Helpful Articles and Links
- Never Download a Driver-Updating Utility; They’re Worse Than Useless - by How-To-Geeks – Never download a driver-updating utility. Like PC-cleaning programs, they try to charge you money for a service you don’t need. They do this by scaring you with threats of blue screens and system problems.
- How to Unsubscribe from Email Newsletters the Correct Way- by How-To-Geeks – Do you get too many newsletters and other promotional emails? These emails aren’t technically “spam” — they’re from legitimate organizations.
How to Upgrade Your Existing Hard Drive in Under an Hour by How-To- Geeks
Clone your old disk in under an hour.
5 steps to lock down your webmail account by How-To- Geeks
Java tries to install the terrible Ask Toolbar and other obnoxious junk — sorry, “sponsored software” — when you install it. Worse yet, Java bundles this junkware with security updates. This registry hack tells Java to never install that stuff.
Windows 10 Preview Tips
- How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC – How-To Geek / by Lowell Heddings
- How to Make the Windows 10 Start Menu Look More Like Windows 7 - How-To Geek / by Lowell Heddings
- 32 New Keyboard Shortcuts in the Windows 10 Technical Preview - How-To Geek
- Windows Technical Preview Feature Focus, Here's what's new in Windows 10 – by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- How to Hide the Stupid Search Button on the Windows 10 Taskbar - How-To Geek / by Lowell Heddings
- Getting Started with the Windows Technical Preview – by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- How to Send Feedback to Microsoft in the Windows 10 Technical Preview - How-To Geek / by Lowell Heddings
- Windows 10 Tip: Colorize the Start Menu – by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- Windows 10 Tip: Swap Between Start Menu and Start Screen – by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- Windows 10 Tip: Move Apps Between Multiple Desktops - by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- How to Power Up the Windows 10 Command Prompt with CTRL+C and CTRL+V – How-To Geek by Jason Fitzpatrick
- How to Use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 – How-To Geek by Lori Kaufman
How to Change the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) on Your Verizon FIOS Router - by How-To Geek
If you have Verizon FIOS, you have the same problem that everybody else has… the default network name is really boring and forgettable. Luckily you can easily change it
Making it hard for cyber crooks to figure out how to login to your online accounts. by Paul Ducklin Sophos Ltd. on October 1, 2014
Is it "really" such a bad idea to use a password twice? - Naked Security from Sophos by Paul Ducklin on September 23, 2014 |
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Powered by Google's Chrome OS™, and featuring built-in, up-to-date virus protection along with Google apps and services like Gmail™, Google Calendar™, Docs and Google Play™ (plus thousands more in the Chrome Web Store™). Unlike traditional PCs, Chromebooks update themselves automatically for free, so you always have the latest and greatest version, while your stuff stays safe with Google Drive™ online file storage that's automatically backed up. And Chromebooks play nicely with your other devices—your phone, tablet or another computer—so you can stay in sync with your day from wherever you are.
Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore: How my mom made the switch from Windows by Brenden West on September 14, 2014
THE BEST CHROMEBOOK YOU CAN BUY - Next time you buy a cheap laptop, look long and hard at Chrome OS By David Pierce on August 13, 2014
The Best Chromebook you can buy in August 2014 – Android Central
Chromebooks land first batch of Android apps – You may not have known that you wanted Android apps to run on Chrome OS, but Google thinks they should. The first four Android apps for Chromebooks are now available. by Seth Rosenblatt September 11, 2014
CNET.com feature articles on Chromebook
Here you learn exactly what a Chromebook can do - Whether you own a Chromebook or not, right here is where you start learning how to use it. Article by Eric Franklin August 18, 2014
- What does it mean to 'Powerwash' a Chromebook?
- How to test out the latest Chrome OS features
- Three ways to make a Chromebook feel more like a PC
- How to access 1Password on a Chromebook
- How to add, manage user accounts on a Chromebook
- How to print from a Chromebook
- How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook
- Moving from Windows or OS X to a Chromebook
Acer Chromebook 13 changing the game with the Nvidia Tegra The first Chromebook with the Nvidia Tegra is going to shake things up, especially for Intel. By James Kendrick for ZDNet Mobile News | September 4, 2014
On Amazon Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB) by Acer $379.99
Available for Pre-order. I Think this is the one worth the wait! Glenn
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
32 GB Internal Storage
13.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
Chrome, 11-hour battery life
eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard) vs. SSD (Solid-State Drives) Not All Solid-State Storage is Equal by How-To Geek
Not all solid-state storage is as fast as an SSD. “eMMC” is the kind of flash storage you’ll find in cheap tablets and laptops. It’s slower and cheaper than a traditional SSD you’d find in more expensive computers.
The Best Password Managers at PCMag.com
Get Organized: How I Cleaned Up My Passwords in 5 Weeks by Jill Duffy – PCMag.com
Defend Your Windows PC From Junkware: 5 Lines of Defense – by How-To Geek
OneDrive Updated with Support for 10 GB Files. So much for that 2 GB limit Sep 10, 2014
by Paul Thurrott WinSuperSite.com
At Wal-Mart online check out this outdoor TV Antenna.
Tune into the RCA Amplified Antenna ANT702F for a multi-functional and dependable electronic accessory that provides high-quality entertainment in your home. It offers exceptional digital television reception in an unobtrusive design. You can watch broadcast channels readily available over the air or HDTV digital broadcasts and it also compliments streaming players. Consistently preserve reception purity and boost weak signals with a single component. The digital amplified antenna integrates seamlessly and easily into most any indoor or outdoor home environment. For added space and convenience, it mounts to a mast, a wall and even to your deck railings or any other appropriate surface. Use it for a family viewing night, treating yourself to a marathon of your favorite television show or have friends over for the big game. This RCA indoor outdoor antenna will help enhance your viewing experience.
RCA ANT702F Indoor/Outdoor Amplified Antenna:
- Free TV: Enjoy top broadcast channels over the air
- Great complement to streaming players
- Receives free local VHF/UHF and HDTV digital TV broadcasts
- Adjustable in-line amplifier to boost weak signals
- RCA indoor outdoor antenna preserves signal purity with extremely low noise amplifier
How to Create a Strong Password (and Remember It) by How-To Geek “Be sure to use a strong password” is advice we all constantly see online. Here’s how to create a strong password — and, more importantly, how to actually remember it.
Anyone can intercept your passwords or banking details if they're on the same Wi-Fi network with you (coffee shop, airport, hotel) using simple programs that are widely available on the internet. Don't be a sitting duck:
I use and recommend using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you could set one up yourself if you had the technical expertise. This is a lot of trouble and I'm not sure it would be easy to use and foolproof. Instead of rolling my own I use is a subscription service ProXPN this link will take you to the info and signup page. If you use the coupon code SN50 it is just $5 a month, it's easy to use and works on my laptop and smart phone.
Google adds deceptive software warnings to Safe Browsing service by Naked Security's newsletter
The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end soon.
Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails by Naked Security Sophos.com