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Add a Display!
If you spend a lot of time at your computer, as I do, you might want to consider having two separate monitors. I love my two displays, as it gives me lots of extra digital “real estate” for when I have many windows open.  Continue reading→

A Great Photoshop Alternative
Gimp is a great free image manipulation program much like Photoshop. Here is a YouTube link to a 13+ minute video of a basic beginners’ guide that I found very helpful:  Continue reading →

Audacity & Digital Audio Noise Reduction
This article describes the use of a feature of Audacity, the popular digital audio editor application, called noise reduction. Noise is audible all around us. When we make an audio recording, usually some noise is included.  Continue reading →

Build a Wall?
Walls can keep things out. Walls can keep things in. Walls that do these well usually aren’t so good at also letting some things pass from one side to the other.  Continue reading →

CES 2019
There were 180,000 attendees, 4500 vendors and some 500 qualified press.
Notable items: More IoT and AI, plus 5G, 4K and OLED, autonomous cars, VR and AR
(VR means “Virtual Reality”. AR means “Augmented Reality.)  Continue reading →

Clean Your Computer!
Files such as documents and pictures residing on your hard drive are unlikely to noticeably slow down your system if you have adequate hard drive space. However, software that loads every time the computer is used will eventually cause a significant drag on you system.  Continue reading →

Consider the Risks of Helping Friends with PC Problems
If you are known as a computer enthusiast, your less-experienced friends probably come to you for help when they run into problems. However, you should consider the risks before you agree.  Continue reading →

Cord Cutting or How I Love to Pay Less to Get More of What I Think I Need
 I may have just stumbled on, for me, the Holey (sic) Grail of news: For years, I have been attempting to get entire news shows from the internet, but only gleaned news clips, necessitating watching a few minute snippets and then having to click on another snippet and another . . .  Continue reading →

Encrypting a Drive
One of the added features of Windows 10 Pro over the Home edition capabilities, is the ability to encrypt a drive to protect all data and files contained on that drive from unauthorized access. An administrator can select a drive from the File Explorer app and turn on the BitLocker option from the right mouse button option list.  Continue reading →

Firewalls
A firewall is a program that monitors traffic on a network and rejects any data that violate its security rules. . . it can be host-based where it resides on a computer and controls all the data transferred through its data port, or it can be network-based where it resides on a modem or router that connects a local area network (LAN) to the Internet.  Continue reading →

Great Entertainment from Planet Coaster
Recently, I found in my browsing a game called “Planet Coaster” where I have enjoyed watching videos of roller coasters, parks, rides, and more all created by others who have been enjoying the tremendous creativity possible with this game.  Continue reading →

HDMI Device Connections
HDMI means High-Definition Multimedia Interface and it is the current popular way to connect devices with a cable. The big advantage of HDMI is that it transmits not only high-definition video but also audio as well, in one comparatively thin cable connection.  Continue reading →

In Defense of Apple Maps
The big troika of smartphone navigation apps are Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps. I believe that recently Apple has brought its maps app up to parity and then some.  Continue reading →

Interesting Internet Finds
While going through more than 300 RSS feeds, I often run across things I think might be of interest to other user group members. The following are some more items I found interesting during January, February and March of 2019.  Continue reading →

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