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Make the Windows 10 Start Menu less annoying

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In Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows), the Start menu was simply a way to navigate to whatever program or file you needed to open. In Windows 10, Microsoft seems to think that it should now be used as their own private little billboard on your computer. Today we’ll talk about how to take […] Read more »

3 top tips for using your computer safely

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There are lots of things you can do to stay safe while using your computer. Probably hundreds. But a few things I keep seeing come up over and over. I really believe that if everyone at least kept these three rules while using their computers, a lot of problems would be avoided and everyone would […] Read more »

Watch out for Adobe’s latest trick

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For a while, Adobe has proven that they are a software company not worthy of our trust or respect. And recently they provided us with another reason to question their integrity. This applies mainly to people using the Chrome web browser.   For quite some time, Adobe has been trying to sneak unwanted software […] Read more »

How to create a recovery drive for Windows 10

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Recently I had a client with a Windows 10 computer that would power on, but it wouldn’t boot all the way into the Windows operating system. Sometimes Windows will run self-diagnosis and repair the problem and reboot. But what if you reboot, and it just keeps coming up to the same error screen? That’s when […] Read more »

How to check your computer’s hard drive for failure

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Did you know there’s a free program you can run, and it will check your computer’s hard drive to see if it’s showing any signs of failure?   Disclaimer: This software is not foolproof, it’s just one of the best at detecting signs of hard drive failure. The program I’m referring to is called […] Read more »

Things that seem right but are really wrong

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Sometimes there are things that on the surface seem to be true, but when you dig a little deeper you find out they aren’t true at all. Or, there might be something that you know in your head is false, but your mind still thinks about a different way. For example – what’s the moon […] Read more »

What does the Paste Options box do in MS Word?

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I use the Copy – Paste process every day, and you probably do as well. For the most part, it’s pretty straightforward – you choose a word or section of text and copy it from one location, then you go to another location and paste it. But when you’re pasting into a Word document, there’s […] Read more »

Time to delete your Yahoo! account and all the data

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I created my first Yahoo email account back in the late 1990s, but I stopped actively using it when Gmail introduced their email service and I made that switch. So that Yahoo account is still there, just not being used. I recently got an email from Yahoo that was pretty outrageous in light of recent […] Read more »

How to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10

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One of the changes Microsoft made with Windows 10 was how to create a shortcut to a file or a program and have that shortcut on the desktop screen.   A lot of people – myself included – weren’t too happy the first time we tried to make a shortcut to the desktop using […] Read more »

How to get super-specific Google search results

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Today’s tip came about as a result of a question from a reader, Mike. He wrote: “A topic for your podcast: How to limit search results. I use Google, Yahoo, and Duckduckgo for making searches. Today I happened to search for “episodic dvd ripper” and got many hits as old as 15 years back. Is […] Read more »