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How to change drive letter using
PowerShell on Windows 10
If the a new drive is missing on your
device, it could be a letter assignment issue – Here are the steps
to use PowerShell to quickly assign a new letter.
The best Chromebooks you can buy right
Best home security camera: Keep an eye
on the home front
A boom in wireless security cameras is
inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying
guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
The Best Android Apps
3 easy ways to stop your gadgets from
spying on you
How to pin more than 3 contacts to the
taskbar on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Should You Buy Gray Market Goods?
Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has a power
We didn't expect the Surface Book 2 to
drain its battery while plugged in, but it did when we played 3D
The new Skype for Desktop 8 is here...
Twitter says it will judge verified
users’ offline behavior
What losing a badge really means
Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Toys Pose
Hacking Risk, Group Warns
A stranger would have to be within
Bluetooth range, or about 32 feet, of the toys. But UK-based
Which? is urging toy makers to secure their products.
How to Clear Your File Explorer “Recent
Files” History in Windows 10
How to Automatically Disable WiFi When
Connected to a Wired Connection
I only needed a minute to ruin my
iPhone X, and you probably ruined yours too
Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos
and Alexa, a match made in heaven
Okay, it’s not quite all puppies and
rose petals, but this union is strong.
The Best Audiobook Apps for All Types
How TVs are getting bigger and bigger
Groupy for Windows 10 delivers a tabbed
File Explorer experience
Forgot Your Windows 10 Password?
iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Which one
should you buy?
Which is the better iPhone on paper—the
one that costs more paper? You might be surprised.
Possibly everyone in Malaysia has their
records for sale on the Dark Web
LG’s excellent OLED TVs are getting
steep discounts for Black Friday
Microsoft Surface Book 2
How to Disable Ads and Notifications in
Windows 10’s File Explorer
5 of the Best Online PDF Editors to
Edit Your PDF For Free
Dear Google: Integrate Android and
Chrome OS, or stop making $1,000 Chromebooks
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: First look
Nest's new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor matches
some of the image recognition smarts from Nest's indoor sensor and
a more sturdy housing.
8 Free Excel Add-Ins to Make Visually
Easiest way to eliminate dangerous
distractions while driving
Bluetooth quick pairing feature in the
works for Windows 10
Early Qualcomm Server CPU Benchmarks
Could Mean Big Trouble for Intel
Asus ZenBook Flip (UX360CA-DBM2T)
review: A sleek, affordable 2-in-1 for everyday tasks
This modestly priced convertible offers
How employees with disabilities can
fill tech skills gaps and drive innovation
People with autism or other
disabilities are often overlooked in company diversity efforts.
But this population represents a pool of untapped talent that can
help fill tech gaps.
Siri Siri on the wall, is this smart
mirror society’s downfall?
An iHome for the modern Snow White
Feds Warn of North Korea-Linked
North Korean hackers have been
targeting the private sector including the aerospace and finance
What’s the Difference Between Sleep and
Hibernate in Windows?
Record and Share Terminal Session
Google cracks down on apps that misuse
Nest Hello: First look
Nest Hello is coming in early 2018 and
is the first video doorbell from the smart home company.
Ubuntu: A Beginner’s Guide
Hundreds of free music tracks for your
Why Black Friday deal hunters NEED to
pay attention to Thrifter
Microsoft promises fixes for several
long-standing Surface problems
A series of official comments on the
Microsoft Answers forum give hope to those with bad
batteries, pens and Type Covers, but opinions are divided whether
they represent a real change in Microsoft’s support — or just
wishful thinking and smoke and/or mirrors.
Acer Chromebook 14 review: You can brag
a little about this laptop's luxury details
A brushed-aluminum chassis and
high-resolution display make it stand out among other affordable
Video: What is multi-stage malware?
Microsoft unveils big Xbox One game
discounts for Black Friday
22 Ridiculously Expensive Tech Gifts
Unless you're the 1 percent of the 1
percent, you're probably not going to buy any of these items. But
that doesn't mean you can't digitally window shop.
How to Scan Documents to PDF with Your
Android Phone’s Camera
iOS or Android – Which Camp Are You in
Microsoft's Black Friday deals include
a $189 Xbox One S
This 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is down to
$1,199 for a limited time
Today may be the day to buy your next
Microsoft Bringing Fonts and Language
Packs for Windows 10 to the Store
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI#1087 (Mon 11/20/2017):
Twitter Testing New Tweetstorm Feature
Well yes, there is potential for abuse.
But also for good uses.
Yes, You CAN Watch TV Online Legally &
Actually, yes and no. You cannot pause or
rewind live TV, and some channels are not available to stream over
New revolutionary technology saves you
money on ink and paper
I don't see where these EcoTank printers
actually use less ink or less paper than other printers. Their
selling point is that since you don't have to buy individual
cartridges, they can sell you the ink for less. But brand-name
inks are several times more expensive than generic inks, so with
specially keyed nozzles which prevent use of third-party
substitutes, I don't see the cost savings there either. Maybe I'm
missing something, but doesn't this violate the court judgments
which settled the class action lawsuits about being held captive
to Epson Inks?
How to Fix Overscan When Using Your TV
as a PC Monitor
My monitors (HDTVs) can turn over scanning
on or off at will. They also automatically turn off over scanning
at certain resolutions or aspect ratios. I've also used the Intel
Graphics Control Panel and Windows controls, but they are more
complicated to use.
Can Solus Replace Your Current Linux
No way! This OS has way too many quirks
where it diverges from Debian distros. It doesn't allow
installation of rpm or DEB packages (the vast majority of Linux
Debian family distros use these) and it doesn't work with GRUB,
but uses its own, very unstable boot manager, which also would
cause problems with the Windows bootloaders. They also do not use
standard software repositories, which is a huge problem,
especially considering that neither rpm nor DEB packages are
compatible. When a distro decides to go its own way at such a
fundamental level, it becomes totally incompatible with other
OSes, even other Linux distros. I do not need to get stuck in a
How to Delete a Directory in Linux
Very basic stuff -- really doesn't need a
whole article to explain it. I don't do this sort of thing in the
Command Line because Permissions and the need to do things
recursively complicate those operations, and I can't see exactly
what I'm removing. Also, Remove in CLI can bypass the Trash, which
is a potential problem. Deleting anything as Root will bypass the
Trash in Ubuntu.
You Can Now Use Google Home as an
And after all, this is what we really paid
those big bucks to have -- an intercom.
Tech companies pushed for net
neutrality. Now Al Franken wants to turn it on them
They sowed the wind, now they may reap the
Access your PC remotely using any
Three Red Flags -- Free, Free VPN, and
Browser Extension. Meaning, in all likelihood your sessions are
anything but private. Logs and tracking are definitely possible.
Re FYI#1088 (Tues 11/21/2017):
How to disable Pocket on Firefox
I didn't disable it -- I just don't use
How to Reset an App’s Data on Windows
This is necessary more often than I would
care to admit. When Store Apps won't update properly, this is one
of the times when resetting the app's data can be handy. I just
had to do this on my phone with Android, due to the fact that the
Photos App failed to do sync and backup, due to some photos being
stuck in the cache or a queue. Resetting the app's data (very
similar to what the Windows Store Apps are doing) got things back
on track, and I could backup the photos and clear them off my
BUILD THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PC WITH KODI
I should try this sometime.
How To Customize The Ubuntu Boot Splash
Screen & Logo
What I customized were the GRUB splash
Screen (its background image), the font and size of the GRUB Menus
(both with Grub Customizer) and the Ubuntu Greeter (login) screen,
which I have customized per user (although this really means
there's a different login screen if the Guest Account is used). I
used a variety of techniques (including changing the Plymouth
Themes) to do the Greeter Screen customizations. Most involved
modifying some system files to point to the desired images. All
images I used are stored in my Main User's Pictures folder. GRUB
prefers locations which can be accessed easily. My Ubuntu desktops
for each user are also customized.
How to Keep Your Windows PC and Apps Up
Fro third-party software updating, I use
SUMo Lite and manually fetch the updates it recommends, ignoring
Betas and Driver related updates. For drivers, DriverMax will do
the job nicely, but I seldom download drivers from them. I go to
the manufacturer sites, so as not to be updating components, but
whole packages. This is the preferred way to manage drivers these
days, and is made necessary by SoC and UEFI systems.
Re. FYI#1089 (Wed 11/22/2017):
Apple served with warrant for Texas
shooter’s iCloud data
I doubt they can resist this request,
though anything on the device not synced to iCloud would remain
out of reach. I also doubt much new and useful information will
Logitech Bricks Devices, Offers Free
They had to be dragged into this kicking
and screaming, but at least now they are doing the right thing.
5G will be a convenient but expensive
alternative to the NBN
Who cares about Australia? The US has no
[Firefox Tip] Remove Search Box from
Options (About:Preferences) Page
Why would someone want to hide the search
box? It's very handy and doesn't take up much space.
How to Shut Down a Windows PC Without
I once recently had a Windows Update
change without finishing its installation. I had to shut down
without installing updates, reset everything in Windows Update,
and try again. It was a painful waste of my time, but things
eventually got back on track. Except for my Update History, which
to this day says the one update still needs a restart to finish
installing. This is wrong information now.
How to Get the Most Out of Google Drive
This is my go-to app for storing my photos
from my phone. I then download what I need into my Linux NUC PC.
What Is the $WINDOWS.~BT Folder, and
Can You Delete It?
This is one of the things which after ten
to thirty days, can be deleted by doing a Disk Cleanup of the
Windows System Files.
3D-printed Mouthpiece Promises to Floss
Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite
Too automatic for me -- I just do this
manually, one space at a time.
5 Useful Chrome Extensions to Discover
I use Click and Clean, but not the others.
Does a Login Page on an Open Wi-Fi
Hotspot Mean it’s a Secure Connection?
The sub-title is true, but the title's
answer is -- maybe. But most likely, not.
How to Turn an Old Hard Drive Into an
Done this a few times. Not that I use all
those drives, but they are there, in case I might ever need them.
Is your smart TV spying on you?
Many smart TVs are doing what Google Home
Assistant and Amazon Echo do -- listening and sometimes watching
for cues to wake up and start assisting. This seems creepy, but
not all these devices actually transmit and store anything.
How to Fix the ‘No Space Left on
Device’ Error on Linux
I can't say I've had such errors in Linux
in some time. Windows used to have an issue where you could delete
files from an external USB drive, but the space would not be freed
up for Windows to reuse. That problem went away for the most part
with Windows 7, sp1.
Re. FYI#1090 (Thurs11/23/2017):
Key Windows 10 Anti-Malware Tech
A patch is currently in the works.
Wi-Fi vs. Z-Wave: What’s the Difference
and Where Does It Matter?
Mesh, Z-Wave and Zigby are the same
technology, implemented by different groups or manufacturers. If
implemented properly, it's better than WiFi. But it does have the
potential to be spoofed, hacked or tracked in ways to which WiFi
is not so vulnerable.
How do I connect my laptop to my TV?
I use Miracast, WiDi or Wireless HDMI.
Avoid Thanksgiving traffic thanks to
new data at Google Maps
I did pretty well with Google maps on
Thanksgiving here around Boston. I only made one wrong turn, and
it wasn't Google’s fault. And I did save a lot of time, especially
outbound mid-afternoon toward the Boston area's South Shore.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to
introduce friends and family to VR
Yeah, now we can virtually feast with
virtual friends and family and not get bloated or sleepy
afterward. Our doctors will love us! Saves on car travel and air
fares, too. And you're not stuck with tedious relatives -- you can
virtually switch to other virtual gatherings.
BTV brings local TV to your phone and
desktop for free
This service is nearly identical to Aereo,
and is illegal without contracts with every station whose content
is being streamed. Channels are therefore limited to the very few
local independent stations which are willing to enter into
individual agreements with the parent company, Dijda. Not a
Top Free Antivirus Apps without Nag
Screens and Bloatware
Correct about nags and bloatware, if these
are perceived as an issue. BitDefender is also a decent AV program
by any measure, but Avira if it didn't have a growing list of nags
and ads, would top all of the others combined.
Surface Book 2 power issues under heavy
load working as intended, Microsoft says
Even my underpowered tablet does something
like this -- under heavy loads or with lots of USB power being
used, the charging unit can't keep up with the power demands. But
it seldom if ever fully discharges while the charger is connected.
Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV
Philo's subscription price will rise if it
gets widely adopted. There is no free lunch, even with "skinny
bundles". As an avid OTA network and PBS watcher, I don't find
this to be an option for me. No local news available with Philo
US iPhone users will spend $US88 per
year on apps by 2020
Let's see -- in the nine or ten months
since I got my Android phone, I've spent -- let me see -- ZERO on
The Future of Everything as a Service
Probably this is mostly true. But I still
pay nothing in subscriptions presently, except for Cable TV and
the ISP itself. I also subscribe to cell phone and data services.
The home phone with Comcast’s virtually free.
Comments by -- Joe Nowak
Help for the family Tech Support Person
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:12 pm (PST
represent the tech support team for your entire family? Are you
the one everybody calls on to fix the mess they've made of their
system? If so this advice may be helpful to you.
Customizing Firfox Quantum's New Tab Display
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 pm (PST
Are you using
Firefox for your browser? Have you received the latest update
(57)? If so there are a number of changes that have been made.
Here's one and how to deal with it.