There are lots of free programs on the Internet. Some are truly free, while some are truly worthless. Let's talk about the differences and what there is to offer. After all, everyone likes a bargain.
There's a new computer in town, and it's small. Classified as netbooks, these subcompact mini-laptops are something to be considered. By the end of the year more and more people will be considering them. As their size gets smaller, more options will be offered.
The easiest forms of passwords are your children's names, perhaps your pets, your address or birthday. But guess what? They are the most common ones and hackers know that. They will try those first. With just a little research your password is broken and your security is gone. Fluffy1? I don't think so.
Microsoft has processes called services that assist the operating system and provide support to many applications. These services start automatically when Windows boots up and continue to run quietly in the background.
There seems to have been an influx of computer problems lately. I've been keeping busy and that of course, gives me something to write about.
Let's talk drivers. There are those that take us places, some that hit balls, and some are drivers for screws.
You've recently upgraded your old CRT monitor to a sleek new LCD and don't know what to do with that relic. Don't be in such a hurry to push it aside, but rather put it to use and double your computing real estate.
It's been a couple of years since Microsoft released the much-maligned Vista operating system. It was supposed to be the crème de la crème, the operating system extraordinaire, the piece de la resistance.
Computers are like cars in that there is certain maintenance that is needed on a regular basis.
Few computer users run utilities on a regular basis. Most will wait until something goes wrong, and by then, it's usually too late.
Enough of you have e-mailed me with your computing questions that it warrants a column. Here are the top six.
Sometimes my wife doesn't understand me. Occasionally my daughters don't know what I'm talking about. And now I discover my readers are often left in the dark by my techno-babble. Perhaps it's time for a little Computing 101.
You've put off buying that new computer and now, with the holidays around the corner, there are sales everywhere. The trouble is, you may not be very tech-minded, not knowing RAM from a rake. But I'm here to help you. I'll be that voice on your shoulder while you talk to the sales geek.
The Internet is a virtual dark alley. Unscrupulous dealers lurk in the shadows; you're never sure who you can trust. In this cyber-city, potential infections lay in wait under each hot link and e-mail attachment, ready to corrupt your system with malware.
Sometimes my wife doesn't understand me. Occasionally my daughters don't know what I'm talking about.
Got an old computer and you're not sure what to do with it? Put it in the kids' room or the basement? Give it to Grandma?
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