Getting Along With Your Computer

Plane mode can crash wi-fi

Apr 24, 2017 / 8:00 am

Can’t turn on your Wi-Fi? Maybe you’re in Airplane mode. And please back away from the cappuccino machine! You can still play Windows 7 games after...

Microsoft 10 update is here

Apr 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

The new version of Windows 10 launched. Have you seen it yet? Microsoft patches an Office security hole. Are your updates up to date? Windows 10 Creators Update...

More! More! More!

Apr 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week, we have some new information on items from previous columns. Here comes the next gigantic Windows 10 update. That BatteryCare utility startled...

Googling your calendar

Apr 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

While I try for a theme for this column each week, sometimes I have a few things that are useful but bear no particular relation to each other. The theme this...

Three quick fixes

Mar 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Using a computer can be frustrating. This week, I’ll show you three annoying things you can fix for yourself and your friends. Make the text in Outlook...

The next big thing

Mar 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Microsoft promised to release the next big update for Windows 10 this spring, and it looks like we can expect it to start rolling out soon. The update is free...

Don't get faked out

Mar 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

Before Fake News there was Fake Tech Support. And it’s still here. Don’t get faked out. Microsoft does not phone you to tell you about viruses on...

So long, Vista

Mar 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

Like it’s older brother Windows XP, Vista is reaching the end of it’s life. It’s time to move on. End of the Road for Vista Support from...

Make Windows 10 sing

Feb 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Every so often I encounter a weird “no sound on my computer” problem in Windows 10; usually, it’s easy to fix. On a desktop computer with...

Outsmart the start menu

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Three tips this week to make your computing experience a lot nicer. Open something more than once; quit scrolling through the Windows 10 start menu; and, kill...

Take a Mulligan

Feb 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

I think it’s happened to everyone. You’re cleaning up your stuff and you decide to move a bunch of files and folders from one place to another....

Who do you trust?

Feb 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

Trust is a must or your browser’s a bust. Why did Firefox disable the Web of Trust extension? I was a big fan of the Web of Trust (WOT) browser extension....

News and Notes

Jan 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

Check your HP laptop for a battery recall. See cute pictures of kittens. Readers comment on Works to Word files and speed tests. HP just recalled laptop...

The need for speed

Jan 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Is your Internet connection slow? How do you know? And, I found a new way to get files from one computer to another. But you need a good connection. Why is the...

Read works files in Word

Jan 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

It’s practically painless to convert those old Works files to Word. And we had plenty of reader feedback on passwords. Give me the old things in a new way...

Be prepared

Jan 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Save yourself pain and suffering when things go wrong by taking precautions while things are going right. We’ll talk about backups in another column, but...

Fixing Facebook

Jan 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Everyone has strong feelings about Facebook. Either you were dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook by your grandkids, or you can hardly tear yourself...

Here's what you should do

Dec 26, 2016 / 6:00 am

Mouse not responding! Yahoo hacked! Here’s what to do. My mouse doesn’t work! What should I do? Everyone has this question at some point. If your...

Here comes Santa Claus

Dec 19, 2016 / 6:00 am

Christmas is just about a week away. Yes, It’s our annual Christmas column. Celebrate the season online with us. Wrap it up Now that you know where all...

What I learned last week

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Desktop shortcuts in Chrome are more versatile than I thought. It’s super easy to kill Facebook Moments. People can wrap packages in under a minute. Who...