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December 24, 2014

King of the Media Cards

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It’s been almost a year since I wrote about the various media card formats. Over time, one of the 19 potential formats has come out on top. I knew one would, because that’s how manufacturers and consumers eventually, organically work. The question is, which one?

November 19, 2014

Re-Associating a File

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When you use a program to create a file, that file is associated with the program. The link is made based on the filename extension, which is the last part of the filename appearing after the period. For example, .DOCX files are associated with Microsoft Word. That system isn’t the best, but it works. When it doesn’t, you can re-associate the files.

October 29, 2014

Thumb Drive How-To Guide

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thumb_drive You have them. You use them. But not until you read my handy one-post guide will you really feel like you know them.

October 22, 2014

If It’s Tuesday, Microsoft Must Have a Patch

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Do you regularly update Windows? You should! And it seems like every Tuesday something new requires that you restart your computer.

October 15, 2014

Save Me!

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My advice: Save your documents! Save them right away, as soon as your create something, such as a smidgen of text in a word processor. Then save frequently and often. That’s good advice, but it begs the question of where to save.

October 13, 2014

Adios, Dial-Up Modem

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The sun is about to set on the dial-up modem, once the most common way to access the Internet. According to Pew Research, fewer than 3 percent of Internet users have a dial-up modem. An era has passed.

October 8, 2014

A Better USB Connector

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Don’t get me wrong: The USB cable is genius. It improves upon a nightmare of cables that once festered behind every computer like a nest of snakes. The problem? While you have a 50 percent chance of plugging the cable in the proper way, you get it wrong about 80 percent of the time.

October 4, 2014

Wi-Fi Security

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I could write an entire blog post on keeping your home or office Wi-Fi network secure. Instead, I’m providing a link to an excellent article by Amit Agarwal, founding of the website Digital Inspiration:

Digital Inspiration: Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

September 26, 2014

Underscore or Space or Even Dash

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It’s not really a debate, but it’s a serious question nerds have about file-naming conventions: Should you use a space in a filename or use an underscore? Or should you go all rogue and opt for a hyphen?

September 24, 2014

Printing Part of a Web Page

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I did it once last week, and then I showed the trick to my son. We both had the same problem and it was resolved in the same way: How do you print only part of a web page, as opposed to wasting multiple sheets of paper?

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