Easy To Do Lists With Wunderlist

Easy to do lists with Wunderlist

Wunderlist makes it easy to manage to do lists. You can use it on iPhones, Android phones, tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and on the web. Your lists will be kept in sync no matter where you look at them. The design is simple and elegant. Oh, and it’s free.

Sounds good, eh? […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrade Tip: Uninstall Start8 Before Upgrading

Start8 - Windows 8 Start screen replacement from Stardock

The picture above appears to show a normal Windows 7 Start menu. If your computer is running Windows 8 and your Start menu looks like the picture, then you’re probably running Start8, the wonderful utility from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 8 Start screen with a familiar looking Windows 7-style menu. […] continued

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Office 2016 Is Now Available! Well, For Some Of You, Anyway


The new version of Office 2016 for Windows is now generally available.

The takeaway:

•  Most of you will get it automatically.

•  Most of you won’t care very much.

Microsoft has completely lost control of branding and licensing. There is no way to explain any of this without getting hopelessly tied up in knots. […] continued

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Ad Blocking Part 2: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the Internet has to be paid for

Previously – Ad Blocking Part 1: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

The Internet has to be paid for.

That’s the rest of the ad blocking debate in a nutshell.

When you use an ad blocker, you’re sending a message to advertisers and publishers: “Ads are now overly intrusive. […] continued

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Ad Blocking: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the good, the bad and the death of the Internet

Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Make The Edge Browser Disappear Until It’s Finished

Windows 10 - make Edge disappear until it's finished

Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Not Playing Nicely With Your Internet Connection

Windows 10 is stealing your bandwidth

The tech press has been full of manufactured outrage and clickbait headlines about supposed invasions of privacy built into Windows 10 by a wicked Microsoft. Most of it falls apart on close examination and turns out to be mundane and uninteresting – I can’t find the energy to be upset that Microsoft collects anonymous information about the way you use Windows to improve it and fix bugs, for example. […] continued

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Apple Innovates With The SurfacePad Pro

Surface Pro 3 vs. iPad Pro

On Wednesday Apple displayed the daring originality and innovation that has carried it so far and announced the SurfacePad Pro, a 12.9” tablet with a keyboard that attaches with firm magnets and a stylus for taking notes or drawing. The vision! It just takes the breath away to see them target a niche that no one else has found. […] continued

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Why You Should Wait Until October To Buy A Laptop

Intel Skylake processor - new laptops & tablets soon

In October the market will be flooded with new laptops and hybrids, powered by a new generation of Intel processor. If it’s convenient, wait a month or two to buy new computers.

The manufacturers will almost completely turn over their lineups of computers and laptops in the next 60-90 days. […] continued

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Wire Transfer Scam: The Bad Guys Are Getting Smarter


The bad guys are getting smarter and working harder. You thought you were paranoid already? Here’s a story that will send a chill down your spine.

We’re accustomed to scams that start with email messages sent to thousands of people randomly. In the last few years, the bad guys have improved their English and gotten better at copying the style of real messages. […] continued

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Why I Can’t Install Windows 10 For You

Windows 10 - something happened

For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how I can upgrade your computers to Windows 10. You expect that, right? I’m your trusted IT superhero, after all.

(Actually, come to think of it, no one has used exactly those words to describe me, but I assume that’s what you’re saying when I hear you muttering under your breath as I walk away from your computers.)

All you’ve heard from me is warnings about this dangerous upgrade – now you’re expecting me to come and take care of it for you and make everything work. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Print To PDF Is Now Built Into Windows

Windows 10 - Microsoft Print To PDF is built in

Windows 10 finally includes a “Print To PDF” driver, allowing you to create PDFs from most programs without Acrobat or any other third-party program. It’s got an interesting limitation (more about that below) but it might be enough for some offices to avoid paying $14.99/month for Acrobat or picking up the adware that inevitably accompanies the less expensive or “free” alternatives. […] continued

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Outlook Tip: Save Replies In Same Folder As Original Message

Outlook - save replies in same folder as original message

Here’s a tip about an Outlook feature that only a few people will appreciate – but if you’re one of those people, you might like it a lot.

If you sort your incoming email into folders, a simple change will result in your replies being filed automatically in the same folder as the original messages, instead of having them land in a huge unsorted pool in Sent Mail. […] continued

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When Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Windows 10 - upgrade after Threshold 2 is released in October


What’s new in Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Spoiler alert!

When should you upgrade to Windows 10? October. After Service Pack 1 is released, probably on Patch Tuesday, October 13.

Windows 10 isn’t finished yet.

It is widely rumored that a major Windows 10 update will be released in October, referred to internally as “Threshold 2” and possibly named “Service Pack 1” for its public release. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?

Today: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Next: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?

If you read the last article, you have the basics: Windows 10 is an incremental but quite nice upgrade, combining elements from Windows 7 and 8 with modest new features and nothing to hate. […] continued

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