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December 1, 2017

Thanks Amazon!

Filed under: Tech Info — Tags: , , , , — Ron @ 5:53 pm

So on November 20 I ordered this from Amazon:

Crucial 8GB Single DDR3/DDR3L1600

Crucial 8GB Single DDR3/DDR3L1600

It was supposed to arrive on Nov. 22.  On that day I received an email saying it would be delivered on Friday.  I checked the shipping and it was in Richmond in the morning and Michigan that afternoon?  Then it went to Connecticut?

Friday I received an email that it would arrive Saturday.

Saturday I got another one saying, no, now it is Monday.

I got it Monday, Nov. 27th.

I decided to call customer service this morning and let them know that it was late and they should be watching that more carefully at this time of year.  I thought maybe they would say thanks and give me 5% off my next order.

No, not even close.  They apologized all over the place and gave me a full refund of the entire price.  I told them I didn’t expect that but they said no matter that is what they could do.

This afternoon I got the full price back, $63.17…they told me it could take 3-5 days to get the $ back in my account.

Great service Amazon and your “ploy” worked… I am a very satisfied customer and will probably use them even more.

Maybe one day I will try the groceries online ordering there.

November 7, 2017

Could mobile phone data replace census?

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 1:05 pm

Statisticians experiment with tracking people’s movements to find out about their daily commute.

Source: Could mobile phone data replace census?

Microsoft quietly announces end of last free Windows 10 upgrade offer | ZDNet

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 4:55 am

More than a year after ending its free Windows 10 upgrade program, Microsoft is getting ready to shut down the last official free upgrade extension. The news wasn’t exactly shouted from the rooftops.

If you’ve been waiting to claim your free Windows 10 upgrade using the “assistive technologies” exception, you need to act soon. In a quiet change to an obscure web page, Microsoft announced this week that those exceptions will end on December 31, 2017.

Source: Microsoft quietly announces end of last free Windows 10 upgrade offer | ZDNet

November 6, 2017

Thunderbird — Software made to make email easier.

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 3:53 pm

I think this is the best email client out there for PC. I have been using it for a while after Outlook (a RAM hog IHMO) and it took a little getting used to but worth it over the long haul.

Have at it.

Software made to make email easier. Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features!

Source: Thunderbird — Software made to make email easier. — Mozilla

Document Foundation Freshens Up LibreOffice

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 3:38 pm

Libre Office getting better all the time.

The Document Foundation last week announced that it was rolling out LibreOffice 5.4.1 Fresh, the first minor upgrade to its LibreOffice 5.4 open source suite of productivity apps introduced earlier this summer. It also announced LibreOffice 5.3.6 Still, representing the sixth release of its LibreOffice 5.3 family originally introduced in January.

LibreOffice 5.4.1, which represents the “bleeding edge” in terms of features, targets technology enthusiasts and early adopters, the foundation said. LibreOffice 5.3.6 targets more conservative users and is geared toward deployment within enterprises.

Source: Document Foundation Freshens Up LibreOffice

Report: Average business user must keep track of 191 passwords – TechRepublic

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 8:54 am

The average business employee must keep track of 191 passwords, according to a report from password management firm LastPass, released Wednesday. That’s seven times higher than standard industry reports, which report the average is 27 passwords.

It’s also a potential security concern, as 81% of all confirmed data breaches are due to weak, reused, or stolen passwords, a recent Verizon report found. People often underestimate the number of accounts they actually have, according to the report. For example, …

Source: Report: Average business user must keep track of 191 passwords – TechRepublic

View stores – Microsoft Store U.S.

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 8:51 am

Picture of a Microsoft Store

Visit one of these Microsoft Store locations Country/Region: *Microsoft Specialty Store that offers a curated selection of services and products. To attend events, register for Answer Desk services, and see complete product offerings, visit a full-line store.

Source: View all stores – Microsoft Store U.S.

November 5, 2017

Did you click on these Russian-backed Facebook ads?

Filed under: Tech Info — Ron @ 8:57 am

These are some of the ads that Russia blasted across the internet in an effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Source: Did you click on these Russian-backed Facebook ads?

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.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq

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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.)

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