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Digital Parenting

Digital Parenting

When my wife and I were parenting in the nineties, modern technology was just emerging. I introduced our three little girls to simple, slow-paced but enchanting computer games such as “Grandma and me,” “Putt-Putt saves the Zoo,” and other educational programs. But...

Staying connected

Staying connected

Maintaining close connections to family, friends, and the community improves life quality and happiness immensely. This is especially true for those living alone. Case in point: My widowed mother is still living in her old apartment in Munich. I set up her computer...

Online and off, beware of scammers

Online and off, beware of scammers

Recently more of my clients and friends have been talking about scams they fell or almost fell for, so I decided to write a series of articles to build awareness about dishonest schemes that confront us in person and via internet, email, mail or phone. The more I...

Summer Technology Tips

Summer Technology Tips

The beginning of the New Year is traditionally a time when people make resolutions toward positive habits and changes. This should include your digital life. Here are my suggestions for some things that you should consider to keep all your electronics shipshape for...

The tech in your car

The tech in your car

About 11 years ago I was shopping for a new car. At that time, gas prices were rising and $5 per gallon seemed to be on the horizon, so I chose a Ford Escape hybrid. This car had technical features such as anti-lock brakes, numerous air bags, and security that would...

RIP – Windows 7

RIP – Windows 7

Many of my PC clients prefer Windows 7 to Windows 10. If you are a diehard Windows 7 fan, you can keep using it, but not for long. Here are some important things that you should know if you haven’t migrated your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10. You may have seen a...

Mental Fitness Apps

Mental Fitness Apps

Several years ago, during the time my oldest daughter, Silvia, was engaged to a Dutch chemist, I decided to subscribe to a Dutch language program. It wasn’t expensive and was easy to use on my iPad. There are many language programs such as Rosetta Stone and Babbel...

Too Many Memories??

Too Many Memories??

How many photos do you have on your digital phone? On your computer? On the cloud? I’m guessing it’s a lot. Many people have an alarming number of photos on their devices (one of my clients had over 200,000!), and finding the ones you need can be a daunting task. Read...

Digital Resolutions for the New Year

Digital Resolutions for the New Year

Prepare your computer for a stress-free start to 2019. The beginning of the New Year is traditionally a time when people make resolutions toward positive habits and changes. This should include your digital life. Here are my suggestions for some things that you should...

Holiday Tech: Dok’s Shopping Tips

Holiday Tech: Dok’s Shopping Tips

Advertisements are already bombarding us about holiday shopping days and deals! I’d like to share some of my recommendations for tech goodies that are on my shopping list. (Disclaimer: I’m not a shareholder in any of these companies!) I’m just sharing results from my...

Weather or Not

Weather or Not

Weather, especially storms, can be threatening to electronic equipment. It is important to be weather-savvy and apply protective measures to keep your computers in good shape. You’d be surprised what a bad storm can do to your technology. Over the years, I have seen...

Escape the Phishing Hook!

Escape the Phishing Hook!

We often get super slow or frozen computers checked in, brought by upset clients who had googled for telephone computer support. Some had paid money for some kind of clean-up or security tool, and several were worried that crucial data had been stolen. Some clicked on...

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