While searching for a way to increase my laptop's awful sound quality recently, I came across some other tips and hacks worthy of sharing. Most of these are easy and should work on Vista, Windows 7 and 8.
As I fumbled in the dark the other night for my keys, I remembered I had a flashlight app on my cellphone. Today, after examining that app, I discovered it is loaded with spyware, and I promptly uninstalled it.
The last dozen computers that I've worked on all had two things in common: They were all incredibly slow and all had severe malware infections. A coincidence perhaps? I think not. When I encounter a sluggish system, I immediately suspect malware. It's what I habitually remove from computers when I repair them.
The last time we spoke, I warned you of the demise of Windows XP and the upcoming end of its support from Microsoft this coming April. I've since gotten many emails and questions from concerned clients and readers who were confused as to what they should do. So let's address that.
In the world of computing, the biggest headache used to be a virus. By definition it is a self-replicating piece of code in the form of an application that destroys data on your computer and spreads rapidly.
What do you get when you cross a mobile phone with a tablet? A phablet; really, that's what the new hybrids are called, and you'll be seeing them on store shelves soon in 2014, if you haven't seen them already on YouTube.
Computer cookies, just as baked cookies, contain small bits in them. Instead of chocolate chips or raisins, computer cookies have in them bits of data. Usually innocuous and helpful, cookies may on occasion be detrimental to safe computing.
When you buy your next electronic gadget during the next few months, whether for yourself or a gift, chances are the salesperson will ask if you want to add an extended warranty to the purchase. You're under pressure to decide in a few seconds whether or not to spend about 15 percent of the device's value to protect it. I almost always decline these offers.
Every afternoon when my mail gets delivered, I can't help but notice how few junk letters I receive. I get a couple of bills, a magazine, the occasional package and maybe a solicitation from a local business or two. That's it. A few years ago I got piles of paper every day. The bulk of junk mail today is sent electronically.