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Sat 8/5/2017 990
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Wed 8/2/2017 987
Tue 8/1/2017 986
Mon 7/31/2017 985
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Sat 990  8/5/2017

Why I'm Not Buying the New Apple Inc. iPad Pro
Apple's new Pro tablet is great, but this Fool is waiting for the next one.



iPhone Users Look Psyched to Spend Almost $400 on Apple's New HomePod
The Amazon Echo has a three-year head start on Apple in the smart speaker sector.



Atari shared images and new details of its upcoming Ataribox games console



GIMPHOTO: Free Photoshop alternative Photo and Image Editor software for Windows 10



The Best Gadgets for High-Tech Grilling
The oldest form of cooking has moved well past the dark ages of kettle grills and charcoal briquettes. Here are all the gadgets you need to host the ultimate high-tech barbecue this Fourth of July weekend.



8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse
With just a handful of easy adjustments, your Android phone can become a lean, mean productivity machine.



10 Creative Money-Saving Ideas You Probably Haven’t Heard



How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K
As of July 2017, there's even 4K support.



Counting Your Steps? 5 Free Android Pedometer Apps You Should Try



A look at I-Nex – a CPU-Z like Application for GNU/Linux



Best Mac Apps - Essential Apps for Your MacBook



How to use storytelling to pitch projects and ideas
Facts and figures are nice, but they usually don't move people to action. Storytelling techniques, however, can help advance your agenda.



Microsoft just killed Word Flow, one of the best iPhone keyboards
Pour one out for arc mode.



Don't ignore weird clicking noises coming from your PC



How to Remove Photobombers and Other Objects from a Photo in Photoshop



Your video streaming gadget could be SPYING!



Can Amazon Alexa Beat Apple Siri And Google Assistant In Smartphone Technology?



Action Center does not open in Windows 10



The 13 Best Microsoft Edge Extensions (So Far)
Like any good browser, Edge supports add-ons to make it a lot better. Here are the best.



Excel 2016 cheat sheet
Are you getting the most from Microsoft Excel 2016? Get to know the key new features.



Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 of the Best Free Alternatives



How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi
What to do when your PC is in one room, and your HDTV is in another.



Advice for People Traveling by Air with Tech Devices



Firefox 56: automatic 32-bit to 64-bit upgrade



How to Draw a Diagonal Line Through a Cell in Excel



Here is the clearest indication yet that your iPad will soon replace your Mac
Apple is in the process of cannibalizing its Mac business...one iOS update at a time.



Tempted to muck about in media library folders for Apple apps like Photos? Don't do it



Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center is a must-have app you may not know exists



How to Monitor (and Reduce) Your Data Usage on the iPhone



5 amazing things you can do with Google Assistant



Apple Clears App Store of VPN apps and ad-blockers



Windows 10 Creators Update not installing



Google Glass Enterprise Edition Is Ready for Work
After working on an enterprise version of the wearable, aptly named Glass Enterprise Edition, for the past two years, the Glass team is finally ready to bring it to more businesses.



Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips
AMD's powerful Ryzen processors democratize CPU cores and challenge Intel's high-end chips.



5 Methods to Bypass Blocked Sites



Wireless mesh networks: Everything you need to know
There are genuine benefits behind the hype.



How to download YouTube videos for free
Save videos for offline viewing



A look at the nano text editor in GNU/Linux



How to Turn On or Off BitLocker for Operating System Drive in Windows 10



Geekly Update - 02 Aug 2017


Will new HEVC and HEIF formats work in older versions of macOS and iOS?



How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand on Windows 10
Microsoft's OneDrive now lets you view your files without having to download them using on-demand sync. Here's how it works.



How to Make Siri Announce Who’s Calling on iOS 10



Sponsor: 5 tips to spot an email scam



Facebook rebuffs Pakistan request to link accounts to phone numbers



OutlookTempCleaner helps you delete Outlook Temp files easily in Windows 10/8/7



13 Secret Codes That Unlock Hidden Features on Your Phone
The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn't know about right from your smartphone's dialer. But there is some trickiness you'll need to know about.



This magnetic tape drive can store way more data than you’d imagine



7 Hacks to Make Your Work Desk More Efficient for Maximum Productivity



Microsoft's SQL Server 2017 for Linux and Windows moves ahead with first Release Candidate
Microsoft is making available its first public near-final Release Candidate for its SQL Server 2017 database, which will run on both Linux and Windows Server.



10 reasons why your photos aren't sharp (and how to fix them)
If your images aren't as sharp as you'd like, then read this



Microsoft extends support of Windows 10 version 1607 to 2023



How to Directly Clean Install Windows 10 without having to Upgrade First



[Windows 10 Tip #8] - Bag of Tricks



How to replace the missing optical-digital audio output on newer Macs



How to manually configure a VPN on Windows 10



How to Enable and Use Apple Maps Extensions in iOS 10



See who is tracking you online



How much RAM does a smartphone actually need? We asked the experts



Why VR's success is years away
A couple of years ago we were all going to be wearing VR headsets and exploring groovy virtual worlds. Instead, crickets - like 3D TV. The good news: it will take off. The bad: not for at least five years. Here's why.



Apple vs. Samsung: Why Looks Matter


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Fri 989  8/4/2017

IPhone 8 delayed until just before the holidays, report says
 - The iPhone 8 isn't expected to be available until November or December due to production delays, according to a  new report.
 - Several analysts have said the iPhone 8 will be delayed.
 - Apple is expected to launch two other phones, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, in September.



How to convert PDFs to Word documents



Meet the small 360 camera module that will fit into phones



How to Install and Set Up the Belkin WeMo Light Switch



MSI Video Outlines Threadripper Installation Procedure In X399's TR4 Socket



Where to download NVIDIA drivers for Windows 10/8/7



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will let you limit bandwidth usage for updates
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will offer new settings to reduce data usage to prevent going over your data limits.



Restoring Files with File History
File History, when properly enabled and configured, can restore deleted files or previous version of files that have changed.



Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
Here's what we'd tell our non-nerdy friends if they asked which laptops are really the best deals on Amazon and Best Buy.



Chrome OS vs. Windows 10 S: Which Is Right for You?



Microsoft continues to fine tune with latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build
Microsoft's coming Eye Control eye-tracking feature, new Windows Console colors and some tweaks to Edge's interface are part of Windows 10 test build 16257.



AMD Ryzen 3 paves the way for cheap PCs this holiday season
The company announced pricing and availability for its line of CPUs that compete with Intel's Core i3.



Why You Should Use a Vertical Windows Taskbar



Using AES Crypt to quickly encrypt / decrypt files on GNU/Linux



10 amazing gadgets for $50 or less!






Dropbox collects privacy settings into a security checkup page



How to Add Your Outlook.com Email Address to Microsoft Outlook



Exclusive Threadripper Socket TR4 Schematics, Cooler Compatibility



Bitdefender Home Scanner scans your Home Network for vulnerabilities



4 things we hope to see in Windows 10 Redstone 4
With development of the Fall Creators Update slowly winding down, it's time to look to the future and talk about what we're hoping to see in Microsoft's next version of Windows 10.



When I Use Start-Run, Why Does a Window Just Flash and Disappear?
Start-Run, or the Run item on Windows Start menu, is a way to run any program on your machine. Sometimes it works as expected, but other times, it just produces a quick flash. We'll look at why, and what to do instead.



Best indoor digital TV antennas: Our top picks for cord cutters
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations.



How to Increase the Transparency of the Start Menu in Windows 10




Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs
Updated: An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. But Microsoft has created an exception for those devices, allowing them to continue receiving security updates for five additional years.



Buying a MacBook Pro from Apple's Refurbished Mac store was the best decision I've made for getting a new computer



5 Brilliant Dropbox Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed



Policy Plus brings Group Policy to all Windows editions



Texting while driving crackdown: New "Textalyzer" tech will catch violators red handed



Mozilla Asks Everyone to Donate Their Voice
Project Common Voice wants to open voice recognition to all apps, but in order to do that it needs as many voice recordings as possible. Get donating!



Greenpeace and iFixit slam smartphone companies over e-waste



How to Force Windows to Show All Your Drives in File Explorer



Vega's Almost Here, But Are AMD's Board Partners Ready?



How to run Chrome browser in Incognito Mode or Safe Mode



HP Spectre x2 (2017) review - Making a more affordable Surface Pro with USB Type-C



I Enabled Two-Factor Authentication and Now My Email Program Can’t Log In
Two-factor authentication is an important security tool. To access those accounts in some software programs, though, you may need an app password.



Windows 10: A guide to the updates
What you need to know about each update to Microsoft Windows 10.



How to Check the IMEI Number on Your Phone



How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 10



Security researchers hack ATM to make it spew cash
They explain to a Black Hat panel how a small flaw near an ATM's speakers let them turn the machine into a cash fountain.



The 17 Best YouTube Programming Tutorials



8 things Microsoft needs to fix in Windows 10



Amazing new hearing implant that works with your iPhone



24 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know
Facebook has been around for awhile, but there are probably a few tricks you don't know about.



These Raspberry Pi 3 bundle deals cover everyone, from coders to gamers



How to Show and Hide the Rulers in Microsoft Word



AMD Radeon RX Vega 64: Bundles, Specs, And Aug. 14 Availability



Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this app



Best Laptop with USB-C



DEF CON Rocks the Vote with Live Machine Hacking
Jeff Moss, founder of the hacker conference, is planning to host a full-blown election and voting system for hacking in 2018 at DEF CON, complete with a simulated presidential race.



Microsoft's Xbox controller wireless adapter for PCs isn't gigantic anymore
Summer's coming to a close, but the Xbox wireless adapter for PCs just debuted its beach body.



How to Increase Productivity and Get More Done with a Gaming Mouse



How to Cast Media to Device from Microsoft Edge in Windows 10



Malware now comes with customer service
The criminal operators are acting like legitimate firms, offering support services and even hiring graphic designers, researchers tell a Black Hat panel.



The Top 4 Free Offline GPS Apps for Android



RadioMaximus: play and record Internet Radio



3 unexpected tricks for your smartphone



HTC U11 Becomes an 'Alexa Phone'
The HTC U11 is getting a software patch today which enables always-on Alexa functionality.



Solid-state batteries: Why Toyota's plans could be a game-changer for EVs



The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers
All the awesome things you forgot your Mac could do



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI #988 (Thur 8/3/2017)

Canonical Looking for user input on software selection for Ubuntu

I just gave my 2 cents worth to this survey.


How to Save Files as PDF in Windows 10 without Additional Software

Web Browsers do this for web pages, and MS Office and other office suites have a menu item to export as PDF. Most scans are already sdaved by default as PDF documents. Why does anyone need anything more? Well, you could also install a third-party PDF printer (Nitro makes a good one). This allows you to "print" to a PDF file. I find the Microsoft Print to PDF a bit less reliable and more of a hassle to use. The Microsoft Store does have a nice PDF reader called Xodo PDF.


How to Create a Bootable Multiboot USB for Windows and Linux

I haven't had much luck with even single-boot self-booting USB sticks. But I haven't tried any of these utilities on my NUC. So maybe this will work in there. Worth contemplating...

Using Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness for upgrading devices

This is for businesses with Azure licenses. I don't qualify.


Why Do Scanners Use PDF as the Default File Format?

We would perhaps prefer some sort of image format? One which would be totally unreadable with OCR and not capable of being edited? PDF is universal, editable and readable. Except for photo scanning, this is the best format.

5 of the Best Journal Apps for Linux

I have gEdit with lots of plugins. I could format my notes, but it's better to go up to LibreOffice for that sort of thing. I don't feel the need for a specialized "journaling" app. I have to agree that Terminal-based (Command Line) editors are a poor choice for journaling. 


18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet

"Remember, all the tools listed in this article are for creating recordings of free online videos for personal use. They should not be used to save and distribute copyrighted material; doing so could get you in serious trouble with the law. You have been warned!"

Otherwise, great resource article! And there is lots of free stuff out there which it's perfectly OK to download for your own use.


Windows AutoPilot lets you configure, reset, repurpose, recover devices

This is more for businesse looking to deploy a large number of devices with consistent user experiences than for individual users. But it is fascinating to see how this is done.


Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi

If your phone doesn't have the latest update, leaving your Wi-Fi open might let hackers take over your device.

I really should check to see if my phone has an update related to this.


Windows Repair 4.0 released: repair Windows software

I would stay away from any third-party "Windows Repair" tool. This is on advice from Microsoft itself. More tech support issues during a Feature Update result from these types of "repairs" than the tools have been known to actually resolve. If you experience frequent low-level issues with Windows 10, it is simpler to roll back using your backup software or a Restore Point, or do a Repair Reinstall, than to try to futz around with this sort of tool. Believe me, you will never be able to pick out the significant issues from all the fake issues these programs throw up at you -- sometimes thousands of alleged "issues" in one scan. Like Registry Cleaning, "system repairs" can be taken too far.


Why Is My Battery Estimate Never Accurate?

Between "reserve charge" and "connected charging", no battery meter app has ever been anywhere near accurate on my ASUS tablet. Windows' own Battery Report fluctuates wildly from one charging cycle to the next. Battery wear estimates simply tell me nothing useful on this tablet, as they fluctuate with every charging cycle. What I do know is that I have decent battery life on the tablet after what must be a few years (maybe three years?) since I bought it.


Best free (and low-cost) video editors used by the pros

There are other alternatives, depending on how many features you need for your project. Some are free, but the best ones cost anywhere from a little money to big bucks. I tried Lightworks on my last laptop, but it needs heavier hardware resources than even today's laptops have. My NUC might be able to run it. I'm talking about the free version -- the Pro version is expensive, but very powerful. And difficult to learn.


From My Own Reading:

US Army reportedly ceasing use of all DJI drone products

A memo calls for their immediate disuse due to ‘cyber vulnerabilities.’



Google adds Home speakers to its software preview program


I'm not enthusiatic about being a beta tester, but if this is your thing, here's how to sign up.


The next Apple Watch might not need an iPhone for data

It's about time, really.


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Thur 988  8/3/2017

Google Drive: Everything you need to know!



Huawei's MacBook clone is slightly less pricey at $1,100



EVERY app offered by alternative Android app market redirected to malware
So is this a rogue app store? Or did something else happen?



Why the Galaxy S8 Active could be nearly invincible
Rumors say the S8 Active won't crack under pressure thanks to a shatter-resistant screen.



Canonical Looking for user input on software selection for Ubuntu



Apple Leak Shows iPhone 8 Is Massive



How to Save Files as PDF in Windows 10 without Additional Software



AMD's beastly Ryzen Threadripper chips arrive in August starting at $799



Wannacry Inspires Worm-like Module in Trickbot
The malware is being primarily distributed via email spam in the form of spoofed invoices from an international financial services com, says Flashpoint.



10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
Check out these quick tips to get the strongest signal from your wireless router, extend and optimize your Wi-Fi coverage, and speed up your surfing.



How to Create a Bootable Multiboot USB for Windows and Linux



One of the Best Antivirus Programs Is Now Free



Using Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness for upgrading devices



Acer Expands Aspire GX-281 Series With New Ryzen Models



Malicious apps found spying on your private text messages



Why Do Scanners Use PDF as the Default File Format?



macOS High Sierra preview: It's what you can't see that counts



Smashing Security #035: Up the Roomba with mandatory Chinese spyware
Security industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.



Top 7 alternatives to the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano
Apple's iconic iPods are going away. But if you're still in the market for a dedicated music player, there are still some worthy options out there.



USB 3.2 promises twice the performance of USB 3.1



Samsung 'Confirms' Galaxy Note 8 Is Massive



5 of the Best Journal Apps for Linux



Aukey is offering 3-packs of its USB-C cables for as little as $9, 5-packs for $14
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time to aid in making the USB-C transition a bit more affordable.



The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers
Most hackers who phish accounts do little to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy.



Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Voice-Controlled Speaker Is Right for You?
Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home have seen major updates recently. Here's how they stack up as speakers, digital voice assistants, smart home hubs, and more.



18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet



16 Cheap Bluetooth Speakers (Under $50), Ranked from Best to Worst



Windows AutoPilot lets you configure, reset, repurpose, recover devices



AMD Launches 7th Generation A-Series And Athlon Processors To Retail



Microsoft adds new Windows 10 features you'll love



How to Set the Default Font and Font Size for New Workbooks in Excel



This Android phone does such a great job of highlighting the iPhone 8’s biggest potential problem



11 arrested in Chinese Fireball malware investigation
But other attackers are still out there…



Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi
If your phone doesn't have the latest update, leaving your Wi-Fi open might let hackers take over your device.



Windows Repair 4.0 released: repair Windows software



New Nokia 8 Leaks Show Off Stunning Smartphone



How to Properly Protect Your Laptop and Prevent Laptop Theft



How to determine if a PC has a clean or upgrade installation of Windows 10
Have you ever wondered if you're running an upgrade or clean install of Windows 10? In this guide, we'll show you how to tell.



Microsoft Announces the Windows Bounty Program



9 Easy Ways to Make Your Android Phone Less Annoying
Smartphone frustrations can snowball and add real stress to your day. Here are nine quick and simple things you can do to make your life a bit easier.



20+ Websites Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark



17 Top Features of Android O



Eternal Blues ransomware scanner for WannaCry & NotPetya



AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Review



Scary mobile wireless flaw lets hackers track your cellphone's location



Why Is My Battery Estimate Never Accurate?



Samsung Galaxy S8 And Other Devices Expected To Receive Android O



Car wash security flaws let hackers 'physically attack' people
Bugs unpatchable, but common sense security controls help…



A flaw in wireless networks lets hackers pretend to be you
There are calls and text messages coming from your phone number that you never made. Meet the “ghost telephonist.”



Microsoft’s stance on unsupported hardware adds uncertainty to Windows 10



Net Neutrality Is A Poor Solution To The Wrong Problem



How to Disable Protected View in Microsoft Word



Best Laptops with an Optical Drive



Hands-On with Windows 10’s New “Continue From Your Phone” Feature



Samsung's 408-Inch 4K Movie Theater Display Looks Stunning
It's 33.8-feet wide, offers 4K resolution complete with HDR, and achieves 10x the brightness of standard projectors. Will it tempt you back to the theater?



Make Linux Look Like macOS With These Easy Tweaks



Galaxy S8 Active Specs Leaked: Here's What You Get



Restore & get back Edge Favorites after Resetting Windows 10



Toshiba Announces OCZ TR200 Entry-Level SSD



Best free (and low-cost) video editors used by the pros



How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Safely Connect to Public Wi-Fi Networks (and Save Data)



Here's How To Find Out Which Apps Are Killing Your Battery Life



Microsoft, Analysts See Hack Origin at Ukrainian Software Firm



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #986 (Tue 8/1/2017):

Core Linux Question and Answers For Beginners

This is a good start for Linux beginners. But there is a lot more to explore than any one article and its comments can encompass.


4 Quick Ways to Disable the Keyboard in Windows 10

In all my years of using Widnows, I have never, ever wondered, "Now how can I disable the keyboard?".


The Best Cheap Tablets of 2017

These are certainly cheap tablets. too cheap. They will not last very long and will not perform even basic tasks a general-purpose tablet should be able to perform. None of these runs Windows apps.


Fitbit faces ill-timed lawsuits over haptic feedback

There is no narrow, precise definition of "haptic feedback". It is not a medical or scientific term. More of a marketing term, and as such, cannot be defined well enough for any patents to be applied.


Never create or change Linux files using Windows Apps and Tools

In general, this is pure nonsense. 

I share Windows created files and folders with my Ubuntu Linux all the time, and have done so for years now. While Windows can't see the Linux filesystem, and therefore cannot modify Linux system files, Linux can see and modify Windows system files. 

Often, Linux can change things which Windows has messed up in the Windows system when Windows tools are totally useless due to Windows Ownership and Permissions issues. 

Linux Permissions have rarely if ever prevented Windows from opening a file, in my experience. I have never seen Windows create a file which has Linux Permissions restricted to Windows or to Root when viewed from Linux. Both errors if they ever would occur, are fixable. (The exact methods are too involved to post here.)

There are occasions on which a Windows feature or format may not translate, but the same can happen with a Linux Text File, as those created in Linux have no Windows readable file extensions. All of which is fixable, often very quickly. 

NTFS can be read by Ubuntu, but Linux filesystems can't be read natively by Windows. That's the main stumbling block to sharing data between the two OSes. That and Windows Fast Startup, which makes all NTFS partitions on a device locked and unavailable to Linux for writing. 

Windows Apps "locking" a Linux file is an exceedingly rare occurrence in my experience. Note that I do not usually let Windows write directly to my Linux System Partition. That's because Windows can't see that Partition, not due to "locking" issues.

If set up properly, a Windows and Linux dual-boot can treat Windows data files from virtually any Windows application as fully interchangeable with Linux data files with similar extensions, where Linux has these extensions. And where Windows has the Linux file extensions.

I won't say I have never messed up Linux files by modifying them under Windows, but these events are exceedingly rare. It is much more likely that Linux can modify and read Windows files not capable of being altered under Windows than that Windows can create files not readable under Linux.


Mozilla is held to a higher standard

The Google links (and tracking) inside of Firefox have been there ever since Firefox made its debut. Nothing new here. Just a bunch of privacy fanatics getting up in arms about something which has always been going on.


This $75 CyberPower UPS will keep your equipment and data safe

The main change in this and similar units is the price, which has come down since I bought something similar for my Cable TV setup.


Pale Moon 27.4 is out

For those unfamiliar with Pale Moon, it's aimed at privacy-conscious people. Among other things, it does not contain the Google links and trackers found in standard Firefox.


Smallest-Ever Working Satellites Reach Orbit

Moore's Law marches on.


Microsoft says it’s time to install Win10 Creators Update (version 1703 from this past spring)

And Woody says wait just one more month, then install it, with some caviats. I'll put this upgrade on my August-September to-do list, before the Fall Creators update comes out.


MIT solves a major problem holding up glasses-free 3D TVs

I wonder what the viewing angles are, and how this tech performs in strong room lighting, like full daylight conditions?


Re. FYI #987 (Wed 8/2/2017):

How to Remove Viruses and Malware on Your Windows PC

Watch what you do with the "outside of Windows" tools listed in this article! The links are to tools long since discontinued. In fact, I cannot find ANY up to date third party bootable AV tool for Windows 10. I'm not even sure Windows Defender Offline (WDO) is still available, but there is a built-in version inside of Windows 10 now.


Fixing incorrect clock / time settings while dual-booting Windows/Linux

The problems I ran into in my dual-boot arise from two sources. One is Microsoft using Local Time while Ubuntu uses Universal Time. I changed Ubuntu to use Local Time, because I found this to be easier than trying to force Windows to use Universal Time. And therte's no Registry Editing in Linux. The other issue is that Daylight Savings would adjust once for Linux and again for Windows. There are various ways to prevent this, but setting Linux to local time seems to have helped with that.


Download Ubuntu on Windows 10 from Windows Store

This is NOT the Ubuntu Operating System! It does not allow you to run Linux programs on Windows, and it will not give you a Linux desktop inside of Windows. The same goes for the other Linux Distros whose names are appearing in Windows Store Apps.


How to Replace Your Loyalty Cards With an App

Instead of lugging around a dozen loyalty or rewards cards for your favorite merchants, why not carry them in one single, convenient mobile app?

Not quite as risky as if credit card data gets into the hands of a thief, but if anyone steals or listens in on your phone while it sends data, there is a real chance of having your loyalty points hijacked and the account phone number changed. But then, I have had my account phone number show up as changed through someone claiming the number for their own account at the POS machine. It's way too easy to do at most stores which have loyalty programs. Loyalty programs are for chumps.


Goodbye, iPhone: My new $180 Android is good enough

My Android Moto G4 phone is getting dated, but as long as security updates keep coming, Android O isn't really a great necessity for me. My purchase over a year ago would be about like the author's suggestion of the Moto G5 today. By next spring, Motorola will be focused on its Moto G6 line of phones. So, one year old Moto phones seem to be the ones which are about $200.00-$250.00 these days. And they are pefrfectly usable. I'll see how long OS upgrades keep coming, but new security updates usually remain available for a couple of years after the final OS upgrade for each Moto series. Due to lack of even security updates, I would not go any farther back than two model generations of any popular brand of phone.


The Best Phones of 2017

Nice to see the Moto G series represented well here, considering its relatively low price. I am not pleased that they are shrinking the screen size on this model.


You can soon get one of the best antivirus tools for your computer for free

I wonder how the Kaspersky free version will cut corners to move people to their paid version? We'll see in the independent lab testing results soon, I'm sure.


5 Signs That Show You’re a Linux Geek

Well, it comes as no surprise I don't qualify as a Linux Geek. I don't consider myself a Windows Geek weither. Just an end user with a bit of a knack for finding things in Google Searches. When it comes to geekly details, I defer to folks far more technically inclined than I am.


Cable Lobby Claims US Is Just Bursting With Broadband Competition

Show it to me. We have exactly two providers in my town. And FiOS isn't really cable, so, only one really.


Hacker unlocks a ‘secure’ smart gun with $15 magnets

I don't call anything electrical or mechanical hacking. Hacking has to do with code, not physically breaking into stuff or places.


LibreOffice 5.4 Free Cross-Platform Office Suite is out

Actually, it's been out for awhile. I've been using this version (Fresh Branch) on my Windows and Linux platforms for a few weeks now.


How to Fix 'You've been signed in with a temporary profile' Error in Windows 10

Well, this works *sometimes*. I ahve had situations on my tabelt where I had to collect what I could from the user data and recreate the account from scratch, deleting the old account. Never had to reinstall Widnows because of this, but did have to destroy the user account. Never had these issues with the Administrator Accoutn on the tablet. The discussion thread is a good read, though very lengthy if you follow it all the way through.


Does it really matter if Microsoft cuts features from a Windows 10 release?

With Microsoft cutting Timeline from the Fall Creators Update, I can't help but wonder if cutting features actually matters to anyone.

That depends on which feature they cut. If it's something you have been relying on, like File Histroy, it sure does matter! But if it's a promised added feature which few people want anyway, who cares?


From My Own Reading:

Messaging app Kik reportedly has a child abuse problem

It's apparently doing little to stop it.



Snapchat reportedly turned down a $30B offer from Google — but what if it hadn’t?



Teenage Whiz Kid Invents an AI System to Diagnose Her Grandfather's Eye Disease



UK researcher who stopped WannaCry outbreak indicted over Kronos malware



Grab an Amazon Echo for half off today




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Wed 987 8/2/2017

Apple has to get over its privacy hang-ups and launch better services
 - Apple announced last Friday that they'd hired 2 big Sony TV execs to head up Apple's original video strategy.
 - The company has grand plans to offer its own slate of original video content to compete with the likes of      Netflix, Amazon and HBO.



Google bans its ads on sites that use those annoying 'pop-unders'



How to Remove Viruses and Malware on Your Windows PC



How I learned to stop worrying and love high-tech meditation
Emails, tweets and phone alerts are stressing us out. Now there's tech to ease the anxiety.



5 of the Best DLNA Streaming Apps for Android



Control Firefox System Add-ons with the Ghacks user.js file



AI Lip-Syncing Could Make Fake News Look Real
Watch former President Barack Obama have words put into him mouth by a neural network that's watched him speak for hours.



What is Mixed Reality & why is it important to Microsoft



We tried Amazon's $50 tablet — here's what it's like



Kansas Database Hack Exposed 5.5 Million SSNs



Q&A with Kim: Speed up a slow computer, track down hidden cameras and more



How to Customize the Send to Right-Click Menu in Windows 10



AMD’s Vega Takes on Nvidia: Pricing, Features Revealed



Broadcom Chipset Bug in Android, iOS Smartphones Allows Remote Attack
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Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts you need to master
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Facebook brings Live broadcasting to its Spaces virtual reality app



How to Change the Default Number of Worksheets in a New Excel Workbook



Russia outlaws VPNs used to access banned websites
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5 of the Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10


Fixing incorrect clock / time settings while dual-booting Windows/Linux



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Download Ubuntu on Windows 10 from Windows Store



Reviewed: A used, year-old MacBook Pro from Apple's Refurbished Mac store that saved me $450



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What Are Levitating Speakers and Should You Buy Them?



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How to close and permanently delete your Microsoft account



Facebook Messenger globally tests injecting display ads into inbox



How to Add Website Links to the Windows 10 Start Menu



Goodbye, iPhone: My new $180 Android is good enough
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How to Make Gnome Shell Look and Feel Like Unity



Windows 10 LTSB becomes Windows 10 LTSC



The Best Phones of 2017
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How to reset BIOS settings to default values on Windows computer



You can soon get one of the best antivirus tools for your computer for free



Ransomware halts production at Cadbury's Tasmanian chocolate factory
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Test your firewall to make sure it’s working



5 Signs That Show You’re a Linux Geek



Cable Lobby Claims US Is Just Bursting With Broadband Competition



How to Show Emergency Medical Information on Your iPhone

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The best affordable 21.5-inch monitors for Windows 10
Get the best viewing experience for the least amount of money.



Apple’s back-to-school deals include free $300 headphones when you buy a new Mac or iPad



What Are Adjustment Layers in Photoshop?



Hacker unlocks a ‘secure’ smart gun with $15 magnets
The Armatix IP1 smart gun is one of the few connected pistols available. It’s also easy to hack.



6 Useful Tips to Take Better Photos at Night with an Android Phone



LibreOffice 5.4 Free Cross-Platform Office Suite is out



CDMA vs. GSM: What's the Difference?
If you're shopping for a mobile phone, you're in for a lot of acronyms. Here's what you need to know about two basic, yet important, terms.



Get Networking For Dummies eBook for Free



Google adds more partners to growing smart home ecosystem



How to Fix 'You've been signed in with a temporary profile' Error in Windows 10



Effortlessly block spying ISPs and ad trackers



10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know About



Microsoft Boosts Phone Linking in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



Why You Shouldn’t Turn Off Virtual Memory on Your Mac



Does it really matter if Microsoft cuts features from a Windows 10 release?
With Microsoft cutting Timeline from the Fall Creators Update, I can't help but wonder if cutting features actually matters to anyone.



New app lets you cancel your unused subscriptions



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI #985 (Mon 7/31/2017):

How to Right Click using Keyboard in Windows

This works about the same way in my Ubuntu Linux (Unity Desktop). Shift-F10 brings up a right-click menu.


From My Own Reading:

Best smart lock


The most glaring weakness I see in some of these smart locks is that they can be tied in with an IoT home network. These networks have been shown to be potentially insecure. Remote Access is also potentially risky. I don't think I would want a network break-in to result in a home burglary. Would insurance companies like this added risk? I would check with my carrier before converting. 

Otherwise, the access technology is only as secure as its weakest link. Bluetooth is a bit risky, as it can be intercepted in a man in the middle attack. Personal Assistants range from pretty secure (on the phone only like Siri) to outright insecure (Alexa, Google Home). 

Being able to set new access codes, retire old codes and set time of day access are nice features.

Some of us apartment dwellers already have FOB access to our units or common areas. Very similar. 


RCA Skybar amplified indoor HDTV antenna review: A digital TV antenna in a sound bar’s clothing

If you want a strong indoor TV antenna that blends in, look no further than RCA’s Skybar.


$40.00 for an amplified indoor antenna is not expensive at all. I own an RCA antenna in this price range, and it works very well around here.

I do have a soundbar, and the TV and the soundbar can interfere with OTA TV signal reception. I have to isolate my amplified RCA Indoor Antenna (also a relatively inexpensive model). I take it out to the outer wall, which happens to be in my coat closet, and lean it against the inside outer wall in there. That gets (on a good day) 37 to 45 of the 52 or so available channels around here. More than 27 of these can be recorded on my TiVo (Roamio OTA). The rest are too weak. 

PBS gets wonky in summer to the point that two of the four dot-channels for each of the three PBS stations in my area may not resolve at all. I don't know why not. (My area can receive stations from Rhode Island, Boston and some areas of central Mass.) On a bad day, like yesterday's storms and lightning (wind or rain is rarely a factor by itself) forget about OTA TV. That's what the Cable DVR is for.

Then there's that one station (NBC-Channel 10 here) which just will not come in, no matter what you do. That station is on the Cable DVR Channel List. 

(The reason wind does not affect Boston-area reception is that unlike Chicago, we don't have direct line of sight to tall buildings Downtown. We use Repeaters on the hilltops, and these are attached to rigid towers -- no building sway to wreck the critical reception angles. But we do need an omnidirectional antenna, not a directional one, due to different source locations for these signals.)


Excel 2016 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from Microsoft Excel 2016? Get to know the key new features.



Comments by – Joe Nowak

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CyberheistNews Vol 7 #30 Scary New Social Engineering Attack Turns Off Your Power



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14 Ways to Safeguard Your Credit and Debit Cards



FBI Issues Security Warning About Internet of Things Toys



3 Ways Cybercriminals Exploit Social Media



Tech Support Scams

Wed Aug 2, 2017 6:42 pm (PDT)

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Lite-On Partners With Phison For New T10 NVMe SSD



Microsoft lays out plan to bring broadband to rural areas



Gas Pump Skimmer Sends Card Data Via Text



Skype update for Windows 10 brings message reactions, design tweaks, more



Core Linux Question and Answers For Beginners



USB 3.2 Doubles the Speed of Cables You Already Hav



4 Quick Ways to Disable the Keyboard in Windows 10



Microsoft's pitch to be an AI winner



How to Get Your Android Device to Show up in File Explorer (If It Isn’t)



The Best Cheap Tablets of 2017
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How To Enable Dark Mode On Your Smartphone For Late Night Browsing



Why I switched to Chrome on my iPhone
Even though it doesn't integrate with iOS as well as Safari does, I have my reasons for preferring Google's mobile browser.



List of Microsoft Apps available for Android



How to find out if your car has a safety recall



Fitbit faces ill-timed lawsuits over haptic feedback



How a Citadel Trojan Developer Got Busted



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The Surface Laptop has been on sale for a whole month at this point, so it's time to check in and see how it's holding up.



Use Windows PowerShell to install optional features



Roomba Maker Wants to Sell Maps of Your Home to Google, Amazon



Should Phone Manufacturers Be Allowed to Send Ads via Push Notifications?



How to Right Click on a Touchscreen in Windows 10



What Are Layers and Masks in Photoshop?



Samsung Powerbot R7070



iPhone: Get a One-Handed Keyboard Without Waiting for iOS 11



Why I switched to Firefox on my iPhone
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Never create or change Linux files using Windows Apps and Tools



9 ways Amazon’s Alexa can help you in the kitchen



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What are some lesser-known uses for a VPN?



Mozilla is held to a higher standard



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Some historical perspective on the “Microsoft won’t support Creators Update on Clover Trail computers” problem



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List of Free eBooks from Microsoft Press



Adobe Flash getting the boot! Is this good or bad for consumers?



Google Play adds HDR playback for select movies and TV shows



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Defcon hackers find it’s very easy to break voting machines
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Pale Moon 27.4 is out (a browser forked from FireFox years ago)



Smallest-Ever Working Satellites Reach Orbit



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You don't need Cortana to run commands and launch programs in Windows using your voice.



Microsoft says it’s time to install Win10 Creators Update (version 1703 from this past spring)



Windows computer shuts down when USB device is plugged in



Amazon's Alexa helps catch thief red handed



MIT solves a major problem holding up glasses-free 3D TVs



FogHorn Brings Machine Learning to the IIoT



Microsoft Excel: Basics and beyond 


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Google’s 5 Biggest Android Missteps



Number Of Malware On Decline While Complexity Of Attacks Increase



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Dangers of Smart or Internet-connected Toys you need to be aware of



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So, Uh, Atari's New 'Speakerhats' Are A Real Thing



Roomba to Sell Map of Your House



Is Copyright Still an Issue If Something’s Not Available Anywhere?
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More Surface Laptop color options coming soon to the Core i7 model



Using Activity Monitor to Easily Troubleshoot Your Mac



USB-C is About to Get Twice as Fast



Use this tool on your smartphone to prevent distracted driving



iOS 11 will bring you closer to an official ‘Dark Mode’ than ever before



The Best Command Line Tools You Can Get on Your Mac With Homebrew



A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud



AdwCleaner review & free download: Remove unwanted programs from Windows PC



Visa Offers Restaurants $10K to Stop Accepting Cash
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Best Cheap Laptops (Under $200) Ranked Best to Worst



EVERY app offered by alternative Android app market redirected to malware
So is this a rogue app store? Or did something else happen?



Biostar Reveals The First 8-Slot PCI-e Mining Motherboard



New Windows 10 Changes Revealed



Restore Individual Files from a Windows Image Backup
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How to add hands-free typing to Office apps
Microsoft's Dictate brings speech recognition to Office using Cortana's technology, and here's how to use it.



7 of the Best Ransomware Decryption Tools for Windows



Insiders Can Now Skip Ahead and Test the Next Windows 10 Version



Can this really stop malicious apps in the Google Play store?



New leaks show us Google’s Pixel 2 phones, and there’s some bad news



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Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC



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BiCS FLASH Preview With Toshiba XG5 NVMe SSD



My Machine Won’t Boot, How Do I Get at Its Files?
If your machine won't boot for some reason, there are a couple of approaches to try to get the data off its hard drive.



List of Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



5 lesser-known things Windows 10 S on the Surface Laptop cannot do



5 of the Best Free Adobe InDesign Alternatives



Microsoft Announces Its Own Schedule for Killing Flash



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Dell's latest laptop is the world's first that can charge wirelessly



How T-Mobile’s Free Music and Video Streaming Works



The Best Linux Operating Systems



How to take screenshot of Lock Screen & Login Screen in Windows 10



The Web's Big Problem: Change for the Sake of Change
The new Google News was designed for readability, but I was reading it just fine before.



Best Laptop Between $300 and $500



How to Right Click using Keyboard in Windows



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Dell S2718D HDR Monitor Review



[Fix] Unable to Add and Use PIN Sign-in Option in Windows 10



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A window manager handles the sizing and arrangement of the windows you open, among other things.



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Fall Creators Update Feature Focus: Hyper-V



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These $20 wireless earbuds have everything Apple’s AirPods are missing



Gigabyte Announces Tiny PC More Powerful and Upgradeable Than Raspberry Pi


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The pizza-making robots that want to change the world



Iranian Cyber Espionage Group CopyKittens Successful, But Not Skilled
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Fusion5 Lapbook is a budget full-size Windows laptop with an unfortunate flaw\



How to connect Kindle Fire to Windows PC in Wireless Mode



How to buy a TV: everything you need to know to get a set that's right for you
Don't buy a TV without reading this first



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Pocket Casts Comes to Sonos



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Data breaches are up 29 percent over last year



List of Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



Everything you need to know about ransomware



8 Best Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac Users



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Now just $25 on Amazon, the Satechi wireless charging pad is sleek and fast



How 'Postcript' Exploits Networked Printers
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How to enable and disable Reset Protection on Windows 10 Mobile



Malware Tracker Maps that let you view Cyber Attacks in real-time



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Kit out your PC with premium-quality programs that won't break your budget



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Google Motion Stills Comes to Android



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[Windows 10 Tip] Change Maximum Days Limit to Pause Windows Updates Installation



Wells Fargo customers' personal data at risk



7 Underused Microsoft Word Features and How to Use Them



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Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors



Using AI to Break Detection Models
Pitting machine learning bots against one another is the new spy vs. spy battle in cybersecurity today.



Best PC Motherboards



Process Hollowing and Atom Bombing protection in Windows Defender ATP



How to use Photoshop plugins in GIMP
Expand the free photo editor with top-quality extensions



Help Me, LAPTOP: Should I Upgrade or Buy a New Notebook?



Putin’s Hackers Now Under Attack—From Microsoft
Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies.



10 of the Best Music Extensions for Google Chrome



The New MacBook Pros Mark the End of Upgradeable Apple Computers



How to Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10



Tell Your Roomba to Stop Sharing a Map of Your Home [Updated]



The Top 5 Free Media Players for Windows



Turn Your Chromebook Into a Gaming Laptop with Android Apps and a Gamepad



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Intel Corporation May Embrace Graphics Processors in the Data Center



Microsoft Rolls Out AI-based Security Risk Detection Tool
Microsoft Security Risk Detection leverages artificial intelligence to root out bugs in software before it's released.



The secret to saving money on cell phones and wireless service



Best USB Wi-Fi Adapters For Windows



Gigabyte Announces Tiny PC More Powerful and Upgradeable Than Raspberry Pi



Capitol Journal AT&T and Verizon want free rein to put new wireless transmitters in your neighborhood. Here's why that's a bad idea



Microsoft Security Risk Detection is Ready for Customers



Common Social Engineering Attack Tactics and How to Prevent Them






How to Create a System Image in Windows 10



You Can Still Install MS Paint After Microsoft's New Update



4 Ways to Completely Delete Your HDD



How “Apps for Websites” Work in Windows 10



Netflix Cuts Off Rooted Android Devices
The latest version of the Netflix app won't work on rooted Android phones and tablets, thanks to strengthened software to protect against piracy.



The Xbox One X: Initial Impressions



BBC Trending
The coming battle over 'net neutrality'



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #982  (Fri 7/28/2017):

How to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files

This same company also has free DVD copying offerings for making backups of your DVDs. Not strictly legal in the US, but for personal use, I'd let this company pass.

[Review] Download and Installation of Windows 10 Creators Update via Windows Update

On my NUC, I got the Privacy Settings Update. I'll see if the Creator's Update (v.1703) is indeed offered next time I'm looking for Windows things to do. My tablet is offering a "preview of the Creator's Update" in a different Windows Update Notification. I think that has the same effect.


Microsoft declares April's Windows 10 upgrade ready for business

Creators Update is now suitable for broad deployment in enterprise.


How to Check Which Windows Version is Installed in My Computer?

This is a good thing to do before attempting to get any upgrade, like the Creators Update.

Re. FYI #983 (Sat 7/29/2017):

Windows 10: Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders

One problem with referencing an article dated 2015 is that programs, especially experimental ones, go out of support. Microsoft has discontinued Microsoft Garage.


HP Spectre X2 review (2017): A more refined Surface clone   and  

7 Reasons to Buy the HP Spectre x360, 2 Reasons to Skip

These models cost about the same as the Surface Pro. No real reason to prefer HP over Microsoft. All may be unrepairable due to sealed cases.

7 Simple Windows Scripts to Save You Time and Effort

You can also create a desktop shortcut to do a custom shutdown or restart of Widnows 10. There are situations where you may need a Full Shutdown (not the Hybrid Hibernate used by Windows Fast Startup). (My dual-boot with Ubuntu Linux shares some data partitions between Windows and Linux, so Fast Startup which locks up all NTFS partitions, is not a viable option there.) Details:

How to quickly shut down Windows 10


From there onward, I can do a real restart or a real shutdown from either of two desktop shortcuts I have created. On my NUC I simply disabled Windows Fast Startup, since this is a very fast-booting PC to begin with.

How to download music from YouTube for free

I would check with the copyright holders before trying this. If you get caught with unauthorized copies of music, you can suffer severe penalties. It appears the software itself is not illegal, but its use could get you into trouble.


How to Fix Memory Leaks in Windows 10

The article got this wrong. And BTW, despite anecdotal reports, there are no documented "memory leaks" in Windows 10 itself. Drivers and programs can be badly written or in need of updating, but that is not a "Windows 10 Memory Leak". While we're at it, without any add-ons, Firefox does not have a "memory leak" either.

How to Stop Gadget Blue Light From Disturbing Your Sleep

Fro me, any color shift is more of a bother and an annoyance than a help. I discovered this when trying to install a Linux version of f.lux into my NUC. The changes in screen colors were intolerable to me.

7 Reasons to Trash Your Fax Machine

I have had several businesses refuse to accept anything other than traditional FAXes: All Mass. doctors offices, for Medical Release Forms; Mass. RMV (Drivers License and Registrations); a utility company. Also, the major credit information companies (especially Equifax). FAX isn't going away just yet.

10 tips for removing a program that won't uninstall 

Add to this list: Geek Uninstaller and Forced Removal with this utility. CCleaner, which can remove nearly all Windows Store Apps. Again, CCleaner for cleaning up Restore Points, as well as the System Protection settings in Windows 10 (use Cortana or Search to access, keyword System Restore). Glary Utilities can sometimes clean up traces missed by CCleaner. Use wushowhide for preventing unwanted Microsoft Updates from automatically downloading and installing again. 10AppsManager is unnecessary and I do not trust its source.

OneDrive's version history now works with all file types

With the coming deprecation of Windows File History, this seems to be where Microsoft wants us to migrate our Windows Versioning activities. Let's hope all those versions are made available when working offline.

5 ways to share files that are too big to email

I use my Google Drive for this purpose. Especially batches of photos or very large files resulting from scanning or converting a document to PDF.

How to Erase and Format a Drive in Windows

I have used Windows Disk Manager to do this sort of thing on USB hard drives, and even on a SSD for my NUC. Also useful are Minitool Partition Wizard and the Linux based gParted. These tools can be booted from media and used outside of the running Operating System, which makes them more effective and safer in some situations. With store-bought hard drives, I would not do a Quick Format, as this does not properly set up the disk structure. I also don't trust preformatted drives not to have self-installing and self-launching apps embedded in them which turn the drive into what the manufacturer wants it to be, not what I want to do with it.

From My Own Reading:

Why Ryzen Threadripper has two extra chips

Did AMD burn two 8-core dies to make its Ryzen Threadripper? Here's the answer.


Short answer -- no, they do not have two extra chips in there. Those are spacers, needed to preserve geometry and heat handling.

And speaking of texting while walking...


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