Articles Written By: Rick Broida

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Is It Time to Replace Your Router? (Psst: Probably)

Is It Time to Replace Your Router? (Psst: Probably)

Time for a home-network health check. Think about it: Your router – the gizmo that slings Wi-Fi to all corners of your domicile – provides internet access for everything from laptops, tablets, and smartphones to Chromecasts, Roku boxes, game consoles, Smart TVs, smart thermostats, smart door locks, and pretty much anything…
Should You Wait for Windows 10 to Buy a New PC?

Should You Wait for Windows 10 to Buy a New PC?

It’s official (again): Windows 10 is coming. When? Microsoft hasn’t announced a firm date, but I’ll bet you a pony the new operating system will hit the streets in early fall, most likely September or October. This raises some important questions: If you’re in the market for a new PC,…
The Easiest Fix for Your Dumb Passwords

The Easiest Fix for Your Dumb Passwords

Admit it: You’re terrible at password management. It’s okay, I was the same way. But, praise be to coders, I have found salvation: a password manager that’s smarter than I am. See, as you’re well aware, ours is a a password-powered planet. You need one for everything nowadays: banking, shopping,…
The Microsoft Giveaway You Cannot Miss

The Microsoft Giveaway You Cannot Miss

“Microsoft” and “free” in the same sentence? As a general rule, not so much. So it was with a mix of surprise, skepticism, disbelief, and, ultimately, joy that I discovered this: Microsoft is giving away 100 MP3 albums. Let me clarify that a bit. Microsoft is giving away complete albums,…
Set Up a ‘Video-Selfie’ Studio on the Cheap

Set Up a ‘Video-Selfie’ Studio on the Cheap

Recently I was hired to record some how-to videos about computer security, which made me feel good because I’ve been giving away that advice to friends and family for years. (No more free lunch for you, people I love!) Just one problem: The videos needed to look good. I couldn’t just hold…