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Check out my Getting Started Using Windows series with most of the operating suggestions and tips.  This is a great starting point for new computer users.  The original tutorials were made for earlier versions of Windows, however, the basics have remained since the first versions of Windows.  You can click here for a helpful guide to using Windows.  (I'm always in the process of adding more information)  Also use the search link on the upper left to search for a certain subject or area of information you are looking for.

Discussions

On this page I am going to provide monthly discussions on topics of interest and also have an archive of past discussions available.  If there is a topic you would like to know more about or have questions on, please e-mail me and I will try to cover those items in the discussions.  If you're searching for Windows 8 tips, click the drop down arrow next to archived discussions and select Software.

This month's discussion topic is:

Sync your Outlook calendar with your smartphone


Document Scanning Service Available

We now have document scanning available.

Examples of items worth scanning into searchable files readily accessible at the computer on CD or DVD:

  • Tax Returns
  • GET tax returns
  • Any documentation which you may have to search through at a later date for tax or problem resolution.
  • Real Estate papers
  • Inventory documentation
  • Click here for more information.

Help Desk Information

In the Quick Links area in the upper left corner, the Services link details services provided to our customers.  The Internet Links provides other handy reference links.  Looking for something in particular?  If you're looking for a particular subject on the Help Desk website and want to find it fast, here's a tip.  Click on the Search link in the left column in the Quick Links area.  When the Google search starts up, type in what it is you are looking for, then, click the radio button where you would like to search.  It makes it a lot easier to find a specific item or subject.  As I continue to add information for people learning to use a computer and to improve your skills further, it is much easier and faster to type in a reference and search this website for the material you are looking for. Searching for items on the Internet?  Check out the search links area on the Internet Links item in the Quick Links area at the top left of this page.

Helpful Internet Explorer Favorites

Click here for a list of Favorites I've created to help when using Internet Explorer.

Ready for your own web site?

Most of my clients already know, but for those of you who don't, if you are deciding on starting your own web site or need assistance updating an existing site, please talk to me or contact Randy Strong at TriSystems Inc. to find out why it is extremely important to have your site technically correct before submitting it to the search engines, and make sure you don't fall into the trap of paying unnecessary maintenance and update fees.

Did Ya know?

Interesting Internet fact:  As of October 1, 2014, worldwide there are 1,022,954,603  web sites active on the Internet containing possibly more than one trillion web pages!  That's right, over one billion websites, nearly 31 million more than last month. 

The numbers, since January of last year tend to indicate the number of web sites is continuing to increase, although they have dropped about 4 million in the last month.  Would you believe that in August of 1995, the number of Internet sites was only 18,957!  In April 1997, the Internet reached one million websites.  Due to the dot-com era between 1997 and 2000, by the beginning of 2000 the number of sites ballooned to 10 million.

The amount of spam a person receives is a direct result of your web browsing and email habits. Those who get few spam messages are prudent as to what email attachments they open, and how cautious they are about giving out their email address (see here for more information).

 Click here to read the latest Symantec spam report.  Their report is very detailed and you will be surprised at the information it contains.  Make sure to update your Outlook mail rules regularly, use a yahoo or Windows Live email account, and be discrete about giving out your email address.  Now that we have the improvements in Internet Explorer, use the In-Private browsing when looking for information on the Internet.

As of October 1, 2014 the various antivirus programs are checking computers for 24,157,717 different viruses and threats.  That's right, we are now over 24 million.  Make sure to keep your virus DAT files up to date!  As far as I'm concerned, adware and spyware are two of the biggest threats we are seeing now.  Click here for more information. Be careful when downloading ANYTHING!


Please Note: All information provided in The Help Desk web site is in easy to understand terms, in my opinion only, and may not necessarily be the only accepted answers or advice.  I will not be responsible for any problems caused from anyone making any configuration or hardware changes to their computer system resulting from information obtained from this web site.  Please contact me prior to using any content from this web site.