Firefox Quantum is a Really Great
Malwarebytes: Protection for Android
FCC adopts new rules aimed at stopping
The Hottest Tech Toys for Kids
Tech toys get better every year; here
are some of the best we've found.
Removable vs. Non-Removable Battery in
Phone: The Pros and Cons
How to change Command Prompt's color
scheme on Windows 10
Best Google Sheets add-ons to improve
Microsoft is Killing Facebook Login
Support for Skype
Most Epic MacBook Pro Dock Finally on
Steam Autumn Sale: Here Are the Best
Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot:
Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?
The answer was easy when there were
just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.
GameStop’s Black Friday deals include
PS4 Pro discounts and price cuts on newer PlayStation and Xbox
$50 off Sony’s PS4 Pro, plus a $50 gift
card is a great deal actually
How to spot hidden cameras planted by
The Best Subscription-Free Lightroom
Alternatives for Every Budget
FCC reportedly planning vote that could
kill net neutrality next month
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
How to Set Up Speech Recognition in
Chime in: When should you replace a PC
instead of upgrading it?
Enable/Disable/Uninstall Mixed Reality
setting & connect Desktop Microphone in Windows 10
Petri Dish: Remote Connections and
Sharing Passwords? There is a better way.
Lenovo IdeaPad 120S (11.1-inch) Review
Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws
BTV brings local TV to your phone and
desktop for free
A new streaming service bundles antenna
channels for free and plans to expand nationwide
Amazon Key’s camera can be disabled by
a third party, allowing couriers to reenter your house
Amazon is rolling out an update later
3 great digital photo frames perfect
for any home
Smart Home on a Budget: 10 Cheap
Alternatives to Popular Devices
Biolite's SolarHome 620 provides power
for everyday essentials
The Best Photo Printers of 2017
Your photos deserve more than a mere
digital existence. Here's what you need to know to pick the right
photo printer based on your output needs.
Useful GNOME Shell Keyboard Shortcuts
You Might Not Know About
Net neutrality, consolidation,
monopolies, and you
Net neutrality is still worth fighting
Resource Monitor not working on Windows
Imgur hackers stole 1.7 million email
addresses and passwords
Help Me, Laptop: Are There Any Good
Laptop Cooling Pads?
How to Lock BitLocker Encrypted Drive
How to Add Automatic Lights to Your
Amazon works with Allrecipes to let you
order ingredients for delivery
Q&A with Kim: What Alexa Hears, Offline
Netflix, Fun Facebook Features, Converting to HEIF, and More
How to Design a Business Card in Adobe
Amazon reportedly blames the U.S.
Postal Service for Amazon Fresh issues
The Best Free Antivirus Protection of
Even if you're running Windows 10, you
shouldn't rely on Microsoft's security tools. Many free
third-party apps are more effective at keeping you safe. We've
tested 17 no-cost AV services to help you find the right one for
protecting your PC.
6 Utilities Tools to Make Your Life
Add a Ring Video Doorbell to your front
door for just $100
How to delete duplicate rows in Excel
and Google Sheets
allowed unauthorised users to delete any photo
They moved fast, they broke things.
Firefox Quantum vs. Chrome: Which Is
How to Add or Remove Resume BitLocker
Protection Context Menu in Windows 10
How to Enable Private Browsing on Any
MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK 2 REVIEW: BEAUTY
AND BRAWN, BUT WITH LIMITS
Best way to stop package thieves
Looking to Do Some Shopping? Here Are
Some Great Deals for You
Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets
closer to the 'ultimate laptop'
How to Fix: FileZilla Server 'Failed to
Retrieve Directory Listing' Error
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
How to change
drive letter using PowerShell on Windows 10
Isn't using the
GUI Duisk Manager simpler? Of course, occasionally, USB drives
don't even show up there.
3 easy ways to
stop your gadgets from spying on you
I didn't see
anything in the article about how to fix these items so they won't
spy on us.
Should You Buy
Gray Market Goods?
Of course this
is a bad idea! The trouble is, on Amazon especially, it is often
difficult to determine whether Marketplace Sellers are legitimate
or grey-market. There are no mandatory visible signs. Rumor has it
that counterfeit goods abound there.
Twitter says it
will judge verified users’ offline behavior
As a private
company, Twitter does have the legal right to verify or not verify
anyone they want. With the badge moving toward Twitter endorsement
of accounts, this becomes a more critical issue for them. The
company's reputation is now tied to the badge, which means they
must make sure they are reserving the badge for accounts which are
worthy of Twitter's endorsement.
Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Toys Pose Hacking Risk, Group Warns
That depends on
how Bluetooth is implemented. It can be unencrypted (and
vulnerable) or encrypted (and much less vulnerable). But since
pairing with encryption involves an extra step (entering the code
from the device) most IoT manufacturers go with unencrypted
Bluetooth. Hence the risks.
I only needed a
minute to ruin my iPhone X, and you probably ruined yours too
If they're that
fragile, they should come encased in something which protects them
from all types of drops, given the price of these phones. The case
should be removable, but at the user's own risk. And the warranty
should so state, as should the packaging.
5 of the Best
Online PDF Editors to Edit Your PDF For Free
With Nitro PDF
for Windows and Master PDF for Linux free and available offline,
the only use I can see for these online editors is if you need a
quick edit while on the go, such as using a tablet.
Integrate Android and Chrome OS, or stop making $1,000 Chromebooks
dears! This long-rumored convergence is coming.
Flip (UX360CA-DBM2T) review: A sleek, affordable 2-in-1 for
I like this one,
but they're going fast at Amazon!
with disabilities can fill tech skills gaps and drive innovation
Oh mygosh, would
you folks PLEASE lay off this insistence that everyone with
Asperger's disorder is a tech prodigy?? PLEASE!!
Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows?
important thing to remember is that in Sleep mode, if the battery
dies and you are unplugged, your session is not saved. In
Hibernate, the session is saved. I prefer hibernate. Also,
hibernate doesn't use any power. But it does take a few seconds to
restore the session, and the device can fail to wake up.
Record and Share
Terminal Session with Showterm
I don't like the
Ruby dependencies, but otherwise, a pretty good terminal recorder.
iOS or Android –
Which Camp Are You in and Why?
I simply WILL
NOT pay Apple's prices for what they sell. Heck, I won't even pay
Google or Samsung's prices!
Bringing Fonts and Language Packs for Windows 10 to the Store
As long as they
are free, this is not a bad way to bring these add-ons to those
Windows 10 users who want them.
vulnerability uses antivirus software to infect systems with
Well, this is
another reason to update your antivirus programs regularly, even
the ones you use on-demand. I have nothing in my AV Quarantines
anyway, but it's good to know about this issue.
Need to Know About Intel’s CPUs Getting Hacked
I was found to
be vulnerable. It took two different approaches, but I updated my
NUC's BIOS (and firmware) and I am now OK, according to the Intel
testing tool. BIOS flashing is a bit tricky, so if you aren't
comfortable doing this yourself, you should get a tech-savvy
friend to help you or do it for you. (Sorry, I'm in the Boston
area now, so I can't help -- but I will be able to help folks
Adobe Scan now
uses AI to surface docs, business cards, and receipts in your
The "free" app
has mandatory registration and in-app purchases. So depending on
how you use it, your use may not be free after all. But it is a
Plex now streams
the news for free, with no media server needed
This does not
include local news.
Switching to LED
lighting to save energy has created a new problem for the
LEDs do produce
more light per watt, and a bluer part of the spectrum. This has
consequences not only for people, but also for animals and plants
in urban areas.
Print pages off
the web without all the ads
I have TextMode,
an extension for Chrome which reduces web pages to mostly just
text. This works as well as CleanPrint.
How to Easily
Remember Linux Commands
These tools may
be really helpful for me someday, so they're bookmarked now.
7 Risks of Dual
Booting Windows and Linux Operating Systems
I have commented
before several times about Ubuntu finding NTFS partitions locked
and how to deal with that by disabling Windows 10 Fast Startup.
And I do experience a hardware issue due to a bad Windows audio
driver. The Linux audio driver isn't much better. There's also a
bug where instead of shutting down, my Ubuntu restarts once, then
shuts down the second try. And Windows sometimes will not shut
down at all during a restart. This once (recently) caused a
Windows Update to get into the Update History as needing a restart
to finish, when it was in fact fully installed by all indications.
But overall, I am happy with dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu
Linux 16.04 on my NUC.
Major Flaws in the Intel Management Engine
That was my BIOS
Update, aka firmware update.
Could Be Much More Serious
But this one is
much less serious for most users than some tech publications have
How to easily
share USB devices using USB Network Gate
encountered this issue. But the app is not free, so I am ignoring
life: 5 key steps to boost your safety online
abandoned Yahoo Account may not be the best policy. If you delete
your account, the username is recycled and available for anyone to
claim. This can mean someone can impersonate you.
The FCC gives
4K, next-gen TV the green light
We shall see
when the rollout gets underway what the converter equipment is
like, and whether it needs special Internet connected equipment.
(And how much it will cost.) In most marekts, there's still plenty
6 of the Best
Sandbox Applications for Windows 10
If I were truly
paranoid and used Windows all the time, I might try some of these.
VIDEO: How to
solve IPv6 network problems
I don't have
IPv6 issues with my Comcast network. I also don't use their
default DNS service.
Some iPhone X
units suffer from crackling speakers at high volume
cranking things to high volume is not a good practice anyway. If
the phone speakers aren't loud enough, consider connecting to a
HiFi system with a real amp and pre-amp. Bluetooth should be
available to help with this.
Take Linux and
Run With It
VM and Live Disk
or USB are good ways to try out Linux and see if you and your
device's hardware are compatible with it.
Google Maps got
I used the new
Google Maps on Thanksgiving Day, and it was helpful. I like the
redesign, for the most part.
Is a Free PDF
Editor Good Enough? Adobe Acrobat Pro DC vs. PDFescape
Try Nitro PDf or
Master PDF, and get back to me. I find Master PDF does everything
I need. I once had someone complain of a watermark, but that may
have been when trying to print a PDF produced or modified with
Master PDF Free.
Will More Memory
Speed Up Your Computer? Category: Memory
Beyond 4GB, no,
more memory by itself will not improve Windows performance. Linux
may benefit from up to 8GB, but mostly when transferring files
between USB external drives, where the RAM can be used as a cache
or a buffer.
3 ways to cut
your heating bill this winter
This is an ad
for SimplySafe. But that aside, the best results I have gotten
have come from finding and covering or sealing gaps and leaks
around windows and doors, including patio doors. This is cheap and
low-tech, but it has saved me a lot and made my two apartments so
far much more livable.
How to Take a
Screenshot on Linux
which app or area of the screen I want to save, I have several
tools in my Ubuntu Linux for this. The most useful ones are Simple
Screen Recorder and the built-in Screenshot tool.
Virtoo lets you
control your Android phone from Windows PC
I'm not sure why
anyone would want to do this.
Does Next-Gen TV
spell doom for over-the-air DVR?
No one else I
have read about has read the new rules in the way this author
reads them. ATSC-3.0 content is NOT encrypted. Period. But it will
require conversion adaptors. Value-added content will most likely
not be recordable, as much streaming and on-demand content today
is not recordable. No changes there, really. And ATSC-1.0 (our
current standard) does have a Broadcast Flag, which can be set so
that live sports events for example, cannot be recorded with
ordinary DVRs. No changes there either. My guess is that
prime-time network programming will be recordable and can still be
time-shifted (but playback could be limited to the same device
connected to the same network). No broadcaster would want to do
away with that option.
Parcels in Pittsburgh With Three-wheeled e-Bikes
means electric bikes, not virtual bikes which travel over the
Over 1.3 million
anti-net neutrality FCC comments are likely fakes
And those are
just the ones we know about now. Thanks, Mr. Putin!
distribution comparison chart
This is paid
content, behind a paywall.
From My Own
10-YEAR-OLD'S FACE UNLOCK HIS MOM'S IPHONE X
issues advice on what makes 'Kodi boxes’ illegal
applies to England, the guidelines about what makes a Kodi channel
illegal apply to the US as well.
EFF tool tells
your members of Congress to fight for net neutrality
Why we can’t
trust smartphones anymore
manufacturers have been caught deliberately shipping phones with
security vulnerabilities which are not documented for users. It
took the tech press to force the revelations we have. We don't
know how many other vulnerabilities of this class are still out
there. Apparently, it's not just Microsoft who is disrespecting
customers these days.
Time for a
makeover: ‘Notifications 2.0’
We are being
notified to death. Time for a sensible dialback.
TiVo Bolt Vox
DVR review: New look, same old app problem
currently a fire sale on TiVo devices, especially the Bolt and the
Roamio, both of which do Off The Air recordings. As I have pointed
out before, these DVRs should be considered right now to be a two
to four year investment, as OTA broadcasts will be changing with
the introduction of ATSC-3 after 2020. The rollout will be
piecemeal, but by 2022, nearly all network affiliates in major
markets will have been converted, and everyone will need new
tuners and possibly new equipment which connects to the Internet
in some yet unpublicized way(s). There may be subscriptions for
some features and some value-added content. But not for most
prime-time or news shows.