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April 22, 2020

Video calling is really stepping up to help us make it through the pandemic PAUSE. Doctor “visits,” online classes, virtual meetings, and calls to distant relatives on lock-down are making us all video stars. Of sorts. If you’ve seen yourself in a video call and feel l...

April 8, 2020

Social distancing is crucial while we’re all doing our parts to contain the spread of COVID-19. For many of us that means working from home. Me too; doing remote support calls from home.

           

Of course, as we all...

March 11, 2020

Trust me, you need to back up your computer.  Occasionally making “a copy of everything on a flash drive” does not count. If you are not doing backups automatically, every day, then you are not really backing up your computer....

February 27, 2020

The Robocall scourge is worse than ever. Everybody is plagued by them and it’s just terrible for elderly folks. I’ve mentioned this before, but recent calls to me for help bring it to mind afresh. You can cut off most robocalls – like 99% – before they get to you. 

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January 28, 2020

It’s true! Recent research from Consumer Reports and tech media like C-Net and Wired magazine shows that so-called smart TVs are watching and recording how you use them and reporting that information back to their masters.

If this seems creepy to you, yeah, it is. (Unle...

November 27, 2019

If you get a phone call purporting to be from Microsoft – or Google, or Apple, or Yahoo, or any other big tech company – just hang up. It’s a fake. 100% guaranteed fake. If you get a telephone call from someone telling you that your computer has been compromised – it i...

October 16, 2019

Windows 7 users have been receiving a repeating message on their computers lately. The message warns that, as of January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will reach the official “end of support.” Those users ask if they’ll be “forced to upgrade” because they’ve “heard bad things ab...

July 12, 2019

Folks often ask, “Golly Mike, how do you know so much stuff?” (Or something like that.) Aside from having been doing it for quite a while, I have a super handy tool in my kit: the Internet. Everything is revealed in the Internet. The knack is in knowing how to search i...

June 28, 2019

Because it’s summer – at last! – as always, there are apps for phones and tablets to help get to the fun of it.

Weather Forecasts

           

You can find apps for the weather, but they are built in to most phones and tab...

June 14, 2019

Did you ever think that sometimes it would be easier to just dictate the things you write? An email reply, business letter, or a school paper? Well, it turns out that most of your electronic gizmos already include the ability to take your dictation. Dictation is built-...

May 31, 2019

When the Internet was new, it was all about the data. Databases, data sets, lists of this, that, and the other. Nowadays, hidden under thick layers of social media and bouncing-fruit apps, the data sets are still there, just waiting for you to rummage through and searc...

May 10, 2019

There’s an app for spring! A bunch of them, in fact. Of course there are. Lawn and garden, spring cleaning, or whatever comes to mind when you think spring – chances are good that if you search for an app to help, you’ll find at least one.

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April 25, 2019

This is a tale of two places. Sort of. Work and home. Desk and couch. Hither and yon. And of how you can have your digital stuff in two – or more – places at once.

           

There was a time when your computer files co...

April 13, 2019

Around the eastern Dutchess/Putnam area, it’s not uncommon to be in places where our mobile phones don’t work well. The lovely hills and dales of our region are not friendly to the propagation of cell signals. It can be frustrating to not be able to depend on your cell...

March 15, 2019

Thinking about a new laptop? Be sure to give tablets a bit of your thought. Tablet computers, for most users, can do just about anything that a laptop can do, and some can do everything that a laptop can. Prices for tablets are comparable to laptops, and they’re so lig...

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