Author Archives: Woody Leonhard
With nearly every news outlet — along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — calling for its removal from PCs, who wouldn’t worry about running Java on their computer? Fortunately, there are steps every Windows user can take to lessen the chances of being bitten by a Java exploit.Read More
Over the holiday break, three people sent me panic messages asking about an antivirus product that was demanding money to fix their computers. If my admittedly small sample is any indication, the venerable and virulent “System Progressive Protection” rogueware is back with new infection methods to delight us all. Oh boy.Read More
Here you are, faced with a new Windows 8 computer — a gift, perhaps, or maybe a machine you have to get going for a friend or family member. What on earth do you do with it? How do you start without, uh, Start? Let me take you through eight easy steps toward Win8 enlightenment.Read More
Curious about your Internet speed? Most Internet service providers (ISPs) offer some sort of throughput test tool on their sites — just click, and you’ll get a couple of often-impressive numbers. It’s in an ISP’s interest to provide the best speed numbers possible; your actual throughput is probably something quite different.Read More
For those venturing into Windows 8, one of the first surprises during the installation process is a request for your Microsoft account. Providing your account name is optional, but doing so has numerous implications that extend beyond Windows 8.Read More
Win8 is unique among Windows versions; every experienced Windows user will feel significant disorientation on that first journey into the new OS.
I call it “Metro vertigo.” To get you off on the right foot, here’s a one-hour intro to Win8 that will get you up to speed with minimal frustration.
I asked many computer salespeople about Windows 8 — and was truly shocked at inaccurate information provided about the new OS. Few knew the key differences between versions, and almost all offered “advice” that was way off the mark.Read More
Windows 8 has taken it on the chin for all sorts of transgressions — both real and imagined — but for one application, it’s an excellent option. As a home or small-office server, it might be just the excuse you need to take advantage of Microsoft’s discounted Win8 pricing.Read More
Last week, Microsoft released Windows 8 RTM to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and companies with volume licenses and Software Assurance. So a lot of people are getting a look at the final Windows 8 version. However, we’ve not seen much about its lighter compatriot — Windows RT.Read More
Last week, Microsoft unveiled Outlook.com, a replacement for the venerable Hotmail that doesn’t look or act anything like the Hotmail you know. Like Hotmail, Outlook.com is a free Web-based mail service — but with a hint of Metro-things to come.Read More