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International Travel For The Holidays

funnyholidayplaneAhh, the holidays.  A time for celebrating the important things in life with the people we cherish the most.  Even if that means traveling far and wide, we do so without question, because we know that’s what really matters.  Often, this even involves international travel.  And low and behold there will be some planning involved, especially if you plan to capture memories and maybe take care of some business on the side by bringing your electronics and accessories.  For the uninitiated, or those with limited experience, we’ve come up with a handy step by step guide to making sure you have an (electronically) seamless holiday, and more time to spend with your loved ones.

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Inner Wire Colors & Safety

China_electric_wire201112309025410When handling electrical wire, it’s imperative to understand and differentiate the corresponding color codes. Knowing the electrical color code for inner wires is paramount for your safety and the correct configuration of an electrical system. Making the wrong connections can prove dangerous, or even fatal. It’s not a hard system to learn, and the information is handy to keep close by whenever you’re working on electric wire. Each of the wires serve a different function and the color code of the wires will tell you what that is. Be aware, however, that sometimes exceptions do exist.

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Why Is Your Power Cord Melting?

20131005_130109It may not happen to everyone, and it may not happen often- but you definitely don’t want it to happen to you.  Today, we’re talking about melting power cords: the how’s and whys, and what to do if it you suspect it happening to your electronics.

Recently, there was a recall in which HP laptop power cords were overheating and melting.  HP received 29 reports of melting power cords, some of which caused minor burns and property damage.

So what caused this?

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How To Label Your Power Cords, Pt. 2

bread-tie-label-for-cordsFact: behind every computer desk lies multiple power cords and connecting peripheral cables.  Usually, not all of them are neat, and in fact- most are a complete mess.  Some may even pose a shock and fire hazard. In Part 1 of this series, we learned how to make useful labels for power cords out of file folder labels. This form of organization works to de-clutter and minimize your workspace, allowing for clarity and peace of mind. In this next installment, we’ll take a look at how to make power cord labels out of even more readily available household items: plastic bread tags and duct tape.

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