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I’ve prepared a list of computer safety tips for years. Over time, the advice to keep critical programs up to date has moved to the top spot on the list. You don’t have to spend all your time reading technology news but you do have to be able to identify which...

Computer Safety 2010

Here’s an updated list of ways to be safe and secure with your computer. Install updates from Microsoft promptly. Look in the lower right corner for the gold shield (WinXP) or update icon (Win7/Vista). Install updates to Acrobat, Flash, Java, and Quicktime promptly....

J RIVER MEDIA CENTER 14

What software do you use to listen to music on a computer? Most people use iTunes. A few lonely folks have gotten the new Zune HD and use its software. Still others use Windows Media Player. All of them are just fine. They’re very attractive and they handle basic...

SMARTPHONE RECAP

Lots of people are buying cell phones to read and respond to email on the road. It makes a difference what kind of email account you have! Some phones are better than others for particular situations. I’ve written about this before but it bears repeating.If you work...

WINDOWS 7 FOR STUDENTS

Microsoft has had aggressive prices for college students for years. Today it announced that college students can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for $29.99. It’s all part of the marketing that is ramping up for the Windows 7 launch on October 22. It’s probably not a...

LICENSE TIP FOR WINDOWS UPGRADES

When I upgraded my office computer to Windows 7, I installed a new hard drive and left the original hard drive in the case as a second drive. That’s the easiest way to make sure that no files are left behind during the upgrade, since they can be copied into place from...