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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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Android: how to clear app’s data & cache

Posted on June 11, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on clearing the data and cache, for Android apps that hang up (force close) when you try to load them.

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Fender’s Riffstation now freeware

Posted on May 17, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Music | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on Fender’s Riffstation software which “can scan any audio file then help you learn how to play it on your guitar. Once a $35 purchase, it’s now free.”

Looks like a boon to guitar players!

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Free streaming movies!

Posted on May 2, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Fun, Video | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about free (at least partly) streaming movie and video services.

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Move tabs from PC to Android phone

Posted on April 23, 2018. Filed under: Android, Chrome and Chromium, Everything, Phones | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on how to sync your tabs in Chrome between your PC/tablet and your phone.

Start reading on one device, finish on another.

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Android security check

Posted on April 16, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on SnoopSnitch, an Android app that checks your Android phone or other device and “will outline not only vulnerabilities that have been patched, but also patches that are missing, as well as new vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched.”

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Best Online Backup services

Posted on April 1, 2018. Filed under: backups, Everything | Tags: , , |

HowToGeek has a post suggesting their preferences for online backup services.

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Disabling UEFI to allow dual boot

Posted on April 1, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on disabling the Windows UEFI to permit installing another operating system, such as Linux or Android.

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10 Vital Features for Windows 10

Posted on March 22, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Utilities, Windows 10 |

MakeUseOf has a post on useful features, such as finding the version info quickly, using Task Manager to check RAM, checking your video, checking battery cycles on your laptop, and more.

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Microsoft Office alternatives 2018

Posted on March 20, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on the 7 best alternatives to Microsoft Office.

The 3 best online alternatives:

  1. Google Docs
  2. iWork for iCloud
  3. Zoho Office

The 4 best desktop office suites:

  1. OnlyOffice
  2. SoftMaker Office
  3. LibreOffice
  4. WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office)
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Night Light and blue light

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

f.lux is software to adjust the light on your computer automatically with the time of day.

Of course, Windows 10 has Night Light for that, but Dave’s Computer Tips prefers f.lux.

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Check for Meltdown/Spectre protection

Posted on January 9, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Security, windows | Tags: , , |

(Updated 2018.1.10)

HowTo Geek has a post on how to check, and advice for what to do if you are vulnerable.

There’s a list of the anti-virus programs and whether or not they are compatible with Microsoft’s requirements. IF NOT COMPATIBLE: you may not get any updates from Microsoft (not just for this problem) so be sure your anti-virus is fixed. Of course, if you are using the built-in Microsoft anti-virus, that is already good for this.

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Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: The Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 include Hyper-V virtualization software, but only if your CPU supports a few advanced virtualization features. How do you know if your CPU is up to the Hyper-V challenge? You just need to know where to look.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V | ZDNet

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How to Build Your Own Bootable Linux Live CD

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: |

MakeUseOf posts: It’s easy to create a DIY bootable live CD in Linux, using third-party tools or official Linux operating systems. Need help? Follow these steps to create a Linux Live CD in minutes.

Source: How to Build Your Own Bootable Linux Live CD

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Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: backups, Everything, imaging, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: Do you miss the old Windows 7 backup tool? It’s still there, well hidden in Windows 10, and its most impressive trick is the option to create a complete image-based backup.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool | ZDNet

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Greenshot screenshots

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post on Greenshot, a screen print/saver utility.

Source: An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Hardware, Security | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet posts: Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done.

Source: How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) | ZDNet

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