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Find and Research Software Running in the Background With Windows Task Manager

Over the weekend I was getting ready to watch a football game on my laptop and it sure seemed like there was a lot of memory (RAM) in use. Since my game was about an hour away from kickoff, I went on a search and destroy mission on unnecessary stuff …

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Upgrade Before Microsoft Office 2003 Support Ends in April 2014

Last week I told you to Put a Plan in Place to Upgrade From Windows XP before its support ends in April 2014. The clock is ticking and now there are only 217 days left (when this post first appeared). On that same date, support also ends for Microsoft Office …

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Put a Plan in Place Now to Upgrade From Windows XP

As I write this post, it is August 26, 2013. That’s more than twelve years after Windows XP was released to computer manufacturers! Yes, it was August 24, 2001 when XP first was sent to the computer folks. A more important date for you all to know right now is …

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Speed Up a New Computer By Removing Unnecessary Junk

A good buddy of mine got a new laptop recently and was disappointed because it felt sluggish and his browser would hang on a regular basis. Sadly this is quite common when you buy a new computer (desktop or laptop) from one of the major manufacturers. One method used to …

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Cave Creek Geek Removes Dust From a Computer in Ventura, CA

The Cave Creek Geek couldn’t stand the loud noise made by a friend’s computer and helped him clean out the dust. After the cleaning, the computer was nearly silent and ran much better. Watch the video and get your computer cleaned out! For more information on this type of maintenance, …

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Take a Few Minutes to Update the Essential Utilities

There are undoubtedly utilities on your computer that are essential to your workflow. It is common for minor updates of these utilities to be released every month or two. But how often do you check to see if you have the most current version? I spent about 10 minutes checking …

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Make Sure All of Your Account Information is Accurate

Since today is a holiday in the United States (and elsewhere), I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about some maintenance you may want to do on our site. I know you would never make the mistakes I’m about to describe, but it wouldn’t hurt to check, would …

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We Are All Helpless Against Murphy’s Law

Do you ever have days where nothing seems to go right? I think we all have them and they tend to come in bunches. Now we’re not talking about really bad stuff. This is the kind of thing that just makes you shake your head and wonder if there is …

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Celebrate Earth Day By Safely Recycling Computers and Electronics

Today is Earth Day and I want to talk about ways that you can dispose of a computer and/or electronic equipment safely. I want to give a shout out to loyal reader Greg Williams for suggesting today’s topic. If we are dealing with something that contains data, you may want …

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Dealing With Problematic Windows Updates

Someone posted a comment on a previous post and I thought it was a question that I should also pass along to all readers as the answer can be quite important. First, let’s look at the question: for the past 2 nights my computer has done an automatic update. in …

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