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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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The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $100

The Best Computer You Can Buy For: $100

To continue my blog series, The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X, this post looks at what you can get for $100 or less!

Unfortunately, the best computer you can get for $100 looks an awful lot like the best computer you can get for free. If you haven’t read that post yet, it’s worth reading because there’s a chance the best computer you can buy for $100 could also come from a similar place - like Craisglist or a friend. The difference, however, is that if you’re willing to spend up to $100 you don’t necessarily need to settle for absolutely anything, and with a little bit of luck you can probably find something better than what you could find for free. Let’s take a look at some options.

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The Best Computer You Can Buy For: FREE

The Best Computer You Can Buy For: FREE

I’m starting a new blog series: The Best Computer You Can Buy For $X. To kick things off, this post is about the best computer you can buy for free.

Can you really get a computer for free? Yes, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to score something that isn’t nearly as bad/slow as you might think. If you need a computer and don’t have any money to spend, you might be surprised how easy it is to find a computer that you don’t need to pay anything for. People throw out perfectly good computers all the time because the computer “got slow” or they wanted an upgrade. But most of the time, these computers are perfectly usable, and might just need a little love and care! At this price point, don’t be afraid of minor cosmetic damage, or even missing parts (that aren’t critical, or that you can replace from a different free computer).

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Get a Headset for COVID!

Get a Headset for COVID!

With COVID-19 in full swing, people are spending more time on Zoom and it doesn’t seem likely that things will be letting up soon. But have you ever been on a Zoom call or video chat where you couldn’t quite hear someone? Audio quality can make a big difference, and if you don’t want sub-par sound, your laptop’s built-in speakers and microphone might not cut it. A headset (headphones with a mic) with decent audio quality can make your video chat experience way better! But how do you know what to pick? Here are a couple headsets that I’ve used and would personally recommend.

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The Cheapest Raspberry Pi You Can Buy Today

The Cheapest Raspberry Pi You Can Buy Today

A Raspberry Pi is a foundational component to a wide variety of projects – everything from home servers to media centers or even inexpensive personal computers. The cheapest Pi, the Raspberry Pi Zero, is just $5! But are there any hidden costs? And how much more expensive does it become when you factor these in?

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Too Complicated: Alternatives to S3 for Static Web Hosting

Too Complicated: Alternatives to S3 for Static Web Hosting

I was planning to write a blog about how easy and cheap it is to use S3 for static web hosting. About how I set this blog up on S3 in a short afternoon, and how you can do the same thing for your website. That was the plan.

And I did set this blog up on S3, but it took longer than I thought it would. Rather than a short afternoon, it was a long afternoon and well into the evening. And at the end of the day, although things were kind of working, they weren’t working as well as I wanted them to. Nothing was as simple as I wanted it to be. So I decided to ditch S3! I moved to a different web host and got the whole thing set up – again – in under an hour. Like I wanted to do the first time!

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