Getting Along With Your Computer

Where did I put the, uh...?

Nov 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

If you are a fan of ReminderFox, I have some bad news for you. Also, how do you know where your packages are? Reminders Last week, I mentioned the new version...

Notification Irritation

Nov 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

There is such a thing as too much information in Windows 10. Also, the new version of Firefox is here. Notifications can be useful. Or maybe not so much. Are...

Did you know this?

Nov 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

Windows 10 has some interesting things going on. I’ve been telling people about the File Explorer ribbon for awhile now, but the update to the Photos app...

Where's the setting for...?

Nov 6, 2017 / 8:00 am

There’s a lot to like in Windows 10, but some days it’s hard to find what I’m looking for, especially a setting. I think eventually Microsoft...

Fall Creators Update

Oct 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

The Fall Creators Update takes your computer to version 1709 of Windows 10. This upgrade is roughly equivalent to what we used to call a “service...

Email, email, more email

Oct 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Love it or hate it, email seems to be here to stay. How do you get your email? Last week’s column mentioned the coming demise of Outlook 2007. I asked...

It's great to be lucky!

Oct 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Sometimes you get lucky and solve problems. Sometimes you can plan to avoid them. Fix that upside-down screen, pin your often-used folders to the Start Menu,...

Still free. Not as easy

Oct 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Malwarebytes updates just got a little trickier. Firefox extensions are about to get an extreme makeover. Malwarebytes is still free. But it could be easier. In...

News to me!

Oct 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

I learned some new things recently, and remembered something I’d forgotten: YouTube has keyboard shortcuts. You can recover from a too-aggressive Google...

Are you compromised?

Sep 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

From CCleaner crises to Equifax hacks to Kaspersky confusion, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks for privacy. Update your CCleaner right now...

Let Me In!

Sep 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Modern versions of Windows, especially Windows 10, really want you to use a password. Each week, as I set up or repair computers, I encounter people who believe...

Bye bye, CrashPlan

Sep 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

CrashPlan is ditching their Home customers. And, beware the bad malware in Firefox, Chrome, and FB Messenger. CrashPlan approaching end of life Are you a...

My desktop looks weird

Sep 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Just when you think you’re getting a handle on Windows 10, something happens and your screen looks completely different. No problem. You’re likely...

Starting over

Aug 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 include a helpful feature. When things are just too fouled up, you can practically start over. And, when you need to get rid of a...

Worth a thousand words

Aug 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

You can make your computing experience so much better if you master a few simple skills. This is the first in a series of columns to help you with that. Take a...

Print from anything

Aug 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

If you have just one computer in your home or office and you never move it more than 10 feet from your printer, you probably don’t need a network printer....

This is worthy of note

Jul 31, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week: Readers reveal the secret to last week’s card trick, and a couple of things worth mentioning. How did they do that? Many of you wrote to let me...

Relax! Chill! Take a break!

Jul 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

It’s time for a break from floods, fires, and current events. I hope you enjoy this collection of websites that will distract, entertain, and maybe even...

Gmail Helpers

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

I love Gmail because it’s easy to access from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. But sometimes browsers and even Windows itself don’t...

Get your ducks in a row

Jul 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

We’re all going some time. And even before we go, we can be in a situation where we can’t handle our own affairs for a time. The polite thing to do...