What to do about Windows 11

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You probably heard the announcement recently from Microsoft – Windows 11 is coming. Here’s what you need to do.

For quite some time, Microsoft held to their position that Windows 10 would be the last one. They would just keep doing updates to Windows 10, and there wouldn’t be any “new” named versions of Windows.
So much […] Read more »

The Western Digital backup disaster

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Recently, Western Digital had a problem with a couple of their external drives. This caused a huge disaster for some users, who ended up losing all of their data. Here’s what happened, and why those who follow my backup process had no problems.

 
First, let’s clear up some terminology.
A portable drive usually is slightly smaller than […] Read more »

How to get rid of “News and Interests”

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A recent Windows update probably added a new icon to the lower right corner of your screen. If you don’t want it there, here’s the easy way to get rid of it.

 
Microsoft really loves to put things on your computer screen even though you didn’t request it.
Last week (June 8, 2021, to be exact) was […] Read more »

What to consider when buying a laptop

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Are you thinking about buying a laptop? Here are some things to consider before handing over your money.

Manufacturer
When someone is asking me about which brand(s) I recommend, my first response is to say that who makes the laptop is not as important as what’s inside. In other words, it’s more important to consider the specs […] Read more »

How to include a video INSIDE a Word document

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Have you ever created a Word document and included a link to a YouTube video? Today I’ll show you how to put that video right into the document!

 
Most people don’t even know this is possible so it’s a great trick to show your friends.
First, you need to determine what video you want to use for […] Read more »

How to export your passwords from Chrome

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You should not save your passwords in Chrome. But before you delete them from Chrome, you need to save them so that you can refer to them.

 
I’ve said it many times – don’t store your passwords in your web browser. Yes, it makes things easy. You go to a website, and Chrome just automatically inserts […] Read more »

The best online sources for learning anything

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Is there something you want to learn? The internet has what you need.

 
If you have the time and the incentive, there are resources online that will helpĀ  you learn just about anything you can imagine.
Online courses:
Coursera – Coursera.org – build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
Udacity – udacity.com – […] Read more »

This is probably legal, but it still feels like a scam

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You know I love writing about illegal scams, how they work, and how to avoid them. Recently I was approached by something that seems to have all the characteristics of a scam, but it’s most likely legal.

 
Just this past week, I received this message, which was submitted via the Contact form on my website:

 
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Are you running the current version of Windows 10?

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There are different versions of Windows 10, and you might not be running the most current one. Here’s how to check.

 
Windows 10 is the most current Windows operating system. If you’re still running Windows 7, you NEED to upgrade to Windows 10 now (you actually needed to do this over a year ago). If you’re […] Read more »

How to recover a Word document that was never saved

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Have you ever started typing up a Word document, and gotten quite a bit of text entered, then accidentally closed it without saving? Today’s lifesaving tip will show you how it’s possible to get that document back.
 

 
 
A friend of mine used to create Word documents very dangerously.

He was a pastor of a church. And he […] Read more »