Archive for 2012

Upgrades make great gifts for techies

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

If you’re shopping for the tech enthusiast on your list this holiday season, the options are likely to overwhelm you. Among the swarm of new gadgets this year are dozens of new super-light laptops, tablets, mini tablets and smartphones, all of which offer consumers an upgrade to the sluggish systems they have in their pockets […]

Irritating system updates often protect your computer

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Q: I have been getting the Windows notification for an update called “Security Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package (KB2538242).” I run the update and get a notification that it installed, but within a minute, I get the notification to install it again. Why is this happening, and what can […]

Uninstalling programs during routine computer maintenance raises questions

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Over the past few weeks, several readers wrote in to say they took our experts’ advice in doing a bit of spring cleaning on their desktops and laptops. But they also had a few questions. Q: I was intrigued about your comments regarding disabling Javascript and would like further clarification on them. I had always […]