So there you are, trying to view holiday photos and video from friends and family.
The files in question have the extension HEIF or HEIC, which you’ve never seen before.
No matter what you do, they just won’t open. They also don’t have a thumbnail preview in Explorer.
So how the heck do you view these things? And why aren’t they just simple JPEGs or MP4 files?
2020 has been a crap year all around, but the battle of the fastest processor has been pretty interesting.
AMD is rising, Intel seems to be falling, and Apple recently switched to their own home-grown ARM-based chips.
So, which is best? Which CPU is the fastest?
As usual, it’s complicated…
Going forward, let’s just say that 2021 will be an even more interesting year as the battle heats up and consumers get more speed, lower power consumption, and even lower prices!
It’s everywhere these days: 2FA (two-factor authentication).
More and more, you must use something more than just a password to secure your online accounts.
Some sites, like PayPal, are apparently requiring 2FA for everyone.
So, what types of 2FA are there? Do you have to use a smartphone? Is there an alternative to SMS-based 2FA? And most importantly, is it that much safer?
Finally, I reveal the other reason why everyone is pushing 2FA so much – and it doesn’t have anything to do with your security or privacy!
Upon upgrading Windows 10, you may get a lovely error about WMVCore.dll being missing.
Alternatively, you may get the same error when trying to load a particular program.
The short version is that WMVCore.dll is a key component of the Windows Media Library.
It’s a file that more or less allows playing media files.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to restore this missing file and get back on the road!
Everyone has annoying technical problems.
It’s just part of Computerized Everything these days.
Usually, we tend to become aggravated when these problems occur… But what if we didn’t have to?
What if you could solve your own techie issues with a minimum amount of frustration – and in record time?
If that sounds like a plan, join me for the best techie tip yet!
Yet another new ‘version’ of Windows 10!
This time, they’re calling it 20H2 (as in 2nd half of 2020) instead of 2010 (as in October 2020).
I guess the old numbering scheme was getting a bit tiresome since 2004 and 2010 make it sound like the new Windows 10 is already over a decade old…
As with Win 10 1909, 20H2 isn’t really a “Feature Update” – it’s just a regular large update that doesn’t require a long ‘upgrade install’.
Just reboot, and you’re done.
So what’s new??
These days, 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) is all the rage.
Instead of securing your account with only a password, you have to enter a password and a secret code… But where to get this code?
The simple way is via an SMS to your phone, which means you also must provide your cell phone number to various sites.
Smartphones also have authentication apps, but the problem is that you must still have your smartphone on and connected to the cell network in order to log in to a simple web site!
That’s not very convenient…
Just how fast is USB 3?
There seems to be a bit of confusion out there about how fast USB 3.x devices can actually go – as well as how to actually obtain those blistering-fast transfer rates.
That’s not surprising since what should be a pretty simple topic is actually quite convoluted…
You may recall my earlier video, Slow copy speeds with USB 3? No problem! 🎞
I was recently informed by one viewer that 400 MB/s is completely impossible for USB 3, so I guess it’s time for a review!
So there I was, reading my e-mail the other day, when I received an upgrade notice from Thunderbird.
Great! Maybe they’ll fix things… So I upgraded.
Welcome to Thunderbird 78, where everything has changed!
Well, sort of…
My add-ons no longer worked, the folder pane was hideously black and white, I lost my CompactHeaders, and my message pane buttons were all screwed up. SIGH…
But, not to worry… Big things are in store for good old Tbird, and many of the annoying changes are easy to fix!
The word on the street is that the latest version of Windows 10, version 2004, contains a bug that over-defrags SSDs.
While common “wisdom” is that SSDs don’t need to be defragged, the truth is that they sort of need it.
Okay then! So, the question then is: Will Win 10 2004 destroy your SSD?
Is a fix on the way?