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On Buying Computers and Related Equipment

Software for Video Editing

Software for Video Editing

video-choicesQuestion:

What software should I use for editing digital home videos, and for making DVDs from them?

Answer:

It depends.

There are four stages in getting video recorded and from there to a finished DVD.

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What it Takes to Really Fix a Virus-Laden Computer

What it Takes to Really Fix a Virus-Laden Computer

Click here for the scan you computer.

“Click here for the scan you computer.”

I just got off the phone with a woman who told me she had a computer that was probably well-infected with viruses and other malware, and she wanted to know how much it would cost to fix it.

When I told her the likely cost, she said, “Okay, thank you,” and hung up.

Now I’m sure that Tina will find somebody to do the job (sort of) for less than I typically charge for a job of this type.

And she’ll probably get about what she paid for.

Or, maybe not.

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If You’re Buying a New Computer… (Windows 7, 32-bit vs. 64-bit, maximum memory)

If You’re Buying a New Computer… (Windows 7, 32-bit vs. 64-bit, maximum memory)

Three things.

Windows 7

windows7First, if you’re thinking about buying a new computer, I’d wait for Windows 7, which is due out 6 weeks from the date of this post. This new version of Windows arrives on store shelves on October 22, 2009.

Yes, you can buy a Vista system right now with a free upgrade to Windows 7. But why go through the hassle of the upgrade process? If you wait just a few weeks, you won’t have to.

32-Bit Versus 64-Bit

Second, you’re going to have a choice between a 32-bit system and a 64-bit system.  About half of the systems currently on the market right now are one; about half are the other.

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