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Issue #636: September 29 – October 5, 2019

Q: I have a Dell desktop running Windows 10. I leave it running and just hit the sleep button when I’m not using it. It always seems to be up to date, i.e. the various software updates are downloaded and installed and the process is transparent to me. When I check Updates and Security in […]

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Issue #635: September 22-28, 2019

Q: Some websites ask if I agree to “allow cookies”. What is good/bad about allowing this. – Spouse PeripheralNiceville, Florida A: In order to understand the answer, I think it’s important for everyone to understand the question. Specifically, exactly what cookies are, and what they do in the context of web browsing. Browser cookies were […]

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Issue #634: September 15-21, 2019

Q: I read your column every week however many times it is over my head. Anyway, my present desktop computer is just like me, old and slow. I am going to purchase a new desktop soon, with a solid-state hard drive and other normal upgrades. What is the best way to transfer all my data […]

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Issue #633: September 8-14, 2019

Q: One of my coworkers had their car broken into. The Sheriff’s Office was called and when a deputy arrived he warned them against using Apple Pay because his office has received a lot of complaints from people who have had their accounts hacked and money stolen. I was really surprised by that because Apple […]

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Issue #632: September 1-7, 2019

Q: Dear The Geek:  Unfortunately, I have Windows 10 and my software was converted to the “service,” Office 365. There are two problems: I can no longer directly open Outlook. 1.1 A notification states, “Outlook is closing,” in spite of Outlook notifications being set to “off.” Therefore, I have to open the task manager, search […]

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Issue #631: August 25-31, 2019

Q: I read your column every week and love it. You said recently you will address things outside of PC issues. I have one for TV’s connected to the internet. We have two TV’s (Element E2SW5018 and Vizio E400i-B2) and two wi-fi networks, thru WOW and Centurylink. Both are reliable. WOW is weaker strength cause […]

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Issue #630: August 18-24, 2019

Q: I recently received a message from Microsoft saying that as of Jan. 14, 2020, they will no longer support Windows 7, the operating system on my laptop. (Yes, it’s that old.) I opted not to update to Windows 10 when it was offered free because of all the bad reports. It goes on to […]

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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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