Stop recent videos from showing on your lock screen

Stop recent videos from showing on your lock screen

So, this one is fun. All of a sudden, when you lock your puter, the "currently playing" video appears with playback controls on the lock screen. Now, this might be a useful feature, except that in many cases it's rather broken. Both Chrome and Firefox on my puter will...

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How to make your PC work with Windows 11

How to make your PC work with Windows 11

Windows 11 has been here for awhile, but it's not available to everyone. There is a list of requirements that are quite confusing - and changing. What's worse, certain Win 11 requirements seem like they're too much trouble to fix. I mean, who wants to risk converting...

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Make it stick with Superglue Secrets!

Make it stick with Superglue Secrets!

Who doesn't love superglue?! Well, I suppose there are some people who glued their fingers together one time... Anyhow, superglue is still super-useful. There are just a few tricks you should keep in mind for best results. You can save a ton of money and even unstick...

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querySelectorAll: Who needs jQuery anyway?!

querySelectorAll: Who needs jQuery anyway?!

If you've ever created a website, you've surely used jQuery. It's a lovely JavaScript library that lets you do all sorts of whiz-bang Web 2.0 stuff while shielding you from the underlying plain vanilla JS functions. But hang on a minute - do you really need jQuery?...

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The Best way to Propose (for a Techie)

The Best way to Propose (for a Techie)

This time, for video #151, I'm gonna do something a bit different. A few weeks ago, I decided to propose to my girlfriend. Naturally, I had to include tech in my proposal because, um, I'm a nerd. Well, you'll just have to watch to find out what happened... YouTube:...

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What’s up with 5G and airplanes?!

What’s up with 5G and airplanes?!

As if all the controversy about 5G and health isn't bad enough, now there's a new saga: 5G vs Airplanes! Specifically, mid-band 5G vs radar altimeters. So, what's the deal? It turns out it's utter insanity... But then, I guess we shouldn't be surprised! YouTube:...

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What the heck is a self-executing function in JavaScript?

What the heck is a self-executing function in JavaScript?

JavaScript is THE super-helpful programming language that makes the whole internet go. From Google Docs to online mapping, JavaScript makes it all possible. Despite its popularity, many concepts in JavaScript programming are rarely explained in a simple, down-to-earth...

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How NOT to clean your screen

How NOT to clean your screen

Who doesn't love a shiny, clean screen? Smudges and fingerprints are just seriously annoying. But what's the best way to clean the screen on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or TV? Well, there's one thing you do NOT want to do - as I discovered in a moment of...

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Cloudless Windows backup that’s RELIABLE and FREE

Cloudless Windows backup that’s RELIABLE and FREE

Everybody needs a backup, but not everybody wants all their data stored in the cloud. Until now, File History was good enough. Starting with Win 11, it's effectively crippled to push everyone to use OneDrive. Ug. So, what to do? I'll tell you what: Back up Windows...

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Windows 11 is here, and well… It’s okay

Windows 11 is here, and well… It’s okay

If you've read my earlier article, Will Windows 11 run on your PC? November 2021 Update, you probably decided you don't want Windows 11 after all. Well, I just upgraded my main puter to a new 12th gen Intel Core i5-12600K processor... And I REALLY needed to do a clean...

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Windows Update is MISSING? Fix it for good!

Windows Update is MISSING? Fix it for good!

So you've tried to fix Windows Update, but it just won't work. Even my earlier solution didn't work... Never fear! There is a way to essentially 'reinstall' Windows Update that will fix it good. But first, there's one other step you should take to make sure this never...

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Why can’t I see my SSD in a clean install of Windows 11?

Why can’t I see my SSD in a clean install of Windows 11?

Let's say you decide to take the plunge and install Windows 11 on your puter. You get everything set up, create a bootable USB stick of Windows 11, and fire away... And then you discover that your SSD is missing! The Win 11 installer can't see it, and your BIOS can't...

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Make your own Dirty Electricity Filters!

Make your own Dirty Electricity Filters!

So you want to prevent Dirty Electricity, but you don't want to spend a fortune on filters? No problem! With a few tools and some parts, you can DIY your own DE filters that perform just as well as pre-made Greenwave or Stetzerizer filters. I made 14 additional...

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Will Windows 11 run on your PC? November 2021 Update

Will Windows 11 run on your PC? November 2021 Update

You might have heard that Windows 11 officially launched a month ago. You might also be wondering (still) if Win 11 will actually run on your puter. Well, you're not alone! Things are pretty much as murky as before. In fact, they're so confused that even though...

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How to fix an alternator and save big $$

How to fix an alternator and save big $$

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...

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How to Debug web sites on Mobile Devices

How to Debug web sites on Mobile Devices

If 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,...

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