Articles By Rick Broida

How to fine tune Goolge searches, send text with Google Voice

Here are more tips on how to make good use of Google Chrome and Google Voice.Narrow your Google searchesLike many folks, I rely heavily on Google Search; I probably use it dozens of

Published on: May 16th, 2012 Rick Broida

5 Outlook shortcuts you need to know

Outlook: Love it or hate it, there's room for improvement.Personally, I tend to view Microsoft's information manager as bloated, confusing, and frequently annoying, which is why I'm always on the lookout for ways

Published on: April 20th, 2012 Rick Broida

Pinterest basics

By now you've probably heard of Pinterest. If not, it's only a matter of time. In a mere two months or so, the social network has gone from little-known beta startup to hottest

Published on: March 6th, 2012 Rick Broida

TDSSKiller digs out rootkits

Recently I spent some time rescuing my sister-in-law's laptop from some seriously nasty malware. Even after running utilities like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then using UnHide to restore the system's missing icons and folders, something

Published on: February 16th, 2012 Rick Broida

MagicJack Plus now links directly to router

The YMax MagicJack Plus fixes the biggest issues we found in the original MagicJack. That telephony gadget offered solid, reliable phone service for a price that was hard to beat, but required you

Published on: February 3rd, 2012 Rick Broida

7 Windows tweaks to avoid PC headaches

These tips and tricks can improve how you work in Windows.1. Open Apps the Easy Way Want to launch programs in Windows 7 without lifting yourhands from your keyboard? You can open any

Published on: January 4th, 2012 Rick Broida

Google tips to superpower your Web browsing experience

Recently one of my kids asked for a TankBot for Chanukah. I'd never heard of it, so I went to YouTube to see one in action. Turns out it's a pretty cool smartphone-controlled

Published on: November 28th, 2011 Rick Broida

Windows 7 tips to stay secure and save time

For many years, I didn't bother protecting my home network.Call me crazy, but I didn't see the need.All my neighbors have their own networks--all of thempassword-protected, of course. So why would I deal

Published on: August 18th, 2011 Rick Broida

LockItTight helps you recover stolen laptop

In the last month, two family members and one friend have had laptops stolen right out of their homes. Sadly, none of the systems were equipped with remote-monitoring software, meaning the chances of

Published on: July 20th, 2011 Rick Broida

YouTube power tips: embed video, discover music and block vulgarity

I've recently been inspired to share some of my own YouTube tips with you. Read on for how to embed a video in a blog (or other Web page), use YouTube as a

Published on: June 29th, 2011 Rick Broida

Five better ways to read PDF documents

A couple weeks back I wrote about Sumatra PDF, a speedy and lightweight replacement for slow and lumbering Adobe Reader. I really hit a nerve! Several readers wrote in with their own assessments of

Published on: March 17th, 2011 Rick Broida

Three savvy Windows shortcuts

I just keep running across more cool Windows tips. Rather than limit myself to last week's collection, I've decided to just keep going. So read on for more tips that'll make you a

Published on: February 17th, 2011 Rick Broida

Answers to the top 21 most frustrating PC questions

Modern PCs are certainly marvels of technology--and yet for all their advances, computers still do crazy, inexplicable things. With the average machine, there's enough mystery to keep Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple hopping

Published on: January 25th, 2011 Rick Broida

How to tweak your BIOS for a faster PC boot up

If there's a universal truth among computer users, it's that all of them want their PC to start up faster. Nobody in the history of computing ever said, "Wow, I love this 2-minute

Published on: January 21st, 2011 Rick Broida

How to copy files, remove viruses from your flash drive

The other day, my wife asked me how to copy a PowerPoint presentation to a flash drive so she could take it with her to school. I was a little shocked. My very

Published on: October 28th, 2010 Rick Broida