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Issue #613: April 21-27, 2019

Q: I have an older computer (HP Pavilion Slimline) that I have had since 2009. It has Windows 7. The computer suits my wife and I just fine as we use it for emails, ordering on-line and general internet access. It also has Windows Live Mail 2011 version. I have noticed for a long time […]

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Issue #612: April 14-20, 2019

Q: I just read today’s article (Geek Note: I.G.T.M. #609, March 24, 2019) about the Microsoft scam (which I have received several times). Yesterday I received four calls on my cell with my own cell number showing on caller ID. I answered the first one and heard a recorded message about my IP address being […]

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Issue #611: April 7-13, 2019

Q: I have years of emails and addresses too. First: what is the best way to back them up? Second: How can I read what I saved when in a different program? Supposedly, these files belong to me when on my personal computer but it seems I can’t do much with them unless I stay […]

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Issue #610: March 31 – April 6, 2019

Q: I belong to a group that plays golf together and receive a group e-mail with tee times. One person replied to all from his government computer and for some reason thought it necessary to encrypt his e-mail. I have been trying for two years to delete it and have failed while a receiving a […]

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Issue #609: March 24-30, 2019

Q: This afternoon I received a phone call from 844-567-5237 claiming to represent windows and mac software fixes. He said every time I log on I am contaminating the web. I want to find out what they are up to. He wanted me to type an address into my laptop to repair all the damage […]

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Issue #608: March 17-23, 2019

Q: About half the time when I try to shutdown, (I know I am still old school and like to shut down at night) the computer restarts instead of shutting down. I attempt the shutdown by first clicking the windows button in the lower left. Then click the power button and select “Shut down”. I […]

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Issue #607: March 10-16, 2019

Q: I’m a Florida snowbird from Minnesota.  I attended your appearance at the NW Florida State College Computer Tech Expo, and asked you a question about this issue.  You asked me to submit it to your column, so here it is. I’m thinking about buying a new computer.  I’ve run into a new type of […]

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Issue #606: March 3-9, 2019

Q: Just read your article about switching emails (Geek Note: I.G.T.M #599, January 13-19, 2019). Could you give some guidance on switching telephones?  I no longer use or need my home phone but I’ve had the number for many years and many people don’t have my cell number. I currently use Ooma which is inexpensive […]

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Issue #605: February 24 – March 2, 2019

Q: Is it possible to block email from “phishing” type email addresses? If so, how can this best be accomplished? If it is not possible, are there any federal or state agencies that regulate the internet in any ways that make these types of activities unlawful? If so, to what websites or email addresses should […]

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Issue #604: February 17-23, 2019

Q: I record the audio of meetings for a community organization. I use a PC laptop and third-party software that records a .wav file. I then convert the .wav file to .mp3 and place it on a website as a downloadable file. Depending on the length of the meeting this file can get quite large, […]

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