Category: Computer Corner

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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May 13 2015

The Internet Is A Wild And Friendly Place

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News So the last few columns have been somewhat paranoid, as I am paranoid and am PAID to be so. But on the whole the World Wide Web is fine to visit. Although the bad guys are out there in full force most Web sites are fine to visit …

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Apr 30 2015

Is Google Docs Really Free?

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News Google’s word processing and spreadsheet service Google Docs is basically Microsoft Office for free, right? Wrong. As with anything that is free there is always a catch, and with Google the “catch” is information. When you type in a document or create a spreadsheet using Google’s free products …

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Apr 14 2015

Printer Prices Plummet

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News If you have been limping along with that printer in the corner that been sitting there for years now is the time to consider upgrading. Printer prices have come down especially when you check prices online at places like Amazon as most local shops will price match. If …

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Apr 01 2015

Apple Watch And Microsoft Windows 10 Are Coming

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News Apple came out with their big news this month, the Apple Watch will be in stores next month. I’m sure all Dick Tracy Fans will just have to have one, but you still need to have your iPhone in your pocket/purse (or nearby) to use the watch as …

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Mar 04 2015

Why You Should Always Choose Manual Install

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News When downloading a program or installing from a disc you have bought, make sure you do the “Manual” or “Advanced” install and look for any unwanted additions the program may be trying to put on your computer. Companies have found that they can do what hackers are doing, …

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Feb 20 2015

What Is Ransomware And How Do You Avoid It?

By Bob Hooper for The Island Eye News It’s back! So be very aware of what you click on, download, etc. as the malware that hacks your files and encrypts them has reared its ugly head again. I’ve had calls from new clients infected with the malware and it can get ugly as the software makes …

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Feb 05 2015

Is It The End For Windows 7?

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News Earlier this month, Jan. 14 to be exact, I got several calls and emails about the end of support for Windows 7. One call was from a client I had just setup with a laptop that used 7 and he wanted to know what was up. But there …

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Jan 22 2015

Hi, I’m Rent A Bob

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News I am starting my fifth year writing this column and thought I would give you a bit of information about me. I am the owner of Rent A Bob Computers, LLC and do work on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah and Seabrook. My office is located on …

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Dec 20 2014

A Smorgasbord Of Advice For The Season

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News A new email scam purporting to be either from Costco, Sam’s, Amazon or any other big name warehouse or online wholesaler is circulating. The email starts out “Our online store (insert name here) received an order…” and continues with instructions that seem to confirm either an order or …

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