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Muster up for Husted’s Army of Computer Righteousness

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

If this was a perfect world my column wouldn’t exist. If the internet wasn’t a dangerous jungle with all sorts of man-made beasts ready to savage your data and steal your money, using a computer would be no more challenging than warming up the leftovers in your microwave oven. Most of you get by just fine sending email and browsing...
Computers have changed dramatically, but tips for buying? Not so much

4:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Long ago when I started writing this column — in the days when a home computer was still a novelty — it seemed like I offered advice on what to look for in a new computer every few weeks. Things were changing that fast in those days. Nowadays many of the major processing chips have been on the market for a while. There have been...
Are you helping hackers get your personal information?

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

How did that hacker get into your computer? Odds are that it was an inside job. He had help from someone you trust. Who was that helper? Why, it was you. Ironically the most common way of letting a hacker into your computer has nothing to do with the firewall you use or even your anti-malware software. Obviously, you need to use those tools...
Technobuddy: How best to keep kids on the computer safe

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

The online world is very much like the world of puppy dogs, people and buildings. There are wonders to experience and dangers to avoid. A young person, a kid, can get lost in either world. For the unsupervised, a young person without the built-in skepticism that often comes with adulthood, the likelihood of danger mushrooms. Yet the ability...
Find new ways to enjoy your computer: books, foreign TV, games

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

When I started messing with computing it was all about fun. The earliest home computers were about as useful as my Uncle Red. But, also like my Uncle Red, they were a heck of a lot of fun. My first computer was built from a kit along with parts I scrounged. It was an Altair (I think Bill Gates also started out with an Altair, it’s just...
More not necessarily better when it comes to downloading web programs

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

Last week, I received an email from a reader who had stumbled across a program being offered as a free download. From the description he read online, he couldn’t figure out what the program did. He asked me if he should download and install it. Imagine. He had no earthly idea of what the program did — whether it would help him...
Don’t go overboard in bid to save on what you spend on computing

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

When it comes to computing, the easiest way to waste money is to try to save money. I understand why many of us look for extreme ways to save on what you spend on computing. For people like you and me, the money spent on computing competes with the house payment and the grocery bill. So we try to find ways to make things less expensive. It&rsquo...
How to get away from it all without giving up all your electronics —

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 11, 2016

Vacation — it’s time to get away from it all. That’s why you carry your smartphone; if the phone rings you can answer it. And your tablet or laptop computer lets you hammer away at emails even while thousands of miles from home. Maybe you think you got away from it all. But instead, you brought it all with you. Heck, as...
Check, check and check again when searching web for answers

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 21, 2016

You can use the Web to find an answer to any question you might have as long as you don’t care whether the answer is correct. Let’s face it. I could — in just a half an hour or so — create a slick Web page explaining that Martians had been living among us for decades now. There would be pictures of them and even endorsements...
Two ways to back up computer’s stored treasures

10:46 PM Monday, May. 02, 2016

Your computer – nice as it is – isn’t all that important. If it dies, and it will someday, you can buy another. It’s just money. Your programs can easily be replaced too. But when it comes down to what you’ve got stored on that computer – well, like the commercial says, that’s priceless. We are talking...
Tips for saving money through technology

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016

Some people’s notion of saving money may be a little sketchy. For instance, I could claim to have saved money this year not to have purchased a boat, or because I didn’t subscribe to the Fruit-of-the-Month Club. Today we’ll talk about saving money with technology — both as far as the amount you spend on it and in the...