Download Google Drive files faster

October 5th, 2015

Google Drive Faster DownloadsIf you’ve ever tried to download large files from Google Drive via the web download method, you may have noticed that the downloads go really, really slowly.

Typically, I’m seeing download speeds between 300kB/s and 500kB/s. And usually, I’m seeing Drive download speeds on the lower end of that range…

Now, I don’t have fiber or anything, but I started to wonder what’s going on because 300kB/s is pretty pokey these days!

Thankfully, there is a really simple way to download from Google Drive at much faster speeds.

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Screenshots in Windows, the easy way

September 26th, 2015

Fancy Print Screen TricksYou may have read my earlier post, Capture Part of your Screen in Windows: Behold the Snipping Tool!. The Snipping Tool in Windows is very handy.

But, sometimes you just want a quick and easy way to grab a screenshot.

As I mentioned in my previous post, you can just press the PrtScn (print screen) button on your keyboard, and that will copy your entire screen (or all of your screens in a multi-monitor arrangement) onto your clipboard. Paste into your graphics editing program, and you’re done.

That’s nice, but there are two other keyboard shortcuts in Windows that make things even easier…

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Insect bite relief that actually works

September 20th, 2015

Bug Bite relief that works!You know the drill: Hang around outside, get bitten or stung by various insects, and then itch like crazy for several days.

Try different remedies, some of them work for awhile, some of them don’t…

Every year, it’s the same old thing.

Not anymore! There’s a “new” insect bite treatment in town that really works.

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How does password authentication work on web sites?

September 12th, 2015

Ashley Madison HackedI recently read an article about the Ashley Madison hack. For those of you who aren’t into cheating on your spouse, Ashley Madison is a web site where you can sign up and meet up with other lovely people in order to have an affair.

Anyway, they were recently hacked. More than 11 million passwords were obtained, and the reason why made me fall off my chair.

In short, the users’ usernames + passwords were stored in the site’s database in an MD5 hash – along side a BCrypt hash of the user’s password.

Well, what does all this mean to you?

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Another privacy fix, this time for Windows 7, 8, and 10

September 5th, 2015

Enhance Your Privacy in WindowsSo, you’ve avoided installing Windows 10 because you heard how Microsoft is gobbling up lots of data from your puter.

Well, bad news: Even if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8, there was an update in May 2015 that installed the Diagnostics Tracking Service that first appeared in beta versions of – you guessed it – Windows 10!

Fortunately, you can easily turn this “feature” off no matter which version of Windows you’re using.

So, what is it, and how do you kill it?

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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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