Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

Planned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. You’re used to it with your car. But your computer operating system – the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work –  has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if you’re among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, it’s the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …   1. The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ice cream uses jellyfish proteins. (Learn more at Lick Me I’m Delicious) 2. A beagle named Elvis can smell when polar bears are pregnant at the Cincinnati zoo. (Learn more at Cincinnati Zoo) 3. Customs agents in Los Angeles recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle that was stolen from a Nebraska man’s backyard nearly 46 years ago. (Learn more at Orange County Register) 4. Twenty Pound Carp, a fish with its …

William C. Lowe: Father of the IBM PC

Remember your first car? Do you also remember your first computer? The odds aren’t bad that it was an IBM personal computer, the boxy device with the twin floppy drives and the green glowing type on its screen that was introduced back in 1981. While it wasn’t the first desktop PC, it was the first one many people felt comfortable plunking down $1,565 – $4,031 in today’s dollars – to buy, because it was made by an iconic technology giant. …

Tech Tips: Hack Your Mac

Just got a new Mac? Learning to use the one you got? We’re posting simple tips every week (for Windows users too!) You can bookmark our tech blogs here. Look up in the right corner of your screen. See the magnifying glass? Consider that magnifying  glass your own personal Google. The magnifying glass is called Spotlight, and it’s one of my favorite things about using a Mac. See, I’m lazy. I don’t always have the right program already pulled up, …