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Question: Hi! I would like your help on how I can set a timer like they do at the Public Library with their computers so that when my kids turn on the PC it will shut off or prevent them from using it after a certain time. Can you help me? If you’re using Windows, you can control a variety of settings for the kids. 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

Tired of watching those commercials that run before videos online? A new service called SkipIt lets you bypass some of those commercials, but it’s going to cost you. Continue reading

Why does my URL text become garbled?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Abner from Boynton Beach, FL writes: Whenever I type a URL, instead of the letters I wanted to insert, I get a garbled set of letters that resemble nothing I entered or anything else that make sense. Answer: An add-on is likely the culprit, here’s how to find the one responsible. Continue reading

IKE from Sterling, AK writes: How fast does high speed Internet access have to be to watch Internet TV without waiting for buffering? I have DSL but have to wait for loading and buffering to watch YouTube videos. Continue reading

Tony from New York City writes: I use a desktop computer with OS Vista and IE 9. On some websites, I am told that I am using an out dated browser. I am using the latest browser for Vista. Do you know why I am getting this message and what can I do about it? One site in particular, AMC, does not even let me use at all because it says my browser is too old! Continue reading

Question: How do I get rid of the commercials that play before I watch a video online? – Thomas Continue reading

Twitter Launches #music Service

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Social networking site Twitter has launched a new music service called #music. The service mines people’s activity on Twitter to find out which songs are the most popular and to find new artists who are rising in popularity. Continue reading

Need a feed reader to replace Google Reader? This tip explains how to quickly export all your Google Reader subscriptions to a different RSS feed reading program. Continue reading

Question: I’ve been receiving an-email newsletter for several years and suddenly two weeks ago, they stopped coming. I went to the website to sign up for the newsletter again, but it says that I am already subscribed. What’s going on? Answer: The most likely culprit is that the spam filter for you e-mail service or program decided that the newsletter looked like a piece of unwanted junk mail or spam. Here’s how to fix it. Continue reading

Flixster Now Available On Xbox Live

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Popular movie app Flixster is now available to Xbox LIVE subscriber in the United States. Users will also have access to their UltraViolet movie collections and access to movie rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster joins Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, epix, ESPN, GameSpotTV, Hulu Plus, Netflix and other video services along with multiple music services and, of course, games. Continue reading

Google Fiber – Google’s super-high speed internet service which is so far available in the Kansas City area – is taking on Cable and Satellite providers by adding a long list of premium channels to the list of service available. Continue reading

Firefox Autofill Not Working

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

I started using Foxfire and have a problem. Using Explorer my standard fill in forms retained my data and all I had to do was click to pull it up. With Fox Firefox only some forms will retained the data. Do I have a switch set wrong? If so how to I fix it. Firefox HELP has not given me an answer. 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

More and more Americans are saying goodbye to watching traditional television. Are you ready to cut the cord to the antenna, satellite and cable to become a Zero TV home? Continue reading

Richard asks: When I tag a photo of someone on Facebook, it won’t go to their site. How do I fix this? Answer: If I understand you correctly, when you tag someone in a photo, you’d like it to post on their News Feed or Timeline. Here’s how it works… Continue reading

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

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

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

Recently, a family friend said to me in frustration, “I wanted a picture of my granddaughter and they said it was Tweeted and Instagramed. What does any of that even mean?”

For those of us who frequently use social media, we throw around newly-created verbiage like Tweeted, Facebooked and YouTubed like everyone should understand. This is a little list for those of you, like the very sweet nun who called me last year for social media advice, don’t “even know what a FaceTwit is.” Continue reading

Can I Stream.it? Find Movies & TV Shows

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Want to stream your favorite movie or TV show, but not sure where to find it online? With so many competing services these days, your show might be on NetFlix, it might be on Amazon Prime or it might be on Hulu. Can I Stream .it? searches across multiple video services and lets you know where to find your favorite show. Continue reading

Question: Why is Facebook trying to charge me a dollar to send a message? Answer: If you’ve tried to message someone who isn’t your Facebook friend, you may have seen the window below pop up. For one $1, you can be sure your message won’t go into the recipient’s “other” folder. Continue reading

Ransomware Virus Attacks On The Rise

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Law enforcement agencies are warning computer users to be on the lookout for ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that works by hijacking your computer. Lockscreen ransomware locks your screen and displays a message that says you’ve violated federal law by accessing sites associated with terrorism, child pornography or other criminal activities. Continue reading

Your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram account could be the perfect tool for thieves looking to steal your identity. Here’s how they do it… Continue reading

Two years ago, tech giant Google announced it was doing some spring cleaning. The company said it was shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products. They were serious about cleaning house. Since then, they’ve closed 70 features and services. Continue reading

A web service called FireMe! aims to protect you from your own social media mistakes. The service scans Tweets and looks for those with content that could cost the Tweeter his or her job. Continue reading

Facebook users are accustomed to seeing ads off to the right hand side of their news feeds. Now they can expect to see more target advertising in their News Feeds. Continue reading

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