Personal or small-office printers have been fundamental components of our computing environment since the earliest PCs. But they can also be expensive and temperamental beasts.
With the growing prevalence of cloud computing, PDFs, and other means of handling digital documents, it’s time to re-evaluate your printing practices.
You might be shocked to learn that not all tech-support people are competent.
But then again, it’s likely you’ve already discovered that sad fact the hard way. Here’s what you need to know the next time you run into atrocious support.
In his July 14 Top Story, “Win7’s no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall,” Fred Langa explained how you can quickly and easily restore Windows 7 without losing your programs, drivers, and data.
That was great advice! (I could kick myself for not including it in my April 7 article, “Fix that problem without reinstalling Windows.”) But there are times when a complete, “destructive” reinstall is necessary — you just have to know when.
Last month, I told you about improvements in Microsoft Word 2010 that make the program a more organized and configurable writing environment.
This week, I tell you about improvements in Word that give you better, more centralized control of the appearance of your text and inserted images.
Many factors can exact a toll on Windows 7’s overall speed, but one of the front runners is Win7’s own built-in capacity for special effects and animation.
Fortunately, you can easily change options to mitigate the cost.
The newest version of Hotmail might not have Gmail’s cool factor, but it does have some new features worth a second look.
Find out how Windows Live Hotmail stands up to Gmail in terms of spam filtering, security features, and social-networking integration.
I liked Microsoft Office 2010 when I first tried it out last year, but it didn’t seem like a huge improvement over the previous version.
I was wrong — especially about Word, the Office application I use the most.
Okay, so you were just going to run downstairs for a moment and let the dog out. But once downstairs, you find other distractions — and besides, it’s such a nice afternoon.
Meanwhile, upstairs that report is not getting done and your computer slips gently into sleep mode. No harm done, right?
Keeping your personal financial information safe from cyber thieves doesn’t require a ban on online shopping and banking — it just requires care.
Follow these tips and you should be okay — even if you take the riskier path of banking by cell phone.
Many of us spend long hours at our workplaces and have little time to conduct the chores of our personal lives, so we bank or shop using the computer system at work.
But that relatively innocent use of company resources in minutes here or there is riskier than many people think — to our jobs and to our personal data.