Ever need to know what kind of operating system you have on your computer? Sure, we know the flavors of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, Etc.), but what if you need to know if they’re 32 bit or 64 bit? Check this out! Continue reading
Is there any way to find out how long my computer has been on?
If you leave your computer running 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since your last reboot. Luckily, it’s very easy to find that information in Windows XP
Listen up all you Firefox users! This tip is just for you. When you’re using Firefox, do you often use tabbed browsing? If you don’t, you might want to consider starting, especially after you hear what I have for you today. In case you’re not too sure about tabbed browsing, read here for some basic information that will help you get started with using it right away. Then when… Continue reading
Everyone knows that right-clicking on a file or a folder usually brings up a menu with basic choices, like “Open” or “Copy”. For those that crave a little more out of their right-clicks, however, might I suggest holding the Shift key when you right click? Continue reading
Typically, when you add a Web site as a favorite using Internet Explorer, you’re able to access it from the Favorites menu at the top of the page. Of course, there are other ways to get to your Favorites, but that’s the most common way.
On the other hand, a lesser known method is to directly type the name of your favorite Web site into the address bar… Continue reading
Did you know you can use the Windows Task Scheduler to make your computer wake up automatically from the sleep mode with a pre-set time? Well, now you do and here’s how to do it:
Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Task Scheduler. Or, you can also type task scheduler into the Start Search and click on the Task
Did you know that metadata within your files can tell a lot about you? For example, your digital camera records data about when a picture was taken and what camera was used. Your documents and spreadsheets contain details about who created them and your music files are tagged with artist and album information. And the list can go on and on. So, with all of that
I always say you shouldn’t go to Web sites you don’t trust, but what if you’re not sure if you can trust a certain site or not? What do you do then? This type of problem is pretty common and in the past, it has left me wondering what to do. Well, today, I have a very easy answer to that question!
Do you even think twice before you download a picture, music file or video clip that comes attached in an e-mail from a trusted family member or friend? I’m guessing you don’t, but I’m sure you’ll start after you hear what I have to say next. Brace yourself! Malicious software can easily hide itself in documents and media files and if you happen to open one of those on your computer, it could become infected as well. Continue reading
I have written several articles in the past about ways you can protect your computer, but what if you’re not using your own computer? What if you’re using a public computer instead (at a library or hotel, for example?) Those computers may not be as secure as your home system, and you need to take the proper steps to ensure your personal data stays safe. Here
I have accumulated several flash drives over the years and I was just wondering if I should ever defragment them. I know we have to do it for our hard drives, but are flash drives the same? Please explain!
The simple answer to today’s question is: you should never defrag a flash drive. Does that surprise some of you? Well, let me explain! Let’s first talk… Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that Windows XP always highlights the new programs you install on your computer in the Start menu? I mean, it’s helpful if you’re new to computers and you’re not sure where to go after installing a new program, but sometimes Windows will also highlight multiple aspects of the installed programs that aren’t really necessary, such as the “Read Me” files and so on. Plus… Continue reading
A while back, I heard someone talking about how they added their name to their taskbar. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it, but I can’t quite get it. Do you know how?
As a matter of fact, I do! This question doesn’t really fall into our normal
We have all dealt with adware before, but that doesn’t mean we have to! Adware can clog up your computer and even cause irreparable damage if it’s not properly taken care of. Of course, with adware, prevention is better than a cure, but first, it’s important to remove whatever adware is already present on your system. Below are a few simple guidelines that should help you
Can you please go over what Web site certificates are? I’m having a little trouble understanding their purpose. Thanks for all your help!
Wow, you guys come up with some really great questions! I have to tell you, the Q&A section of the newsletter is my favorite, because often times
The other day, I saw something about a new product called Zink. It sounded pretty cool, but I wasn’t able to find much on it. Do you know anything about it? If so, please share!
You’ve come to the right place! Fortunately, I have heard of Zink and I do happen to know a few things about it. I actually saw something on WorldStart’s… Continue reading
Many times, we mistakenly believe that we need to have a studio setting and a studio subject to take great pictures. The truth is, your subjects can be anyone, animate or inanimate. That’s what makes photography so much fun. Here are a few easy tips on finding the right subjects for your pictures!
This quality is always appealing… Continue reading
Has your Recycle Bin icon ever disappeared from your desktop? Perhaps the icon was in place one night before you went to bed, but in the morning when you started up your computer again, it was long gone. Where did it go? What happened to it? But more importantly, how can you get it back? Well, there are a few things you can try to get
Karen from AL. asks:
Can you tell me what the difference is between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows? I’ve tried to research it online, but I’m not getting any concrete answers, so I thought you might have some information you could share. Please help!
Here’s a quick one, but I promise you, it’s a good one!
If you have an external drive that is always plugged into your computer, did you know that with Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can enable write caching to speed up the performance significantly when writing to the disk? Well, you can! Let’s learn more about it, shall we?!
Is it okay to run more than one antivirus program at the same time? I always thought it was, but I’d like to hear an update on it from you. Thanks!
The simple answer is, “No, it’s not okay to run more than one antivirus program at the same time.”
1. If your computer has a motherboard with a built in Hi-Definition audio support, you can use a very cool feature in Vista and Windows 7 that lets you control the bass, create a virtual surround sound and even correct your non-acoustic rooms. To enable these options, you need to go to the Sound option in the Control Panel. Under the Playback tab, you should see an option that… Continue reading