How to cancel any social media account

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For some people, the novelty of social media has worn thin.  Facebook is constantly wanting more and more of your personal information, because that’s their biggest selling point to advertisers.  Twitter hashtags are displayed on just about any television show now, and YouTube videos are showing up virtually everywhere.  If you get to the point [...] Read more »

How to make ANY website printer-friendly

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Ever try to print a web page?  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  The reason for this is that website content is designed to be displayed on your computer screen, not sent to the printer to be put on paper.  So even though it looks perfect on your monitor, the printed page is often completely [...] Read more »

Bad computer habits you need to kick – part 2

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Last week I talked about 4 bad computer habits that I see happening pretty regularly.  This week in part 2, I’ll cover the other 4.  If you do any of these things with your computer, knock it off!   Picking up from where we left off last Monday – 5.  Clicking on unknown links Every [...] Read more »

Bad computer habits you need to kick – part 1

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Since we use our computers just about every day, sometimes all day, it’s easy to get into a routine.  As human beings, we have a set of habits.  That means we don’t necessarily do things a certain way because it’s the safest or most efficient, but rather it’s just because we’ve always done it that [...] Read more »

How to create a System Image backup (and why you should)

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You know I’m always talking about having an automated, consistent backup process in place.  This is partly because I have people bring me computers just about every week with a crashed drive, and they’re in a panic because they need the files and folders that are on that drive.  But it’s also from first-hand experience [...] Read more »

Use the speech recognition software you already have

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Are you someone that would rather talk than type?  Personally, I would rather type out words on the keyboard because then I can make sure that the message that is transmitted is exactly what I want to say.  The downside of typing is that it usually takes longer since most people can speak much faster [...] Read more »

Cursor jumping around on your Windows laptop? Here’s the fix.

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My favorite kind of computer tips are those that address a particularly common and annoying problem, and solve that problem with a quick solution that’s easy to implement.  And preferably free.  Today is a great example of this kind of computer tip.   It’s a common complaint among laptop users.  The cursor seems to [...] Read more »

Is your email address just a TEMPORARY one?

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What if I told you I would give you an email account, and it’s all yours to use.  You can use it for personal or business email or whatever you want.  There’s only one catch: you can only have it temporarily.  At some undetermined point in the future, your access to that email account would [...] Read more »

Should you leave your computer on all the time?

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It’s a question that I get asked all the time: Should I leave my computer on all the time, or should I turn it off at night?  There are valid reasons for both options, so I’ll present you with the pros and cons and you can decide what’s best for your situation.   Why [...] Read more »

Computer emergencies – Part 2 of 2

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Last Monday I posted about how to handle a couple of specific computer emergencies (a spilled drink on your laptop, and a failing hard drive).  This week in Part 2, we’ll cover two more emergency situations that require to you take action right away.     Computer emergency #3: Thunderstorm You’re working at your computer, and [...] Read more »

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