Google Helpouts offers live help from experts on demand

Anyone that is the go-to IT problem solver when friends or family run into a computer problem may now want to consider charging for that guided assistance by the minute on Google's new

Published on: November 5th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Elevator Pitch: Alertly – off-the-shelf security system

A member of Toronto-based accelerator Incubes' fourth cohort, Alertly offers a do-it-yourself security system you can install in your home, office, or car. Alertly says 1.6 million homes were broken into last year

Published on: July 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Express IT: Comparing Apple and Raspberry Pi

You can't compare apples and oranges.But you can compare Apple, the company that brought us the iPad, to UK-based foundation Raspberry Pi. One sells you a shiny aluminum box that is designed for

Published on: April 2nd, 2012 Brian Jackson

Canadian designer releases DIY Star Trek tricorder specs

Ever wanted to wave a tricorder at something, furrow your brow, and announce, "captain, I am picking up an odd concentration of signals in this area?" If you have - and what Star

Published on: March 29th, 2012 Jon Gold

How to overclock your CPU, GPU and RAM

You want the best performance possible from your computer, but you can't afford any hardware upgrades. No problem--we'll show you how to safely overclock your existing desktop computer’s CPU, GPU, and RAM and

Published on: May 25th, 2011 Alex Wawro

How to set up a Windows’ network in your home office

Households are increasingly becoming multiple-PC homes. And as people add extra PCs to a home, they naturally want to share files between those systems. Typical multi-PC households also tend to have different operating

Published on: April 7th, 2011 Loyd Case

Do-it-yourself tech accessories

Ingenuity: It's the stuff of legends in the geek world. After all, why should you waste your hard-earned cash or spend hours at the old electronics store to purchase items that you can

Published on: March 30th, 2011 David Murphy offers do-it-yourself legal documents

Making sense of legal contracts can be difficult, but one Vancouver-based company has just launched a new Web site,, aimed at helping users create customized legal agreements online.The site went live just

Published on: January 25th, 2011 Briony Smith

6 YouTube mistakes and how to fix them

YouTube is an excellent way of informing others about your products, but it's surprising how many video clips involve the same fundamental errors--everything from interjecting speech with "um," to allowing the camera to

Published on: November 29th, 2010 Keir Thomas

How to fix your home-office PC on your own

Building a PC is a little like walking a tightrope without a net. Okay, it's not quite that dangerous, but unlike buying an off-the-shelf system, you have to be your own tech support

Published on: August 3rd, 2010 Loyd Case

Inexpensive ways technology can keep your home life happy

For every household nuisance, you can find a dedicated and--surprise, surprise--expensive product to fix it (usually in The Sharper Image catalogs). For instance, you can buy a bird-scarer to keep pigeons off your

Published on: June 8th, 2010 Sarah Jacobsson

Look at these things when buying a desktop PC

Once you've determined the type of desktop system you want --a compact PC, a budget system, a mainstream all-purpose model, or a performance crackerjack--you need to know what components to look for. The

Published on: March 17th, 2010 Nate Ralph

How to use an old PC to build out your own Windows Home Server

The attraction of a home server, such as Windows Home Server, is obvious for any household with several computers. But even if you have just one PC, the technology offers significant benefits --

Published on: April 3rd, 2009 Michael Brown

Codeless development popular way to sidestep IT department

A few years ago, self-proclaimed nondeveloper Kevin Smith worked for a software company that tried to build a project tracking tool using Microsoft .Net. Some 15 developers spent a year with little success.

Published on: November 21st, 2008 Tom Kaneshige