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Ask the Patch Pro: Local Techies Answer Your Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions.

Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking all about electronics. It's the season of giving and chances are, you probably have some fancy technology to cross off your holiday shopping lists. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about Blue-ray players, iPads, smartphones and television sets, but we needed a little help.

We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

  • Scott Bonner: Library Tech
  • Joe Balsarotti : Software to Go
  • Tim Grimes: Apple
  • Jeremy Plack: Local Web Developer
  • Philip Scherry: IT Support
  • Dave Durham: Digital Hobbyist
  • Shani Minner: Verizon Manager
  • Karl Frank Jr.:  Owner of Karl Frank Jr. Computers
  • Sven White: Sales at Schiller's
  • Mark Giannotti: IT Business
  • Mary Baum: Web Developer
  • Mike Wilkerson: Professional Blogger/Podcaster/New Media Educator
  • Ian Ranney:Android Mobile Development/Analytical Report Development
  • Ken Tucker: Owner Changescape Web/Co-chair St. Charles County Chambers of Commerce Technology Committee

If you have a technology related questions, ask below in our comment section and one of our experts will answer!  If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! jordan.lanham@patch.com

Joe Balsarotti November 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Nancy, If you like the Windows you are familiar with, stay away from W8. It is a 'new world' and takes a fair amount of time to get up to speed on. You'll need to verify that all the programs you have and want to use work in W8. If you like 'new' things and have spare time, W8 might be fun for you. Again, like my other W8 comment, be sure to back up all your data before attempting the upgrade. There is no going back, except a complete wipe and restore.
Karl Frank Jr. December 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
More tablet information. I follow Lifehacker.com and it generally has great info. I agree with all five recomendations. http://m.lifehacker.com/5964800/five-best-android-tablets
Karl Frank Jr. December 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the five best phones available in 2012. 5 Pages long: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/the-state-of-the-smartphone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+All+content%29
Karl Frank Jr. December 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
It looks like Nexus 7 wins for tablets at Lifehacker. http://m.lifehacker.com/5965442/most-popular-android-tablet-nexus-7
Kitty Scholten December 07, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Hi Laurie, The simplest solution would be to make an appointment at your local Apple Store. Their technical support is called the "Genius Bar" and appointments are free. If there is a repair that needs to be made, they quote it in advance. Just remember that you do need an appointment in advance. Walk-ins usually have to wait a while.

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