How to make sure System Restore is set up properly

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One way PC problems can sometimes be fixed is by using the built-in function called System Restore. It’s not the answer for every situation, but in certain situations it can be the perfect solution. But in order for it to work, it has to be set up correctly ahead of time.   Here’s what […] Read more »

How to save (and restore) your desktop icon layout

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I’m kind of picky about where I keep the icons on my desktop screen. Not all of them, but a few that I click on regularly. I have a couple of spreadsheets I use all the time, and a link to run Evernote, and a link to my Google contacts. I keep these icons in […] Read more »

New QUICK way to create cloud documents and spreadsheets

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A lot of people use Google’s cloud services to create documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations and forms. Recently, Google introduced a new way to create this things very quickly. And once you set it up, you can literally do it with a single click.   Quick summary if you’re not familiar with Google Cloud –  […] Read more »

The best live-streaming webcams around the world

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All over the globe, there are live cameras set up and streaming the content of whatever happens to be in their view. Here are some of the ones that I think are pretty interesting.   The Sea Otter Cam https://www.vanaqua.org/visit/live-cams-sea-otter-cam Watch the sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium.   The Garden Bubble Cam […] Read more »

New information about protecting your identity

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About a year ago I did a blog post and podcast about the absolute best way to protect the valuable personal identity information that’s stored in your credit files. Today I’ll let you know about an update to that, which makes it much easier to take action on this.   You can read my […] Read more »

Start your own podcast – interview with Dave Jackson

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I’ve been doing my Computer Tutor podcast for over 6 years now. My new podcast, What Was That Like, has been live for just a couple of months and has a steadily growing audience. So I’ve been asked by some of my friends and clients, “How do you start a podcast?”. For that answer, I […] Read more »

Time to get rid of CCleaner

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In the world of computers and security, there are some companies that once had a decent reputation but went downhill and now cannot be recommended or trusted. I would now put CCleaner in that category. Here’s the story.   CCleaner was actually introduced in 2003 – 15 years ago. But it wasn’t rolled out […] Read more »

Have folders re-open automatically after each restart

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If you’re working on files in a certain folder and you have to do a restart, would you like to have that same folder open up automatically for you after that restart? It’s possible, and it’s really simple to do.   Sometimes I find myself in a predicament. I know it’s been a while […] Read more »

What is Windows “Fast Startup” option, and why disable it?

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In a recent blog/podcast, I talked about the importance of restarting your computer in order to refresh the memory and speed it up. But some people actually powered down their computers and powered up again, and the “Up time” counter did not reset. That’s because of the Windows 10 “Fast Startup” option so we’ll talk […] Read more »

Get a quick preview of almost any file on your PC

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Back in Windows 7, it was easy to get a “Preview” of an image file that was stored on your computer. Just right click on the file, and choose Preview. That went away in Windows 10. But you can get back the preview option again – and not just for picture files.   Honestly […] Read more »