Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Which is the safest way to browse the web: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox? According to the blog “How to Geek,” Edge has a slight edge. Many say Firefox has the last word on privacy and we find that’s it pretty private. In 2015, Firefox instituted “tracking protection.” It removes all tracking elements from pages you visited using the “private browsing” feature. To use private browsing in Firefox, hold down the “Cntrl” (or “Cmd” on the Mac) and the “Shift” key. Then tap the “P” (for private) key. It was news to us that advertisers and websites can track you in Google or Microsoft’s browsers even if you use the “incognito” or “InPrivate” modes. All those modes do […]
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Posted on September 5th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
When our friend from Wisconsin (No, his name is not Yon Yonson) is in our neck-of-the-woods, he wants to watch the Green Bay Packer games on his phone. Can he do it? One way is to use “Watch ESPN,” a free app for Android, iPhone and iPad. We tried out the ESPN app on our phone to watch football in a doctor’s waiting room and it worked fine. But the catch is, you must verify that you have a subscription to cable TV. Our friend Lee does not have a cable TV subscription. Instead, he has a lifetime subscription to the TiVo service. TiVo users can stream programs to their TV at home or to their phone or tablet. But […]
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Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Topics in this column: Office politics, Losing the Internet, TED Talks, an app for Healthy Eating, Giving away a Kindle Fire, and the new Mac operating system.
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Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Joy converted to using a Mac a couple months ago, after her Windows 10 machine became so slow she almost tossed it out the window. Then Bob spilled tea on the Mac (It was an accident! Really!) and the rest is history.
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Posted on February 8th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Several years ago, one of our friends announced he’d had it with Windows. He went out and bought two Macbooks, one for himself, one for his wife. We’re slow but we’re starting to see his point. Feeling the same exasperation, we recently turned to a Macbook Air we’d had in the closet since 2012.The relief was instant. Websites loaded immediately. Joy didn’t have to do four yoga poses before pictures came in. Normally, when our main Windows computer gets screwy, we set it back to its factory defaults. You can do that with the Recovery option in “Settings” or “Control Panel.” Once you do that, it feels brand new again. Unfortunately, it is brand new again — all the programs […]
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Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
A preview of the new Windows 9 operating system will be shown all over the known universe this Fall. The scuttlebutt is it will correct the mess known as Windows 8; computer users will no longer be forced to look at a screen meant for tablet users. (Yep, that’s what it was designed for.)
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Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“ColorStrokes,” a $5 app for Mac users, has been the most popular “color splash” app for two years in a row. If like us, you’ve never heard of a color splash app, stay tuned, because they’re interesting.
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Posted on March 19th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
A reader told us he’s getting a Mac but wishes he could keep the Windows version
of “Quicken” because the Mac version is, as he put it, “a real dog.” (He’s a man of few
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Posted on March 18th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
The dirty little secret of tech journalists is we’re hard pressed for time. When we got our first Macbook Air last fall, we were full of praise. Now we have second, third and fourth thoughts.
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Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Joy’s sister considered buying a new Mac just because she lost all her photos on the old one. “Disk Drill Pro” from CleverFiles.com is an $89 program for recovering stuff.
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