Archive for ‘Applications

Find and delete duplicate pictures on your computer

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One of the great things about digital photography is how easy it is to take a picture and then see it almost immediately on your computer.  You can edit it, send it to someone, or post it on a website.  However, it’s also easy to end up with a lot of duplicate photos. Think […] Read more »

Works just like Photoshop

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Undoubtedly, Photoshop is just about the best program there is for working with digital images.  It is really the standard application that is used by people all over the world – professionals and amateurs alike. However, using Photoshop isn’t always practical.  What if you happen to be on a computer that doesn’t have Photoshop […] Read more »

Malwarebytes discount coupon code

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For those of you that have been delaying getting antispyware protection – which you need – here is a good opportunity. The program that I recommend is Malwarebytes. When someone comes to me with computer problems, this is one of the first tools I will use. Get it here. Malwarebytes full version is […] Read more »

Shut down your computer automatically at bedtime

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I prefer to go to bed at a decent hour, like 10 or 11 pm (that’s a decent hour for me). But for some reason, I just can’t seem to do it. I will be working on the computer, doing some research or writing for work, and I will plan to go to […] Read more »

My current software recommendations

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I get asked fairly often about what is the best antivirus program to use, what antispyware program should be used, etc. Today I am going to summarize what my current recommendations are. Keep in mind, these recommendations change from time to time. Whenever these things do change, I will do another […] Read more »

Access another computer remotely – for free

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Some of you will already be somewhat familiar with this week’s topic. When I first started doing computer repair and instruction by remote access, the program I used was LogMeIn (www.logmein.com). I use a different program now for when I access a customer’s computer remotely, but I do still use LogMeIn when I […] Read more »

Easiest way to share files

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I recently discovered a wonderful free service, which I now use almost every day. It’s called Dropbox. It’s described as a way to “sync your files online and across computers” and that is exactly what it does. I’ll tell you how it works, then give a couple of examples of how you […] Read more »

How much time is left on your laptop battery?

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If you use a laptop on battery power sometimes, you know that it’s important to keep track of how much battery time is left before you lose power. You might get in the habit of occasionally putting your cursor over the little Windows battery icon in the system tray, to make sure you’re not […] Read more »

Aviary – an alternative to Photoshop

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Update: The Aviary software is no longer available. Full details here. The days of having large software applications installed on your computer will soon be gone. I will be doing an article soon on the concept of “cloud computing” so I won’t go into a lot of detail here about it, but the service I […] Read more »

Record your Skype calls for free

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I have written about Skype before – it’s a great low-cost (or free) telephone service that uses your high-speed internet connection to make phone calls through your computer. I use Skype almost every time I do a remote access tuneup. For a while, I have been looking for a way to record my Skype […] Read more »