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Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Are these people nuts?

Folks, the tech industry is talking about upcoming “improvements” to Windows 10. Which of course is an indicator of the evolution of our devices.. and what the big brains at the billion dollar companies think we want..

* Windows 10: Ten missing and highly anticipated features due in 2017

A look at the most significant changes due to hit Microsoft’s evolving OS in the coming year.Read more..

Okay.. I don’t want ANY of that. Do you? (Are you ‘eagerly anticipating’?) Would you even call these ‘improvements’?

The only one I think worthy of mention is for a browser I’ll never use.

I’m going to replace my desktop with a phone..? I guess marijuana is legal in the State of Washington? Cuz they gotta be high.

… It’s like they spend so much time in their labs, they have a complete disconnect with human psychology.. The numbers telling them that people are desperately clinging to Windows XP and Office 2003 must utterly baffle them.

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December 7, 2016 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Microsoft, mobile, News, PC, software, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | 3 Comments

Something for both Apple and PC..

Folks, whether you own Apple, or Microsoft, or both, I hope these two How To items will be of use.

* 30 Hidden Tips for Mastering iOS 10

Apple’s iOS 10 has arrived. These tips will help you make the most of it.Read more..

* How to tweak the Windows 10 Action Center to make it less annoying

The default settings for the Windows 10 Action Center can be irritating. Take a few minutes to customize it and reduce the annoyance factor.Read more..

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Today’s quote:I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” ~ Marla Gibbs

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September 19, 2016 Posted by | advice, Apple, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, how to, iPhone, Microsoft, mobile, performance, Portable Computing, software, tech, tweaks, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Disable Windows 10 Upgrade With Just One Click

The tool is called Never10, and it’s from Steve Gibson. Click here, to go to his page, and scroll down a bit to the “download” button. (You may want to read the very brief instructions.. but this is 1-click-simple.)

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Today’s quote:Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” ~ Allen Klein

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March 30, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, software, tech, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Guide for securing Windows 10

Folks, for those of you have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 (and for those of you who will soon) this tutorial is a ‘must read’. (I even reco it for those of us who plan on sticking with Win7 until the wheels fall off. It says a lot about tech and the Internet.)

* How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid’s guide

Worried sick over Windows 10’s privacy settings? There’s a lot you can do to lock them down, but you will lose some functionality along the way.Read more..

Other items of interest:

* Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user’s password

The so-called “man-in-the-cloud” attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-based file synchronization services.” Read more..

* Could cyberwar knock us back to the Stone Age?

If the United States were involved in a major cyberwar, just how badly would it be hit? Could the U.S. survive? Could modern civilization survive? In this thought experiment, David Gewirtz explores such a scenario in-depth.” Read more..

[ if you can even think to ask the question.. the answer is ‘yes’. ]

Today’s quote:I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.” ~ Joanne Harris

Want more? Nuclear nightmare: Industrial control switches need fixing, now

Researchers at Black Hat USA have disclosed critical SCADA/ICS vulnerabilities in switches actively used in industrial control management systems, such as substations, factories, refineries, ports, and other areas of industrial automation.” Read more..

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August 7, 2015 Posted by | how to, Internet, News, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Savvy Users may have noticed a new process in their Task Manager, namely GWX.EXE. Which stands for “Get Windows X” (“X” meaning 10), and is responsible for that new “Windows Logo” icon in your Notification Tray (the right part of your Taskbar, with the clock). Which was pushed onto us by Microsoft’s Update process via the KB3035583 update

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Now I know that some of you are eagerly awaiting June 29th to get the latest Windows version, but for those of you who, like me, never install version 1.0 of anything, or like me, rely on Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 10), and would prefer that the Microsoft nag and downloader package NOT be on their systems, simply Uninstall Windows Update KB3035583.

For those who don’t know how to do that, I have been busily preparing the How To tutorial.

But Scott Thurow beat me to it. So instead of me reinventing the wheel, I’ll just point you here: How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade from downloading on your system

NOTE: You can always go back and get KB3035583 at a later date. (And I expect, since Microsoft is hellbent on getting the entire world using Windows 10, that they’ll push this same thing in future updates (and any other trick they can think of)).

Today’s quote:If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~ Yogi Berra

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June 8, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, removing Updates, software, tech, tweaks, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Just in – Windows 10 will be free

Breaking news:

* Microsoft to make Windows 10 free to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users

Microsoft shared a bit of its pricing strategy for Windows 10, and provided he first public demonstration of Windows 10 mobile.Read more..

.. can’t tell you why, but that makes my spidey sense twitch ..

Related:

* Windows 10: The big questions ahead

Microsoft highlighted the features in Windows 10 and outlined how it plans to connect the economic, developer and customer dots. Will it work?Read more..

image: windows 10 screenshot

Windows 10 screenshot

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January 21, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest News on Windows 10

Many are waiting for the new Windows 10 (as I am not alone in avoiding Windows 8..). And there will be a launch party this week. (So of course the tech pundits are busy. Never mind it’s all speculation..)

* Are you ready for the next chapter of Windows 10?

Microsoft’s next even will be held on January 21, 2015. Greg Shultz speculates about some of the things we might see in the next chapter of Windows 10.Read more..

* What to expect (and what you won’t see) at this week’s Windows 10 launch

What’s next for Windows 10? This week’s unveiling in Redmond should focus on consumer features. It will also reveal how well Microsoft is coping with the unprecedented shift from traditional PCs to mobile computing.Read more..

I’m always amused when I see phrases like “eagerly awaited”. I mean, how many people, really, are “eagerly awaiting” improvements to SkyDrive OneDrive? Six?

Good news for a handful of people: Microsoft will be webcast-ing the launch event live (Microsoft will provide more specific details about the webcast on the Blogging Windows site). I hope their cloud infrastructure will be able to handle the demand…

I only want to know one thing: will Microsoft go to a ‘subscription’ pricing plan (where you basically rent your computer’s ability to operate) like they have with Office? If they do… that’ll be it for me and tech. I’ll ride Windows 7 until the wheels fall off, and then walk away. Go off the grid. (And if the InfoSec headlines remain similar to what they have been, I may walk away sooner than that.)

Beware of your refrigerator

Finally, if you’re like me you look upon the impending so-called Internet of Things with a wary eye at a minimum and possibly full-blown paranoia. Slate has a great article you should check out calledPretty Much Every Smart Home Device You Can Think of Has Been Hacked” which you can read here.

Welcome, SkyNet. I for one welcome our new overlords.” ~ From WServerNews

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Today’s quote:It’s important to have a dream: otherwise you might notice where you really are.” ~ Naomi Alderman

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January 19, 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , | 2 Comments