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Tech Talk: More on malware, the gunk that slows your computer

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.

March 21, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Tech Talk: Beware of sneaky phishing scams

There is a new phishing scheme currently circulating on the Internet. Its objective is not just to steal your money but your identity as well.

March 07, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Tech Talk: Don’t ditch XP; just keep it safe

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.

February 22, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Tech Talk: Time to upgrade or ditch Windows XP

This spring Windows XP will be 13 years old. Considering my car is almost that old, it's not a big deal except for the fact that my car won't get an infection, but XP might.

February 07, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Tech Talk: One form of malware holds your PC for ransom

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.

January 25, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Tech Talk: New crossover phones offer more choices

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.

January 10, 2014 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Today’s high-tech gadgets are just the start

When I was a kid, I would create things in my dad's workshop that would revolutionize society. They were futuristic and impressive looking - only they didn't do anything.

December 06, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Clean up, clean out or recycle your old PC

Got an old computer and you're not sure what to do with it? Put it in the kids' room or the basement? Give it to Grandma?

November 22, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: How to keep your cookies under control

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.

November 08, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Think twice before buying extra warranty

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.

October 25, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Filtering out your electronic junk mail

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.

October 11, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: It’s a wireless world, and soon we’ll all be connected

Back in the day, if you wanted Internet access, you needed an Ethernet connection; you were tethered to a cable. Then came wireless Internet or Wi-Fi. It's also called WLAN or Wireless LAN, which is Wireless Local Area Network. The technical term for it is 802.11, which is the set of standards for wireless in the 2.4-5 GHz frequency bands.

September 27, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Knowing when to fix, when to replace

The last three computers I worked on all needed to be retired, replaced or used for target practice. There comes a time when it's simply no longer cost-effective to keep your old XP relic running, no matter how much you like it.

September 06, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Tips for the best summer snapshots

This summer I spent more time with my camera than my computer. As a camp photographer up in the mountains of White County, I shot more than 20,000 photos. To make them look good, I had to edit them quickly and judiciously -- good enough for parental scrutiny.

August 23, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


Computer Care: Plenty of gadgets for Dad to marvel at for Father’s Day

My dad was into gadgets. He liked to be on the cutting edge of electronics. OK, this was the late 1960s so nothing was really small or cheap yet. But when pocket calculators initially arrived on the market, they were about three-quarters of an inch thick and about the size of a cellphone.

June 15, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business


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