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Back to school apps

Summer has come to a close and the color of fall and brisk mornings will be upon us soon. For some, this is their favorite time of year. For students, it means back to school, new responsibilities, time to buckle down and get back in the groove of things. My wife and I were excited […]

Technology can be a pain in the neck

Every day we go about our lives seamlessly incorporating more and more technology. Desktop computer sales are down and cellular phones and tablet devices are dominating. Very few of us can go a few hours without checking our phones and we continually rely on our mobile devices for communication, information and entertainment. Research suggests that […]

The great file migration

There are many things to consider when purchasing a new computer, but migrating your data from your old computer to your new one is likely one of the most challenging. There are many different methods to accomplish this, and I want to share what I believe to be the simplest approach. Most people want to […]

Boy daydreaming about a smart lightbulb

Digital assistants

Last month we left off talking about home automation, in particular, personal digital assistants such as Amazon’s Echo, powered by Alexa, and Google Home. Although these devices can automate functionality in your home, and help make it more efficient, this past month I found out the hard way they can be a little too efficient. […]

Hard Drive

Are you protected?

Richard Beutel writes: “I read your article in Illinois Country Living and have a question. Currently, I have two automatic backups using Goodsync software – one is on a three minute delay to a portable hard drive, and the second backs up once a week to a hard drive on my Linksys router and shows […]

Ransomware

Not too long ago a friend of mine called me and said he had clicked on something he shouldn’t have. Suddenly there was a message on the screen claiming all the files on his computer were now encrypted and to get the files back, a large sum of money would need to be paid promptly […]

How to spot a scam

In just a few easy steps, you too can become a millionaire! If you follow these simple instructions, and pay a low monthly price of $29.95, you will be on your way to turning your life around! Sound too good to be true? How about this one? Hello sir/ma’am, this is your electric utility calling […]

Routine maintenance

According to most automobile manufacturers, you should follow these general recommendations for regularly scheduled maintenance. Every 3,000-7,000 miles the oil and oil filter should be replaced. Every 15,000-30,000 replace the air filter and the fuel filter, and inspect brake pads. Every 35,000-50,000 miles replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires. For the most part, […]

Track it

“I’m not lost, I’m right where I’m standing” is one of my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh. Are you forgetful? There’s a new technology that is making its way into the hands of many. Over the last couple of years, we have seen several small, key fob sized tracking devices hit the market. These […]

Simplifying your digital photo storage

There are some tasks that can be downright terrifying when it comes to technology. One of those is photo management. After all, our photos are one of the most precious files we keep. I have even found myself struggling with this task from time to time as devices come and go and space to store […]