Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the most difficult part of my job.
This week, I received questions about cleaning up your inbox, digitizing old photos, expanding the screen on your tablet, and more. Do you have a question you'd like to ask me? Click here to email me directly.
Digitizing old photos
Q: I have a bunch of old photos. What’s the easiest way for me to share them with my family?
A: It’s ironic that digital technology makes taking and sending photos so easy, but scanning old photos can be so hard. There’s nothing more tedious than bending over a scanner for hours on end, making copy after copy. Many people don’t even have scanners, so they end up going to Kinko’s and burning an entire afternoon, plus lots of petty cash, to preserve their memories. But there is a much easier way to do this, and you need to look no further than the smartphone in your pocket. Click here to learn the easy way to scan your old photos.
Q: I am so very tired of spam. Is there anything I can do to make it stop?
A: You and me both. Ever since I got my first email address in the early 1990s, spammers have tried to flood my inbox with ads, solicitations and Ponzi schemes. Many of us get angry at the spammers themselves, while others get frustrated with our email servers. Why doesn’t my inbox always recognize spam and filter it out? But don’t get mad; get proactive. You have to train your server to sort through your mail precisely the way you want, and this requires a little effort on your part. Click here to learn what you can do with spam filters.