Tired of spending a small fortune on printer ink? I hear you
loud and clear. In my homework-heavy household, it seems like I'm
replacing inkjet cartridges every couple weeks--to the tune of
$30-40 a pop.
Fortunately, as a card-carrying tech-pert, I've learned a few
things about conserving ink. With a few simple tweaks to the way
you work, you can stretch those cartridges a lot farther--and maybe
even save some paper along the way.
1. Use economy/draft mode
By default, every print churns out the sharpest, richest text
and images it can. But how often do you really need the highest
quality output? If you're simply printing a draft or something
that's not headed to the boss/teacher, consider an ink-saving
Most printers have an economy or draft mode that uses less
ink. The output won't be as dark, but it'll still be
Dropbox is widely regarded as one of the top cloud-storage services
in the world. It's certainly one of the best-known, enjoying name
recognition that's almost on par with Evernote, Gmail, and Twitter.
Alas, the company is a little stingy when it comes to its free
accounts, offering only 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage unless you pay
for more. (Actually, I guess anything free is pretty generous, but
it seems low when you consider that competing services like
SugarSync and Microsoft SkyDrive give you 5GB and 7GB,
However, if you own an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or
iPad), you can get 50 percent more free space from Dropbox. All you
have to do is install Mailbox, a free app, then link it to your
The calendar has barely struck July, but Apple is already giving students some incentive to
start their back-to-school shopping.
Most college students know that Apple offers discounts on the
iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro via the Apple Store for Education.
It seems like every other day there's another incredible tablet
deal, but trust me when I say this is the most incredible tablet
deal I've seen in 2013--maybe ever.
For a limited time, Barnes & Noble is offering the Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets for $129 and $149,
respectively. These models usually sell for $199 and $269.
These are new units, not the refurbished ones you'd expect at
such discounted prices. What's more, they're among the top-rated
tablets in their class, with ultra-high-resolution screens and a
few features you won't find in competing models from Amazon and
In case you're not familiar with them, the Nooks run a
specialized version of the Android operating system, one that's
custom-tailored to Barnes & Noble's media store.
Shopping for a tablet?
Among 7-inch models, the Google Nexus 7 has a stellar
reputation and a reasonable starting price of $199.
If you like the hardware but don't want to spend quite that
much, there's another choice that's arguably a bit better--for
Every PC needs protection. It's a hassle, but it's true.
Viruses, malware, rootkits, phishing, spam, hacker
attacks--these are among the threats awaiting the modern computer
user. One wrong click, one wrong file opened, one wrong Web site
visited, and you can end up with one seriously hosed PC--or worse.
(Identity theft, anyone?)
There are plenty of free tools that can help combat these
threats, and if you're a savvy user, you can keep your PC pretty
However, I think plenty of folks just want a
set-it-and-forget-it solution, something that requires little extra
effort and comes with live, human-powered tech support should the