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  • Lately, every time I start Firefox I get a message that says “you’ve been updated to the latest version of Firefox.” I know that Firefox updates automatically on a frequent basis, but not this frequently. If I started it 5 times in an hour I would get 5 update messages. This isn’t that big of a deal, but it is a little annoying.

    2 days 3 hours ago

  • The advice runs the gamut. Change all of your passwords immediately. Don’t change any of your passwords immediately because they will just be immediately exposed. Personally, II would wait until I was sure the website I was going to change passwords on was fixed before doing so.

    1 week 2 days ago

  • The first thing is that Cortana is like a memory come to life for people who played Halo on the Xbox. Cortana was like a virtual person who helped Master Chief in the single player game. Siri doesn’t have that kind of street cred with me - Cortana and I have a history.   

    1 week 2 days ago

  • I don’t think there is a way to do it built into Docs. There is an add-on called VexTab that has ok reviews. It also support tabliture, which might be of interest to you judging from your avatar. Open a Doc file, and click the “add-on” tab at the top of the page, then select “get add-ons”.

    5 weeks 2 days ago

  • What are some good practices to avoid installing Android apps that aren’t malware, but play fast and loose with your privacy and information?

    8 weeks 1 day ago

  •  I’m not sure why Apple is pulling them off, and they haven’t given any reason. They have also removed a couple of other wallet apps that weren’t Bitcoin. I strongly suspect that they are developing their own wallet app/system and don’t want any competition, but that’s speculation on my part.

    10 weeks 1 day ago

  • After getting a Windows Security Alert, I went into control panel>system and security>action panel, where it shows that “Windows Security Center service is turned off.” When I try to turn it on by clicking the “turn on now” box, I get a pop-up window that says “Security Center can’t be started.” Any ideas how I can fix this?

    10 weeks 3 days ago

  • I know many, many people use terrible passwords. I try to make mine both something I can remember and reasonably strong. What do you use to objectively evaluate the strength (or weakness) of your passwords?

    13 weeks 3 days ago

  • Do any companies really make better, as in more reliable, laptops? I’m in the market for a PC, not a Mac, so “get a Mac” doesn’t help since it just isn't within the budget.

    16 weeks 5 days ago

  • In the past week, I’ve read about Microsoft, Yahoo and Google taking steps to make it harder for the Government to spy on citizens, while AT&T tries to avoid answering shareholder questions about providing data to the governments.

    18 weeks 5 days ago

  • Yes, you can do it. In addition to the services Hancockt pointed out, and are two other choices.

    21 weeks 2 days ago

  •  It might be your sound card, but it also could be bad electrical wiring or something causing electromagnetic interference. If your sound card has poor shielding, it can cause exactly this “crackling” sound if there is a source of EMF nearby.

    21 weeks 2 days ago

  • You can use a few different tools for this. You can purchase software, but I usually just use a website, It works pretty well, and is free.

    22 weeks 1 day ago

  • Google was almost forced to take this step, and I am fine with it. It’s one of those situations where a minority of people have screwed it up for everyone. There are people on there that literally encourage teens with poor self image to kill themselves. Many, many comment threads devolve into a series of personal attacks on each other.

    22 weeks 4 days ago

  • From what I’ve seen, the 2nd gen Google Glass looks pretty much like the first gen version, except with optional ear bud. What else is different? Also, are they still only going to be available by invite only?

    24 weeks 2 days ago

  • Well, microwaves are essentially a form of high frequency radio waves, and you can see that they effectively transfer energy. I think that it would be relatively easy to transfer 1.5 watts over a short distance.

    25 weeks 2 days ago

  • I would try running the Windows 8 Update Troubleshooter. If that doesn’t work, you might have to try a system restore. Good luck, I hope the troubleshooter fixes the issue. 

    25 weeks 2 days ago

  • Since the update to Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 doesn’t seem to be compatible with Google. I mean google search, the website, the one where pretty much everyone searches for everything, including me. Now it just displays a jumble of text and links, a total mess. I tried Firefox on the same PC and Google was fine.

    25 weeks 6 days ago

  • Windows uses Microsoft’s driver database, which may or may not include the latest drivers from manufacturers. It does not check the manufacturer’s website for the most current version. 

    27 weeks 3 days ago

  • Basically because they don’t care about the process, they care about the results. If you can show actionable data, it doesn’t matter to most members of management whether you got it via Big Data or a Magic 8-ball.

    28 weeks 4 days ago

  • CSS can help you make a website look better and be easier to manage, plus CSS skills are likely to be pretty marketable now and in the future. You have additional formatting choices with CSS that allow you to control format better. It also lets you separate content (using HTML) from style (CSS). 

    28 weeks 4 days ago

  • :I think it is probably meant to be an OS for Steambox that is “lean and mean,” optimized for online gaming and stability above everything else. Also, it is an Linux based OS, so developers won’t really have a difficult time getting comfortable with it.

    29 weeks 4 days ago

  • Dell shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of taking Dell private. What’s the advantage of doing this? Won’t it make it harder for the company to raise capital by issuing additional stock?

    30 weeks 3 days ago

  • AT&T has voluntarily started sending out warning letters to broadband customers that it suspects of copyright infringement. I use bittorrent occasionally for legal things, such as Freepbx distros, and if would be a major inconvenience to be disconnected, not to mention beyond frustrating.

    30 weeks 6 days ago

  •  “...using multiple anti-virus solutions can result in kernel mode conflicts causing system instability, catastrophic crashes, slow performance and waste vital system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, each anti-virus may try to update their definition databases at the same time.

    31 weeks 2 days ago

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