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Category Archives: Computer Tips and Tricks

Life on the road isn’t all fun and frolicking. For us, it is filled with computers, wires, cables, modems, mice, monitors, laptops, printers, a regular spaghetti of wires and what-nots spread around us. We’ve gone through hard drives like water some times, crashing, bashing, and test driving all of our computer equipment constantly.

And it’s not limited to dealing with computer hardware. We rip and tear into a variety of software programs that help us deal with life on the road and staying in touch.

We share our tips and tricks about computers with you in this category, hoping you will learn a little from our experiences and pain and suffering to help you.

Freezing a Failed Hard Drive, I guess it works

Having suffered through seven (or is it now 9, can’t remember) hard drive crashes in the past year, I was intrigued by this article by Geeks Are Sexy about freezing your hard drive to recover data. I, too, had heard about this technique over the years, and while it kind of makes sense, I passed […]

More Windows XP Registry Tips and Tricks

Along with nature photography and writing classes, I also teach Internet and website development and design courses. We have a lot of articles related to those classes in our post categories for Computer Tips and Tricks, Internet Tips and Tricks, and Web Page Design and Development. So when we find more computer and Internet information, […]

Microsoft Free Program – Virtual WIFI

I’ve started researching more information for you on wireless or WIFI networks to help you stay in touch on the road, and I ran across a very interesting free software program from Microsoft that expands your WIFI coverage, Virtual WIFI – Connecting to multiple IEEE 802.11 networks with one WiFi card. VirtualWiFi is a virtualization […]

Computer on the Road – Cooling Your Computer

For the most part, taking a laptop on the road is much easier than taking a desktop, but there are still many who want to take their desktop on the road with them. I’ll be talking more about how to do this, and how to protect your computer on the road, but I wanted to […]

File Extensions: What program does this file belong to?

If you dig into your computer’s hard drive innards, the stuff and junk you may have stockpiled all over the hard drive, you may often encounter a file with an extension you do not recognize and want to know “what program does this file belong to?” FILExt – The File Extension Source is an online […]

10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Computer Support Bills

I adore the Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) informational services. Here is a great example of the help they provide from SCORE. 10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Computer Support Bills by Joshua Feinberg is an article offering 10 tips for what to do BEFORE you call for technical […]

Know Before You Go: Store Digital Photographs on the Go

Today’s traveling photographer who has embraced the world of digital technology doesn’t need to worry about film going through airport security scanners or expiring. All they have to worry about is storage space. That’s right, storage space. Once limited to 36-38 photographs on a roll of film, digital photographers can now take hundreds of pictures […]

Keyboard of the Future?

Personally, as soon as they restructure the disaster of the layout of normal keyboards into something ergonomic and more intutitive, the computer will be limited. But here is a step in the right direction. Optimus keyboard by Artemy Lebedev has been announced. This is the design prototype and the finished version is due out in […]

CNET – Top 10 downloads of the past 10 years

Began in 1996, when we hit the road full time, C|net’s CNET Download offers free downloads of shareware and freeware applications. They are the largest source of such software products and continue to offer us some of the best programs through their online software distribution service. Their Top 10 Downloads for the Past 10 Years […]

Urban Legends: Lightning Telephone Deaths

Still recovering from a lightning strike nearby that blew out several of the computers in the campground, our WIFI and cable modem, and my telephone, even though all of these things were unplugged though connected via cable and phone lines, a friend thought that I needed some cheering up and sent me this: Urban Legends […]

Printer or Printer Cable Problems – Solution

I just adore new technology, especially when it can save old technology. Over a week ago, a lightning strike to the nearby electrical/cable/phone whatever took out my Linksys WIFI, cable modem and caused my laptop to quiver in its sockets. Everything was unplugged, but it seems that the surge came through anyway. With everything else […]

Restoration Saves My Butt

I know there are a lot of reasons to hate Microsoft and Microsoft products. Having worked for them at one time, I know that there is more heart behind what they do than most people believe. And I worked in the legal department. Trust me, it’s always easier to blame than to understand. BUT, there […]

Computer Fun and Games

So many people seem so panicked and fearful of their computer, from worrying about viruses and the horrors coming in through their email to the fear they might touch something and make it crash and blow up – I thought I’d take a moment to share with you the fun things you can do with […]

Outlook and Outlook Express Tips and Tricks

We’ve provided extensive information about how to stop spam, popups, and email hoaxes, and how to use Internet Explorer for browsing the Internet, but what about the process of sending and receiving email? We haven’t forgotten, after all, traveling as much as we do, we are completely reliant on the Internet to stay in touch […]

Shareware and Freeware Software Programs

We survive using shareware and freeware software. Don’t you? You should. Shareware and freeware software are programs available for download from the Internet that are either cheap or free. Before you start shaking your head and think that this is some kind of advertising ploy, it isn’t. We have been using shareware and freeware software […]