December 16, 2010

Kim Komando solves your holiday compter, electronics problems


OSKALOOSA — Q. My mother has been dating her boyfriend for three years. I just found out she pays for everything, and that worries me. How can I run a background check on him?

A. There are many areas to search when checking someone’s background. Criminal records are available to the public. And commercial and financial databases can have information. Note that these may have small fees associated with them. You can also run a Google search for the person’s name. That can turn up unofficial sources of information. In all cases, be sure you double-check you have the right person. It is easy to get wrong information, especially when searching common names. You don’t want to make false accusations. Visit Komando.com/news for links to sites for conducting background checks.

Q. My daughter is going to be writing a book. I want to get her a laptop to help. What would you recommend? And what software is available for writing?

A. Any computer will work for word processing these days. Word processing software doesn’t require a lot of computing power. The important factors are keyboard and screen size. You don’t want to use a small netbook for extended writing sessions. Make sure the laptop is comfortable for long periods of use. Also remember that ergonomics are important. Type at a desk and take frequent breaks. As for software, you can use Microsoft Word. There are also free programs like AbiWord that will work. You might also try a distraction-free program like FocusWriter. Find links at Komando.com/news.

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