Quick Fix: My Favorites are missing after Windows 10 upgrade

August 23rd, 2015

Where'd my Favorites go?If you used Internet Explorer in Windows 7 or 8, all your bookmarks were saved in your Favorites folder.

After the upgrade to Windows 10, you may discover that in the new version of IE, called Microsoft Edge, your favorites are missing!

You’d think the import of your bookmarks/favorites would happen automatically during the Windows 10 upgrade, but alas…

Not to worry though, because it’s a piece of cake to restore all of your missing Favorites!

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How to add an EU Cookie Consent popup to your web site

August 9th, 2015

Cookie Consent / IdiocyCookie Consent laws: you have surely seen them.

You go to a site, and you get a popup or bar at the top of the site that says, “We use cookies, blah blah blah…”

There is usually a “Learn more” link, and sometimes a way to accept or reject that site’s use of cookies.

The reason for this is a very stupid law implemented in the European Union that is supposed to protect people from… well, actually, it doesn’t protect anyone from anything. Okay, technically, it protects you from your sanity.

Especially if you use Google Adsense to put ads on your web site, you probably have received an e-mail from them telling you that you must have a Cookie Consent thingie on your site by the end of September 2015 in order to comply with yet another EU cookie law.

Right, so, how do you add cookie consent to your site – quickly and easily?

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Protect your Privacy in Windows 10

August 2nd, 2015

Windows 10 Privacy SettingsOh, boy.

It seems that everybody is up in arms about the diabolical new Windows 10 features that – by default – share quite a bit of private data with Microsoft.

This revelation was coupled with a new Privacy Policy released by Microsoft on 1 August 2015.

I’ve read the policy, and frankly, it isn’t much different than anybody else’s policy these days. Privacy is out; spying is in!

Fortunately, it appears that in a few easy steps, you can easily turn off most of these “features” and thereby make Windows 10 far more privacy-friendly.

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10+ Fixes for Common Problems in Windows 10

August 1st, 2015

Windows 10 FixitWell, Windows 10 is out, and you might have already installed it.

As usual, a few things are “broken”, and there a few other things that some people will find rather different/annoying.

And as usual, it’s pretty easy to fix most of it.

For those of you who still haven’t even been able to upgrade to Windows 10, Fix #1 should take care of that problem.

Once you’re done, check out the other 9+ tips and tricks!

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The Best Antivirus and Anti-Malware protection for Windows in 2015

July 26th, 2015

Malware Bad!If you have Windows, you probably have some kind of anti-virus or anti-malware software installed.

If you purchased your computer instead of building it yourself, your system will most likely have come pre-installed with McAfee or some other product.

Well, everybody has their opinions on the question of security. Some people prefer Kaspersky, some love Norton, others swear by Avast. I don’t know anyone who swears by McAfee…

I’ve used all of these over the years, and I’ve managed quite a few computers in my day.

So, what’s the best antivirus and anti-malware software out there?

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Windows 10: What you need to know

July 19th, 2015

Windows 10In just 10 days, Microsoft will officially unveil their latest OS, Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes after the much-hated Windows 8, so many people are wondering if it’s actually worth the upgrade.

I can’t tell you if the upgrade is right for you, because I’m not sure I even have the final build as a “Windows Insider” (I have been testing Win 10 builds on my laptop as they are released for some time now).

I can tell you some simple facts that will help you make up your mind, and hopefully cut through some of the rather ridiculous hype that has popped up in recent days related to the new OS.

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Stop Google Analytics Referral Spam

July 12th, 2015

Stop Google Analytics Referral SpamIf you have a web site, you’re probably using Google Analytics to track traffic to your site.

Overall, Google Analytics is pretty cool. In fact, for most people, it’s too cool. It does a whole lot, but that means it’s rather complicated for the average user to set up properly.

You may have noticed in your site stats on GA that there are some wonky domains showing up.

For example, instead of GA reporting traffic from ScottiesTech.Info, mine shows me that domains like makemoneyonline.com are included in my stats.

What gives, and how do you fix it?

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Fix Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on the Windows 10 Technical Preview

June 28th, 2015

MBAM + Win 10 = OopsFor those of you who are test-driving the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you may have noticed that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware stopped working.

It won’t launch at start-up, and if you try to manually run it, you get some weird error about some memory location, blah-blah-blah, or something similar. Basically, it craps out on you.

If you try to uninstall Malwarebytes, you get the same error. If you try to install the same version – or even a newer version – you still get the same error.

Well, Malwarebytes released a newer version recently that is being sent out to users at the moment, and it addresses this problem. But autoupdating won’t work if MBAM won’t run!

So, how do you fix it?

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Lithium Polymer vs Lithium-Ion batteries: What’s the deal?

June 21st, 2015

LiPo = Li-ionIf you’ve got any kind of gizmo – laptop, tablet, e-book reader, cell phone, MP3 player, cordless screwdriver or drill, etc. – then you’re using lithium-ion batteries all the time.

Lithium-ion batteries, often abbreviated as Li-ion, are extremely common these days.

But what about so-called Lithium Polymer batteries, also called LiPo or Li-poly batteries? Are they really better?

If you believe the marketing folks, yes they are. But, as it turns out, you’ve been fooled just like me!

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Cheap Laptop Parts: Repair your laptop and save a bundle

June 14th, 2015

Replace Laptop parts on the cheapLet’s say you’ve got an aging laptop. It doesn’t exactly run like new any more. Maybe the battery is a bit weak even on a full charge, or perhaps the fan makes a lot of noise even after you cleaned it out.

Traditionally, you’d have to pay a pretty penny for new laptop parts.

You’d also have a hard time finding instructions or guides on how to remove and replace any parts in your lappy.

Well, nowadays, things are a bit different.

You can get all kinds of laptop parts on the cheap, and all the how-to guides you’ll need are already out there just waiting for you on YouTube!

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