This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Happy New Year — New Year’s Resolutions for Computer Users
Long-time readers of my Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletters will recognize many of these New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve updated them a bit and I think they’re still very valid.
New Year’s Resolutions are a traditional, annual opportunity to make resolutions for the ways we’re going to improve our life in the coming year.
Here are some resolution ideas you might want to consider:
· I will learn more about […]
- Don’t Forget Network Security
This week, I taught a workshop about setting up a home computer network at our local computer club. That event reminded me that it’s been a long time since I have written about network security.
For a quick summary, you should prevent anyone from using your network other than you and those individuals you trust to access the files and printers on your computers. Period. No if’s, and’s or but’s.
Why is this important? Because it’s a whole lot easier to prove that someone did something, than to prove that they didn’t […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Accessing the Internet While Travelling – 2012 Style
Several years ago, I wrote an article about how to access the Internet while travelling. It focused on using a notebook computer with dialup access, using a hotel business center’s computer (or a friend’s whom you were visiting) to access your emails. Little more than that
So much has changed…
Now, we have tablets and smart phones, whether iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry, that we can use to check emails and can use to surf the web. The small screen isn’t great on a phone, but it works! It’s even better on a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet.
We’ve also got the ability to use 3G and 4G wireless network adapters for laptop computers (assuming we have a laptop computer), Apple iPad’s and with our choice of wireless service provider […]
- A First Look at VIPRE Internet Security 2013
Even from the first glance, VIPRE Internet Security 2013 is very similar to the 2012 version. The features of v2012 are there, with a few new features, but no abrupt change in the user interface. I like that.
One of the things that I really appreciate about VIPRE is that the license covers a period of time, with new versions being covered by the existing license. I still remember frustration with some AV products of past years, where you bought the particular program version — and if a new version came out, you had to purchase an upgrade at that time in order to get the benefits of the program improvements.
VIPRE Internet Security 2013 would have downloaded to my computer and allowed me to install it over my existing VIPRE Internet Security 2012 — with no difficulty and no additional charge.
Instead, still at no charge, I jumped the gun on the automatic upgrade, went to the […]
- The Hidden Games in Windows 7 Professional
I wanted to play MineSweeper the other day, so I went to the Start button, clicked All Programs, and started looking for the games. I couldn’t find a Games folder in the Start Menu. I checked the Accessories section, too, and still no Games folder.
At that point, I started searching with a little more effort.
Note that you probably don’t have this issue, if you have a manufacturer-installed operating system. In my case, I’m using Windows 7 Professional which I installed from a Windows 7 Professional Retail package. I didn’t select Games during the installation, if it was even available as a choice.
However, Windows 7 may have more games available than are displayed on your system. You can check that, and install the others, by following this process.
First, I started at the Control Panel, […]
- Finding Hidden Functions in Windows 7
I was digging around in the Windows 7 Control Panel this week. Normally, I have the Control Panel set to display the Category View, which is the default setting.
When you use the Category view, you see major types of functions and several specific links shown below each of them. The most important thing to know is that those detailed functions are not a complete list.
Click on each of the header links (for each type of function) and you’ll open dialog windows or dialog boxes that will have many more functions and options.
That’s what I usually did. However, this week, […]
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