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To update, or not to update…

By   /  August 6, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   To update or not; that is the question.  “I keep getting all these pop-ups that want me to update stuff and I never know what to do.  Which ones should I do?” I’ve heard this many times over the years and could never answer satisfactorily.  I usually tell people to accept the Windows [...]

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Tablet Wars

By   /  July 29, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

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Tweet                Tablet wars are heating up appropriate to the season.  As the sidewalks sizzle, so do tablet sales.  What’s all the fuss?  What is a tablet anyway?  It’s a computer!  It’s a toy? It’s both and it can be used for some work even though at present most uses lean to the entertainment end [...]

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By   /  July 22, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet This week’s question comes from a reader who wants to replace an old Win XP computer but wonders if she should wait until the Win 8 versions come out in October.  My short answer is no!   Yes I know there are some tech experts advising you to wait, but hear me out. First of [...]

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Online shopping

By   /  July 15, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

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Tweet                This week’s question is about online shopping.  What are the benefits and is it safe?  It is super convenient and affords easy comparison shopping and you can make it safe(r).  There are opportunities for fraud and theft online, but you can limit your exposure by being alert and cautious. Let’s start with convenience.  [...]

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Internet Doomsday, July 9

By   /  June 24, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   Internet Doomsday!  DCWG! What’s all the fuss?  This week’s question comes from a retired high school principal who wants to know if DCWG is legit.  Yes it is and a very helpful site to help you determine if you are part of the DNS Changer Trojan infection that is in the news and [...]

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Grandma was slow but…

By   /  June 17, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   Grandma was slow, but…You remember the saying.  But why is your computer so slow?  This remains one of my top 5 questions from clients and readers of this column.  Let’s break this question down to three parts:  the computer itself can be slow, due to hardware or software issues;  your network can be [...]

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Friends don’t spam friends

By   /  June 10, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   “But, I just opened an email from a friend of mine and…”  The first indication that anything was wrong was when you got a call from a friend of yours complaining about an email he’d just received from you.  “Your email account must have been hacked because I really don’t believe you meant [...]

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What’s up with this crap?

By   /  June 3, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet I read several technology columns every week (day, month) and one guru that I have followed for 12 to 14 years is Bob Rankin.  I read his posts and newsletters not only for technical knowledge but also for his style and his penchant for saying the truth.  This week he nails another techie pet [...]

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Let’s make a movie

By   /  May 27, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   It’s that time of year again.   Graduations, vacations and lots of weddings mean you’ll want to capture and display those memories for posterity.  This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to make a slide show or video of her son’s memories to be played at his graduation party.  She wanted software [...]

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Web Mail

By   /  May 13, 2012  /  Geek Speak, Opinion  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                   Last week I hope I convinced most of you Win XP holdouts to at least consider transitioning to Windows 7sometime this year.  Maybe I should tiptoe around this next issue, but I feel I must talk to you about one more change, real soon.  I did try to nudge you on this [...]

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