Articles in Category: 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.
The end of the year is a great opportunity to make our computing and on-line worlds safer, more secure and above all – more amazing!
The holiday season brings with it a flood of email. That’s a great opportunity to evaluate, and unsubscribe from things you no longer need.
I recently switched Ask Leo! to SSL, partly as a statement and partly for fun. I’ll explain a little of what goes on behind the scenes.
I took a look at the Windows 10 technical preview, and walked away very disappointed with Windows 10 backup. It’s just as broken as Windows 8.1’s, with no fix in sight.
I repaired a friend’s machine’s hard disk failure, only to discover something much, much worse: data loss.
It seems like every online service provider is now including some kind of online cloud storage as a perk. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I’ll look at my personal cloud storage landscape.
Some have said that email is dead. My take is completely opposite: email is one of the most effective communication methods we have.
The Ask Leo! Podcast returns in its third incarnation. Here’s what I’m up to …
I hear from people with inaccessible external drives frequently. The frustrating part is how often those drives contain the only copy of important data.
I made a minor change to the newsletter and as a result was flooded with auto-responses when it sent. What I learned about auto-responses is important to know.
When free services seem to change arbitrarily it’s easy to wonder if they’re paying attention to their customers. They probably are.
After a week of random problems I felt the need to remind myself of how how amazing and wonderful technology can really be.
As regular readers know, I’m an advocate – often an annoyingly persistent advocate – for backing up. As I write this, it’s been kind of a rough week here at Ask Leo! world headquarters – not for me, but for some of the organizations and people that I support in my spare time. While the … Read more
Online change is inevitable. The problem is, of course, when a service’s ‘improvements’ are viewed as just the opposite by some.
I reflect a little on the sudden realization that Windows XP’s end-of-support date came and went and … nothing happened.
I vent a little about people missing what’s right in front of them (including myself), and then discuss why taking the time to read what your machine is telling you is so important to a less frustrating experience with your technology.
Technologies change, media wears out, hardware that we once took for granted becomes difficult to find. How does all this impact the archives of our digital lives?
Windows 8.1 changed its included backup program. A tiny bit for the better, and a lot for the worse. I wrote a book on Windows 8.1 backup, but I’d rather you did something else.
It’s not uncommon to feel like email messages to some companies just go into a black hole. I’ll look at some of the reasons that might be, and steps you can take to reduce the odds of it happening to you.
LastPass recently disclosed a couple of already-fixed vulnerabilities. It appears that the vulnerabilities affected exactly no one. In my opinion LastPass remains secure. And in fact, the company should be lauded for its openness.
Facebook did some testing. It’s made some people upset. What’s important to realize is that testing is ubiquitous on the web and happens in many different ways.
Over the years the technology on which Ask Leo! is based has changed a little. I’ll give you an overview of the current state of affairs.
Over the past several weeks I’ve surveyed my newsletter readers. The response has been overwhelming, and it’s time to share some of the results and a few of my take-aways.
As I mark the newsletter #500 milestone, I’ve elected to make a couple of minor changes to Ask Leo!. I’ll tell you what’s up, what’s changing, and why. I think you’ll like it.
“Getting used to it” might not always be ideal, but being open to it can result in sometimes surprising improvements. Besides, you’re doing it already, almost every day.
We rail against intrusions into our private affairs and private information; and then post our private information publicly. Where’s the logic in that?
Yes, I deal with frustrating changes as well. It’s not that I never get frustrated; it’s what I choose next that makes for a much happier experience.
Not just yes … hell yes! A question from a high school student has me talking about directions and opportunities in software engineering.
My background is most assuredly not journalism. I bring something else entirely to the table: experience.
It’s exceptionally easy to go negative when things don’t work. I’ll discuss my philosophy about what I say about software and my recommendations.
No, not my Mac. That’s a topic for another day. :-) I don’t normally talk much about mobile technology because I tend to feel that I’m nowhere near an expert on the topic. Besides, there are plenty of other resources on the web for getting more qualified help. That being said, I recently upgraded my … Read more
Prior to the end of support for Windows XP some are concerned that malware authors are sitting on a pile of malware ready to be unleashed that targets it.
I know less than you think I do … but I make up for it with a very important skill. And it’s a skill anyone can benefit from improving.
Windows 8 a disaster? I don’t think so. I react to running across that phrase and point out where I think Microsoft really did blow it.
Online review sites seem like a fantastic way to find out what restaurants and services others are having good experiences with. Unfortunately there’s a dark side, and accuracy could be suffering.
Windows XP’s time is coming to an end. Like it or not, it’s time to move on. If you can’t (or won’t), I have some advice for you.
Auto-play auto and video on the web annoys website visitors and forces them to download things that they don’t need or want. Why do so many sites insist that they know better?
I was thinking about it the other day and realized that Ask Leo! places me in the role of technical support engineer. Doing that has given me some insight into what it takes, how technical support can succeed, and why it fails so often.
I wasn’t going to talk about last week’s defeat of Net Neutrality mostly because everyone in the tech press seems to be doing it for me. I had a friend ask if I was going to say anything and my response was, “Probably not.” I tend to shy away from politics and it’s well beyond … Read more
And… we’re back. Today’s newsletter is really the first of the year as the one from last week – The Top 10 of 2013 – was put together before the holidays. It’s somewhat ironic. I chose Embracing the Most Important Attitude, the article on change, as the one to run on New Year’s Eve not because … Read more
So what does the internet really have to do with fence posts? It’s a great example that, among the twerking celebrities and cat memes, we have an incredible wealth of information right at our finger tips. I had a problem, and the internet helped me solve it.