Everybody likes a bargain. But even as the cost of computers and other electronics have come down, there is still another way so save a few bucks on them. One word: Refurbs.
Online banking can take the stress out of transacting with your money. You can check your balances and pay your bills from home, but depending upon which type of online bank you use, it can have its pitfalls.
With so many new types of computers to choose from lately, it's hard to know what to buy. More people seem to be purchasing the ubiquitous laptop, so let's take a look at them today.
Recently, I found myself going back to my favorite electronics store, this time with my broken laptop in hand. Not even I could fix it. Well I probably could have, but didn't need to. I had an extended warranty. Usually I decline those last minute additions at checkout. I've rarely had a television, toaster or desktop fail. But laptops are an exception to the rule.
In the Information Age, good information is good as gold. What follows, you could take to the bank. Don't deposit it. Cash it.
Firefox used to be my browser of choice. I never liked Internet Explorer and have dabbled with both Opera and Safari, but always returned back to Firefox - until recently.
Is your laptop across the house from your router or on a different floor? Do you get the same poor reception on your wireless network that you get on your cell phone?
Every program on our computers needs updating every now and then as does the operating system itself. But wait; is it an update or an upgrade?
This column is usually written from home on my laptop. Most times there's a TV on somewhere in the house, my cell phone is nearby and there is the ever-ringing land line. All of these potential distractions could keep me from writing.
If you've ever posted photos on the Internet, whether on Facebook, eBay or attached one in an e-mail, then here are some ways to make the next ones better.
Have you ever tried to check your e-mail and found you couldn't connect? Or maybe you clicked on an icon and nothing happened?
Writing is a family tradition. Both of my daughters write and my wife has a biweekly column here in The Times. When I meet people around town, I often hear that they read our columns - and enjoy hers. It's just that mine is too technical for them to understand.
Before you call a technician to fix your computer, there are a couple of things you could try on your own. System Restore is one option, but we covered that in a previous column. Safe Mode is another option. The former loads an alternative version of the registry, one when everything was working the way it should.
Have you ever tried to send someone an e-mail with an attachment that you wanted to share, something you were passionate about, only to discover it has been rejected by the server?
Free is good, especially when it refers to computing. I think just about everyone would agree to that statement.
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.
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