Smartphone app that could literally save someone’s life

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Now that most people have smart phones, and we all have a high-resolution camera with us at all times, there are new ways to use them popping up all the time. What we’re talking about today is a great example of that. Who would have thought that your cell phone could actually save someone’s life […] Read more »

New device to speed up your internet consistently

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Think about when your internet connection isn’t working properly. Maybe you’re getting a “Page cannot be found” error, or your computer can’t find the wifi signal, or perhaps websites are just loading reeeaaallly slowly. If you call your internet provider, what’s the first thing they’ll tell you to do? Restart your modem and router. But […] Read more »

That window that keeps flashing on the screen every hour – here’s the fix

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Recently I got some reports from people that something weird was happening on their Windows computer. Every so often a window would appear on the screen and then immediately disappear. It would happen so quickly there was no chance of seeing any words or error message – it would just flash on then disappear. Then […] Read more »

What to do when your Facebook friend gets hacked

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If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen this happen. You suddenly get a friend request from someone you’ve already been friends with for a long time. What’s the best thing to do in this situation?   First off, I want to say up front that when this happens, it is not a “hack”. I […] Read more »

Should you be using Flash?

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I recently got this voice mail from one of my podcast listeners: “Hi, my name is Bridget and I’m calling from Oregon and I appreciate your show so much. I do love my computer, but there is one thing I just don’t understand. But first – let me admit, I am over 50 (haha). What I […] Read more »

The ad-blocker I use and recommend

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After last week’s post about the website with the large volume of ads that would have normally been eliminated by my ad-blockers, I got some inquiries asking what software I use to avoid seeing any website advertisements.   For me, there are 3 basic reasons to use an ad-blocker: To stop seeing all […] Read more »

Great way to decide which programs to uninstall from your PC

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Last Monday we talked about taking some non-essential programs out of the “auto-startup” process in order to speed up your computer. Today we’ll go over an easy way to figure out if you should actually uninstall a program from your Windows computer.   You know how it is – when you go into Control […] Read more »

Speed up your PC by optimizing the startup programs

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When a Windows computer is running slowly, one of the first things I check is this: How many programs are running at the same time, both visibly and in the background? The more programs are running, the slower they all run. So let’s streamline your computer and run only those programs that are needed. […] Read more »

How to schedule sending an email in Outlook

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All of my email is sent and received using Microsoft Outlook, and there’s one feature of Outlook that I use all the time – the ability to send an email at a future date and time, rather than having it go out immediately.   Why would I want to create a new email, or […] Read more »

This computer/smartphone app is really handy

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Usually I talk about stuff that pertains specifically to computers, but I recently started using a really handy program that will work on computers, tablets and phones (PC or Mac). It’s called Simplenote.   For comparison, this is “kind of” a competitor to Evernote. If you haven’t used Evernote, it’s a program for capturing information […] Read more »