All Categories

  • Administration - Items related to Leo, Ask Leo! and overall website and related operations and administrivia.
  • Android -
  • Applications - Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
    • Backing Up & Backup Programs - Nothing can save your computer and data from almost any disaster like a proper and recent back up. These articles discuss backup techniques, tools and more of the things you need to do to keep your data safe.
    • Microsoft Office - Office is Microsoft's suite of applications including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and more.
      • Outlook - Microsoft Office Outlook - the full featured desktop email program.
      • Powerpoint - Microsoft's presentation software, Powerpoint.
  • Ask Leo! Live - Video captures of Ask Leo! Live events on Facebook
  • Ask Leo! Staff - Posts intended for or restricted to Ask Leo! staff members.
  • Backing Up - Content that accompanies Maintaining Windows 7 - Backing Up
  • Consumer Electronics - Articles that focus on devices and services that we don't always think of as specifically computer or internet related.
  • Editorials - While much of Ask Leo! contains my opinions on various matters relating to computers and technology as I answer various questions, these items are less about the answer, and more about what I think. Or in some cases, how I rant.
  • Email - Email - the most used, most long lived communications medium offered by networks of interconnected computers.
    • Email Privacy - Issues around the privacy of your email, who can see it and when, and steps you might take to keep it more secure.
    • Email Providers - The companies and services that provide you your email service - from free services to your ISP to other "emal service providers" as well.
      • Google Mail (Gmail) - One of the most popular, most powerful, and most reliable free email services, Google Mail - more commonly referred to as Gmail - is perhaps Google's second most popular service, second only to search.
      • Outlook.com - The email service formerly known as Hotmail.com, Outlook.com is the web's user interface not only for outlook.com email accounts, but for email accounts on the msn.com, webtv.com, live.com and hotmail.com domains and many more.
      • Yahoo! - One of Yahoo!'s many offerings, Yahoo! mail is also often the email service provided by many regional ISPs.
    • Email Security - Keeping your account, your contacts and the contents of your email private, safe and secure.
    • Managing Email - Articles discussing how to manage email - from creating accounts, filing messages, and just generally using email effectively.
    • Phishing -
    • Spam - Articles relating to the plague that is spam - why it exists, what to do about it, what NOT to do about it, and basically how to live with minimal frustration in a spam-filled world.
  • Hardware - Computers, computer systems and the physical components and accessories that make them what they are.
    • Audio and related devices -
    • Computers and Computer Systems - Computers themselves, from the motherboard to the CPU to the RAM and other components that comprise "the system".
    • Displays and Display Devices - Displays, monitors, screens ... the output device on which your computer displays its activities and results, include LCD, CRT and whatever technologies they think of next.
    • DVDs - Digital Versatile Discs, used for video and data storage, backups, data transfer and more.
    • Hard Drives (HDD) - Traditional magnetic-media spinning-platter hard drives in all shapes and sizes.
    • Keyboards - Keyboards and relate character input devices.
    • Kindle - Amazon's breakthrough reading device and tablet.
    • Mice and Pointing Devices - Mice, trackballs, touch pads and when applicable, touch screens - all the things that you can use to "point" at things on your screen.
    • Networking - Connecting computers in your home, in your business and around the world, networking is a complex subject that, when it works, is incredibly powerful.
    • Optical Drives and Media - CDs -
    • Power Supplies -
    • Printers and Printing -
    • RAM - Random Access Memory
    • USB drives - USB connected mass storage devices like external hard drives, an USB flash or "thumb" drives.
    • Video Cards and Graphics Adapters - Video display adapters: the circuits, cards and add-ons that are the interface between your computer and the actual display hardware
    • Video Input Devices - Cams, Webcams, Video Cameras - all of the devices that you might use to get motion video into or on your computer.
  • Instagram -
  • Instant Messaging and Communication - Articles covering instant messaging programs as well as point-to-point audio and video communication utilities.
    • Skype - The video, audio and instant messaging program from Microsoft.
  • Internet - The Internet - the global network of networks and one of the most significant and powerful things to have come along ever.
  • Leo's blog - Leo's less formal, more random and occasional commentary on all things technology, business and Ask Leo! related, along with some philosophy at times as well.
  • Linux - Linux is a free and open source operating system. An alternative to Windows and to Max OS, Linux is typically available in many different "distributions", each of which has its own strengths, weaknesses and capabilities. Linux is an exceptionally popular and robust operating system, popular among web hosts and computer professionals.
  • Networking - Network connectivity and configurations, protocols and problems, articles relating to how computers connect.
    • Firewalls -
    • Network IP Addressing - The IP address is how computers and other devices are identified on a TCP/IP network. Articles relate to IP addresses, how they work, what they are and what they do and do not tell you.
      • IP Address Tracing and Privacy - Articles relating to how much information is exposed by an IP address, and conversely how much information can be retrieved from an IP address and under what conditions.
    • Wireless Networking - Primarily WiFi, but including other types of wireless computer networking issues, problems, solutions and technologies.
  • Owners and Patrons Content - Ask Leo! content specifically for Ask Leo! Patrons and owners of Ask Leo! books.
  • Recommendations -
  • Routine Maintenance -
  • Saved! - Backing Up with Windows 8 Backup - Pages available only to registered owners of the book "Saved! Backing Up with Windows 8 Backup"
  • Saved! Backing Up With Macrium Reflect - Pages available only to registered owners of the book "Saved! Backing Up With Macrium Reflect"
  • Security -
  • Social Media - Social Media sites, tools, techniques, problems, security and behavior.
    • Facebook - Perhaps the worlds most popular social media and social interaction site.
  • Software -
  • Taming Email -
  • Uncategorized -
  • Video Commentary -
  • Viruses and Malware -
  • Windows -
  • Windows User Interface -

(See also the older list: http://ask-leo.com/catdirectory.html)