Save time by using a few handy keyboard shortcuts

microsoft-windowsHave you ever noticed that you tend to do many of the same things over and over when using your computer?

Many of those repetitive tasks have keyboard shortcuts that can save you a ton of time once you get used to using them.

I realize that it’s easy to take the keyboard for granted in our mouse-centric world, but it really does help to know a few keyboard shortcuts. This is especially true if you do a lot of typing and your fingers are almost always on the keyboard anyway.

Here are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that I use every day: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Will browsing in ‘Incognito Mode’ on a company laptop keep IT from seeing my browsing history?

incognito-modeQuestion from Roland:  I have a laptop that’s provided by my employer for business use. I have a question about also using it at home for personal use.

I’m allowed to take the laptop home every night, and I’m wondering if using Chrome in “Incognito Mode” will prevent the guys in IT from finding out which websites I visit? I just don’t want to get into trouble at work. Thanks in advance for you answer.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Picture of the Day: “Pelicans at Sunrise”

Today’s picture was taken by photographer Richard Dudley. It features a trio of pelicans enjoying the beach and a beautiful sunrise at Long Reef in New South Wales, Australia.

My guess is these beautiful creatures were out combing the beach for any delicacies left behind by the receding tide, but who knows? There just might be three surfboards lying on the sand just outside the edge of the frame.

Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal length: 40mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 second
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100

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Q&A: Will CCleaner run on a Macbook Pro?

ccleaner-logoQuestion from Helen S.:  Hi Rick. Based upon your recommendation, I’ve been using CCleaner to keep my Windows laptop cleaned out and optimized for some time now. I really appreciate you telling us about things like this!

My daughter just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and I was wondering if CCleaner will work on it too? If it will I’m planning to buy her a copy and help her install it while she’s in for the holidays.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Have you ever thought about building your own computer? If so, read this.

building-a-pc-bookThere was a time when I built PCs from scratch and sold them at a profit, and I was able to generate a pretty decent side income from it. In total, I built and sold right at 200 computers before I moved on to other interests.

Today, computers are mass-produced commodities, and that makes it pretty hard to purchase all the individual parts required to build a PC at prices low enough to make a profit when selling the assembled unit.

After all, it’s hard for the little guy to compete with the big guys these days due to economy of scale.

That being said, there are still some benefits to be derived from building your own computer instead of purchasing one at retail. Here are a few of the reasons why some folks still build their own PCs: [Continue Reading]

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