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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

Computer Care: If your printer needs attention, be careful with the ink

Every few weeks I hear a panicky plea from across the house, "Honey, the printer's not working." So I bellow back, " Did you try rebooting the computer?"

May 31, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Tips to keep Windows 7 on your PC

Windows 8 is great, if you are used to it or if you have a touch-screen laptop or tablet. But more and more of my clients are complaining that they just got a new PC with Win 8 installed - and they hate it. What they really want is that new computer loaded with their old operating system, Windows 7.

May 18, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Learning to love the tablet

Since the early 1990s, I've had half a dozen desktop computers, five laptops, various printers, a couple of faxes, a plethora of dumb phones and a couple of smartphones. But just this week I got my first tablet computer. As I once initially thought, I had no need for a computer (my dedicated Smith Corona Word Processor was just fine for a writer), I also thought I didn't need a tablet. I was wrong.

May 03, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Keep your smartphone secure against malware, infections

Today's smartphones allow us mobile access to so much more information than ever before. We can take charge of our schedule, email, texts, social networking, computing, Web browsing, banking and more. But what if you weren't the only one that had control of all that sensitive information in your mobile phone?

April 20, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Windows still rules, but there are other alternatives

I have been a fan of the Windows operating system since its inception. With Windows XP back near the turn of this century, things started getting better. Wireless and USB support were introduced and many enhancements were added with that edition. Improvements were made to the computer hardware, the operating system and software; it all began to run faster than ever before.

March 22, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Keep your PC protected from bad bugs

Too many computers that I've worked on recently have had insufficient protection. Some had anti-virus apps or Internet security suites installed, but they were not properly configured. Some were so outdated they were completely ineffective.

March 09, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Printer glitch? Best to start over

While recently attempting to print a document on a printer I've had installed for over a year, Windows suddenly advised me that I in fact, had no printer installed. I could see the Officejet across the room; I just used it the night before and my wife had printed something on it earlier that morning, so I knew it worked.

February 23, 2013 | Arthur Glazer | Business

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