Practical computer and technology tips

The New York Times' David Pogue, who writes a popular column on technology, has found a sweet spot with his latest column.

He's hit upon an interesting aspect of our use of technology. It's this: many people assume others know the same basic techniques for using various devices. However Pogue rightly points out that many of us don't realize how often these assumptions are wrong. We just don't all use technology the same way.

It seems that when we learn to use computers, for instance, many of us miss out on a lot of really simple tricks, like certain keyboard shortcuts. Or one might assume that by now most of us would recognize those sly e-mail scams. Not necessarily so.

No matter how basic, I'm willing to bet you'll pick up at least one useful tip from his column. Did you know, for example, that you can use a Google search bar as a calculator or a converter for units-of-measurement or for currency?

Very likely I'm a bit of a tech Neanderthal, but I found Pogue's advice really helpful. If you're anything like me, you might want to print his column and keep it handy.

Read Pogue's suggestions in Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User.

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Thanks to Jeff Hire for his photo of a computer keyboard.
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