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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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Life Sentence, Man Sought Sex with 7-Year-Old

By   /  March 21, 2011  /  Crime, Sex Offenders  /   Comments

Tweet     ATLANTA—RUSSELL E. WORSHAM, 44, of Macon, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge J. Owen Forrester to serve the rest of his life in federal prison on the charge of using the Internet to attempt to entice a child to engage in sexual activity. “This defendant trolled the Internet searching [...]

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Miscellaneous questions

By   /  December 16, 2009  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Tweet Yes Virginia. there is a new Operating System from Windows that works? Quite well thank you! I do recommend Windows 7 Home Premium or better. It is, as one tech writer wrote “What Vista should have been”; shades of Windows ME, a road bump on the way to Win XP. A client asked this [...]

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On online shopping: Be a safe Santa!

By   /  December 11, 2009  /  Geek Speak, News  /   Comments

Tweet It’s time to update our knowledge base about online shopping. There’s not much time left and you must allow for shipping. I suggest getting online orders in by Dec. 14 unless you are just ordering gift cards or certificates. I’m convinced that online shopping can be as safe as shopping in a store, as [...]

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Intro to Wolfram Alpha

By   /  December 8, 2009  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Tweet I read a lot of techie articles, newsfeeds and blogs to research this column. I explore the latest technologies so that I can keep my readers informed. When I began this column I promised to give you just enough information to serve your needs without a lot of jargon, acronyms and other complications. Let [...]

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Computer Antivirus Protection is essential

By   /  November 20, 2009  /  Geek Speak, News  /   Comments

Tweet Each week in this column I answer your technology questions in a way that hopefully makes your life easier and your interaction with techie things less complicated. Sometimes your unspoken questions seem more important to me than the spoken ones. Let me explain. For example, clients bring me PCs with various ailments that they [...]

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Picasa tops for pictures

By   /  November 13, 2009  /  Geek Speak, News  /   Comments

Tweet About a year ago, I told you about some exciting new features in Picasa 3. Well, they’ve done it again! They’ve added a new feature in version 3.5 called “name tags” that uses face recognition software to distinguish different people in your pictures. First you must identify the person and give them a name. [...]

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Java what?

By   /  October 7, 2009  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Tweet I try to avoid questions that lead to geeky answers, but sooner or later I must have a go at those that recur repeatedly. This week, I’ll try to explain Java Scripting. Even if I don’t do a good job, I’ll still tell you how to confirm whether you have it and if not, [...]

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Geek Speak: Hoax or real threat? Debunking computer threats.

By   /  September 17, 2009  /  Geek Speak, News  /   Comments

Tweet How can you spot a hoax from a real threat when you receive an email from a trusted friend? Worse yet how can you protect yourself from what appears to be a safe site or link when it actually is compromised? Turns out it’s easier to debunk a hoax than it is to keep [...]

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Geek Speak: Top Five Web Freebies

By   /  September 9, 2009  /  Geek Speak, News  /   Comments

Tweet This week’s column is one that I plan to make an annual affair. It’s my five favorite freebies. To qualify, I have chosen only programs that are truly free and readily down-loadable and those that I use every day. There are other freeware programs that I highly recommend, but maybe they only get occasional [...]

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