Author Archives: Nathan

New computers: I still recommend a fresh install of Windows

Many laptops under $1000 are still cutting corners by not including SSDs, which is practically mandatory if you want a computer that belongs in this decade.  For such laptops, it’s an easy call to make – install Windows fresh on a new … Continue reading

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Found a solid all-around cloud backup/sync provider.

I’ve been looking for a good vendor-agnostic (so no Microsoft or Apple-provided) cloud backup solution for s for a while now. It also had to have a solid history, have quick phone support, and support file versioning (have multiple time-stamped … Continue reading

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July 29, 2016 Update

Ah… the Windows 10 free upgrade period ended yesterday… those that decided to stick with Windows 7 no longer need to be tempted or pestered to upgrade. I’ve seen a few messy upgrades over the past year, but surprisingly there … Continue reading

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A few tips for Apple users

Having Safari crash on you lately? Try this workaround: http://wccftech.com/fix-safari-crashing-issue-on-iphone-ipad-mac-by-turning-off-safari-suggestions/ Got yourself an iPad, and it isn’t charging? Lightning cables are quite prone to failure, even the expensive, genuine Apple ones, but especially the cheap knockoffs. Make sure the cable … Continue reading

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Password tips

Another year, another look back at how bad we all are at passwords. I hope none of yours are on this list! http://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2015-were-all-such-id-1753591514 As I’ve been saying for awhile now: if you’re not using a password manager, uses codes and easily … Continue reading

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Don’t reply to spam: let this guy do it for you!

In all seriousness, don’t reply to spam emails, especially with your main email account. In all silliness, on the other hand, watch this hilarious TED talk video of a guy who decided play with the scammers:  

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Niggles in the Windows 10 upgrade thus far.

The most glaringly and immediate change for those I initially setup on Windows 8.1 and took it upon themselves to do the upgrade is the the Start Menu change. It overrides the “Classic Shell” I installed for Windows 8.1 users … Continue reading

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