Like your car, your computer has things that should and shouldn't be done to it. You don't drive on bald tires or with cracked hoses. You do rotate your tires and check your fluids. Your PC is no different.
Beginning with Windows 3.1, it seems that every other version was a good one. Since Win 7 was a winner and I never took a liking to version 8, I naturally assumed that the latest would be the greatest. I was wrong.
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.