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Look to the Clouds

By   /  July 1, 2012  /  Uncategorized  /  Comments Off

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

Tweet     I’ve answered questions about working in the cloud in several previous columns, but this week’s question is specifically about storing files and sharing them in the cloud.  One of the best free services for online file sharing and syncing for years has been Dropbox.  It’s amazing how many technological inventions start out [...]

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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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Wait for Eight?

By   /  May 19, 2012  /  Uncategorized  /  Comments Off

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

Tweet   Rumor has it that the new Windows OS, called Windows 8 will be released in October of this year.  You can try out a beta version by downloading from Microsoft now.  Thus the question from a reader, “Should I wait until release of Win 8 before I buy a new PC?”  The short [...]

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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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Poor Jud is daid

By   /  April 29, 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 “Poor Jud is daid… Poor Jud Fry is daid… All gather round his coffin now and cry.… He had a heart of gold.… And he wasn’t very old.… Oh why did sich a feller have to die?”   My apologies to the writers of “Oklahoma”!  I was reminded of this poignant and comical eulogy [...]

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Speed up, slow down!

By   /  April 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                  “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” is an old palliative that General Practitioners used to prescribe for minor health maladies.  Perhaps an equally useful one for computer techs might be “Shut it down and call me if a restart doesn’t help”.  It is amazing how many minor operational problems [...]

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