I am a gadget freak. This should be no surprise to you since you know that I fix and write about computers. Some of the coolest gadgets for computers come in the form of USB-powered devices. So let's depart today from the usual "how to fix your computer" and find some practical and unusual gadgets for it instead.
Everyone use their computers with little regard as to maintenance. I'm not talking about running virus checkers or scanning for malware. That was another column and we've already covered it. What I'm referring to is the regular task of taking out the trash.
Some say the Internet is our downfall. Others insist it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Although I'm not a huge Facebook fan, haven't really used eBay in years and don't download music, I think the Internet has changed the way we communicate and do business. I'm an e-advocate for certain.
Here we are, leaving the era of 32-bit computing and entering that of 64-bit. It is more powerful, uses system resources more efficiently and doesn't cost much more. One drawback is that hardly anyone knows what it is.
On occasion, I find myself attempting a tuneup on a computer that is beyond tuning. If your registry is corrupt, you have unnecessary programs run at start-up and check disk initiates every time you boot up, you have a problem.
There are circumstances when a computer can be fixed at home without the aid of a technician. There are also times when self-repair should never be attempted. Consider some of these situations next time something goes wrong with your PC.
When I was a boy, my dad told me to always ask for the head barber. Tony owned the local clip joint where I grew up. He gave me a decent haircut, shaved my young sideburns with hot lather and tossed a steamy towel on me before slapping a cheap, aromatic after-shave on my face.
Networking your computers can be an asset to your home environment if you have more than one computer. By combining your desktop with your spouse's laptop and your child's PC via a home network, there are obvious benefits. All could share one
Phishing is a relatively new term that has roots in its homophone water sport, in that it means one is looking for something that's not readily available. But as opposed to looking for fish, it is searching online for data: yours.