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July 1, 2015

Windows 10 Upgrade Info from MS

Filed under: ALERTS,Columns,Tech Info — Tags: , , , , , — Ron @ 11:43 am

Here you go a link to answer many of your questions about the Windows 10 upgrade coming on July 29th…if nothing changes.


June 18, 2015

5 common Problems with the Nexus 7 (2013) and how to fix them

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 9:53 am

We take a look at some of the issues faced by Nexus 7 (2013) users …

Source: 5 common Problems with the Nexus 7 (2013) and how to fix them

Sort of cracks me up.  I had the “screen will not rotate” issue with my Nexus 7 (2013) and search all over for a fix.

I finally could find nothing that helped and called Google Support.  They asked me to do everything I  had already tried so it was not fixed.  I asked how much it would cost to repair it, since it was no longer under warranty.   The answer…”$100.”

So I said thanks and hung up.

Last night I am searching for more information and find this site.  One of their final suggestions was:

  • A DIY solution involves placing the tablet face down on a flat surface, and gently press down around the “n” and the “s” of the Nexus logo on the back. You can also attempt to fix it internally on your own by using the information here and here. But this method isn’t recommended as it may void your warranty, and could cause other issues if you’re not careful. You’re always better off getting it repaired by a professional.

nexus 7 2013 aa design back standing

And guess what, it worked like a charm?  Pushing down on the “N” and “S” did the trick.

So I learned to use Google better before you let Google use you.  (I am a Google Fanboy still but I like free fixes.)

June 1, 2015

Early Start on Windows 10

Well today (June 1, 2015) I got the automatic notification that Windows 10 is coming to my machine, for free on July 29, 2015.  That just seems like a long time before hand to start notifying people about it.  But I decided to sign up first thing so we will see how that goes.

Below is what you will see when you are approached by Microsoft to sign up for it.

First your notification that you can sign up, shown by the MS icon below. Notification icon



Next five “sales pitch” screens, after which you can enter your email address to receive an email notification…or not.  That last part leads me to believe that you will get W10 whether you want it or not when it rolls; however, I have read nothing about that.

Do you think you will willingly go to 10 or kicking and screaming?

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May 13, 2015

How to Conceal a USB Flash Drive in Everyday Items « Null Byte

Filed under: Funnies,Tech Info — Ron @ 3:17 pm



Interesting way to hide all of your super Secret Agent files.


USB Eraser

USB Eraser

USB Chap Stick

USB Chap Stick





Source: How to Conceal a USB Flash Drive in Everyday Items « Null Byte

April 27, 2015

Windows 10 build 10061 under the microscope: Can Microsoft hit its summer launch deadline? | ZDNet

The launch deadline for Windows 10 is approaching fast, perhaps only 90 days away. Yesterday’s release of Technical Preview Build 10061 deserves extra scrutiny. Does it inspire confidence in a solid upgrade this summer?

Source: Windows 10 build 10061 under the microscope: Can Microsoft hit its summer launch deadline? | ZDNet

April 26, 2015

Windows 10 – Microsoft Windows

Filed under: Tech Info — Tags: , , , , , — Ron @ 10:07 am

See what’s coming with Windows 10, the next release of Windows that’s being built based on the feedback of millions of people.
Source: Windows 10 – Microsoft Windows



July 31, 2014

Flightradar24 Pro is free today and Friday…

Filed under: ALERTS,Tech Info — Ron @ 9:38 am

A great app for following air traffic.  There is a free version but with this one you can get much more information, like altitude, speed, destination, expected touchdown time and more.

For today and tomorrow only it is free (along with several other apps) on the Android Apps site.

If you have an account you should check it out and get this and others for free!


April 17, 2014

Google Voice from Kim Komando

Filed under: Tech Info — Tags: , , , , — Ron @ 7:32 am

Great article by Kim about Google Voice.  (Of course, I wrote about it in 2007 & 2012.  But she has many more readers.) 

You should check it out since there is some more good info there.

If we’re being honest, phone calls haven’t changed much in the last hundred years. Sure the hardware has improved from the old hand crank models – we’ve had rotary, touch tone, cordless, cellular, smartphone. But at its most basic level, someone calls your number and you pick up, or you let a machine answer it and take a message. 

That process is simple, but…

You should consider it if you use your phone a lot but need “more.”  It is free and works extremely well.

August 3, 2012

Should you really send this email?!

Filed under: Tech Info — Tags: , , , , — Ron @ 6:38 am

OK I saw this post today ( and thought wow, silly but almost dead on.

My main complaint with how email is destroying the business economies today is that we are overburdened with it and it needs to get under control. 

This helps, but it is up to each individual.  Stop sending so much needless email!  And stop CC’ing people that do not need to read it.  Next, DO NOT USE “Reply to All” unless it is really, really needed by everyone in the first email.

And sorry to offend you but the huge majority of people at work don’t want to waste time looking at your vacation, kid, cat, dog, any pet, and yes even grand kid pictures unless they ask you to send them to them…so don’t.

Thanks and have a nice day, get back to work and stop wasting work time reading junk like this!

 Email Overload

December 7, 2011

Think you can outsmart Internet scammers?

Filed under: Tech Info — Tags: , , , , , , — Ron @ 6:53 pm

Take a look at the Spam Test provided by OpenDNS.  See if you can pass by identify real websites compared to spammed sites.

I missed one and I have excuses but see how well you can do and post it here.

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