Author Archives: Michael Lasky
Sure, Windows PCs can do a lot on their own, but add one of the new smart peripherals and their functionality can expand way beyond your desktop. I took a trio of such versatile products for test drives and found that each can extend your productivity and indulge your leisure-time wishes.Read More
Windows has always seemed a bit like that closet you’re afraid to open — over time, it mysteriously gets cluttered with obsolete data, orphaned programs, and miscellaneous fritterware. Here’s a fresh look at an exceptional software package that cleans your PC — and two valuable apps that can reduce printing costs and produce professional-quality portable documents.Read More
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.
In this time of tight budgets, paying to pay seems especially galling.
The good news is that many of us can use a free IRS service to calculate our contribution to the Feds — but you still have to do some homework.
Windows takes a back-row seat to everything Apple or tablet.
Or so it would seem. But beyond the hype, there was a wealth of interesting technology on display at CES.Read More
Upgrading to the latest hot, new technology has always included an element of risk.
But combining a trio of cutting-edge gadgets — Blu-ray, a USB 3.0 hard drive, and a streaming-media box — can transform your PC into the ultimate Windows Media Center machine, painlessly.Read More
Microsoft’s TechNet site, dubbed “Resources for IT Professionals,” is a rich repository of high-level geek talk plus tips for enterprise-class IT personnel.
But don’t let that reputation put you off — TechNet is also a gold mine of excellent tips and tricks for individual Windows users as well.Read More
There’s no shortage of services offering file sharing, synching, and collaboration through the Internet.
But one service stands out from the rest. Dropbox is one of those simple applications that, once installed, quickly become an indispensable part of your computing process.Read More
Promising explosive transfer rates — up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 — USB 3.0 is making its appearance in new PCs, external hard drives, and other devices.
With these new USB 3.0–compatible products rolling out and the standard set, there are just two barriers to its widespread deployment: lack of support in PC chipsets and in the Windows OS.Read More
Windows users might dismiss Apple’s new ultra-light, ultra-sleek iPad as just another frivolous toy for Mac heads.
But add remote-computing software and services, and the iPad’s combination of light weight and nicely sized screen makes Apple’s pad a dandy Windows terminal.Read More