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Choosing the Right Gaming Console

  When it comes to buying a new gaming console, it can seem like choices are endless. Whether you like a particular type of game or a particular type of experience, there is an ideal console out there for you. In this handy guide, we’ll help you find the one that suits you best. Casual…

Steps to Take Before You Move

Two Months Before You Move SORT AND PURGE YOUR BELONGINGS It’s a good thing to go through every room in your house and decide what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of or sell. Having a yard sale or a garage sale is a great way to make some extra…

Feng Shui for Football Season

Arranging your living room and having your furniture and snacks placed just-so makes a world of difference when watching the game with friends. Below are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re optimizing your living room’s energy for ultimate football-viewing pleasure. Keep your living room clutter-free and organized Making sure your living…

Top 6 Energy Saving Tips

1. LED Bulbs, bright and cheap According to Energy Star, 12% of your annual energy bill comes from lighting. The great news is that new LED lighting can dramatically reduce your overall wattage usage. An incandescent bulb ranges from 40 to 60 watts per light, while an equivalent LED bulb consumes a miserly 7 to…

Spring Cleaning Your Technology… Offline

With the change in the weather, the birds sing, the snow melts and homeowners and business owners everywhere think about spring cleaning. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be only for your home. Sure, you can get rid of clutter by donating old clothes, clearing out the garage or throwing away old magazines and newspapers, but…

Free Printable Moving and Home Organizing Labels

Even if you’re not planning a move anytime soon, our labels can help you better identify and list contents in those boxes heading into storage or assist you in labeling and organizing any room in your home. If you are in the process of moving, our labels can help you each step of the way…

Automating Your Home

The easiest thing to start automating is your shopping. There are buttons you can place in your house where all you have to do is press them and it will ship specific items to you automatically. You can also sign up for a service and do your grocery shopping online. They will either deliver your…

Understanding the Internet Speed You Need

Whether you’re an online gaming enthusiast or just want to surf the web and check email, learn what you can do with different Internet speeds from CenturyLink.

5 Tech Tips for Futurizing Your Home

WiFi Switches and Lights The light bulb has been around our entire lifetime and it’s always been an issue for someone at your home to turn them off when they leave the house. Or maybe your family nails it with turning the lights off, but you want the lights to get smarter and know when…

How to Properly Pack and Move Your Electronics

Whether you’re hiring a moving company or going the DIY route to pack and move your belongings, special care needs to be paid to electronics. These fragile items represent an investment that can be easily damaged during your move. Taking special care to label and pack during disassembly will help you get settled in your…

Packing in Stages

Packing in Stages Packing and preparing for a move into a new home can be a pretty overwhelming task. Starting out with a step-by-step plan will help you stay focused and reduce stress as you embark on your next chapter. 1. Organize one room at a time. If you don’t organize first, you could end…

How to Print Wirelessly Without a Wireless Printer

It’s now the future and we were promised it would be paperless. We could go chase after the people that promised us this, but we’d never find them – they’re buried behind paper boxes. So here we are, needing to print and we want to do it wirelessly, because we’re not tethered to stuff otherwise……

Organizing and Setting Up a Media Center

Whether you’re setting up your media center after a move or simply trying to declutter and restore order to your existing media center, here are some quick and easy organizing shortcuts that will make a big impact in just a little time. Corral Cords One of the main trouble spots when it comes to media…

4 Tips to Improve Your WiFi

Diagnose the Problem Is your WiFi router slowing your Internet down? To find out, plug an Ethernet cable directly from your computer into your modem and run a Speed Test. Next, unplug it, try connecting with WiFi and run another speed test. If the latter is slower, it’s probably your router – in which case…

How to Organize Your Wires

Wrap Them Always wrap with the natural curve of the wire. Doing otherwise can create kinks and shorten its life span. One of the most effective methods is the over/under method – the same method that many stagehands use to quickly wrap or unwrap cables at a moment’s notice. Wrapping Headphones To keep headphones secure…

How to Purge Your Electronics

I have a secret: I am an electronics hoarder. Part of it is because of my job and my blog. Part of it is because I just really love technology. Testing out the latest and greatest always gets me excited. Friends who visit my home call my office an electronics store. And while it does…

What Not to Pack During Your Next Move

Ask any family and they will tell you that when making a move, the movers will help you pack everything. Absolutely everything. Full trash cans, car keys and even your fast-food lunch off the counter are fair game. If you are using movers, remember that they are on a mission to help you completely empty…

How to Wall-Mount Your TV

Mounting a TV can seem like a monumental task, but a little knowledge and prep work beforehand can help to make it a whole lot less stressful. TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TYPES OF MOUNTS Wall mounts have two main brackets, one you attach to the back of your television and the other you attach to your…

5 Creative Ways to Organize Kid Spaces

If you’re in the process of moving or have plans to move into a new home, this is the perfect time to incorporate organizational solutions in children’s spaces that will last for the long term. Even if you don’t have plans to move anytime soon, the first step to decluttering is always by taking a…

Setting Up Internet in a New Home: What to Do

Quality Infrastructure If the modem you lease (or purchased) from the carrier does not provide sufficient wireless coverage, you can purchase a second high-quality wireless router to place behind your modem. These routers tend to have a better radio in it, but be sure to still use the modem provided by the carrier. Placement Once…

Find the Help You Need

When it comes to getting help for service, billing or technical support issues, you can ask a lot of people, but you may want to start with us. CenturyLink makes it easy to get the help you need.  

10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Footprint

Over time, your digital footprint can become as messy as the closets in your home. As we sign up for different banking, social media, shopping and other online sites, we leave quite a trail across the Internet. And of course, if you use your computer for any amount of time, you are going to clog…

The Simplest Guide to Buying a TV

Buying a new television can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The alphabet soup of terminology, how pixels translate into a better picture, understanding what a smart TV does, and why you need one can confuse any consumer. This is why I’ve developed this super-simple guide to help demystify the television-buying process. Measuring…

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Tablet

These five tips will help you get the most out of your tablet. Best of all, these will apply whether you’ve just bought a tablet or have been using one for a while. 1. Embrace The Cloud Unless you’re hopping on a long plane trip, I recommend embracing the cloud for most of your tablet…

Storing Items Between Moves

Moving can be a daunting task with so much to plan and organize. So, how do you stay organized? What do you do when you have a time gap between properties or need temporary housing? These are common concerns during the moving process. For example, maybe you have two months to wait before taking possession…

Moving? Here’s How to Keep Your Cool

Prepare in advance. Prior to your move, the best course of action is early preparation. In the months leading up to the big day, there are measures you can take to get ahead of the game and alleviate worry. Purge unnecessary belongings. If, in the time you’ve lived in your current home, there are still boxes…

Moving Day Necessities

Finally, the big day is here and it’s time to move into your new home. You’ve double-checked and triple-checked that everything is packed and ready to go; now it’s time to move. Here’s a helpful list of moving day items that you should have nearby to help you keep a cool head on your big…

Setting Up Your Dorm Room Router

Let’s face it, campus WiFi (if it’s even offered) can leave a LOT to be desired. It’s really not their fault, though. There are only so many routers you can install on campus, and you have to compete with all the other hundreds – or even thousands – of students in the area. When most…

Appliances Worth Upgrading

As you take a step back and assess the items in your home, there will always be standout things that are keepers, those that deserve to be donated to local charities, and others that are destined for the trash. But how do you know if you should leave your old appliance behind when you move,…

10 Tips for Unpacking Your New Home

It’s difficult to describe the feeling evoked when the moving truck pulls up in front of your house. The truck is loaded to the brim with your personal belongings and you may feel excited, anxious, and a bit overwhelmed. With each opened box comes nostalgia, familiarity, and relief when things arrive in one piece. Then…

Fitting Your Life into a Moving Truck

Packing up your moving truck can be stressful and daunting. In order to pack what seems like your entire life into a moving truck, there are a few steps you need to take into consideration before you start filling the truck. SUPPLIES ___ If you don’t have any of the above supplies, you can pick…

A Practical Guide to Protect Against Phishing and Scam Emails

Scammers are the worst. And I’m not talking about your weird uncle who takes the last of the stuffing at Thanksgiving. I mean the real ones – the clowns trying to steal your identity and take over your email. I come bearing good news; you can stop many of these dead in their tracks. And,…

How to Pack Your Fragile Possessions

From family heirlooms to everyday dishware, packing up your fragile belongings is a big task. Getting tactical with the way you pack these items will help to ensure that they make it to their destination unscathed. TOOLS YOU’LL NEED ___ Before you begin, make sure you understand the golden rule of packing fragile things: leave…

Call CenturyLink Before You Move

When you’re moving, there are some people who probably shouldn’t help, but CenturyLink makes it easy to get Internet and TV service in your new home.

Top 5 Tech Upgrades You Should Make Now

1. Media Box Unless your TV is 8 years or older, I don’t think you really need a new one unless you’re dying to watch things in 4K resolution. An easy way to breathe new life into your TV is by purchasing a media box. A media box will connect your TV to the Internet…

Tips for Getting Your Kids to Turn Off

As much as it can give you a very much needed respite from the kids, you definitely don’t want them to spend all day on their devices (or maybe some days you do). Too much screen time can affect your children, and so it’s a great idea to make sure your kids are limiting the…

Securing a Mattress to Your Car

There are a lot of variables to keep in mind when you move. Your mattress shouldn’t be one of them. If you don’t have enough room in your moving truck or want to do the bulk of moving on your own, there’s a good chance you’ll be strapping your mattress to the top of your…

Why You Need Better Passwords

Your identity could be in danger if you use “password,” “123456,” or “football” as one of your passwords. Passwords are increasingly critical as more and more of our lives are connected to the Internet. Let’s go over some tips for choosing better passwords and maintaining them. The passwords above are some of the most common…

5 Ways to Rock Your New Pad with Music

1. Bluetooth Audio Receivers Assuming you currently have some stereo to play music, even if it’s from the 90’s, we can make the device smart. Starting around $20, Bluetooth audio receivers have a 3.5mm output that can plug into most stereos dating back to the Clinton administration. Pair your phone or tablet with the Bluetooth…

Arranging Your Surround Sound

When it comes to home theaters, the right speaker setup is vital to creating an authentic, immersive experience. Understanding the purpose and placement of each speaker will help you build a better soundscape and get the most out of your speakers. SWEET SPOT First, you’ll need to find the sweet spot. This is your favorite…

Integrating Technology Into Your Home

Say Goodbye To Wires One of the best things about integrating technology into home design is getting rid of those messy wires. All of your entertainment needs around the house can be delivered with no (or fewer) wires. Of course, this is only possible with a strong WiFi network, so make sure you get a…