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Getting Along With Your Computer

Holy smokes, that's annoying!

Jan 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

What the folks at Microsoft think of as “features” many other people regard as “annoyances.” Here’s how to fix a few. Disable the new start screen in Office 2013 There’s a lot to like about Office 2013, but the new start screen can be annoying. When I...

Wireless untangled

Jan 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

Wireless Networks are everywhere. But … what IS WiFi, anyway? And what is Bluetooth? And why does your Bluetooth speaker work fine with your iPod but your computer won’t see it? This week I’ll try to untangle wireless technology for you. What is WiFi and why should I...


Jan 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

Firefox Hello is a great way to chat with another person. It’s free, and it’s easy and you don’t need to create accounts or sign in. Speaking of free, you can get more than one year of free coverage from you Avast! antivirus. Hello, Firefox Hello! Would you like a...

I like these things

Jan 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

Readers and customers often ask me what program or system I use to solve a problem or accomplish some task. Here’s a short list of the things I like. I hope you find something here you like too! Evernote Evernote is a secure place to store bits of information in a way that...

Setting up a new computer

Dec 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

A good deal of the new business here at Computer Care Kelowna comes from people who have tried to set up a computer with Windows 8.1 on it and gotten a little lost. If you only set up a new computer every couple of years, you’re in for a wild ride when it comes to Windows 8.1. But fear not!...

Merry Christmas to all!

Dec 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

It’s time for the annual Christmas column. This year I’ll point you to some tips for package wrapping, Christmas music, and yes – Santa Tracking websites and apps. It’s practically the last minute! Better get those packages wrapped! I am all thumbs when it comes...

Getting ready for Christmas

Dec 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Christmas is just over a week away. Are you ready for the big day? It used to be that we only had to remember to buy batteries for the shiny new presents, but these days there’s a little more to it. If you’re giving or receiving technology, or your friends and family are visiting with...

Just say NO to holiday scammers!

Dec 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for scammers. Don’t get caught. Fake Websites If you’re careful, you can avoid this con, but some of these fake websites are really convincing. The idea is to get you to place an order and hand over your credit card...

Expert advice

Dec 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

Are you the go-to person when your friends or family need help with their computers? Here are three helpful pieces of advice you can give people in need. They’ll love you for it. You’ve got the power Windows has an annoying habit of dumping you out to a screen that prompts...

Facebook Privacy

Nov 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Facebook simplified their Privacy Policy, making it easier to control what you share and what you see. Also, a little more on the Firefox Forget Button. Facebook Privacy is a lot easier to control now Here’s the thing about Facebook: YOU control what others see about you. And to...

New Firefox features

Nov 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Ten years ago, Mozilla launched the Firefox browser. Last week, they rolled out version 33.1 with some interesting new features. What is a browser? A browser is a program on your computer (or tablet or smartphone) that allows us to visit websites. You’ve been using a browser all...

Internet Explorer fixes

Nov 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

Internet Explorer can be frustrating to work with. We have to keep it up to date, but every tweak from Microsoft seems to cause pain to a subset of users. Here’s how to fix a couple of the recent “improvements". Fix the “YouTube Turns Green” problem A...

Odds & ends

Nov 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

Free cloud storage, a correction to last week’s newsletter, and a couple of tips. Enjoy this week’s scattered thoughts! Holy smokes! Microsoft OneDrive offers unlimited storage! Microsoft announced that Office 365 subscribers will have unlimited storage on OneDrive....

Should I allow it?

Oct 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

Keeping critical programs up to date is an important element of safe computing. I get phone calls and emails from customers who need to know whether to allow something to update. That’s actually the good news. The not-so-good news is when I find someone’s computer with risky non-updated...

Quick tips

Oct 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Is that file safe? Why does your mouse have two buttons? Where is the “No to all” button? Check a file or a website with VirusTotal When you visit the VirusTotal website ( you’ll see a very clear explanation of the site’s...

8 + 1 = 10

Oct 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

Microsoft previewed the new version of Windows last week. You know, the version that comes after Windows 8. Guess what they’re calling it. Go ahead, guess. I’ll wait. Nope. The new version of Windows is Windows 10. Wait. What? This means that instead of having a new,...

Recently answered questions

Oct 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

An easy way to safely remove your USB devices, even iPods. Something weird is going on with Windows Live Mail 2012. Remove your iDevice carefully If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod connected to your computer, you don’t want to just yank that thing out while it’s...

Quick fixes

Sep 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

Three fixes for common problems, including ones you might not know you have! Get YouTube videos to quit buffering, save your Office stuff where you want it, and clean up your email. Fix choppy video If you notice that video (for example on YouTube) is choppy or constantly...

Burning questions

Sep 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

No, we’re not talking about CDs. This week’s column answers questions that readers and customers have been asking recently. Learn how to download Facebook photos, and get rid of the U2 album from iTunes if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for. Also, for goodness...

Setting up your new computer

Sep 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Are you setting up a new computer? I do that all the time, so I have a routine for setting up the new machine and transferring files from the old. If you decide to do this yourself, these tips should keep you from reaching for the Aleve. Better still, these same tips will save time --- and...

About the author...

Cate Eales has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible and fun for over 20 years. She lives in Kelowna with her husband, Eric, and her dog, Sandy. Cate is a partner in Computer Care Kelowna, helping individuals and small businesses with virus, spyware and malware eradication; personal computer training and management; digital image management; music transfer; and website design, hosting and management.

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