Archive for ‘Scott Johnson’

Fun things you can say to Alexa

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There are more than 120 million “smart speakers” in US homes. In our house, we have the Google Home speaker, and here in my home office I have Alexa. But most people just ask Alexa boring stuff, like “what’s the traffic like this morning” or “is it going to rain today”. There are lots of […] Read more »

What is spearphishing?

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“Spearphishing” is one of those terms used by computer security people to describe a particular kind of computer attack. I think it’s a pretty interesting strategy to learn about.   But to understand spearphishing, we have to back up a bit and explain a few things about the fishing/phishing analogy and how one translates […] Read more »

3 things I do when setting up a new computer

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When you get a new computer, you can’t just turn it on and start using it. Those days are long gone. Now, you have to navigate past Microsoft’s tricks and traps. And it’s important to do it right from the beginning – otherwise you could end up with a lot of frustration and wasted time […] Read more »

Case Study – identifying a phishing email

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I recently had a client forward an email to me. The email told her she had to confirm her agreement to the AOL Terms of Service, or she could no longer use her email account. She was concerned that her email would get cut off. She had nothing to worry about. The email she […] Read more »

How to free up space in your Google/Gmail account

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Well, it finally happened. I’m almost out of storage space on my Google/Gmail account.   I actually got this Google account back when the Gmail email service was first introduced, which was in 2004. So it’s taken me 15 years to almost fill it up. Google gives you 15 gb of storage space with […] Read more »

How to UN-hide your Windows 10 scroll bars

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I didn’t like Windows 10 when it first came out several years ago. I’m fine with it now, since it has improved a lot since then. But there’s still one thing I can’t stand – the way it hides the scroll bars. Fortunately, this is fixable. I think you’ll enjoy using Windows 10 more if […] Read more »

How to create a huge dummy Word document quickly

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Sometimes when you’re experimenting or learning how to do something in Microsoft Word, it helps to have a “dummy” document that has several pages of text to work with.   This came up recently with one of my long-term clients. In fact, this lady was probably one of my very first clients when I […] Read more »

How to read articles in Chrome with NO clutter

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Have you ever tried to read a serious article online, and you were just constantly distracted by the sidebars, the ads, and all the other “clutter” on the screen? Chrome has a secret “reader” mode to get rid of all that so you can focus on the content.   Most people don’t know about […] Read more »

Get a free app and help a blind person!

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I love it when technology actually helps someone in a practical way. Or in this case, it helps a LOT of people, and we all have the opportunity to participate.   There are an estimated 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired. And there are 39 million people who are actually […] Read more »

How to create a website shortcut in Chrome – EASY!

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If you have a website you visit regularly, there’s no easier way to get there than to have a shortcut icon right on your desktop. And Chrome makes it VERY easy to do that!   In the past, I would do this the “manual” way. That’s where you navigate to the website page where […] Read more »