Why is my light switch popping and sparking?

Sparking Light SwitchOne day, you flip a light switch and notice a lovely popping sound. The pop might even be accompanied by a brief blue flash of light from within the switch.

What’s going on here?

Well, it turns out that even if the current rating of the switch has NOT been exceeded, you may have a problem related to inrush current due to the use of fluorescent and especially LED light fixtures…

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Resize images in Windows 10 the super-easy way

ImageResizerYou may have read my 2013 post entitled How to Easily Resize Images in Windows.

Thanks to a comment from a reader the other day (you rock, Nick!), you don’t need Windows Live Photo Gallery anymore.

There’s a free tool available from a Microsoft engineer that you can grab and make your life WAAAY easier.

You can even resize multiple images at once anywhere on your puter – in just a few clicks and without firing up any application!

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Save Money (and your Gizmo) with a new Power Brick

They’re known as power bricks, wall warts, AC Adapters, AC-DC Converters, and probably 10 other names – and they power many of the gizmos you use every day.

But what happens when a gizmo stops working right?

You may think it’s the gizmo itself, but very often it’s the power brick.

It may look complicated, but it’s actually pretty straightforward to get a universal power brick and set it up to breathe new life into your techie toy.

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Why most video games these days suck

Game OverBack in my day, video games were simple.

You typed in some cheat codes, kicked butt, and you were done.

My favorite, of course, was Wolfenstein 3D. I remember playing Wolfenstein as a wee young man. There was just something about wiping out Digital Nazis that was sooo satisfying.

Then again, perhaps I should have gotten out more…

Anyway, nowadays, things are different.

You’re not allowed to cheat. Everything is an “open world”. And people get so addicted to video games that they ACTUALLY DIE while playing them for days on end!

So, what exactly went wrong?

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When it comes to Cyber Warfare, we’ve got it all wrong

The Reality of Cyber WarsHacking, data breaches, and general cyber battles have been in the news a lot lately.

I recently read a book that shed a lot of light on how these things actually work – behind the scenes.

It’s called Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber Warfare.

Despite our Hollywood-fueled ideas about hacking, the practical reality is waaay different…

In short: It’s complicated!

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Brave: A browser for a post-Big Brother world?

Brave web browserYou may have heard about the new-ish web browser in town: Brave.

The trouble is that it’s a bit hard to wrap one’s head around exactly how Brave is different – and supposedly better.

Brave was created by Brave Software, a company that was founded by Brendan Eich. In case you didn’t know, Eich is the creator of JavaScript. JS is basically the web programming language that powers literally everything on the internet these days.

So, when a dude like that says, “Hey, I have an idea for a better browser!” it’s probably a good idea to at least take a good look at it…

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My results using the Q-Link – YMMV

Q-Link ResultsWell, the results are in: I’m keeping my Q-Link!

While nothing really happened at first, I did actually notice certain improvements when using this crazy thing.

I still can’t explain how it works, or if it’s just the placebo effect. But, whatever it’s doing, it’s doing it well… at least for me and several other people I know!

For an intro, see my first vid on the Q-Link and various studies and tests done with it.

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The YouTube Algorithm has changed again, and people are pissed

YT Bubye!Oh dear god, make it stop…

It’s time once again for The Great YouTube Algorithm Tweaking!

This time, that means even more nonsense, even fewer recommended videos that you actually want to watch, and just general chaos.

Of course, what most people are concerned about is the “curating” of content. Naturally, it’s a bit more complicated than that…

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A new type of App you’re gonna LOVE!

Progressive Web Apps on DesktopUntil now, apps were for smartphones and tablets. But that’s all about to change with PWAs: Progressive Web Apps!

PWAs are a new(ish) type of app that is web-based.

In other words, PWAs are literally web sites + JavaScript encapsulated in a window on whatever gizmo you want to install them on.

That means you can use the same app on your phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop – whether you use Windows, linux, or Mac.

Progressive Web Apps also work differently than normal apps, making them a bit more secure and privacy-oriented than traditional native apps.

So, what are these things and how do they work?

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Windows 10 1903 Update: What’s New?

Another new version of Windows 10!

A new update to Windows 10 was released a few weeks back, and this time the roll-out seemed to be way smoother than the last version – which is nice.

I got the update fairly quickly this time around, which almost never happens.

The update went off without a hitch. Naturally, I immediately started poking around to see what changed.

Well, not much… But as usual, there are a few things to re-tweak!

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