Bill Husted

Position: Techno Buddy


Accessories vastly improve the tech experience

My father wore cheap suits and expensive ties.He knew accessories can make a huge difference at a small price. And that’s true whether we’re talking about the wardrobe of a chic supermodel or...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Top three ways PCs and owners can go wrong

Today’s computing lesson starts on a rented fishing boat on a small lake in Arkansas.I was near the marina when I noticed all the knobs used to adjust the outboard motor had been removed. So I...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Tech designs frustrate even the most Zen of us

Technology does a million wonderful things for us every day. But there are some real failures of technology that turn what should be a simple task into a major annoyance. Today, let’s talk about...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Formal emails that deliver results

The failings of email are, ironically enough, identical to its virtues. It’s fast. Unlike a real on-paper letter, it’s easy to compose and send an email within minutes. That sort of speed comes at...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Set up your PC to compensate for disabilities

Getting old is no disgrace. It’s just inconvenient at times.I’m old so you can take my word for it: Some of the changes aging brings can make using a computer challenging at times. Type that’s big...

DATE: July 30, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

What to do when PCs lose touch with the world

Internet access is dependable these days compared with just a few years ago. But on those rare occasions when our computers lose touch with the outside world, I learn all over again how dependent...

DATE: July 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Antennas pick up spare change, give clearer picture

An antenna is a beautiful thing – shiny aluminum tubing high above my rooftop catching the first rays of the sun as well as eight channels of the clearest high-definition television you can...

DATE: June 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Tips for getting proper customer care that’s helpful

Years ago, I recommended specific computers to readers based on the amount of attention each company paid to tech support. My theory was that most of the top brands were similar electronically. It...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Take a vacation from gadgets and work ties

Some people should vacation with a pack mule.You’ve probably seen them. Heck, you may even belong in this group: people who travel with a suitcase crammed with gadgets.It starts out innocently...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Free programs can make you or break you

The best things in life are free. Unfortunately, some of the worst things on the Web are free.Many of the free programs on the Web aren’t worth the time it takes to download them; they’re...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

How to buy a computer without dying

The most difficult task when buying a new computer is convincing your spouse that you really, really need one.I can’t help with that part of the equation. I’m terrible at it. I would tell you a...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Off-and-on affairs wreak havoc on people, computers

Computers – and their owners – are trapped in a never-ending soap opera. And just as is true for any self-respecting soap opera, you and your PC have fine moments, and then you have heart-rending...

DATE: April 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

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