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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 »

The best online sources for learning anything

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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?

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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

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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

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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 »

How to find your important files

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Today I’ll show you the absolute quickest way to get to all of your important files on your Windows computer.

 
You might already know that you can click on the little “file folder” icon at the bottom of the screen to open Windows File Explorer. It looks like this:

 
That opens a window (File Explorer) that shows […] Read more »

If you prefer talking instead of typing – try Speechtexter

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Today we’ll learn about a free service that let’s you talk into your computer, and have those words made into a document.

 
Since I type on my computer keyboard all the time, I’m able to type pretty quickly. I haven’t measured my typing speed lately but I do okay. Which is kind of funny, since I […] Read more »

3 common computer myths

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Today we’re talking about three things that a lot of people believe to be true about computers, but in fact they are not true.

 
Myth #1: Turning the computer off, then powering it up again, is a restart. FALSE
I always tell people, you need to restart your computer every day or two. This resets the uptime […] Read more »

How to make everything on your screen bigger

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If you have any kind of vision challenge, or if your eyesight is just gradually getting worse over time, you aren’t the only one. One nice feature of Windows 10 – you can make everything bigger and easier to read.

 
I grew up wearing glasses since I was 8 years old. I could see things fine […] Read more »

Computer slowdown? Check these two things first

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This tip is based on what is probably the most common question I get, which is “Why is my computer running so slowly??” It is definitely frustrating when the computer lags behind. If your computer suddenly starts to run a lot more slowly than you think it should, there are a couple of things for […] Read more »