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Getting Along With Your Computer

We still need passwords

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

In a world where you unlock your car by pressing a button, it seems ironic that you need a password for just about everything else. But you do. Passwords are...

Take control of your settings

Jan 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

We do not have to accept the default settings for most programs. We can take control of those settings and make our computing lives a lot easier. Microsoft Edge...

No New Year's resolutions

Jan 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

I do not like New Year’s resolutions. This is not a column about New Year’s resolutions. This is a column about things you can do to help you get...

Merry Christmas to all

Dec 25, 2017 / 1:00 pm

As we careen madly toward Christmas, I find myself reflecting on the past year. I hope you will enjoy these tips from past columns. Merry Christmas, Happy...

Christmas tech checklist

Dec 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Christmas is next week, and, for some people, that means a fight to the finish with technology. It used to be we only had to remember to buy batteries for the...

How to buy a computer

Dec 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Buying a new computer can be daunting, so here are some things to consider before you head to the store. If you have brand loyalty or brand aversion, you can...

More, more, more

Dec 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week: More on reminders, more on Tablet Mode, and more on Photos and movies. Thanks for your feedback! You all rock! More on ReminderFox The flood of email...

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...

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