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Play PowerPoint on a DVD Player

My lovely wife, December, requested this of me just hours before she needed it. She didn't get the disc in time for her event, but most of the answers I found doing a search required downloading unnecessary software so I decided to try and save someone else time by...

maxmyspeed.com might be a scam

TV Commercials for a product that promises to boost your computer performance had me curious. I wanted to know, first if the product had been reviewed by any credible computer news magazines, or Websites, and second if it would boost the performance if an...

Malicious Software (Spyware) Removal

Removing malicious software from computers running Windows has become a routine part of what I help many of my customers with. Some of this is so routine that I am comfortable with the user performing these steps themselves. In many cases the following steps...

Keep Your Internet Email Safe

I think it is well past time to strongly encourage everyone to strengthen their passwords. Imagine all the sites you have passwords for that can be reset by verifying your email address. A strong password should meet ALL of the following criteria. It should not a word in the dictionary, Not include dictionary words, Be no less than 8 characters (longer the better), Use both letters and numbers, Use both lowercase and uppercase letters, Use one or more special characters (e.g. %, $, @, etc…)

Brian Haines recommends Windows 7

I knew we would all move to Windows 7 eventually, but I didn't know that I would be this happy about it. Really. Not only has Windows 7 performed well on my 2 year old laptop with only 2GB of RAM, I have enjoyed using it and find that some of the new features are...

Brian Haines recommends Windows XP

I have always been an early adopter of new Microsoft Operating Systems (OS) including Windows Vista. With Windows Millennium (Me) being the obvious exception each OS prior to Vista has been an improvement over the last. I was an early Windows 2000 convert, so I never had to use Windows Me, and Windows 2000 was a major improvement over Windows 98 and Windows Me. Windows XP even better and then Vista, not so much.

Vista’s poor performance is due to the fact that the Operating System simply requires far more resources than most hardware can handle.