Why does Windows 10 update so much?

I hear this question/statement VERY often, “It seems every time I turn around, my computer has an update!” Once each day, Windows checks your computer to see if your computer needs updates.  You see, Microsoft regularly releases new features, security patches, bug fixes, etc. But it’s OK – Windows does all this in the background.  …

Office Depot, Support.com pay $35 million to settle FTC allegations

April 16, 2019 I’ve been ‘Frank the Computer Guy’ since coming home from the War of 1812. Actually, 1983. I never claim to be the best in the business, but I WILL be honest. Office Depot along with business partner Support.com agreed to pay a settlement of $35 million to the Federal Trade Commission for …

I swanny, I think my phone is listening to my conversations!

I swanny, I think my cell phone (Samsung Galazy S9) can read my mind. Short Story: I was having coffee with a buddy recently and the topic changed to converting 8mm tapes to DVDs. The next thing you know, my Facebook feed starts showing ads for 8mm tape conversion machines. So, I started wondering, ‘Is …

Streaming TV overtakes Cable TV

Get this – subscriptions to video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have overtaken cable subscriptions!!! This info, according to the Motion Picture Association of America’s 2018 report, states 610 million people, more or less, commonly use streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.  And, this number is up 27% from 2017!!! …

How to hide your Active Status on Facebook Messenger

When I hit the office each morning, I check ‘communication’: texts, email, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Messenger.  I receive more and more Facebook messages each and every week.  Facebook Messenger seemingly is overtaking email as the preferred electronic communication tool. 1.  This is an easy fix.  Look in the lower right hand corner of your ‘Facebook …

Is there a difference between 5GHz and 2.4Ghz regarding my wireless network?

Quick show of hands:  Who can tell me the difference between the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz option on your home router/network?  No cheating! OK – here’s the lowdown:  2.4 and 5GHz refer to two different ‘bands’ your wireless router can use for its signal.  The biggest difference between the two is speed. Under ideal conditions, …

Yes – even ‘Frank the Computer Guy’ can get hacked…

Yes, even I get hacked from time-to-time. Monday, I was working on a ‘sick’ computer when all of the sudden, my firewall notified me some nefarious actions were happening on MY computer. I noticed 15-20 ‘programs’ installing on my system – I wasn’t TOUCHING my system.  So, I did what any good computer guy would do – I pulled …

Springs storms are upon us…. Is YOUR computer protected?

Quick!  Tell me the difference between the power strip on the left and the power strip on the right?  No, different brand names does not count. On the left is a plain-Jane power strip.  For $12.46 at Home Depot, you will in essence purchase a glorified extension cord with little or no power protection. On the …

Casa Caperton has Cut the Cable

Casa Caperton has ‘cut the cable’; that is, we’ve dropped Comcast TV but kept Comcast Internet.  Now, we are using an Amazon Fire Stick ($45/month), Netflix ($11/month), Hulu ($11/month), Amazon Prime ($8.25/month), Playstation Vue ($45/month) a $50 digital antenna we picked up at Walmart AND LOVING IT! I can’t speak for your household but I like …