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Dated Data

By   /  December 2, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

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Tweet                 This week’s question comes from a high school student who recently turned in a research paper in a social studies class and lost grade points because the data that he used was from an outdated Website.  As it turns out the main source of his report was a news article that was dated [...]

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Help! I’m Stranded!

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet   “Having a great trip to London until I was mugged and lost all my money and credit cards.  Stranded here and need money: please help!”  What a start to an email and what should we do when we get one with a similar story? First of all be assured that your Aunt Lucy [...]

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Power Browsing

By   /  November 21, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet                   Sometimes questions unasked can be significant. I often run into these when working on site with a client. I’ll do something on their PC and they’ll say “Stop, what was that? I didn’t know you could do that!” They simply didn’t know to ask the question. Quite often I notice that clients [...]

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Let’s make a movie!

By   /  November 11, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet                   Recently a family member asked me to create a video to celebrate the childhood and early adulthood of two young people who were about to be married. Pictures of the bride and groom at various ages had been collected along with some while they were dating. Some musical themes had been chosen. [...]

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Free is Good!

By   /  November 9, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet                   Regular readers of this column know that one of my favorite kinds of software is “free” software, whether it’s for a desktop PC or an iPad or a smart phone.  By” free” I mean literally, not trial software or membership based, but just plain free.  This week I want to recommend one [...]

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Musings Around Town

By   /  October 31, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet     One of the things I enjoy most about writing this column is my interaction with readers. Some feedback comes from e-mailed questions that you send to geekspeak@mchsi.com and some from conversations as I run into you around town. Many in depth comments come from clients that I’m working with while solving an [...]

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Making Steve Proud

By   /  October 27, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Tweet                   Much has already been written about the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, so I’ll not cover his many accomplishments nor how his leadership shaped the electronics industry. What I want to look at is the company that he left as a legacy and speculate about the kinds of changes that we [...]

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Security Base

By   /  October 18, 2011  /  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 hard to answer all your questions about PC security in one column but let me just list the bases that have to be covered to keep your family or small business computers and network safe. I’ll deal with them from the standpoint of minimums and you can decide for yourself if you [...]

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What’s App?

By   /  October 10, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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Tweet Hey what’s up with all these apps? What is an app anyway? Well from its root, app comes from application which is a software program that runs within the Operating System of a computer. The OS is also software, but it’s like the main overseer of all the other software and the hardware as [...]

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Google’s big britches

By   /  October 4, 2011  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

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

Tweet Is Google getting too big for its britches? Their latest big project, Google + is targeting social networking giant Facebook. Wow! Did they bite off too much? Will this be their comeuppance? Guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one. Let’s take a quick look at some history before we bet against [...]

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