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.
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.
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 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.