Windows 7 nagging, smartphone diagnostics

Tech Talk #102 – Apr 27, 2019 Windows 7 nagging Microsoft won’t stop supporting Windows 7 (Win7) until January of next year, but Win7 machines will soon start seeing popup messages warning of the end of support. After support ends, Win7 computers will be increasingly vulnerable to security problems. Developers will eventually leave those old PCs behind and stop writing software that works on Win7, as we’ve seen with Windows XP. The popup window has

Smartphone location data

Tech Talk #101 – Apr 13, 2019 Everybody wants the location data in your smartphone. Your carrier, your phone’s operating system, even the apps running on your phone. But why? Why does Verizon, AT&T, Apple, Google, or Candy Crush care so much about where you are? You ask the hard questions, don’t you? Okay, here we go. The carriers (Verizon, AT&T, and the rest) need to know where your phone is so they don’t drop

Chrome password checkup, ji32k7au4a83, 12-inch extension cords

Tech Talk #100 – Mar 30, 2019 Chrome password checkup Every time we hear about a data breach somewhere, we know that a new bunch of usernames and passwords were just stolen and are about to be used against us. Somehow, and by somebody. But how do you tell if YOUR email address and or password was stolen? You can always check by going to and enter your info, but wouldn’t it handy to

Self-driving cars

Tech Talk #99 – Mar 16, 2019 Self-driving cars: the media (whether, for you, that means reading web sites, reading physical papers/magazines, or listening to the radio) seems to be telling us that self-driving cars are finally here. Or that those self-driving cars are almost here. Or even that self-driving cars will never be here. So, who’s right? Technically, everybody. Newer cars come with many driver-assist technologies like making sure you’re in your lane, blind

Inkjet vs. laser, streaming radio

Inkjet vs. lasers You’re probably tired of your printer telling you it’s out of black, magenta, yellow, or cyan ink. And you’re also probably tired of paying the high price of printer cartridges. And once the insatiable thirst for ink is fixed, your inkjet printer is slow, too. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some other way to print out stuff at home? The next time your printer tells you it’s out of ink,

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