What’s the difference between POP and IMAP?

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If you use Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird or some other email software on your computer, this is something you (or your tech) has dealt with. When you set up a new email account, one of the questions is whether or not you want the email protocol to be POP or IMAP. What’s the difference [...] Read more »

First things to try when you have a computer problem

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As a computer technician, I spend a lot of time doing computer repair here in Safety Harbor, Florida (and remotely for clients around the country). Just about everyone has a computer (or several) these days, and eventually something goes wrong with almost all of them. If there were no computer problems I would have to [...] Read more »

What is a laptop docking station?

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A laptop docking station can be a pretty handy thing, if you need one for your circumstances. What kind of computer user would find value in one of these things? Anyone that uses a laptop as their home computer, and also takes it with them to work or while traveling would benefit from a laptop [...] Read more »

Software I use and recommend – part 2

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Last week I went over 11 programs and tools I use on a regular basis, and recommend to my clients. And that was only half the list! This week we’ll cover the rest. Of course, this is list is not exhaustive, and you might have other options that you prefer. Not every program is right [...] Read more »

Software I use and recommend – part 1

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Last time I did a blog post about the software I use regularly and recommend to my clients – two years ago. Time flies! So I wanted to update that information since a lot of it has changed since then. Originally I was going to cover all of these in one blog post and podcast, [...] Read more »

How to know which browser tab is playing sound

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Any website that automatically starts playing sound as soon as it loads up should be on some kind of blacklist. Whether it’s a selection of background music, or a news video, or any other kind of audio – any web designer with a clue knows to not have that stuff automatically start up. You give your [...] Read more »

Website blocked due to expired certificate? Quick fix

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Today’s tip is not going to be very long and elaborate. It’s a pretty common problem with a simple fix (most of the time). But if you don’t know the solution, it can be very frustrating because it seems like something major is wrong with your computer.   Here’s what usually happens: You try [...] Read more »

3 Cool YouTube Tricks

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This week I’m going to show you some interesting things you can do with YouTube. You might not use all of them, but hopefully you will find one or two of them helpful, or at least fun to try out. I love “discovering” these kinds of little-known things and bringing them to you here on [...] Read more »

Send and receive Facebook messages on your phone, WITHOUT FB Messenger

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It seems like Facebook is always involved with some type of controversy, and it usually involves the violation of the privacy of Facebook users.  Of course, if you don’t like Facebook’s data collection practices, you can always just cancel your account (see last week’s blog about how to do that).  The latest issue has to [...] Read more »

How to cancel any social media account

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For some people, the novelty of social media has worn thin.  Facebook is constantly wanting more and more of your personal information, because that’s their biggest selling point to advertisers.  Twitter hashtags are displayed on just about any television show now, and YouTube videos are showing up virtually everywhere.  If you get to the point [...] Read more »