On October 17, Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10. This is the third major, named update since Windows 10 was originally issued on July 29, 2015. The previous three updates were the November Update (November 2015), the Anniversary Update (August 2016), and the Creators Update (April 2017). As with earlier major updates, it will take several months before everyone is updated. Continue reading
More and more, our everyday activities are conducted online, over the Internet. More and more, we hear horror stories of identity theft, cybercrime, companies with whom we do business hacked and personal information stolen, and individual’s personal computer files held hostage to ransomware. Do you know how best to minimize the chance that you will be one of the unlucky ones who gets attacked by cybercriminals and hackers? Let’s talk about the things you ought to do to protect yourself online, whether you are using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. Continue reading
I was born in the 1940s, long before the Internet came into being to supply information. For someone like me, who loved to read and wanted information about everything, there was a means. Door-to-door salesmen walked the neighborhoods, selling encyclopedias: Britannica, Compton’s, World Book, Funk & Wagnalls. I was lucky enough that my parents wanted me to have access to information and bought a set of Compton’s, which I assume was the cheapest since my parents were cotton-mill workers. Oh, the wonderful hours I spent poring over every volume in that set. I still like to learn about new things. Today I use the World Wide Web over the Internet. Specifically, I use the web site Wikipedia. Continue reading
After almost 30 years using Windows PCs exclusively, I recently bought a MacBook Pro. Why? Well, it all started with an iPhone. Before the iPhone, I had a Motorola Droid4 Android phone. It never seemed smooth and responsive to me and its battery life was terrible. I played around with my wife’s iPhone and liked it. So when the Droid died, I decided to try an iPhone. Loved it. Continue reading
The Internet pervades our lives. There is almost no one whose life is not touched by of it. For many of us, the Internet seems like a necessity. We do our banking using it. We get our news from it. We keep up with family and friends over it. We use it for our entertainment. How did it come to be? Who invented the Internet? (Hint: It was not Al Gore, although he did play an important role as a government leader in supporting its creation.) Continue reading
In 1981, when Microsoft provided the operating system for the original IBM Personal Computer (PC), it retained the right to sell that operating system to other computer manufacturers. Thus was born the PC clone market. Many manufacturers entered the market and by the mid-1980s, inexpensive PC clones dominated the hardware side of the market. Microsoft dominated the software side. That basic fact—that Microsoft is a software company and Apple is a hardware company—accounts for the basic differences between PCs and Macs. Continue reading
It’s hard to get thoughtful, unbiased coverage of what’s going on in our federal government these days. The “mainstream media” is generally liberal and reports everything that Trump does with a negative spin. Most of the time, that spin is deserved. But I want to read a conservative, Republican viewpoint so that I can decide if Trump is doing a good job or a bad job overall. He’s certainly done some good things with regulatory reform and reducing the size of government. He’s also made a lot of mistakes and I don’t think he learns from his mistakes. We’ll see. If you’re like me, looking for someone to give a balanced opinion, try reading Peggy Noonan. She was Reagan’s top speech writer and continues to provide thoughtful opinions about government.