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How Can You Keep Your Computer Safe?

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 3:45 AM

What can you and I do to keep our computers safe from viruses, adware, and spyware? The first thing that comes to many people's mind is a good antivirus.

Sadly, there is no antivirus that can keep out ALL infections. A lot of it has to do with the user's own actions, such as not downloading email attachments, not downloading free software off the Internet, av...

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IMPORTANT: Avoid Computer Phone Scams

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 2:50 AM

Many people have recently informed me that they have been contacted over the phone (or on a website popup) by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a computer security company. If you ever receive this type of call, here is what to look out for:


  • The caller uses urgent wording and claims that your computer is infected or some other problem has occurred.
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WINDOWS 10 COMES OUT TOMORROW! (July 29th, 2015)

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Tomorrow is a big day in the world of computer operating systems (exciting, I know)! Microsoft will release its first-ever FREE upgrade to the newest version of Windows, called Windows 10. This will be available for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. I have been testing it on various computers since October 2014, and it is pretty nice, with new features that Windows has never had before and excellent performance.


If you have already reserved your free Windows 10 upgrade, ...

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Increase Your Computer's Operating Speed With One Easy Upgrade!

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 AM

The hard drive disk (HDD) that stores your programs, documents, music, & photos in your laptop or desktop computer is a mechanical device with many moving parts. Inside your HDD are spinning platters that look like silver CDs, and a little arm that moves back and forth like the arm on a record player. This means that it takes time for the computer to physically look up the millions of bits of data that it needs to run throughout the day.


A NEW type of drive called a sol...

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Print From Your Mobile Device To Your Printer!

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM


Using Google Cloud Print (, it is possible to connect your printer to the Internet and print to it from your smartphone or tablet. This will enable you to print photos or documents FROM anywhere you have an Internet connection TO your home or office printer!


To use Google Cloud Print, you will need to have Google Chrome on your home or office computer that is connected to your printer. A few...

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Advertise In Style! For (Almost) Free!

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Today I'd like to let you know about a way to advertise that really works using Craigslist. This is something I've done myself for years, and practically built my whole business from it.


Please see the attached photo, showing one of my interactive Craigslist ads next to a typical, plain-text ad (often with typos or poor grammar) from a competitor.



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Warning: Avoid Computer-Related Phone Scams

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

There is an increasing threat in the world of computer scams that all should be aware of: Some individuals have informed me that they have been contacted over the phone by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a computer security company. If you ever receive this type of call, here is what to look out for:  

  • The caller uses urgent wording and claims that your compu...
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How To Get Free Home Phone Service

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

As computer technology advances on, the old ways of doing certain things become increasingly inefficient, overly costly, or both. This is especially true of home phone service. With Internet access becoming more ubiquitous, it is possible to have ultra-inexpensive, high-quality home phone service without having to rely on the phone companies.

There is now a way to connect a regular home phone to your Internet router and use it to m...

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Computer Security Issues: Rogue Antivirus

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

During the past several months, I've encountered a large number of computers that have been infected with a particularly unpleasant type of computer virus. This kind of infection is called a 'rogue anti-virus'. It takes on many forms, and you may have already seen something like this show up on your computer. I'm sending this message to let you know what to look out for and

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E-mail Etiquette: An Essential Guide

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

What would the Internet be without e-mail? It's a fast, efficient method of communication. It entertains us and helps us keep in touch with family, friends and others. However, when using e-mail to communicate, there are some unofficial etiquette guidelines that can make the experience more pleasant for the ones who read your messages.

These 'guidelines' are unofficial in the sense that e-mail is completely voluntary...

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Don't Install Toolbar When Updating to Foxit Reader 5

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The venerable Foxit PDF Reader has updated to version 5! It sports a new interface and updated looks. Depending on where you download the new version from, it also sports a force-fed toolbar that can be considered intrusive and unneccessary.

If you download the installation package from CNet, as you proceed through the installation process, you come to a window that asks if you'd like to make Ask the default search provider. It also ask...

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Google Desktop Dual Monitor Issue Solved!

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 12:33 AM

One of the great upgrades you can make to your computer system is adding a second monitor.

Having two monitors allows for increased visibility of content and makes using multiple programs

simultaneously a breeze.

I have been using two different monitors for about a year now, and although they are different sizes and use different ...

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Windows 7 Startup & Shutdown Times

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:51 PM

It's been a week or so since installing Windows 7 on my desktop computer. I have all the software that I need for now, and have about eight programs starting up with the system. These programs are:

Live Messenger

Avira Antivir



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Windows 7 Upgrade Complete!

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Well, the time has come to upgrade! I recieved my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium the other day from, and I wasted no time in getting the thing installed. Here is my experience with upgrading to the much-praised Microsoft Windows 7.

Computer Specs

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Your Handwriting, Now In Font Form

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Every once in a while, you see something that makes you wonder, "Why isn't everyone doing this?" It might be something that simplifies life in an obvious way or it might be something that just makes sense.

In this case, enables you to do something that ju...

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How To Clean Your Keyboard Using the Dishwasher

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 3:15 AM

From time to time, I notice my keyboard. Now, of course I am aware of my keyboard and use it regularly while at the computer, but noticing the keyboard is different from day-to-day use. It's sort of like how you drive to work each day, but how much do you really look at, or 'notice', the bui...

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Make Your Own Free Ringtones For Verizon LG VX8300 and LG VX5400

Posted on June 1, 2008 at 11:43 PM

New cell phones don't have good ringtones. It's a sad fact of life for those of us who like to personalize our ringers, and a clever sales t...

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Customer Service Call With Circuit City

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

As a long-time customer service representative, I am always alert to the customer service shortcomings of the companies I deal with. The following is a particularly bad experience that made me decide not to deal with the provider of this terrible service ever again.

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How to Turn Spybot S&D Into An Auto-Bot (Using Auto-Update, Immunize and Scan)

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 1:41 AM
Spybot Search and Destroy is a powerful tool in the fight against spyware and adware. It has a highly effective scanning method and finds threats that other tools might miss. It's free, receives regular updates, and has so many features you might not know what to do with them all.
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Automatic Wallpaper Changer Livens Up Your Windows Desktop

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 9:36 PM

While it won't necessarily contribute to your computer's security or stability, Automatic Wallpaper Changer (AWC) by Steve Murphy definitely will add some personality to your computing environment.

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