Getting Along With Your Computer

Catching Up

May 25, 2006 / 5:30 am

This week it’s time to catch up with recent computing events. Here are two interesting things that developed in the last few weeks: Windows Vista Hardware...

Free Phone Calls

May 18, 2006 / 5:30 am

Have you been meaning to try Skype? Now might be a good time, as calls from Skype in Canada and the US to regular phones in Canada and the US are free until the...

End Of An Era

May 11, 2006 / 5:30 am

End of an Era, and Vista on the Horizon If you are still running Windows 98, Windows 98SE, or Windows Me, you need to know that this time it looks like...

Update Frenzy

May 4, 2006 / 5:30 am

The last two columns have been about Spring Cleaning. It looks like there’s been some spring cleaning going on at Mozilla and Microsoft, too, with both...

Spring Cleaning - Pt 2

Apr 27, 2006 / 5:30 am

Last time we talked about some steps to clean up your PC and make it a happy, healthy machine. This week, we continue with those recommendations, picking up...

Spring Cleaning

Apr 20, 2006 / 5:30 am

Part 1 Now that Spring is officially here (the first Yard Waste Pickup has come and gone) it’s a good time to give your computer a cleaning, too. A good...

Keep The Email""s Coming

Apr 13, 2006 / 5:30 am

This week’s column is all about the email I’ve received over the past few weeks. Keep it coming! Please! I often learn something new when I get a new...

Updates Updates

Apr 6, 2006 / 5:30 am

The next “Patch Tuesday” is April 11. Look for another batch of critical Windows updates from Microsoft. If you use Windows XP, you can set up your computer...

Daylight Savings Time

Apr 2, 2006 / 6:30 am

Daylight Savings Time And Your Computer Spring forward! At last! The days are getting longer. This Sunday, April 2, marks the start of Daylight Saving Time....

Windows Tweaks

Mar 23, 2006 / 5:30 am

Way back in January I mentioned several things you can do to customize your Windows. We really just scratched the surface. Here are some more ways you can have...

Worth A Mention

Mar 16, 2006 / 5:30 am

There are several interesting items to pass along to you this week. None of them seems to merit a whole column, but each is worth a mention. More gadgets: Last...


Mar 2, 2006 / 5:30 am

There are many useful tools for diagnosing problems in Windows and fixing them. I have a USB Flash Drive crammed with useful tools…and with gadgets. Some are...

How To Uninstall

Feb 23, 2006 / 9:30 am

Recently a client installed a program on a Windows 98 machine that was meant for Windows XP. Not a whole lot bad happened, but the program wouldn’t work. She...

Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

Feb 16, 2006 / 5:30 am

There’s an email circulating this week warning about a virus supposedly contained in an email about the Olympic Torch. As is the case with so many of these...

Various Tips & Tricks

Feb 9, 2006 / 5:00 am

Thank you to everyone who sends along questions and comments. Here are a few I’d like to pass along. Alex wrote, “I tried [Mozilla Firefox] and I like it....

Set Your Windows Clock

Feb 2, 2006 / 5:30 am

Now is a very good time to make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and running on every computer you own. Why? Well, Microsoft has issued an advisory...

Instant Messaging

Jan 26, 2006 / 5:30 am

What’s your favourite instant messaging program? At its simplest, an instant messaging program is one that connects to the internet, opens up a window and...

Blocking Spam

Jan 18, 2006 / 10:38 am

If you’ve been following this column for awhile now, you know that you can install a free anti-virus program, a free firewall program, and free spyware...

Odds And Ends

Jan 11, 2006 / 11:25 am

This week we have a few, unrelated, short items for you. None of them really rates a column of its own, but all of them seem worthy of a mention. I hope...

Better Than New

Jan 7, 2006 / 9:32 am

So, did Santa bring you that new computer you asked for? Yes? Great! Now is a really good time to get your computer set up just the way you like it, and to...