Archive for ‘Scott Johnson’

Check your hard drive health every day – automatically

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If your hard drive starts to show signs of failure, you want to know that as soon as possible. Here’s how to get that alert nice and early.

When someone says to you, “I have good news and bad news. Which do you want first?” what do you say? For me, I am a “bad news […] Read more »

How to do a Safety Check using Chrome

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Did you know that Google Chrome can run a quick Safety Check on your computer? Here’s how to do it.

 
Open Chrome, and click the 3 dots in the top right, and choose Settings.
Then, scroll down to the Safety Check session and click on “Check now”.

Chrome will take a few seconds and check for:

Is Chrome up […] Read more »

An alternative way to send or receive text messages

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There are some people who use computers, but don’t do text messages.  That sometimes presents a problem for them, but there’s a way to get around it.

 
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
When you go to set up a new Microsoft account, one of the things they will want you to provide is a […] Read more »

Use Chrome to fill in your name and address

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When you’re online, do you find yourself constantly having to manually type in your name and address when creating a new account? Here’s how to do that with one click.

 
You know what I’m talking about. You see something on the internet you want to purchase, and it’s for sale on some website where you haven’t […] Read more »

How to view your clipboard history

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Your Windows computer has a clipboard feature that you are probably not even aware of!

 
Before I tell you today’s tip, a little background or “setup” information so that everyone is on the same page.
One of the most useful features of a computer is the ability to Cut and Paste or Copy and Paste. If you […] Read more »

Two different ways your computer could be running “slowly”

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One of the most common things I hear from people is still this: “My computer is too slow!” The problem is, they could be talking about two different things.

 
This leads me to ask a clarifying question, so we know exactly what we are dealing with.
I ask, “When you say it’s slow, are you talking about […] Read more »

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.

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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 »