5 Things You Need To Do When You Get a New Phone

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When you get your new phone, there are a few things you must do to get it up to speed. This isn’t going to be fluff about what apps to install or pretty backgrounds. This is a full-on, pro-level guide to what you must do with a new phone.  You’ll want to transfer over all […]

Configure or Turn Off DEP (Data Execution Prevention) in Windows

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Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is one of those ‘blursed’ things. It’s a blessing most of the time when it does its job and doesn’t interfere, but cursed when it does interfere.  Let’s look at DEP and how to configure it, or turn DEP off, depending on your needs. What Is DEP & What Does It […]

The Essential Tools To Help You Create a Podcast

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You’ve got something to say. You’ve got a voice. How do you get heard? In an age where everything is vying for our attention, it’s surprising how effective podcasts are. People only have half a second for an Instagram post, but they’ve got 3 hours to listen to Joe Rogan. So why not start a […]

How to Backup Your Android Phone

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The modern world has grown a second brain and keeps it in their pocket. We have so much of ourselves and our lives on our phones that the thought of losing it and starting a new phone empty can be alarming. It doesn’t have to be, with just a couple clicks. According to DeviceAtlas, you […]

How to Automatically Update Free Software with Chocolatey

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You’ve got apps on your computer like Spotify, Adobe Reader, Chrome, Firefox, 7-Zip, VLC Media Player…the list goes on and they’re all free. What would we do without freeware? Yet, these apps require frequent updates to fix security holes and introduce new and useful features. Updates never happen at a convenient time. That’s where Chocolatey […]

How To Extract Files From a Dead Hard Drive

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What scares you more than losing everything that’s on your computer right now? If your hard disk drive (HDD) died right now, this second, would your heart sink into your stomach or launch it straight up into your throat? You’ve been making sure your files are backed up to a cloud service or that your […]

Is it Dangerous to Tether to a Cellphone for Internet Access?

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We’ve gone from the philosophical concept of everything being connected to the physical reality that almost everything is connected. But there are those times where you can’t be connected to your home or work network, or a public WiFi hotspot. That’s where mobile hotspot tethering comes into play. What is Mobile Hotspot Tethering? Most phones […]

What Are the F (Function) Keys For?

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Across the top of almost every keyboard lies a series of keys beginning with F. F1 through F12 and they are known as function keys. Can you believe that they’ve been around since 1965? They were introduced as keys that could be changed to do whatever you want. Keys that can be programmed are also […]

Use Excel as a Tool to Copy Data from the Web

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Web scraping is the act of extracting data, information, or images from a website using an automated method. Think of it as copy and paste on full automatic. We either write or use an app to go to the websites we want it to and make a copy of the specific things we want from […]

Do You Really Need to Eject a USB Drive Before Removing?

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Short answer? Yes. Wait…but why? You’ve just yanked it out like a bad tooth so many times and nothing has ever gone wrong. Why should you start caring now? What’s the worst that could happen? There’s plenty of bad that could happen and it’s only a matter of time. Let’s see what’s in store for […]