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Tech Tactics 2013

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Syndicated columnist and author Reid Goldsborough tells you how to get the most out of your computers, digital cameras and other devices each time you boot up with his technology information and easy tips.

Tech Tactics - Sweet Office Suite Alternatives

By Reid Goldsborough - December 6, 2013
One of the greatest inventions since the personal computer (PC) is the PC office suite. These software collections, which include at least a word processor, spreadsheet program, and presentation program, can handle most productivity tasks of a typical small home or office user.

Tech Tactics - Cutting the Pay-TV Cord

By Reid Goldsborough - November 20, 2013
Many frustrated by cable, fiber, and satellite companies forcing them to subscribe to television channels they don't watch and making channels they do watch part of expensive bundles are "cutting the cord" — severing the conventional pay-TV connection for free or low-cost content through their Internet connection.

Tech Tactics - Dealing With PC Problems

It has been said, "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."

Tech Tactics - Choosing a Web Browser

By Reid Goldsborough - September 13, 2013
A new report about the reliability of Web browsers sheds new light on these tools and might prompt you to take another look at the browser you use. 

Tech Tactics - 11 Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

By Reid Goldsborough - August 16, 2013
Identity theft — the unauthorized use of your personal information for fraudulent purposes — is rampant, and it can occur whether you’re computing at home or on the road.

Tech Tactics - 10 Best Apps for Traveling

By Reid Goldsborough - July 11, 2013
When you're away from home, digital technology can makes things easier. Programs for your laptop and apps for your tablet or smartphone can go a long way to bridging distance, whether you're heading for the hills in the summer or snowbirding in the winter. Here are 10 free products that are available for all popular platforms.

Tech Tactics - Reading Online User Reviews Critically

By Reid Goldsborough - June 20, 2013
One of the best — and worst — qualities of the Internet is being able to find evaluations of products and services.

Tech Tactics - GPS to the Rescue

By Reid Goldsborough- May 22, 2013
People used to get to where they wanted to go in their cars with maps and by asking for directions. Not any more!

Tech Tactics - What's In a Password?

By Reid Goldsborough - April 9, 2013
In the digital age, passwords have become a way of life. From using your ATM card to logging onto innumerable websites, you need to prove you are who you claim to be with a password.

Tech Tactics - It's All About Connections

By Reid Goldsborough - March 14, 2013

The ways computers connect have evolved over the years. Learn to make the best use of these connections so you get the most out of whatever computer equipment you're using, from smartphone to desktop PC.

Tech Tactics - Laptop or Tablet?

By Reid Goldsborough - February 15, 2013
If you’re considering buying a new portable computing device, should you choose a laptop or tablet?

Tech Tactics - How Sound Is the Cloud?

By Reid Goldsborough - January 17, 2013
Are you concerned about storing your information and documents "in the cloud"? Reid Goldsborough explains why this is a potentially valid fear, and how you can still use cloud services safely.