggested an alternative to MagicJack called Nettalk.  The costs are a bit more than MagicJack but you do not need your computer on to send & receive calls with Nettalk.  For more info...click here...http://www.nettalk.com/

Many thanks to all who replied...and stay tuned for this week's What Do You Think? question coming up on Wednesday.

Preview new voting machines in Penfield

Election Day isn't until November, but the Monroe County Board of Elections will be bring new voting machines to the Penfield Community Center, on Baird Road on Tuesday from 11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.

Residents will be able to see and "test drive" with a mock vote. The Board of Elections will bring one Ballot Marking Device(BMD) and two scanners voting machines for demonstration. Both styles of voting machines will be on-hand for this year's elections, including the primary election Tuesday September 14.

For voting information, go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/elections-index.php .

Are You Seeing The Right Colors?

Last week I showed you how to improve text on your screen.  In part 2 this week, we'll tune up the colors.  But first, here's the latest news...

In The News

Free tools for your home network

How to Secure Your Online World

Cameron Diaz tops malware bait list

Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N Router for $39.99

Report Says Apple to Launch 7-inch IPad by Christmas

MagicJack - What Do You Think ?

MagicJack seems to be one of those things that people are very passionate about...either you love it or hate it, without a lot of ground in between.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this product, it is a device you plug into your computer and it allows you to make phone calls using the internet.  Technically it's called VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol - glad you asked, huh?!.  The cost of this service is usually much less than other types of phone service.  For more info please visit http://www.magicjack.com

So what do you think???  Love it or Hate it?

Please send me your thoughts and I will report the results on this webpage next week.  Send your comments to: joesblog@thecetagroup.com