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32 bit or 64 bit Operating System?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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

Windows Uptime

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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

Reopen That Tab

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

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

Windows Vista and 7: Copy as Path

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

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

IE Favorites Shortcut

Monday, December 8th, 2008

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

Hibernating in Vista

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Marsha from Las Vegas asks:
Help, my Windows Vista computer has lost its ability to hibernate! Is there anything I can do?

A:
I’m sure many of you are aware of the hibernation option on Windows computers. I have always been a fan of that

Waking Up Vista or Windows 7

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

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

Keystroke Logging

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Ever heard of “Keystroke Logging”? Find out what it is with this handy answer! Continue reading

Scrub Up Your Files

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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

Hot Swappable

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Basically, a hot swappable device is one that can be added or removed from a computer without having to reboot. USB devices are probably the most well known for being hot swappable, but there are several others as well. Continue reading

Safe Browsing

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

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!

Technical Spellings

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Do I capitalize the word “Internet” or not? What about “e-mail”? Do I use a hyphen or not? Continue reading

Scanning E-mail Attachments

Friday, May 9th, 2008

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

Securely Using Public Computers

Friday, March 28th, 2008

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

Don’t Defrag Your Flash Drive!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

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

Don’t Highlight That!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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

Name Your Taskbar

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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

Removing Adware From Your PC

Friday, November 30th, 2007

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

Web Site Certificates

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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

Zink

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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

Choosing Your Subject

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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!

Honest Emotions

This quality is always appealing… Continue reading

Lost Recycle Bin

Friday, October 12th, 2007

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

Pando

Friday, September 28th, 2007

You’ve now told us about YouSendIt, but what about Pando? I believe it’s the same type of program, but I don’t know much about it. Can you please fill us in? Thanks.

Excellent question! As you may recall, one of our freelance writers told you about a program called YouSendIt

32-Bit vs. 64-Bit

Friday, August 24th, 2007

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!

Speed Up That Drive

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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.”

Five More Handy Tips

Friday, May 4th, 2007

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

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