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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 »

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 »

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 »

The flash drive that will KILL your computer

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If you found a flash drive on the ground or someplace out in public, what would you do with it? A kind-hearted person would of course want to get it back to its rightful owner. But to do that, you would need to connect it to a computer and see if anything on the drive […] Read more »

How to see ALL your Notification Area icons, all the time

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That area in the bottom right corner of your Windows screen is just loaded with valuable information. But in a lot of cases you don’t see everything that’s going on down there because some of the icons are hidden. Here’s how to get all those icons to be visible all the time.   The […] Read more »

Make the Windows 10 Start Menu less annoying

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In Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows), the Start menu was simply a way to navigate to whatever program or file you needed to open. In Windows 10, Microsoft seems to think that it should now be used as their own private little billboard on your computer. Today we’ll talk about how to take […] Read more »

3 top tips for using your computer safely

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There are lots of things you can do to stay safe while using your computer. Probably hundreds. But a few things I keep seeing come up over and over. I really believe that if everyone at least kept these three rules while using their computers, a lot of problems would be avoided and everyone would […] Read more »

Watch out for Adobe’s latest trick

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For a while, Adobe has proven that they are a software company not worthy of our trust or respect. And recently they provided us with another reason to question their integrity. This applies mainly to people using the Chrome web browser.   For quite some time, Adobe has been trying to sneak unwanted software […] Read more »

How to create a recovery drive for Windows 10

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Recently I had a client with a Windows 10 computer that would power on, but it wouldn’t boot all the way into the Windows operating system. Sometimes Windows will run self-diagnosis and repair the problem and reboot. But what if you reboot, and it just keeps coming up to the same error screen? That’s when […] Read more »

How to check your computer’s hard drive for failure

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Did you know there’s a free program you can run, and it will check your computer’s hard drive to see if it’s showing any signs of failure?   Disclaimer: This software is not foolproof, it’s just one of the best at detecting signs of hard drive failure. The program I’m referring to is called […] Read more »