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The Most Important Skill
I'm often asked what it takes to become a computer programmer.
I'm also often asked questions about computers in general - everything from broken hardware to lost Hotmail passwords.
The answer to the first, and the chances of getting an answer to the rest, have something exceptionally important in common.
Something that most people don't even consider.
And I'm willing to bet it's not at all what you think.
I'll give you one hint: today's topic is off-topic, since it actually has nothing to do with computers or technology.
Continue reading: The Most Important
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Answercast #81 - Hibernating backups and difficulties, email time, scanned files, annoying unsubscribes, infected routers and more...
Ever wonder if a router can have a virus or why standby is so difficult? Want to save your backups where you want - or backup a sleeping computer? Need to get a video camera work, or to email a scanned document? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
Answercast #81 - Hibernating backups and difficulties, email time, scanned
files, annoying unsubscribes, infected routers and more...
Will backup programs run if my computer is hibernating or in
Backing up in hibernate or standby is generally not possible, unless your backup program has a method of waking the computer up before the process starts.
Continue reading: Will backup programs run if my computer is hibernating or in standby?
Why does some email arrive with the wrong sent time?
Email with the wrong time on the sender's computer can result in a strange sort order on the receiver's end.
Continue reading: Why does some email arrive with the wrong sent time?
Why does a scan of a simple text document result in such a large
Scanned documents can result in a large graphics file that is too large to email. Scan settings allow you to change the DPI to something more useful.
Continue reading: Why does a scan of a simple text document result in such a large file?
How do I get this video camera to work with Windows?
Getting a video camera to work in Windows requires the correct drivers. You'll run into problems if they are not available.
Continue reading: How do I get this video camera to work with Windows?
Why are hibernate and standby so difficult to get
Hibernate and standby are difficult to get right because there is a lot involved in shutting down and recovering a computer system.
Continue reading: Why are hibernate and standby so difficult to get right?
How do I get my backup program to put the backup where I
Getting backup files where you want requires a proper backup program. Windows backup on Vista computers has difficulties in that direction.
Continue reading: How do I get my backup program to put the backup where I want?
Why isn't Malwarebytes Anti-malware recommended as standard security
Malwarebytes for standard security is best used as a first step in a cleanup job. It's a great program to pull out when you suspect you have a problem.
Continue reading: Why isn't Malwarebytes Anti-malware recommended as standard security more often?
How do I pick a wireless USB adapter?
Picking a wireless USB adapter is fortunately not a huge problem. It is often good to go with a recommended solution so you know you'll be able to get support.
Continue reading: How do I pick a wireless USB adapter?
Why do some unsubscribes require me to retype my email
Retyping your email to unsubscribe is an unnecessary barrier to being removed from an email list. With today's technology, it should not be required.
Continue reading: Why do some unsubscribes require me to retype my email address?
Can a router be infected with malware?
It's rare for a router to be infected with malware. More commonly, viruses and spyware will infect the computer and then make changes to the router configuration.
Continue reading: Can a router be infected with malware?
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*** Last Issue's Articles
- Ask Leo! #417 - Hotels that interfere with your email, web versus pc based email, upgrading your CPU and more...
- Is web-based email more secure than using a PC email program?
- Why does Internet Explorer keep stopping and restarting?
- Is there a way to test a machine that won't boot to see if the BIOS is the problem?
- Can I upgrade my motherboard and CPU and have Windows just reconfigure itself?
- Does getting a BluRay drive for my computer require a hardware upgrade?
- How do I get Windows Explorer to sort in the correct order?
- Is there a difference between a USB Flash Drive and USB External Hard Disk?
- How do I make pop-up tooltip balloons stay up longer so I can read them?
- Why are all my files automatically being compressed?
- Why can't I send mail from my hotel room?
- Why is my new computer's internet access slower than that of my old computer?
- Answercast #80 - Fast balloon messages, sorting files, IE crashing, automatic compression, secure email and more...
*** Word o' the Week
Dongle is a generic term for a typically small device that attaches to your computer to provide some sort of functionality, sometimes specific to an application.
Examples of dongles include:
- Copy protection devices that must be attached for an application to work
- Mobile broadband "modems"
- External network adapters, wired or wireless
- Flash drives
Most dongles are USB devices these days, but the term doesn't actually imply a type of connector. Historically, communications ports, printer ports, and other types of external ports on a computer have all been used.
*** Thoughts and Comments
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