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"Getting  Along With Your Computer"
by Cate Eales
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Getting  Along With Your Computer

2016

The 2015 columns are here.

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August 29, 2016 - Smart Upgrades - Part 2
Once your Windows 10 Anniversary Upgrade completes, you’ll notice some changes. And there are some things you probably won’t notice that you should check.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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August 22, 2016 - Smart Upgrades - Part 1
Windows 10 Anniversary Upgrade is rolling out to computers that already have Windows 10 installed. It will show up in your Windows Updates. One way to upgrade to the new version of Windows 10 is to click that Install Now button, cross your fingers and hope for the best. You could get lucky.

A smarter way to approach this project is to prepare for the upgrade. Here’s how.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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August 8, 2016 - 12-Second Fixes
Sometimes solutions are complicated, but sometimes we get lucky and fixes are quick and easy. These two are in the latter category. Use them on your own computer, or be a hero and fix your parents’, friends’, and coworkers’ computers. You will rock!
[R E A D  M O R E]

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August 1, 2016 - Upgraded?
You just completed a successful upgrade to Windows 10. Congratulations! You should do a few things immediately after your upgrade to make Windows 10 more secure and enjoyable.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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July 25, 2016 - Should I Upgrade?
The free upgrade to Windows 10 offer expires July 29. If you’re still trying to decide whether to upgrade, here’s what you need to know.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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July 18, 2016 - Totally Great
This week we’re taking a break from Windows 10 to point out several useful and fun websites. We’re also taking a break from politics and cat videos. These sites are actually informative, and Totally Great. [R E A D  M O R E]

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July 11, 2016 - Changes
Microsoft takes one more shot at changing your mind about upgrading. Use Windows Libraries to change your point of view. Change your laptop’s situation to make it breathe easier.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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July 4, 2016 - News and Notes
Windows 10 is in the news again as the end of the free upgrade approaches. Evernote pricing is changing, and the “free” tier is a little more restrictive. But still free. And still ad-free.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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June 27, 2016 - Protect Your Photos!
It’s almost Canada Day! It’s almost the 4th of July! Celebrate by taking some great photos. Do at least two of the following three things to protect your photos and keep them forever!  [R E A D  M O R E]

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June 20, 2016 - Feedback and Space
Holy wow, thanks for all the feedback on the recent Windows 10 articles. I’ve included most of it in this week’s column. Keep it coming; we have more columns ahead. And for a change of pace, view the International Space Station from wherever you are … on the ground. [R E A D  M O R E]

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June 13, 2016 - Windows 10 Recap
Last week we talked about the Stealth Upgrades to Windows 10. This week, I’ve collected most of the links to mentions of Windows 10 in previous columns. There’s something here for you whether you want to embrace Windows 10 now, later, or not at all. [R E A D  M O R E]

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June 6, 2016 - Stealth Upgrades
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer, you have until the end of July to do it for free. If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, you really have to work at it. [R E A D  M O R E]

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May 30, 2016 - The Cloud
Don’t fear The Cloud. Make Edge do your bidding. Help sick kids. [R E A D  M O R E]

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May 23, 2016 - Useful Utilities
Some programs are just so useful I would have a hard time doing without them. Here are three of my “go-to” utilities, and a few alternatives. [R E A D  M O R E]

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May 16, 2016 - Windows Live Mail Changes
Are you using Windows Live Mail to send and receive your Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Live.com email? You need to stop doing that soon.

Are you using it for your Shaw or Telus or [insert your ISP name here] email? You can continue doing that…for now.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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May 9, 2016 - Making Connections
Life can be confusing. A wireless printer still requires one important wire. Two connections are not, generally speaking, better than one. And you still need to know your passwords. [R E A D  M O R E]

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May 2, 2016 - New PC? Read This Now!
Thinking about getting a new computer? The transition from old to new can be less jarring if you take care of a few things before you drop your old computer from a great height.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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April 25, 2016 - Unleash the Emoji
Apple just killed QuickTime and you should, too. And, Facebook Messenger isn’t just for smartphones any more. [R E A D  M O R E]

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April 18, 2016 - That Reminds Me
Google Calendar for the web now includes Reminders! Toshiba recalls 91,000 laptop batteries because of a potential fire hazard. And I’m riding another charity event.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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April 11, 2016 - Let's Get Started
Microsoft introduced the Windows Start Menu with Windows 95. Over the years the look of it changed a little bit. When Microsoft released Windows 8 without a Start Menu, chaos ensued. Microsoft lost its way, and some people at Microsoft lost their jobs. Windows 10 includes an Extreme Makeover Start Menu. Read on to learn how to make the best of it or replace it with a legacy-style Start Menu [R E A D  M O R E]

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April 4, 2016 - Quick Fixes
Two problems got solved last week. The first one was new to me, but the second one has been like a pebble in my shoe for years. Here are the fixes. [R E A D  M O R E]

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March 28, 2016 - Setting Up Your Router
Last week’s column asked if you should replace your router. If you answered yes, here’s how to get started with your new one. [R E A D  M O R E]

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March 21, 2016 - Should I Replace My Router?
Slow connection? Flaky connection? Dropped connection? There are plenty of reasons for this, but one of the usual suspects is your router. [R E A D  M O R E]

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March 14, 2016 - Office 2016 is awesome. And confusing.
You do not have to live with Office the way it comes out of the box!

OK, no one buys Office in a box anymore. These days you don’t have to live with Office the way it comes out of the Downloads folder. A few quick customisations, and it’s yours.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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March 7, 2016 - Kill Ads in Windows 10
Yes! You can turn off those ads in Windows 10, perhaps even before you see them. And yes! You can easily find Internet Explorer and pin it to your Start Menu or Taskbar. [R E A D  M O R E]

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February 29, 2016 - You've Got Mail
Hey there, Microsoft! How about supporting an email program that works? [R E A D  M O R E]

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February 22, 2016 - PDFs, Photos, and Planets
Print anything to a PDF in Windows 10. Google Photos will replace Picasa. Visit some planets. [R E A D  M O R E]

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February 15, 2016 - Nag, nag, nag
Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. They’ve beefed up the nag screen and ended support for versions of Internet Explorer that don’t run on Windows 10. As Clint Eastwood said, “Nag, nag, nag.” [R E A D  M O R E]

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February 8, 2016 - Remember When?
Have you made the jump from Windows 7 (or XP, or from Vista, the forgotten operating system) to a modern version of Windows? Do you miss the old games and the old way of doing things? Read on to find out how you party like it’s 1999.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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February 1, 2016 - Just Stop It
Usually when I sit down at the computer I just want to get work done. OK, OK. I just want to get work done after I look at all the dog videos on Facebook. But eventually I just want to get work done. I don’t need to see and ad for the thing I’m already using, I just want to use the thing. Here are three ways to stop the madness.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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January 25, 2016 - How Do I...
Some days everything I encounter is a brand new puzzle to solve. Other days I hear the same questions more than once. I’ll try to answer a couple of those here.
[R E A D  M O R E]

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January 18, 2016 - Keep Malware at Bay
As I clean malicious software out of my customers’ computers, the question most often asked is, “How did that get there?” I can usually make an educated guess, but the more important question is, “How can I keep this from happening again?”
[R E A D  M O R E]

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January 11, 2016 - I Still Like This Stuff
Each new version of Windows brings new things and new ways of doing the same old things. Still, there are some things Windows doesn’t do on its own. That’s why I use some older utilities even on Windows 7. Here are a couple of my favourites, both free.  [R E A D  M O R E]

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January 4, 2016 - I Didn't Know That!
I love Google Calendar and Gmail, both on my computer and on my Android phone. I’ve been using them both since they were first introduced and considered myself kind of an expert. But I keep finding new-to-me features and tricks. [R E A D  M O R E]

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