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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How to become a Genius in 3 Easy Steps

June 7th, 2015

Google it!What would you say if I told you that you could become a technical genius in just 3 Easy Steps?

Sound too good to be true?

It does, but this is one goal that you can reach with a minimal amount of time and energy.

There’s no restrictive diet, no toxic chemicals, no heavy investment of money, no hours of hard work, and it’s 100% natural, green, carbon-neutral, and fully biodegradable.

How much would you pay for such a program? $99.95? $49.95?

For a limited time, I’m going to give you THE SECRET absolutely FREE! 😯

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Understanding Embed Codes

May 26th, 2015

Embed CodesYou have probably encountered embed codes before, but they may seem like a bit of a mystery.

An embed code is, in short, a bit of HTML that allows you to embed part of another web site on your own – like a YouTube video, for example.

Embed codes come in two general flavors these days, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.

So, how do embed codes work? Why are some hugemongous, and others teeny-tiny? Are iframe tags really the spawn of the devil?

Read on!

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Erase your Google Search History and make Google more Privacy-Friendly

May 17th, 2015

Privacy? What privacy?Everybody uses Google these days for all kinds of things. If it isn’t search, it’s Google Maps, plotting the fastest route to your vacation destination, checking the weather, or letting your Android phone track your every movement to make Google Now services “useful”.

It’s pretty much a certainty that Google is tracking your every move. This is the price you pay for all these wonderful whiz-bang features that you have come to rely upon.

If you do value your privacy, there are a few tricks you can use. But, a word of warning: it’s probably much worse than you think.

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How to Block Apple Bonjour on your Local Network

May 14th, 2015

Block Bonjour!Bonjour is Apple’s way of doing zero-configuration networking. It’s a bit of software that does three things:

  1. Service discovery on the local network (LAN)
  2. IP address assignment/sharing
  3. Hostname resolution

Normally, things like IP address assignment are handled by DHCP. With Bonjour, the idea is that all you have to do is plug your gizmos in, and turn them on. Bonjour will then “scan” the network, and all devices and services on the LAN will be automagically configured for you. Each gizmo will have an automatically configured IP and hostname, and you’re done.

This is great, except when you don’t want Bonjour to do its thing. Perhaps you have a mostly Windows/Linux LAN, or you want to restrict access to a certain group of computers on your LAN that are separated from the rest by a physical home router/firewall. Bonjour makes this rather difficult, since it sneaks by basic IP/MAC filtering you might set in your router.

So, how do you block Bonjour?

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How to Easily Resize and Crop a Single Image in Windows

April 30th, 2015

Resize Single ImageNote: For resizing and posting or e-mailing many images at once, see: How to Easily Resize Images in Windows

There is another little problem I see a lot: How does one resize and/or crop an image to a specific custom pixel size in order to post it online somewhere, or to send in an e-mail, or whatever?

Of course, most online services and social networking sites will automagically resize and compress your images for you, and the they often even let you crop the image right there on their site.

But, sometimes you need to create an image of a specific size, like when creating a Facebook-friendly image.

Fortunately, it turns out that there is a fairly easy and completely free way to do it without any extra software!

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I shared a link on Facebook, but no image shows up

April 20th, 2015

Sharing an Image on FacebookAh, yes. Facebook and images!

You know the drill: You share a link, and you expect that an image from the page you shared will show up.

But, it doesn’t.

This is especially true if you’re sharing a link from a lesser-known site, like perhaps your own blog or online store.

Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to make Facebook – and other social networking sites – happy.

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Browser Fingerprints: What they are, how they work, and what it means to you

April 12th, 2015

Browser FingerprintYou may have heard of browser fingerprinting and its security implications. Then again, maybe not.

In either case, you probably haven’t heard the whole story.

A browser fingerprint is when, by visiting a web site, that site can generate an ID (or fingerprint) that is unique to your computer. The fingerprint can then be sent to their server, and you can be tracked.

No cookies required, no security holes required, no “Do not track me” setting can make a difference… Just plain old browsing the web will do it!

Okay, so how does this all work? And what does it mean?

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