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Call a business from Android

Did you know that if you have a Google Pixel or Android phone with the latest Pie operating system that you can search from the phone app for the business you want to call without visiting the web or Google Maps first? You can choose to enable this feature in the phone app settings. Open the Phone app, tap on…

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Disable Flash in Edge and IE

About three years back most of the tech industry started to move away from using Adobe Flash Player on its computers. It is gone in Apple’s Safari web browser, Chrome has a “safe” version built in, and Firefox usually uses it if already installed by the user. But these days, you do not want to have it on your computer…

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macOS Mojave crawling

Recently I serviced an iMac that was running High Sierra at a good response speed and the owner kept getting the App store notification to update, which they did. Mojave brought the computer to a crawl and a click took literally five minutes before the action completed. It was the latest iMac available on the market with plenty of RAM…

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How to react to a virus?

Recently, I serviced a client’s computer for a virus on Windows 10. She got a screaming message on her screen and it had a pop up with a number from “Microsoft” saying that she needed to call them and she called that number. I found out after awhile that she had let them get on her computer for a while…

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Android Data Recovery

How to recover files from an Android phone that won’t boot Install SDK Platform Tools Only Windows needs drivers Install Motorola Driver Manager for ADB for Mac Flash Recovery TWRP Custom ROM to allow phone to accept ADB commands Unlock device with code (pay for it if the company can’t provide it, ~$20-$35), can’t get it or device is CDMA,…

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Email Clients: Gmail, Outlook 2016, and other alternatives

Someone asked me this question, “What are the pros and cons to using Microsoft Outlook 2016 with Gmail?” I’m not impressed with Outlook. I have set it up for someone recently and the Gmail contact groups don’t sync with your Outlook contacts distribution lists if you have any (read up on gSyncit, an Outlook Add-in) and the rest is managed…

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The Great Facebook Disconnect

Daniel Brinneman in reply to: The “Great Facebook” Disconnect It would appear that Facebook is on the way out as a social platform. August 1, 2018 What you may have heard is true – as of August 1, 2018 you’ll no longer be able to share to Facebook from Lightroom Classic (or from earlier versions, such as Lightroom 6) or…

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Joys of Jekyll, Gems, and EasyApache

Once again this website went down on my new host with a 500 server error. I spent two hours reading about Jekyll for GitHub Pages, succeeded in adding the theme and in the process, I updated Gem to the latest on my Mac just to use the Jekyll importer for WordPress. Returned to my host’s cPanel to notice it was…

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