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Tips & Tricks: Open XLSX Files Without Excel 2007

Has a colleague sent you an email with an XLSX file attached? It’s not a strange new type of file for some new piece of software: it’s just a newer Excel file type. But if you have an older version of Excel, earlier than 2007, then you might not be able to open it. Here is an update from Microsoft that will allow you to open XLSK files in older versions of Excel. Additionally, here are several other free and easy ways to open XLSK files.

Steer Clear of Fake Antivirus 2010

One of the most common computer problems in the last few weeks has been a recent outbreak of “Fake Antivirus 2010.” This is a fake antivirus and antispyware program that infects your computer via the internet. There are a few different ways you can get this. One of them is by clicking on internet ads. You can also get infected by simply visiting certain websites or using file-sharing programs like Kazaa or e-Donkey looking for illigitimate ways to install software that must normally be purchased before it is installed. A large percentage of the programs that are found on these file sharing networks are infected with spyware and trojans.

Ask The Answer Guy – Sync Bookmarks Across Browsers.

Brent - I use Firefox, IE and Safari about equally and hate having to open a second browser if I need to get onto a website that is not bookmarked in the browser I am already in. Is there any way to get around the inconvenience?

I have three PCs with Internet Explorer and Firefox on each and it really is a frustrating experience not being able to get anywhere I want on any machine I happen to be at.

Cool Stuff – Remote Into PCs and MACs… From Your iPhone?

LogMeIn Ignition provides one-touch access to any computer – PC or Mac, desktop or server – you have running the free LogMeIn client. Good for most tasks such as starting downloads, referencing or making changes to files on the go and managing services, it’s amazing how easily the iPhone can become an extension of your remote machine!

Some of the selling features include password memorization for all machines, easy computer searching and the ability to control your PC or MAC with all of the native gestures you use with your iPhone.

Tips and Tricks – Skip Long Voicemail Greetings!

Just yesterday, I called a friend whose outgoing message was ridiculously long; so long, in fact, that it took less time for him to listen to my message and call me back than it took me to listen to his greeting so that I could leave the message in the first place! You've have probably had a friend that insists on making you listen to "Low Rider" for the maximum allowed duration just so you can say "Hey, call me back about dinner tonight.

Ask the Answer Guy – Enhancing Your Multi-Monitor Experience.

Brent - I have two monitors displaying more applications than I can keep track of. Is there a good way to stay organized while running multiple applications / monitors?

Most of the guys at our small business IT support office run their laptops on docking stations with a second monitor and they all have their own ways of staying organized while multitasking.

Security Corner – Have You Changed Your Passwords?

In a recent project aimed at uncovering insecure internet devices to promote awareness, researchers have found nearly 21,000 routers, webcams and VoIP systems left wide open to attack. These devices can be accessed from anywhere on the internet and those who own them have not even changed the manufacturer's default password.