Author Archives: JCB

About JCB

A retired chemical engineer who likes to play with computers.

Your Browser Says the Page is Not Secure

We have all heard the stories of a bank account being cleared out because a hacker convinced the owner to enter personal and account information in a fraudulent website. Ransomware, where a hacker encrypts the files on your computer and … Continue reading

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April 2018 Windows 10 Update

On April 30, Microsoft released another major update to Windows 10, the April 2018 Update. This is the fifth major update, called a feature update by Microsoft, since Windows 10 was originally released on July 29, 2015. The previous four … Continue reading

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Should you Disable Javascript?

In a class I was recently taking, we went to a known safe web site to cut and paste some text to work with in the class. The web site, as almost all web sites on the Internet do these … Continue reading

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Basics of Clearing a Browser Cache

If a frequently updated web page that you visit does not appear to change between visits, your browser may be loading an older version from your browser cache. If you also use a publicly-available computer, such as at a library, … Continue reading

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Who Were the Original Programmers?

With all our devices today—computers, tablets, smartphones—we depend on computer programmers to write the code that allows us to do incredible, complex things. The world now seems to run on computer code. What do you see in your mind’s eye … Continue reading

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Which is Better: Mac or PC?

If you type this article’s title into an Internet search engine, be prepared to enter a “holy war” in which proponents of each type of computer will passionately bombard you with reasons why one is better than the other. We’re … Continue reading

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Windows Fall Creators Update

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 … Continue reading

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