If you are “Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical” | PCMag

There are still many folks out there standing by Windows 7… If you are one of those people, it is important (actually critical) that you get the next Windows 7 update. Also, as a further note, support for Windows 7 is set to end on Jan 14. 2020

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If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can’t be downloaded.

Source: Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical

How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome | Addictive Tips

If you are a Google Chrome browser user, you need to read this article at Addictive Tips (see source link below) on how to install and uninstall extensions. Many folks I know and have helped at home have no idea what a browser extension is. Browser extensions are, in my words, add-ons that you can install that will enhance your computing experience when using your web browser. Most extensions (or add-ons) will show up on the toolbar at the top of your browser. For example, I have an extension installed where I click on an icon on the toolbar and can easily read my incoming email. There are many, many extensions to choose… Right now I have approximately 30 different extensions installed. These extensions, for Google Chrome, can be acquired (for FREE) at the Google Chrome Store.

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If you’ve never tried an extension out, or you don’t know where to get started, you’ll be surprised to know how easy it is to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome.

Source: How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome

What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

One of the goals of my blog is to teach people about computer information technology, a byte at a time… Here is a good article at Digital Trends about “Wi-Fi”. Most people who own computers and other devices know the term “Wi-Fi”, but do not know about “Wi-Fi”. To learn about “Wi-Fi” in under 5 minutes, check out the Digital Trends article by clicking on the source link below.

The term “Wi-Fi” is a marketing name, but it stands for “wireless fidelity.” Similar to other wireless connection types, like Bluetooth, it’s a radio transmission technology that’s built upon a set of standards to allow high-speed and secure communications between a wide variety of digital devices, access points, and hardware. It makes it possible for Wi-Fi capable devices to access the internet without the need for restrictive wires.

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Source: What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

How To Open The “Command Prompt” From An Open File Explorer Window

Thanks to MSPoweruser for sharing this power user tip… I love tips like this; plus, I have always been a fan of using the Command Prompt.

Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

To open a CMD window in the same directory as the folder you are viewing, you simply need to type CMD in the directory path area of the File Explorer. There is also a tip which goes in the opposite direction.  If you want to open an File Explorer window in the same directory as your command prompt, merely type Start . with the full stop.

Source: Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

Learn How to use copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet

We have been doing computers for years and the one function that I see that people still have not learned is how to copy and paste. Learning this function is so important toward increasing productivity and making your computing life much more bearable. To me, this is one of the most important functions to learn when it comes to using a computer. Anyhow, that is another story…

Today I came across an article by Android Central (see source link below) that will quickly teach you how to copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet.  Trust me, learn how to do this…

Typing on your Android phone or tablet can be a bit tedious at times, especially if you have to type a lot. And what if you want to share what you’ve typed with someone else? Don’t type it all out again, just copy and paste! Here’s how!

Source: How to use copy and paste on Android | Android Central

Google is adding more options to the right-click context menu in Gmail.

 With these new options, you can take even more actions, directly from a message, in your inbox such as:

  • Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
  • Search for all emails from a sender
  • Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)
  • Open multiple emails in multiple new windows at the same time
  • Easily add a label or move an email

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Easily take action in Gmail with new right-click context menu options

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors?

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors? For example, Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. If you want to learn quickly how this works, follow the source link below at PCWorld.

Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

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Source: Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

Will the 5G networks change things as we know it?

Two Pieces Of Technology That Will Change The World Over The Next Decade

On 5G networks, our phones and networks will be more than 100-times faster than they are today. But it’s not just about speed. We’ll be able to aggregate, analyze and share data at lightning-fast speeds, giving us amazing new opportunities for improving our systems and streamlining our services. Transportation, labor, commerce, entertainment, medicine — no industry will remain untouched.

Read More @ Forbes

Tech News: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Windows Lite is Microsoft’s attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.

  

Source: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Here is what a Social Security scam sounds like…

 

It continues to be a growing scam: People pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. I encourage you to play the sound bite above to hear what this scam may sound like. On top of it all, the caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.

If you get calls like this, where threats and fear are in the mix, hang up. Best action to take when it comes to phone scams is simply do not answer the phone. If important enough the caller will leave a message; and even then, if after you review a message and you have doubt or suspicion, consult with someone about it. This is so bad that if you call the SSA to report the matter they have a pre-recorded message and warning and letting you know about these calls. If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

You can learn more at the source link below…

Source: This is what a Social Security scam sounds like | Consumer Information

Learn “How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10” at How-To Geek

I ran into this situation with my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC where I am limited in internal hard drive space (32GB) and wanted to install (or move) apps to an external drive. With Windows 10, it is possible to do exactly that. The only apps that I could not move were the apps already baked into the OS.

To learn how to install (or move) apps to an external drive I encourage you to follow the instructions that are posted at How-To Geek (see source link below). If you need an external hard drive, click here to see the wide array of options available.

Windows 10 allows you to install apps from the Store on any drive you like. You can also move apps you’ve previously installed to a new location without uninstalling and reinstalling them.

Source: How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10

The rules for creating passwords are simple…

Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager | ZDNet

The rules for creating passwords are simple: Use a random combination of numbers, symbols, and mixed-case letters; never reuse passwords; turn on 2FA, and use a password manager. Here’s why you can’t afford not to. Plus: Five password managers worth considering (click on the source link below to visit ZDNet for the full story).

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Source: Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager | ZDNet

The next big Windows 10 update is coming in April

It is important to know when major updates are going to transpire. As a former IT Manager, Windows Updates would make me cringe; knowing that a well-intended update could have negative consequences. Now that I don’t have that worry, on a grand scale, I still pay attention to the update schedule, even with my PC’s at home.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.

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Source: Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Web Based Version of “Google Tasks” Is Eventually Going Away

I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.

Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Source: Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7

Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7 — apart from for those who are willing to pay for it. The company is offering up to three years of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), and pricing has just been revealed.

Source: Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Nice All In One Computer For Home (Amazon Best Seller)

 Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT AIO 23.8″

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.4GHz, 23.8″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Edge-to-Edge LED Back-lit Display, Windows 10 Home, 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, High-Definition Audio Support, 2 – USB 3.1 (Type A) Gen 1 port (Rear), 2 – USB 2.0 Port (Rear), 1 – HDMI-out Port (rear), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 Port), Bluetooth 4.3LE, Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse

Source: Amazon – Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT AIO 23.8″

Did You Know “Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly”?

Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”

Facebook Messenger's unsend feature.

Source: Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly

Excel Stylesheets: Cell Styles and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools | PCWorld

Microsoft Excel, in my opinion, is the most powerful software option in the Microsoft Office Suite. There is always something different to learn… Here is a “how to” from PCWorld on Cell Styles, Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools to pretty up your Excel creations.

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You may have used Excel for years without delving into Styles (or stylesheets), but they can make work easier and faster—and more visually appealing. In this feature, we’re going to go over Cell Styles, and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture, and Chart Tools. (We’re skipping 3D Model Tools for now because they don’t have Styles.)

Source: Excel Stylesheets: Cell Styles and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools | PCWorld

How to print from a Chromebook | Android Central

Android Central provides the steps necessary to get your Chromebook prepped to work with your printer, by using Google’s Cloud Print. I have been using Google’s Cloud Print since its’ inception and can vouch for its’ reliability. The good about this is you can be around the other side of the globe and send a print job to your printer. Now how cool is that…

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Chromebooks can’t download and install the tens of thousands of printer drivers in existence, but that’s why Google Cloud Print exists. Google Cloud Print is a internet-enabled printing standard that allows users to print on any of their devices — Chromebooks, Macs, PCs, Android phones, iPhones and iPads — whether they’re trying to print from the next room or the next state over. Google Cloud Print has been around for the better part of a decade, now, and the majority of printers on the market today are “Cloud-ready printers” that just need to be registered with your account before you start printing. That said, not all printers have it yet, so check and see if your existing printer is Cloud-ready or if you’ll need to grab a printer that is.

Source: How to print from a Chromebook | Android Central

Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

Notes for Google Drive is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to easily create notes from within Chrome that are automatically synced as Documents to your Google Drive account.

* automatically saves to Google Drive as soon as you start typing

* drag and drop reordering of notes

* quick access buttons for opening and editing in Google Drive

* does not require you to be signed into Chrome. This is perfect for when you want to access your notes on work and non-personal computers.

Source: Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

Convert Microsoft Publisher Files to PDF Free Online

Just experienced a situation where someone sent me a Microsoft Publisher file as an email attachment. Guess what, most people, including myself, do not have Publisher installed and when using my Chromebook there is no conversion option available. To remedy this issue, I went to a website called “Convert Publisher to PDF” and within minutes, after uploading the publisher file and downloading the converted pdf file, I could see the contents of the file. Also appears you can save the converted file to Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive.

Pub to PDF converter online without email. Access files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive. Convert Publisher to PDF. 100% free. No software installation.

Source: Convert Publisher to PDF Free Online

You need this portable flashlight…

I am sure you have heard of the Maglite brand of flashlights. Maglite makes a portable flashlight called the “Maglite Solitaire” that, in my opinion, is the best flashlight to carry around on your keyring. As a tech person, this light has come in handy multiple times when opening PC’s or working in tight (dark) areas; and, just plain comes in handy for just general purpose use. I like that it is light on my key ring, is not bulky at all, and is very bright for a LED flashlight that takes one AAA battery. In the end, the only thing I can say here is, “you need this portable flashlight” and will not regret it. Very inexpensive…

Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Source: Amazon – Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Calendarpedia – Your Online Source For FREE Calendar Templates

Posted this on here before and has been quite popular. Awesome site to get calendars…

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With the new year rolling in you may find yourself needing a calendar. I happened, by chance, to come across a website called Calendarpedia – Your Source For Calendars. From what I can see and have played around with, there are numerous calendar templates available (yearly, weekly, monthly, split, fiscal, academic) for downloading in the formats of Word, Excel and PDF…

SOURCE: Calendarpedia

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A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

Most people do not know what Net Neutrality is… Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all data equally and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, or method of communication.

NET NEUTRALITY ADVOCATES are heading to court Friday for what may be their best chance to restore federal regulations banning broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against lawful content.

Source: A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

“App Launcher Customizer” for Google Chrome

“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.

The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).

Source: App Launcher Customizer for Google™ – Chrome Web Store

Vollynx – Great Android App To Manage The Volume Modes On Your Phone

Vollynx is a favorite Android app of mine that provides quick access and control to the volume modes on my phone (or tablet). I especially love the widget where I can quickly glance to determine what volume mode the device is in and from that same widget can change the modes quickly.

Vollynx is an application that intelligently controls the volume of the speakers and the headphones. And you don’t need to hassle changing the 4 volume-modes like the normal mode, the manner mode, the silent mode any more.

Source: Volume control – Vollynx – Apps on Google Play

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

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Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

Did you know that “Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web” | Android Authority

Google Duo is a Google product (app) that allows you to make video calls… If you are not using it, I encourage you to give it a try…

So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.

Source: Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web – Android Authority

TechRepublic Instructs You “How to enable Night Light in Chrome OS”

I have to admit, I love my Chromebook… The Chrome OS keeps getting better and offers options that make good sense. One such option now baked into the Chrome OS is the “Night Light” feature. The goal of the “Night Light” feature is to help reduce your exposure to blue light for good eye health and to help you sleep better.

So, how do you get to this feature? Below is a brief summarization on how to activate this feature; however, to get the full blown tutorial on this I encourage you to visit TechRepublic (see source link below).

To enable Night Light in Chrome OS, open Settings, and look for the Displays section, where Night Light can be enabled. Adjust the slider to turn Night Light on, and then you’ll also be able to adjust two other features: Color temperature of the display and the schedule.

Screenshot of Night Light setting enabled, with color temperature (cooler to warmer) and schedule options drop-down shown.

Reduce exposure to blue light from your Chrome OS device screen at night by changing these settings.

Source: How to enable Night Light in Chrome OS – TechRepublic

Learn this neat trick on “How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC” | TechRepublic

By copying and pasting the command below, as a new shortcut on your desktop, you can create a slide to shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC… Much faster and better than shutting down the PC from the Start Menu. To get full details on how to do this, click on the source link below.

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

Source: How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC – TechRepublic

Learn More About “TreeSize Free 4.3: usability improvements and PDF exports” | gHacks Tech News

If you are wondering what files is consuming your drive space on your PC, you may want to download and install TreeSize Free.  gHacks has a good review on the newest version (see source link below).

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TreeSize Free analyzes disk space usage of a structure, e.g. a drive or folder, and displays information about the number of files, total size of files on the storage device, and more, in its interface.

Source: TreeSize Free 4.3: usability improvements and PDF exports – gHacks Tech News

US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks | Naked Security

Hmmm… Is the Government Shutdown affecting National Security? This directive may indicate that (see source link below to learn more about this).

What is domain hijacking?

Domain hijacking has been a persistent issue in the commercial world for years, a prime example of which would be the attack that disrupted parts of Craigslist in November 2014. In that incident, as in every successful every domain hijacking attack, the attackers took over the account used to manage the domains at the registrar, in this case, Network Solutions. The objective is to change the records so that instead of pointing to the IP address of the correct website it sends visitors to one controlled by the attackers. This change could have been made using impersonation to persuade the registrar to change the domain settings or by stealing the admin credentials used to manage these remotely. It’s a potent attack – web users think they’re visiting the correct website because they’ve typed the correct domain in their address bar and have no reason to doubt where they end up. For attackers, it’s the perfect crime that avoids the much harder job of having to take over the real website.

Source: US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks – Naked Security

Great News, “Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week”

This is great news where Google Voice will “truly” allow you to make VoIP calls…

There’s an important distinction to keep in mind here. Google Voice hasn’t had VoIP calls before; although it had many VoIP-like capabilities, Voice has always worked over a traditional phone line connection. When you get the update, you’ll be able to place calls on your Voice number via a mobile data or WiFi connection.

Source: Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week

TechRepublic Shows You “How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button”

The Show Desktop button on a typical Windows 10 Desktop is in an odd position. So much so, that many users may not know it is there. Drag your mouse all the way down to the very bottom right corner of the Taskbar—all the way to end (Figure A).

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Figure A Figure A The button is just a thin sliver, and unless it is configured for it, hovering over the button may not be acknowledged by Windows 10 at all. Click the button and all of the currently open application windows will close to give you access to your Desktop. Click it again to re-open the application windows.

Source: How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button – TechRepublic

Get 82 Battery Storage In One Tiny Place…

How many of you have batteries just thrown in a drawer somewhere? My guess, they are all probably in multiple locations and some of them may even be discharged due that you forgot about them. Disorganization when storing batteries will end up costing you money and potentially can cause an unsafe condition.

To help you resolve this dilemma,  I want to share with you an inexpensive product, called the Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen, that will take battery organization to the ultimate level, save you money, and provide a means to check your batteries to determine if they are carrying a charge or not. I personally have owned this particular brand/model case for approximately a year and can tell you this battery organizer will change the way you store those batteries. The Battery Organizer Case by Range Kleen holds up to 82 different size batteries (25 AAA, 39 AA, 4 9v, 8 C, and 6 D batteries); AND, even has a drawer to hold small hearing aid and watch size batteries. The case can be placed in a drawer or can be mounted on the wall. An added bonus is the detachable battery tester that does not require a battery (it is powered by the battery it is testing).  I can’t count the number of times I have used that tester.

Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen
(Holds 82 Batteries of Various Sizes – Includes a Removable Battery Tester )


SOURCE: Amazon – Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen

 

Forecastfox: Great Weather Browser Extension (for Firefox and Chrome)

Highly recommend this browser extension that will allow you to quickly bring up the current weather, the forecast, and radar directly from your browser’s toolbar.

Forecastfox Weather is a free extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that adds weather icons to your browser’s toolbar, letting you easily track the weather anywhere in the world. Mousing over the weather icons reveals detailed weather information for each forecasted day in an easily readable format. Forecastfox Weather aims to be unobtrusive and easy to use.

Source: Forecastfox: Weather for your browser!

Addictive Tips Roundup of the “6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019”

Years gone by, when I was an IT Manager I often used remote access software to assist users on the network. Some of the names mentioned in this roundup, I am familiar with; others, are new to me…

The reasons why anyone would need computer remote control are almost as diverse as there are users. Some telecommuting users need to access their work computer from home. Others do the opposite and want to access their home computer from work. Or perhaps your organization’s IT department needs the ability to remotely control its user’s computers to fix problems. No matter what the reason, controlling remote computers is a key component of many organizations.

Source: 6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019

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