My wonderful Lenovo’s crisp and bright display often seems to dark and dim in low light situations. What the heck, how do I get full brightness! Like someone who repeatedly pushes the elevator button to make it arrive faster I hit the F12 brightness […]
If your Pixel 3 or 3XL is feeling a bit slow you might try changing animation settings in developer mode and disabling Digital Wellbeing. Shortening the animation settings definitely makes all basic UI actions faster, whether you like it or not depends if you […]
Issue: May Insider Update to 1903 won’t install: Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903 x64 2019-04. Windows Update shows “Updates available” but with a yellow exclamation mark, a status of “pending download” and the note “We found some issues. Select this message to […]
Issue: Spotify song volume starts crisp and loud then suddenly drops. Cause: This happens because Spotify decided you needed an Equalizer, made sure it sucked massively and that you didn’t know you had it. Disable the Equalizer Launch Spotify Access Your Library Settings Gear […]
Do you want some hassle free phone migration when you upgrade? Yeah Apple iOS has that. Confirm your device is running the latest OS Backup your old phone to iCloud or iTunes Call to activate your number on new phone (transfer chip first if […]
You know how someone gives you a list and you’re like oh man, it sure woulda been nice had they not gone and made a list in Word or email that’s nothing but text, separated by commas? Yeah that thing. So here’s what to […]
I lookup a lot of computer serial numbers for warranty status and driver updates, WMIC via the command line is quick and easy way to get that info. It’s below with a small collection of other potentially helpful WMIC queries. Serial Number wmic bios […]
Issue: return a Resultant Set of Policy, RSOP, as a user without administrative rights. Why? Because you have to launch the Command Prompt as Administrator in order to get a full set of policies, an account for which there is no Group Policy applied! User […]
Adding a Gmail account to Outlook 2016 is quick and easy. The process requires two steps with Google: Enabling IMAP access and creating an app password which allows Outlook to access Gmail. Then a few quick and easy steps in Outlook – and boom […]
Issue – Lenovo UCSI USB Type-C firmware upgrade failed. USB Type-C ports no longer work and I have a yellow exclamation mark on the UCSI USB Connector Manager in Device Manager. And that means… no more power to the battery. Which is about when you […]
Everyone needs a fresh start now and again right? Clear out the carbon, shake up the cobwebs. yeah well it works for ones and zeros to. A fresh install of Windows!? If your computer seems to be running unusually slow, has crashing or startup/shutdown […]
You’ve purchased a Microsoft Office 365 Subscription from Lenovo or perhaps another computer manufacturer. You’re enjoying your beautiful new computer when it comes time to fire up Microsoft Office, so you can dive into the 1 terabyte storage plus apps that you just got […]
I’ve been using browsers since Mosiac (Marc Andreessen – NCSA, University of Illinois), AOL (whatever that was!), and Netscape (N*tscrape) were the champs. Then came IE (Internet Exploder), Mozilla Firefox (which started as Phoenix and Firebird) and Chrome (login, trust us!) and Opera (it’s faster!). […]
Hello Firefox 57! Yep I’ve made the switch from Google Chrome back to Firefox. I’ve wanted to make the switch for a while and Mozilla’s latest release, Firefox Quantum, provided the motivation. Fast (really fast, like 2x as fast as their last version), light, […]
Naming convention. Naming convention – Something you discuss again the next day.
Issue: You possess an audio or video file that will not play on your favorite device or software. Solution: VLC Media Player! What is: VLC Media Player… other than awesome!? Download: VLC Media Player for Mac, PC or Mobile Steps to convert an audio or video […]
Issue: Your Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile can’t get past a solid pale blue screen at startup. You’ve got the blue startup screen of death! Solutions: Forced Restart, battery & SIM removal and re-seat, or a full reset (all […]
So Google says everyone needs SSL and it is so. I’m getting alerts from left and right advising that I’m not in compliance with the mighty Googles. Yeah I have a contact form or two… so lets lock em down with some completely free […]
Do you have an application or service that subjects you to advertisements, annoying slow and ugly advertisements within a product you’ve already paid for? Yeah me too. It really started when my Epson printer would display HTML errors as it tried to reach a […]
If for whatever reason your ride, run or walk gets divided up into two or more Strava “activities” you can easily combine them into a single event to view your combined time, avg speed etc as a single activity. Export your data as a […]
No Jiggle? No problem! Just a little confusing with iOS 10 and iPhone 6s or 7. Issue: You tap and hold an App Icon but instead of “jiggling” it opens a 3d app menu. You repeat this several times despite the result, maybe it […]
Yeah yeah I know I know – Windows Phone is dead. It’s over there on the heap with Zune, Music Pass, Video Editor, Vista and MS Bob. But some of us still love and use the Nokia or Microsoft handsets running Windows 8.1 (the […]
Issue: The full Start Menu opens when waking your computer from sleep mode. This behavior is more of an annoyance than an issue, and an odd one at that as sleep by nature indicates you’re continuing where you left off. Solution Do not use Start […]
Issue: Attempting to install RealTek Audio Drivers for Windows 10 leads to an endless uninstall/install loop. This happens with RealTek audio drivers from manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, HP, Asus or directly from RealTek . The install loop happens due to the new Windows 10 […]
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Issue: Thunderbird fails at the authentication stage of adding an 0365 Exchange email account. Your email address and password are confirmed and correct. The issue is Exchange requires an Active Sync or EWS Exchange Web Services connection which ThunderBird doesn’t natively support. Solution – install […]
Issue: Attempting to upgrade Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 generates Failed to Fetch errors and the process aborts. The cause is custom PPA (Personal Package Archives) sources that are used for some software, in my case FMPEG. Solution: Check your sources.list or sources.list.d files for the […]
Threaded email on iOS 10 is kinda shady. So I thought I’d give Outlook a try – very nice save one thing, contacts… Issue: Exchange contacts are only available within Outlook on iOS – they’re not available to the iOS default Contacts app as they are […]
Issue: Several Lenovo laptop models have issues returning from sleep, suspend or hibernation mode. An affected laptop may be fine one day but wont power on the next. In this state the Power LED may do nothing when pressed, or may blink 3 times with […]
You know how no one knows how to take a screenshot? Windows Key + Shift + S = screenshot heaven! You’re welcome!
Issue: The default Windows 10 lock screen uses Windows Spotlight which streams a feed of excellent photography but… also displays Microsoft Store offerings, messages and may display ads. If this annoys you follow these steps to disable Windows Spotlight and you’ll have a cleaner, […]
Issue: Windows 10 Update KB3194496 makes it to 75-100% complete then fails with the following message “We couldn’t complete the updates Undoing Changes”. Error message in event log: “Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x800F0922: Cumulative Update for Windows […]
Desktop or laptop – you put your computer into sleep mode but return to find the computer wide awake. It may be after just one minute, one two or ten hours. Is it the cat, a ghost? Nope, just Windows and Intel, more fun with […]
Had a little updating to do for my 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye – air the tires, check the oil and of course update the firmware. In this case updating the radio for improved performance and new features. It’s pretty easy – if you’re […]
A fan in my sons 2yr old Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro was making very loud grinding noises. We dissembled to check for dust and clogged vents but no dice, sounded like the bearings were going out. Next step was to replace the fan and we didn’t […]
Have you upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or are in the Windows Insider program and are running low on disk space? If so you may have noticed the Windows.old folder weighing in at about 20gbs and you may have tried to delete it and […]
Did you know that you want to magically open the Notification Center? yeah, me too. Windows Key + A = you’ve been notified! You’re welcome!
When my favorite photo gallery software Gallery closed up shop after 14 years I was faced with the decision to migrate to a photo community like 500px, photo hosting sites like Zenfolio, Photobucket or SmugMug, or a major corporate hosted solution like Yahoo’s Flickr. There’s an endless […]
To run windows you have to explore! Windows Key + E = badda boom there is yo direc-tory-tree! You’re welcome!
As the number of devices and bandwidth needs in my household increased so to did the frequency of reboots and number of issues for my Netgear N600 router. The router had served us well but wasn’t keeping up with my Comcast and WiFi device capabilities […]
Issue – After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Groove Music fails to list any music despite being correctly pointed at the default Music location where my 10,529 songs and 1,401 artists reside. I removed and re-added the default locations with no change: C:\Users\*username*\Music, […]
My iPhone had an interesting issue after upgrading to iOS8 … Infinite virtual disks!? Unfortunately it was but an illusion, all gone after restarting the phone.
My photo website’s excellent software Gallery had gone end of life with no support. I used the opportunity to explore new photo gallery software, Koken, and move from shared hosting to my first VPS – Virtual Private Server. VPS is like going from renter to home […]
Are you suffering from notification overload? It can be a bit confusing as to where to change or disable notifications on iOS devices. “Notifications” would be the logical place to manage notifications and it does work, sometimes. Sounds is where we’ll be looking today, […]
Cortana is awesome until you know, there’s weather. And then you’re getting weather alerts from Cortana and your weather app (Blue Skies for me). Here’s how to disable the alerts. Disable Weather Alerts in Cortana – Windows Phone 8.1 Open Cortana Tap the three bars at […]
I recently cloned Windows 8 with apps and data from a 500gb 5400RPM Hybrid disk to a 500gb SSD using “Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0“. The process went smoothly – install Paragon’s software and connect the new SSD with a USB to SATA cable. Launch the […]
When you first connect a Windows Phone an Explorer window will open to the phones folders and files. You’ll also be prompted to install Phone App for Desktop. After installing Phone App for Desktop management of options moves from AutoPlay to the Phone App […]
After an update on 12/22/2014 OneDrive started magically importing photos and videos from my iPhone (my Windows Phone is managed by Phone App for Desktop). Microsoft refers to the process as “Auto Save”. This is the second OneDrive update in a row where the change has silently occurred […]