This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Replacing or Adding a Hard Drive
Almost no matter what our initial thoughts were about an appropriate size for a hard drive, we tend to out-grow them. With today’s huge available hard drive sizes, as well as today’s programming practices, programs are becoming bigger and bigger as well as more bloated with "features" that no one uses.
Windows is getting bigger and bigger, too. Then, there are the audio files and video files that we record that swallow drive space in vast amounts (DVD-quality video takes 8 GB of drive space per hour of recording).
The basic question becomes "Do I replace my hard drive with a larger one, or just add another hard drive to increase my available storage?" My usual choice is […]
- Speed Up the Feel of Windows
Windows has all sorts of cute animations such as fading menus into view and out of view. Of course, all of these tricks take time — time that we’re waiting while we watch (or tolerate) Windows doing its thing…
Fortunately, the versions of Windows all the way back to Windows 3 offered ways to fine-tune those visual effects.
We can make our computers feel more snappy — and be more snappy, for that matter — by changing from the default visual effects.
The controls are found in different places in different versions. For a long time, they were found by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Properties, and then were an Advanced button on the Windows tab.
In Windows 7, you can access the controls most easily by […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- High-Definition TV Direct to My PC
I’ve been experimenting this week with my new HDHomerun Prime, which is a 3-tuner external device that hooks to my cable service and to my network. It uses a M-type CableCard to unlock and tune the digital signals. Then, any PC on my network can access any channel to which I subscribe. Cool.
Why was I looking at a new device for my Home Theater PC? Before the Homerun Prime, the tuner cards I have would only handle the standard analog channels.[…]
- Wireless Network Having Problems
Long-time subscriber Art Wood wrote recently with a wireless networking problem. Unlike networking using wired connections with Ethernet cables, wireless networking sometimes works beautifully…and sometimes it either doesn’t, or it has the unusual problems.
Such was Art’s case:
I have a Samsung Wireless all-in-one PC. My Wife has a Laptop ,there is less than 6ft between Computers, my Wife`s Computer states that her Computer is unable to connect to the Internet because there is a problem with a cable.
I have full bars on my Computer, full bars are indicated on her Computer. I constantly unplug and replug, can you point me in the right direction […]
- .NET Security Update Won’t Install
Long-time subscriber Richard wrote with a .NET Framework 4 problem I hadn’t experienced, but had read about…
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2804576)
I can’t get the above update to install. I’ve tried everything I can think of (or can do with confidence..!!) including
- Followup on Program ‘Not Responding’ Messages
Reader Noel Evans wrote from New Zealand after my article on Program ‘Not Responding’ Messages recently:
Hi there Terry
Many thanks for your prompt reply. I was surprised to see that I made your newsletter the very next day!
I’ve tried re-booting more frequently like you suggested, and while the problem is not completely gone, it is far better. I also found a […]
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