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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...

February 8, 2019

It seems like everywhere you go on the web, each website asks you to sign up for a free account.  And so you end up with a huge collection of logon IDs and passwords, and perhaps with a temptation to reuse a few passwords over and over again. Don’t do that! Particularl...

January 18, 2019

The bad guys are back, ringing your phone with legitimate looking caller IDs, filling your computer screen with an alarming alert message, or masquerading as a friend sending a seasonal greeting by email. These are all bad actors with larcenous intent. Here are the rul...

December 14, 2018

This holiday season there are more Internet connected gifts than ever. When you open your Christmas gifts this year, you can count on it that there will be toys, cameras, game consoles, music players, TVs, appliances – and who knows what else – that connect to the Inte...

November 16, 2018

If you have used the Internet, email, or logged onto a computer, chances are that you have several logon IDs. Surprisingly, a lot of folks do not remember them. I don’t know why this is, but it is a problem that is going around like a bad cold. Maybe it is because you...

October 26, 2018

What do I have to do? I’m begging here. Please, backup your computers. If you lose a dollar, you can earn another one. If you lose a priceless photograph, it’s gone for good. If you store anything on your computer – photos, music, letters, school papers, anything – the...

October 13, 2018

Oh, autumn! Wonderful autumn. Another year wrapping up in vibrant colors and cheery holiday festivities. Whether it’s walking to view the leaves, pumpkin picking, Halloween, or wonderful Thanksgiving, there is so much to do and enjoy. There’s an app to help with findin...

September 15, 2018

Every so often, you’re going to need to shop for a new computer. Picking a new PC is one of the things I get asked to help with often. Folks will ask if I like a certain brand, or they’ll just state loyalty for a brand and want to stick with it. When I shop (with the e...

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