The holidays are a dangerous time. It’d be nice if the season of cheer was all happiness and joy but, unfortunately, there are malicious people out there who will capitalize on your good spirits to scam you out of a lot of money. If you think you’re safe from scams just because you’re safe at home behind a computer screen, think again.
The basic idea of a scam is always the same: trickery and deceit. We’ve covered this topic before with subjects ranging from Craigslist scams to free gift card scams toonline marketing scams. The difference here is that people tend to drop their guard during the holidays, resulting in emotional vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited.
Keep these tips in mind and stay alert, or you may end up regretting it.
Here’s one more reason for everyone to hate Mondays. They’re supposedly the busiest days for email spam, that frustrating stream of unsolicited emails about weight loss, Viagra, million-dollar lotteries, and what not.
It might be next to impossible to stop spam completely, but it’s certainly possible to reduce its flow to a trickle. We have already covered ways to tackle Facebook spam ,Twitter spam, and spam from friends. In this post, we’ll tell you how to control email spam.
Unfortunately, the option to stop unwanted emails from piling up in your inbox is not available as a one-click solution. It is more of a bunch of different measures that you can take as part of your Web usage. We have outlined some of the important ones below.
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Summary: If you’re a Windows power user, you probably have a collection of favorite tweaks to make the OS run faster and work better. If one of those tips involves moving the default user profiles folder, you’re setting yourself up for heartache, as several Windows 8.1 upgraders have found out the hard way.
Windows enthusiasts just love to tweak their systems.
Through the years, the Windows community has built up an impressive body of tips and tricks designed to squeeze extra performance out of a stock installation of Windows. Unfortunately, some of those tweak have unintended consequences.
This week, as I was corresponding with early adopters of Windows 8.1, I ran into a perfect example of a tweak you shouldn’t make. A reader posted this comment in the Talkback section of another post and, for good measure, emailed it to me as well:
Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? If you don’t know the answer to that, you should — Windows Update keeps Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes, ensuring your computer is as secure as possible. However, Windows Update can also cause problems — particularly by nagging you to reboot when you’re trying to use your computer and automatically restarting your computer overnight.
While Windows Update can be obnoxious, it keeps your computer secure and is well worth using. It can also be made less obnoxious with a few quick settings changes.
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How Dual Band Routers Can Solve Your Wireless Woes
by Kannon Yamada
The majority of problems experienced with WiFi network connectivity arises from the wireless router. Most of the time, the problem can be traced back to the cheap modem-router combinations that telecommunications companies like AT&T and Comcast foist off on their customers. While these units provide cheap Internet connectivity, they often don’t provide better connection speeds than 802.11g, colloquially referred to as “wireless g”. Since the release of 802.11g in 2003, wireless standards rocketed past even wireless-G’s successor, 802.11n.
The newest standard today is 802.11ac, which adds not just increased transfer speeds but also better connectivity. To get the most out of the latest wireless standards, however, you need a wireless adapter with the 802.11n or 802.11ac technology in addition to a router capable of providing such speeds.
Over the past year, I’ve used Windows 8 on more than 20 different PCs. Over the past three months, I’ve upgraded a dozen or so of those devices to the Windows 8.1 Preview and, more recently, to the Windows 8.1 RTM code.
Now, when I say used, I’m not counting devices where I had a few minutes of hands-on time at a tradeshow. That total includes devices I spent quality hands-on time with, for at least days and often weeks or months. In every case, it was long enough to get a solid overview and a feeling for the relative strengths and weaknesses of a very wide range of devices.
I’ve also spent lots of time working with end users at all skill levels, listening to their feedback and helping them adjust to the sometimes steep Windows 8.x learning curve. In this post and the accompanying image gallery, I want to share some of those experiences and the lessons I’ve learned.
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Don’t forget Tuesday at 11:30 is Lunch Bunch.
We meet the 4th Tuesday every month at the El Sarape Mexican restaurant.
The address is 1200 Cooper Point Road.
Discussion is open to any subject. It does not have to be computer related.
Just eat and talk. See you there.
Here is a contribution by our member Walter R. Jorgensen about his transition report.
It’s available in a PDF format.
I’ve just received a Microsoft notice that I’m having problems with my hard disk. I have a Windows 7 Dell desktop with a Disk name ST31500341AS ATA Device.
I’ve just backed up the disk. Does anyone have any suggestions to whom I should contact about this?
If you have some ideas for Howard, please let him know.