Archive for ‘computer tip

398 Show your desktop screen with no icons

by
Image for 398 Show your desktop screen with no icons

I have a few clients who prefer a very minimalist look for their computer. If you like that idea, it’s very easy to implement.

 
Sometimes I’ll get a “panic call” from a client because they think they’ve been “hacked” – because all of the icons on their desktop screen are gone. They weren’t actually hacked; they […] Read more »

395 How to force a computer to power off

by
Image for 395 How to force a computer to power off

If your computer is frozen, there’s still a way for you to turn it off. This always works.

 
People call me fairly often with this puzzling situation.
The computer is locked up. Frozen. Moving the mouse or touchpad does not move the cursor. None of the keys on the keyboard seem to have any effect. So if […] Read more »

392 No more agreeing without reading?

by
Image for 392 No more agreeing without reading?

Have you ever clicked “I agree” on your computer without actually reading the long Terms of Service document you’re agreeing to? That may be changing.

 
Think about it. If you were in some kind of situation in real life, and you were handed a document and told to sign it, would you just sign without reading […] Read more »

390 Get rid of the “Finish setting up your device” notification

by
Image for 390 Get rid of the “Finish setting up your device” notification

With Windows 10, even though you may have already been using this computer for quite some time, you might get a message that wants you to “finish setting up your device”. Here’s how to get rid of it.

 
This is what the notice looks like:

 
Of course, none of this is anything you need to do. It’s […] Read more »

Blocking Windows 11 from coming in

by
Play

If your computer is currently running Windows 10, like most Windows computers currently are, there’s a new major update that’s just been released – it’s Windows 11. It’s not something you want yet.

For quite some time, Microsoft said that the last version of Windows would be Windows 10. They said they would just continue to […] Read more »

Two different ways your computer could be running “slowly”

by
Image for Two different ways your computer could be running “slowly”
Play

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 »

The best online sources for learning anything

by
Image for The best online sources for learning anything
Play

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 »

What is the Deep Web?

by
Image for What is the Deep Web?
Play

You’ve probably heard the terms “Deep Web” and “Dark Web”. They are not the same thing.

 
In general, there are 3 internets, or 3 “webs”.
The first one is often referred to as the Clear Web. It’s also called the Surface Web. This is the internet that most people use every day – Google searches, reading blogs, […] Read more »

Back up your files BEFORE this forced update comes in

by
Image for Back up your files BEFORE this forced update comes in
Play

Quick tip today – big Windows Update is coming, so be ready for it by backing up your computer.

 
This update was actually released a few months ago, and is referred to by two names:

The May 2020 Update
Windows 10 version 2004

Even though it is called both names, it’s the same update. Some Windows 10 computers have […] Read more »

Some important computer DON’Ts

by
Image for Some important computer DON’Ts
Play

Want to avoid getting into trouble with your computer? Here are some things you DON’T want to do.

 
Don’t have Chrome (or any browser) store your passwords. Yes, it makes it really easy to access all your website accounts. But it’s also really dangerous, because if your computer ever got hacked into, or lost, or stolen, […] Read more »