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Computer Care: Free apps are fine, but some are worth paying for

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.

June 09, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Taking solid states out for a test drive

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.

May 26, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Some inside tips to speed up your PC

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.

May 12, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Hard now to imagine living without a smartphone

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.

April 28, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Back it up or risk losing it forever

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.

April 14, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Tips to shoot high-quality digital photos

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.

March 16, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Is it better to turn it off or let it sleep?

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.

March 03, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Looking back through Windows, and what lies ahead

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.

February 17, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Behold the wonders of the Web

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?

February 04, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Stop Online Piracy Act takes things too far

Could you imagine if we had newspapers that had items blacked out, censored by someone other than its editors?

January 23, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Look for more QR codes in the future

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.

January 07, 2012 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Boot up, connect, protect that new computer properly

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, chances are someone in your family is either giving or getting a computer for the holidays. Setting up a new computer, transferring data from an old one or adding new peripherals can be a daunting experience for anyone not comfortable with technology.

December 24, 2011 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Keep your cheese clean by defragging often

For the moment, let's say your hard drive is a block of Swiss cheese. If you could somehow relocate all of the holes to one corner of the block, then theoretically you'd be able store something where all the holes are, right?

December 10, 2011 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: When switching phones, consider price and coverage

As my cell phone contract is about to expire, I find many options before me. I can stay with my existing service provider and retain my current phone or I can try a new company. Either way, I'm eligible to get a free or discounted device with my promise to stay for 24 months.

November 25, 2011 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Computer Care: Revisiting some key tips on column No. 100

When I began writing this column back in 2007, it was sporadic at best. My intent was to assist the novice computer user and not have it sound like a manual. I strayed from that format a few times by expressing my opinions while maligning Vista or praising Windows 7, and I've discussed technology in general many times.

November 12, 2011 | Arthur Glazer | Business

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