Bill Husted

Position: Techno Buddy


Technology use enables shift in TV watching

I asked for your help when I first wrote about people who stream video from the Internet to their TVs, in some cases cutting ties completely with cable and satellite providers.It seems like a big...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

When computing magic turns bad

Computers are a curious mix of magic and technology.You don’t believe in magic? Well, then explain to me how a computer knows the exact moment when you’ll be most inconvenienced by losing an...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

High-tech predictions for a high-tech year

ATLANTA – My ability to predict the future is amazing. Even in college, my gifts of prediction were so powerful they created a paying job for me.My inability to predict the winning race horse at...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Forget music, holiday deals – it’s too soon for 3D

It’s easy to get drunk on holiday spirit.That big new HDTV that would have been too expensive any other time of the year may seem like a reasonable purchase while under the influence of the store’s...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Lost techie elves need gift ideas sure to please

The perfect gift for the techie in your family? Wool socks.Ironically, finding a high-tech gift for someone who really loves technology can be difficult. Those who love gadgets, software and gizmos...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Personal safety depends on a healthy brew

Keeping your family safe online is no small thing – it takes a series of small steps to reach that big goal.I wish there was a single program to install, or just one big thing to know, that would...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Change the way you see HDTV by adjusting the set

Until HDTV came along, I often used television as an example of how a technology for the home should work. There was no need for the manual. Setting up a new TV involved plugging it in and turning...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Take precautions now to ensure online connection

ATLANTA – You settle in at your computer, blissfully unaware that your day is about to turn ugly at the click of a mouse button. That click usually takes you to your favorite website or delivers...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Avoid online ripoffs

I get downright nostalgic about the hackers of old.When the Internet was new, young hackers would gleefully deface websites, break into corporate computer networks and outdo previous mischief. They...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Do no harm when computer breaks down

ATLANTA – Matt, my deskmate in the newsroom, was having computer problems. I knew that, without looking up, because he was following his usual method of computer repair – banging on the computer...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Make plans now for your computer to die later

Your computer is going to die.I can even tell you how it will happen. Your computer will be purring along like the most loving of house cats and then, with no warning at all, sink its claws into...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Follow a few rules to write effective e-mail messages

It’s fun and sometimes useful to use the Internet to have a telephone conversation that includes video. And texting a friend using a mobile phone is fast and convenient.By contrast, e-mail seems...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

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