the best computer? For a lot of people, it's the one with the best tech
support. When Laptop Magazine did their Tech Support Showdown, Sony was
the winner with an overall grade of A. No other company got an A; the
worst score was a D+. Sony's VAIO Fit Series SVF15212CXB
is a terrifc laptop.
A4 processor offers pretty decent performance, allowing a laptop at
can be a good alternative to tablets like the iPad. In a sense they are
subsidized; companies like Barnes and Noble are hoping you buy lots of
electronic books (from them), and sell the reader at a pretty low
is a good central place to find out about spyware. They're sponsored by
Google and Sun Microsystems, so they're about as trustworthy a place as
you'll find for recommendations. If you look around the site, you
should find links to reviews of recommended programs to remove spyware.
(Note: some programs that claim to remove spyware actually ARE spyware,
so it's important to stick to using programs recommended by reliable
Diamond CS has a free program called Process Guard. It alerts
you any time a process or application attempts to start. You can allow
it, deny it, or set up a rule to always allow it. Very helpful, but
really oriented toward a more advanced user.
UP! is a useful tool to help you test
internet connections security. Click on the "Probe My Ports!" button to
begin the brief test. If you don't understand the results, you can
print the results page and show them to the folks at a computer store
for advice on how to secure you're computer.
Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a great way to make sure the
software on your PC is the latest version (and the most secure version).
Pro Computer shows has shows on the
weekend at different
places. Lots of vendors sell new and used computer equipment and
software at good prices.
Helpful Windows shortcuts:
F11 - toggles between a
normal window and full screen; works on most browsers.
hold "alt" key then press
"tab" - toggles between windows. You can continue holding the alt key
and repeatedly press tab key to get to the window you want.
F1 "Help window" for the
program you're using
"alt" + "print screen" or
"ctrl" + "print screen" will do a screen capture. It captures an image
of either everything on your computer monitor or the active window. You
can then paste it into a program like Front Page or some versions of
"alt" - highlights the "File" menu in the program you're
using. Then you can use your arrow keys to move across and up and down
through the menus. This can be helpful on a laptop that has an awkward
pointing device. Pressing "Esc" gets you one level back on the menu, or
out of it.
"Backspace" takes you back
to the previous web page (on most browsers).