Digital painting and drawing on the cheap

December 4th, 2016

Digital DrawingWhen you hear the term, “digital art”, you might think of artistic nerds sitting in cramped cubicles churning out Pixaresque blockbusters using roomfuls of supercomputers.

As it turns out, digital art isn’t just for fancy-pants productions anymore…

If you’ve ever done some drawing, oil painting, cave painting, or whatever, you really might like digital art.

It just so happens that there are some very powerful and very inexpensive digital art gizmos available now that can do a whole lot more than you might think…

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How to remove date stamps from photos in Windows 7, 8 and 10

November 30th, 2016

Erasing Date stamps from photosSeven years ago, I wrote a post entitled How to Easily Print a Large Image to Multiple Pages in Windows. This post has been one of the most popular articles on this site for quite some time now.

Like me, you were probably surprised that Windows could do this – hardly anyone knew about it!

Fast forward to today, and a reader recently asked me if I knew of a way to remove a date stamp from a photo. I said no, but then I discovered a feature sitting right in front of my nose this whole time.

It turns out that you can easily remove a date stamp from a photo on your puter – no Photoshop required!

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All about smartphone and tablet tethering

November 27th, 2016

Android USB TetherYou may have heard about tethering, but it probably seems a bit mysterious and complicated.

Tethering is when you connect your smartphone or tablet to your puter, and then use your mobile device’s data connection to surf the internet on your puter.

Well, to put it another way: your puter uses your smartphone (or your tablet’s 4G connection) as its internet connection instead of your normal DSL, cable, fiber, etc.

Tethering can be done in several ways, and it’s much easier to set up than you think!

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Time to say goodbye to Adobe Flash Player

November 13th, 2016

K, Buh-bye Flash!Five months ago, I answered the question Is the Adobe Flash Player really dead?

The answer was: No!

Fast forward to today, and I’m afraid it’s time to part ways, especially if you’re using Firefox.

And if you’re using Chrome, you have a bit less choice in the matter, anyway. Starting next month, Chrome will no longer support Flash by default.

So, do you really still need Flash? And if not, how do you remove it?

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Faster ethernet coming without cable changes

October 30th, 2016

Multi-Gigabit EthernetFor those of you who don’t like to use WiFi and prefer to run a wired home network (me!), you’re gonna love this.

There is a new standard that was ratified a few months ago that defines 2.5 and 5 Gbps ethernet.

If that’s not got you all excited, how about this:

You can use your existing ethernet cables! 🙂

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Slow Internet? Try an unlimited satellite internet service

October 23rd, 2016

Unlimited Satellite InternetIf you live in the middle of a big city, chances are you are currently enjoying internet download speeds on the order of 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, or even 1 Gbps in some areas.

But for the rest of us – especially those who live out in the country – it’s often nearly impossible to get any kind of good high-speed internet connection.

Sure, you may have DSL, but it’s very slow. You know the drill: “Yes, we’re upgrading our networks, running fiber everywhere, blah blah blah… Please wait 5 years.”

Well, it just so happens that there is a solution to your internet woes, but a little luck and some homework is needed!

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How Does it Work?, Networking

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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