Articles in Category: Software

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How to Find Software Support

Finding support for software and services can be a challenge. I’ll breakdown the places to look and the steps to take.

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Why Does a Scan of a Simple Text Document Result in Such a Large File?

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.

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How Do I Print Pictures from Websites So They Look Good?

Printing pictures displayed on screen so they look good turns out to be surprisingly difficult, if not downright impossible.

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Use OneNote for Basic OCR

If you have OneNote, you already have basic OCR capability on your computer.

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What the CCleaner Hack Means to You

CCleaner, a popular Windows utility, accidentally included malware in its download for a time. Here’s my take on what to be concerned about and what to do.

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What Is DRM?

DRM is digital copyright protection. Unfortunately, it’s both imperfect and annoying.

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Remove Adobe’s Stealth Chrome Extension

An Adobe Acrobat update is installing more than just an update.

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An Easy-to-Miss Source of PUPs

PUPs, or Potentially Unwanted Programs, appear when least expected.

Why Can’t I Boot from an SD Card?

You probably can boot from an SD card, but it’s also likely to be more cumbersome than just using a USB device or optical disc.

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What Does “Unsupported Software” Really Mean?

Unsupported software can mean many different things. I’ll review the variations on the theme, and revisit the question of whether unsupported software can be used safely.

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Is It Illegal to Download Torrent Files?

Torrent files are used by bitTorrent file sharing and downloading technology. Are they illegal? No. But something else might be.

Why Didn’t Microsoft Fix the Bug I Care About?

Not all bugs will be fixed or be fixed quickly. Not all bugs are even actually bugs. I’ll look at why some bugs might never get fixed – even those you consider important.

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Can I Delete Setup Files I’ve Downloaded?

You can safely delete setup files after you’ve set up the corresponding software, but only if you do something important first.

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What happens when applications die?

It pays to prepare for, or at least think about, the day that the application on which you rely stops working or is no longer supported. In some cases preparations are simple. In other cases it may have you consider alternative applications.

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How Do I Download and Read a PDF eBook?

Ebooks are commonly distributed as simple PDF files which you can download and then read on your computer or other devices using any of several free PDF readers.

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How do I keep my browser from being hijacked?

Be careful where you download things, and know exactly what you’re downloading. Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are becoming common.

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What Are ISO files, and How Do I Open Them?

ISO files are a common disk image distribution format. We’ll look at the best ways to open ISO files, as well as a couple of ways to create them.

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Why does software only seem to get bigger?

We might call it the march of technological progress. Computers can do more and we expect software to do more. That does leave those of us with older machines in a difficult spot.

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Why is only one core on my multi-core processor being maxed out?

You may have a multi-core processor, but not all software can utilize more than one core.

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Why Might an Uninstalled Program Still Be Listed?

Obviously, something has been left behind by the uninstall process. But do we even need to worry about it?

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Is There Software that Will Transform Poor Quality Images and Videos?

You can’t add data to an image to make it better, but there are some tricks that can make it visually more appealing.

Can I ZIP My Pictures or MP3 Files to Save Space?

Most music, picture, and movie files are already compressed. The result is that compressing them again won’t make much difference and could even make them larger.