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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

In this day and age we are all hyper-aware of big corporations trying to rip us off. So is cell phone insurance a rip-off, or a necessary investment? This article will answer those questions. Continue reading

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

Donna from Indiana writes: I am wanting an iPad or iPad mini but can’t find out what are the differences other than size? Answer: Apple’s iPad Mini is a huge hit with consumers, with some websites estimating sales exceeding that of the traditional iPad. To the casual observer the two units would appear to be the same since they… Continue reading

Need A New Printer: Which To Buy?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Kay from Dallas, Texas writes: I have a Dell desktop computer. I recently, like a fool, had Windows 7 installed on this computer. I originally had Windows XP. To make a long story short, my printer, a Dell, is not compatible with Windows 7 and I have been told that I need to get a new one. What do you recommend? I have been advised NOT to purchase a Dell. Your help will certainly be appreciated. I do so enjoy reading all of your advice on helping those of us who are a little behind on today’s technology. Continue reading

John from Yuma, AZ writes: My grandson loaned his Acer laptop to a friend and he somehow changed the password in the BIOS. I am somewhat computer savvy and have tried everything that I know, all to no avail. Acer will fix the problem for a couple of hundred dollars and the place where it was purchased (Best Buy) will not touch it, even though it was still under warranty. How can I access the BIOS and change the password or even eliminate it all together? Continue reading

Mary from Tallahassee, FL writes:

A few months ago, my computer lost its ability to play sounds (yes, I have been mute for that long). Over that time I’ve checked everything I can find that appears to have anything to do with sound. Every device, driver, etc. states that they are functioning properly. Still I have no sound. Do you have any idea what could have caused me to lose sound or how to fix it? Any light you can shed on this problem will be most appreciated. Answer: Use this tip to troubleshoot audio problems when your computer’s sound goes out. Continue reading

On March 5th, Seagate announced its third-generation solid state hybrid drives, SSHD for short, in both traditional laptop size and, for the first time ever, a desktop-sized hard drive. Is the performance worth the upgrade? 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

Question: I bought a Kindle Fire 2nd generation tablet. I click on a video and it says I don’t have Adobe Flash, but does not say how to get it. I am very disappointed in it. It is an Android. – Mike Answer – This should be a quick fix. 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

They say only two things in life are certain: Death and Taxes. I’d like to add another to that list: batteries will always cost a fortune. Sanyo, the makers of the Eneloop brand of rechargeable batteries, promises to change that. I put these batteries to the test for a year. Here’s what I found… Continue reading

Help! My Computer Won’t Stay In Sleep Mode

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ken from Kimberley B.C. writes: I bought a store built desk top recently loaded with a new copy of 7, and right from new, it doesn’t want to stay in the sleep mode. I have gone through my power options and nothing seems to work. Even clicking on “sleep”, it only shuts off for a few seconds, then comes back on. Help! Continue reading

Help! My Android Tablet Has No Instructions

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Looking for some instructions for using your new Android tablet? Here are some suggestions on the best places to search for help. Continue reading

Move Your Router, Improve Your WiFi

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

If the WiFi signal in your home isn’t that great and there doesn’t seem to be any technical problem with your router, computer or WiFi provider, it might just be where you have the router located in your house. Continue reading

Best Software To Upgrade Hard Drive?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Paul from NW Chicago Suburbs writes: What is the best way to copy all the information on one hard drive and put it on another when upgrading to a larger hard drive, including the Windows XP Pro operating system. I want to go from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD… Continue reading

Help! Soda Spill In Laptop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Help! I spilled a soda on my laptop keyboard. Now some of the keys won’t work at all. Is there a way to get it clean? I’m not very good with computers, so I need a simple explanation. Continue reading

MIcrosoft General Manager Panos Panay says the company will restock the Surface Pro in stores by Saturday, February 16. Customers were disappointed when the devices sold out early in the day on the product launch day. Continue reading

Many years ago, a wise engineer gave me the best tech-support advice I’ve ever received. He said that if something isn’t working, always ask yourself two things… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Needs Replacing: Help!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

What if your computer keeps telling you that your battery is no longer useful and needs to be replaced? Mine does that every day, but I can’t afford a new one. Answer: Contacting the manufacturer for a replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. I’ve got some good news: you can probably find one for a lot cheaper. Continue reading

I’ve heard hackers are using home security cameras to spy on people. Should I be worried? Answer: A flaw in some TRENDnet security cameras was publicized last year along with links that allowed anyone who felt like it to click on them and look into the homes and businesses of thousands of security camera users. Continue reading

Old PC & New PC: Can I Use Both?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Sandy from Sparks, Nevada writes: I have a new laptop that came loaded with Windows 7. My desktop, which I love and adore, is loaded with the original (and updates, of course) of XP. I have no plans of changing the desktop, its still working great, but the laptop is new and I’m wondering if I will have an compatibility problems between the two since they are both hooked up to the same router and wireless printer. The laptop is still in the box, not set up yet…. Answer:The good news is if your older computer is… Continue reading

Want to save up to $200 a year in a few simple steps? The government says the average U.S. household spends close to $2,000 on energy costs every year. Up to 10% of that bill is paying for appliances and gadgets that are left plugged in when not in use. Find out how a power strip can help cut those costs… Continue reading

CES 2013 saw the first hands-on with the Surface Pro from Microsoft. This tablet is not the Surface released months ago running a limited Windows 8 RT edition, but the full desktop version of Windows 8 with support for all of the hardware & software of a traditional laptop. Dell however released a far more interesting… Continue reading

Jack from Worthington, OH writes: My laptop has a built-in wireless LAN adapter that I currently use. Can I plug in and use an external adapter (the USB kind) without interfering with my built-in adapter? Will it upset the future use of my internal adapter? What about my encryption and security settings? Answer: The most common complaint in regards to Wi-Fi is related to losing or having unreliable connections. Each… Continue reading

The Best Handsfree For Your Cell Phone

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

One of the most popular accessories for a cellular phone is a headset. A headset allows you to keep your hands free while still talking on the phone. Many states require headsets if you want to use a phone while driving, but how do you choose the right one? What options are out there and what are the benefits of each? Continue reading

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