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Issue #625: July 14-20, 2019

Q: I have a Sony VAIO computer with Windows 7. I have the Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12.0 that I plan on using for editing of some mini-VHS tapes I plan on transferring to disc and up-loading for editing using my VAIO laptop. I received my Windows warning saying Windows 7 will no longer be […]

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Issue #624: July 7-13, 2019

Q: I have a HP running Windows 10. I use Outlook for e-mail. When I click on a link in an e-mail message, I am directed to my homepage rather than the link. I have a laptop using the same setup, but it works as it should. – Bill H.Niceville, Florida A: It always helps […]

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Issue #623: June 30 – July 6, 2019

Q: Where I live, the cable provider is Cox. I looked at new TVs and the Dish or DirecTV salesperson near mentioned Cox will not provide what’s necessary to receive all benefits of the new TV’s. I moved here from Missouri and had DishAnywhere. I miss not watching what I have recorded ANYWHERE and ANYPLACE. […]

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Issue #622: June 23-29, 2019

Q: I have avoided using any cloud to back up my files because I feel that if hackers can get into NSA and DoD they can also access any commercial cloud system. Are the commercial setups really safe? I am using my own cloud (external hard drives and large-capacity thumb drives) which can be cumbersome […]

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Issue #621: June 16-22, 2019

Q: My favorite database program (AskSam 7) cannot be updated. Its developer in Perry, Florida went out of business years ago. I held my breath when installing it from its CD on my new computers (both Windows 10), but it has worked well. I am concerned that a Microsoft Windows 10 update will disable AskSam. […]

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Issue #620: June 9-15, 2019

In today’s issue, I’d like to recount a couple of true tales of technological horror. Well, potential horror, and one of which I personally prevented. My keyboard is starting to heat up from all the alliteration, so I’ll stop that for now. Seriously though, these are cautionary tales from which everyone can take away a […]

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Issue #619: June 2-8, 2019

Q: I currently have a Dell computer with an I3 processor. If I go up to an I5 processor which has a faster speed, will the web pages load up faster, or is the higher speed just for up/downloads? Thank you for your column. – John S.Niceville, Florida A: Your question actually implies more unasked […]

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Issue #618: May 25 – June 1, 2019

Q: I am receiving emails that are intended for another Marion McCleann. She has the same name as me, but lives in Texas. I have been getting very personal emails of hers from banks, lawyers, pharmacies, online ordering, etc. I have even received a first draft of her will sent by her attorney. One email […]

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Issue #617: May 19-25, 2019

Q: Sure wish they would run your column in the Panama City News Herald. I pick up the weekend Daily News and saw your article about internet scams. Here is one that is messing with folks here trying to find a place to live: rentbeforebuying.com. Just do a good search for that and read the […]

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Issue #616: May 12-18, 2019

Q: I keep all my financial records in a program I wrote in 1988, using dBASE III file structure (.dbf) and compiled it with Clipper, DOS version. I run it on old hardware under Windows XP. My other computers are 64-bit hardware and I cannot run the .exe program nor open the files on them. […]

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