Tag Archives: Software

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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Got my Chrome on — finally!

After a whole bunch of testing, tweaking, and head-banging, Google Chrome is now working on my Linux box. At issue was an nss file; I’m not real sure what it does, but it makes Chrome work. That’s all I need … Continue reading

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Chrome becomes headache on Linux box

I’ll admit it. I had my early misgivings about the Google Chrome browser when it was first coming out. Like, what’s Google doing in the software business? But after using Chrome a few times on Windows systems, it sort of … Continue reading

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Single-tasking rules with new text editors

Maybe it’s a longing for a simpler time, or the realization that your computer is loaded with distractions, but lately I’ve been seeing lot of text-editing programs designed to narrow your focus. Multitasking is out now. Welcome to the wonderful … Continue reading

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Can’t go outdoors? See weather virtually

You know about those frequent computer users, be they writers, gamers, cubicle residents, and programmers. They spend hours squinting at an LCD screen to the exclusion of everything else. For some, computers have become a handy alternative to real life. … Continue reading

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Chrome OS promising, but it’s more for the future

It won’t be ready for the general public for another year, but the sneak preview of the Google Chrome OS is generating quite a buzz. It may be a Windows-killer, some claim. It’ll put Linux on the map, say others. … Continue reading

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After rough start, Firefox marks fifth birthday

I never would have expected this. Firefox is five years old. Despite its promise from the jump, Firefox spent its beta period without any real identity. Literally. At first no one was really sure what to call it. For a … Continue reading

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Computer issues being resolved

I can say it now: The laptop is back among the living. Most of my software is back up. I’ve knocked off most of my to-do list. I’m writing this column on it, and soon I will upload it and … Continue reading

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Resurrecting laptop took plain & fancy fixes

OK. I think I’m back up and running. Was out of the loop for a few days; my main access to the Internet went south until I was able to fix it. This laptop is my mobile workhorse. Although I … Continue reading

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Scareware a big business, but fake virus ‘protection’ can be removed

Viruses and spyware are a real concern when you spend any time on the Internet, and some people are feeding on your fears for big bucks. But while there are quite a few legitimate anti-virus programs out there, there are … Continue reading

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