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Issue #720: May 9-15, 2021

Geek Note: The following came about as a result of a reader query and subsequent e-mail exchange.  I took a few liberties in editing to present them as a question and an answer, but I don’t want to falsely take credit for the solution.  In the end, the reader solved his own problem, and was […]

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Issue #719: May 2-8, 2021

I’m going to take a break from answering questions this week to talk about an issue that affects every single one of us, and that’s passwords.  Industry studies, as well as my own personal experience show that most people simply do not take seriously the issue of securing themselves with strong, hard to guess, frequently […]

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Issue #718: April 25 – May 1, 2021

Q: I have been having issues with attempting to access Facebook after failing to remember my old password.  I stumbled without success through many attempts at following messages sent to help with obtaining a new password.  After a few days I am now not able to access Messenger.  I am completely lost with what I […]

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Issue #717: April 18-24, 2021

Q: For about two weeks, I have had a problem with the e-edition of the Daily News. When I click the e-edition it’s a blank page that says to clear my cookies, and that I have re-directed too many times. I can bring it up all day but if I try after 6:00 p.m. I […]

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Issue #716 – Publication Week: April 11-17, 2021

Q: I am a long-time computer user. As I have grown older, my eyesight has diminished. Websites always use a light, sometimes blue, type on their pages. The same with email correspondents who use small, hard-to-read type. Is there any way to adjust my Windows 10 to make my screen more readable? Otherwise, what is […]

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Issue #714: April 4-10, 2021

Q: My HP laptop’s wireless connection frequently drops, sometimes after being in sleep mode; other times while using the Internet (and occasionally after “your internet connection is unstable” appears on my screen). All Windows and HP updates are current. I’ve tried changing power settings, checking for new device drivers, and disconnecting/reconnecting the modem and router. […]

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Issue #714: Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2021

Q:  Does any place take small batteries (AA, AAA, D, etc) for disposal or recycle? I have a gallon size ziplock full! What about laptop batteries? – Mike J.New Orleans, Louisiana A:  Assuming that you’re asking about ordinary residential/consumer grade batteries formulated from alkaline, manganese, and carbon-zinc, you might be surprised to hear that these […]

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Issue #713: March 21-27, 2021

Q: One of my favorite online games – and a major time-waster – is the webpage “Cat Bowling” which has been a Halloween-themed game for years ( Sadly, since Adobe Flash is now dead and buried, I don’t seem to be able to play the game anymore. Do I have any work-arounds or other options to […]

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Issue #712: March 14-20, 2021

Q: I have a basic question. I finally feel the need to back up my hard drive.  I don’t need all of it, probably just documents, pictures, maybe email. I don’t want to spend much on an extra hard drive, hopefully not more than $100. Can this be done on a flash drive? I need […]

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Issue #711: March 7-13, 2021

Looks like it’s Mac Week at It’s Geek To Me, as two viable Mac-related questions just happened to show up in my queue within a few days of each other.   As my regular readers know, I’m not much of a Mac user, so as I tend to do in cases like these, I rely heavily […]

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