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How To Change Skydrive Password?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Edward from Brossard QC writes: How can I change my password in Skydrive? Thank you for your excellent tips and help. Answer: Skydrive, Microsft’s cloud storage service, is tied to your Microsoft account password. To change your password click… Continue reading

External Storage for iPad?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Ralph from Canton, GA writes: Steve, is there any kind of external hard drive for my iPad 2? I would like to have a larger storage device for my movies and my music. Thanks, Ralph Answer: The sad news is that there is… Continue reading

What Is Memory Card Class?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Tom from Pennsylvania writes: I use SD cards in my camera and MP3 players and I see them advertised quite often in your ads. The question I have is that they will refer to different classes. Can you give some information as to the differences in class. Thanks – Tom Continue reading

How To Pick A Good ISP

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Liz from Brownsboro, Tx writes: How do I find a HONEST Internet & phone service provider that is reasonably priced? The one I have right now stinks! Answer: If we lived in a perfect world you could just call the local company and ask them if the service was good… Continue reading

Many computers come equipped today with webcams and microphones, but how do you use it to communicate? Can you call traditional phones or just other computers? Let’s start by talking about what hardware and software you’ll need then how to do it… Continue reading

Bonnie from Arkansas writes: I have two internal hard drives I would like to use for storage, but I’m not sure I should take the chance. My Vista had a corrupt hard drive put in it. My Win 7 was knocked out by lightning. Should I just chunk them? Answer: An old hard drive can make a good backup device, but you’re right to be concerned about the reliability of the drive. The best thing you can do to test them is perform a detailed scan to verify the disk is operating… Continue reading

Can I Add USB 3.0 To My Motherboard?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Rahul from Rajasthan writes: I enjoy your daily newsletter and find them quite informative. I want to know if there’s some way I can install a USB 3.0 card on my Asus P5KPL-AM/PS motherboard running Windows XP Service Pack 3. Warm regards. Answer: A USB 3.0 card is an expansion card you place in your computer which will offer USB 3… Continue reading

James from Oklahoma writes: Yesterday I was doing a security scan of my wife’s computer and had noticed that after the scan finished it had 2,000,000 plus files, where are all these files coming from? How do I get files reduced? Answer: As you use your computer to browse the web, download e-mail, edit photos and all of the other daily tasks, many small files are created and stored in the process. These files… Continue reading

Imagine a program that does most of the things Microsoft Outlook handles, but is absolutely free. EssentialPIM takes care of appointmens, to-do lists, contacts, e-mail and tracks and manages passwords. And it won’t cost you a penny. Here’s how it works and where you can get it,,, Continue reading

Gary from Australia writes: I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop (Centrino) which was originally preloaded with Vista. A few years ago I upgraded to 7. I am now giving away the laptop and would like to wipe the hard drive clean. If I format the drive will I lose the operating system 7? Continue reading

Windows 8 Without Touchscreen?

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Robert from Bossier City, LA writes: I know, eventually, I will need to replace my Windows XP computer. I am wondering if I can use Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard not using the touchscreen at all. I haven’t seen any information on this and since no computer Company is really getting into how Windows 8 works, I am curious if there is a way to use Windows 8 without having to touch the screen? Thank you. Answer: The good news is that… Continue reading

Betty from Aledo, TX writes: I frequently download graphics and photos then crop them to use in my Word 2010 documents. I would like to save just the cropped version and do not need to be able to “uncrop” or restore them to their originals later. Is there a way to save the document with just the reformatted version of my graphic? Continue reading

Vincent from Oakhurst, NJ writes: At one time if I selected “View Icons” (small, medium, or large, I would see the actual picture or graphic. However, over time I have downloaded and played with several media viewers, etc. Now, I don not see the photo or graphic. I just see a logo or some other graphic representing the viewer program. How can I restore things so that I again see the actual photo or graphic? Thanks – Vince Continue reading

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Why Are There Different Programming Languages? To create a program for a computer, an app for a phone or even a website, you need to know one of a large variety of programming languages. Programming languages tell the computers what to do and allow you to interact with the computer to perform functions such as making a document, controlling game charactersand photo editing. Like spoken language, each has its own rules and common areas of use. Why are there so many? Why is a webpage written in a different language than a Windows program or a game? Continue reading

Have you ever found yourself in Windows Explorer hell? You’re trying to copy a file from one directory to another, tabbing between windows or trying to drag and re-size Windows Explorer to fit? It only gets worse if you’re trying to follow instructions from a webpage while attempting to remember which window goes to which folder. Continue reading

Remember the notepad? The one you use to keep next to the phone, on the refrigerator door and in the car? In today’s world of computers, tablets and cell phones, what’s the digital version of the notepad? Google Keep, a simple digital note website which stores all of your notes in the free Google Drive. Continue reading

Irene from Jacksonville FL writes: I am a premium member of WorldStart, I love this helpful newsletter! Esp the tips! I’m having a problem viewing any videos sent to me, I can’t see YouTube videos, I have Adobe Flash and even deleted it and downloaded it again! but it says please download Adobe Flash player?? And it’s already on my laptop!! PLEASE HELP! Continue reading

502 Bad Gateway Error?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Harvey from Pensacola writes: How do you repair the “502 Bad Gateway” error? Answer: There is some good news and bad news when it comes to 502 Gateway errors. The good news is it’s probably not your computer’s fault. The bad news is there isn’t much you can do to fix it if it isn’t… Continue reading

How To Remove Startup Programs

Monday, April 1st, 2013

George from Illinois writes: When I use “Startup” on the System Configuration Utility, it is cluttered with many programs that I no longer have or will never use. Is there some way to delete these? Answer: Startup programs can be a significant drain on system performance and increase the time it takes your computer to completely start up… Continue reading

Image Size Affect Battery Life?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Gerald from MN writes: Is there any difference in a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera’s battery storage capacity between a large image size selection vs. a small image size selection? Can I expect to take more pictures on a battery using a Large size image selection versus a Small image size selection? Continue reading

Chic from Northern Virginia writes: How do I copy to my home videos and audios recorded on an iPad so I can watch them on my PC? Answer: Transferring video and audio from your iPad or iPhone/iPod to your PC is a fairly simple process. To begin plug in your… Continue reading

April Fool’s Day, April 1st of each year, is the official prank and joke day of the year. It’s a day when even the most mundane office co-worker becomes the office prankster looking to trick someone. This used to be a mild annoyance for people but with the rise of the Internet it’s become a really dangerous day… Continue reading

Network Icon Lost – How To Restore

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Stan from PA writes: I used to have two little icons that looked like displays on my taskbar to indicate a connection to the internet. I lost them. How do I get them back? Answer: Your networking notification icon may be hidden. The easiest way to unhide the notification is to… Continue reading

Red X In Place Of Pictures: Help!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Carolyn from Creamery, Pennsylvania writes: Every day I get emails that contain red X’s and I cannot open the pictures within the emails. What can I do to be able to open these pictures? Thank you! Answer: If you’re getting a red X in place of the image in an e-mail a few things could be the cause. The fixes are… Continue reading

Len from Maryland Upper Shore writes: I want to connect the USB port on my PC to the USB port on my TV. I have a 6 foot USB extension cable and need an adapter from the extension cable to the USB port. Will the Targus product #7285 you sell act as a jumper between the extension cable and the USB port on my TV? My purpose is to look at pictures I have in my PC on my TV. Continue reading

SendTo-Convert: Convert Images Quickly

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Do you ever need to convert an image from one format to another? How about quickly resize a photo to shrink it down for posting on the web or including in e-mails? SendTo-Convert is a fantastic utility that adds this functionality to the Send to menu. With SendTo-Convert you’ll be able to… Continue reading

Turn Off Tapping On Touchpad in XP

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Winston from Canada writes: I have a laptop with windows XP. I cannot figure out how to stop the tap on the touchpad. Every time I move the cursor I keep clicking on stuff I don’t want. How do I eliminate that so I can just use left & right click buttons? Thank you for your help. Answer: The good news is you should be able to disable the tapping feature in the touchpad settings. Continue reading

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