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  • A new Network concept, the Wifi Mesh

    There is a lot of recent interest in Google’s new Google Home and Google Wi-Fi, and updates to Google’s OnHub routers that will be able to work together and create a Mesh Network in your house or place of business. The idea of a mesh network is not new, but with Google’s introduction, they have legitimized the concept.

  • What is a Digital Executor?

    What happens to your Digital property after your death? This subject recently jumped out at me because I lost two close friends over the past few months.

    Both deaths were rather sudden and the individuals Facebook account was the last thing on their love one’s minds. However, as I continued to view posts and memories from their Facebook profile, I began to wonder when, if ever, the account would be removed.

  • New Years Resolution Number Two

    Last week, we talked about your Digital New Year’s Resolution Number 1, and this week we are going to continue with your second digital resolution, cleaning up your desktop.

    Your computer scares me. Really! It scares me. I have people call me to help them with their computer because it ate all their files, they can’t find anything!

  • Check your bills for mystery phone charges

    Cramming happens when a company adds a charge to your phone bill for a service you didn’t order or use. This may be a charge for services like trivia, ringtones, daily horoscopes or love tips to your bill that you didn’t agree to or use.

    The most common dollar amount for a cramming charge is $9.99, a relatively small amount which is easy to overlook. Some charges sound like larger fees you do owe, making it tough to pick out the phony charges, especially if your mobile phone bill varies month to month.

  • New Years Resolution number one

    Weight Watchers or joining a Gym should not be your only New Year Resolution. How about organizing our digital life? I have spent some 45 years in the computer field, working with end users nearly the entire time. If I know anything, it is that the inside of our computer tends to looks like our real-life - messy.

    The benefits of organizing your files into folders, removing programs you don’t use anymore and updating those you do, and cleaning up your desktop can go a long way toward making your computer experience more bearable and productive.

  • What Micorsoft Teams does for small business

    Most businesses still face the challenges of technology silos. Even with heavily underutilized products like Evernote and Slack, which range from free to low cost, Small Business (SMB) owners simply fail to maximize the benefits of automated tools to allow collaboration between workers.

    Now Microsoft is entering, or some would say reentering, this work space again with Microsoft Teams (not to be confused with Microsoft Team Server.)

  • Five steps to a new financial you in 2017

    With the New Year comes an opportunity to make some improvements to your financial health. Don’t make just another resolution that disappears by Valentine’s Day. Take your financial wellness to a whole new level: a New Year, a new financial you.

    These five steps will help you to establish a good financial path for 2017:

    Take stock of your finances. Take account of all your income, expenses, and existing savings/investment accounts. Don’t forget to include any debts you may have incurred from the recent holiday season.

  • Annoying Tech Problems? Here are a few solutions for you.

    Next year, I plan to offer as least one article a month targeting some common tech issues regular users (that’s you) have. As a teaser of what is to come, let’s hit a few smart device issues you can easily overcome.

  • Christmas must have tech toys

    Oh the smells of peppermint and merry songs are in the air, the socks are hung by the chimney with care and the Christmas tree is trimmed.

    Now, what shall we put under them and stuff the socks with? Here is my 2016 list of must have tech toys for good little girls and boys!

  • Perfect gifts, Christmas events in Kentucky

    By Terry Mills
    State Representative

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.

    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.