Bill Husted

Position: Techno Buddy

Email: tecbud@bellsouth.net

Change a given in ever-changing TV technology

For many years, television sets were as unlikely to change as your most stubborn relative. They basically worked thesame, looked the same and cost the same.Buying one amounted to deciding on the...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Be careful while shopping for gifts online

I once gave a vacuum cleaner as an anniversary gift. Despite my good intentions, that proved to be an ugly mistake.My judgment isn't the only shaky thing. My gift-wrapping skills are so bad that,...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Avoid the trash with popular high-tech gifts

I have received dozens of high-tech gifts over the years. Unfortunately, most are now piled in boxes in mybasement.The USB-powered coffee warmer sits near a remote-controlled airplane that -...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Think outside the box for high-tech gifts

The ghosts of my Christmases past live in the bottom of a drawer. There is a sweater with an embroidered picture of adog, a tie so colorful it should have batteries and a model airplane kit so...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

These tips help you to avoid digital turkeys

I'm a sentimental guy, so I enjoy looking at photos from holidays past. There's something sweet and mildly amusingabout seeing family members holding up sweaters they hate while trying to smile at...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Some computer programs worth the price

It takes a lot to pry open my wallet when it comes to paying for a computer program.In fact, one of the things I enjoy most with this column is recommending free programs. From an early age, I've...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Antennas for TV making a comeback

Reader e-mail is the world's best crystal ball - better than the professional tech Web sites I follow - for spotting technology trends. And seldom does a day pass without an e-mail asking...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Maintenance lengthens life of computers

If you hold on to your car so many years that you get to know each squeak and rattle as well as you know your spouse'svoice, this column is for you.We'll talk about ways to keep your computer...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Back up files to prepare for Windows 7

If Windows 7 lives up to advance billing, it'll do everything but wash your dishes at night. Based on my own tests of early versions of the new Windows and on what I have read, it is faster, does...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Technology can help you save money

This is your lucky day. I am going to help you find the money for a new family computer.Today’s tips will save your family enough money over a year’s time to pay for that computer. Or, you can use...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Know needs as you shop for second computer

Now that school has started, some of my readers tell me there often is a grumbly and impatient line at the family computer. Dad is getting bumped off in the middle of his computer game, and mom...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Take steps to back up files on computer

When personal computing was young and exotic, making a backup copy of your files was a real chore. Most ordinary folks used floppy disks. That required sitting in front of the computer to feed in...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

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