Security cameras that are easy to set up – and cheap

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If you think having security cameras in your home would be expensive and complicated, I have good news! I got some recently and they were really easy and affordable.   When you’re not at home, it’s nice to know that everything is okay. And even when you are at home, being able to see […] Read more »

The new trick to downloading Google images

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It used to be easy to just search Google for an image and download that full size image to your computer. Google changed their image download process a while ago, and it’s not quite as obvious how to get those full size images saved. But you can still do it! Here’s how.   Note: […] Read more »

Make sure System Restore is set up properly

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There are a few things about Windows 10 that don’t really make sense. When I set up a new computer, or when I do the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I make sure these things are all configured properly. If you’re running Windows 10, one of the things you should check on is […] Read more »

Fun things you can say to Alexa

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There are more than 120 million “smart speakers” in US homes. In our house, we have the Google Home speaker, and here in my home office I have Alexa. But most people just ask Alexa boring stuff, like “what’s the traffic like this morning” or “is it going to rain today”. There are lots of […] Read more »

What is spearphishing?

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“Spearphishing” is one of those terms used by computer security people to describe a particular kind of computer attack. I think it’s a pretty interesting strategy to learn about.   But to understand spearphishing, we have to back up a bit and explain a few things about the fishing/phishing analogy and how one translates […] Read more »

3 things I do when setting up a new computer

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When you get a new computer, you can’t just turn it on and start using it. Those days are long gone. Now, you have to navigate past Microsoft’s tricks and traps. And it’s important to do it right from the beginning – otherwise you could end up with a lot of frustration and wasted time […] Read more »

Case Study – identifying a phishing email

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I recently had a client forward an email to me. The email told her she had to confirm her agreement to the AOL Terms of Service, or she could no longer use her email account. She was concerned that her email would get cut off. She had nothing to worry about. The email she […] Read more »

How to free up space in your Google/Gmail account

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Well, it finally happened. I’m almost out of storage space on my Google/Gmail account.   I actually got this Google account back when the Gmail email service was first introduced, which was in 2004. So it’s taken me 15 years to almost fill it up. Google gives you 15 gb of storage space with […] Read more »

How to UN-hide your Windows 10 scroll bars

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I didn’t like Windows 10 when it first came out several years ago. I’m fine with it now, since it has improved a lot since then. But there’s still one thing I can’t stand – the way it hides the scroll bars. Fortunately, this is fixable. I think you’ll enjoy using Windows 10 more if […] Read more »

How to create a huge dummy Word document quickly

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Sometimes when you’re experimenting or learning how to do something in Microsoft Word, it helps to have a “dummy” document that has several pages of text to work with.   This came up recently with one of my long-term clients. In fact, this lady was probably one of my very first clients when I […] Read more »