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Getting Along With Your Computer

Windows Vista

Oct 12, 2006 / 6:00 am

Should I Upgrade To Windows Vista? Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 98, Windows Me, and as of this week, Windows XP Service Pack 1. If you are...

Firefox, QuickLaunch

Oct 5, 2006 / 6:00 am

Firefox, QuickLaunch, and Registry Backup This week I am relying heavily on questions from readers for column content. So thank you everyone who keeps asking...

Be Careful Out There!

Sep 28, 2006 / 6:00 am

Holy guacamole, it’s been quite a week for security problems and fixes. I hope some of this information helps you navigate the minefield of online computing....

Recycle Computers

Sep 21, 2006 / 6:00 am

Are you going to get a new computer? What about that old one? Simply throwing it out the window from a great height might fulfill your fantasy, but there are...

Patches And Fixes

Sep 14, 2006 / 6:00 am

A patch is simply a small piece of software that is designed to fix a problem in a bigger piece of software. This week we have patches from the usual suspects,...

Start Up Takes So Long...

Sep 7, 2006 / 6:00 am

When I go to a client to fix something or install something, I find that once I’ve done that, they usually have a question about something else. And these are...

Taking Inventory

Aug 31, 2006 / 8:49 am

Back to school often means a new computer and/or selling the “old” computer. If you watch carefully, there are some good deals to be had. So you want to...

How Do I?

Aug 24, 2006 / 6:00 am

This week I will try to answer some of the questions I am most often asked by my clients. Every so often it’s good to get back to basics. I hope you will find...

Now For Fun Stuff!

Aug 16, 2006 / 9:39 am

We have had a couple of serious columns, and it’s time to talk about the fun things in computing. Here is a sample of things you might find fun, interesting,...

Internet Explorer’s Little Helpers

Aug 10, 2006 / 5:30 am

Last time we wrestled a problem with Yahoo!Toolbar and Internet Explorer to the ground. Once you find the problem it’s simple to solve: Just uninstall the...

Do You Yahoo?

Aug 3, 2006 / 5:30 am

Computer repair people and systems administrators all over the place were not lonely last week when Yahoo! unleashed its new, improved Yahoo! Toolbar. That’s...

Where Did I Put The...Uh…The…

Jul 27, 2006 / 5:30 am

Every week when I sit down to write this column, I need to review the various notes I’ve made, links to websites that I’ve saved, and emails that I might...

Messy Desktop

Jul 19, 2006 / 5:30 am

Answering More of Your Questions Wow, I am really glad that not all of you are at the beach or on the golf course. I’m especially glad when you take the time...

Email FAQs

Jul 13, 2006 / 10:09 am

Email should be simple, right? Viewing attachments should be a no-brainer. But now that we have programs set up to protect us from ourselves, it’s not as easy...

Beta Programs

Jul 6, 2006 / 5:30 am

Some Beta Programs Work Well. Others Not So Much. It has been an exciting couple of weeks at Real Life Internet Solutions. Google released a new Beta version of...

How Did That Happen?

Jun 29, 2006 / 5:30 am

You know those Windows dialog boxes that ask, “Are you sure you want to…”? It’s pretty easy to get hypnotized into clicking “Yes”, “Yes”,...

Time to Buy More Mousetraps

Jun 22, 2006 / 5:30 am

If your hand cramps up from heavy mouse usage, there are a few things you can do about it. 1.Buy a mouse with a more ergonomic design...

New Windows Updates

Jun 15, 2006 / 5:30 am

Another Patch Tuesday Microsoft released a big whack up Windows Updates this week, most of them security-related. One patch is supposed to repair the...

Useful And Fun

Jun 8, 2006 / 5:30 am

I have a few programs that I seem to use over and over again. I think of these as the Swiss Army Knife of personal computing. That’s the “useful” part of...

Following Up

Jun 1, 2006 / 5:30 am

About last week’s column… Last week I showed you how to prevent QuickTime (or any other program) from starting up along with Windows. I should have added...

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