Steve Alexander | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Technology

Steve Alexander follows consumer and business technology trends, and writes a weekly question and answer column for consumers.


Alexander: Why Outlook blocks some legitimate e-mail

Outlook sometimes considers an e-mail to be suspicious, even though there's not enough evidence to classify it as harmful.


Alexander: Why your phone shouldn't go swimming

Many newer phones are "water-resistant," but they are still not "waterproof."


Alexander: What you can do when Windows 7 is obsolete

The pending end of Microsoft security updates for Windows 7, scheduled for January 2020, has led some readers to ask about alternatives to its successor, Windows 10.


Alexander: Stop online theft of PC processing power

Q: About once a day, a dialog box pops on my Windows 10 PC. It says: “Zupdate. Error creating process.” That’s followed by a long…


Alexander: What you can turn off to save PC resources

Q: In a recent column (see tinyurl.com/y56nzebs), you advised readers to conserve PC processing power and memory by using the Windows "Task Manager" to…


Alexander: What to do about the iPad Pro screen freeze

Q: The screen keeps freezing on the Apple iPad Pro (the 12.9-inch-screen model) that I bought last fall. Apple’s online service had me update the…


Alexander: Fix iPhone's wireless printing, audio after installing Windows 10

Q: We have an HP Officejet 4500 printer, and are able to print wirelessly to it from my HP PC and my wife's Mac. But…


Alexander: Fixing a slow wireless keyboard

Q: I'm getting sluggish response time from my PC's wireless keyboard. I wonder if that's because my PC has 204 computing processes running at once.…


Alexander: Endless tablet reboots may be a battery problem

Q: I have two Galaxy Tab S2 tablet computers that continuously turn themselves on and off. I've tried many suggested solutions, including charging the battery,…


Alexander: How to become a bit less LinkedIn

LinkedIn made changes to its groups last year in hopes of stimulating more interest in them.