Getting Along With Your Computer

Let's have some fun

Jul 18, 2016 / 6:00 am

This week we’re taking a break from Windows 10 to point out several useful and fun websites. We’re also taking a break from politics and cat videos....

Change your POV

Jul 11, 2016 / 6:00 am

Microsoft takes one more shot at changing your mind about upgrading. Use Windows Libraries to change your point of view. Change your laptop’s situation to...

Microsoft letting you say no

Jul 4, 2016 / 6:00 am

Windows 10 is in the news again as the end of the free upgrade approaches. Evernote pricing is changing, and the “free” tier is a little more...

Protect your photos

Jun 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

It’s almost Canada Day! It’s almost the 4th of July! Celebrate by taking some great photos. Do at least two of the following three things to protect...

Look up! Way up!

Jun 20, 2016 / 7:00 am

Feedback and Space Holy wow! Thanks for all the feedback on the recent Windows 10 articles. I’ve included most of it in this week’s column. Keep it...

A view of Windows 10

Jun 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

Windows 10 Recap Last week we talked about the stealth upgrades to Windows 10. This week, I’ve collected most of the links to mentions of Windows 10 in...

Stealth upgrades

Jun 5, 2016 / 10:00 am

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer, you have until the end of July to do it for free. If you don’t want to upgrade to...

Don't fear the cloud

May 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm

How do I save to The Cloud? An earlier column explained a little bit about The Cloud: http://rlis.com/columns/column498.htm. That’s nice, Cate, but how do...

Useful utilities

May 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

Some programs are just so useful I would have a hard time doing without them. Here are three of my “go-to” utilities, and a few alternatives. ...

Action Required!

May 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Are you using Windows Live Mail to send and receive your Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Live.com email? You need to stop doing that soon. Are you using it for your...

Making connections

May 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

Life can be confusing. A wireless printer still requires one important wire. Two connections are not, generally speaking, better than one. And you still need...

New PC? Read this now

May 2, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Thinking about getting a new computer? The transition from old to new can be less jarring if you take care of a few things before you drop your old computer...

Unleash the emoji

Apr 25, 2016 / 7:00 am

Two things on the table this week Apple just killed QuickTime, and you should, too Facebook Messenger isn’t just for smartphones anymore Get rid of...

Great Cycle Challenge

Apr 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

Reminders, recalls, rides: Google Calendar for the web now includes Reminders. Toshiba recalls 91,000 laptop batteries because of a potential fire hazard. And...

Win 10 start menu

Apr 11, 2016 / 7:00 am

Microsoft introduced the Windows Start Menu with Windows 95. Over the years the look of it changed very little, so when Microsoft released Windows 8 without a...

The quick fix

Apr 4, 2016 / 8:07 am

Two problems were solved last week. The first one was new to me, but the second one has been like a pebble in my shoe for years. Here are the fixes: The...

Painless router setup

Mar 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Last week’s column asked if you should replace your router. If you answered yes, here’s how to get started with your new one. Location, Location,...

Replace router? Maybe

Mar 21, 2016 / 6:30 am

Slow connection? Flaky connection? Dropped connection? There are plenty of reasons for this to happen, but one of the usual suspects is your router. What is a...

Office 2016 is awesome

Mar 14, 2016 / 9:14 pm

Office 2016 is awesome. And confusing You do not have to live with Office the way it comes out of the box. Okay, no one buys Office in a box anymore. Correct to...

Where is Internet Explorer?

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:40 pm

Yes! You can turn off those system ads in Windows 10, perhaps even before you see them. And yes! You can easily find Internet Explorer and pin it to your Start...