Posted on March 20th, 2019
Posted on March 12th, 2019
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee of Boston, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, writes in Wired 30 years after his proposal on March 12, 1989, for "linked information systems" that include hypertex...
Posted on February 19th, 2019
A pen doesn't have to be mighty to be praise-worthy. At the right time and place a simple pen can help capture big ideas. Keep a pen close by, you never know when inspiration might occur.
Photo ©John Suiter, Poets on the Peaks
While on the road,...
Posted on February 12th, 2019
Tech friends often ask, "how should I organize files?"
Little wonder they ask when their files and folders are arrayed across the Desktop, Documents folder, Downloads folder, even in the Trash.
No need to elaborate on the confusion this create...
Posted on February 12th, 2019
Want to get smart? Maybe you just want to hear a great story. Listen to podcasts.
What’s a podcast? Wikipedia says "a podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to list...
Posted on February 5th, 2019
A "Never-Ever" is something no one should ever do. "Never Evers" are those sometimes unwritten rules about things that matter most to us; love, family, work, and computing.
Topping my list of computing "Never-Evers" is this: never, ever fall for...
Posted on January 9th, 2019
Watch out for phony PDF reader apps.
Even mainstay free Adobe Reader can be compromised by cybercriminals and posted to sketchy software download sites visited by the unwary.
Myriad off-brand free PDF reader apps are often malicious schemes to ...
Posted on January 7th, 2019
Leaving files all over a Mac and PC Desktop is like leaving dishes on the table overnight after a meal. How do computer files and dirty dishes have anything to do with one another, you ask? Stick with me.
Frat boys know there’s no rush to clear t...
Posted on December 4th, 2018
Something is wrong. You just can’t face it. It’s your Downloads folder, isn’t it?
Cartoon adapted from The New Yorker
That 1,000 mile gaze comes over you as you the scroll years of long forgotten .zip, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .jpg, et al. downloads a...
Posted on November 23rd, 2018
Is Facebook your friend? Are you OK with how Facebook uses data about you that it collects? Was Facebook’s motto "move fast and break things" ever a great idea?
Billions of users here and around the world really like Facebook. They can have fanta...
Posted on May 17th, 2018
It’s no surprise that risks abound online. However, you may be surprised that security researchers point to computer user behavior as the #1 risk factor. It’s true, cyber attacks occur mostly as a result of users’ innocent (or careless) mistakes a...
Posted on April 19th, 2018
Sometimes reading lengthy text on a small mobile device is difficult and impractical. Especially when also navigating around ads that aggressively compete with content for limited screen space.
Here’s an easy solution.
On your iOS device, go to...
Posted on April 18th, 2018
Way back in 2018, while you stood in the shower an inspired thought came to you like a thunderbolt. You remember leaping from the tub and, while dripping wet, jotting a singularly inspired thought onto a random scrap of paper. Where is that sodden...
Posted on March 8th, 2018
Social media mints acronyms faster than a government agency.
AMA = Ask Me Anything, LOL = Laughing Out Loud, ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing, TBT = Throwback Thursday, BFF = Best Friends Forever, FFF = Favorite Female Friend, FMF = Favorite...
Posted on March 8th, 2018
Data backup is more complex than ever for computer users as we ponder how to protect our data in local, virtual, and cloud storage environments. To meet this challenge all computer users need a realistic data protection plan so that at least one c...
Posted on February 13th, 2018
by Quentin Leo - February 13, 2018
Like skimpy iPhone and iPad flash storage,** solid state storage on your MacBook Air may not accommodate the decades of photos syncing with your macOS Photos Library.
Since iCloud is already storing full resolu...
Posted on January 16th, 2018
Experience knows that when the air bags deploy it’s already too late.
You're street smart. While driving 70 mph on a crowded highway you notice a sticky pattern forming in traffic ahead. With barely a thought you drop back a few car lengths. Car...
Posted on January 10th, 2018
Warning!! Don't click the big green button. The button will download dangerous malware in the guise of a must-have media player app.
oops. You clicked it. It was irresistible, wasn’t it?
After the secret thrill of downloading the app, the excit...
Posted on December 18th, 2017
If you sometimes wonder why your computer runs so slowly, count the number of browser tabs you have open. Closing a few may be a simple fix. Try this:
Quit your browser. Then relaunch it and keep no more than a few tabs open at any one time.
Posted on December 15th, 2017
Q: Are VPN operators to be trusted?
A: My opinion is that VPN operators are at best a little shady. After all, they’re offering anonymity to anyone.
What do you really know about the scads of free and paid VPN operators promoting themselves onl...
Posted on November 1st, 2017
You’re surfing Facebook at home, but you can’t print.
Your laptop can play Apple Music from the cloud, but you can’t stream it to your Sonos speakers, Apple TV, AirPlay nor AirFoil speakers at home.
You’re trying to set up your Amazon Echo. Alex...
Posted on October 12th, 2017
Holy Wells Fargo!
As if the high-handed and careless (never a good combination) handling by Equifax of your private credit data wasn’t bad enough, the credit bureau has gone even lower.
A client asked me if he should follow through with signing...
Posted on October 10th, 2017
While laying in a hospital bed for the past month I fretted fruitlessly (like millions of others) over news that 143 million individuals’ names, addresses, social security numbers, drivers licenses, birthdates and more had been stolen from the sha...
Posted on October 6th, 2017
There is no end to the free PDF readers, media players, and nifty widgets available for instant download that claim to do what your computer can already do, but do it cooler. Really?
The big, green, inviting button beckons even alert users to sus...
Posted on August 26th, 2017
After years of knowing you should do it, you finally switched to Gmail. Hurray! and farewell to your tortured codependency with Optimum Online, AOL, Yahoo, Comcast or other legacy email providers.
We’ll refer to the above mentioned legacy email p...