Run cables the easy way: with a hot glue gun

October 16th, 2016

Hot Glue Cable ManagmentLet’s say you’ve got ethernet cables running all over the floor because you don’t want to use WiFi.

Or maybe you want to install another phone jack, but you want to route the cable nicely along the baseboards.

Of course, routing cables inside the walls is always the prettier option, but it’s also not easy to do in a finished house.

Well, I have a new friend, and she’s a hot glue gun. As her name implies, she’s rather attractive – and very handy when it comes to routing those cables in no time flat!

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Faster startup in Windows 10 made easy

October 9th, 2016

Windows 10 Speedy StartupEverybody wants their Windows puter to start up faster.

We all know how painful it is to wait around for days while Windows reboots after applying updates, for example.

Of course, the #1 way to make your whole puter faster is to upgrade to an SSD.

But even with a super-fast SSD, Windows can still start to boot more slowly over time. Why? Startup programs!

So, how do you quickly and easily disable crap that runs at startup?

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Run macOS on your PC as a virtual machine

September 25th, 2016

Virtual macOS 10.12 Sierra in Windows 10In the olden days, the only way to run OS X (now called macOS) on a non-Apple puter was to hack it. In those days, this was a big no-no.

Fast-forward to today, and things have changed.

Well, sort of.

It still may not be entirely legal to run macOS on your PC, but suddenly it’s very easy to set up. It’s also interesting that despite the very public guides on how to do this, Apple doesn’t seem to care.

So, how do you run a virtual Mac on your Windows or Linux PC?

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Fix Windows Spotlight is missing or doesn’t work

September 17th, 2016

SpotBright vs SpotlightThere’s a cool new feature in Windows 10 called Spotlight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work much of the time.

Spotlight is an option for your Lock Screen where Windows will download new wallpapers in the background, and then show you a different purty image each time you go to unlock your puter.

It’s a very nifty feature, especially since the images are very nice.

But as I said, it doesn’t work at all much of the time.

Fortunately, there are two different ways you can fix this problem – without even needing Spotlight to work correctly!

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Is Windows 10 gobbling up your bandwidth?

September 4th, 2016

Windows 10 - All your internets are belong to usAside from all the hoopla about Windows 10 invading your privacy and sending your entire hard drive to Microsoft’s servers, there is another obvious question to ask: Is Win 10 gobbling up all of your internet connection’s bandwidth?

The answer may be yes, especially if you have a slower net connection.

I’m talking about the “Choose how updates are installed” option in Win 10. I did cover this in my post Protect your privacy in Windows 10, but I’m not sure it’s so obvious to everyone what this, “how updates are installed” option means in practical terms.

So, let’s take a look…

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Protect your Privacy in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

August 27th, 2016

Privacy in Windows 10 Anniversary UpdateWindows 10 Anniversary Update, otherwise known as Windows 10 Version 1607, was released earlier this month.

Recent updates from Microsoft seem to indicate that only about 16% of machines running Windows 10 have actually been updated.

If you’ve got Windows 10, you’re going to get this latest update sooner or later. When you do, you’ll want to – once again – review your system’s settings to improve your privacy.

Fortunately, not much has changed…

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How to install git and gitk on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10

August 14th, 2016

gitk on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10You may have heard about “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows”. If not, you can check out my post on Bash for Windows 10.

First, you’ll need to make sure you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which you’ve probably received automagically by now.

Then, you’ll need to manually install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows to get your bash prompt.

When you’re done, you’ll probably listen to Microsoft when they say “no GUI stuff!” on bash… But actually, you can set yourself up with a lovely development environment including git – and even gitk – right in Windows.

And it’s much easier than you might think…

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WordPress and SSL: How to convert your WP site to use HTTPS

August 7th, 2016

WordPress SSLEveryone seems to be moving towards using “SSL” (which is actually TLS) so that entire sites load with the HTTPS protocol.

In some cases, this is a rather simple affair. But if you have a WordPress-powered site, it’s a bit more complicated than one would expect.

After all, WordPress is supposed to make everything easy, right?

Well, no.

So, here’s a list of tricks to make your WordPress SSL Conversion go as smoothly and quickly as possible!

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How to log off or switch users in Windows 10

July 30th, 2016

I can't log out of Windows 10!The other day, I desperately wanted to log off, and then log back in again on Windows 10. I was trying to fix something, and a reboot wasn’t necessary.

Well, wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t find the dang “Log off” button any more?!

I also realized the “Switch users” option seemed to be missing.

This should be really obvious, but I’m afraid it isn’t.

Well, fear not, fine people! Both options are still there…

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Fix “Something happened: Windows 10 installation failed” errors

July 22nd, 2016

Something Happened: Windows 10 installation failed.First, FYI: Exactly one week from today, 29 July 2016, Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade. So, if you’ve been thinking about upgrading to 10, now’s the time!

Next, I recently ran into a problem trying to upgrade a puter from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

I’d run the Win 10 installer from within Win 7. It would reach the point where it was about to reboot for the first time to actually start the upgrade, and I’d get the following lovely error message:

Something happened – Windows 10 installation failed.

Gosh, that’s helpful.

There are many “fixes” for this Something Happened Error, but none of them worked for me. After a bit of digging, I found a solution that works!

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