Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Change the Voicemail Ring Time on an iPhone

The amount of time your phone rings before forwarding to voicemail is not something we think about every day. This is partially because we often silence our phones when heading into important meetings, the movies, or before going to bed. Other times when we are busy and it is not convenient to take a call, we know we can press the volume down button and the phone will stop audibly ringing.

But what if you prefer an increased amount of ring time before the call is forwarded to voicemail? Or a decreased amount? Luckily there is a way to modify this by modifying the interval the phone rings before it forwards to voicemail.

How to Change the Voicemail Ring Time on an iPhone

There are reasons why having a longer ring time is helpful. Some reasons you might benefit from an increased amount of rings are:

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Get More Video Card RAM Without Buying a New One

Robust video cards, also known as graphics cards, are important to a far wider audience than just gamers. High end video cards are critical components to many types of software. As such, they are important to a variety of people in different fields. The following are examples of fields using software requiring higher end video cards:
  • Architectural design
  • Graphic design
  • Medical industry including dental
  • Photography and videography
  • Film industry
When we purchase items we plan to use for years, like computers and vehicles, it can be challenging to plan for every possible future need without overspending. We are often unaware of what life-changes may happen, and paying for items we do not yet need can be wasteful. For example, high end video cards can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Luckily, there is a way to get more RAM for a video card without needing to buy a new video card. Before adding new RAM, be sure to:
  • Verify there is room for more memory
  • Verify the device supports more RAM than is installed
  • Document how much RAM the video card currently has available

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

How Much RAM is Really Available to your Video Card?

Video cards come with onboard RAM, or memory. In addition to their built-in memory, they also access memory from the device they are installed in. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell how much RAM a video card has access to until trying to install additional software. Sometimes programs will fail to install due to insufficient video RAM while other times the program will install but does not run correctly.

If you are looking to purchase or install new software, be sure the device meets the existing requirements, including video card RAM. To find out if the existing video card on your device is sufficient, check the information for the video card to find out how much RAM it has available for use. With this information you can determine if the device needs additional RAM, a higher end video card, or if there is another type of software with lower requirements that can fulfill the same needs.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What Specifications to Look for With Back to School Sales

With August just around the corner, back to school deals, including some of the best pricing on laptops, ultrabooks and desktop computers will soon be available. There are two specific times of year to get great deals on these types of electronics. They are during back to school sales and the period beginning after Thanksgiving and lasting until just after Christmas. 

Unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to know if you truly are getting a great deal and special pricing can often be misleading. The items below explain what specifications you should be looking for when shopping back to school sales. Knowing what these designations mean will help you get the best deal for your needs.

What Specifications to Look for With Back to School Sales

Back to School sales typically begin in August as classes begin anywhere between the middle of August and sometime after the Labor Day Holiday. These sales aim to catch parents and students alike who are preparing for another year of education with the right tools in hand.

Here are some ways to be sure you are truly getting a great deal rather than getting last year's deal:

Processor Generation

Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 Requirements to Configure Gmail in Outlook

Using a web browser to check email is easy and convenient because it does not require anything other than an Internet connection and credentials. Most webmail providers even offer to save credentials making the process even faster. However, there are benefits to using a local email application like Outlook including:
  • The ability to access items even when offline
    • This includes emails, sent items, calendar items, tasks etc.
  • Never losing an email due to an interrupted connection or web page glitch
  • The unlimited amount of storage for email archiving and tracking
Unfortunately, configuring Outlook for some email accounts is more difficult than others. For instance, connecting a Microsoft O365 or Comcast account is very simple. Gmail on the other hand requires modifying a few security settings before Outlook can properly authenticate with a Gmail account.

3 Requirements to Configure Gmail in Outlook

Configuring an email account within Outlook has become a fairly simple process. By entering the email address and credentials, Outlook can connect to the email account and automatically apply the correct settings in most cases. Gmail is one of the exceptions to this and the settings that need to be configured first are listed below. NOTE: It is best to configure these 3 settings before trying to configure Outlook for a Gmail address because if these settings are not correct the authentication will fail without giving a reason for the failure. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Controlling How Windows 10 Updates are Implemented

There are often vast differences in the settings between versions of Windows operating systems. One of the big changes in Windows 10 was the amount of control over Windows updates. For example, in Windows 7 users were able to control:
  • When updates were downloaded and installed
    • Updates could be downloaded and installed automatically OR
    • Downloaded but manually installed OR
    • Update checks are made but downloads and installs are manual
    • Updates were never checked for
  • If recommended updates were installed at the same time as Windows updates
  • If Microsoft product updates were downloaded and installed at the same time
When Windows 10 was first released, there were very few update settings and automatic updates could not be disabled. Now, after the release of the Anniversary Update, there are some settings you should be aware of so you can customize them to fit your needs.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

How to Set Up a VPN on Windows 10: The Basics

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a combination of software and hardware used to create an encrypted tunnel between two devices. The purpose of a VPN is to allow devices in different locations to communicate and share data that is protected while being transmitted over a public network, the Internet. Encryption is used to prevent the data from being accessed in a readable format if captured.

To use a VPN, a VPN appliance needs to be set up where the data exists and a VPN client configured on devices located elsewhere. This post covers the "how to set up a VPN client on a Windows 10 device" part of the process.

How to Set Up a VPN on Windows 10: The Basics

To set up a VPN client on a Windows 10 device:
  • Click on the wireless icon in the taskbar located in the bottom right corner.
  • Select the "Network Settings" link in the pop-up menu.