Category Archive: Computer Corner

Sep 09 2016

Don’t Wait To Update Your Apple Products

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News  I will get to last column’s note about the “cloud” shortly, but let’s talk first about your iPhone and iPad and the latest iOS update—9.3.5— which came out recently and has a security update that has been on the news and on the Internet. If you missed it, …

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Mar 30 2016

Decrypting The Crypto Virus

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News I’ve mentioned before that ads on Web pages can infect your laptop/desktop in previous columns and now is a good time to revisit that topic. Very recently, major sites such as The New York Times, MSN, BBC and even AOL have been hit with infected ads that download …

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Jan 18 2016

5 Years, Going For 10

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News I have been writing this column now for five years and this column signals the start of the sixth, I hope to continue for at least another five! I am the owner of Rent A Bob Computers, LLC and do work on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah …

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Oct 14 2015

Prices Are Falling, The Holidays Must Be Near

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News The season of the giving of gifts is just around the corner, well, at least the time to start looking is. Amazon.com is a good place to get a good starting point on electronics, and then don’t be ashamed to whip out an online price in a local …

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Sep 30 2015

The Town Hall In Your Home And Why You Shouldn’t Answer The Door

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News We have a two-fer for this column, two for the price of one… . First let’s start with the door and as with both it’s a metaphor for something, in this case it’s those dang people/robot calls trying to steal your money! There are several ways this scam …

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Sep 15 2015

Get Your Software For Free

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News Enough of Spyware and what is wrong with this and that new stuff, let’s talk about some free stuff! When deciding to add programs to your computer you have two options, buy something or opt for a free version. There are free alternatives to Microsoft’s Office suite, Microsoft’s …

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Jul 08 2015

A Windows Upgrade, And Virus Definitions

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News If you are a Windows user, you might have noticed the recent addition of a small icon on the lower left of your desktop on either Windows 7 or 8, it sort of looks like a flag or the Windows icon. If you click on it, it wants …

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Jun 26 2015

PayPal Can Do What?!

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News So we all have a PayPal account to buy all those wonderful things on the internet. They grab you and it’s the perfect object that fits in your home or office, and PayPal is the easiest way to buy it. It’s all wonderful and so easy with eBay …

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Jun 09 2015

SSD Or HDD: Which Hard Drive Is Best?

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News Nowadays, Solid State Drives or SSDs are all the rage. Many Apple laptops, including the very popular Macbook Airs, come with them built in. They are fast hard drives and, as prices have recently dropped for the 128GB and 256GB sizes, it can make sense to replace that …

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