Getting Along With Your Computer

Happy spring update

Apr 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

The newest version of Windows 10 is rolling out now. Here’s what’s new and how to get ready. Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is rolling out...

Beat the ransomware bug

Apr 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Quick updates this week on items mentioned in past columns. Oh, and how to reset your networks in Windows 10 and why you might want to do that. Ransomware is...

Clear your caches

Apr 2, 2018 / 7:00 am

You might want to clear your browser caches. You also might want to kill off those annoying notifications and the prompts they rode in on. And, finally, you...

Ditching Facebook

Mar 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

Are you still using Facebook? What is all the fuss about Facebook and data? Last week, The New York Times broke a story about how Facebook personal data was...

Things could be easier

Mar 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

Why is it so hard to find the icon to safely remove your USB? How do you stop OneDrive from badgering you when you don’t need it? End these annoyances!...

Good to know

Mar 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s great to find new things. Today, I’m sharing two new-to-me tips and one oldie but goodie. Make Wikipedia look good, control your trackpad, and...

Should I?

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

This week, we answer three frequently asked questions: Should I update it? Should I replace it? Should I renew it? Should I update it? Surprisingly, often...

What you like

Feb 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

Last week, I shared some of my favourite programs and asked what you liked. I got plenty of feedback. You folks rock! Here’s some of the best stuff....

What do you like?

Feb 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have a few programs that I use all the time because I’ve liked them for a long time. But I’m always looking for alternatives. What do you like?...

Faking It

Feb 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

Fake tech support scams are still here, and they’re worse than ever. Learn how to stay safe and what to do if you get faked out. How does this work? The...

Recover what you lost

Feb 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did you forget to save that Word document before you closed it? Did you accidentally delete that important photo? Here’s how you can get out of that jam....


Jan 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

Just when I think I’ve seen everything, I see something else. Usually, that’s good! I learned two things last week researching weird things. I live...

Now you know

Jan 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

Whether you want to solve computer problems yourself or enlist the help of someone more technical, you’ll save time and minimize frustration if you know...

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...