"Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy, green meat is bad for you.” For all intents and purposes, I am a vegetarian and therefore believe red meat is bad for you but wholeheartedly concur that fuzzy green meat is way worse. So what does this have to do with computers? There are programs and corporate tactics that are bad for your computer and others that are not so bad. The trick is how to tell the difference!
Lisa Reinhart with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The course — which covered such topics as demographics of the affluent, lifestyle segmentation, trends and amenities in today’s luxury home product, and creating a marketing plan for the multimillion dollar property — was taught by Laurie Moore-Moore, President of the Dallas-based Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and author of the book, “Rich Buyer, Rich Seller! The Real Estate Agents’ Guide to Marketing Luxury Homes.”
Small business owners in Maricopa County are invited to participate in two free workshops and learn more about the city of Phoenix business certification programs and how they can provide opportunities for small business economic growth. The workshops are offered by the Equal Opportunity Department and take place at the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, 251 W. Washington St., 10th floor.
Q: I’m trying to make sure that I use long passwords that are different for each of my accounts like you have suggested, but keeping track of all of my passwords is a pain. Besides using the “remember my password” option at each site, what would you suggest? - Pat
No doubt you have heard of people who buy junk at the swap meet or garage sale and sell it for a fortune on eBay, Craigslist, Amazon or any other of a dozen or so online seller sites. Maybe you are thinking you are a pretty savvy shopper and you cruise the garage sales so why not make it big with some discarded relic of the past that will bring your financial future more in line with your expectations? Before you go out treasure hunting, there are a few things you need to know.
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” said Oprah Winfrey. I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe goals should be set, worked for, and attained. If one of your resolutions has been to get your computer more organized, the best place to start is creating folders to store your important documents, pictures and emails in a place where you can easily find them.
Q: I am having an increasing number of emails that are sent from Gmail, not being received and not in their spam folder. If I send it from my Cox address, they receive it. This is very frustrating. Any ideas? — Eileen
After all the gloom and doom of sequestration, government shutdowns, Obamacare and the highly touted yet totally unfulfilling release of Windows 8.1, I thought it might be nice the share some things out of the Smother Computer Services email bag. If you see something that looks familiar, it may be excerpts from one of your emails.
Q: Now that I know what the new iPhone is going to have, I’m really leaning towards getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 but I’m concerned about switching to a whole new platform. How difficult is making the switch to an Android phone after being on an iPhone for so long? — D
Many years ago I owned and operated a motorcycle repair shop that specialized in repairing and updating Triumph motorcycles. It was a fairly profitable endeavor, however, I leaned a real-life lesson while trying to fit after-market parts not purchased from Triumph; if it goes right on and does not require any modification, you probably have it on wrong or you bought the wrong part.
I have told this story at least once in the past 13 years of writing this column, but it bears repeating. In 1972, I bought my first brand new car; a Mazda RX-3. It was the debut year for Mazda and I had to have one. The list price was $500 less than a brand new Corvette. Three years later when the warranty had expired, a guy gave me $300 for my Mazda and, with the aid of a strong chain, towed it home. I was never so happy to see a car go away!
As the saying goes, “Good things come to people who wait.” For some time I have been suggesting to anyone who is in the market for a new computer to wait a while for Windows 8 to be improved, and that time may be around the corner. This is welcome news to those of you who have had the misfortune of either purchasing a Windows 8 computer or have received a gift with the ill-fated operating system installed on a new computer.
Q: My son’s laptop was stolen from his college dorm during a party and he had the Find My Mac system setup on it, so he was able to track it to an apartment complex nearby. The problem is that the police said that they need more information to go on as they can’t just start knocking on all the apartment doors. What else can we do? — B