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 »

Computer emergencies – Part 1 of 2

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Do you know how you react when suddenly you find yourself in an emergency situation?  Some people can think calmly and do what needs to be done in spite of the chaos that may be all around them.  Other people freeze up or panic and don’t really know what they should be doing – and [...] Read more »

How to authenticate a picture on the internet

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Sometimes things happen during the routine course of the week, and suddenly I realize – that’s a good topic for a blog post.  That’s what happened this past week. If you’re on Facebook, you know there is a high volume of pure garbage that gets “Liked” and shared.  I’m not necessarily talking about content [...] Read more »

How to sign electronically, WITHOUT printing and scanning

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Have you ever gotten a PDF file by email, and you had to sign it and send it back by email?  For most people, that process is a real hassle.  You have to print the PDF file, then you sign the printed copy, then you have to scan that paper back into a new PDF [...] Read more »

How to disable the Windows 8 charms bar

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If you use Windows 8, you have probably become familiar with the thing called the Charms Bar.  Or at least you know what it is and where it resides (the right side of your screen).  When you put your cursor in the top right corner of the screen, the Charms Bar slides out from the [...] Read more »

Lost your volume icon? Here’s how to get it back

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Every once in a while I get a phone call from a frustrated computer user.  Their complaint?  The volume icon has disappeared!  Which means they can’t use the on-screen icon that normally allows them to raise or lower their speaker volume.  Where does it go?  And more importantly, how do you get it back? [...] Read more »

How to remove your private info from Word documents

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When you create a Word document, you know exactly what you are typing.  So, you are obviously in full control of what appears on the pages of that document.  But did you know that Word “hides” some information in the document that doesn’t actually appear as text on any of the pages?  And this might [...] Read more »

How to get back an accidentally closed browser tab

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You’re on the internet, maybe doing some research, and keeping track of a few different things in various tabs in your browser of choice (probably Chrome or Firefox, maybe even Internet Explorer).  You go to click on one of the tabs, and you accidentally click the little “X” at the right edge, and of course [...] Read more »

For computer security, you need these 3 things

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“What’s the best antivirus to use?”  It’s a question that I am asked on a pretty regular basis.  There are lots of choices out there, and everyone seems to have a different opinion.  In the end, of course, that’s all I can really offer – my opinion.  But it is based on lots of experience, [...] Read more »