What to Do If You’re Stuck With the Infamous Mac Butterfly Keyboard

If your MacBook’s keys don’t work the way they should, you might have the infamous butterfly keyboard. Here’s how to find out if you’ve gotten stuck with Apple’s lemon of a keyboard design, and where to find repair options. What Is the Mac Butterfly Keyboard?What on earth is a Mac butterfly keyboard? Sadly, it’s not … Continue reading What to Do If You’re Stuck With the Infamous Mac Butterfly Keyboard

What to Do If You Spill Liquid on Your Computer or Phone

Accidents happen, and eventually you’ll find yourself faced with a spill. Whether you’ve knocked coffee onto your laptop or dumped soda on your phone, here’s what to do. Will a spilled beverage destroy an electronic device? That depends on the beverage and the device. Water on a desktop computer keyboard? No big deal. Can of … Continue reading What to Do If You Spill Liquid on Your Computer or Phone

How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

With everyone relying on webcams and microphones these days, it’s vital to know how to protect yourself from accidental—or intentional—spying. Cameras can be hijacked in a number of ways. Cybercriminals can commandeer them with viruses or ransomware, then extort you by demanding money for the deletion of potentially embarrassing photos and videos. There’s always the … Continue reading How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

Remote Learning: How to Solve Computer Problems and Keep Your Kids Safe Online

The necessity of remote learning means families need more computer help than ever. From one parent to another, here are some of my best tech support tips to help you provide a safe and effective home computer environment for your child. One of this year’s challenges is the widespread shortage of some electronics. Web cams … Continue reading Remote Learning: How to Solve Computer Problems and Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Five Ways To Improve Your Wireless Network Signal

If you’ve ever suffered from slow WiFi, you’re not alone. But there are a number of easy things you can do to try to speed up your wireless network. 1. Relocate the routerThe most common wireless problem I encounter is poor placement. Wireless routers should be placed as high as possible, such as on a bookshelf, and away … Continue reading Five Ways To Improve Your Wireless Network Signal

Let’s Celebrate the Return of the Mac Chime

You may remember the cheerful chime that used to play when you started your Mac. Well, folks, it’s time to celebrate, because Apple’s bringing back the historic Macintosh startup chime. The Mac chime began as the startup sound for the original 1984 Macintosh. It wasn’t just a marketing trick to show how this amiable-looking beige … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the Return of the Mac Chime

Ten Computer Troubleshooting Tips For When You’re Working From Home

You don’t have to be a computer expert to solve your own tech problems. Here’s how to get up and running quickly when you’re working from home. Reboot your computer or deviceSure, it’s a cliche to recommend a reboot, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t give it a try as … Continue reading Ten Computer Troubleshooting Tips For When You’re Working From Home

How to Clean and Sanitize Your Electronics

When was the last time you sanitized your computer, phone, or gaming controller? For frequently-used electronics, daily cleaning and sanitizing is a must. Here’s how to get started. There are cleaning products specifically designed for electronics. Some people use a small amount of rubbing alcohol instead, or a touch of environmentally-friendly all-purpose cleaner. Avoid bleaches … Continue reading How to Clean and Sanitize Your Electronics

How to Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your Old Computers, Tablets, and Phones

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You shouldn't leave old electronics sitting around, and you certainly shouldn’t put them in the trash. Here’s how to dispose of your old computer, tablet, or phone in a responsible manner. E-waste is a terrible problem. As consumers, it’s our responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of the technology we use. Selling, donating, and recycling … Continue reading How to Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your Old Computers, Tablets, and Phones