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The Computer Tutor podcast is a weekly show that offers all kinds of cool things that help you use your computer more easily and effectively. You'll say, "Wow, that's cool - I never knew I could do that!"






How to narrow your search results by date range

Recently I got a message from one of my readers, Mike – Boo. I asked a question some months back which you mentioned, but did not answer. Perhaps I can ask again? I need to limit my search results by date. For example, I want to search for mythtv. This is sort of useless and [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:11:37

How to get rid of sponsored posts (ads) on Facebook

Thanks to a really good ad blocker (Ublock Origin), I see almost no display ads on most websites. It’s wonderful. But if that’s the only ad blocker you use, you’ll still see ads on one popular website – Facebook. Here’s how you can get rid of the ads on Facebook as well. Facebook [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:10:20

Watch a slide show of your pictures in Windows 10

Do you have a bunch of pictures saved on your Windows 10 computer? It’s really easy to view them in a slide show, full screen. (yes, those are my pups – Lilly and Fenway – in that picture) There are lots of ways to view the images stored on your computer. You can [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:07:47

Watch out for this tricky AirBnB scam

I love Airbnb and I’ve used the service several times. But unfortunately, like with many things today, the scammers have figured out a way to trick you out of your money using the Airbnb service. Here’s how it works and how you can avoid it. I love Airbnb (use this link to get [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:14:15

The secret repair trick that techs don’t want you to know

Recently a client called me in a panic, because he was in the middle of using his laptop and suddenly it shut off and now it wouldn’t boot up again. By all appearances, his laptop was just dead. Here’s how we handled it. I have to tell you, I really love using this [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:09:21

Google wants your phone number – so give it to them

Everyone seems to be in a panic about privacy these days. All the big companies want to know everything about you, and most people are reluctant to give up any more information than they really need to (with one exception – we willingly tell Facebook everything about ourselves). But when Google asks you for your [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:12:03

Case study of a client who was (almost) scammed

Online scams are a huge problem, and it seems like they won’t be going away anytime soon. I recently had a client who almost got scammed and wasn’t even aware of it until I explained what happened. Laura contacted me about buying one of my refurbished laptops. Her laptop had been running really [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:11:58

Why do my incoming emails show the wrong time?

Had this come up with a client recently. His email inbox was constantly showing the wrong time for incoming emails. He could receive an email at 2 pm, and yet when he looked at that email, it would show that it arrived at 9 pm. In fact, he demonstrated the problem while he was here [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:08:53

Finding and destroying Facebook hoaxes

Recently, Facebook has been overrun with all kinds of warnings about hackers and viruses. I’ve gotten numerous direct Facebook messages from friends, alerting me of these problems and encouraging me to forward the same message to all of my contacts. I won’t be doing that. Here are a couple that I’ve received recently [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:14:12

How I customize Chrome

Chrome is great even if you just leave it alone and use it with the default settings. But I like to customize and “tweak” it a few different ways to make it even better. Basically what I’m describing here today is the process I go through when I’m setting up Chrome on a [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:12:58

MS Office not working properly? Here’s a quick fix

Microsoft Office is a group of programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and others. Most of the time these programs work fine, but occasionally they can misbehave. What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s a quick fix you should try before you call your computer tech for a repair. The [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:10:54

Is it time for you to upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 has been out for almost 2 years now. If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, is it time for you to upgrade? Maybe. A little background first. If you’ve been reading this blog or listening to my podcast for the past couple of years or longer, you know that [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:15:53

Smartphone app that could literally save someone’s life

Now that most people have smart phones, and we all have a high-resolution camera with us at all times, there are new ways to use them popping up all the time. What we’re talking about today is a great example of that. Who would have thought that your cell phone could actually save someone’s life [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:10:50

New device to speed up your internet consistently

Think about when your internet connection isn’t working properly. Maybe you’re getting a “Page cannot be found” error, or your computer can’t find the wifi signal, or perhaps websites are just loading reeeaaallly slowly. If you call your internet provider, what’s the first thing they’ll tell you to do? Restart your modem and router. But [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:09:22

That window that keeps flashing on the screen every hour – here’s the fix

Recently I got some reports from people that something weird was happening on their Windows computer. Every so often a window would appear on the screen and then immediately disappear. It would happen so quickly there was no chance of seeing any words or error message – it would just flash on then disappear. Then [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:11:47

What to do when your Facebook friend gets hacked

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen this happen. You suddenly get a friend request from someone you’ve already been friends with for a long time. What’s the best thing to do in this situation? First off, I want to say up front that when this happens, it is not a “hack”. I [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:12:42

Should you be using Flash?

I recently got this voice mail from one of my podcast listeners: “Hi, my name is Bridget and I’m calling from Oregon and I appreciate your show so much. I do love my computer, but there is one thing I just don’t understand. But first – let me admit, I am over 50 (haha). What I [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:11:16

The ad-blocker I use and recommend

After last week’s post about the website with the large volume of ads that would have normally been eliminated by my ad-blockers, I got some inquiries asking what software I use to avoid seeing any website advertisements. For me, there are 3 basic reasons to use an ad-blocker: To stop seeing all [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:10:55

Great way to decide which programs to uninstall from your PC

Last Monday we talked about taking some non-essential programs out of the “auto-startup” process in order to speed up your computer. Today we’ll go over an easy way to figure out if you should actually uninstall a program from your Windows computer. You know how it is – when you go into Control [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:12:33

Speed up your PC by optimizing the startup programs

When a Windows computer is running slowly, one of the first things I check is this: How many programs are running at the same time, both visibly and in the background? The more programs are running, the slower they all run. So let’s streamline your computer and run only those programs that are needed. [...] Read more » Download Ashford for WordPress

Duration: 00:09:05

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