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Don’t fear the cloud

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a friend over “cloud” computing, and her expressed fear of the technology surprised me. After we talked a bit, it became evident her biggest concern was simply not understanding what the “cloud” was, or how it functioned. After all, the news is quick to point out any instances of data ...Read More


Child safety with mobile technology

Speaking as a father, I have always struggled with finding a balance between ensuring my children have access to technology, while also maintaining a healthy amount of “outside time.” After all, my generation grew up without phones, computers and tablets, and we somehow survived. Still, parents these days find themselves faced with the dilemma of making sure their children don’t ...Read More


Keeping children safe from online predators

Too often in the news we hear of child predators, and many times the stories reference online activity as a starting point where the predator first came into contact with the child. For that reason, I am often asked by parents what they can do to keep their children safe online.  Some people say they simply do not allow their ...Read More


Reducing e-waste

In keeping with the theme of this month’s feature article, let’s talk about recycling. Specifically, what do you do with e-waste? E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to all of those old electrical devices out there either already discarded, or waiting to be discarded. Many electronic devices now have such a shortened lifespan, the amount of them hitting the trash has ...Read More


Windows 8 tips

Last month I promised to include some Windows 8 tips in this month’s column. But first, let’s talk about a question I received from a reader concerning my advice on which operating system to buy. Basically, it boils down to some confusion over Windows 8 versus Windows 8.1. Specifically, the question was which one of those two operating systems would ...Read More


Ask Ed

Dick from Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. writes to ask: My wife and I follow your articles and would appreciate your advice on which desktop operating system might be best for us. Currently, we have Windows XP and an old Dell computer. We have just learned that our bank will soon stop supporting any operating system less than Windows 7, so we will be ...Read More


Hands off!

You had to know it was coming. With the ban on texting while driving put in place just a few years back, it was inevitable that a ban on cell phone use would soon follow. This month Illinois sees that new law take effect to ensure motorists are safe on the roadway; but there are exceptions. For instance, law enforcement ...Read More


Microsoft telephone scam

Cyber criminals are all the rage these days. You see them in the news with talks about the group Anonymous and the information leaks from Edward Snowden. Did you know that the FBI even has a “Cyber’s Most Wanted List?” And, it all boils down to one thing: money. Those running scams of this sort may speak loudly about freedom ...Read More


There’s a box for that

Can you believe it’s November already? If you’re like me, you aren’t even close to being done shopping for gifts for the coming holiday season. I’m going to try to get started sooner this year though, and not wait until December 23rd before trying to get everything done in a last-minute panic. In that vein, let’s look at a category ...Read More


The tablet dilemma

Last month I received several responses from readers. Thank you so much for taking the time to write in. Several of you had the same question, so this column will try to answer those specifically. Q: Joseph from Jo-Carroll Energy asks, “I enjoy reading your column. Could you please give some advice on purchasing a new tablet?” A: Definitely! In ...Read More