Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Corpus Christi Mayor Resigns On Facebook


By Vincent Esquivel


But, it happened earlier today. Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen announced his resignation on his facebook page. An official letter has been sent to City Hall. Now, we are waiting for the city council to officially accept it. 



Politics and legalities aside, these have been a few odd days. I know we're all processing what happened. But, this comes down to the use of social media. I love it. People share their thoughts and ideas. Arguments happen. But, so do discussions and conversations. However, should officials announce such important decisions on Facebook or Twitter? Or, should they be announced through the traditional methods? What do you think of this type of use of technology and social media? It's a different era. And, I know we're all trying to keep up.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Be More Productive With Your Computer With The Function Keys (Infographic)

By: Vincent Esquivel

The mouse is an amazing tool. You can open, move, drag and drop with ease. But, in combination with the keyboard, some tasks become easier and faster. Now that many students went back to school recently, you can become more productive. Especially if you do a lot of typing and editing on your computer. Take advantage of the function keys on your keyboard and see your work become easier.

(Click on the image to make it larger)


(via Shareably)

Bonus Keyboard Shortcuts:
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nintendo Switch Release Date and Presentation [Updated]



Twitter: @NintendoAmerica

First, you'll want to start the video at 32:56 when the presentation actually starts.

Well, it's finally here. The release date of the new Nintendo Switch: March 3, 2017

Before this presentation, I was somewhat interested in the Switch. I was thinking it was just a portable gaming console with removable controls. What's the big deal? But, after watching this presentation I can say I'm excited. I'm loving the hardware even though we don't have any real specs on performance and storage. It can be charged with a regular USB cable. I love that. With that said, I do think the $299 price mark is high when you can get a PS4 or Xbox One for less. 

I love the look and potential of the Joycon. I can't wait to try them out. HD rumble packs that will add more to the feel of games. The Switch comes with two so you can share one with a friend. And, these controls are so advanced you can play some games without a screen. That's pretty innovative when you realize that every gaming console requires a screen for all games. Plus, it looks fun.

However, after watching the presentation, we are still left with questions. What are the system specs? We know we can buy physical copies of the games. But, what if we want to buy digital versions? This is where storage comes in. So, how much storage will the Switch have? Nintendo is creating a new multiplayer network. How much will it cost a year? How will the benefits compare to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold? I'm not asking these questions out of doubt or to beat up Nintendo. I'm still excited about the Switch and the future of Nintendo.

If you do plan to get one. Pre-Order now. I heard in the Nintendo podcast after the presentation that there will only be 2 million units on release day. And, this is for the entire world. I know those will go quickly. Then, the rest of us will have to wait as Nintendo manufactures more and releases them to the public.

This leads me to the most important thing about any gaming console: The games. We can't expect too much from a new console. That's just the way things are when a console is released. But, the Switch has a good lineup for this year. Minecraft is coming to Nintendo. FIFA should really show how well the hardware works since it's such a demanding game. Mariokart! Street Fighter 2 Ultra! Not that any of this matters since the new Legend of Zelda will be released on the same day as the Switch. I'm sure that will keep gamers business for a good while.

But, here's a picture of upcoming games and their release dates (Click the on the picture to make it larger):


Update: To answer the questions about storage, the Switch will come with 32 GB of internal storage. And, you'll be able to use MicroSD cards that are up to 2TB.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Netflix Scam Tries To Get Your Banking Infomation




This is a Phishing Scam. Where the scammers send out many emails to lure victims to click on links to fake sites to give personal information. Antivirus programs usually cannot protect you from these scams since no virus is involved. For this, you have to protect yourself with the proper knowledge.

Here's a simple work around for these type of scams. If you get any suspicious email asking for your log in or personal information for any account you may have, don't click on any links in the email. Simply go to your favorite internet browser and type in the website's address. In this case, it would be www.netflix.com. Log into your account. If anything actually needs updating, you would get a notice as soon as you log in.

Understand that no service you use will ask you for your personal information through an email.

See original article here.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

RapidTech Podcast Episode 4 - Start 2017 Right!






Happy 2017! In this episode I reveal something that will save you thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Completely Free and legit Software to protect and maintain your computer. Now, there's plenty of free software out there. So, for this episode, I'm sticking with a few apps. Focusing on those that are most user friendly.

If you need any help installing and learning how to use these programs, I do provide Remote Support. Contact me to set up an appointment.





Important links....

Antivirus





Clean Junk Files and Fix Registry

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

RapidTech Podcast Episode 3



Christmas has come and gone. Don't put your boxes on the curb. Don't download Super Mario Run for Android. And, since it's the end of the year, it's time to make sure all your files are backed up. Check out the latest episode of the RapidTech Podcast.

Monday, December 19, 2016

RapidTech Podcast Episode 2



It's a little over due, but here's the second episode of the RapidTech Podcast. Here I talk a little about the Corpus Christi water crisis that just passed. The Yahoo Hacks that didn't happen recently and how to protect yourself. My Christmas Computer Repair Special for local customers. And, a new service I'm experimenting with for local and not local customers.

Important Links:

How to turn on Yahoo 2 Step Verification: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN5013.html

RapidTech's Christmas Computer Repair Special: http://www.therapidtech.com/2016/12/50-christmas-computer-repair-special.html

Use of Tap Water May Resume Citywide:http://news.cctexas.com/news/drinking-water-update-5446094