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InfoDocs - Informational ArticlesWelcome to the Computer Surgeon InfoDocs archive. InfoDocs provide basic information on current and technical topics. InfoDoc articles are not cryptic tech manuals geared toward the “Super Geek”, but provide practical, understandable information on the technical and computer equipment that people like you are using everyday. We welcome you to browse through the following articles. Select the “more” link under any of the following entries to read the entire article.


Support Ending For Windows XP

First released for general sale in October 2001, Microsoft is ending support for its Windows XP operating system on April 8th, 2014.

At this point, you may be asking:

  • Why should you care?
  • What are the ramifications?
  • Are you vulnerable?

We encourage you to visit for answers to these important questions about Window XP including the effects of the deadline on antivirus software.


Area computer guru ready to field all your digital queries

Have you noticed that we live in a fast paced ever changing age of technology? As technology increases in complexity and usefulness, we become more and more dependent. Everything is great until we hit a snag. What kind of snags do you run into? Do you have problems sending e-mails? Do you have problems connecting to the internet? Do you hear funny noises from your computer? Some snags stop you dead in your tracks – has your computer ever crashed? Has a virus ever shut you down? Where do you turn? (more…)

What is a cookie?

Cookies are pieces of data stored on your computer by a website you visited. This data identifies you to the website when you move from page to page within the site and when you return for another visit. This data ranges from information about your computer and internet connection; information about what products or services you viewed or purchased; to demographic information like your age, gender, location, etc. Websites use cookies to help track who visits their site and what their browsing patterns look like. This includes site usernames and passwords.


Understanding computer viruses

Viruses are written by Hackers and Crackers. So, we need to first understand Hackers and Crackers. Hackers consider themselves to be very good computer programmers. They say that they are very good for the computer industry. They are a big community. They follow guidelines and regulations. They have many meeting places on the Internet. They have conventions throughout the world. Cautiously check out Their next convention is at the Riviera Hotel & Casino August 4-6, 2006. It is already sold out for August 5th. Hackers are often focused on sending messages to software vendors like Microsoft to try to coerce them into writing more secure programs. Sometimes they aim at political targets. Sometimes they are just doing what they do because they can.


CD-R, CD-RW…CD-Confusing

Barbara from Rittman asks, “Why is my document read-only when I open it from a CD that I burned?” Eugene from Wadsworth asks, “What do the letters and numbers related to CD and DVD burning mean?”


All-in-one printers are really just full-of-frustration

Char asks, “I have an HP Officejet 7310 Oxi All-In-One printer. I am unable to fax or use the phone system. It makes all the sounds but nothing happens. The phone rings into the computer. I’ve had faxes sent to me but I’m not able to receive them. Any tips?”


Which flavor is your DVD player?

Differing hardware types and burn speeds can leave you with a blank screen

Tom from Wadsworth is having trouble playing DVD’s of family pictures created by a video company.

As we described in a previous column, DVD’s are precise data storage media.


Word to your mother, Microsoft is complex

Knowing all the tools built into Microsoft Word will help avoid lost data, errors

Char from Wadsworth asks “When I type a letter into Word and do not save it, is it still being saved somewhere in the computer?”


Back up before you melt down

Losing all your data to a hard drive crash can be prevented with caution

Barbara from Wadsworth writes “My computer crashed…my son took the hard drive to see if he could retrieve anything. He could not get it to start up. We bought a new hard drive and I’m up and running again. Can you take my old hard drive and retrieve the pictures and data from it or is it a done deal? (more…)