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  • Learning Computers: Search Engines

    Links to all articles included in this series: The Beginning: Opening introduction to the series Browsers: What are they? How to make them a safer door to Web. Search Engines: The Good, Bad and Ugly. Understanding search results. (you are here) Malware and Virus: What is Malware? – What is a Virus? What is the difference […]

  • What is Windows Reliability Monitor? The Forgotten Gem

    The Windows Reliability Monitor A seemingly forgotten but very useful tool that is bundled with the Windows 7 Operating System is the Reliability Monitor. Have you noticed that your computer has been failing lately in the ‘Snappy and Responsive’ Department? Let’s face it, Windows has its flaws. It is probably to be expected considering its […]

  • Backup vs Imaging – what’s the difference?

    Last week I published a review of the excellent BitReplica backup software from Auslogics… Auslogics BitReplica: The backup software everyone should have? I was quite surprised by the number of responses to that article complaining that BitReplica does not create images or provide for disaster recovery via bootable media. Obviously, there are a lot more […]


    Increasing numbers of links point to web pages, servers or other resources that have become permanently unavailable. The phrase also describes the effects of failing to update out-of-date web pages that clutter search engine results. A link that does not work any more is called a broken link, dead link or dangling link. A link […]

  • Windows 7 system restore explained

    Microsoft has included a system restore function in Windows since Windows ME as a way of providing protection to the important system files of the operating system. How successful this has been in the past is open to discussion, and many will say it has been less than reliable in versions prior to Vista. Microsoft […]

  • What is the Windows 7 device stage

    Microsoft introduced an interesting feature in Windows 7 named Device Stage, or Devices and Printers. Their goal was to create a central interface to manage and interact with all devices attached to the computer. Back in 2009 Microsoft described Device Stage as: Think of Device Stage as a home page for your hardware: When you […]

  • What is a URL?

    Well it’s not your neighbor, Earl! Well, it could be if you spell as badly as I do. If you look in address bar of your browser you will see a URL. A URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator, and is similar to the address of your home. It provides a simple way […]

  • What is RAM (Random Access Memory)?

    Random Access Memory is more commonly referred to as RAM, and no it isn’t an animal! RAM is used by the CPU as short term data storage for your computer. RAM is also the fastest storage location available to the CPU, due to this adding RAM is the most cost efficient thing you can do […]