Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout/Position on Windows

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If you are someone who has to connect their computer to external displays all the time for presentations at work or for watching a movie at home on your TV, then you probably are sick and tired of rearranging your desktop icons every time you change resolution. You would think Microsoft would have added some […]

How to Block Certain Websites From Google Search Results

by File in: Google Software/Tips

Even though I use Google for all of my online searching, it’s still not anywhere near being perfect. They change their algorithms pretty much everyday and each change isn’t always for the better. Add on top of that all the personalization and geo-specific search results and you get a different set of results even if […]

Troubleshoot Slow Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 7/8

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I recently upgraded a laptop to Windows 8.1 and ran into a very annoying problem. Whenever I would try to right-click on anything on the desktop or in Windows Explorer, the right-click menu would take anywhere from 10 to 25 seconds to load! The problem was especially bad on the desktop where I once waited […]

OTT Guide to Securing Your Digital Life After Death

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When it comes to the digital world, I’m the only one in my family that knows much about it. Unfortunately, my wife uses only her iPhone for email, Facebook, chatting, and games. That’s about it. I, on the other hand, manage EVERYTHING else related to the Internet or computers. I manage our online banking, investments, […]

OTT Explains – Why Your iPhone Charges Fast First and Then Slows Down

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If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod, you may have noticed something a little odd about the way it charges: fast up to a certain percentage and then slower and slower as it gets closer to 100%. I noticed this a few weeks back and since I know practically nothing about current, electricity, volts, […]

OTT Explains How the Xbox One and Xbox 360 Coexist

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So you just got a new shiny Xbox One for Christmas? That’s pretty sweet, but what if you have an older Xbox 360 still sitting around? Can you play Xbox 360 games on your new Xbox One? Does your gamer profile carry over? Do you have to buy another Xbox Live Gold account or can […]

Troubleshooting Windows 8 (8.1) “We Weren’t Able to Connect to the Store” Error

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I recently came back from a 3 month trip and turned on my Windows 8.1 machine to find that nothing worked. For some odd reason, several apps would not connect to the Internet and I could not connect to the Windows Store. I was definitely connected to the Internet because I could browse using IE […]

Why You Should No Longer Be Using Windows XP

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Even though Windows XP was released way back in 2001, it’s still a pretty great operating system. It’s stable, has a Start button and gets the job done. That’s why there are literally hundreds of millions of computers that still have it installed. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s the second most installed operating […]

OTT Explains Sending Money Through Gmail

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If you’re a Gmail user, you may have noticed a new money sign icon at the bottom of the compose window when writing a new email. Hovering over the icon, you see that you can “attach money” to the email! Sounds pretty cool right? So how does it actually work? Is it really free and […]

How to Create Animated GIFs from Images using Photoshop CS6

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I recently took some funny pictures of my cousin and wanted to create my own animated GIF instead of using the “Auto Awesome” one created automatically by Google+. Since I have Photoshop CS6 installed, I figured I would give it a shot and see what happens. At first, I thought it would be fairly straight-forward: […]