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Help! My screen is suddenly upside down, sideways, or backwards!

January 15th, 2017

Ah, yes…

Sometimes your cat decides to walk on your keyboard. Sometimes you just type the wrong key combination. And sometimes, all you have to do is bump or move your laptop in the wrong direction, and BAM!

Suddenly, the image on your screen is rotated to the left, rotated to the right, or even upside down.

The first time this happened to me, I darn near had a fit.

Not to worry though: It’s not Russian hackers doing it, and it’s rather easy to fix!

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Turbocharge your Firefox with multiprocess mode

December 30th, 2016

About half of all internet surfers these days are using Google’s Chrome browser, mostly because it’s awesome.

But many folks, such as myself, still have Firefox around. Firefox is awesome because there is a huge variety of add-ons available, and it’s not yet another Google product.

The problem lately has been that Firefox has become soooo slooOOOW! Like, horribly slow. Like, locking up on me slow…

Despite my best efforts at verifying that an add-on or evil web site was the culprit, it’s still just pokey.

The good news is that this is already changing: turbocharged Firefox is already here, and you can take advantage of it right now!

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Malwarebytes 3: You might need to manually upgrade

December 26th, 2016

© 2016 Malwarebytes.com

On December 8th of this year, Malwarebytes version 3.0 was released.

I saw the news, and waited for the automatic upgrade since I have the paid version.

Well, today, I realized I’m still waiting… With the holidays here, I had forgotten all about it.

If you have a license, you’ll want to upgrade ASAP since the new version has some rather nice improvements.

Not to worry: It’s pretty easy!

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Merry Christmas 2016!

December 25th, 2016


And don’t forget to read the manuals for your new toys! 😉

Gizmos

Download Windows Essentials 2012 because it’s going bye-bye

December 18th, 2016

Last month, I wrote a lovely article entitled How to remove date stamps from photos in Windows 7, 8 and 10. The trick was to use Windows Photo Gallery since it’s a pretty powerful and handy bit of photo-organizing and editing software.

Apparently, Microsoft will end support for Photo Gallery (and all of Windows Essentials 2012) on January 10, 2017. That’s in a few short weeks!

Fear not though, because it’s still available for download now from MS’s site. And even after January 10th, you can download the full version below!

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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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