Do You Have a Dream? Online is the Answer

Not everyone has a big dream – making it big in Hollywood, being recognized walking down any street in the world, or transforming the way the world does business. But even small dreams need nourishment and work to make them come true, and any dream that comes true is satisfying and worthwhile in the long run. What is your dream: making handcrafted furniture, unique toys, or stunning jewelry? Manufacturing beautiful soap, scented candles or hand-worked…

VIDEO: Practical Cyber Security in 2019

This presentation titled, “A Guide to Practical Cyber Security in 2019” was given to a parents association at middle school in Calgary. It has some teen discussion but as stated in the video, Cyber Security is now everyone’s problem and so the course is intended primarily for adults. The DON’Ts of Cyber Security Do not use real details on social media or any place you don’t need to Don’t take surveys online or on the…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Easy Way To Plot Cities on a Map Using Excel

If you have tried to use Excel’s new(ish) chart to map feature you will find how easy it is to use.  However, it does only supports Countries and Provinces/States, so if you try to INSERT > CHART > MAP with city data you will see: MAP CHART NEEDS GEOGRAPHICAL DATA SUCH AS COUNTRY/REGION, STATE/PROVINCE OR POSTAL CODE. CHECK YOUR DATA AND TRY AGAIN However, there is a very simple way around this problem as shown…

How To Enable Predictive Text & Autoreplace In Windows 10 with GPO

Windows 10 now has a text suggestion function just like cell phones.  The feature is very easy to use and is not intrusive so many people will want to enable it. More intrusive is an autocorrect misspelled words function.  I personally dislike autocorrect because I don’t like magic, but most people seem to like it. There are three ready ways to enable predictive text: Enable Predictive Text Using the Settings App Click the START button,…

VIDEO: Why You Can’t See 4K, Why 8K Is Nearly Pointless & Why Refresh Rate Is All That Counts

In the world of 2019, 4K screens (which also have HDR and other image enhancing technologies) cost only slightly more than 1080P (aka. 2K) screens so that is what most people should buy but don’t expect too much from it unless you are: sitting a few inches in front of it (like in a boardroom), or, the screen is massive Why You Can’t See 4K Most humans can see only a very minor improvement in…

Everything You Need To Know about Windows 10 ‘S’ in 2019

What is S Mode in Windows 10? Windows 10 “S” is a locked down version of Windows that was designed for public kiosk use, like schools and library’s.  Because it is locked down, your device will be faster, have more battery life (if you have a tablet or laptop) and be much more secure. When it came out in 2017, Windows 10 S was an entirely separate version of Windows 10 that also cheaper than…

SOLVED: VIDEO: 4 Ingenious Ways Hackers Get Around Two Factor Authentication

If you are like most people, you think two factor authentication is nearly impossible to get around.  This is because two factor includes: something you know (like a username and password) something you have (like your cell phone that has a PIN code texted to you) So if a hacker gets your username and password, say through a phishing site you accidentally typed your credentials into, they still can’t get in because they don’t have…

SOLVED: What is NETWORK SIGN-IN & IVE LOGIN, and How To Remove Them

If you see a NETWORK SIGN-IN option at the bottom right of your Windows 10 login screen, it is giving you the option to sign in to your corporate network by connecting to the VPN first.  If you click NETWORK SIGN-IN you will see a gold lock icon with an IVE LOGIN prompt. The idea here is that you have some VPN software installed on the PC and so you can launch the VPN right…

SOLVED: Updating phpBB “No input file specified”

We have struggled with upgrading phpBB (php Bulletin Board) for years now.  Today was our most difficult upgrade yet, simply moving from 3.2.2 to 3.2.5 we received the dreaded: No input file specified. We wrote up a solution to this that worked for us in mid-2018 that you may find useful HERE.  However, to get it working in 2019, we required three far from obvious processes: 1 – Copy ALL Files From Latest phpBB &…

SOLVED: Where Is PHP.INI on GoDaddy Shared Hosting and How Do I Modify It?

It can be quite a challenge to find your and edit a PHP.INI on GoDaddy because php ini may not be where you think it should be and is not likely named what you think it is named. 1: Determine the PHP.INI Your Site Is Using: Create a new text file named info.php then open it with a plain text editor like Notepad Copy / Paste this command  <?php phpinfo(); ?> into your info.php then save it…

What To Look For In a Robotic Vacuum

You would think that buying a robotic vacuum like a Roomba would be pretty straight forward.  In it’s simplest form a robot vacuum is little suction machine self drives around your floors; what else is there to know?  It turns out that there are quite a few things to look for. Below we list the items you need to consider before buying a robot vacuum in order of importance.  That order will change depending upon…

Everything You Need To Know About HEALTHY (OEM PARTITION)s and How To Easily Remove Them

If you look at the disk partitions on your PC (right click START button and select DISK MANAGER), you are very likely to see a number of HEALTHY (OEM PARTITION) entries. This leads to a number of questions: 1: What is HEALTHY (OEM PARTITION) aka Recover Partition? That partition is used by Windows as a “Recovery Partition” which is accessed automatically on bootup if your PC has a serious problem.  Fortunately, you can get to the…

VIDEO: How To Clone Your Laptop Disk to an SSD – Sony Viao PCG8114L Swap Spinning Disk for SSD

We show how to use FREE disk cloning software, EaseUS Backup, and common external disk hardware clone your laptop disk. We demonstrate the process and performance increase on an old Sony VIAO. If you just want to see how to swap the spinning disk to an SSD on a Sony VIAO PCG8114L laptop, watch the short video below. For fun we also use NovaBench to benchmark the performance difference between the spinning disk and the…