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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Posted by on November 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Thanksgiving is a day for the celebration of family, friends and loved ones. While spending time together and feasting, it’s important to stay safe! Here are some simple food safety tips that can keep you and your loved ones healthy so you can take on Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season.

General Safety

  • Wash hands with soap and water before handling food or eating. If you touch raw meat or poultry it is especially important to wash your hands before handing anything else.
  • Do not cross-contaminate cutting boards, bowls or other surfaces. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from produce and have specific surfaces for each.
  • Wash and sanitize food contact surfaces often.

Turkey Safety


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5 Excellent Resources for Digital Photography Tips

Posted by on June 15, 2010 at 16:52 pm

Everyone wants to take nice pictures. After all, half of the photographs we take are going to end up on Facebook or Flickr for all to see, right? By watching a quick video or doing bit of light reading here or there, you can develop and hone your digital photography skills. We’ve laid out 5 excellent resources for tips on digital photography below that cater to any photographer on any experience level. What are some of your favorite resources and what’s the best picture you’ve ever taken?


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How To: Beat the Heat

Posted by on May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

The image to the right is a screenshot from news12.com today, showing that temperatures will get up to a sweltering 93 degrees today here on Long Island. This is one of the hottest days we’ve had this year during our unusual warm weather spell, but it leaves us thinking… just how hot is the summer going to be if temperatures are like this so soon?

This is certainly going to be the year for new air conditioners, but we’ve already covered our pre-season air conditioner sale, how to choose the best air conditioner for you, and what you need to know to keep it running like new. So, putting A/Cs aside for now, here are some additional ways you can keep cool in this weather:


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5 Things You Need to Know About Air Conditioners

Posted by on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

We’ve been really lucky with weather in the northeast this season! Sure, we’ve had a few rain storms, but Mother Nature can be excused since we’ve often had amazing sunny days above 70 degrees. With an increase in air conditioner use as a result, there are some things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners.


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How To: Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Posted by on May 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

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May is a great month to invest some time into spring cleaning. Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime and dusty condenser coils, should be one of your first candidates for cleaning. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.

Preparation

You’ll need to block out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of your day in order to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is the perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it. Because your refrigerator will be open while you are cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. Loosen the bulb in your fridge until it goes out. Then, set the temperature dial to “off” and unplug it.


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5 Free Tools to Prevent Viruses and Spyware from Crippling Your PC

Posted by on April 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

It happens to the best of us: you stumble across a website or open an e-mail that suddenly unleashes havoc on your computer. Pop-up windows start flying everywhere, you can’t launch a single program, and your machine is rendered useless. You can prevent this from happening or try to fix your problems with the free programs below:

Spybot: Search and Destroy
Spybot is a great free program that detects and removes adware and spyware, which is software that obtains information from a your computer without your consent . Even if you do not see anything wrong with your computer, you should update and run this software weekly to clean out any spyware that’s tracking your surfing behavior or has installed malicious adware. For more information on how to install, scan and clean your computer, head on over to Spybot’s tutorial page.


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About the Video Game Rewards Program

Posted by on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

Did you know that every time you purchase a video game at P.C. Richard & Son, you earn points toward a $50 gift card good for any purchase? Our Video Game Rewards Program is free to join and definitely worth checking out. Why buy video games anywhere else when you can earn free money?

Our program is free to join and also gives you access and information to pre-orders and special events. Plus, not only do you get 300 points just for joining, but we’ll send you exclusive points promotions throughout the year to help you get your gift cards faster. You can redeem these cards both in-store and online.


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Must-Haves for Apartment Dwellers: Portable Appliances

Posted by on April 12, 2010 at 09:57 am

Do you use portable appliances? When you’re renting an apartment, portable appliances can be your best friend. They don’t take up much space, use few resources, can be moved from room to room, and are easy to store. Plus, they more than pay for themselves in time you can save by using them!

Here is a list of portable appliances available at P.C. Richard:


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5 FREE BlackBerry Applications to Keep You Productive

Posted by on April 8, 2010 at 15:00 pm

P.C. Richard & Son has a variety of app-ready Verzion BlackBerry smartphones available. With thousands of downloadable applications from BlackBerry App World, it’s difficult to find the perfect app to suit your needs. Here are 5 high-quality apps to increase productivity, and they’re free!

Viigo
If you could only download one app for your BlackBerry, Viigo should be at the top of your list. This free application has something for everyone and gives you one-click access to news, weather, entertainment, live sports scores/schedules, markets, stock portfolios, flight schedules/status, movies, shopping, Twitter and more. You can also wirelessly browse, subscribe to, download and listen to your favorite podcasts on the go. Your days of typing URLs and waiting for your browser to load your daily sites are over.

Download Viigo from BlackBerry App World


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How to: use the different modes on your digital camera

Posted by on April 6, 2010 at 14:22 pm

Our “How To” series of blog posts are tips and tricks on getting the most out of your products available from P.C. Richard & Son. For an archive of past How To guides, click here.

So, you have a point-and-shoot digital camera and like to take pictures while you’re out on the town, at family functions, and on vacation, right? I’m sure you’ve seen, either on your camera’s dial or in the menu system, a range of photo-taking modes. Do you know what each mode does? Do you use them? If not, you may want to explore these features to get the most out of your digital camera. Here are some automatic settings you’d usually find on your camera and how best to use them.

Automatic Mode
This should be the mode you’ve been using if you haven’t fully explored your other options yet. Automatic mode is just that—automatic. It determines the best focus, flash, white balance, etc. based on the environment lighting. This is generally acceptable in most situations, but your camera misses some key points of information in this mode. Are you taking pictures of a sporting event with fast movement? Are you taking pictures of fireworks? These specialized situations are when other modes come in handy the most.


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