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Computer Helpers is ending

Posted on May 7, 2019. Filed under: Everything |

This blog will be going private at the end of May 2019, with the retirement of the owner.

I hope it has been of use to people while it lasted!

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Flashing Linux to USB using Popsicle

Posted on April 22, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Linux | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic has a post on flashing a Linux ISO to a USB drive using Popsicle.

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Linux desktop in Windows 10?

Posted on April 11, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on using an optional Windows 10 feature.

The “2018 Fall Creators Update Windows 10 shipped with the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This is an optional feature that can be easily installed, which supports the installation of the Linux operating systems available in the Windows Store.” The catch being, this is a command line only interface — but wait! There’s more!

Meet a few conditions, and then go to Sourceforge for the VcXsrv Windows X Server utility. This will allow you to install the desktop of your choice.

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VLC for webcam use

Posted on March 5, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Techniques, Video | Tags: , , |

VLS Help has instructions on using the freeware VLC to record webcam video.

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Daily backup for free

Posted on March 5, 2019. Filed under: backups, Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on how to make daily backups automatic.

The free version of iDrive has 5 GB available and can be made automatic.

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Console game controllers for PC & Mac

Posted on February 23, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Fun, Hardware | Tags: , , |

[updated 2019.3.9.a]

HowToGeek has a post about connecting stock game controllers to PCs/Macs, such as a PS DualShock to a Windows PC, etc. WARNING: do NOT use MotionInJoy for PS3 controllers, I have seen that as possibly containing malware.

For PS3, try this post instead for using ScpToolkit.

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Custom Ring Tones on Android phones

Posted on February 11, 2019. Filed under: Android, Everything, Music, Phones, Sound | Tags: , |

MakeUseOf has a post on installing and customizing ring tones on Android phones.

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Windows 10 Slide-to-shutdown command

Posted on January 23, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

TechRepublic has a post on creating a Slide-to-Shutdown command for Windows 10.

Apparently shutting down wasn’t a big thing for Windows 10 creators, because you don’t have a quick and obvious method. When you double-click your new shortcut a pull-down shade should appear on your screen. Just pull that shade down to the bottom of your display and your computer will shut down.

If you don’t have (or want) a widget to do this, this is an alternative.

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Best Google Docs Add-Ons

Posted on January 17, 2019. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on the best add-on features for use in Google Docs.

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Preventing Edge from pre-loading

Posted on December 11, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

How-To Geek has a post on how to prevent Edge from pre-loading (and slowing down your boot of) Windows 10, following the Oct. 2018 update.

“In the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Edge received a performance boost that lets it pre-launch processes and preload the Start and New Tabs during Windows startup. If you don’t use Edge, though, these optimizations are wasting resource and slowing startup. With a quick Registry hack or Group Policy setting, you can disable it.”

 

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Best Android Emulators for Windows 10

Posted on December 10, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on the best Android emulators for use on Windows 10.

If there’s a game or app that’s not on Windows 10 but on Android, you may have to install a go-between emulation program to run it on Win 10. Many of these are freeware.

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Storage Sense for Win10

Posted on December 5, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Files, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on Storage Sense for Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes with Storage Sense which is a bundled utility that will help you get a grip on the redundant and mostly useless number of files that can get in your way.”

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ZipScan for Android/iOS

Posted on December 4, 2018. Filed under: Android, Apple, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has an app called ZipScan for Android and Apple devices (phones, tablets) to scan documents into a digital file.

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Bookmarking Google Doc files

Posted on December 4, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Files, Google, Techniques | Tags: , , |

How To Geek has a post on how to insert bookmarks into Google Doc files.

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Gimp background tweaks

Posted on November 28, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , |

MakeUseOf has a post on using the freeware Gimp image editing tool to tweak backgrounds: make them transparent, change them, remove them, etc.

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Best ISP in your area from BROADBANDNOW

Posted on November 27, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Internet Service Providers, networking | Tags: , , |

To compare your local internet service providers, check out BROADBANDNOW using your zip code.

For example: “The average download speed in Fort Smith is 34.42 Mbps. This is 28.9% faster than the average in Arkansas and 18.4% slower than the national average.”

My personal example at this time: AT&T Internet shows only 75 Mbps but AT&T Fiber shows 1,000 Mbps. Not sure how that works for me, since I was told I have fiber to my neighborhood BUT only regular phone lines from the local node to my house – supposedly, the fiber rate applies (said the salesperson when I subscribed, if you believe that, but the salesperson also thought I had fiber all the way to my house). The price, however, is listed as the same. However, the phone number is provided so I can call and check which is more applicable to my situation.

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Nate’s List for podcasting

Posted on October 30, 2018. Filed under: Everything, podcasting | Tags: , , |

Post for podcasting resources: Nate’s Big List of Writing, Marketing, and Publishing Podcasts

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Running Linux from USB

Posted on October 29, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Linux | Tags: , |

Make Use Of has a post on how to run Linux from a USB drive.

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Speeding up boot times

Posted on October 24, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, windows, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post about how to tweak your system to speed up Windows boot times.

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Nate’s Big List of Free Courses for Authors

Posted on October 23, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

The Digital Reader has a post about Nate’s Big List of Free Courses for Authors .

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