New phone settings and fixing slow browsers

Tech Talk #81 – July 7, 2018 New phone settings and fixing slow browsers Hey, congratulations; you've got a new phone. You (or the helpful people at the store) activated your new phone and you’re all logged in and ready to go.   Before you go out and use your phone to shoot a video of your nephew jumping onto a trampoline from the roof, let’s talk about settings. All Android and Apple phones contain

Watch out for mshelper

Tech Talk #80 – June 23, 2018 Watch out for mshelper   In spite of the ‘ms’ in the name, ‘mshelper’ is malware that runs on a Mac. ‘mshelper’ is designed to hog all the resources (processor time, memory, and hard disk) on a Mac. This can cause your Mac to run hotter and louder and will definitely put a dent in your battery life. No one is completely sure what ‘mshelper’ is doing with

Routers, Russians, and the FBI

Tech Talk #79 – June 9, 2018 Routers, Russians, and the FBI I cringe whenever complicated technical information makes it to USA TODAY and other mainstream media outlets. Not that there’s anything wrong with USA TODAY or the other guys, they’re not just equipped to handle the technical stuff. Kardashians? Sure. Router firmware infections? Mostly not. So I’m here to answer your questions.   Q: What’s going on? Back in April, security companies in the

Setting up Windows 10

Tech Talk #78 – May 26, 2018   Setting up Windows 10   Whether you have a shiny new computer or you've recently upgraded to the April 2018 Update (version 1803), Windows 10 (Win10) is designed to run on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. If you’re running it on a desktop or a laptop, here’s how you can setup Win10 to make sense on your hardware.     Clean up your start menu  

Startin’ on the Dock of the bay

Tech Talk #77 – May 12, 2018 Startin’ on the Dock of the bay   To use your computer, you need to use either the Dock (macOS) or Start (Windows.) The Dock and Start are how you interact with your operating system and your applications. By default, they both work pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement, right?   Windows   We’ve had a Start menu in every version of Windows since Windows 95,

Spring cleaning

Tech Talk #76 – Apr. 28, 2018   Spring cleaning   Don’t forget your phones, tablets and computers while you’re doing your spring cleaning.   Clean your phone and tablet   Spring cleaning your phone or tablet is all about getting rid of the stuff you don’t need and getting your organization on.   Delete the apps you don’t use regularly – What do I mean by ‘regularly?’ If you don’t know the last time

Useful software and tips

Tech Talk #75 – Apr. 14, 2018 Network activity   The network icon we've had since Windows 7 is useless because all it does is tell if you’re connected to the internet or not, which you probably figured out because you've been searching Google for 55 Chevy alternator brackets. But man, Windows XP had a network icon that did something. Like what? Oh, it blinked in time with your network traffic, and you could right

Should you #DeleteFaceBook?

Tech Talk #74 – Mar. 31, 2018 Should you #DeleteFaceBook?   Without turning this column into a link-fest, I’ll try to summarize this whole kerfuffle about Facebook for you and give you some options.   In 2014, a developer created a personality quiz for Facebook. More than a quarter of million people installed the app. Just like any other Facebook developer, this guy had access to data about the people that installed the personality quiz,

Your digital legacy and before Google

Tech Talk #73 – Mar. 17, 2018 Your digital legacy and before Google Part of being a grown-up is facing the fact we won’t be here forever. Most people are familiar with wills and family trusts as instruments of helping your loved ones know what do when you die. Wills and family trusts make it clear what your wishes are.   You do have a will, right? If not, get one. While you’re at it,