Steve Alexander

Columnist/Reporter | Technology
Phone: 612-673-4553
Steve Alexander follows consumer and business technology trends, and writes a weekly question and answer column for consumers.

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Alexander: Full drive warning is false alarm

Q: I’m worried that my Dell PC’s 320-gigabyte hard drive is running out of storage space. I keep getting warnings...

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 04:32 PM

Alexander: Connecting an external hard drive to your home network

Q: I’ve been using a “Western Digital My Book Live” external hard drive in my home network. But after buying...

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 06:25 PM

Alexander: Surprise from Windows dims laptop screen

Q: A few weeks ago, my Windows 8 laptop unexpectedly started loading Windows 8.1, and there was no way I...

Updated: January 06, 2015, - 04:49 PM

Alexander: Beware of pop-up messages that offer software

Q: I downloaded a new software driver that a pop-up message said I needed. Because the message contained the Microsoft...

Updated: December 30, 2014, - 07:04 PM

Alexander: Fixing a PC zapped during a power failure

Q: My daughter’s Windows 7 PC was left on during a power outage, and since then we haven’t been able...

Updated: December 23, 2014, - 04:25 PM

Alexander: Nexus 7 tablet choked on Google's Lollipop

Q: I recently upgraded my two-year-old Asus Nexus 7 tablet computer to version 5 of the Android operating system. About...

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 05:55 PM

Alexander: Silencing Web ads that play automatically

Q: What can I do about random audio advertisements that I’ve been receiving on my computer for several months? At...

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 04:30 PM

Alexander: 'Snipping' a still photo from a video

Q: I have a homemade movie on DVD. Is there a way I can pause the video on my PC...

Updated: December 02, 2014, - 07:48 PM

Alexander: Transferring music files to a new PC

Q: I have ripped (copied) more than 400 music CDs to my Windows Vista PC using Windows Media Player. From...

Updated: November 25, 2014, - 07:17 PM

Alexander: Using old software on Windows 8.1

Q: For years, I used a mu­tu­al fund data­base program called Value Line Mu­tu­al Funds Survey for Windows. When I...

Updated: November 18, 2014, - 05:25 PM

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