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Tips for Migrating from Gmail to Hey

Tips for Migrating from Gmail to Hey

I recently decided to give Hey email a shot. Along the way, I found a few tricks to make it easier to migrate from Gmail to Hey. When I signed up for my trial, Hey provided a great onboarding experience – one of the best I’ve seen. And part of that onboarding was setting up a migration from your old email provider to Hey. The instructions were easy to follow, so I’m not going to repeat them here. These are just a couple extra, more advanced tricks that you might want to be aware of if you’re an advanced email user.

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The 2021 Cheap Computer Buyer's Guide

The 2021 Cheap Computer Buyer's Guide

I just wrapped up a blog series, The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X. Writing that series was fun because I got to explore what kind of computers are available at a bunch of different price points. Now, I want to synthesize all that information into a single buyer’s guide. What kind of computer would I recommend to a friend who needed to buy one? How much should he or she spend? Where’s the best value for their money? A lot of “buyer’s guides” I see are really just ads for high-end laptops. Which is great, but only if you need a high-end laptop. This is the opposite of that. This buyer’s guide is all about maximizing the value you can get and spending the minimum possible to get something you’ll be happy with.

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The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $1,000

The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $1,000

To wrap up my blog series, The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X, this post looks at what you can get for up to $1000.

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The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $500

The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $500

To continue my blog series, The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X, this post looks at what you can get for $500 or less. And $500 is, finally, a fun price-point. If you plan on spending up to $500 on a computer, you have a very wide array of options available to you, either new or used. $500 won’t buy you the best computer available, but it can buy you something you’ll be very happy with. A $500 computer can actually feel fast – it will probably feel faster than what you or your friends are used to if you’re on a computer that’s several years old. And while it probably won’t meet the needs of users with extreme demands like video editors, gamers, and programmers, you should be able to find something for $500 or less that’s more than sufficient for your average user – even doing some relatively intensive things like image editing or Excel in Windows 10.

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The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $250

The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $250

To continue my blog series, The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X, this post looks at what you can get for $250 or less. And this is an interesting price point. At the $100 price point (from my previous post), the goal was simply to find anything that will be fast enough to be usable, and to compromise on things like cosmetic damage (scratches) and where you buy from (eBay) to bring the price down as low as possible. At $250 on the other hand, we have a little breathing room to buy from a more reputable shop (like Newegg) and get a product that’s new or at least professionally refurbished. Let’s see what we can find!

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A blog about tech, gadgets, programming, and open source. I used to be a high school math teacher. Now, I'm a professional software engineer! I love working with Linux and open source, and I love finding cool gadgets that are fun and useful. I hope you enjoy reading the blog!