Category Archive: Computer Corner

Sep 15 2015

Get Your Software For Free

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Enough of Spyware and what is wrong with this and that new stuff, let’s talk about some free stuff! When deciding to add programs to your computer you have two options, buy something or opt for a free version. There are free alternatives to Microsoft’s Office suite, Microsoft’s …

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Jun 25 2015

PayPal Can Do What?!

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By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection So we all have a PayPal account to buy all those wonderful things on the internet. They grab you and it’s the perfect object that fits in your home or office, and PayPal is the easiest way to buy it. It’s all wonderful and so easy with eBay …

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Jun 09 2015

SSD Or HDD: Which Hard Drive Is Best?

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By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Nowadays, Solid State Drives or SSDs are all the rage. Many Apple laptops, including the very popular Macbook Airs, come with them built in. They are fast hard drives and, as prices have recently dropped for the 128GB and 256GB sizes, it can make sense to replace that …

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May 26 2015

Windows 10 Is Closer Than You Think

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By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection A few columns back I wrote a short paragraph about Windows 10 and it coming out later this year, well it seems the date may be more like the middle of the summer. Unless of course Microsoft changes its mind and slips the date, back but for now …

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May 13 2015

The Internet Is A Wild And Friendly Place

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection So the last few columns have been somewhat paranoid, as I am paranoid and am PAID to be so. But on the whole the World Wide Web is fine to visit. Although the bad guys are out there in full force most Web sites are fine to visit …

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Apr 30 2015

Is Google Docs Really Free?

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By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Google’s word processing and spreadsheet service Google Docs is basically Microsoft Office for free, right? Wrong. As with anything that is free there is always a catch, and with Google the “catch” is information. When you type in a document or create a spreadsheet using Google’s free products …

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Apr 14 2015

Printer Prices Plummet

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By Sarah Reynolds for Island Eye News Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with some dancing at Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Local bands perform live at the end of the Mount Pleasant Pier throughout the season (see schedule below), and the dance floor is open for all ages. Bring a date or meet friends, let …

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Apr 01 2015

Apple Watch And Microsoft Windows 10 Are Coming

“I would suggest waiting at least a few months to see what kinds of bugs are in the new software prior to doing the update.”

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Apple came out with their big news this month, the Apple Watch will be in stores next month. I’m sure all Dick Tracy Fans will just have to have one, but you still need to have your iPhone in your pocket/purse (or nearby) to use the watch as a …

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Mar 04 2015

Why You Should Always Choose Manual Install

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection When downloading a program or installing from a disc you have bought, make sure you do the “Manual” or “Advanced” install and look for any unwanted additions the program may be trying to put on your computer. Companies have found that they can do what hackers are doing, …

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Feb 20 2015

What Is Ransomware And How Do You Avoid It?

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By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection It’s back! So be very aware of what you click on, download, etc. as the malware that hacks your files and encrypts them has reared its ugly head again. I’ve had calls from new clients infected with the malware and it can get ugly as the software makes …

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