Windows 8: No More Product Key Sticker

If you have a Windows computer running Windows 7 or an earlier version, you should have a product key sticker. Depending on your version of Windows it will be roughly one inch tall and two to three inches wide. It will have a 25 character product key that looks something like this "H4J0K-37DHG-4HG4H-WPSD7=89FGC". On a desktop computer, this sticker can usually be found on the top or side.

Which Email Service Should I Use?

You have many choices for your email address today. You can use one of the online giants, your own Internet provider or even create your own, but what are the pros and cons and how would you ever move after having this email for so long? It's the address all your customers have, right? If you think it would be just too difficult to change email addresses, don't stop reading yet.

Microsoft Remote Desktop

I like to write these Computer Corner articles about technology that you can really use. I am on a four day vacation in California. So here I am sitting in the Loews Hollywood Hotel looking out the window at a huge Oscars banner to the left and the Roosevelt hotel to the right.

Your Most Important Computer File

This is the month of love. Valentine's Day is coming up soon and many of us will spend lots of time and money finding ways to demonstrate our love to our wives or husbands. Of course, you may already be thinking "What's that got to do with computers?". In most marriages, there is one techie person and one not so techie person.

Computer Resolutions for the New Year

It's a new year and a lot of people are talking about New Year Resolutions. They are resolving to do things they have needed to do for a long time. Most of these resolutions have to do with health, but what about some resolutions for your computer? What about the things you know you need to be doing for your computers, but just have not gotten around to? Now is as good a time as any to get started!

Antivirus:I will uninstall the free antivirus software that my neighbor recommended and purchase a real antivirus software.

R.I.P. Windows Xp

When Windows XP was first released with it's fancy new two-column start menu and bright green Start button, I was a little hesitant to get excited about the updated interface. In fact I customized mine to look and feel like Windows 98 at first, but I soon accepted the change and moved forward with all the new features.

Crypto Locker: A New Kind of Virus

Crypto Locker is a new breed of computer virus. It infects your computer when you open an infected email attachment or you visit an infected web site. Once installed, Crypto Locker immediately goes to work encrypting your data so that you cannot open any file unless you comply with it's demands.

Power Protection

Electricity is required for your computer to turn on, but is also the most destructive thing to put into your computer. Sort of a "Live by the cord, die by the cord" problem. Many computers are killed by brown outs, power surges and spikes.

You might think a surge protector would keep your computer from harm, but the $15 surge protector from the local hardware store is not going to do the trick.

Exchange Online with Office 365

Microsoft will put the power of the most advanced email system in the world into your hands for $4 per month with their Exchange Online plan from Office 365. The Microsoft Exchange email server software is used by most of corporate America to host email, contacts, calendars and tasks.