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About Andrea Eldridge

Andrea Eldridge is CEO of Nerds On Call, which offers onsite computer and laptop repair service for homeowners and small businesses. Based in Redding, Calif., it has locations in five states. Contact Eldridge at www.callnerds.com/andrea.

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If a frustrating day at work or a tiff with your spouse has ever tempted you to send off an angry e-mail, text or social media post, you may want to reconsider. Venting online may feel cathartic, but it could risk your relationship, your job, or even your mental wellbeing. When something happens that gets […]

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When it comes to computers, everything is getting smaller and more portable. Before you ditch that desktop tower in favor of a laptop or a tablet computer, you might consider some advantages that desktop computers have over their smaller counterpart, particularly when it comes to repairs and upgrades. Most of us moved to a laptop […]

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Have you recently noticed a little icon in the lower right-hand corner of your Windows computer: “Windows 10 is coming!” It sounds so ominous. Not really. For those of us who have been frustrated with Windows 8 for a while now, Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will be a relief. Here’s the lowdown on the […]

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As temperatures rise, it gets harder to head outdoors to exercise. Running, hiking, and biking are no fun when you’re baking in the sun, and spending hours on the treadmill gets tedious. Just in time for summer, here are some of our favorite workout apps and websites that offer variety and on-the-go portability so you […]

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Cellphones, social media, texting and e-mail have fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Technology has made it easier and faster to keep in touch, but it has also created a variety of new ways to unintentionally irritate or insult. Before you click send on that text or update your Facebook, consider these etiquette tips for […]

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Whether it’s a bucket-list trip to Europe or a road trip to Yosemite, travel is easier in the digital age. Websites compile reviews of hotels, restaurants and attractions so you don’t have to suffer through terrible food or an uncomfortable room while away from home. GPS help you find your way around, and instant translators […]

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Some of the greatest minds in technology – Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, among others – have recently issued public warnings about advancements in artificial intelligence. A future where computers can think for themselves, to the detriment of their human creators, seems far off. Yet scientists and technology leaders say it could happen […]

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  I’ve had a Kindle Fire for over a year now, and I love having all my books at my fingertips. I can read while waiting for an appointment without lugging a big tome, and when I pick up the latest sequel to a series, I can easily refer back to the previous novel without […]

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  Logging on to your computer can be a dangerous venture: Hackers! Malware! Never-ending spam! Some common habits make you vulnerable to the worst elements of the Internet. Stop making these five tech mistakes today, and you’ll be instantly safer online. 1. Neglecting to install Operating System updates on your computers AND mobile devices. Hackers […]

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Who couldn’t use a little more serenity and a lot less stress in their life? Juggling work commitments, keeping your house in order and cajoling the kids into doing their chores can tax your sanity. Good news! Technology can help you restore some peace to your household. Here are some of my favorite tech tools […]

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  Your credit cards and personal data are worth big money to criminals, and that’s created a market for products that are touted to help keep your digital data safe from stealthy thieves. Here’s our run-down of some of the data protection gadgets on the market so you can decide which devices are worth your […]

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  My home is where electronics go to die. I have a couple shelves in my garage dedicated to the tech relics and gizmos that were at some point “necessary,” but are now gathering dust. Some old devices still have value on the resale market, if only to those looking to break them down for […]

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Mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets are made infinitely better – or worse – by the apps you install on them. With well over a million apps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher safe apps from the sketchy ones. Here’s how to recognize the duds before you download them. “App” is short […]

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Studies have shown that seniors who stay connected with friends and loved ones are happier and healthier than their solo counterparts. While computers and smartphones can give Grandma the ability to access e-mail, Facebook and countless photos and updates about the grandkids, navigating gadgets can be daunting for anyone who hasn’t grown up clicking away […]

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When you pay by the megabyte for data through your cell service provider, the free Wi-Fi offered at your local Starbucks or McDonalds provides a real value. Yet, there are inherent dangers in connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, particularly if you intend on taking care of personal banking, connecting to social media, or shopping […]

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