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Windows 7: Text on my old ViewSonic A90 monitor sometimes quite blurry, at other times crisp

I’ve seen plenty of forum comments about fuzzy text on monitors when using Windows 7; however, there is one strange characteristic I’ve not seen mentioned by anyone else. I am definitely having issues with blurry text. I am using an old-school, dinosaur monitor - a ViewSonic A90, 19” (18” viewable), set to its highest possible [...]

August 26th, 2011|Computer basics|5 Comments

How to determine installed version of Flash Player

I decided to write up these quick and easy instructions when today's upgrade to the Firefox 6 web browser was recommended. I'm glad Firefox is keeping on top of browser security issues, but the frequent upgrades definitely get in the way of the browser addons and extensions I've come to count on. That's one reason [...]

August 16th, 2011|Technology|0 Comments

Best computer programming languages for serious beginners

[ What's the best programming language for serious beginners? Cast your vote! ] There are two (2) computer programming languages that keep coming up in current articles, forums, and posts as being the best "first programming language" for serious beginners: those who have decided they want a future programming career. These are the computer programming [...]

August 15th, 2011|Technology|20 Comments

Latest Windows 7 updates failed

My Windows 7 PC indicated updates ready to install, so I proceeded to click but got a code 643 error. This is the first computer problem on this machine since the awful, still-mysterious BSOD (blue screen of death: when Windows crashes) phase a few weeks ago. 11 updates succeeded, 1 failed. Windows encountered an unknown [...]

August 10th, 2011|Computer basics|0 Comments