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Afraid of ELF emissions from your home WiFi? Find out if you need to worry and some solutions. Continue reading

Android How-To: E-Mail Setup

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Need a little help with your Android tablet? E-mail is one of the major reasons people buy tablets and setting up e-mail is harder then it may sound. This article covers the most common e-mail setup instructions for Android’s e-mail app. Continue reading

Does The Brand Of Computer Matter?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Wayne from Merced, CA writes: What brand of desktop computer do you recommend to a person who only needs the computer for personal use? People have told me to go to Dell Computers and I wanted your opinion too. Thanks, Wayne Answer: Asking someone which PC brand is best is like asking for an argument. Let’s talk about what you should be looking for in a computer company. Continue reading

Beverly Williams from United States writes: I currently have used my email address with Time Warner Roadrunner many, many years. After buying a Win 8 laptop find MS won’t support pop servers accounts. RR told me MS hasn’t told them how to configure their email and to access it through the web which is slow and few options that Windows Mail used to provide. I looked into buying MS Outlook, over $100, but even then think it won’t support my accessing Roadrunner through it. What’s the best option for me? Continue reading

Charlie from New Jersey writes: After removing a virus from my computer I’m unable to install anything. A message comes up saying: Windows Installer is missing….I’m using Vista, 32 Home Premium Version. Can you help? Thank you Answer:… Continue reading

Android How-To: Settings Screen

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Need a little help with your Android tablet? From setting up Wi-Fi to wallpaper options to security, this article covers the most popular features found in the Settings menu. Continue reading

Crys from West Indies writes: I have an HP a6700f Desktop and while using it, the computer freezes for a couple seconds with an irritating sound. Sometimes a popup says the graphics card recovered from a crash and this happens every 10 minutes or so. I’m guessing its the graphics card….but i opened it up an found none. Can you provide any suggestions? Continue reading

Can I Upgrade To Windows 7?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Shirley from FL writes: I have a Compaq laptop with Vista on it. It is about 4 years old, am I able to put Windows 7 on it? Since I can not afford at this time a new laptop I would like to get rid of Vista since I do not like it. Answer: Shirley, I’ve got some great news for you. If your PC is running Vista then it… Continue reading

Android How-To: The Home Screen

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

The home screen is the screen you first see when you unlock your Android device and to a new user can look very confusing. This article will go over what each of these icons on the screen does… Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What is better material for your electronics to be made out of: plastic or metal? Answer: If you’ve purchased a piece of consumer electronics in the past ten years at a store you’ve done what many call the “feel in the hand” test. This is, you picked up an item to decide if you liked how it feels in… Continue reading

The days of breaking out a photo album at a family get- together have passed and been replaced by sharing photos online with friends and family. One of the popular choices to share images online is Flickr, the free online photo sharing website run by Yahoo. Recently Flickr announced some exciting… Continue reading

What Is Bluetooth?

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: What is Bluetooth? What is it used for? Answer: When looking at specifications for computers, phones and tablets you may see the word Bluetooth, but what does it refer to? What is it used for? Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard built… Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What Are The Most Important Tablet Specs? Answer: If you’ve considered buying a tablet device recently, you’ve probably seen a specifications page a mile long, but which are the most important specifications to pay attention to? I’ll break it down into 4 key… Continue reading

I Always Wanted To Know: What is a VPN Service? How safe are they? Answer: VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network, is a method of encrypting and securing a connection over a public or untrusted network to a secure and trusted network. VPN… Continue reading

What Is BYOD? Why Is It Popular?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: What is BYOD? Why is it becoming more popular in businesses? Answer: You may have heard the expression BYOD or seen it mentioned in a IT policy at your workplace. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and allows… Continue reading

iPad vs Surface Pro: Which To Choose?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Dolores from Wisconsin writes:Pros and Cons or any information on the IPad and MS Surface as my son wishs to give me one. I am mid 80′s and only been using computer for about 20 yrs. Currently using a Wireless PC connected to my LG monitor. Have taken quite a few classes at local community college thru the years and of course, your newsletter is most helpful and informative. Have never use an Apple product. Answer:… Continue reading

What Is A Laser?

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know:What is a laser? Answer: Lasers are a key component in everything from supermarket price scanners, DVD players, high-speed fiber optic cables and advanced military weapons, but what is a laser? How does it work? The answer may surprise you because… Continue reading

David from Minnesota writes: Is there a way to translate a OpenOffice Writer document to Spanish? Thanks Answer: There are over 6800 distinct languages and more then two dozen used by tens of millions of people. There is… Continue reading

How To Set Default Mail Client in IE

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Walter from Wilmington,De. U.S. writes: First let me say I am over 70 years old and don’t know much about computers and I would be grateful for any help you can give me.I have been buying and selling on Craigslist for a long time without any problems with my Hotmail e-mail account. Now something has changed, when I click on reply a Window opens with a message that says Internet Explorer cannot perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed. Thanks for any help you can give an old man. – Walt Sr. Answer: Lucky for you Walt, it’s pretty easy to use Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail, Outlook.com etc) as your default.. Continue reading

JXR Files? Safe To Open?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Jan from Ohio writes: I have Windows 7. I open Windows Live Photo Gallery and I get a pop-up saying “Would you like to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to open these types of files? JXR” What are these files and is it safe to open? Thanks. Answer: The JXR extension is a file developed… Continue reading

All-In-One PC: Any Downsides?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Wendall from Wisconsin writes: I will be buying a new computer in the next few months. Interested in the all-in-one desktops (computer and monitor) other than price is there any down side to them? I have dialup and basically just read email & bank online. Thank you for any insight! Answer: The All-In-One computers, where there is no seperate tower the parts are integrated into the monitor… Continue reading

How To Turn Off Single Click

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Bonni from Florida writes: When I was having trouble with my mouse it was messing up and double-clicking (Dell Std. Equipment), Dell had me to reset something so it would only require one click to open a program. Now that I have a new mouse, (which solved the double-clicking problem) I don’t remember how to reset my programs to open with double-click. I’ve tried various places but to no avail. Can you instruct me? Answer: The setting your looking for is Specify single- or double-click to open. This setting can be found… Continue reading

How Long Do Deleted Messages Stay?

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Noah from NC writes: How long does it take for email messages to be permanently deleted from a web based email provider such as Outlook or ahoo? Answer: When you delete an e-mail there is a period of time that the e-mail will still remain accessible from the trash… Continue reading

Why Use Two Monitors On One Computer?

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I Always Wanted To Know: Why do people use two monitors on one computer? Answer: Dual monitor, where two monitors are connected to the same computer, have become increasingly popular among business and home users. With more computers coming with multiple video output ports… Continue reading

Changing ISP: How To Forward E-Mail

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Roy from Texas writes: I am considering changing my ISP which will change my email address. I know I can notify all my mail contacts but there are other places, all of which I probably don’t know. Is there an easy way to redirect mail to my new provider until I get everyone notified? Continue reading

Patricia from Buffalo, NY writes: An e-mail was sent to me with an attachment containing a photo. I would like to use the photo(of my grandson) as the Desktop background on my PC. How do I do that? I am somewhat computer illiterate. Thanks in advance for your help. Answer: To set a photo as your background, you want to start by saving the photo to your local computer. Right click on… Continue reading

How To Set Up Thunderbird With Gmail

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Lonnie from Cisco, TX writes: I would like to know how to use Thunderbird to read my Gmail account. I use Thunderbird to read my local ISP e-mail and would like to do the same with my Gmail account. Answer: Adding your Gmail account to Thunderbird is simple… Continue reading

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