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Be a Good User: Tell Me What's Wrong With Your Computer! I've been providing computer support for over 25 years now. Doing anything for a quarter of a century usually gives one a good perspective on how a job should be done. It also provides some practice in determining whether a computer user is "good"... ( posted 44 days 16 hours ago.)

Cell Phone Evolution: I Can't Hear You Now, I'm Using All These New Features! It's time for a new cell phone. My contract with my current provider is nearly up, and cell phone technology has changed enough in two years that I'm having problems with my existing phone. So I've started looking at my options. There are a lot of... ( posted 51 days 22 hours ago.)

A History of Downloading Music: What Do You Own? A co-worker approached me last week concerning her daughter's MP3 player. During our discourse she brought up an interesting question: When I buy a CD or pay for a music download, what do I get? The answer may surprise you. Even back in the... ( posted 59 days ago.)

Do You Know What's In Your EULA? Adobe and Other Vendors Don't! If you've ever installed software on a computer, you've seen a EULA even if you don't know what it is. The End-User License Agreement is that always-lengthy, often-boring, and seldom-read screen displayed during the installation process that... ( posted 62 days 21 hours ago.)

Less is More: "Crayon Physics Deluxe" Gets Big Kudos at Game Developers Conference There are phrases in our vernacular that remind us things don't have to be big and glitzy and expensive to be pleasureable. "Bigger is not always better." Want proof? Computer laptops. "Simple pleasures are the best." How do I know? Because every... ( posted 73 days 22 hours ago.)

Music Copyright Lawsuits Continue: Houston Man Pays for Illegally Downloading Music on the Internet Awhile back I wrote a blog entry on Jammie Thomas , the Minnesota mom who was taken to court by the recording industry and ordered to pay $222,000 for over 1,700 songs she downloaded for free from the Internet. If you think that was a one-time... ( posted 74 days 22 hours ago.)

Jerks Abound on the Internet I don't know if it's because I'm growing more observant as I age, or if it's because I'm growing less tolerant. Either way, it's a rare day that I don't witness some ignoramus showing the world around him just how asinine he is. I'm not talking... ( posted 81 days 22 hours ago.)

USB Bluetooth Device Lets Your Computer Talk To Your Bluetooth-Compatible Cell Phone Like a lot of people, I own a cell phone. While I don't use it for playing my music or sending scads of pictures and text messages to all my "peeps", I do enjoy using some of its more entertaining features. (Translation: I like ringtones and... ( posted 92 days 10 hours ago.)

Boy's Magnetic Personality Crashes Computers In the tech support world, there are a lot of stories floating around about users and the weird problems they experience with their computers. Some you've probably received via e-mail or seen on the Internet. There are the users who simply don't... ( posted 102 days 21 hours ago.)

D:Scribe Lets You Text By Hand(writing) Cell-phone texting is all the rage these days. Teens, tweens, and 20- and 30-somethings use texting like 40- and 50-somethings use e-mail. Perhaps you want to take advantage of the technology, but have a problem getting your phone's number pad to... ( posted 109 days 19 hours ago.)

Tax Software Versus Tax Service: Which Is Better? I was going over my calendar a few days ago, looking at the special dates for 2008. New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, birthdays for our older dog and younger daughter, Groudhog Day--all done. The next dates of importance are, let's... ( posted 117 days ago.)

Political Censorship? Google Bans Personal Attacks in Political Ads Are you as tired of the latest round of mudslinging political ads as I am? Then you should be happy to know there is one less place you'll find them--on Google. With all the different types of ads popping up on the Internet, Google determined... ( posted 124 days 19 hours ago.)

Increasing Internet Costs: Cable Company Tests New Billing Plan Remember what you used to go through to get on-line access? You plugged a modem into your computer and used your phone line to connect to a free bulletin-board system (BBS), passing packets of messages and the occasional file from one ring in the... ( posted 131 days ago.)

Internet Access Limits Approaching Fast: IPv6 to the Rescue! Enjoying that new computer you just bought, complete with all the latest bells and whistles? Having fun surfing the Internet, downloading music and playing games and chatting with your friends? Think you'll be up and running on the Internet for... ( posted 136 days 23 hours ago.)

The Future of Television: Meet OLED Hey, you high-tech toy freaks out there. Want the absolutely, positively, best television set you can buy and be on the cutting edge of technology? Then follow the lead set by the vendors at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this... ( posted 142 days 23 hours ago.)

You're Fired! Legal Ramifications of Illegal E-Mail Content It's pretty much a normal day at the office. You turn on your computer, sign in to the network, and check your e-mail. After getting your morning cup of coffee you scan the new messages and reply to a few that are personal. You forward the joke... ( posted 143 days 18 hours ago.)

Electronic Votes: Better or Worse Than Paper? This year we in the United States will (hopefully) be going to the polls and casting our votes for a new President. Thanks in part to the fiasco our national election generated in 2004, the issue of how to properly and safely cast a vote that... ( posted 149 days 16 hours ago.)

Train Yourself! Avoid Being Part of the Big Chief Brigade! In over 27 years of providing computer support and consulting services, I've had to work with all kinds of people. Some are thrilled with the latest technological gadgets; others are not. Yet most realize that these devices can makes lives easier... ( posted 151 days ago.)

Your New Electronics Device: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility So your Christmas wish came true. You've received the newest/fastest/latest electronic gadget and you can't wait to start using it and show it off to all your friends. Hold up there, Speedy Gonzales! Before you take that new toy out into the world... ( posted 158 days 20 hours ago.)

Buying a Computer? Don't Forget to Include Support Costs With Christmas nearly upon us, many gift-givers may be thinking of purchasing a computer for that special someone. You've probably researched the brand you want, checked with those in your business and social circles to find out exactly what... ( posted 165 days 21 hours ago.)

High-Tech Tools Don't Make Up for Low-Brains Users The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the guilty, although they certainly don't deserve to be protected. About two months ago I started getting phone calls on my work cell from people I didn't know.... ( posted 172 days 17 hours ago.)

Senior Citizens: Wii's Growing Gaming Community "Wii would like to play," the two Japanese men say as they bow politely to the camera, Wii game system and controllers firmly in hand. Cut to teenaged girls playing the latest Mario game, followed by a family embroiled in a fishing competition... ( posted 178 days 17 hours ago.)

Backing Up Your Data: Quick, Easy, and Cheap I know a lot of people who use computers at work, at home, and on the road. Through necessity, they've learned some of the basics about how their system works, and what to do if there's a problem. They know what program to run to scan for a virus... ( posted 185 days 18 hours ago.)

Auction? Garage Sale? On-line Store? No--it's Craigslist! One-year old electric dryer in excellent condition--$50. Six-year old queen mattress, box spring, and frame in excellent condition--$50. Small chest of drawers--$25. Saving money by buying on-line from local individuals or companies and avoiding... ( posted 188 days 23 hours ago.)

Steampunk: Where High Tech Meets Victorian Design You've seen the movies. You know, those old science-fiction ones set in the late 1800s or early 1900s, where the Industrial Revolution meets the Computer Revolution, and technology looks like something designed by Leonardo da Vinci or Jules Verne.... ( posted 199 days 18 hours ago.)

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