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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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Make your avatar

Posted on October 11, 2018. Filed under: Avatars, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Bitmoji for cartoon versions. iOS, Android and Chrome, freeware.

Other avatar creators MakeUseOf suggests are in this post.

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Windows 10 Fall 2018 update fix

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

Big problem for many installing the Fall 2018 update on Windows 10 – it may delete your personal files!

MyITForum has a fix posted.

“There’s been much speculation about what’s causing this, and at least one culprit has been located. This particular issue is a GPO/registry value at:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles/Delete user profiles older than a specified number of days on system restart 

This registry key needs to be Disabled or set to Not Configured before upgrading to Windows 10 1809.”

However, the post also recommends NOT upgrading until this bug is fixed, if you have an option.

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Backup for your 2 factor authentication

Posted on October 3, 2018. Filed under: Android, Apple, Everything, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on protecting yourself if you lose your U2F (two factor authentication) code on your Google/Android or Apple/iPhone accounts.

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After a Windows 10 upgrade

Posted on September 12, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a post on what needs to be done after a Windows 10 upgrade to insure privacy, security and a minimum of annoyances.

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33 Google Map tricks

Posted on August 31, 2018. Filed under: Everything |

PCMag has a post on tricks to use with Google Maps.

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OneDrive tips and tricks

Posted on August 16, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Online storage | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post on using Microsoft’s OneDrive for your files and photos.

I’ve found it very useful for organized storage that is accessible from various devices.

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Training Windows 10 for voice command

Posted on August 9, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has a post on how to train the Windows 10 voice command and dictation.

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Google Maps for road trips

Posted on August 2, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on using Google Maps for your road trip, including doing it on a desktop/laptop and then sending to your phone.

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Laptop as second screen

Posted on July 19, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on how to use Windows 10 and your laptop as a second monitor screen.

“In order to take advantage of this trick, you’ll need two Windows 10 machines that support the Miracast streaming video standard. Most newer laptops and tablets have this built in, as do some desktops.” They will need to be on the same local wi-fi network.

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Stripping vocals with Audacity

Posted on July 9, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Music, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about how to remove the vocals from music using Audacity.

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FaceTime alternatives for Android

Posted on June 29, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Phones, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on alternatives to Apple FaceTime for Android and other users.

Just have the other person/people install the alternative on their device and you can have a video call through one of these.

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Switch from Photoshop to GIMP

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

MakeUseOf has a post on how to switch from Adobe Photoshop to the freeware GIMP.

With the release of version 2.10, GIMP is now a truly viable alternative to Photoshop. So is it the right time to cancel your Adobe subscription and adopt this free open-source image editing package that works on every platform?”

Of course, those of us who are cheapskates (c’est moi!) have been using GIMP for years!

GIMP can’t do everything Photoshop can. The most common deal-breaker is that GIMP does not have native CMYK support, meaning it isn’t suitable for professional print work.

Less important, but still noticeable, is the absence of adjustment layers, making non-destructive editing harder to achieve. And some of Photoshop’s smarter features, like content-aware fill, are also missing. You can get plugins to replace these.

Support for Actions is also limited. It is possible to use them, but you have to code GIMP scripts manually.”

Also check out the MakeUseOf guide to photo-editing with GIMP, and seven GIMP versions of Photoshop techniques.

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Calibre features for ebooks

Posted on June 22, 2018. Filed under: ebooks, Everything, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on hidden features of the ebook reader/manager freeware Calibre.

Includes converting formats, removing DRM, and other good stuff.

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Backing up Gmail

Posted on June 22, 2018. Filed under: backups, Everything, Gmail (Google Mail) | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a post on how to back up Gmail – just in case.

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Which iPad model do I own?

Posted on June 13, 2018. Filed under: Apple, Everything | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post on determining which model idevice you own.

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How to use Windows 10 video editor

Posted on June 12, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Video, Windows 10 | Tags: |

HowToGeek has a post on how to use the video editor in Windows 10. You can trim, slow, take photos, even draw on a video.

 

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