How to fix an alternator and save big $$

DIY Alternator Repair!Raw materials, parts, even cardboard – everything’s in short supply these days!

So, what do you do when your alternator is dying and you can’t even find a new one?

Why, you repair it yourself!

While it may seem like this is way beyond your ability, it turns out it’s not so difficult.

With a few tips and a bit of patience and persistence, you can DIY your alternator back into like-new working condition!

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How to Debug web sites on Mobile Devices

Android Remote USB DebuggingIf you’ve ever designed a web site, you know that the ‘dev tools’ built into browsers are invaluable.

You can play with the CSS, debug JavaScript, see requests in realtime, and so on.

That’s all great for desktop, but what about debugging on mobile?

Typically, developers jump through all sorts of hoops – including hacks in their code that are added strictly for development debugging.

Isn’t there a better way? Why yes, there is…

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Dirty Electricity: What it is and how to fix it

What is Dirty Electricity?While everyone is paying the most attention to wireless tech like 5G, dirty electricity is often completely overlooked.

In short, all our wondrous gizmos generate noise that couples to the human body from the electrical wiring in our homes, schools, places of work, and so on.

What effects does this dirty electricity have? Well, it ain’t pretty.

Fortunately, there are simple filters you can get that reduce the dangers from this type of noise.

Join me for a look at DE – and get clean power!

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Is Chrome’s Idle Detection really a threat to privacy?

IdleDetector APIChrome 94 was recently released with a new feature: Idle Detection.

Specifically, there’s a new JavaScript API called IdleDetector. It reports two things to the JS code of the web page you’re viewing: keyboard/mouse activity, and if your screen is locked or not.

Much has been said about the diabolical nature of this new capability in Chrome…

Thing is, while we can be forgiven for doubting Google’s motives in adding this feature, it just so happens that Idle Detection is actually quite safe – and useful!

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mmWave Madness: No, you’re not crazy!

mmWave Madness!Ah, 5G… It’s a mixture of new technologies, the most “interesting” being mmWave, or millimeter wave.

If you’re wondering if a particular phone actually HAS mmWave, good luck figuring it out.

Even worse, in most areas it’s darn near impossible to find out what flavor of 5G is being used: Is it mmWave, or not?!

Good luck with that one, too.

And to top it all off, it doesn’t really matter anyway because even official government bodies are really looking at 5G and EXISTING wireless tech, and starting to get worried…

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No more choppy video in VLC!

VLC choppy video fixVLC media player is free, popular, and just awesome. It’ll play just about any audio or video file you throw at it.

Beginning in version 3.0.0, it supports hardware acceleration so that it should play even hi-res vids smoothly.

But quite often when you try to play a 4K (2160p) video, the playback stutters and is basically unwatchable.

What gives??

Turns out there’s a very simple fix that works 95% of the time! And it’ll take you all of about 10 seconds to do it…

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Phishing Scams and how to protect yourself

Avoid Phishing ScamsEven if you don’t know the term ‘phishing scam’, chances are you’ve already been targeted by many of them.

A phishing scam is when someone uses a genuine-looking e-mail, login page, SMS, or whatever to fool you into giving up personal data – like logins, passwords, card and banking info, etc.

They often involve some kind of ‘hook’ that makes you worried or scared. When that happens, you stop thinking and fall into the trap.

But these scams are very easy to avoid with a bit of extra attention. I’ll show an example of a phishing scam I received recently and then take it apart piece by piece so that next time, you’ll know exactly what to look for to protect yourself!

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Why do microwave ovens use 2.4 GHz like WiFi and Bluetooth?

Why Microwave Ovens use 2.4 GHzMicrowave ovens that you use to cook food operate at a frequency of  2.45 GHz.

This is the same radio band where one finds WiFi, Bluetooth, and so on.

So, why is everything lumped into this one chunk of the frequency spectrum? Is there something particularly magical about 2.4 GHz?

It turns out that there is a common misconception about this frequency and water.

The truth, however, is far more mundane…

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How to view HEIF and HEIC image files in Windows 10

HEIF image filesSo 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.

Right…

So how the heck do you view these things? And why aren’t they just simple JPEGs or MP4 files?

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