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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

How to add contact page to your Blogger blog

September 20, 2017 0
How to add contact page to your Blogger blog


When trying to create a Blogger "contact us" page, there are few options. This is one of the many places WordPress stands head and should above Blogger but well, here we are. If you are one of us who have invested so many years and gained tons of exposure, not to mention search engine recognition, and you can't bear the thought of starting afresh on a new platform just because you want a working "contact us" page, read on.

Fortunately, the implementation is short and simple. Unlike many I found while looking for this solution. Here's what you do:

  1. Head on foxyform.com
  2. Select the check boxes on the right you want to show up in your form
  3. Play around with advanced settings if you know what you are doing (the default is perfect, I didn't waste my time there)
  4. Put in the email address you want to receive emails from this form on in the target email field
  5. Show you are not a bot by checking the I am not a robot check box
  6. Hit the Create Formula button
  7. Copy the HTML code from Foxyform formula page that you just created in #6
And you are done! Well, almost.

Now head on to the page you want to host  the contact us form on your blog. Create a fresh one and name it Contact us (or something like that), if you haven't done so already. In the text area, select HTML from the top bar.



Paste the HTML code.

 Add any descriptions you want from the Compose window - outside the code you just pasted. Make sure not to change anything on the HTML code. It might break the functionality.

Publish and display the page on one of your blog menus.

And we are done

Monday, 18 September 2017

Where to buy your next printer and toner

September 18, 2017 0
Where to buy your next printer and toner

As you know, the toner market in Lagos is a very delicate one filled with landmines almost at every turn. Many people have lost money or machine or both to the use of the wrong toner or ink cartridge. While for some the decision to use refill or a counterfeit product was deliberate, for others it was something to were sold to as the real deal.

It's always painful to fall victim of such unscrupulous sales men. In this post I try to help you avoid such chaos.

We are affiliated to TonerPlace, a one-stop spot for toner needs and print supplies. This also includes sales of printers and copiers at the most competitive prices. One of the best features of their service is that you can seat in your home office or at work and place an order for your toners and receive it in a timely manner. This applies whether you are leaving in Lagos or Abuja or Bayelsa or Benue. They always get the product to their customers.

I should know. I co-founded the business.

The reason I recommend them is they just then sell you products. They talk you through  the process. And if there is any issue with the toners ordered, you are not left in the cold. They offer product exchange if there's a product  defect or return your money if you think you didn't get what you requested and there's no way of getting it.

Don't take my word for it, go ahead and try them out for your next toner replacement. Whether it is HP toner cartridges or Sharp, Brother, Samsung, or less known supplies for Kyocera, Riso, Xerox. Stop dealing with people who leave you out in the cold.

Thank me later.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Success in Solving I.T. Problems

September 14, 2017 0
Success in Solving I.T. Problems


Many times I get clients who call for solutions to a nagging problem I.T. wise. Often when they call they are flustered and overwhelmed at the seemingly magnitude of the problem. We attend to them and every time leave them smiling.

The issues range from one end of the I.T. spectrum to the other. They call talking really fast about how...

The network printer all of a sudden has refused to receive print jobs from the computers connected to the same network.

Their new laptop has frozen up and is not responding to anything.

The computer is making a sharp noise when they put it on or the computer is not coming on at all.

They are no longer receiving or able to send email from Outlook or iPhone.

Or there is a need to buy certain quantity of laptops and the right one for the task.

Or they want a new website.

The list goes on. I'm not going to say that the solutions to these various problems are always easy but 98% of the time, we solve the problem. Many times cheaper than what the client thought. And we do it in a no-hassle, friendly and quick way.

If you ask me to recommend someone to deal with your I.T. problems, personal or corporate, I don't know who to refer you to that will treat your problem with deep probing and proffer deep solution like we do. I am the best at what I do that I know of. 

Let's help your business today. Call 0806 781 3738.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Buy brand new computers for less than market value

September 11, 2017 0
Buy brand new computers for less than market value


Let's admit it: buying items for less than the perceived value is very attractive to a lot of people - if not all people. There's something gratifying when we find out that we are buying a product less than what some other persons paid for it. Laptops are not an exception.

There's a little know secret to the larger public, that you can buy laptops for less when you buy the free DOS option. What's free DOS option? Glad you asked. Most laptops use Windows operating system, Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 or Windows 10. The latest of this lot is Windows 10 and it is gaining ground on the older versions in terms of market acceptance.

The thing is that laptop manufacturers (Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc) pay Microsoft some amount of money to have Windows OS installed on their machines. The manufacturers have an option of just making the machine and not add the popular Windows OS on it. Leaving the customer the choice of what operating system to install. These types of PCs are sold some good amounts cheaper than the ones that come with operating systems.

Unfortunately, not a lot of high-end laptops come without operating systems installed but you can get it in entry level and some mid range as well as desktop computers. So the onus lies on you to get the right operating system installed or you can get a professional to help you navigate the murky waters of software in Nigeria. Unless you are experienced in this endeavour, you do need professional to guide you because of counterfeits, multiple versions of operating systems with their different capabilities.

Do give us a call on 0806 781 3738 or send us an email if you need help sorting this out. Use the form on our contact page.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Save guard your investment: duplicate your workstation software.

September 07, 2017 0
Save guard your investment: duplicate your workstation software.

No, not that exercise we all know is important but never get around to doing until the computer just stops working one morning. As important as that one is, and we need to do it, this one is slightly different and is even more critical for organizations or individuals.

We spend tons of money purchasing a laptop or desktop or server and a few years down the line or even in rare cases a few months down the line there is a massive hardware failure. There is a power surge or theft and all is lost. Regular backup of files and folders will give you a head start with the saved files but what about all the license keys to your various pieces of software? Did you spend 640,000 naira on that special graphic design software? Did they have a way to activate a new installation online? No? Well, tough luck.

What about the Windows license, the Microsoft Office license? Did you write them down somewhere? Did you even know where to find the license key for Windows? (See how to do that by the way)

Argh!

You can save yourself the trouble and create a snapshot, as it were, of your computer and storing it in a storage system of your choice where it can be kept for situations described above. It is also useful when you want to simply upgrade your hard drive size or the current hard drive is slowing down. This system brings you back online in a shorter time than any other method.

How does it work?

  1. To start, you need to have an external hard drive (if you have many PCs you want to make a back up of, get a huge one - 2 TB). Good thing hard drives are not very expensive any more. If you need one, contact us.
  2. Get the software to help you do the work.
  3. Set up point 1 the way point 2 instructs and is designed to work
  4. Wait for it to finish
  5. Repeat for all concerned PCs
That's it! You have just saved yourself loads of money in licenses and a ton of time in downtime. The good thing about this method is that you get your software and your documents backed up in one fell swoop. Let me know how it goes for you. If you need a professional to do this for you, give us a ring (see our contact page).

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Save yourself tons of money: buy sound used laptops

September 06, 2017 0
Save yourself tons of money: buy sound used laptops
This is a HP Probook 4530s laptop. It spots a core i3 processor and can take up to 8GB RAM. The hard drive capacity depends on the buyer's taste. It goes for 85,000 naira. A brand new laptop with similar specification can easily go for double that price in the region of 160,000.

My mantra is that you don't need to break the bank to have quality I.T. equipment like laptops and even phones. I use a 2013 Dell Latitude E6330 laptop. It's a beast. The processor is an Intel Core i7 and I currently support that with a 6GB RAM. That can go as high as 32GB may be. I have been using this laptop for about 3 years now and the most I've worked on it was changing the old battery.

I can run CorelDraw X6, Adobe Photoshop CS6, a million tabs open in Chrome, Firefox at once, while Skype and Microsoft Excel are also open. Spotify could also be playing in the background and this laptop will not flinch or break sweat. Try that with your HP 250 with Intel Celeron or AMD based laptops.

New laptops, depending on quality, will eventually give out when they are used consistently on an average of 5 years. If it's an entry level laptop, which comes in Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive, you may enjoy it for like 3 years but all the while not giving your the performance a professional laptop like my E6330 will give you.

The point of this post is to let you know there are options. Especially for a power user who wants to buy a laptop that can deliver on power and speed but can't afford a brand new one. We can get your one used one that can stand the test of time. If you are a power user or just a light user, you will also have options. You can decide you want a laptop with keyboard light or NVIDIA graphics or a core i7 laptop and you won't have to pay anything near the price of a new one. All you will have to lose is the smell of a brand new toy and the packaging and the smell (that disappears after a few days).

So do you want one, you can reach me on any of the social media channels or our contact page. We can deliver products across the country. Subscribe to get the best tips, first.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Know how to stop using up all of your smartphone data now.

September 05, 2017 0
Know how to stop using up all of your smartphone data now.

(As seen on Wired.com)
YOU KNOW THOSE texts from your carrier informing you that you've almost blown through your mobile data allotment? Of course you do. You receive them every month. Which means it's time to make some changes. Sure, you could switch to an unlimited data plan, but those can be costly. Instead, take control of your data destiny by tweaking a few phone settings and recalibrating your media consumption.

1. Adjust Your System-Wide Settings

Smartphones ship with default settings, some of which are over-reliant on cellular data. Left unchanged, those settings can cause your phone to slurp up all of your plan's allowed data even if you're swiping and tapping conservatively. Find the following settings and change them. (You should change them even if you're on an unlimited plan—use too much data and your carrier can throttle your connection, making pages and apps load at a mind-numbingly slow pace.)
  • If you're on iOS, first turn off Wi-Fi assist. This feature automatically switches your phone to a cellular data connection when your Wi-Fi connection is poor.
  • Your apps might also be updating over cellular data, which can burn through your allotment pretty quickly. Turn off automatic app updates under the iTunes and App Store settings.
  • Your next move should be to make sure your photos only backup to iCloud when you're on Wi-Fi. Jump into the Cellular page in Settings, scroll down to the Photos app, and toggle the slider to off. While you're there, you can see which apps are using the most data. Turn off cellular data for your worst offenders and any other apps that don't need it.
  • If you've already done all that and are still just squeezing by until your next billing cycle, go into the settings for individual apps and turn off "background app refresh."This stops apps from keeping their feeds up to date even when you're not looking at them.
  • Android users have a couple extra options, and won't have to do as much fine-tuning to keep pesky apps in check. The first—and best—thing to do is set a data usage limit on your Android. This will stop you from going over your plan's allotment, and you won't have to tweak any other settings. Go into your Android phone's Settings, tap on Data Usage, set the duration to match your monthly billing cycle, then toggle the sliders for the limit and warning.Quick tip: If you're on a family plan, set your limit a bit below your threshold to because you probably won't be the only one using the data (even though you wish you could be).
  • When you know you're close to hitting your limit, turn on Data Saver Mode.With this on, apps will either switch into low-data mode or no-data mode, and you can control which apps can tap into your data.

2. Get Your Apps in Gear

Even with all of those system-wide settings turned on, you've probably got some data-intensive apps that can zap your monthly data.
  • Bingeing on streaming media is the quickest way to hit your cap. If you use a music-streaming service, save your favorite albums and playlists for offline access, then stick to those tunes on your long commute. Spotify users beware—you can only save 3,333 songs offline, so if you're a music glutton, you'd be better off with Google Play Music or Apple Music.
  • Avid podcast listeners know those episode downloads can add up. Podcast apps like Overcast and Pocket Casts can be set up to download the latest episodes of your favorite shows whenever you connect to Wi-Fi, and you can disable downloads over cellular data.
  • Videos are a sure way to hit your limit, so download as much as you can for offline viewing. Netflix lets you locally store much of its catalog, but some titles are restricted to streaming. With YouTube Red ($10 per month), you can download as many videos as your phone can handle, and you get a subscription to Google Play Music at no extra charge as well.
  • Using your phone for navigation can ding your data pretty hard. Google Maps and Apple Maps let you download maps and routes for offline use.Save that data for something more important, like posting your lunch on Instagram.
  • Just browsing the web strains your data; web pages with large images and scripts that load in the background can get deceptively weighty. You can save a local copy of longer stories using apps like Pocket and Instapaper. Then you can read the article on your commute without having to open your browser. To save more data, disable auto-play videos on Facebook and Instagram, and swap your Twitter app for Twitter Lite, which is a more data-friendly experience. It works through the web browser, and it's far less image- and video-intensive than the regular app.
  • On Android, the Google Chrome browser has Data Saver,which compresses web pages on Google's servers before loading them onto your phone. It's a bit flakey for sites that use HTTPS (the very same protocol Google itself is pushing developers to adopt) but the feature can still save you some data downloads.

3. Keeping Tabs

Still worried you're missing something? Download an app to track your data usage. Your carrier probably offers an app (or a page on its website) that shows how much data you have left for the month, but there are better ways to do it.
  • On Android, there's My Data Manager. It tells you which apps are hogging your data, suggests data plan limits that suit your behavior, and sets alarms that trigger when you're about to go over.
  • iPhone users can try Smartapp, which will track your overall usage, show you trends over time, and run speed tests when you suspect you're being throttled.