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  • Jamie Eckle joins the crew

    Posted on July 6th, 2020 at 05:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to the AskWoody clan.

    While Editor in chief Tracey Capen takes a couple of weeks off with his family, Jamie Eckle has stepped up to the plate… and hit a home run. All while social distancing, of course.

    The latest issue of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter, number 17.26.0,  comes to you from a guy I’ve worked with for many years. Jamie’s a fascinating character who wields a wicked red pen. He’ll be at the helm again next week, while Tracey stays ensconced in his almost-off-the-grid enclave.

    Please join me in welcoming Jamie!

  • Tech insights from relocating home and office

    Posted on July 5th, 2020 at 02:45 Jamie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    LANGALIST — SPECIAL EDITION

    Tech insights from relocating home and office

    Fred Langa

    By Fred Langa

    We Langas are midway through a major relocation. Here are a few things I’ve learned from tearing down, moving, and rebuilding my office and home computer setups.

    Among them: another reason to love solid-state drives, and 5G is for real.

    Moving home and office is never fun …

    … but it can let you see some things in a new light.

    We just relocated home and office 48 hours ago and are still awash in boxes. I’m sitting here in a straight-backed dining-room chair, waiting for the Verizon tech to arrive to get us back online with a dedicated private connection, and typing this column in Gmail on my underpowered, emergency-use-only Chromebook because I haven’t yet found the box my Win10/Office laptop is in, and my standing desk and office chair are buried in unpacked stuff. Yikes!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Posted on July 5th, 2020 at 02:30 Jamie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Android security

    Security vs. convenience: What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Lincoln SpectorBy Lincoln Spector

    You want your smartphone to be locked down so that no one but you can find your secrets. But you want to unlock your phone quickly and easily.

    You can’t have the best of both worlds. You must choose between the best security and the easiest entry. But with the right precautions, you can have reasonable security without constant annoyance.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • Getting the perfect domain name

    Posted on July 5th, 2020 at 02:15 Jamie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    THE BRAND

    Getting the perfect domain name

    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Visit a registrar, buy a domain name, and you’re done, right?

    Not quite. Those are the last steps.

    Before getting to that point, it’s important to understand what you are buying, whom you should buy it from, why domain-name registrars are important, what you need from a registrar, and — most important — what your brand will be. Your domain name will be with you for (hopefully) a long time, and giving the decision the time and thought it deserves can pay dividends into the future.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • Buying a refurbished computer can save you money

    Posted on July 5th, 2020 at 02:00 Jamie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    HARDWARE

    What to look for in a new-but-old computer

    You have to look closely at the offerings, and they aren’t ideal for every use case, but refurbished machines can be the way to go.

    Susan BradleyBy Susan Bradley

    Unless we have a specific need for an overpowered gaming computer, most of us can get along just fine with a machine that is a few years old. But one thing we should always look for is ample hard-drive space.

    A recent article from Ars Technica showcases what I’ve said for years: never purchase a laptop that has a super-small hard drive; you will immediately and forever regret the decision and fight with that small hard drive for the rest of the time you have it. For example, when I want to upgrade my 32GB ASUS laptop, I have to attach an external USB hard drive. It will still not do a proper feature-release install without it.

    But you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a decent computer. Machines that the vendors call “refurbished” can be perfectly fine for what you and I do on a regular basis. Furthermore, if you don’t mind a bulky machine, you can get what I consider to be a bargain with an old-fashioned desktop computer.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • A Win10 guide for Windows Update settings

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    PATCHING

    By @PKCano

    For most PC users, the basic task of keeping Windows up to date involves a bewildering pantheon of terms.

    To make the process of patching Windows and Office a bit easier, here’s a simple summary of Microsoft’s updating system. This article isn’t aimed at business users who have the support of IT departments. It’s dedicated to consumers and small-business owners who strive to keep their machines safe from malware, operating-system flaws, and other threats. The descriptions below apply to Windows 10 Versions 1903 and 1909. I’m still looking at the updating-process changes in the new Win10 2004.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).

  • Freeware Spotlight — ScreenToGif

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    Usually, when an app becomes one of my favorites, I just assume everyone else knows about it.

    So there I was, working with Nicke Manarin’s ScreenToGif utility on a simple task: creating instructions for a client on how to change Windows from double-click to single-click. And then it hit me: this handy-but-relatively-unknown app is … article material!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).

  • June updates crash printing

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    In a normal monthly Windows and Office patching cycle, I almost never roll out any optional updates that Microsoft releases between Patch Tuesdays.

    It’s hard to say what’s “normal” with Windows updating, but June is atypical even by the usual patching tribulations.

    Soon after the Patch Tuesday security updates dropped (on June 9), there were reports of printing failures. The problem hit close to home; after patching my systems, I could no longer print to any of my large multifunction Ricoh printers — a huge problem for my business. As a quick workaround, I updated the printer drivers from PCL5 to PCL6.

    Subsequently, Microsoft posted optional fixes on the MS Update Catalog for Windows 10, Win8.1, and Server 2012.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).