Q. I’m sick of seeing all these political posts on my Facebook feed. I just want to delete my profile. How do I do that?
A. Before you abandon Facebook completely, there are some tricks to manage your news feed. You can hide all posts from someone by hovering over one of their posts and clicking the X in the corner. Create a custom list to see posts from a select group of people. If it’s really bad, there are third-party plug-ins that can create word filters on your profile. Social Fixer is one. But, if you’re really desperate, head to the “help” section at the bottom right of Facebook. Click on Facebook Basics and look for the “Account Settings & Deletion” section under the Manage your Account menu.
Q. I have a large collection of files I’ve purchased from iTunes. What happens to this collection when I pass away?
A. When you buy content from iTunes or Amazon, you’re not purchasing the media itself. You’re buying a license to use it. So, while you can pass on a copy of a record or CD, you can’t really do that with digital media. Some estate planners have started creating trusts for clients’ online accounts, but this is still in its infancy. Most sites don’t have policies about what happens to your account information after you die, but many allow you to transfer your account to someone else. For the time being, you might consider writing your account login information into a will.
Q. Whenever I try to watch a video on YouTube, it just shows a black box. Is there something wrong with my computer?
A. It sounds like you’re having problems with Flash. Although most YouTube videos use HTML5 by default, Flash is still the fallback when HTML5 isn’t available. Make sure you have the latest version of Flash. You might want to upgrade or switch your browser, as well. Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and Firefox all support HTML5 video. If you’ve done all of this and you’re still having problems, check your firewall. Look for the option that allows connections as they are attempted. Try to load a YouTube video and then click allow when the new connection request pops up.
Q. Will all of the software I run on my Windows 7 computer work when I upgrade to Windows 8? Will a Windows 8 computer network with a Windows 7 computers?
A. Never fear. Windows 8 and Windows 7 will network with ease. And most of the software you run on a Windows 7 computer will be able to make the jump, too. Though people are making a fuss about Windows 8’s new tile layout, you can still run a Desktop view similar to 7. You’ll run all of your favorite programs from there. If you want to make sure your programs work, Microsoft even has a compatibility checker.
Q. I’m thinking about using a 32-inch HDTV as a monitor for my computer. What are the pros and cons?
A. Both the biggest pro and con is that 32-inch TVs have a low resolution compared to a comparably sized computer monitor. This is a pro because a low resolution means icons, text and images will show up bigger so you can see from further away. The TV is also less expensive. The con is that you won’t have as much desktop space as you would on a monitor. If you’re mostly watching movies or browsing the Internet, this won’t be a problem. For content creation, however, I would recommend a monitor. If you do go with the monitor, make sure your computer has a DVI or HDMI port, otherwise you won’t be able to watch true high definition video. For help buying a TV you’ll love no matter how you use it, read my buying guide.
Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. hear it locally at 94.3 WSC News Radio from noon-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.komando.com.