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QTIP: Now Hear This!

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...

NYTIMES: How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

Posted on February 1st, 2019

New year, new you, right? You may be headed to the gym, but what about the health of your phone, computer and all your precious data? Here are some tips to get your digital life in order. By David Pogue Feb. 1, 2019 If we need a checkup on our hea...

QTIP: Beware of Fake PDF apps

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 ...

QTIP: Computer Clutter Trashes More Than Your PC

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...

QTIP: Change Your Downloads Folder

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...

NYT Personal Tech: Getting Your Desktop Windows in Order

Posted on April 24th, 2018

If your screen has become jumbled with too many open files, folders and programs to manage, you can quickly sort the pile. After you right-click in the taskbar and choose Cascade Windows from the contextual menu, all the open windows on your PC d...

NYTIMES: You Don’t Want the Malware Prize

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

Devious code is sending people to fraudulent quiz and contest pages, so ignore that "lucky winner" notice and run a security scan. Pop-ups claiming to offer prizes to Amazon customers are part of a surge in malicious advertising. Credit The New Y...

QTIP: Read It to Me

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...

Capturing the History of Your Future

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...

FASTCOMPANY: Best Way To Manage Your Photos

Posted on January 9th, 2018

It’s the holidays, and your phone has been getting a workout taking all those photographs. Here’s how to manage them. Photo: Flickr user TheUglySweaterShop.com By Michael Grothaus The numbers are mind-boggling. It is estimated that we will have ...

SPOOF: This Old PC

Posted on January 2nd, 2018

Overheard at the 19th hole: “My old Gateway has been around forever. It’s got popups. It’s slow. I know I should replace it, but my life is on it. How would I move my files to a new one anyway? So, over Christmas week it dies. Screen is black. N...

MACWORLD: APT28 - A complex Mac virus that may signal the shape of tomorrow’s malware

Posted on October 17th, 2017

From MacWorld, by Liviu Arsene Oct 17, 2017 This malware’s striking characteristic: its ability to drop a payload individually designed for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS running devices. Macs are the go-to device for professionals and high-level of...

TechCrunch: CCleaner supply chain malware targeted tech giants

Posted on September 21st, 2017

September 21, 2017 TechCrunch by Natasha Lomas Malware that piggybacked on CCleaner, a popular free software tool for optimizing system performance on PCs, appears to have specifically targeted high profile technology companies and may have been a...

MacRumors: Third-Party Apps Will Need App-Specific Passwords for iCloud Access

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:55 am PDT by Tim Hardwick App-specific passwords are set to become a mandatory requirement for third-party apps that access iCloud user data, according to an Apple Support email sent out today. Currently, app-specific pa...

QTIP: What to do with updates clutter

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

What’s with those app update installer icons on your computer? Do you really want them? When we first download or update Chrome or Firefox browsers, Java, Skype, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and other apps their installers usually go to the ...

QTIP: Sync your notes

Posted on April 20th, 2017

Simple text apps do the job. You want to dash off the grocery list on your desktop at home or work so it will sync to your mobile device before you arrive at the store. Try one of these apps.Mac OS XiOSWindowsAndroidChrome OSNotes👍👍Google Drive👍...

QTIP: Keep it simple...

Posted on April 5th, 2017

"…I asked the boy for a few kind words He gave me a novel instead" - Madeleine Peyroux Have you ever needed to quickly type something only to lose the thought while Microsoft Word ponderously booted up — then stopped to download and install updat...

Microsoft: Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

Microsoft Malware Protection Center Blog posted April 3, 2017 Millions of users continue to encounter technical support scams. Data from Windows Defender SmartScreen (which is used by both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer to b...

NYTimes: A Quick Guide to Backing Up Your Critical Data

Posted on April 1st, 2017

Adapted from March 31, 2017, The New York Times Personal Tech column by J. D. Biersdorfer and Kelly Couturier Setting up a system to keep your files backed up automatically is easy. Spending a little time today could save...

NYTIMES Tech Tip: Does This USB Drive Look FAT?

Posted on March 21st, 2017

From The New York Times, by J. D. BIERSDORFER MARCH 21, 2017 Q. I have a PC and put many photos on a USB drive for use in a digital picture frame. Can someone add pictures to this USB drive if they have a Mac or does it need to be formatted diffe...

Microsoft: Phishers unleash simple but effective social engineering techniques using PDF attachments

Posted on January 26th, 2017

From Microsoft | TechNet Microsoft Malware Protection Blog posted January 26, 2017 The Gmail phishing attack is reportedly so effective that it tricks even technical users, but it may be just the tip of the iceberg. We’re seeing similarly simple ...

QTIP: What's the most awesome app?

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

What is the one app that makes everything work better? Hints: The app is easy to use, it’s free, and it’s already at your fingertips. It’s your contact manager. That’s right, your Contacts app. Among the standard apps preinstalled on every PC, Ma...

QTIP: Pre-setup Checklist

Posted on March 9th, 2016

You know this already, but it’s worth saying again; a little planning goes a long way when tackling projects that involve more than a few simple steps to complete. The following tips, when reviewed before starting, will expedite setup of computer ...

QTIP: Moving on from Picasa

Posted on February 13th, 2016

Google announced that as of March 15, 2016, it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application. Surprised? Don’t be, software changes all the time. And the bright side? Picasa’s impending sunset is an opportunity to explore a new future for ...

QTIP: Secure yOur Passwords

Posted on November 4th, 2015

Your kids can probably guess your computer passwords. Their friends can, too. If you’re like most computer users your passwords include something like "password" or "1234". Really? Really. Some who are craftier use pet names, children’s names, ...