Bill Husted

Position: Techno Buddy


Old computer? Use it for its spare parts

I've tried telling my wife that my collection of discardedcomputers, monitors and gadgets is the ultimate way to protect the Earth.Instead of discarding this stuff and adding to the world's junk...

DATE: May 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Some PC fixes don't require special skills

I've fixed myself into a mess more times than I like to admit. A firm - but false - belief that I could fix plumbing problems, tune up cars and replace front doors has cost me pride and...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Accessories worth spending money on

My father was a believer in cheap suits and expensive ties. He knew accessories make the man.Over time, I've adopted his theory when it comes to computers. Nowadays, unless you're building a...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Time to tweak plan for any power outage

When it comes to technology, there's nothing more educational or painful than direct experience.I had quite an education recently. A really aggressive storm and an aging tree that fell across power...

DATE: May 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Cool running helps computer have longer life

Summer is coming, and I'm one old guy who is unlikely to move to Florida in retirement. I'd sooner face the cold winters in Nova Scotia than the hot summers in the South.Your computer hates heat...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Give your computer a spring tonic

I hope you are too young to know about spring tonic. It's an old tradition of the season better left for dead.The notion was simple - drink a foul-tasting mixture to get rid of winter impurities in...

DATE: April 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Take steps to protect your computer

If someone offered to build a house for you that was completely safe from burglars, you'd know they were either mistaken or lying.It's the same when it comes to adding protection to make your...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Cool gadgets you can take on short trips

I'm the very model of a lightweight packer when I go on long trips. One small suitcase can handle all I take.But it's a different story when I head out for a weekend and have the luxury of filling...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Get what you can out of that old computer

What a terrific time to buy a new computer.Prices are as good as I've seen. Even machines at the bottom of the price scale have enormous power.For $500 or so, I could replace my fastest computer -...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Effective ways to do searches on the Internet

I started today's column by making a list of all the things I've lost and can't find. I'd share it with you, but I lost the list. Honest.I do remember that it included car keys, mustard in the...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

It's the time for high-tech spring cleaning

I grew up in a Southern town where spring cleaning was practically a competitive sport. During that frantic time, a dust ball had the life span of a housefly.Maybe because of my Pine-Sol-scented...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

You can afford audio options for your HDTV

ATLANTA - There sits your $2,000 HDTV. The picture is so clear that it can be like looking out the window.And the sound? Well, if you are using the TV's built-in sound, you are hearing all the...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

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