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January 9, 2015

Fix the Secure Desktop UAC

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The UAC, or User Account Control, has been with PC users since Windows Vista. It was one of the reasons people hated Vista.

January 7, 2015

Dear Windows, Why Did You Randomly Restart?

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For me, few things beat getting a new computer. I enjoy setting up and configuring, making new adjustments, and getting it all just so. Occasionally, however, I forget to change one setting. Specifically, it’s the setting that seems to cause a perfectly good, brand new computer to randomly restart itself. That’s annoying.

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.

November 7, 2014

Flash Crash

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Mobile devices — including Android and iOS — don’t run Adobe Flash. That’s a source of frustration for many people, but there’s a good reason for disabling Flash: It crashes.

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 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

July 30, 2014

The Good Ol’ Computer Tune-Up

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Taking your car in for a tune-up was one of those things everyone did back in the olden times. It required my waiting in the mechanic’s lobby, reading dusty copies of magazines only someone who didn’t need to take their car to a mechanic would enjoy reading. And then, after several minutes and half a wallet of cash, my automobile would be running sweet.

But what about a computer tune-up?

July 18, 2014

Adblock Plus

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0718-AdBlockPlus There it is! Your favorite page on the Internet appear, ready for you to digest some important fact or trivial tidbit. And, lo: What’s this? An ad. It shuffles in from the left, or fades in over the entire page. Your day is ruined.

July 14, 2014

Windows 7 and System Restore

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The Restore Point is a brilliant idea, introduced in some ancient version of Windows. In Windows 7, however, Microsoft sought to obfuscate your ability to set a manual Restore Point. So successful were they, that setting a Restore Point and rebooting doesn’t work.

June 25, 2014

Wee Li’l Icons All in a Row

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It started out as the Status Bar. Some Windows veterans may still refer to it that way, but somewhere along the line the name changed: Notification Area. It’s that spot on the far right of the Windows taskbar that overflows with teensy icons — or not, depending on how it’s configured.

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