In this second of eight installments about my travels, I finish helping a Windows Secrets reader decluttering his Startup folder, sorting out an IP address issue, and testing his laptop’s firewall.
In Part One last week, I described the beginning of my first Housecall (a free, day-long PC tune-up and tech session given to four contest winners).
In the first of eight columns on my motorcycle tour of the U.S. and Canada, I describe my
findings with a reader in the American West.
Unfortunately, this reader had a problem with his Temp folder.
There’s some highly questionable advice about Vista out on the Web. Take it
with a grain of salt.
You’ll get a much better idea of what Vista’s really like ignoring the most
extreme commentaries for and against the new operating system.
readers are talented ghostbusters!
proven time and time again in the Windows Secrets reader mail, and
was shown once more in the discussion on preventing and removing
Microsoft is busy working on Vista Service Pack 1, and while the company
would prefer you not know about it right now, there is some advance insight
This week, I show you where to get a sneak peak into what Vista SP1
is likely to contain.
A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent
Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.
Mark Joseph Edwards
Encryption isn’t any good if it can be easily cracked.
You need to use the best encryption available, which currently means using
WPA2. This week, I explain WPA2 and why you should take a layered approach
Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.
If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!
Free online tools can help speed your downloads and Web browsing.
First, use a free connection analyzer to find out exactly what your optimum settings
should be. Then, use a free tweaking tool to actually make the changes.
The Internet is useful, and fun, as long as you keep it safe.
Kids are bound to be attracted to the Internet, and many of them like
to chat with and e-mail friends, as well as make new friends. This week,
I’ll tell you how to monitor their instant-messaging use to ensure
your children aren’t falling into a predator’s trap.