Weekend Deal Find: AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)

April 28, 2017

At the time of this posting, 100 of the AA AmazonBasic Batteries was listed at $13.12 (that is 13 cents per battery). I personally use the AmazonBasic batteries to power many of my electronics and have no complaint. AmazonBasics batteries are currently carrying a 4.5 customer review rating based on nearly 13000 reviews.

AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)


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How To Enable Night Light Mode In Windows 10

April 28, 2017

One of the new features that come to Windows 10, after the Windows Creators Update, is “Night Light”…

If you are one of those computer users who is on the computer during the night hours, then “Night Light” is a feature that you may want to enable. Studies have shown that our sleep cycle can be disrupted as a result of blue light that emanates from our computer displays (monitor). A solution to this is to change the hue;: thus,  restricting the blue light. This is where “Night Light” comes in to play. “Night Light” will help you display warmer colors to help you sleep; is fully adjustable; and, can be scheduled to auto turn “on” and “off”.

To get to “Night Light” on your computer: Click on Start > Settings > System > Display > Night Light Settings

Night Light


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Don’t install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises – Microsoft would prefer it if you didn’t try to install the Windows 10 Creators Update yourself. Instead, the company is encouraging everyone but advanced users to wait for the Creators Update to become available via Windows Update. That means workarounds for excited users, like the Media Creation Tool or the Windows Update Assistant, are discouraged… READ MORE

Windows 10: The big changes headed your way in 2017 – As a perpetual work in progress, Windows 10 continues to accrue new features, as Windows catches up with Microsoft’s vision of it being an OS that runs anywhere, syncs with the cloud, and has an intelligent assistant at its core… READ MORE

5 Free Software to Measure WiFi Signal Strength – Here are 5 free software to measure WiFi signal strength. Using these free software, you can easily measure the signal quality of your WiFi which is coming from the router… READ MORE

5 Free Software To Measure WiFi Signal Strength

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – 16 GB Edition – An exclusive Starter Kit from CanaKit that includes the fastest model of the Raspberry Pi family – The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and everything you need to get up and running within minutes in the exciting world of Raspberry Pi!… READ MORE


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Which Recovery Option Should I Use When Experiencing Problems With Windows 10

April 26, 2017

Found the following information on the Microsoft Support site that may be helpful in deciding which recovery option you should use in the event you are troubleshooting and experiencing problems with Windows 10.

Problem: Your PC isn’t working well because of a recently installed app, driver, or update.

Solution: Restore from a system restore point

Problem: Your PC isn’t working well and you’re not sure why.

Solution: Reset your PC

Problem: You want to clear all your personal data off of your PC before you donate or recycle it.

Solution: Reset this PC > Remove everything > Remove files and clean this drive

Problem: Your PC won’t start. Or You tried to reset the PC, but encountered the error: There was a problem resetting your PC.

Solution 1: If you’ve previously created a USB recovery drive, use the recovery drive to restore or recover your PC

Solution 2: If you haven’t created a USB recovery drive, use installation media to restore your PC or Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10


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Privacy Screen Guard & Filter (for Android) – Block people from peeping into your apps, notifications and private chats on a subway train, bus, mall, at work or school by using our privacy shade… READ MORE

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How to use Storage sense to free up space automatically on the Windows 10 Creators Update – Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 introduces Storage sense, a new feature that automatically monitors and free up storage space on your computer… READ MORE

Windows 7 Games For Windows 10 – Windows 7 Games For Windows 10 installs the broken (or missing) Windows 7 games for your Windows 10… READ MORE

Wise JetSearch – Free Local File Search Tool – A nice “go to” search tool replacement for Windows… READ MORE

Renogy E.Lumen Multi-Functional Solar Power & USB Rechargeable Flashlight – I have one of these… Awesome flashlight, for the price, that also serves as a multi-purpose emergency tool…  READ MORE


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ADDED – Windowsreport.com To Bookmarks4Techs

April 24, 2017

Added the website, Windowsreport.com to Bookmarks4Techs.  According to their About page:

WindowsReport.com is an independent online publication founded in the Fall of 2012 that covers Microsoft’s Windows platform along with its many related products and services, all in the aim of contextualizing the wider implications of their development in the world of technology.

Since its founding, WindowsReport.com has grown to become one of the most important websites when it comes to Windows coverage, with millions of Windows enthusiasts relying on WindowsReport.com’s team of experienced tech journalists, editors, community managers, and more for the freshest news, reviews, features, and product recommendations.

Bookmarks4Techs is a compilation of websites that I have bookmarked over the years. If you run a tech site or know of a tech site that is not on the list, go to the Bookmarks4Techs page and complete the easy to fill out form.


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The 20 best smartphones in the world – If you are looking to purchase a smartphone, this article may give you some insight. Most of the phones reflected are high end phones… READ MORE

The Galaxy S8 was a clear contender for the top spot, and the G6 finally let me place an LG phone within the top 10. To be clear, the top 10 smartphones in this list come very close to each other in terms of performance, design, and features, and you’d easily be happy with our number 10 pick as you would with our number one pick. It all comes down to your personal preference over design and features.

If you see this hook in a toilet, LEAVE and report it – What we’re talking about are innocent looking clothing or coat hooks. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll see there is a tiny hidden camera built-in that peepers are using to watch people undress. Here’s an example of what one of these “spy hooks” looks like…  READ MORE

How Dish Network could shake up your wireless service – The way your service looks in coming years could rest in the hands of a satellite TV provider. Seriously… READ MORE

#1 Best Seller Desktop Computer (at Amazon)Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400, 8GB DDR4, 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, TC-780-AMZKi5… READ MORE


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Windows error code (0xc1900200) – Creators Edition

April 23, 2017

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Recently I was updating our home laptops and experienced Windows error code 0xc1900200.  Apparently the System Reserve partition is not large enough or is ‘too full’ to install the update.   Over at What’s On My PC, Rick experienced the same thing I was experiencing and we both ironically had to install MiniTools Partition Wizard Free in order to install the update by resizing this partition.

Rick’s apparently worked flawlessly as did three of our four installs at home.  However with one Acer laptop that I had upgraded to a SSD drive, the 100mb System Reserve Partition was at the front of my drive in Disk Management and my computer crashed after resizing the partition.

Instead of panicking, I inserted a Windows 10 CD that I had made and did a Startup Recovery (Click Repair once it starts up).  Once I did this, I still had issues – My desktop…

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Using Minitools Partition Wizard To Extend The System Reserve Partition

April 21, 2017

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Ran into an issue when I went to upgrade my Minix NEO Z83-4  mini PC to the Windows 10 Creators Edition. The update would not install and I kept getting Windows error code (0xc1900200) when using the  Windows Update Assistant. I ended up researching the issue and found that the “System Reserve Partition” (64MB) was too small. I decided at this point to wait until the update made its’ rollout to my computer (to see what would happen) and when that day did come, the update started to install but soon failed. After concluding I needed to find a way to expand the system reserve partition, I went to the MiniTools Partition Wizard (free edition). What I ended up doing with this partition tool, to make the System Reserve Partition larger in size, had me sweating bullets. I backed up my computer, just in case this did not work out as intended.

MiniTool Partition Manager

In a nutshell, I used the Minitool Partition Wizard to delete an unidentified 16MB partition on the drive (which I had to do in order for this to work), then took 250 MB from drive C:.  I then took the 64MB System partition and added the 16MB space from the partition I had deleted and added the 250MB that I removed from Drive C:, giving me a total of approximately 330MB for the System Reserve Partition. At this point, I crossed my fingers (and toes) and rebooted.  The PC rebooted with no errors or problems detected.

Since the Creators Update had attempted to install previously I went into the Windows Update Settings, clicked on “Check For Updates” and the Windows 10 Creator’s Update started the installation process (which is a time consuming process with numerous reboots). I probably could have used the Windows Update Assistant tool to download and install the update, as well… In the end,  I was able sucessfully to install the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Hopefully, as a result of expanding the System Reserve Partition, using MiniTools Partition Wizard, I will not have to worry about doing this again when future major updates occur.


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Multiple security holes discovered in Linksys routers – 

The flaws could allow attackers to:

  • Cause a Denial of Service (DoS) by sending requests to an unamed API. Admins would be locked out until the attack stopped.
  • Use CGI web server scripts to reveal connected devices and computers, dump the WPS Wi-Fi PIN code, and list firmware version and configuration settings.
  • Create a hidden “backdoor” account with root privileges and the ability to run commands.

Source: Naked Security

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech – Check out this article at PC Mag that provided ingenius ways to repurpose your old tech… READ MORE

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Kaspersky System Checker 1.1.0.228 – Kaspersky System Checker is a handy system diagnostics utility that allows you to check your PC system for different kinds of issues. The software then provides a detailed report about possible threats, hardware problems, and system-related issues… READ MORE

Microsoft To-Do: the end of Wunderlist – Microsoft launched a preview of To-Do, a new cross-platform task management service the other day that is “designed to make it easy to plan and manage your day”… READ MORE

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 #1 Hot New Release – Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop… READ MORE

How to create a single-column Start menu in the Windows 10 Creators Update – To do this, open the Settings app and go to Personalization > Start. Scroll down past the preview to the list of on/off sliders. Turn off the one that’s labeled Show app list in Start menu. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get to your app list… READ MORE

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Learn How To Triple Mouse Click To Select A Block or Line Of Text

April 18, 2017

There are occasions; when working with text, that we need to copy (or cut) blocks of text (or paragraphs). Typically we will hold down the left mouse button and drag (highlight) the text that we desire to copy (or cut) and then paste the text into another application or another location within the document. This method can sometimes be quite clumsy; especially if it is a large block of text.

An easier and faster method of doing this is simply left mouse click (quickly) 3-times anywhere inside the block of text (or paragraph) that you desire to highlight and copy (or cut). Like magic, the block of text will be highlighted… This trick also works if you want to quickly highlight and copy a web address in your browser’s address bar.

You may have to experiment with this; but, I have found that tip works in just about any application where text is involved (such as your web browser, word processor (such as MS-Word), etc…) and is a good tip to train yourself to use.

BONUS TIP:  Need to copy just a word?  Simply double click anywhere on the word and it will be automatically hightlighted.

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