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Dropbox Smart Sync Included With All Paid Plans

Dropbox Smart Sync included with all paid plans

Dropbox Smart Sync is now included with all paid plans for individuals and businesses. It’s not a feature of Dropbox’s free account, but that plan is so limited that the lack of Smart Sync doesn’t matter.

Let’s take a minute to unpack that. This might be interesting for OneDrive users also, since OneDrive includes a similar feature (“Files On Demand”). […] continued

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The Nine Billion Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows keyboard shortcut to taskbar programs

There are monks in a Tibetan lamasery working patiently to list all nine billion possible names of God, according to a 1953 story by Arthur C. Clarke.

By an extraordinary coincidence, there are nine billion Windows keyboard shortcuts. Good news! You already know some of them. Almost everyone has at least a few at their fingertips. […] continued

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Power And Cruelty In George Orwell’s America

1984 - power and cruelty in George Orwell's America

Power

George Orwell on power:

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.

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Tech Tidbits

Tech tidbits - news during the pandemic slowdown

As we enter into the twentieth year third month of the global pandemic, technology news has slowed down as much as everything else. There aren’t many things to tell you about! Here are a few bits of tech news that have caught my eye in the moments between bouts of weeping about the dismantling of our democracy – pandemic shortages, VR and Half-Life Alyx, the latest phones from Google and Apple, Comcast upgrades, and more. […] continued

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The Outlook Search Bar Is Changing, Whether You Like It Or Not. (You Won’t Like It.)

The new Outlook search bar might leave you feeling adrift without a paddle

If you use the Outlook desktop program for Windows, the search bar is going to change and move around and grow and grow and grow like a mutant chicken heart from an old horror movie. And just like the monster, you can’t stop it. (Cue spooky soundtrack music.)

Microsoft is changing the position of the search bar as part of a grand vision that expands Microsoft Search into a universal tool that encompasses web and enterprise data in addition to our own stuff, and uses AI to make our searches so smart that we get over our initial feelings of annoyance. […] continued

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What’s Wrong With Office 365 Junk Mail Filtering?

Office 365 junk mail filtering - finding too many diamonds in the rough

Too many important messages are going into my Outlook Junk Email folder, and I can’t figure out why.

Seriously, I don’t know how to explain it. Several of my clients have mentioned that more messages lately are being incorrectly flagged as spam, and the mistakes seem obvious when I look at my own Junk Email folder. […] continued

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How To Turn Off The Dropbox Desktop App (And Why Is There A Desktop App, Anyway?)

How to turn off the Dropbox desktop app

Dropbox started as a drop-dead simple product for individuals: a folder on your computer that seamlessly syncs with the cloud so you can work with the identical folder on all your other computers. That’s it! That’s all there was to it. Ten years ago, that was revolutionary.

Last year, Dropbox introduced a new desktop app for PCs and Macs. […] continued

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Outlook Tip: How To Turn Off “Top Results”

Outlook - top results in search appear out of order

When you search your email in Outlook, you might see three messages chosen as “Top results” by sophisticated AI & machine learning algorithms.

Well, it’s supposed to be smart algorithms. At the moment, the three “Top results” appear to be chosen by a roomful of monkeys throwing dung at the screen. […] continued

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Windows Tip: How To Stop The Disappearing Scroll Bar

Windows 10 and the squashed and disappearing scroll bar

Have you noticed that scroll bars in Windows 10 get squeezed to a thread or disappear? It’s one of those small annoyances that the authorities slip into our lives to keep us on edge so we can’t concentrate but we’re not sure why. Allegedly.

You’re working in a program and you need to scroll down, so you scoot the mouse to the right side of the window, but the scroll bar is this thin line, barely visible, a thread. […] continued

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Is Zoom Safe To Use?

Zoom - usage is up, confidence is down due to security alarms

The world has adopted Zoom for video chats with friends and family while we shelter, for good reasons: it’s free or inexpensive, it’s easy to use, and it works very well.

Naturally, there’s been a backlash, because, I don’t know, good things must be punished? So there has been relentless coverage of alleged security problems with Zoom. […] continued

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Shooting Fish In A Barrel: Microsoft Is Rebranding Office 365

Microsoft is re-branding Office 365. Just give up on understanding it.

Shared communication is one of the underpinnings of civilization. It sets humans apart from animals.

Microsoft is engaged in a long-term effort to prevent us from being able to understand each other. I don’t know why. The company doesn’t appear to be run by a super-villain, but that would fit the facts. […] continued

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A Few Nice Things

Charlie Mackesy - The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse

We can all use some nice things.

The illustration above is from Charlie Mackesy’s book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse, a gentle book about love and friendship and how they build resilience; about hopes and fears; about courage in difficult times. It’s a simple book, pen-and-ink drawings with some splashes of watercolor and a few words, but it’s not a children’s book, not in these troubled times. […] continued

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Covid-19 Is Straining The Internet

Server farms under strain from increased streaming & videoconferencing during Covid-19 outbreak

Across the globe, hundreds of millions of people are using their Internet connection more intensely than they did just a few weeks ago. Usage ramped up so quickly that the infrastructure is being stretched past its limits.

I don’t have any tips. You don’t have to do anything differently. It’s just another interesting way that Covid-19 is turning our economy and culture upside down. […] continued

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The Dangers Of Location Tracking

Location tracking is a nightmarish invasion of privacy

Having government and big companies track our locations is a horrific invasion of privacy. We can be sure that big companies will be careless with private information about us, allowing it to be misused by bad actors. The government will almost certainly weaponize it against us. The risks of location tracking outweigh the benefits. […] continued

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Working Remotely: Splashtop Tips For Dual Monitors & Blurry Displays

Splashtop Business Access - Remote Access Software

A lot of you are working remotely, connecting to an office computer from a home computer or laptop. Here are some tips that can improve that experience – setting your office computer not to go to sleep, two tips for dual monitors, and a way to improve a blurry display.

Splashtop has become one of the most popular products for remote access. […] continued

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