Author Archive | Alan Buckingham

Force an Android Device to Find an Update

Android phones are the top-selling devices in the world today with Google recently announcing that they are currently activating 1.3 million handsets every single day.  With all of the different versions of the mobile operating system and all of the different carriers it can become easy to get confused, especially with updates to the OS.  On top […]


xbmc

With the move to Windows 8 Microsoft has not killed Media Center as many had feared they would, but they have made it much less appealing in several ways.  The popular home theater computer (HTPC) software will only be available as a paid add-on for the new operating system.  On top of that, Microsoft has […]


chrome 23 show home button

Chrome, the popular web browser from Google, is known for being fast and reliable, but there are countless other reasons why users, especially techie-types (geeks) love this web browser.  The software has the ability to kill individual tabs to prevent one web site crash from taking down the whole system.  There is the ability to […]


Acer, along with Samsung, was the first hardware maker to produce a Chromebook, which is a laptop based on Google's Chrome operating system.  The Chrome OS was introduced back in December of 2010 when Google began shipping free CR-48 laptops out to those who signed up for the beta test.  The final version debuted in […]


chrome shockwave flash crash

Many people use Google's Chrome web browser for surfing the Internet because it's fast, stable and generally reliable.  However, quite  a few users have a problem with Adobe's Shockwave Flash plugin for the browser.  It's likely not a Google problem, but an Adobe one.  The software maker has dealt with numerous security issues with Flash, […]


windows 8 store release preview

When Microsoft rolled out the Windows Store with the release of the Consumer Preview version of the operating system there were only a few apps available, and many of them were actually made by the Redmond company.  Now, with the Release Preview being widely used, and the RTM (release to manufacturers) version all set and […]


windows 8 control panel

There is perhaps no more important thing for users to do than backup their files.  Hard drive crashes can happen unexpectedly and the risk of losing important and irreplaceable files like family pictures is just too great to ignore.  Unfortunately, in today's busy world, many of us forget this important step, so the best solution is an […]


windows 8 charms pc settings

With Windows 8, Microsoft has almost completely changed the face of their flagship product, doing away with the Start button that has been so integral since the Windows 95 days, as well as adding a brand new Start screen that, while working well on a traditional computers, is clearly geared towards tablets. To go along […]


firefox advanced settings toggle

Mozilla recently rolled out Firefox 15, the latest version of the browser in their new rapid-release schedule.  With this new release there are quite a few new features, which have been outlined in the above linked post.  One interesting feature that bears a little more attention and some explanation is the new built-in PDF reader. […]


word 2013 share

Microsoft recently rolled out the first public beta of Office 2013, formerly known by the code name "Office 15".  While many things are still similar to the previous Office 2010 version, many more have changed.  For those paying attention, Microsoft has also been changing their Live offerings, phasing out the name and some of the apps that […]


windows 8 right-click menu properties

For those using Windows 8 there is built-in file encryption, called Bit-Locker, available, but only if you are using the Pro or Enterprise version of the operating system.  However, every version of Windows since XP has simple file and folder encryption called Encrypted File Service or EFS. Using the service is fairly simple, but user beware: […]


activision app menu

Classic games have been making a comeback lately with Microsoft recently partnering with Atari to bring arcade games to Internet Explorer.  Now, today, another name from the past, Activision, announced a new mobile app for both Android and iOS that will bring 45 of the 80's games to a handset near you. The app is […]


microsoft requesting access

Microsoft rolled out Outlook.com recently and it's slated to eventually replace the aging and reputation-challenged Hotmail service.  For now, users can choose to upgrade or not, but eventually it will become required.  Microsoft has built a lot of new features into this web mail client, not to mention lending it the hallowed "Outlook" name. One […]


clover tabs

There are several options available for those who want to add tabs to Windows Explorer – something Microsoft should probably have done themselves when they redesigned the app for Windows 8, including the previously reviewed Tab Explorer, QTabBar and QDir. One app I have been using on a couple of our home computers is called […]