The OTHER big reason you need a local backup

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Many times on my blog and podcast I’ve encouraged everyone to make sure they have a backup of anything important on their computer. For most people, the big reason for having a backup is to make sure you don’t lose anything important, like documents and pictures, if your hard drive fails. But there’s another really […] Read more »

The Verification Code scam

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Today we’re talking about a scam that’s making the rounds but a lot of people aren’t aware of how it works, or even the fact that it IS a scam. But it can cause you some headaches if you fall for it.   We’ve all become pretty accustomed to verification codes. If a company […] Read more »

How to create a personal website using Google Sites

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What if I told you that five minutes from now you could have your own website? It’s true. If you have a Google account (a Gmail email account is a Google account), creating and publishing your own website is as easy as creating a Word document.   Want to see what’s possible with Google […] Read more »

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 »