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Did Your Devices Hack the Internet?

There was a major attack on the Internet last Friday and it brought many major sites to their knees. The attack came from compromised devices, but it wasn’t computers or mobile phones. Instead it was security cameras and other “Internet of things” devices like refrigerators. Anything that connects to the …

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Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Microsoft Support!

I recently heard from a friend who was afraid they had been scammed. They had, but it seems as if any damage has been reversed. Today I want to describe what they saw so that none of you will fall for a similar scam. The friend was using Microsoft Edge …

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Eliminating Banding In Graphics for the Web

While working on a recent project, the only copies of a logo were fairly low-resolution bitmaps. The quality of them was good, just at too low of a resolution for the desired usage on a Web site. By asking a few questions, I was able to determine who had originally …

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Keep Microsoft Edge From Becoming Default PDF App

Last week in Removing Unwanted Windows 10 Apps That Don’t Want to Go Away, I wrote about my frustrations in Windows 10 taking over file formats every time an update was installed. I was able to get the Photos app removed so it didn’t take over bitmap formats, but Microsoft …

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Removing Unwanted Windows 10 Apps That Don’t Want to Go Away

With each new version of Windows come improvements. Yet is also seems like Microsoft wants to force some things upon users whether they like it or not. At times in the past they have even gotten into legal trouble because of this. Today I want to write about default apps …

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Three Common Requests and Practical Solutions

Every week I get a variety of requests for assistance. Some of those requests have very specific answers and only apply to a small number of situations. This week I got three requests that had answers that apply to a large number of situations. I’ve paraphrased each request below and …

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Resizing Disk Partitions For Windows 10 Anniversary Update

In last week’s post; Free Windows 10 Updates Over, Anniversary Edition Coming; I wrote that you needed to have at least 15 GB of free space on your system drive before you should proceed with installing the update. What happens if you don’t have enough free space? One possibility is …

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Free Windows 10 Updates Over, Anniversary Edition Coming

For a year, Microsoft allowed most users of Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade for free to the equivalent version of Windows 10. If you already made the jump, there is no cost for any future updates. Those who didn’t upgrade will have to pay for a Windows 10 upgrade. …

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Build Your CorelDRAW Files Efficiently

I was sent a CorelDRAW file that was really slow. There were a variety of reasons for the slowness, but there was one issue that repeated numerous times. Look at the two red dots below. If you look really closely, you might see a difference between them. But you would …

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Keep Your Web Info Updated and Accessible

If you have a Web site, there can be several different products involved. Those products could all be managed in the same place or in different places. So let’s go over a few of the major items and talk about keeping them updated and accessible. A web site with a …

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