Getting Along With Your Computer

Cate's final column

Jul 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Wrapping things up. Preparing for a new beginning. We did it! Thanks to everyone who sponsored me (or anyone!) in the Ride Don’t Hide event June 24. It...

A quiet word

Jun 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

Microsoft Word has a habit of letting you know just how hard it’s working for you all the time. You can customize the heck out of that behaviour. Turn off...

Write it down

Jun 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you changed your password for something lately? Did you have trouble? You can absolutely cut down on the pain and suffering if you make a note of these...

FBI and your router

Jun 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

We’re updating… I’m buried under a stack of emails from companies updating their privacy policies. I’d tell you more, but I have to...

Uh-Oh! Undo that thing

May 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everybody makes mistakes, like answering “Yes” when a program asks if you’re sure you want to delete that thing. I can tell you from...

Gmail, and other, updates

May 21, 2018 / 8:00 am

The latest on Windows 10 Spring update, Gmail, and bike rides. Windows 10 Spring Update You might be asking yourself, “Where is it?” It’s...

Snooze Your Gmail

May 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Gmail just got an extreme makeover, and there’s more to come. New look Does your Gmail look a little different today? The new version is rolling out to...

Now what?

May 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

You just got a new computer, or you upgraded to the new version of Windows 10. Now what? This week, I’ll show you a few things you should do to make your...

Get Ready

Apr 30, 2018 / 6:00 am

Are you getting a new computer? Things will go smoother if you do a little prep work. How good is your connection? You are not going to have a good computing...

Odds and the end

Apr 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did you know you can create a Google Calendar event without opening Google Calendar? Well, sure you did on an Android phone or tablet, right? You can use the...

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...