Much ado has been made about certain brands and types of puter displays and how this kind or that kind looks so much better than the average LCD screen…
It turns out that much of this hoopla is quite often mostly just marketing.
In fact, some displays from certain fruity computer manufacturers in the past were actually technically inferior, yet they still looked really good!
How did they do it?
Easy! The displays were fine-tuned – calibrated, if you will.
Lucky for you, it’s a piece of cake to calibrate your puter’s display yourself.
The latest versions of Firefox have become increasingly sassy.
Whereas older flavors of FF used to be slow and memory-hungry, things got a
lot better starting with Firefox 57.
You can read a bit more about these changes in my article
. Fix the tab bar (and other stuff) in the new Firefox 57
Anyway, starting with FF 60, the ability to delete individual cookies for a specific web site has (annoyingly) been removed from the
Privacy & Security section of the Options page.
What to do, what to do??
The Windows 10 “April 2018 Update” version 1803 was released a few weeks ago… in May, not April.
Initially, there were some serious problems with 1803, but those seem to have been ironed out now.
Chances are, if you don’t have it already, you’ll be getting it soon.
Given my past articles on
improving the privacy and security of Windows 10, what do you need to know about this new 1803 version of Windows 10?
Back on April 1st of this year, CloudFlare announced a new public DNS resolver service.
But in this case, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke at all: the new 22.214.171.124 DNS service is very real and
Well, that’s nice, but what the heck does DNS do?
And how is it gonna make your web browsing speedier?
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Ah yes, video games.
Depending on who you ask, they’re either totally fine and lots of fun, or the very reason that things like school shootings happen so often.
Whatever your opinion, the relatively new gaming genre known as “walking simulators” has become surprisingly popular.
Well, what the heck is a walking simulator?!
In the olden days, there was only “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10”. This little gem gave you something like reverse WINE.
You got an Ubuntu linux install that’s running on top of the Windows kernel – with full file system access, the ability to install and run all kinds of linux command-prompty stuff like git, and even
graphical linux apps like gitk.
Fast forward a few years, and things have changed…
What if you’re still running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (Ubuntu 14.04) and you want to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 16.04 without reinstalling everything?
Or, what if you want a different flavor of linux?
Back in October 2017, Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10.
For most people, all was well. But for a surprisingly large minority, the Start menu just sort of stopped working.
Clicking the Start button did nothing, and neither did right-clicking it. Sometimes, open apps won’t even show up on the taskbar.
still not working right for some people 5 months later!
There have been a variety of fixes for this issue, but there is one that I have found always fixes the problem…
In the olden days, our gizmos had electro-mechanical power buttons. When the thing was turned off, no power was sent to it.
Nowadays, things have changed with the advent of electronically-controlled everything – including things like washing machines.
You can even look at the specs of most gizmos these days, and you’ll see two power ratings: Max power consumption, and “Sleep” power consumption.
Puters haven’t been off-off for a long time now. Smartphones are also never really off in many cases, and neither are smart TVs.
A friend recently asked me about what backup hard drive to buy.
He mentioned an external SSD, which made me do a double-take. External SSD?!
Well, yeah. Apparently, they’ve been around for years already, although only recently have prices become a bit more reasonable.
And, until now, I hadn’t even seen an ad for one!
An external SSD as a backup drive has the primary benefit of SPEED!
But is it worth it? And are they reliable enough for use as a backup drive that might sit on your shelf for months or even years on end?
Way back in 2009, I wrote this article:
How to Determine the Master Browser in a Windows Workgroup
released a tool called LAN Scanner that lets you see all the puters on your local network, their IP addies, MAC addresses, and which puter is the Master Browser.
That’s great… except that recently, it stopped working!
While digging into this problem, I discovered that the traditional “Network” browsing in Windows has kind of become broken since Microsoft has officially poo-pooed (and disabled) SMB v1.
What that means for you is that if you have a home network with Windows 10 machines, you’re going to want to switch to using a HomeGroup – but there’s a catch!