Category Archives: Computer hacks

Stop checking your email so much!

More stress. Less focus. Not a good deal at all, is it? So turn off the popup notifier, and designate two times during your workday to check and process email. Here’s the story, from Mediabistro: http://www.mediabistro.com/mediajobsdaily/new-study-reveals-constantly-checking-emails-increases-stress-reduces-focus_b11462

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Are your old programs, files threatening computer security?

Not long ago I acquired a full-sized laptop, which immediately became my frontline home computer. My old desktop (emphasis on old) went into a dignified semiretirement as an always-on music server linked up to the stereo. But that’s another story. … Continue reading

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New sites, old browser: How do they look?

I got a real kick out of a humor site that showed videos of how our most popular Internet stops would look in another era. Like picture Facebook done up in all its Windows 95 glory, or Twitter as little … Continue reading

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Why I keep using my ‘obsolete’ netbook

I love my electronic toys, so it stands to reason I’d be running over people in line to get an iPad or one of those tablet-type computers. While this may change at some point (witness my heavy smartphone use after … Continue reading

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Making my first computer work: Staples and hanging wires

I’m seeing occasional articles about how the computer has evolved over the past couple of decades (as if anyone really needs any reminders), and I got to thinking about my 1995 setup. That was kind of a watershed year for … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting: It’s an art

I’ve been knowing this man called Pcunix for about a year. We began reading each other’s stuff on Hubpages, and we regularly follow each other’s literary meanderings. In the interest of making things work, I must share his recent piece … Continue reading

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Android adjustments 2: Preserving battery life

An Android phone puts many functions of a full-sized computer in a package you can stick in your pocket, but there’s a trade-off. It sure is a hog for power. That’s one of the first things I noticed with my … Continue reading

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Android adjustments 1: Using your phone as a USB drive

As I get more accustomed to my fancy new phone, I’m learning some of its capabilities and limitations, plus a few tricks on the side. i will share some of these over the next few entries. So if you have … Continue reading

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Is Overclocking Over?

The upshot: Computers are faster, and there’s less need to push the envelope on what they can do. Or so Slashdot suggests. Too bad. Overclocking (even the little bit that I do with my little netbook without custom parts) is … Continue reading

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