This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- WiFi Driver Needed After Hard Drive Failure
New subscriber Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson wrote to ask for help in finding a driver for WiFi in his IBM ThinkPad Z60m Type 2531 Win7 Home Premiumn notebook computer:
I am calling you from Iceland, to ask you to find for me this driver which got lost after a HD disaster?
Best Regards TST
My first thought was to […]
- Changing Windows 7 Ease of Access Options
Windows 7 has a number of options that you can modify to make it easier to use — not conceptually easier, but physically easier. These Ease of Use / Ease of Access options also include some controls for modifying Windows functionality.
Some of these options are focused on making it easier for users with less-than-perfect physical conditions. Some of them are designed for vision-impaired users, such as a text-reader, a magnifying glass, and the ability to change the size of the mouse-pointer. (Some of them are also useful for those of us with aging eyes <grin>.)
Other options are […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Wi-Fi Hotspots and Computer Security
Are you safe when you use the wireless network at your local coffee shop or airport? Maybe. Maybe not.
Are you accidentally sharing your files on your computer? Is your computer "trusting" connection attempts from the other computers at the hostspot?
Reader Sam Boggs wrote to ask:
To improve security when using Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or traveling, I’ve seen advice to uninstall “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” on the active wireless connection in the Properties menu of Control Panel Network Connections. Is it necessary to do this – is there any downside to uninstalling this? Would it be sufficient to […]
- Accidental Wireless Connections
When you have a wireless notebook, or even a wireless desktop computer, you need to make sure you’re connecting to the correct router.
Most often, you want to connect to your own router in your house or apartment. Other times, it might be the wireless router in a coffee shop.
Our first type of accidental connection is an automatic connection to an unsecured network. Sometimes, you might want to do that because you’re at the coffee shop and want to use the wireless service they provide.
But, suppose you’re at home and turned on your notebook computer — configured just as it was when you went to the coffee shop?
You’ll probably connect to one of the unsecured […]
- USB Problems with Windows XP
Long-time subscriber Dave Volente wrote with a question about USB and Windows XP issues he was experiencing:
I’m still running good old XP Home on my two desktops and Pro on my laptop, all "networked" and everything shared in front of me on the same desk. Have numerous USB items (back-up drives, card readers, webcam, etc), so many, in fact that I also have loads of powered hubs to run them all. However, I’ve never had much luck with reliability as far as USB is concerned on ANY of the machines.
External drives regularly vanish […]
- A Look at EaseUS Partition Master
I’ve been experimenting with EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition for a while and am impressed with it.
First, it enables easy resizing and moving of hard drive partitions, copying a partition, merging partitions, defragmenting, changing hard drive labels, and, by the way, without destroying your data (you should always back up your system first, anyway).
Second, the Home Edition is free for home, non-business use! […]
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