Techniques

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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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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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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Print a directory listing in Windows

Posted on February 27, 2018. Filed under: Microsoft Windows, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on how to print the directory listing from a display, in Windows, using PowerShell.

If you prefer just a list of the filenames themselves, you can modify the previous command with the /b switch:

cmd /r dir /b > filename.txt
Where filename is the file you send the names to.

There’s also a link to a way to just right-click and do this, with some preparation beforehand.

There’s also a third-party freeware link for software for this.

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How to Make a Time-Lapse Video by Converting a Standard Video

Posted on October 11, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Video | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post: Time-lapse videos are great, but they can be difficult to make. Why not turn one of your standard videos into a time-lapse instead? Here’s how!

Source: How to Make a Time-Lapse Video by Converting a Standard Video

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Customize the Windows 10 Send To menu

Posted on July 26, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Right-click on a file or folder, choose Send To, and open or move files.

Don’t see the place or program you want? Create a shortcut.

  1. Open the Run box (Windows key + R)
  2. type the command shell:sendto
  3. press Enter. That opens the folder filled with everything you see on the Send To list.

You can delete and/or add shortcuts to folders and programs.

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How to Refresh Your Google Play Music Library and Find Your Missing Tracks

Posted on June 8, 2017. Filed under: Google, MP3, Music, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek advises: One of Google Play Music’s strengths, aside from the verbal workout you get from its lengthy name, is that you can upload your own music, follow podcasts, and sync all of your songs and tracks across all devices. Occasionally, however, Play Music takes a while to figure out that you’ve uploaded new songs or that there are new episodes of your favorite podcasts. Here’s how to refresh your library and find your missing tracks.

Source: How to Refresh Your Google Play Music Library and Find Your Missing Tracks

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How to Fill Out PDF Forms Using Google Drive

Posted on May 26, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, PDF, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post: While there are many ways to fill PDF forms, one of the simplest and most convenient ways is to fill PDF forms using nothing more than Google Drive.

Source: How to Fill Out PDF Forms Using Google Drive

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The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your Virtual Machines

Posted on May 3, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

HowToGeek posts: Virtual machines are demanding beasts, providing virtual hardware and running multiple operating systems on your computer at once. As a result, they can sometimes be a little slow. Here are some tips to help you squeeze every last drop of performance out of your virtual machine, whether you’re using VirtualBox, VMware, Parallels, or something else.

Source: The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your Virtual Machines

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Make Your Windows Desktop Spectacular With a Custom Rainmeter Theme

Posted on April 28, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , |

Rainmeter can help you create a truly spectacular desktop with just a few clicks. We’ll show how you.

Source: Make Your Windows Desktop Spectacular With a Custom Rainmeter Theme

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Windows 7-10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects

Posted on March 1, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Even if you have 20/20 vision, there are times when it’s helpful to zoom in on a portion of your display. For anyone with less-than-perfect eyesight, the Magnifier tool can help prevent eyestrain.

Note that this works in earlier versions of Windows also!

Source: Windows 10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects | ZDNet

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NPR Training for sound production

Posted on February 13, 2017. Filed under: Sound, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

Ear training, the practice of learning how to recognize certain sounds, is a must for audio producers. We need to be able to spot problems and identify them to before they impact quality or snowball into larger technical problems. This post will help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common problems and recognize when it’s time Continue Reading >

Source: NPR Training | NPR

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How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Desktop Background

Posted on January 27, 2017. Filed under: Techniques | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has advice: If you want to prevent users of a PC from changing the desktop wallpaper, it’s not too hard to do. Here’s how to make it happen.

Source: How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Desktop Background

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How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Phones, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: NFC is one of those tools that is great to have, but so ridiculously underused by the majority of Android users. While it can be used for advanced automation of things on your Android phone, it can also be used for equally as simplistic stuff: like easily sharing your home Wi-Fi data with friends.

Source: How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

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Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a solution: You know the problem. A program is misbehaving on your computer so you decide to fully remove it and then reinstall it. But although you have the installation CD, or you can download the installer from the vendor’s web site, you can’t find the installation key that you paid for. So you’re unable to reinstall the program.

Source: Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10 (even though Microsoft doesn’t want you to)

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic has a post: Certain Windows 10 apps can’t be uninstalled the normal way–they have to be removed with PowerShell commands. Here’s how you do it.

Source: How to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10 (even though Microsoft doesn’t want you to) – TechRepublic

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Eight Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features and Settings Worth Exploring

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: There are many new features and settings in Windows 10 and much has been written about the major ones. However, there are also quite a few lesser-known additions and here are some that I think are worth pointing out. You will generally need administrator privileges to make system changes.

Source: Eight Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features and Settings Worth Exploring | Gizmo’s Freeware

Includes:

  • inactive scroll windows
  • command prompt functions
  • video recorder
  • print to PDF format
  • “sideloading” apps from non-Microsoft sources
  • check storage space used by apps
  • background app management
  • quick & easy shutdown/signout feature
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How to Make the $50 Amazon Fire Tablet More Like Stock Android

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Techniques | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post: Amazon’s Fire Tablet may be one of the best deals in tech–especially when it occasionally goes on sale. It may feel limited, but with a few tweaks–no rooting necessary–you can turn it into an almost-stock Android tablet perfect for reading, watching, and even light gaming.

Source: How to Make the $50 Amazon Fire Tablet More Like Stock Android

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How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, networking, Security, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: If you aren’t using Android’s “Wi-Fi Assistant”, you should. It automatically secures unsafe public wireless networks by using a Google VPN, so attackers can’t access your data.

Source: How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

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