Attempting to create an image of my hard drive to DVDs recently, I discovered I had a nonfunctional optical drive. So I ran it through all the tests I could think of and came to the conclusion that is was in fact a hardware issue. What was so unsettling is the fact that my laptop is only four months old.
My wife logged on to her eBay account early one morning this week to discover she had sold two Wii units to someone in South Carolina. Normally this would have been a good thing, except for the fact the she sells clothes online, not electronics.
Free programs are great and the Internet is full of them. The problem is that many of these so-called freebies come with a price called malware that piggyback the application or utility you are trying to download.
Passwords are part of computing; there is no way around that. If you use a computer and the Internet, you will eventually need to use them. You may or may not need a password to log onto your computer, but one was needed to get your email this morning. Even if you didn't have to manually type one in, your computer recalled it for you.
If you've ever had to call tech support for a networking issue, they most likely asked you at some point to type your router's IP address into your computer. That address would have looked something like 192.168.0.1.
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.
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.