It's that time again; time to roll down your windows and roll up your sleeves. There's a new operating system in town and it's waiting for you to give it a test drive. Windows 8 is here and Microsoft is letting you take it for a spin for a few months. It will be for sale in late October, but you will have until the end of the year to try it for free.
Back in the day, a simple scan of your computer's hard drive was enough to thwart off most infections. Unfortunately, that's not the case anymore. Malware has evolved. It's not just random pop-ups as it used to be.
Here we are in the middle of the annual tax-free shopping weekend. You're back from vacation, ready to go back to work or school and wonder if it's time to upgrade your computer.
After Windows loads on your computer, the reason you can't immediately start clicking on icons or go online is that other applications are still being loaded in the background.
The easiest way to get a program on your computer is to download it by clicking on a link. Unfortunately, that's also the easiest way to get your computer infected.
Choosing a new hard drive used to be as simple as deciding between a 350-gigabyte and a terabyte model. Size still matters, but now there are different types of drives that involve more than just drive capacity.
In the past I've written about ways to keep your computer running smoothly, advised you of keyboard shortcuts and shared some little known utilities with you. The truth be known, most technicians won't kiss and tell and have clandestinely withheld their best tricks from you.
When I got my first flip cell phone back in the mid-90s, I truly felt like Captain Kirk communicating with the Enterprise. But that was all we were able to do back then: talk.
Most computer users have systems with sufficient technology to accomplish the tasks they were purchased to perform. They have hard drives large enough to store all the data necessary, plenty of RAM and fast processors to allow the system to function quickly and all of the proper updates installed necessary for security. Yet one thing I have found is that many of them lack an important component: a comprehensive backup.
Aside from being a technician and writer, I am a photographer. People often ask what kind of camera I have when they remark about my shots. The fact is, I only paid a few hundred dollars for my camera; it's not a professional model by any means. I explain that I don't have a great camera, but a good eye.
One of the most common questions I get asked by clients is, "Should I turn my computer off when I'm done or leave it running?" Many leave them on 24/7. I have read good arguments on both sides of this debate. Here is my take.
It seems like I just recently upgraded my computer's operating system. Windows 7 came out in October of 2009, yet here we are with Microsoft announcing the release of its successor already, slated for the fourth quarter of this year.
Did you know that Finley Stephens of Weston, Mo., lays claim to the largest ball of string (not twine) at 19 feet in diameter, weighing 3,712 pounds?
Could you imagine if we had newspapers that had items blacked out, censored by someone other than its editors?
Everyone has seen them. They are in newspapers and magazines and on websites. No, I'm not talking about celebrities or politicians. I refer you to Quick Response Codes. They are those two-dimensional square mazes of black lines and white spaces that you may have seen. For the longest time, I had no idea what they were.
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.
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