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5 Things you DON’T need to do for your computer

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For a long time, there have been programs advertised on the internet that promise to speed up your computer. They usually go by names like “PC Optimizer”, “Perfect Speed”, “Ultimate Optimizer” or other similar sounding names, and they want you to think that if you just buy this program, your computer will be SOOO much […] Read more »

3 little-known things you can do with Facebook

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Most of us are on Facebook every day and pretty much do the same things – look at what our friends have posted, maybe post a new status of our own sometimes. But there are some things you can do with Facebook that a lot of people don’t know about. Today I’ll show you 3 […] Read more »

Shut down your Windows computer WITHOUT waiting for updates to finish

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It’s one of the most frustrating things about Windows. You go to shut off your computer, and rather than just shut down, it decides it’s time to install a bunch of updates. So you wait and wait while this happens, all the while wondering why your computer is forcing you to stand there and watch […] Read more »

Why would you need TWO backups?

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For some of my clients, I have a hard time convincing them that they need to have a backup process in place. Usually these are people that have not (yet) experienced a hard drive crash and lost some, or all, of their important files. Their computer is working fine at the moment, they’ve never had […] Read more »

My new computer, and an important Windows tip

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What a week this has been. It started with a simple process: replacing a monitor. By the end, I had to replace my primary computer. And I discovered something very important for you to know about Windows – especially Windows 10.   I’ll give a brief summary of what happened. I use 2 monitors on […] Read more »

No computer tip for August 15, 2016

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Well, this is a first.  I’ve been doing this blog for about 15 years, publishing a computer tip or trick every Monday morning – never missed a week. Until now! My main computer crashed over the weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the hard drive that died. If it were, this whole thing would have been a […] Read more »

Another big reason to use an ad blocker

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I’ve used ad blockers for years. If you’re not familiar with that, what this means is that when I visit a website that has advertising, I don’t see the ads. I just see the website content.   As you might know, ad blocking software has generated a controversy. Website visitors like the blockers because websites are […] Read more »

Fix one of MS Word’s most annoying problems

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Mostly, Word works well. I’ve used it for many years and been pretty happy with it. But ever since I first started using it, there has been this one thing that has driven me nuts until I learned how to fix it.   What happens is this. I’ll be typing along in MS Word, […] Read more »

A little-known feature of Google Chrome

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I use Google Chrome as my primary web browser, and not long ago I came across something I could do with Chrome that I thought was pretty cool. And sometimes even useful.   A little background first. Practically since the beginning of time, computer users have known about the keyboard combination CTRL + ALT […] Read more »

3 cool things you can do with Google

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Everyone uses Google all the time to find something online. It’s still by far the best and most comprehensive search engine available, which is why it’s also the most popular (Bing doesn’t even come close, in spite of Microsoft’s marketing machine telling you it’s so great). But did you know that Google does a lot […] Read more »