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413 How to tell if a website is down

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Do you ever go to visit a popular website, and it won’t load? How do you know if the problem is with your computer or your internet connection, or if that site is being blocked by your antivirus, or if the site is actually down?

 
Whenever I click to view a website, and it comes up […] Read more »

412 How to remove bad extensions in Chrome

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Like most of the computer users around the world, I use Google Chrome as my default web browser. And I use a few extensions. But not all extensions are good – here’s how to check it and remove the ones you don’t want.

 
An extension is just a little piece of software that runs inside Chrome […] Read more »

410 Hide the taskbar for full screen display

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Some Windows users like to have every square inch of their screen available. One way to get more usable space is by hiding the taskbar when you’re not using it.

 
In Windows 10, the taskbar is the line of icons that’s usually located along the bottom of your screen. It goes from the bottom left corner, […] Read more »

398 Show your desktop screen with no icons

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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”

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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 »