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In part three of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best optical drive for your needs. Learn the ins and outs of choosing a Blu-ray burner and what software you may need to purchase to allow you to play videos. Continue reading

In part two of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best power supply for your needs. With different energy ratings, certifications, connectors and companies choosing the right one can be difficult. Continue reading

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 1 – Case

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

In part one of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best case for your needs. It might sound like a simple component but there is more then meets the eye on cases. What layout, size and cooling options will make a big difference to… Continue reading

Are you tired of only being able to view one page at a time in Open Office Writer? Here’s how to view multiple pages. Continue reading

Display Insecure Content

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Are you getting an annoying message in Internet Explorer that says “Only secure content is displayed”? You can get rid of that by changing your Internet Explorer security options. Continue reading

How Do I Do A Screen Capture?

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Deb wants simple instructions on how to do a screen capture. In this article I’ll break it down step-by-step. Continue reading

Find out why you have so many Visual C++ entries in your add/remove programs list and whether or not you should delete them. Continue reading

Spam From Friends? WHY?!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Are you getting spam e-mails from friends? The good news is that they’re not really from your friends. The better news is that you can stop them in their tracks. Continue reading

Default Settings, What Does It Mean?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Eleanor from Lakeland, FL writes:Try as I may, I can not really understand “by default” To me ‘fault’ has a negative indication. So much is done by default and I am lost to meaning. I’d appreciate your directions. Thanks for helping a learner!!! Eleanor, glad to help out. While “fault” may have a negative connotation in some situations. When it comes to tech, it’s a completely neutral word. Continue reading

My Wii Runs On A Battery?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

If your Wii dies, and it hasn’t been mistreated, odds are that it’s your CMOS battery. Here are some simple instructions for finding and replacing your Wii’s CMOS battery. Continue reading

Continuing Your Backup

Monday, May 27th, 2013

When you do a backup, what information is backed up? Does it pick up where it left off, or does it simply back everything up? And how do you know when your destination drive is full? Continue reading

Why Keep XP?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

If you’re not using an old computer, is it necessary to keep the operating system on the old machine? The answer is “yes” if you want to run programs, but “no” if you want to remove the drive to use as an external drive to store documents. Continue reading

Hilda writes: I have recently bought a Chromebook and I just can’t figure out how to do the downloads. I am not that computered with these things. I have no idea how to download games or programs and photos. Hopefully you can figure out what I”m talking about. Sincerely, Hilda. Continue reading

If you’re getting a pop-up from Adobe saying that Flash needs to store information on your hard drive, this article will explain why and how to stop it. Continue reading

What is Crowd Funding?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Learn all about a new way to connect backers with creators of creative content – crowd funding! 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

Wanting to use an external hard drive to store stuff on from various computers? Great idea! Here are some pointers. Continue reading

Navigating 8

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Windows 8 is out, up and running. Here are some tips for navigating the first major overhaul to the interface in Windows’ history. Continue reading

Move Those Photos!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ever wonder how you can get your pictures from your computer onto a memory card? Here’s the answer! Continue reading

Will My Windows XP Still Work?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Question: At the present time I have Windows XP. I read that I will no longer be able to use XP in 2014. Is this correct? Can I switch to Windows 7 at that time or will I have to go to Windows 7 before that time. If I have to switch how do I switch to Windows 7? Continue reading

Software… Firmware… Hardware…

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

What are all of those “Wares” buzzing around your head? I’ll explain the difference between software, firmware and hardware and even through in bonus definitions for malware, adware and userware. Continue reading

Help! Copy/Paste Isn’t Working

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Question: My copy/paste operation has failed. Is there a way to fix it ? HP Pavilion Windows 7 Home Premium. Answer: I’m not sure what type of copy/paste operation you’re trying to perform, but I can think of one possibility. Continue reading

Getting Rid of an Old Hard Drive

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Did dunking my old hard drive in the sink get rid of the datat? How do you get rid of the data on an old hard drive? Not by giving it a bath, but by using these tips. Continue reading

My Computer Ate The Taskbar Time And Date

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

My ‘puter ate the time & date…LOL! How do I get it back in the taskbar. I have Windows 7. Lise – United States Answer:
I hate it when that happens, Lise. Here’s how to get your computer to cough it back up. Ready? Continue reading

Reclaim the Recycle Bin!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Accidentally deleted your recycle bin? Bummer. But here’s a pretty easy way to get it back. Continue reading

Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Did you know that unlocking your phone is now illegal in the United States? What is unlocking? Why would you want to unlock a phone? Why is it illegal if you own the phone? Continue reading

Hemachandra from Bangalore, India. writes: My desktop screen sometimes reminds me that “Your virtual memory is too low.” What does it mean and what is to be done regarding this? Answer: If your PC has Windows installed and freezes frequently with the “virtual memory is too low” error message, it can happen because of two things … Continue reading

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