How to use a VPN to protect
your internet privacy
A virtual private network
can go a long way to make sure that neither your ISP, nor anyone
else, can snoop on what you do on the internet.
How to install Windows apps on an SD card or USB
Windows 8 won't let you install the apps found in
the Windows Store to external storage--but you can force the
Anatomy Of A Fake Friend Request
Year old deleted Dropbox files reappear
HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR MAC WITH ACTIVITY MONITOR
How Do I Make the Taskbar Smaller or Larger?
It's easy to make the Windows taskbar smaller or
larger - perhaps too easy, since it can happen by accident. I'll
show you how to change it and how to lock it.
Windows 10 Creators Update: Here's how Microsoft
plans the rollout
[WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes
Trump extends Obama executive order on cyberattacks
The ability to sanction cybercriminals will last
for at least one more year
Deal: Unlimited calls, text
and 10GB of 4G LTE data for $20 per month
Right now, Mint SIM has an
amazing deal on high-speed 4G LTE data in the U.S.!
How to Share Files Straight
from Windows 10 File Explorer
How Can I Delete AOL Mail?
New Google Chrome Malware
prompt Users to download Missing Font, Beware!
5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN
Why is My Screensaver
Asking for a Password, and How Do I Fix That?
On returning from
a screen saver, Windows can ask for a password. That's a security
measure that can be turned off - but be sure first.
Xbox Project Scorpio
details and specs rumored to be unveiled this week
Geekly Update - 29 March
Senator: Russia used
'thousands' of internet trolls during US election
Disinformation campaign was designed to raise questions about the
US process, experts say
How to hide an entire drive
from prying eyes on Windows 10
You can hide specific drives on
Windows 10 to prevent users fr
om prying into your files
or misusing your data, and in this guide, we'll tell you how to do
How to Disable Quick Access
from Windows 10 File Explorer
Removing People From
Landscape Photos Without Cloning
Hacker shows how easy it is
to hack people in public
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME
pay-as-you-go prepaid internet service
In partnership with
Boost mobile, Comcast's Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service is now
available to all of its users. Here's what it could mean for
travelers or remote workers.
Netflix offline downloads
are finally coming to your PC
[SHOCKER] Internet Security
is Getting Worse
Privacy activist wants to
unveil lawmakers' browser histories
GoFundMe campaign focused
on fighting back at Internet privacy changes
Microsoft OneDrive tips and
tricks to make the cloud work for you
How to Add the Control
Panel to Windows 10 File Explorer
Are you looking for an
ad-free email option? Well, look no further! Zoho offers a great,
free email service with no advertisements plaguing you in your
Microsoft to end Windows
Vista support this month
WHAT ARE BATCH FILES AND
WHAT DO THEY DO?
How to turn on or off
hibernate in Windows 10
Step-by-step instructions on how to
enable and disable the Hibernate feature and add it to the
Shutdown menu in Windows 10.
Google tweaks the Pixel C
tablet to be a little more like its Pixel phones
How to adjust macOS Sierra
10.12.4’s Night Shift settings
Properly set the new Night Shift
settings in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and get a good night’s sleep.
The Spyder 5 color
calibrates your PC monitor and makes it look much better
How to Record Your Desktop
WordPad Vs. Word
I received a question from a reader who wanted to know if WordPad
is the same as Word and if they could be used in the same way.
The TAD ME-1 ups the ante
for 'small' high-end audio speakers
The Audiophiliac luxuriates
in the sound of the TAD ME-1 speakers.
Intel: Our next chips will
be a 'generation ahead' of Samsung
Its 10-nanometer chips have
double the transistors of rival tech.
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI #874 (Tue 3/28/2017):
Why You Shouldn’t Use (Most)
Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome
There are just three examples listed in
the article, and one example in the comments (a special case
there) which support this headline. And it isn't Chrome, it's
Chromium which is the FOSS version upon which most of the
alternatives are based. If you have the system resources, genuine
Chrome or Chrome Beta works just fine in Linux. And it updates
itself (and Flash Player) automatically so you won't be blocked
from GMail or banking sites. I'm using the combo of Chrome Beta
and Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS 64-bits now.
Eset Hidden File System Reader removes
all traces of Rootkits
And if you aren't careful, important
Windows System Files as well. Go with a complete AV solution.
Windows 10’s Settings Are a Mess, and
Microsoft Doesn’t Seem to Care
On the contrary -- they do care, and this
is all on purpose. It's not a bug -- it's a feature!
MouseComputers Debuts Their Affordable
Windows Hello Camera for Windows 10
So, the security features are built into
the camera? Does it function in any other way as a 3D camera? Like
inside Windows Apps? Or is this just a biometric device?
What’s the Difference Between Notepad
and WordPad in Windows?
In a word, formatting. You can format in
RTF styles with WordPad, which NotePad can't do. Also, NotePad
doesn't by default allow multiple notes to be open at the same
time, whereas I think WordPad does allow this. (I use Linux and
gEdit so much these days that I have all but forgotten the specs
of the Windows quick note apps.)
Stop doing this one thing to your
gadgets - It's a major privacy risk!
There's one guy in my building who has
named every device in his network after the Chicago Cubs. You
might think this is generic, but since he's the only one in the
building who does this, and he has Cubs themed license plates,
he's actually making himself a sitting duck. At least he secures
his WiFi. (Yeah, I checked.)
Re. FYI# 875 (Wed 3/29/17):
Apple just made a historic and risky
change to all iPhones — and you probably didn't even notice
If someone changed the file system on any
device I owned and made my local system backups incapable of being
restored, I'd be mad as hell. But this is Apple, and who does
local backup of Apple devices? Isn't that what iCloud is for? Oh
yeah, that got hacked. Well, at least Apple folks are still the
cool kids in town.
Windows 10 tip: Make sure your hardware
drivers are up to date
Do NOT follow this advice! MS Updates is
the last place on Earth I would go to for driver updates! Go to
the manufacturer of your entire device first, then the
manufacturer of any components you can identify. MS Updates is the
source of last resort.
Clearing Your Cookies All the Time
Makes the Web More Annoying
Or safer, depending on your point of view.
I clear early and often.
Malwarebytes hardens its stand against
Potentially Unwanted Programs
I've had to Whitelist several Nir Sofer
(Nirsoft) utilities with these guys for years. As long as you know
why the program is flagged, and you are certain you installed the
program yourself and intentionally, just use the Whitelist. Better
safe than sorry. I support Malwarebytes' stance on this matter.
Win10 Metered Connection changes
It's basically just a wording change, not
a policy or behavior change. Get over it already. See my Comment
at AskWoody and my reference to Microsoft's own explanation of
what the underlying policy has always been. This policy has not
changed one bit. And wushowhide and a Group Policy change are
still your friends.
AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs.
Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan
Actually, if you don't insist on using
your phone as a TV screen, you can probably get by on a repackaged
plan at a fraction of the cost of these plans. And Unlimited still
has its limits, including speed throttling after 22 GB/mo. (under
Re. FYI #876 (Thur 3/30/2017):
Unbelievable new USPS service will
revolutionize the way you get your mail
Now teens will have to find other ways to
hide bad grade reports or SAT results from their parents! More
seriously, you could look over the incoming mail and determine if
a check or something valuable is in the mailbox, then hurry home
or tell a trusted friend or neighbor to hang onto it for you.
Samsung Dex – what Continuum should’ve
I still like my ScreenBeam Mini2 Continuum
and my Wireless HDMI (for Linux which does not support WiDi). I
need to upgrade my Wireless HDMI to a smaller model, but other
than that, I am happy. Android does work on a ScreenBeam, BTW.
(Details in my posted Comment at Woody's site.)
How to Save Space on Storage-Starved
PCs With Windows 10’s “CompactOS”
So this is what WIMBoot has morphed into.
My tablet after upgrading to Win 10 Pro Creators Update, will
probably still use WIMBoot and still need an intact Recovery Image
int he Recovery Partition, though. Which will make that device
still a pain and a bother to update and maintain.
Windows Update Files Taking 3.99 TB
Space in Disk Cleanup
So clean the damned things! Chances are,
this will do no harm. When you run Windows Update Cleanup, this
bug disappears. Been there, done this.
Re. FYI #877 (Fri 3/31/2017):
Windows 10: Change DNS Server Address
on Windows 10 PC
I did this (also in Linux) when AT&T
started blocking my access to Microsoft Updates. It was a DNS
error. My web surfing is now faster and probably more private with
OpenDNS. Change for IPv6 as well as IPv4 values just to be sure.
A VPN can protect your online privacy.
But there's a catch
Pay for the service! Most paid services do
not keep records or logs. "Free VPN" is usually not secure and not
AT&T, Comcast and Verizon explain that
they don't sell your browser history
But each company is already using
customer data in ways you may not realize.
"We don't sell Browser History. We do
fingerprint your every move. But we never sell your History..."
The Laziest, Cheapest Way to Circumvent
Your Snooping ISP
With VPN's you get what you pay for. If
it's free, you are simply trading off your ISP for the VPN
provider or the browser company. Someone is still tracking your
every move. Pay for VPN service, and (most of) that goes away.
Windows 10: Fix You've been signed in
with a temporary profile in Windows 10
That happened on my tablet with the
Standard User Account a couple of times, and it was rather easily
The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup
However you do it, do this! Back up
System, Drivers and Data. Do it now, while you're still thinking
Why 'In-Store Availability' Is Very
Unless it's a hot item everyone wants, I
have found the contrary. Checking online does show in-store
availability, and where applicable, which nearby store in a chain
has a few of those hard to find items. I used this service to find
which local Bed Bath and Beyond had a luggage strap I wanted for
my last Boston trip.
Re. FYI #878 (Sat 4/1/2017):
Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to
I have a Google drive, and I just
offloaded some pictures of my new Boston apartment to free up
space on my Moto phone. Works well for avoiding massive email
Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is
launching sooner than you think
At 5.5 inches, my Moto is a big phone. I
see no need to make it foldable. A clamshell with a real keyboard
is a different matter. That needs to fold once only.
EFF: Verizon will install spyware on
all its Android phones (update)
The privacy body isn't a fan of the
carrier's new AppFlash launcher.
So get an unlocked phone and use a
repackaged discount carrier like I do. No spyware, ads which can
be ignored, and no hassles.
Cheap new way to make your computer run
faster! (read the details)
So Optane Memory will store parts of the
previous session in Flash Memory? This does not bode well for
privacy or security. And it would wreck havoc in a dual-boot with
How to use Macrium Reflect to create an
image of your PC hard drive
The Macrium Reflect portion of this
article looks like it was (badly) screen-scraped from the much
better Macrium Reflect Tutorials and Knowledge Base articles
available at Macrium Reflect's own web site. The owners of Macrium
Reflect really ought to issue a copyright infringement take-down
notice against this site.
PSA: You probably don't want to use
face recognition to unlock your Galaxy S8
A new video shows that the feature is
just as insecure as it's always been, allowing a photo to spoof
There are special 3D cameras used in
Windows Hello. This prevents the spoofing of an image with 2D
photos. Smartphones don't have 3D cameras yet. (Exception -- the
Moto 10X, which has modular design and can add a 3D camera. But
fully assembled, this is hardly a phone anymore, and it costs a
How to Create Shareable Download Links
for Files on Google Drive
I do this all the time instead of sending
large email attachments.
Gallery: Unboxing and Setting Up the
MouseComputers Windows Hello Camera
This is the 3D camera which does not get
fooled by 2D photos.
The Best VPN Services for 2017
These are the good ones. You get what you
Your State Might Be About to Pass Some
This is not a Tech article. It is purely
political, and has a strong left-wing bias. Not appropriate for a
Re. FYI #879 (Sun 4/2/2017):
Does anyone actually want to use a
phone as a desktop?
Seriously, who is asking for this?!
Actually, this concept is no more crazy
than my Intel NUC, which is a very small "desktop" PC. Face it
folks -- tech things are getting smaller and small tech things are
getting smarter! Modular designs are coming back into style. Your
personal data can live on an incredibly small and portable device,
so that the Terror Police might actually let you carry it and use
it on an International plane ride. Then you can just plug it (or
its dock, from your checked luggage) into the HDTV at your
destination, unpack the big keyboard and mouse from your checked
luggage, and be back in business. Use a paid VPN and you might
actually avoid being spied upon or infected.
Stop Videos from playing automatically
These steps don't work all the time, but
at least you have a fighting chance. I count seven Chrome
extensions I've had to use to reduce these and other annoyances
while web surfing in Linux. Advertisers sure are persistent,
HOW TO LIMIT INTERNET BANDWIDTH ON YOUR
Managing QoS settings at the router is a
pain and a bother. Did you know, most ISPs (including AT&T and
Comcast) already use some form of QoS when prioritizing traffic
which uses their servers? That's why some traffic zooms while
other traffic languishes, especially during peak usage hours. This
is apart from throttling and paid Fast Lanes for services like
Why Your Next Laptop Should Be a 2-in-1
I basically agree. Full sized laptops are
fast becoming dinosaurs.
A COMPARISON OF FREE CLOUD-BASED EMAIL
Lately I've begun to conclude that paying
for email services is often worth the price. My Fastmail account
has once been breached in five years. Compare that with Yahoo or
Google. The cost of my Fastmail account is less than Yahoo Mail
Plus. But it is IMAP, not POP-3. IMAP risks losing messages if you
aren't VERY careful during a session.
The smartphone is eventually going to
die, and then things are going to get really crazy
More likely, smart phones will become
small mobile PCs or hubs for portable modular systems. Plug them
into a dock and a monitor at the far end of your travels, and you
are running a fully functional PC.
Blackbird Privacy Tool will tweak
Windows 10 Privacy & Telemetry settings
I don't know who these people are, what
their software does, or how it does its work. I cannot certify
this software as spyware-free. I would vastly prefer to do
business with the less shadowy (though still not entirely
transparent) folks who offer O&O Software ShutUp 10 which does the
same things. And its interface is far less confusing and more
How to Hide the Navigation Pane in
Windows 10 File Explorer
Sometimes I hide elements of File
Explorer, sometimes I open them all up. It depends on what tasks
I'm doing and on which device.
Trump trades 'unsecure' Android device
for shiny new iPhone
It seems the war between iOS and
Android has now reached the White House.
What was "unsecure" was how old the
Android version on Trump's phone was, not the OS vendor.
Reinstall Windows 10 (and fix your
problems) with these quick steps
Sadly, there are still times when a
reinstall is the best solution for a particularly vexing Windows
The Best VPN Services and Apps of 2017
(Including Free Options)
Skip the free ones.
How to Erase a Recovery Partition in
Before you do this, make VERY SURE there
is no Windows Image in that Partition which is needed to boot your
From My Own Reading:
The Laptop Is Dead
How smartphones are becoming the core of a
mobile and docking ecosystem which may replace the PC as we know
it. (But none of these devices run Windows!)
I want one of those!! (Note that these
things supposedly can run both full scale Linux and Android.)
They are supposedly acceptable for
International flights where laptops and tablets are being banned.
Dock it or use Wireless HDMI (needs a dongle for the PDA and a
receiver for the HDMI monitor -- not exactly as simple as my
ScreenBeam Mini2 Continuum, but the same principles -- Linux does
not yet support WiDi but Android does have Cast) and it's only
lacking a decent keyboard to become the guts of a desktop system.
Not a replacement for my NUC, but this could well be the end game
for mobile devices.
I hope something like this goes public
sometime soon. And with enough competition to lower retail or
"street" prices. Sadly, the War on Terror will provide plenty of
incentive to develop similar devices, including ones which can run
in a Windows Continuum and/or Windows Cloud environment.
How to install Windows on an external
You do need n additional Windows license
to activate this installation, unlike Windows To Go in the Windows
Enterprise Editions. Works best with USB 3.1 or USB-C ports.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
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