Goodbye and thank you

Goodbye and thank youHello to all my loyal readers This column has been running for almost 12 years now Since 5 March 2003 and over 225 articles I have covered everything from computer shortcuts and hints for your PC to how to set up a company on the internet I have received hundreds of emails from you over these years and always tried to answer them quickly and accurately Some were simple and easy to answer while some were impossible for me to solve But times change In 2003 there was no Twitter and no Facebook There was no WiFi and no Bluetooth There were no smartphones much less smart watches I am tired and a little burned out so this is my last column Again thank you one and all for being so loyal over all these years I want to finish by giving you many great shortcuts you may not know about or may not be using I find that using a shortcut just a few times and then I can remember it S

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Hardware reviews whats new and whats good

Hardware reviews whatrsquos new and whatrsquos goodHere is 2014rsquos latest and greatest computer hardware to make your computer life easier than ever before Huge hard drives incredible monitors lightweight but powerful laptops new CPUs amazing video cards water coolers and more Irsquove tried to find good prices for many of the items listed below but shop around I used bestbuycom for most of these prices Processors bull Highend Processor CPU Intel 30GHz Core i75960X HaswellE 8 Core 20MB cache You will need a socket 2011v3 mobo and DDR4 Ram US1022 bull MidRange Processor CPU Intel 4GHz Core i74790K Best for the money Does need DDR4 RAM US329 bull Budget Processor CPU AMD 40GHz FX8350 Black Edition Budget BUT with 8 Cores and high clock speed US150 Motherboard bull Motherboard Asus X99Deluxe Built in WIFI dual LAN ports SATA 6Gbps ports and more US3

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How great are Dual Monitors

How great are Dual Monitors Dual Monitors Good Reasons to Upgrade If youve ever wished for a bigger computer screen heres an even better idea Use a dual monitor or multi monitor setup to extend your desktop across two or more screens Both Windows and Mac computers have the ability to simulate one BIG screen using a dual or multi monitor configuration Adding a second monitor will be cheaper than upgrading to a supersize screen and there are other advantages too Ive used two monitors on my PC for many years My system has 19 inch AND 13 inch flatpanel monitors and I love it I set both monitors on my desk side by side and a bit of software magic creates the illusion of one giant screen I can open a website on one screen and a word processor on the other then copy and paste from one screen to another I can even open a spreadsheet and stretch it across the full width of both screens if I want Personally I find tha

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Is your computer running too hot

Is your computer running too hot Overheating ndash its enemy number one Signs of Overheating And What To Do I just got a new computer game that really uses the CPU to create all the fabulous visuals However after about 10 minutes I can feel the heat Electronic components in your computer and other devices generate heat The harder they work the more heat they generate But heat is the mortal enemy of all things electronic So its important to be alert to temperature spikes in your computer and take steps to cool it down when necessary How can you tell if your computer is overheating and what can you do to keep it from frying like an egg Sudden inexplicable shutdowns of your computer are often due to overheating Other symptoms of overheating include declining performance after running processorintensive tasks for several minutes or hours Games may run sluggishly video may skip and response to mous

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Keep your hard drive healthy and working for you

If you bought a hard drive just ten years ago, it was probably 120MB in size (that’s 120,000,000 bytes). Today, for the same price as that 120MB drive you would buy a 2TB (Terabyte) drive. That’s 2,000,000,000! That is over 16 times larger! And it would be the same physical size! So think about how […]

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Online Computer Repair and Fix-it-Yourself Options

A reader asked me: ‘My computer is acting kinda crazy. Do I have a virus or something. What can I do, there are no computer repair places near my home in west Bali?’ Here’s the scoop on remote computer repair services, and some free alternatives… Computer Repair on the Internet When your computer breaks down, […]

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Backup Your SmartPhone Text Messages

Backup Your Text Messages How many text messages are stored in your phone? Which ones are important enough to keep? What if some are deleted accidentally, or you lost your phone? You never know, so it’s a good idea to backup your text messages. But how? Here are some text message backup solutions for Android […]

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Your computer is running too slowly now

What to do when your computer is running slowly and driving you nuts! A friend emailed me: “I have a desktop computer with a 2.5GHz Pentium Dual Core CPU and 2GB of system memory. I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium. The computer occasionally slows down to a crawl. I think Outlook 2007 or IE — […]

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Reasons Why Computers Crash

Why Do Computers Crash? OMG! The worst thing possible has just happened to you. No, no one has died exactly. No person that is. But you turned on your computer (you know that thing that holds your life) and it just sat there like a piece of useless metal. Your computer has just CRASHED! Actually, […]

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Can you really be kicked off the internet?

Can You Really Get Kicked Off the Internet? After several years of negotiations and rumors, the music and film lobbyists have finally reached an agreement with Internet service providers to crack down on copyright violators. Effective March 1st 2013, the so-called ‘six strikes program’ went into effect. What is it, and what does it mean […]

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