SOLVED: How To Stop Skype From Automatically Starting

It seems that every few years we have to create a new cookbook of how to stop Skype from starting up automatically at login.  This is definitely a frustrating situation as Microsoft knows better than most they should not force software on users.  Today the problem is that there are several different versions of Skype; the full desktop client, the Universal Windows App and the web client. The web app is easy enough to avoid;…

SOLVED: In Simple Terms, What Do The Advanced Settings In A BIOS Do?

What is BIOS? BIOS is the acronym for Basic Input Output System.  A BIOS is the firmware (meaning that it is changable code stored in a physical chip) that tells the operating system SOFTware what the physical HARDware is capable of.  Without a UEFI / BIOS, Windows, Linux, Android, MacOS, iOS… would not know if the system needs a keyboard, has a touch screen, has unused memory slots, requires the hard drive to be decrypted…

LockBit Ransomware: What Should You Know?

Ransomware takes cybercrime to the next level. It involves the use of malicious software to impede your access to your information. The extortionists will then demand a ransom to be paid in exchange for your data. Before this terrible thing can ever happen to you, you need to get an effective cybersecurity solution. To find one, you can compare some solutions, for instance, Eset nod32 vs Avast or you can read some reviews. While antivirus…

SOLVED: What is An Intel Compute Stick & What Can You Do With It?

Netbooks! Remember them?  Well Intel does and they have stripped out the screen, keyboard and miniaturized the balance of parts into a USB sized stick that plugs directly into an HDMI port.  They preloaded Windows 10 onto very slow SSD with a small amount of RAM and are charging between $120 to $300 depending on specs. Here is a 1 minute video from Intel explaining the first generation sticks: Compute Sticks are not new.  They…

VIDEO: SOLVED: Intel Compute Stick Terryza W5 T5 Pro Unboxing Setup Benchmarking & Review

If you need a small PC to handle small tasks, like digital signage or extreme portability the Intel Compute Stick is something to consider. This tiny USB dongle sized all in one computer has 4GB of RAM, a real 4 Core Intel Atom CPU, 64GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports and more, but its real surprise is the price. It is just CDN$150 including a fully licensed Windows 10 Pro. Click to Expand The…

SOLVED: A Complete Comparison of Fitness Tracking Bands Under $175

We were interested in sourcing a few fitness tracking bands for staff Christmas presents, corporate client give-aways and our personal use.  Nearly all of our staff have used some sort of tracker in the past so we had some considerable experience with them but no one had bought a new one in the last two years.  Much has changed; most notably Chinese products and lower prices. After watching and reading a few dozen reviews we…

How Site Speed Impacts Your Online Business

A website can be a big part of your business. It is the virtual representation of your company, and it might be drawing in a large portion of your customers. For this reason, it is important to take the time to make your website as close to perfect as you can. This includes making sure to double-check the site speed and verifying that it is fast enough to satisfy your customers. Importance of Site Speed…

How to Find the Best WiFi Channel

How to Find the Best WiFi Channel There are several ways to achieve excellent WiFi performance. You can move the router to a more central location, you can remove WiFi inhibiting obstacles, you can update your router, use a WiFi channel scanner, and more. However, one option that people often overlook is changing their WiFi channel. Most people don’t consider WiFi channels because when they get a new router, they just plug it in and…

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy S20 Migration & Setup – From the Box to Your Pocket

In this video we explain how to upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G from a Samsung Galaxy S9.  We choose the S9 because it is almost identical to the S8 and both of them are about 3 years old, meaning that many S8/S9 owners will be considering upgrades.  However, the process is the same whether you are coming from a LG, Huawei, S5, S6, S10 or even an iPhone. The basic process is…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Unboxing & Review of “The Best Phone Ever” Samsung S20 FE

If you are looking for a new cell, you are in the right place.  Samsung just released its new “FE” or Fan Edition of their Galaxy S20 line. Compared to the “real” S20, the S20 FE is missing a few features: Lower resolution screen (2400×1080 VS 3200×1440 Lesser cameras (8mp telephoto VS 64mp telephoto) Less RAM (6GB vs 12GB) But it is better specs in other important areas: Larger screen (6.5″ VS 6.2″) Bigger battery…

SOLVED: The Differences Between a Samsung Galaxy S9 and The New S20 Lineup

Because one of our clients wanted us to source new cells to replace their Samsung Galaxy S8’s and S9’s we created the following specification grid. As you can see, the Samsung S20 FE (aka the Fan Edition or Lite model) is the natural replacement for the S9 and that is what we ended up sourcing Samsung S9 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE / Lite Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Display…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How to Install Version 2 Exchange Online Commandlets

Verison 2 of Exchange Online Commandlets (aka EXOv2 Cmdlets) are new commands that much simplify the command line administration of hosted Exchange.  In our case, we need these new commands to more quickly manage our Office365 Exchange Online implementation.  The problem is that EXO v2 commands are not included in the latest version of Windows 10 20H2 or in PowerShell 7.  Fortunately there is an easy way to add them: Launch a PowerShell as an…