A tiny computer lurks in a corner of my pocket along with spare change, lint, my wallet, car keys, writing pen and a few quarters.
It's almost like a hunt for an elusive bargain. Some of the very best games for PCs, Macs and Linux are free. The search for the right game can be just as enjoyable as playing the game.
The Internet can be a scary place.
Last week there were warnings about a new virus that can destroy your collection of favorite family digital photos. Today it's a phishing scam that suspiciously resembles your bank's Web site. Tomorrow it may be an extortion attempt by a gang pretending to be IRS agents.
To avoid the heartbreak of computing, patches and updates are frequently applied to all the computers here at bytewriter.com laboratories.
Most of us know and dread the annual spring cleaning ritual that includes walls, floors, woodworks and the windows at home. The Windows on your computer may need a little spring cleaning, too. Here are a few steps to clean your personal computer:
Here are the steps for getting Software for Starving Students:
There are three licenses that enable free use of software. It helps to know the difference before choosing software.
Windows XP Pro works fine for now. As long as it fills the bill, I'm content. If the prospect of using Vista gets closer, I'm formatting my hard drive and installing Linux. I already run Cent OS, a Red Hat clone, on two of my PCs and Solaris on a third. The other computer users in the house are on XP, Linux or Mac.
Craplets are creeping into personal computing. Craplets are those programs installed on your computer by the manufacturer that you probably never use.
Update: Software for Starving Students has ceased to exist
There are several software programs included on the Software for Starving Students CD that I can't live without: