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Issue #629: August 11-17, 2019

Q: You explain computer issues very well, but I don’t know if you get into texting and cell phone issues, as I couldn’t find any in past columns. If you do, here are several questions.  My wife has an iPhone and is trying to get proficient in texting, but we have a lot to learn. […]

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Issue #628: August 4-10, 2019

Q: How can you select reliable on-line assistance? Is there a database of tested reliable help that you can safely use remote access such as Let Me In? – Mary R.Shalimar, Florida A: As often happens here at It’s Geek To Me, your inquiry implies the need for additional information about which you didn’t explicitly […]

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Issue #627: July 28 – August 3, 2019

Q: I am debating whether to get a DVR to watch movies or using a streaming service to get my fix. The influx of choices has made it very confusing? And what exactly are Fire Sticks and Roku? Thank you. – Alicia P.Fort Walton Beach, Florida A: Oh, sweet! A non-computer, non “my tech doesn’t […]

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Issue #626: July 21-27, 2019

Q: About two minutes after I boot up my laptop (or wake it up) the disk usage goes to 95-100% (as seen in the Task Manager Process tab) and stays there for 10-15 minutes. During this time, the computer is useless. I’ve been fighting this for over a year. Now I just come in from […]

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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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