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Every year the people of Ahwatukee have a great opportunity to vote for the Best Of Ahwatukee hosted by The Ahwatukee Foothills News.
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.
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.
Q: Is a regular antivirus program good enough to protect my business computers? — Brad
I was reading the guest commentary of Don Kennedy (Aug. 30) in the Ahwatukee Foothills News and decided reply. In Don’s world it looks like there are only two choices, the socialist or the patriot. Given our two party system, yes there are two choices or really are there? Is Don implying that the Democrats are socialist and Republicans are patriots? But let me not get ahead of myself.
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For many people change in their lives seems to be inevitable, potentially leading to opportunities they would have never thought of.
Q: I’m going to various countries in Europe this summer and can’t figure out the best way to use my smartphone. Any suggestions? — Kim
Preparing teens for adulthood includes helping them navigate the ins and outs of social media. Sometimes teens don’t think before they act. But, this makes sense because the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the mid-20s. This part of the brain is responsible for “executive functions;” which includes the ability to organize thoughts, solve problems, foresee possible consequences and delay gratification. That’s why many times adolescents do things that simply don’t make sense to us. So, when it comes to social media they need to be educated.
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.
Searching for the perfect active adult community to enjoy during retirement creates all sorts of questions. Do you want to live somewhere else? If so, where? Do you want warmth and sunshine? Do you want to stay close to family? Do you want a condo or single-family home? With questions like these, doing your homework is important. As is starting early.
Q: What can I do to get better battery life from my smartphone? It doesn’t even get me through the afternoon on most days. — Ed
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
“Hi, Mike? I am so glad I got a hold of you. My computer is running so slowly that I turn it on, make coffee, take the dog for a walk, and bake a few dozen cookies then maybe; just maybe the website will be fully loaded. This computer is running terrible! Can you help?”
Q: I would like to print from my Gmail account on my iPhone or iPad to my printer, but it doesn’t come up in Apple’s print option on either (device). Any suggestions? — Daryl
Q: I use Microsoft Security Essentials as my “seatbelt” for protection, plus I am as careful as possible. Is this enough or should I get Trend Micro. Not both, right? — Jonathan
Many ions ago, as some will recall, a duet from England called Chad and Jeremy recorded a song called “Yesterday’s Gone.” A section of the lyrics went like this; “that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone…” It was about a lost love between two young people but the words brought to mind something that happens a lot with software and in particular, protective software.
A: I have an old computer with (Windows) XP that is running very slow (I think it has a virus). I would like to get a new computer and transfer things to the new computer but I’m afraid it will transfer the virus. What should I do? — Maureen
‘A dog’s New Year’s resolution: I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand!” So what does that have to do with computers? Honestly, nothing; but I thought it was kind of funny. Actually, it does have a lot to do with technology and computers.
A group of students from Arizona State University are getting their feet wet with a new, online learning tool for those looking to self-teach and find resources.
A recent Arizona law requires all school districts and charter schools to implement a new teacher evaluation system by the 2013-14 school year. For the first time, teachers in the Kyrene School District will be evaluated, in part, based on how well their students score on tests.
Google has started shipping a larger version of its Nexus tablet computer, one that comes closer to competing with Apple’s full-size iPad and other tablets. Here’s a look at how the Nexus 10 compares with other tablets with similar screens.
With the election now over, candidates and residents with plastic or cardboard election signs are encouraged to recycle them at the following transfer station locations: 27th Avenue Transfer Station, 3060 S. 27th Ave.; North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway; and ReCommunity, 1919 E. University Drive.
This year, four candidates for the Kyrene School District Governing Board each face tight rivalry, as they compete for three available seats on the board.