Twice annually, I swap out the clothes in my closet. I tend to have a larger collection of shirts than most guys, since my wife owns a clothing store. To make room for sweaters, I need to pack away my tropical shirts.
Everything we use is getting smaller. We now hook our gadgets to our belts or put them in our pockets or purses. The bag cell phone of the early nineties is finally smaller than Captain Kirk's communicator.
Just because your computer is 4 or even 6 years old, it doesn't necessarily mean that you need to replace it. If you see more blue screens than desktops, or you still have an operating system from the last century, your computer is indubitably a candidate for replacement.
All too often, free programs aren't worth what you paid for them. Many are junk; some are only malware, not even real applications. Others come with bloatware attached to them, which leaves you wondering where that new desktop icon or browser toolbar came from.
Internet Web browsers get you where you're going online. But what if you don't know where you're going? It's like driving without a map or global positioning.
Computers are getting faster as prices drop. Facebook dominates the Internet and email scams from Nigeria and various mystery lotteries continue to fill my spam box.
Not all is what it seems when it comes to programs for your computer. There are so many rogue applications circulating the Internet now that one is sure to end up on your browser or in your inbox.
The last time we talked, I gave you some ideas on how to improve your computer system. Given the constraints of this page, I had more to say than I had room to write. So where did that leave us? Internet, RAM and back-ups are all covered, which brings us to programs. Most of us have too many of them installed. If your computer came with WordPerfect and you now have Office or your kids ...
If you lose your Internet connection, do you know how to reset your modem? How about stopping the main cause for system overheating? Can you add memory to your computer or stop programs from starting each time Windows boots? If you can't answer "yes" to the above questions, keep reading.
Too many computer users expect to turn their machines on and just use them. They have little, if any, knowledge or skills to help them operate, maintain or repair their own computer.
Twenty-five years ago, my most high-tech device was an electric typewriter. Now I have GPS in my pocket and a Bluetooth in my ear. Being the techno-geek that I am, I can't help but wonder what the future holds.
Over the past few years, I've advised you to update your operating system, renew your anti-virus, run a malware scan and defrag your hard drive. Not exactly a walk in the park, but necessary nonetheless.
I upgraded my cellphone this week. Like my desktop and laptop, I don't run to replace these items when new technology hits the store shelves. Generally I wait until something stops working. Recently it was my not-so-smart cellphone.
Most pop-ups originate from malware. You've seen them. Those annoying ads, the pages of misdirection on your browser or boxes from non-existent utilities that claim to clean your registry.
Most computers users are generally not afraid to defragment their hard drives, delete temporary files or even reinstall Windows to their computer. But mention editing the registry and even some well-seasoned geeks may break out in a cold sweat and defer that task to someone more qualified.
When I was a kid, I would create things in my dad's workshop that would revolutionize society. They were futuristic and impressive looking - only they didn't do anything.
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