About Barb_Gonzalez

I’ve always felt that electronics were magic. The way that ones and zeros become everything from pictures on a computer or TV screen, to beautiful music, to words on a page ... It has an air of magic to me. And like any good magic trick, I’ve always wanted to know how it’s done—that is, how electronics work. Perhaps it’s this sense of wonder that makes it easy for me to break down technology and simplify it for people who say they don’t have a technical bone in their body. From the time I built a computer in the 1980s, I have become excited to learn about all the ways technology can make my life easier. Whether it’s for entertainment like watching Netflix, or seeing my favorite TV show online while in a foreign country, getting turn-by-turn directions to the cheapest gas station, having a camera compose a portrait, saving a list of my favorite oldies songs, or using a touchscreen PC, I use the devices to learn how to do it and pass the tips on to my readers.

  1. Holidays & Parties How do I recover software I originally purchased with my laptop?

    The repair shop should have used your recovery discs or back ups when restoring your computer after the virus, but probably used their own recovery discs. Did your computer come with a recovery di…
  2. Home & Family 32" Spectre Flat Screen TV Flickers

    A flickering TV may be the sign that your TV is on its way to needing a repair, or it can be caused by the signal coming into the TV. Before you take it in or call for a repair, take a few more steps…
  3. Home & Family Is there an easy way to download saved and taped segments onto DVDs from Verizon Fios? The tech installer had NO clue how to make hard copies of favorite shows.

    I imagine that you are asking this question because you have favorite shows that you want to save and watch away from your DVR. There are ways to copy shows to your computer using USB video capture de…
  4. Home & Family My kids are asking for a PlayStation Vita for Christmas...

    Hi -- My son has had most of these handheld game devices. If your kids know which games they want to play, they should choose the device they like that will play those games. A benefit to the Vita …