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Thursday 11/24/2016
These five digital devices can go under the Christmas tree
Posted: November 24, 2016

For many small business enterprises, the Christmas shopping season represents between 20 and 40 percent of their entire annual income.  

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Area firm finds success in selling refurbished computers
Posted: November 22, 2016

Ahwatukee residents who are looking for low-cost computers might find a bargain not far from home.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Local computer expert discusses the good, bad and ugly about Windows 10
Posted: October 25, 2016


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Tuesday 05/10/2016
There really is an app for most things in life
Posted: May 10, 2016

Last evening my wife and I attended the Bruce Munro Sonoran Light show exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden and if you have not been, I highly suggest you try to make it there this week as the show ends Mother’s Day, May 8. We arrived when it was still light so we could walk around the garden and see all the plants in bloom. As we were walking, I overhead a woman asking her companion what the name of a certain plant was. They were unable to name the plant so I offered to help with an app on my phone called Garden Answers which works by taking a picture of the plant, analyzing it for a few seconds and then sending the name and information of the plant back to my phone. The gentleman with her was amazed and even said, “I thought I had seen it all! I cannot believe there is an app for naming a plant.” It got me thinking about all the incredible applications or apps that are created to help people in their everyday lives and how we can all benefit from these.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
PC Made EZ: We still recommend waiting to upgrade to Windows 10 until the very last minute
Posted: January 14, 2016

I love to quote the late, great Yogi Berra and here is another one of his famous one liners, “A nickel isn’t worth a dime anymore.” We have been inundated with calls and emails about whether an upgrade to Windows 10 is now the right thing to do. This is probably due to an increase in Microsoft’s campaign to have everyone make the move to Windows 10. Our answer is still, Not Yet!

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
PC Made EZ: The Apple vs. PC debate rages on
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

We have all heard the Apple versus PC jokes: “In a world without walls and fences, who needs windows and gates?” or “Computers are like air conditioners, they stop working when you open windows,” or perhaps “This is an air conditioned room, do not open windows.” Ever since the two computer giants were founded on April 4, 1975 for Microsoft and April 1, 1976 for Apple, there has been an ongoing debate about which one is best.

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Saturday 12/05/2015
PC Made EZ: Find a social media tribe where you can belong
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Most people have either embraced Facebook as a way to keep in touch with friends and family or have been prodded or shamed by their family or friends into joining the legion of Facebookers. Regardless of how we got on Facebook or why, we have joined a tribe or group of people who have similar interests or as Wikipedia explains it, we have engaged in “reciprocal exchange” of information, photos and other personal information. Of course there are negative things about almost everything, but if you look at the positives Facebook and the tribes you form provide many people with friendship, comfort, an insight into the lives of people far away and for many, someone to share their experiences with. Those are all great reasons to join Facebook, even if you never type a single sentence. You can still be an active participant in the lives of your children and grandchildren or most anyone else you care to follow. Twitter, Instagram and all the other social networking websites provide these benefits at no charge, except the loss of privacy.

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Friday 11/13/2015
PC Made EZ: Malwarebytes: A great anti-spyware program
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived about 100 years before Plato once wrote, “The only thing that is constant is change. Upon those who step into the same rivers flow others and yet other waters. 

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
Don’t put a lot of money into a printer
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

My father was a man of very few words, but when he did speak, you had better listen because he made a lot of sense. When I got out of the Army and had a couple of bucks in my pocket, I bought a used Mercury Cougar with all the options available at the time. In today’s terms my Cougar may have been a stripped down model but back then it was the class of the field and I was incredibly proud of my new (to me) car. When I showed my dad, he looked it over for a while and then said, “Don’t come running to me when all this fancy stuff breaks” and walked in the house. Sometimes the same mindset holds true for some computer equipment.

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Saturday 08/15/2015
PC Made EZ: Windows 10 is refreshing return to familiar features of Windows XP
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

For the past 14 years of writing this column, I have tried to come from the position, if it were mine, what would I do? 

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Wednesday 07/08/2015
PC Made EZ: How those pop-up ads work
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 1:40 pm

A gentleman named Andrew Lewis once said, “If you are not paying for something, you are not the customer; you are the product being sold.”

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Thursday 06/11/2015
Windows 10: Kind of a hybrid between Windows 7 and Windows 8
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 3:54 pm

One of our children put a license plate on the back of their truck, “15mins” because he said you could get anywhere in the Valley in 15 minutes.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
All smartphones need some type of locator map for safety purposes
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:58 am

My wife and I are not avid TV watchers. Some visitors to our home may want to dispute that since we have an enormous TV, but in truth we have a few shows we enjoy and some sports but overall we prefer the pleasures of a good book to most things on the tube. One of our great joys, however, is watching “Seinfeld.” As a longtime “Seinfeld” aficionado, I have probably seen all or nearly all episodes and one of my favorites is when someone steals Jerry’s car and Jerry calls the guy on his car phone. Watching this episode the other evening got me thinking about security for my phone.

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Monday 04/13/2015
PC Made EZ: Don’t fall for computer scam calls
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:58 am

My wife used to work for the Phoenix Business Journal and a solid understanding of marketing was essential to her success, so one evening a commercial came on TV that tested my mental endurance to the limit. After what seemed to be an hour, but was actually only 30 or 45 seconds, I turned to my wife and said, “Why do these people put this trash on TV? Don’t they know how irritating this is?” Her response was one that explains why people keep calling me telling me about getting calls from Microsoft and/or Dell. She told me, “Businesses are not stupid. If this commercial did not work, they would not run it. People are reacting to this commercial and buying or remembering their product so they continue to run it.”

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Saturday 03/28/2015
Data Doctors: Why online backup is so important these days
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Question: What protection can I use against these ransomware attacks?

Answer: Earlier versions of the threat would make changes to your operating system so you couldn’t do much of anything until you got rid of the malicious code.

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Friday 03/13/2015
Watch out for IRS and other random updating scams
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:58 am

The other day while perusing the mountain of email I receive every day I saw something that caught my eye. It was an email from the IRS, supposedly providing me with my filing key for 2014 taxes. My first thought was how really great that the IRS had the forethought to be proactive in sending me a filing number before I even asked for it. Awesome! Then, after a moment of reflection, I realized I had not electronically filed my taxes for a number of years. We have a CPA who does taxes for our household and both our businesses so why did I need a filing number. Better yet, why did the IRS think I needed a filing number? It occurred to me this was a scam. It is a genius of a scam, but a scam all the same.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Navigating the ‘Tunnel of Limited Options’
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:58 am

A philosophy that seems to gain in popularity every four years when we elect our leaders is called the Tunnel of Limited Options, and the meaning behind it is that we have a finite number of candidates from which to choose. Picture yourself in a tunnel that has a beginning, an ending and perhaps a couple of exits along the way that you may desire to take to get you to your destination. There are few options just as there seems to be few candidates from which to choose.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Data Doctors: How to block creepy stalker ads
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Question: Whenever I go shopping online, whatever I look at seems to follow me around the Internet. How do I keep that from happening?

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Friday 01/30/2015
Data Doctors: Low-tech password management tips
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Question: What’s your best suggestion for managing passwords, so I can make sure to use unique passwords on all my accounts?

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Low-tech password management tips
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Question: What’s your best suggestion for managing passwords, so I can make sure to use unique passwords on all my accounts?

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