This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Current Wireless Security Problem
Apple released an update to iOS 7 last week to close a serious security hole in their secure web connection software.
The reported problem was that the security protocol "failed validate the authenticity of the connection."
What does this mean to me?[…]
- Copying Photos from Computer to Smartphone
Longtime subscriber Keith Vogon wrote to ask about smartphones and computers:
I have been pondering this for a while, and suddenly remembered the ‘Main Man’ who is bound to know the answer:
1: How do I transfer photos from a computer to a phone?
2: Obviously I will want to greatly reduce the file size first […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
Keeping up with all the software updates is a pain.
Fortunately, there’s a good, free tool that helps to notify us that security updates are available for a lot of our software, and can even do many of the updates we need. The program focuses on security updates, not operational updates, bug fixes, etc. — security updates.
It scans on a scheduled basis to see if there are updates available. If there are, its icon in the Windows Notification Area (bottom right-hand corner of the taskbar) turns red. Double-clicking on the icon will open the program and display the programs, most significant updates shown first […]
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 […]
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 […]
Windows 7, like earlier versions of Windows, has power-saving functions built into it and already activated by default.
For example, after a short period of time, the built-in screensaver will kick into operation. Not too long after that, the monitor will go blank to conserve electricity. Similarly, and again by default, Windows will power down the hard drive(s). Finally, Windows will put the computer to sleep. At that point, the computer’s motherboard is still awake. The computer will awaken if you press a keyboard key or move your mouse.
Fortunately, Microsoft also added features that allow us, as the users, to change […]
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