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Comment by krishnan on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 28, 2016 01:20 PM)
Every time I set default browser as Chrome, the next log in the default goes back to "edge".What d I do I do to permanently set the default to chrome...
Comment by cal67 on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 28, 2016 04:46 AM)
I've run Win10 since the Insider testing prior to actual release. I like some things, don't like others. One annoyance is the expectation or requir...
Comment by Tony on [FREE] Alternatives to Microsoft Office (August 28, 2016 12:43 AM)
At work I've always used Microsoft Office products, starting from 2003 to 2010, and at home I've simply used the same but including the 2013 (Office 3...
Comment by Butch on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 09:35 PM)
Boy! Am I glad I heeded Dell's recommendation *not* to switch to Windows 10. Windows 7 and I just keep rolling along. As I'm not in very good health ...
Comment by bb on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 06:33 PM)
Doug Brown: If you use a Microsoft account, you *must* have and use a password to use your own computer. If you switch to a local account, a passwor...
Comment by Doug Brown on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 04:49 PM)
I downloaded Windows 10 when it was free, didn't like it, reloaded Windows 7- which I like very much, and finally reverted back to a new, fresh instal...
Comment by gbsk on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 01:49 PM)
I downloaded Win 10 from 8.1 on the last day we could download. Since then I like Win 10 except it seems to take up all my resources like memory from...
Comment by BaliRob on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 06:04 AM)
@Geek A.J. Unfortunately they were unable to help must be pretty sophisticated then...
Comment by BaliRob on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 05:18 AM)
@Geek A.J. Thank you so much - there is always a God Samaritan around the corner. I will NOT of course pay any ransom. ...
Comment by gtodon on Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances (August 27, 2016 03:45 AM)
Regarding the first "annoyance": What's the advantage of creating a local account instead of a Microsoft account? ...

Fixes For Top Windows 10 Annoyances

As Windows 10 enters its second year, the operating system is accumulating its share of user complaints, just like every previous version. Here are some of the most frequently cited Win 10 annoyances and solutions to them…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 26, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


The New “Unlimited” Data Plans

Language evolves over time. One of my friends likes to illustrate this point by startling people with, “I used to be gay, but when a certain segment of society took a shine to that word I became joyful to avoid confusion.” But what cellular service providers are doing to the word “unlimited” isn’t evolution; it’s mutation in the B-grade monster movie tradition. Read on for the scoop on so-called unlimited data plans...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 25, 2016 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 24 August 2016

What is the reason so many people ignore security warnings on their computers? Is your car's key fob vulnerable to hackers? And have we discovered the Achilles Heel in the robotic conspiracy to rule the world? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 24, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[NEWSFLASH] An Egregious Blunder

Some of the most powerful hacking tools, apparently developed by the National Security Agency’s elite cyber-espionage group, have been leaked online, creating an enormous threat to the security of the entire Internet and everyone who uses it. Governments, corporations, and yes, you, must now deal with the possibility that anyone could have these super-spy tools and start using them. Read on…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 23, 2016 | Category: Security


[BYOP] Republic Wireless Just Got Better

I've written about and recommended Republic Wireless as a way to save money on your mobile phone bill. They've recently made some changes to their plans and offerings which may save you even more. Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 22, 2016 | Category: Telephony


Postpone The Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft began to roll out the much-anticipated Anniversary Update (AU) of Windows 10 on August 2, 2016. Depending on how old your hardware is, it may be several weeks before the AU is installed on your PC. You may want to postpone that update as long as possible, given the glitches and unwelcome new features in the Anniversary Update. Here's how…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 19, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


Why Hasn’t Microsoft Fixed This 20 Year-Old Vulnerability?

A security flaw in Windows allows anyone to steal usernames and passwords of logged-in users or even infect Facebook with malware simply by tricking users into visiting a specially-crafted Web page. Microsoft has known about the vulnerability since at least 1997, but the company has no plans to close this gaping hole. Read on to learn why, and how to easily protect against this threat...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 18, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 17 August 2016

Does changing your password frequently make you LESS secure? Is Facebook now allowing marine mammals to have their own accounts? Are robots sneaking into your closet and donating your clothes to the Salvation Army? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 17, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[FREE] Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the gold standard for business productivity suites. But it can cost a lot of gold; even today's low street prices range from $119 for the 2013 Professional version to $399 for the 2016 Pro version. Fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives to Microsoft Office; many are free, and even those that are not cost much less than Office. Here are some of the best alternative office suites...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 16, 2016 | Category: Software


Online Schools For Kids and Adults

Distance learning, or “online schools” is one of the fastest-growing and most useful applications of the Internet for school-age children and adults pursuing continuing education. No matter what your situation or preferred learning mode, there is probably an online school that can accommodate your needs. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 15, 2016 | Category: Education


Should You Be Allowed To Sell Your Privacy?

Is your privacy (your online activities, the websites you visit, your interests and other personal data) for sale? Would you voluntarily give your internet service provider permission to use that information for marketing purposes, in exchange for a discount on your monthly bill? The FCC wants your opinion on this question…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 12, 2016 | Category: Privacy


Could Hackers “Rig” The Election?

Donald Trump has predicted that the November elections will be “rigged.” Most politicians and pundits dismiss that idea as “impossible.” But according to many security experts, thousands of electronic voting machines that will be used across the country on November 8 are so riddled with security holes that the possibility of manipulating the votes they record cannot be waved away. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 11, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 10 August 2016

How many government-sponsored autonomous vehicle advocates does it take to deliver a Slurpee from 7-11? What surprising item is being removed from Google Maps? Does a new Chinese smartphone use lasers to warm your Pop-Tarts? And can you still get Windows 10 for free? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 10, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[WHOA...] Is That Picture Real?

Social media of all kinds - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. - are rife with disinformation spread by people with ulterior motives. It’s a huge problem; you never know if what you’re looking at is real or fake. Many users react emotionally to provocative fake photos and posts, sharing and commenting on them, perpetuating the false impressions and outright lies.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 09, 2016 | Category: Photography


Are Wireless Keyboards Leaking Your Data?

Wireless keyboards transmit every keystroke to your computer, via a low-power radio signal. Is it possible for a hacker to intercept that signal, to steal your passwords and other sensitive data? In some cases, yes. Should you panic? Maybe. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 08, 2016 | Category: Wireless




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