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Q & A with Patrick Marshall

Q & A with Patrick Marshall

Friday, October 17
For stronger router signal, 2 won’t be better than 1 | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Patrick Marshall offers further advice on Wi-Fi routers — upgrading to better antennas and a newer standard, and solving a frustrating problem with settings — and answers a question about Linux OS virus protection.

Friday, October 10

Fixing Wi-Fi problems, router issues and reinstalling Explorer | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

A recent column about Wi-Fi and routers prompts more questions about dealing with them. Plus an easy step-by-step process to safely reinstall Internet Explorer.

Friday, October 3

Forgotten login password? A look at recovery options | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Solutions vary depending on the situation, writes Patrick Marshall, who offers how-to guidance and an approach for avoiding this frustrating predicament in the future.

Friday, September 26

Don’t rely on life-span claims for data burned on disks | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Dyes can deteriorate relatively quickly on CDs and DVDs widely used for recording data, warns Patrick Marshall, but it’s hard to know exactly how many years they’re going to last.

Friday, September 19

Beware clicking ‘unsubscribe’ with unwanted email | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Patrick Marshall helps readers with their personal-technology questions.

Friday, September 12

Turning off the SkyDrive; saving data from old floppy disks | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Columnist answers questions dealing with SkyDrive and Windows 8.1, and saving data from a 30-year-old computer.

Friday, August 29

Navigating the tricky world of network connectivity issues | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Troubleshooting performance problems on networks is difficult because networks tend to involve many different pieces of equipment. Cable modems, routers, client Wi-Fi adapters, client Ethernet adapters. Any one of these can be a bottleneck.

Friday, August 22

Small business feels vulnerable to cyberattacks from ex-worker | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Technology columnist Patrick Marshall recommends hiring consultant to monitor your network security.

Friday, August 15

Conflicting IP addressesmay require a simple reboot | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Don’t worry about an error message describing an IP address conflict. If you can access the Internet, you’re OK. If you can’t, reboot the computer and the router will assign the device a new dynamic IP address.

Friday, August 8

It pays to shop around for a third-party docking station | Q&A with Patrick Marshall

Is there a better option than Microsoft’s docking station for Surface Pro 3? Patrick Marshall suggests an alternative choice with more features and a lower price.