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Which antivirus program should I use?

Antivirus programs – Which one should I use?  I get this question all the time – really, just about every day.  So, as a computer guy, you might imagine that I see a lot of different antivirus programs, and you’d be right.  There are dozens in common usage, and more that most folks have never […]

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

  Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you’ve seen the notices that Windows 10 will be released on July 29th this year.  You may have even noticed a new icon on your taskbar offering the chance to “reserve your upgrade.”  Additionally, it will be a free upgrade to folks already running Windows 7 or […]

Staying Safe on the Internet – Halloween Edition

Staying safe on the internet means avoiding the scary bad guys that are looking to steal your information or your money at every turn.  This is a cruel fact of life on the Internet.  It seems you can never let your guard down – you always have to be on the lookout for the tricksters…and […]

How Often Should You Upgrade or Replace your Computer?

I get this question a lot, Especially when folks purchase new computers…..“So…how long is this thing going to last?” In my experience, on average, desktop computers last around five years before they need replaced. Laptop computers have an even shorter lifespan, mainly due to their portability and the way they’re built. It’s much harder to cool […]

Sleep, Hibernate or Shutdown – Which is Best?

It’s the end of the day, you have the choice to put your computer in sleep mode, hibernate the computer, or do a shutdown. What is best option? Let’s examine each so you can decide: Sleep – When you put a computer into sleep mode, it saves your current working environment to memory and then […]

Why Do Computers Slow Down Over Time?

If you’ve noticed that your computer has been awfully slow lately, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s very common that as a computer ages, it slows down and loses efficiency. In fact, even a year after purchasing a computer, it will typically act and run slower than it did when it was first purchased. So why does this happen? Well, there are […]

It’s Time to Give Up Windows XP

If your computer is running on anything older than Windows 7, it’s time to upgrade. Microsoft is suspending its support for Windows XP in April of 2014, stopping all Microsoft security updates. Software vendors are also likely to withdraw their technical assistance soon after, so this is the best time to ensure you’re not left […]

Are Computers Going Away?

With all of the new smartphones and tablets available, I get this question a lot.  Personally, I don’t think that computers (desktops OR laptops) are going away anytime soon.  It’s true that tablets and phone have some amazing functionality – if you can think of it, someone has probably written an app to do it.  […]

Are You Afraid of Windows 8?

Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard someone complain about Windows 8.  “The new screens are UGLY!,” or “I can’t use a computer without a ‘Start’ button!” The truth is the screens are different and the Start button is indeed gone.  But the bottom line is that these two changes take about […]

10 Time-Saving Tech Tips

This is a synopsis of a great TED talk by David Pogue, which you can see HERE.  It’s a quick list of time savers, at least one of which should make you say “I didn’t know you could do that!”  Enjoy! 1.  When you are reading a long article on the Internet, hit the space bar to scroll […]