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"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!
As a life-long procrastinator, it’s no surprise that I waited until I was 52 to have my first mid-life crisis.
Toyota is recalling 2.1 million of its Prius, RAV4, Tacoma and Lexus vehicles globally because of a software problem that could cause cars to stop suddenly.
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
Question: I know Windows XP is about to be retired, but is it safe enough for me to do my taxes or should I upgrade it first? — Ralph
"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.
This time of year employees at Synergy HomeCare aren’t just following daily routines of the seniors in their care, they’re often going above and beyond to work as elves for the senior citizens they take care of daily.
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.