Archive for ‘software

Time to get rid of QuickTime

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Popular programs come and go. What was highly used a few years ago may no longer be used much at all, and in fact could even be inviting hackers into your computer. Why keep an unsecure program that you don’t even use anymore? The program I’m referring to specifically today is QuickTime. QuickTime is […] Read more »

Free alternatives to expensive software

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If you buy a new computer, part of your purchase decision is what software you need to also purchase. If you have a lot of specialized needs, you could probably spend more on the additional programs than you did on the computer itself. But the fact is, you don’t necessarily NEED to do that – […] Read more »

Software I use and recommend – part 2

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Last week I went over 11 programs and tools I use on a regular basis, and recommend to my clients. And that was only half the list! This week we’ll cover the rest. Of course, this is list is not exhaustive, and you might have other options that you prefer. Not every program is right […] Read more »

Software I use and recommend – part 1

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Last time I did a blog post about the software I use regularly and recommend to my clients – two years ago. Time flies! So I wanted to update that information since a lot of it has changed since then. Originally I was going to cover all of these in one blog post and podcast, […] Read more »

Cursor jumping around on your Windows laptop? Here’s the fix.

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My favorite kind of computer tips are those that address a particularly common and annoying problem, and solve that problem with a quick solution that’s easy to implement.  And preferably free.  Today is a great example of this kind of computer tip.   It’s a common complaint among laptop users.  The cursor seems to […] Read more »

How to uninstall a program that doesn’t want to leave

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If you have a program on your computer that you don’t want to have on it, what do you do?  You just uninstall it, right?  Sure sounds simple enough.  Just go to Control Panel, to the list of Programs, find it in the list and uninstall it.  That would be nice if it always worked […] Read more »

A tool for avoiding accidental junk downloads

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I fix my clients’ computers just about every day.  I either do it remotely (which is what I prefer to do, since it is easier to schedule and more cost-effective for the client), or I do it in person.  If I physically do the repair, it is usually done here in my office.  But regardless […] Read more »

Malwarebytes plan is changing – get your lifetime license while you can!

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Update: Unfortunately, since version 2 was released, Malwarebytes is no longer working properly. In fact I have seen on several computers where it is messing up other programs, including my clients’ online file backup software. I am recommending that Malwarebytes be uninstalled. The security software we now use and recommend is here. I have been […] Read more »

5 cool Facebook customization tricks

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If you use Facebook (and most of you do), you know that Facebook likes to display their pages the way they want.  They don’t really care much what the users think.  How many times have you seen friends post something like “I HATE the new Facebook layout!”.  Well, I’m happy to tell you that you […] Read more »

Eliminate distractions and get more work done

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A lot of us suffer from a particular affliction.  It’s called distraction.   I might notice this more than some people because I work from a home office.  I can be completely focused on doing something, such as building a website or diagnosing a computer that isn’t working properly.  Then something happens.  Usually it’s […] Read more »