Republished from our newsletter — here’s a December to March archive of Holly’s Tech Tips:
Getting discounts for AVG Anti-Virus Software
OK, first off, if you are currently using AVG Free, you will need to upgrade your AVG to 9.0. Here is the page for that. It is a little hard to see where the free version is, but the download is at the bottom, on the left. There is also a how-to here. But you really shouldn’t be using AVG Free for anti-virus control in your library — it is only for home use. AVG does give discounts for libraries, and here is the information for getting discounts.
I do not know how cheap AVG is going to be with discounts, so you will want to also look at TechSoup to see the prices for Symantec, etc. For instance, a 10 user license for Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 is only $50 on TechSoup. If your library is not already set up to receive discounts on TechSoup.org, I can help you through the registration process.
My favorite site of the month – MakeUseOf.com
I’ve discovered a really fun resource for information on all things tech:
I suggest you subscribe to this site, so you can get downloads only subscribers can access, such as the Laptop Buying Guide for 2009. With a subscription you also get regular reminders of their articles, how-to’s, reviews, etc. They are big proponents of open source software (such as my favorite, OpenOffice) – but remember to check that these are OK for use in your library. Some products are only for home use (such as AVG Free.) Two goodies from MakeUseOf:
More websites for fun and learning
- Comparision of E-readers
- Deepfreeze manual – in case you don’t have a copy
- Fun, short videos done by teachers and librarians, that you can download freely
I need more memory!!!
Many of you have realized that your PCs are SLOW. There can be many reasons for this but a common problem that is pretty easy to fix is that there is not enough memory on your PC. Upgrading the memory in your computer is the fastest way to better performance in Windows. I’d recommend at least 1GB of RAM, but don’t bother going over 3GB if you are using 32-bit XP or Vista because Windows won’t be able to use all of it. More about 32-bit vs 64-bit in a future Tech Tip.