Reid Goldsborough

Contributing Writer

Reid Goldsborough is a syndicated columnist and author of Straight Talk About the Information Superhighway. He can be reached at or
December 3, 2009

Personal Computing: Multifunction Printers Increase in Popularity

All-in-one printers have bridged the gap in terms of functionality.

November 19, 2009

Personal Computing: Laptop as Desktop PC Replacement?

Traditionally, desktops far outperformed laptops with cost, speed, storage capacity and reliability.

November 5, 2009

Personal Computing: Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?

Windows 7 is faster on the same hardware than Vista, though not faster than Windows XP running programs designed for XP.

October 23, 2009

Personal Computing: Going Smaller With Netbooks

Compared with a year ago, netbook sales revenue grew a whopping 264 percent.

October 8, 2009

Personal Computing; Writing Useful User Reviews

Be succinct. Get to the substance quickly rather than forcing readers to wade through a lot of introductory material.

September 28, 2009

Personal Computing: Cybersquatting and Its Remedies

Cybersquatting is the use of a domain name for a Web site that rightfully belongs to someone else.

September 24, 2009

Personal Computing: Pirates Among Us

Lowering PC software piracy by 10 percentage points worldwide over four years would create 600,000 new jobs and $24 billion in higher government revenues.

August 12, 2009

Personal Computing: Digital Cameras Continue Advances

The digital camera revolution began with the introduction of Logitech Fotoman, the first commercially available digital camera, in 1990.

July 6, 2009

Personal Computing: The Latest Firefox Continues to Attract Users

In 1994 Mosaic spawned Netscape Navigator, whose popularity prodded Microsoft to release Internet Explorer a year later.

May 21, 2009

Personal Computing: Who's Tops in E-Commerce Satisfaction?

"In an economy where rising unemployment, plummeting home values, and tight credit continue to make headlines, consumers are punishing retailers if they feel prices aren't fair or competitive."

May 8, 2009

Personal Computing: Zombies an Increasing Concern

Zombies are no cause for panic. There is cause for prudence.

March 26, 2009

Personal Computing: Power From the People

Wikis, bloggers, crowdsourcing, open source -- sloppy low-standard information, or creativity unleashed?

March 13, 2009

Personal Computing: Preventing Computer Glitches

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

February 26, 2009

Personal Computing: Computer-Aided Language Translation

You can copy and paste selected text to be translated or translate an entire Web page by typing in its location.

February 11, 2009

Personal Computing: The Latest in Books and the Internet

The Internet is inevitably changing the face of book publishing no less than it's changing newspapers, magazines, film, music, television, education, shopping, dating and virtually every other aspect of society.

December 18, 2008

Personal Computing: What to Expect With Personal Technology

Do overflowing in boxes spell the end of e-mail?

November 19, 2008

Personal Computing: Interruption Overload

We're dealing with an "exoflood" of information, forcing us into a state of "continuous partial attention" and causing "interruption overload."

November 7, 2008

Personal Computing: Daily Newspapers Face Challenges from the Internet

Newspaper Web sites attracted a record number of visitors in the third quarter of 2008, a 15.8 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

July 8, 2008

Questioning the Authenticity of Online Experts

Questioning the Authenticity of Online Experts

June 2, 2008

Photography Skills Still Matter in the Digital Age

Photography Skills Still Matter in the Digital Age

May 8, 2008

Personal Computing: Is Your Computer Keyboard Making You Sick?

"The main cause of a bug-infested keyboard is eating lunch at your desk."

May 6, 2008

Pew Survey Offers Snapshot of Evolving Internet Use

Shopping, finance and information gather top list of online activities.

April 11, 2008

Personal Computing: Discussion Groups from E-Mail to Web 2.0

MySpace, Facebook, and Ning can also be used for group discussion.

April 8, 2008

Internet Archive Services Preserve Your Words - Like It or Not.

Most posts can be deleted, but it's best to think before you speak.

February 29, 2008

Personal Computing: Choosing the Right Font

Effective font selection helps get your message across.

February 28, 2008

Personal Computing: Photographic Skills Still Matter in the Digital Age

Avoid the temptation to do too much. An overedited photo can look as amateurish as an overdesigned desktop-publishing document or Web site.

February 14, 2008

Personal Computing: The Internet, These Days

About 24 percent of Americans say they regularly learn something about the presidential campaign from the Internet.

February 8, 2008

E-Mail Etiquette

E-Mail Etiquette

January 28, 2008

Personal Computing: Who's Storing Your Words?

When you put up a Web site or blog or participate in Internet discussions, you may think that your words, whether they're hasty or wise, will gradually fade away over time. But Internet archive systems exist that in all likelihood are preserving them long term.

January 14, 2008

Personal Computing: Social Networks vs. Blogs vs. Discussion Groups

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the three main Internet-based media.

January 3, 2008

Personal Computing: Finding the Right Font for Your Words

When desktop publishing was introduced in 1985, the surfeit of font choices led many people to create documents that looked like ransom notes written by a terribly inspired ten-year-old.

December 6, 2007

Personal Computing: Looking Good in E-mail

Match the length of your response to how eager you are to converse.

November 26, 2007

Personal Computing: The Threat of "Typosquatting"

In getting to Web sites, neatness counts. If you type in the wrong Web address, you might be in for a surprise.

November 9, 2007

Personal Computing: Toward a Universal Library

The ultimate goal is the same as envisioned by the builders of the great Library at Alexandria, completed by the Macedonian rulers of Egypt around 300 BC: Archiving the world's knowledge in printed form.

October 25, 2007

Personal Computing: Social Networks vs. Blogs vs. Discussion Groups

The main advantage to most Web-based discussion groups is the ease with which photos can be shared.

October 18, 2007

Personal Computing: Phishing Away Your Identity

Phishers often use the correct Web address as the name of the link but code the link to take you to the bogus address.

October 11, 2007

Personal Computing: When Photos Are Too Large

Another option with Windows PCs, particularly convenient for e-mail, doesn't even require a photo editing program. Right-click on the photo's filename, choose "Send To Mail Recipient," and select the size (medium or large are best).

September 14, 2007

Personal Computing: Keeping Your Computer Going

Type any error message you receive on screen into Google, within quotation marks.

August 27, 2007

Personal Computing: Staying Productive at the Keyboard

Workers with Internet access at home and at work used an average of 3.7 hours per week of work time for personal Internet use and 5.9 hours per week on the Internet for work purposes outside office hours.

August 2, 2007

Personal Computing: When It's Time to Spring for a Software Upgrade

"Wait until the first set of bug fixes is out before migrating to a major upgrade."

July 20, 2007

Personal Computing: Beefing Up the Content of Your Web Site

What people value most at a Web site is "direct paths to the content I am looking for."

June 21, 2007

Personal Computing: Wherefore Art Thou Yahoo?

Yahoo is one of the Internet's heroes. Here's hoping that Jerry Yang is able to do with Yahoo what Steve Jobs did with Apple ten years ago.

June 7, 2007

Personal Computing: How Serious a Threat Are Computer Viruses?

"My computer is acting up. It must be a virus."

May 10, 2007

Seek and Ye Shall Find: Web Search Pointers

If Google is the only search tool you use, you may be missing out.

March 26, 2007

Personal Computing: Don't Let Your PC Turn Into a Zombie

Even the name is scary. Zombie.

March 3, 2001

Tools of the Trade

Although there are myriad tools designed to help you find your way on the Web, some are better than others, depending on your needs.

April 30, 1999

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

December 31, 1998

PCs and the Productivity Paradox

Computers let us work faster, sure, but they

December 31, 1997

Picking Your ISP

With the myriad Internet service providers out there, you should be able to find a gateway to cyberspace that's as unique as you are.

November 30, 1997

The Spin on Web Site Design

Some simple Web design tips can keep your site from being unusable, insulting and ignored.

October 31, 1997

Remaining Afloat in a rising Tide of Data

Is there a way to balance the competing needs of access and privacy? Should the Social Security Administration try again to make some of their information available on the Web?

September 30, 1997

Caveat Lector: Let the (Net) Reader Beware

You still can't believe everything you read, especially on the Internet. Here's a guide to verifying that information gleaned from the Web is the real thing.

August 31, 1997

Computers Stink

PC Owners Are Mad As Hell, and Columnist Reid Goldsborough Is No Exception