CHANGING THE START MENU POWER BUTTON

It’s one of those little things that nagged at me. When you click on the Start button in Vista and Windows 7, there’s a power button next to the search bar. Everybody has a strong opinion about what that button ought to do. It turns out people rarely agree about what...

THE CONTINUING BATTLE WITH MALWARE

Two weeks ago my son clicked OK on a message about some security problem. He called out and asked me about it after he clicked. By the time I walked in and unplugged the network cable, there were seven malware startup programs and services installed and over 700 files...

DUAL MONITORS

I gave in to the allure of dual monitors. Maybe you should too. If your computer runs Vista or Windows 7, it probably can run dual monitors without any fuss. Look in the back of the computer next to the place where your monitor is plugged in – you’ll likely find an...

WINDOWS 7 SEARCH

Many of you will buy Windows 7 computers to replace aging Windows XP systems. There will be many things to get used to, big and small, but the best change is easy to miss – Windows Search can be used everywhere to speed through almost everything you do on the...

SPEAKING OF UPDATES

Your computer should restart tonight after installing this month’s critical updates for Windows and Office. It’s a particularly large batch of updates and some of them are for the kind of vulnerabilities that the bad guys will quickly be attempting to exploit. Adobe...

SPECIAL OFFER – PC TUNEUPS

I’m happy to announce a new service available to anyone looking for some help maintaining a Windows XP or Vista PC – office users, home users, my clients, your parents, anyone who could use a hand, anywhere. My colleague Mike Cook of MC Solutions and I will tune up...