Today’s Software Selection: Faststone Image Viewer, Balabolka, Media Player Classic Home Cinema (32/64-bit)

FastStone Image Viewer 7.0
FastStone Image Viewer is a robust image browser, viewer, converter, and editor that includes support for all the major graphic formats. Formats include (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO, and TGA). It also includes popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2, and DNG). [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 6.68 MB+ ]

 

[UPDATE] Balabolka v2.15.0.692

Balabolka is a feature-rich program to read text aloud from a variety of file types including DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML. The program uses Microsoft’s own Speech API 4 and 5, but lets you fine tune various voice parameters, including rate and pitch and a substitution list can also be applied to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. The program supports customized font and background color, skins, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

Balabolka can also save the synchronized text to external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When the audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text will be displayed synchronously (in the same way as lyrics for songs).

Also includes batch conversion tools from of a wide variety of document formats to audio or plain text and a file compare tool, file splitter and screen magnification window.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.8.6 (64-bit)
Media Player Classic 64-bit Home Cinema is a light-weight media player for Windows. It looks just like Windows Media Player Classic v6.4, but has many additional features. You can use the player as a Media Player Classic Home Theater.It has built-in codecs…
Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.8.6 (32-bit)
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a light-weight media player for Windows. It looks just like Windows Media Player Classic v6.4, but has many additional features. You can use the player as a Media Player Classic Home Theater.It has built-in codecs for…

Today’s Software Selection: IZArc, Opera, LibreOffice, and Shortcuts For Google

IZArc 4.4

Create, convert, search, extract and otherwise work with just about every archive format around

Opera 58.0.3135.117 Browser for PC Windows
Opera is a secure web browser that is both fast and rich in features. It has a slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing more enjoyable. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation, …
LibreOffice 6.2.2 64-bit
LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs. Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice.
Shortcuts for Google 1.9.7.1
Shortcuts for Google gives you the option to create a menu that stores all your Google service shortcuts (up to 500+) allowing fast access to those that are used frequently. You can choose from over 500 different Google shortcuts that be changed to buttons within a space-saving popup. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 810 KB ]

Today’s Software Selection: StopUpdates, WordPress, and Windows Repair

StopUpdates10 2.0.52
StopUpdates10 is designed to allow or block Windows 10 updates. Many similar apps don’t work with the latest version of Windows. By default, you should see “Windows Updates is not blocked” in red letters and a red button that says “Stop Windows Updates!” Once blocked, everything is reversed and in green letters with text that says “Windows Updated is blocked!” and a button that reads “Restore Windows Updates.” [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 1.26 MB ]
WordPress 5.1.1

WordPress is a free personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it. To get started with WordPress, set it up on a web host for the most flexibility or get a free account on WordPress.com.

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 4.4.6

Tweaking.com Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and installed programs can modify your default settings. With Tweaking.com – Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings.

A Quick Tutorial on “How to download books to your Kindle” | PCWorld

Found this article at PCWorld that may helpful to those folks that just purchased an Amazon Kindle.

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Downloading books to your Amazon Kindle is easy. This quick tutorial will teach you how to deliver the unparalleled selection of books, magazines, newspapers and comic books that Amazon makes available, along with ebooks and other documents you may have on your computer, to your Kindle where you can read and enjoy them.

Source: How to download books to your Kindle | PCWorld

Today’s Software Selections: KeePassXC (32/64 bit), Spybot, Free Keylogger

KeePassXC 2.4 (64-bit)
KeePassXC 64bit can store your passwords safely and auto-type them into your everyday websites and applications. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to remember and type your passwords. The thing computers can do best is storing information! Download…
KeePassXC 2.4 (32-bit)
KeePassXC can store your passwords safely and auto-type them into your everyday websites and applications. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to remember and type your passwords. The thing computers can do best is storing information! Download KeePass…
Spybot Search and Destroy Update March 20, 2019
The Spybot Search and Destroy Update is intended for updating your detections without the need for the included WebUpdate. To update you need to download and double-click spybotsd_includes.exe, choose the folder that Spybot is installed to, click OK and close when completed. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 7.08 MB ]
Free Keylogger 5.1
Free Keylogger is a covert little tool for recording keystrokes, apps used, and websites visited and stores the details in a confidential log file. It was designed to be compact, stealthy and highly efficient providing silent monitoring of various activities on a target computer. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 8.46 MB ]

Make Tech Easier Shows Us “How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD” Using Popular FREE Software

Cloning an exact copy of your hard disk is a good move and is a good (fast) method in restoring the Windows OS when things get messed up. Keep in mind, when you clone a disk, it is the exact copy of the disk on the date that you made the copy and is a good idea to do this on a regular basis.  I typically update and keep available a cloned copy of my hard disk at least once a year. My routine file backups I do on a more aggressive schedule. Cloning is also an excellent option when you want to move your current Windows 10 OS to a new drive that you have decided to upgrade and install.

Make Tech Easier will walk through the cloning process using the FREE software options of EaseUS or AOMEI Backupper (see source link below). Both of these software options are excellent choices.

So you bought an SSD drive, and you want to move your Windows 10 OS to the new drive. Here are a few ways you can clone and swap the OS install to an SSD.

Source: How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD – Make Tech Easier

Today’s Software Selection: SUPERAntiSpyware, Firefox, Paint.net, ksnip, License Crawler

SUPERAntiSpyware 8.0.1032
SUPERAntiSpyware is the one of the most thorough scanners available on the market today. The Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology is able to detect spyware, adware, trojans, ransomware, malware, and infections that other products miss! SUPERAntiSpyware lets you repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry…
Firefox 66.0 for PC Windows
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, light and tidy open source web browser. At its public launch in 2004 Mozilla Firefox was the first browser to challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer’s dominance. Since then, Mozilla Firefox has consistently featured in the top 3 most popular browsers globally. The key features that have made Mozilla Firefox so popular are …
[UPDATE] paint.net v4.1.6

paint.net is an image and photo editing software with support for layers, unlimited undo, image effects and a tabbed thumbnail interface. The program includes a variety of paint bushes and selection tools as well as image filters such as sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise etc.

The program supports plugins and will automatically start in 64-bit if within an operating system that supports it.

ksnip 1.5.0
ksnip is a Qt-based screenshot tool that includes several useful annotation features for your screenshots. ksnips works in the same manner as most screenshot tools, but the added annotation options set it apart. The interface is easy-to-navigate and provides access to all you need to make a quality screenshot image. [License: Open Source | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 9.71 MB ]
License Crawler 2.1 Build 2301
License Crawler is designed to allow you to discover application product keys and other serial numbers or licenses. LicenseCrawler is a sweet little application that scans the Windows Registry for Windows product keys and other serial numbers and licenses. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 1.37 MB ]

Google Chrome Extension: AddToAny – The Universal Way To Share Links

AddToAny is one of my most used Google Chrome browser extensions and actually has saved me from installing the extensions for other services (which saves memory) where I need to connect to and post links (or articles). AddToAny is similar to the sharing utility that you use on your smartphone.

What does AddToAny do?  AddToAny is a universal share button that makes it easy and fast to share links to anyone anywhere using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, email, and many more sharing and social media services.

For example, if I want to send a link to a post to Facebook, I click on the AddToAny share button on the browser toolbar, select Facebook and it automatically connects to Facebook and initiates the post to Facebook.  AddToAny does the same for a multitude of other services, as well. You can select the services you desire to use and connect to by clicking on the “Options” selection on the AddToAny menu.

Features:

– AddToAny’s Universal Share Button & Smart Menu
– Personalized based on the services you probably already use
– AddToAny “More” button lets you instantly access any other service anytime
– Right-click to share from the context menu (optional)
– Share to multiple services quickly while keeping the share popup open:
– Just Ctrl+click or ⌘+click on a service, or
– Click the middle mouse button
– Large buttons with vector icons
– Perfectly crisp on high PPI screens such as Retina displays or the Chromebook family

Customizable:

– Customize the services that appear in the sharing menu
– Drag & drop to rearrange the order of services in the sharing menu
– Toggle AddToAny in your context menu
– Add a custom service to share to

Fast & Secure:

– Optimized to load instantly without slowing down Google Chrome
– Directs to the HTTPS version of sites for privacy on shared networks
– AddToAny doesn’t collect personal information

Source: Google Chrome Store – AddToAny

Tech News: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

I posted this because I can relate to this man’s past…

WATERLOO, IOWA - MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate and former Cult of the Dead Cow member Beto O'Rourke greets voters during a canvassing kickoff event with state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019, in Waterloo, Iowa.

O’Rourke, like other teens of the time, did find ways to avoid paying for dial-up phone service time to connect to bulletin board systems (BBSs) of the day with his family’s Apple IIe computer and 300 baud modem, which he often used to search of pirated games. He eventually launched his own bulletin board system (BBS) called TacoLand, which Reuters’ Joseph Menn reports was largely about punk music. “This was the counterculture: Maximum Rock & Roll [magazine], buying records by catalog you couldn’t find at record stores,” O’Rourke told Menn.

Source: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

Tech News: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators’ trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers from gaining entry into the company’s system if the website turns out to be malicious.

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Source: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

If your computer won’t start, don’t panic (yet)…

What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

What to Do When Your Computer Won't Start

Been there and done it; from both ends of the spectrum.  Have assisted people where panic set in because their computer would not start; and to be honest, I have felt that despair when my own computer did not start.  Sort of does something to you, but always remember, the sun will still come up tomorrow.

Click on the source link below at PCMag to get a good rundown of what to do (try) when your computer fails to start.

Source: What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

Today’s Software Selection – GPU-Z, WildBit Viewer, addLEDs

[UPDATE] GPU-Z v2.18.0 – GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor. It supports AMD, ATI, Intel and NVIDIA graphics devices.
 
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WildBit Viewer 6.5 Alpha 3.0 – WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor. Eye catching interface within blazing fast folder, file list and thumbnail viewer. Viewer includes also Image Info with Image EXIF meta data JPEG and TIFF support and IPTC (IIMV4) information (like PhotoShop file info) from JPEG and TIFF, Thumbview has changeable views, sorting and thumbnail predefined sizes for fast thumbnail size setting. Viewer also includes shell toolbar, you can drop your favorite folder there and use it as an organizer.    

addLEDs 1.1.1.3 – addLEDs is a tiny systray indicator that provides at-a-glance views for scroll, number, caps lock and more. This utility goes a little further than some other key indicators; it also provides flashing lights for network (there are five sensitivity levels that can be set for network activity) and disk activity as well as the ability to engage – disengage your scroll – number – caps via your mouse. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 391 KB ]  

Reduce Muscle Strain With An Ergonomic Mouse

Want to reduce muscle strain and decrease discomfort while using the mouse?  If so, there are ergonomically correct options and many choices now available, when selecting an ergonomic mouse. When using a mouse, as we know it, on a regular (repetitious) basis, there is a risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis.

To reduce the risk of injury, the solution is to use an ergonomic mouse where the mouse is designed to fit a more natural hand position when used.

To get a good idea of what choices are now available in various price ranges, click on the source link below. I think you are going to be surprised…

Source: Amazon – Egononmic Mouse

A lightweight extension to reduce Google Chrome’s memory footprint…

If you use Google Chrome, “The Great Suspender” (browser extension) will actually reduce your memory footprint by basically freezing or suspending tabs you have open after a prescribed amount of time. For example, I have “The Great Suspender” configured to suspend any open tabs I have active after a time period of 15 minutes. As a result, memory is freed up and the CPU becomes less taxed. To reactivate the suspended tab, simply click on the page to reload the page content.

You can download this highly rated app at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below).

Source: The Great Suspender – Chrome Web Store

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

Here are “Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online”

Looks like Microsoft is doing a rebuild of their Microsoft Edge Browser using Chromium as it guts..

Microsoft announced during early December that they will be giving up on the current code base of their Microsoft Edge browser switching to Google’s open-source Chromium and that the nametag will remain unchanged even though the app will be a whole different beast inside and outside.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Source: Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Here is “How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell” 

TechRepublic shows us how (see source link below) to create a drop-down list in Microsoft Excel… Very handy when you have to enter specific information in a cell. When you get to the site, you will find video instruction, as well as, written instruction. If you use Excel, learning drop-down lists is a must.

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Drop-down lists can greatly facilitate data entry. Here’s a look at how to use Excel’s data validation feature to create handy lists within your worksheets.

Source: How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell – TechRepublic

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AskBobRankin.com Explains “The Free Tax Filing Options for 2019”

The tax deadline is approaching; and, if you have procrastinated and have not filed your taxes yet, you may want to take a look at Bob Rankin’s rundown of the options available online to file your taxes, often for free (with such services as Turbotax, TaxAct, H&R Block, and FreeTaxUSA)

Be sure to read more on this at
AskBobRankin.com

Free tax filing software 2019

Free Tax Filing Options for 2019 – It’s tax time, but the good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free tax preparation and e-filing this year. The bad news is: you have to pick your online tax service very carefully. Here’s what you need to know…

Source: Free Tax Filing Options for 2019

Wikiwand – A Cool Way To Read Wikipedia

If you are into Wikipedia, you may want to take a look at Wikiwand. Very nice, interesting and modernized interface that makes reading Wikipedia articles a more pleasant experience to read. Wikiwand is available on many platforms (web and mobile). I currently have bookmarked their Start-News page in my web browser that enables me to jump to their web interface.

Wikiwand is the world’s leading Wikipedia reader for web and mobile.

Source: Wikiwand

As we continue the advancements in technology, we often forget that it not only affects you and me; but, also affects our pets.

Tech News: Google fixes Chrome zero-day exploit, security update rolling out | 9to5Google

After releasing an incremental update for Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Linux last Friday, Google revealed yesterday that it addresses a zero-day exploit. The company’s security team advises users to update Chrome on all platforms immediately as there is evidence of a malicious party actively using the attack.

Source: Google fixes Chrome zero-day exploit, security update rolling out – 9to5Google

Cybersecurity Tips For the Young and Old

It is important we hash out, over and over, the importance of how to stay safe online and what to look for. Jacqui over at “Ask A Tech Teacher” posted an article, “Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives)“, that are tips geared toward the strategy of teaching our kids the basics on how to be safe online.

After reading this article, I said, you know what(?); this article, everyone should read. We all have that kid in us and these tips are great tips that all of us big kids need to read and follow (“Harmful Links; Viruses & Malware; Suspicious Downloads; Utilizing a VPN; Best Email Practices, HTTPS > HTTP When Providing Information Online; Using Antivirus Programs; and Update Software”).

One thing I want to point out in addition to these cybersecurity protections is that three-quarters of the battle when using internet-connected devices; such as the computer, tablet or smartphone,  is learning the terminology and definitions. Get the terminology in your head and it will all start making sense and will make using these devices more of a joy, instead of a burden; PLUS, before you know it, you will want to be teaching others.

For many adults and parents, it can be a difficult task to teach the basic of staying safe online to those who are younger. However, the best strategy is starting conversations at an early age. This advice will be timeless as kids are starting to use the internet at younger and younger ages.

Source: Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives) | Ask a Tech Teacher

How To Turn “ON” and Use The NEW Windows 10 Clipboard Tracking Utility

Did you know that following the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a new Windows clipboard feature has been added that allows you to track and maintain a history of the items (text and images — up to 4MB) that you copy to the clipboard?  This new feature is not turned on by default; however, I will outline below how to turn it on.

Why would you want to maintain a history of your copy (and paste) operations?

This new feature is a Godsend to me. If you are a blogger, graphic designer, and/or write numerous documents at work, you have most likely learned how to use the “Copy (Ctrl-C)” and “Paste (Ctrl-V”) operation in Windows where you copy a line of text or an image and paste it into another location. The problem with this is once you do this more than one time, it erases any previous items you may have copied.

With the NEW Windows 10 clipboard tracking utility, this problem is resolved where once you copy an item (text or image) to the clipboard it is added to a list of previous items you copied. If you copy/paste the same item on multiple occasions you can pin that item to the list so that it is not removed from the list. Another feature with this clipboard is that you can sync the clipboard timeline so that it is available on other computers you may access. You will need a Microsoft account for this feature to work.

Before I go any further in explaining how to turn on this NEW clipboard utility, I want to sort of back into this by telling you that to invoke or launch the clipboard history, hit the “Windows + V” keys in combination on your clipboard. Once the clipboard appears on the screen you can double mouse click on an entry and it will auto paste in the location you select.

How do I turn on this clipboard utility?

  • Go to the “Windows Start Button” at the bottom left corner and “right mouse click”
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Clipboard.
  • Turn on the “Clipboard history” toggle switch.
  • Turn on the “Snyc across devices” toggle (optional)

That is all there is to it…  Remember to launch this utility you must hit the “Windows + V” keys…

Source: How to use the new clipboard on Windows 10 October 2018 Update | Windows Central

Check Out Drippler’s List of The Best FREE Android Apps of 2019

This list was compiled by Drippler (see source link below) and reflects a wide assortment of FREE apps for your Android devices (smartphones and tablets).

There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you’re just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.

Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn’t mean they’re all quality – far from it in fact, and finding the good ones can be tough.

Source: The best free Android apps of 2019 | Drippler – Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Windows 10 Recovery Troubleshooting Guide

I pulled this Windows 10 recovery troubleshooting guide, links and all, directly from Microsoft’s website that is very helpful in determining what recovery option to pursue when Windows 10 starts to go belly up or has went belly up (and won’t start) .

If you’re having problems with your PC, the following table can help you decide which recovery option to use. For help with black screen or blue screen errors, see Troubleshoot black screen problems or Troubleshoot blue screen errors.

 Problem  See this section
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an app. Restore from a system restore point
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an update. Remove an installed Windows update
Your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update. Reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you’ve created a recovery drive. Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you haven’t created a recovery drive. Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start, you haven’t created a recovery drive, and resetting your PC didn’t work. Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
You want to reinstall your previous operating system. Go back to your previous version of Windows

Source: Recovery options in Windows 10

‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone | Engadget

Google has come up with a compromise to make its “OK Google” feature more secure. Rather than allow users to unlock their Android devices completely (a security risk), the Voice Match command will soon limit “OK Google” to open the Assistant interface on the lock screen. There, interactions will be limited to “personal results,” things like Google Calendar, email, reminders and shopping lists.

Source: ‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone

Windows 10: How to Create A Shortcut For The Onscreen Keyboard

Windows 10 has two variations of onscreen keyboards available. There is one of the two that I especially like (which WAS sort of difficult to get to). Once I discovered this keyboard (the one that I like) I decided there had to be a better way to launch it; and, as a result I came up with the following solution.

You are probably wondering; Why would I want an onscreen keyboard?  I have a TV set up connected to a Windows 10 computer where the onscreen keyboard is a great addition when I am too lazy to go to the real keyboard. You would be surprised how fast you can point, click and type using an onscreen keyboard. I could also see me using an onscreen keyboard in a training scenario or if I had a disability.

To create a shortcut to the keyboard that I use, right mouse click on the  “Windows Start button (bottom right corner)”, then click on “run” and in the “run dialog box” type “osk”; then click on “OK”. At this point, the onscreen keyboard (the one I like) launches. If the keyboard is too big you can resize it by dragging the sides or corners. If you notice on the top right side of the keyboard there is a “Windows minimize button”.  Click on the “minimize button” and the keyboard will minimize to the Windows Taskbar (at the bottom of the screen).  At this point, right mouse click on the keyboard icon that is now on the taskbar and select “pin to taskbar”.  There you have it…

Now when you want to quickly launch the onscreen keyboard, just go to the taskbar and click on the onscreen keyboard icon and the keyboard will quickly launch. There are other ways to get to this keyboard, but this is the method I prefer and found to be the most user-friendly.


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Thinking of buying a new Chromebook but not sure which one to choose?

I love my Chromebook… As a matter of fact, I drafted this article using my Chromebook. If you are unfamiliar with Chromebooks, let me explain in simple terms. The Chromebook is not a Microsoft Windows OS-based laptop; instead, it is a Google Chrome OS-based laptop (or notebook). DO NOT let that scare you. If you have ever used the Google Chrome web browser, then using a Chrome OS-based laptop is super easy. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend Chromebooks for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there because of their ease of use, portability, low maintenance, built-in security, and affordability. Many of the schools have gone to these for the same reasons. Not only that; Google is on a mission to make Chromebooks a mainstay and work hard to upgrading and improving the operating system (to include Android apps and the ability to run Linux). Interested? Check out some of the Chromebooks at Amazon (CLICK HERE)

If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook and want to learn more, take a look at this recent article about “Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2019)” that provides a specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.

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Source: Zipso – Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2019)

Don’t Overlook Google’s FREE Drawing and Graphic Editor

Anyone that uses any of the online web-based Google Products, such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides most likely have overlooked Google’s version of their drawing and graphics editor (called Google Drawings). I currently use Google Drawings to typically make graphic postings on my blog and other social media sites such as Facebook. To give you some good insight into Google Drawings I came across the tutorial below to help you get started. Some points I do want to make is that Google Drawings is very easy to learn and use; that you can do some pretty neat graphics related tasks such as creating logos, signs, backgrounds, etc.; and, it integrates well with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Source: Google Drawings

Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?

I had this very question in mind as I was setting up a new computer, “Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?”. In the past, Microsoft’s antivirus (Window’s Defender) was low on the totem pole; however, I am now finding it may be a good choice (see source link below). I will probably layer my protection with Malwarebytes, but right now I am going to give Windows Defender a shot since it is already baked into Windows 10.

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Microsoft has invested a great deal of time and effort in improving Defender in recent years, though, and it’s clearly paying off, with Defender climbing the test rankings and now outperforming some big security names.

Source: Windows Defender review : Is this free antivirus good enough on its own? | TechRadar

ZDNet Recommendation: Bookmark The Windows 10 Version 1809 Update History Page

I do have to agree with ZDNet’s recommendation on bookmarking this page which is the support resource Microsoft created to improve transparency after the problems experienced in the rollout of version 1809. Version 1809 is the Windows 10 October 2018 release.

The Windows 10 version 1809 update history page alone has over one million page views and counting and if you are like me, somewhere along the line you have experienced an issue with a rogue update. Highly recommended for troubleshooters to bookmark this page, “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 update history

Source: Microsoft: You really should bookmark this Windows 10 update history page | ZDNet

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

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