The end of Windows 7, plus microwave ovens and Wi-Fi

Windows 7 support ends Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 with security updates on January 14th, 2020. But don’t worry, your trusty Windows 7 computer will still work, it just won’t get any more security updates. Eventually none of your browsers will be able to update themselves and you also may not be able to connect to some websites. New programs, and new versions of your old programs, may not work anymore either. When Windows

iPhones and Windows, YouTubeTV, fun and useful web sites

Tech Talk #96 – Feb 2, 2019 Sync and backup your iPhone to Windows iPhones used to pretend that Windows didn’t even exist. But since there are more Windows devices than iPhones, Apple has (probably reluctantly) provided tools to access the photos, music, and videos on our iPhones on our Windows computers.   By far, the easiest way to get your iPhone talking with your computer is to install iCloud for Windows. iCloud for Windows

Windows shutdown process, saved passwords on iThings

Tech Talk #93 – Jan 19, 2019 The Windows shutdown process After you click “Shutdown,” and before your computer actually turns off, Windows runs a bunch of processes. First, Windows checks where any other users are logged in to your computer. If so, you’ll see a “Someone else is still using this PC” message. If you continue, the other user(s) will lose any unsaved data. To prevent that, click “Cancel” and let the other user

Top passwords, Alexa’s wake word, Instagram photos

Tech Talk #94 – Jan 5, 2019   Top passwords of 2018 A company called SplashData analyzed more than 5 million accounts/passwords that have leaked online and compiled a list of the most-used passwords for 2018. For the fifth year in a row, “123456” and “password” retain the number one and two spots on the list. Here’s the complete top 15 passwords and the change from last year’s list.:   01. 123456 (Unchanged)02. password (Unchanged)03.

Fake tech support scams, password resets

Tech Talk #93 – Dec 22, 2018 Fake tech support scams They’re still out there, you know. Like chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your galoshes, those fake tech support scam “people” are still out there, stealing people’s money. They just won’t go away.   I know you’re smart enough to know that no one from Microsoft (or HP, or Google, or Yahoo, etc.) will ever call you to tell you there’s something wrong

Internet speeds, sand and computers,

Tech Talk #92 – Dec 8, 2018   Internet speed tests Do you know how fast your internet is? Do you know how fast it should be? A quick check of the bill from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a phone call to your ISP, will tell you what speed you’re paying for. Now for testing.   At first, the only way to check your Internet speed was at Over time, their site

Useful apps for your computer

Tech Talk #91 – Nov. 24, 2018 Useful apps for your computer Microsoft and Apple both pack lots of features and apps into their operating systems. For many people, the included apps are all they need to get things done on their computers. But what if you want or need to do more than what those apps can do?   There are thousands of apps and programs for download out there. Here are some of

Stopping spam calls

Tech Talk #90 – Nov. 10, 2018 Blocking and reporting spam calls Are you getting tired of getting spam and scam calls on your cell phone? You know; those calls about elections, solar panels, IRS problems, dubious charity donations, energy retrofits, health insurance, and all the rest.   Current cell phone technology offers ways to block these calls. Of course, the spammers know this and have adapted. Almost all scammers and robocallers use “number spoofing”

“Ghosting” Facebook, techopolies

 Tech Talk #89 – Oct. 27, 2018 “Ghosting” Facebook Breaking off a relationship suddenly without telling the other person and then ignoring all communications from that person is called “ghosting.”   If you can’t quite delete your Facebook account yet (maybe because you’d miss out on photos from traveling friends or kids and grandkids) you can try ghosting Facebook instead.   But why would you want to ghost Facebook?   Reason #1 Facebook would like

Browsers and banking, autofill typos, casting to your TV

Tech Talk #88 – Oct. 13, 2018 Browsers and banking If your computer can’t connect to your bank or financial institution anymore, you need to switch your browser.   Old Windows and Mac computers become “unsupported,” meaning they no longer receive security and bug fixes from Microsoft or Apple. The default browsers (Internet Explorer or Safari) on these computers are also no longer supported. As security on the internet evolves, these old versions of IE