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.

Recent content from Steve Alexander

Alexander: How to conceal your contact list when sending a group e-mail

Q: I’m switching e-mail addresses from to, and I’d like to tell all my contacts with one e-mail....

Updated: April 21, 2015, - 05:19 PM

Alexander: How a single small component can ruin a PC

Q: When we lost our Internet connection, we took our 2006 Dell Dimension E510 PC to two repair shops. Both...

Updated: April 14, 2015, - 06:49 PM

Alexander: How cable cord-cutters can use DVRs

Q: We’re ready to cut the cable TV cord and rely on over-the-air broadcast TV along with online video streaming...

Updated: April 07, 2015, - 05:14 PM

Alexander: How to take your contacts along when switching e-mail

Q: I can’t send e-mail messages from my Microsoft Windows Live Mail program anymore, and my computer support people can’t...

Updated: March 31, 2015, - 05:52 PM

Alexander: How spam e-mailers hide their identities

Q: Lately I’ve been receiving spam (unwanted junk) e-mails that come from invalid e-mail addresses. As a result, my security...

Updated: March 24, 2015, - 05:39 PM

Alexander: How small organizations can make big backups

Q: I coordinate the St. Paul Classic, a large bike tour, and we are deciding how to back up our...

Updated: March 17, 2015, - 06:05 PM

Alexander: A photo can be damaged, but not its thumbnail

Q: I have photos that are perfect that I’ve stored on my computer, an external drive and flash drives. But...

Updated: March 10, 2015, - 05:01 PM

Alexander: Listeners don't always get stereo on the Internet

Q: I listen to Internet radio at night with my Toshiba PC, using Auvio earphones. I recently noticed that I’m...

Updated: March 03, 2015, - 04:51 PM

Alexander: Reader feedback on testing your hard drive and making backups

It’s been a good week for reader feedback. Here’s what some had to say about last week’s column on PC...

Updated: February 24, 2015, - 05:48 PM

Alexander: Solutions for a hard drive using more storage space than it should

Q: The hard drive on my Windows 7 PC is inexplicably using more storage space than before, even though I...

Updated: February 17, 2015, - 05:57 PM

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