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Getting Along With Your Computer

A view of Windows 10

Jun 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

Windows 10 Recap Last week we talked about the stealth upgrades to Windows 10. This week, I’ve collected most of the links to mentions of Windows 10 in...

Stealth upgrades

Jun 5, 2016 / 10:00 am

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer, you have until the end of July to do it for free. If you don’t want to upgrade to...

Don't fear the cloud

May 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm

How do I save to The Cloud? An earlier column explained a little bit about The Cloud: http://rlis.com/columns/column498.htm. That’s nice, Cate, but how do...

Useful utilities

May 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

Some programs are just so useful I would have a hard time doing without them. Here are three of my “go-to” utilities, and a few alternatives. ...

Action Required!

May 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Are you using Windows Live Mail to send and receive your Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Live.com email? You need to stop doing that soon. Are you using it for your...

Making connections

May 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

Life can be confusing. A wireless printer still requires one important wire. Two connections are not, generally speaking, better than one. And you still need...

New PC? Read this now

May 2, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Thinking about getting a new computer? The transition from old to new can be less jarring if you take care of a few things before you drop your old computer...

Unleash the emoji

Apr 25, 2016 / 7:00 am

Two things on the table this week Apple just killed QuickTime, and you should, too Facebook Messenger isn’t just for smartphones anymore Get rid of...

Great Cycle Challenge

Apr 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

Reminders, recalls, rides: Google Calendar for the web now includes Reminders. Toshiba recalls 91,000 laptop batteries because of a potential fire hazard. And...

Win 10 start menu

Apr 11, 2016 / 7:00 am

Microsoft introduced the Windows Start Menu with Windows 95. Over the years the look of it changed very little, so when Microsoft released Windows 8 without a...

The quick fix

Apr 4, 2016 / 8:07 am

Two problems were solved last week. The first one was new to me, but the second one has been like a pebble in my shoe for years. Here are the fixes: The...

Painless router setup

Mar 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Last week’s column asked if you should replace your router. If you answered yes, here’s how to get started with your new one. Location, Location,...

Replace router? Maybe

Mar 21, 2016 / 6:30 am

Slow connection? Flaky connection? Dropped connection? There are plenty of reasons for this to happen, but one of the usual suspects is your router. What is a...

Office 2016 is awesome

Mar 14, 2016 / 9:14 pm

Office 2016 is awesome. And confusing You do not have to live with Office the way it comes out of the box. Okay, no one buys Office in a box anymore. Correct to...

Where is Internet Explorer?

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:40 pm

Yes! You can turn off those system ads in Windows 10, perhaps even before you see them. And yes! You can easily find Internet Explorer and pin it to your Start...

Where are my folders?

Feb 29, 2016 / 12:47 pm

Hey there, Microsoft! How about supporting an email program that works? Windows 10 Mail app lacks the ability to manage mail Back in the good old days of...

PDFs, photos, and planets

Feb 22, 2016 / 7:00 am

Print anything to a PDF in Windows 10. Google Photos will replace Picasa. Visit some planets. If you can print it, you can print it to PDF. For years...

Nag, nag, nag

Feb 15, 2016 / 8:22 am

Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. They’ve beefed up the nag screen and ended support for versions of Internet Explorer that don’t...

Remember when

Feb 8, 2016 / 7:00 am

Have you made the jump from Windows 7 (or XP, or Vista, the forgotten operating system) to a modern version of Windows? Do you miss the old games and the old...

Just stop it

Feb 1, 2016 / 5:00 pm

Usually when sitting down at the computer I just want to get work done. Okay, okay, I just want to get work done after I look at all the dog videos on...

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