Articles By Steve Bass

Test your PC with 10 (mostly) free sites and tools

Is your PC healthy? Don't be too sure. Think back to when you heard a kerklunk sound coming from the hard drive. Or maybe you remember the last time your Internet connection was

Published on: December 27th, 2008 Steve Bass

Keep your PC healthy during flu season with these 10 tools

Is your PC healthy? Don't be too sure. Think back to when you heard a kerklunk sound coming from the hard drive. Or maybe you remember the last time your Internet connection was

Published on: December 5th, 2008 Steve Bass

Smart Fixes for Printing, E-mail and Audio Hassles

Zap Ink-Slurping Web Pages The Hassle: I use up too many inkjet cartridges (and the prices are killing me), especially when I have to print full Web pages with big images and ads

Published on: November 24th, 2008 Steve Bass

Surefire fixes for your printing, e-mail and PC audio problems

Nothing is more expensive than replacing inkjet cartridges. In this month's column, I'll talk about the tips and tools I use to save ink--and paper. I'll also give you the lowdown on removing

Published on: September 3rd, 2008 Steve Bass

How to boost your PC’s performance with Windows registry cleaning

Let's start with a little quiz. I say "Big, bloated, and full of errors." What do you say? Right, "Windows Registry." One more: "Messing with it is risky." If you guessed the Registry again, you pass. While

Published on: August 21st, 2008 Steve Bass

Six surefire fixes to Vista and XP hassles

Had enough of Windows' shenanigans? I'll show you how to print elegant folder lists, dispatch Balloon Tips and annoying icon wizards, and copy files that won't copy. Plus, I debunk a performance hoax

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Steve Bass

Tips to deal with inevitable hard disk failure

It happens to all of us: You turn on your system and see the stomach-churning "disk not found" error. It's really not surprising considering hard drives fail--more often than you might think. You

Published on: April 16th, 2008 Steve Bass

Surefire fixes for common PC problems

Is Windows bugging you about USB devices that aren't even plugged in anymore? Or harassing you with bogus security alerts? Or popping up lots of unnecessary notifications? I have all the fixes--plus a

Published on: January 31st, 2008 Steve Bass

Smart ways to slash your printing costs and manage your passwords

Even though I buy recycled and remanufactured printer cartridges, I'm still stunned by the cost. So short of shoplifting, I'll try practically anything to save ink. There are two tricks I use. The

Published on: December 10th, 2007 Steve Bass

Smart ways to reduce print costs and protect passwords

Even though I buy recycled and remanufactured printer cartridges, I'm still stunned by the cost. So short of shoplifting, I'll try practically anything to save ink. There are two tricks I use. The

Published on: November 1st, 2007 Steve Bass