Christina Tynan-WoodITworld

Christina has been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. She writes the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and Family Tech with Christina at, but also writes about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications.

Boost your IQ: Boot up a game

Video games are good teachers. Even first-person shooters might teach skills you need for work.

Cratchit Hall of Fame 2010: The Candidates

Nominees for the Bob Cratchit Awards are coming in -- one would make even Scrooge proud

The Bleak Future of Tech Support

Just when you thought tech support couldn't get any worse, trends suggest our tech-savvy workforce may be in decline

Held Hostage by Service Calls

Waiting at home for installation or repairs can feel like a prison sentence -- and costs U.S. businesses $13 billion per year

How to Protect Hard Drives Against Cold Weather Hazards

With cold weather coming, does my laptop need special protection? I asked people who should know

ATM Skimming: Cash Machine Paranoia Justified

One in five people have fallen prey to ATM skimming. Here's how to avoid getting robbed

Ditching Your Mobile Contract When Cell Service Drops Off

For one T-Mobile customer, relocating to a no-service area should not mean having to honor a cellular contract.

The Myths and Strange Science of Printer Ink

A quest to cut ink costs illuminates several truths about printer consumables.

How to Sue Telemarketers and Win

Turning telemarketing harassment into cash is not as hard as you might think.

Insuring High-Tech Products: A Safety Net for All Users

An insurance policy is slightly cheaper than a warranty and continues for the life of the policy -- not the item. You can also insure gear that isn't brand new.

Microsoft Begins Satisfying Customers with Windows 7

Customer satisfaction is on the rise for Microsoft -- enough to overcome ire sparked by Vista release.

Get Ahead in the Rebate Race

Readers have strong opinions on rebates -- and share some strategies for dealing with them.

Tech Gifts to Please Any Geeky Mom

If your mother has even a tinge of tech-interest to her, we have Mother's Day gift suggestions galore.


ZoneAlarm's Sudden Price Hike Alarms Customer

A reader smells a bait-and-switch when the price for his security software mysteriously jumps at checkout.

Dude, Where's My Windows 7 Print Driver?

Many HP printers still lack drivers even for Vista. Here's why so many printers are abandoned with each new operating system.