Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Firefox 42 adds Private Browsing with Tracking Protection

Tired of be tracked while on line. Firefox 42 helps with that now. Whats not saved each time?
History, Searches, Cookies & Temporary files.

It also helps in speeding up Internet browsing.

How to turn on.

Open a new, blank Private Window
Click the menu button
Then new private window.

Or Left click on a link and select open link in New Private Window.

How to know your in the Private Window. The Private emblem will be at the top of each screen
when in use.

Shelby, NC

Monday, November 9, 2015

Turn off Display in groups Outlook 2010

Turn off Outlook 2010 displays email by groups

Outlook displays messages by groups: Today, Yesterday, last week etc.

 To turn off select View on the ribbon bar, Next in the drop down button circled select more.

Next uncheck show in groups.

Now emails will be displayed in consecutive order by the field you select to sort by.
Example: click on date once to sort by date in consecutive order. Click on date again to change the date order.

Shelby, NC


Monday, November 2, 2015

Windows 10 Microsoft plans to force you to upgrade?

Windows 10 Microsoft plans to force you to upgrade?

Upgrades to Windows 10 from all Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers are about to begin.

Windows 10 has been reclassified as an “Optional” update in Windows Update. ... In “early” 2016...Microsoft will again reclassify Windows 10 as a “Recommended” update [so] the vast majority of users will find the Windows 10 install process starts up on their machines...a dramatic change of focus.

Microsoft is dressing ‘choice’ up as ‘you can just keep saying No.
In “early” 2016 things will become more aggressive and Microsoft will again reclassify Windows 10 as a “Recommended” update. Given the default setting on Windows 7 and Windows 8 is for all recommended updates to install automatically this means the vast majority of users will find the Windows 10 install process starts up on their machines.
“Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device.
Given Windows 10 status will remain as a Recommended update. It means even those who stop it are likely to find the install process initiating every time new Recommended updates appear.
Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. Despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped.

GWX Control Panel (formerly GWX Stopper). This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Newer versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog. (
*    Remove the "Get Windows 10" icon that appears in your notification area.
*    Prevent your Windows Update control panel from upgrading your computer to Windows 10.
*    Prevent your computer from secretly downloading Windows 10 installation files.
*    Detect and remove the hidden Windows 10 installation files if they're already on your PC.

 So why not upgrade?
Home users data collection concern you?
So how concerned should users be about Windows 10’s default data collection policies? I would say very.

By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Windows 10 Tracking features Installed On Windows 7 And Windows 8 using patches.

1. KB 2952664 - a snooping patch first pushed to Windows 7 in April. Officially described as merely a “compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7″, It actually adds a program to the Windows Task Scheduler called ‘DoScheduledTelemetryRun’ which sends usage information to Microsoft even for those who have specifically opted out of the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

2. KB 2976978 – last issued in June, it is a scanner which sends diagnostics to Microsoft from CEIP participants. But the sneaky bit: if you let it scan it automatically signs you up to the CEIP program, which then gives Microsoft full usage tracking rights over your computer.

Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
According to Microsoft, the CEIP is a tool that collects customer information to try “to improve the products and features customers use most often and to help solve problems.” Even though Microsoft claims that no personal or identifiable information is collected, it can still be worrying to people concerned about online privacy.

Disable the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program
Windows 7 & 8 OS.

Disabling the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and the related Task Scheduler tasks that control this program can improve Windows 7 and Windows 8 system performance in large View desktop pools.

1    In the Windows 7 or Windows 8 guest operating system, start the control panel and click   Action Center > Change Action Center settings.
2    Click Customer Experience Improvement Program settings.
3    Select No, I don't want to participate in the program and click Save changes.
4    Start the control panel and click Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler.
5    In the Task Scheduler (Local) pane of the Task Scheduler dialog box, expand the Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows nodes and open the Application Experience folder.
6    Disable the AITAgent and ProgramDataUpdater tasks.

Disable in MS office also.
Open your favorite Office program and click the FILE tab.
Options item in the menu list on the left.
Click the Trust Center option on the left
Click the Trust Center Settings button.
Believe it or not. It’s that easy. You have now opted out of CEIP and the Office programs will no longer be collecting data about your Office usage and sending it back to Microsoft.
Shelby, NC

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Office 2013 retail licensing change ties suite to specific PC

Dead PC means another Office 2013 buy

Past Versions of Office

Prior to Office 2013, which debuted last month, Microsoft's EULA for retail copies of Office plainly stated that customers could reassign a license when, for example, they replaced an aged PC with a newer model or the original machine gave out.
"You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days," stated the EULA for Office Home & Student 2010, the most popular consumer version of that edition. "If you reassign, that other device becomes the 'licensed device.' If you retire the licensed device due to hardware failure, you may reassign the license sooner."
That language showed in the EULAs of all retail versions of Office 2010, including Home & Business, which targets small businesses, and Professional, another business-oriented suite with even more applications.
Microsoft modified the EULA for the same editions of Office 2013, however, eliminating the suite's flexibility by striking the clause about reassigning the license. In several other places in the EULAs, those same EULAs also stated, "Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer."

Office 2013

Once a retail copy of Office 2013 is installed on a PC and activated -- the process of entering a "license key" to prove the software was legitimately obtained, It cannot be uninstalled and then re-installed on another machine owned by the customer.


Microsoft is Pushing Office 365

The by-subscription plans let customers pull a license from one machine and move it to another with a few clicks on a management portal. But you end up paying from now own to use it.
It’s subscription based not purchase once.

Shelby, NC
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Just a couple of programs we recommend to keep you safe and are free.

Free Antivirus
Avast antivirus works very well and is free. 
The free version offers Intelligent antivirus & anti-malware scanning, Home Network Security (Scan your home network for weak spots.), Browser Cleanup (Get rid of annoying browser add-ons).

Malware Cleaner
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and run a scan.

These are just a couple of good programs to use on your Desktop/Laptop to help protect your information and keep your computer running smoother.

As with any software make sure and have good backups in case something happens.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Windows 10 Technical Preview 3/19/2015

Preview of Windows 10 Screens and functions
This is merely a sample of screens and not to evaluate the system!!!
Installed on Virtualbox to test
The Start / Main screen

 The main start screen with apps , explorer and settings on left side
with the tile buttons like Windows 8 style

 File Explorer screen

The Settings Screen

So far No forced store to load and install apps.
Firefox loaded and runs good.
Also easy pin menu to start/taskbar and desktop

Task Manager

Over all just getting started I would have to say a good improvement over Windows 8 so far.
Further updates as we go along.

A few Issues installing some software but Its a preview version.
Speed Is good. 

Shelby, NC

Friday, March 13, 2015

How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8
(To open an elevated command prompt, use the Windows+X keyboard combination to open the Power User Tasks menu.)
When the elevated command prompt is open you will be at the C:\Windows\System32> prompt. 

To enable F8 in Windows 8 you need to type the following in the command prompt and then press the Enter key.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Once you enter the above text, your command prompt should look like:

Now reboot for the change to take effect.
Now when needed you can press F8 to enter safe mode.
Shelby, NC

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why Buying Facebook Likes is a Bad Idea?


The actual social worth of a fan page is judged by the level of interaction it gets after putting up a status, picture or web link.
Facebook launched a campaign to get rid of fake or low-quality Likes. The move is being considered as an attempt by Facebook to stop spammers and make the data, derived from these Likes, more authentic. In recent blog post, Facebook has officially urged marketers and brand promoter’s to refrain from buying fake Likes as it delivers absolutely no value in return to your investment.

Real Fans Will Doubt Your Honesty

No one likes to deal with a person or a business which misrepresents information or cheats.
If your real fans get the slightest hint of your resorting to such tactics (which they invariably will when they see the number off Likes on your page exploding overnight), to create a false impression, they will begin to have doubts about your truthfulness. Your brand image will get a severe blow if that happens.

EdgeRank Algorithm

EdgeRank algorithm now helps decide about the “Top stories” which appear in users’ news feed. Two factors which this algorithm takes into account while sorting out the posts which will appear on fans’ pages are:
1.    How your fans interact with your previous posts? If your fans like, share and comment on your posts regularly, the chances of your posts appearing on their NewsFeed are higher.
2.    How others react to your posts? If all others on Facebook choose to ignore a post or not react to it, its chances of appearing on fans’ pages get affected adversely.

We all know by now that organic reach of a page is slowly dropping and an update on Facebook Page reaches to only 6% of the Page’s total fan base. However, If the posts you put up on your page do not get a good level of interaction (by way of Likes, Shares and Comments) from a good percentage of people on your fan page, your posts will stop appearing in the news feed of even your most active and ardent followers. In this way, fake likes might actually become a burden.

Shelby, NC

Sunday, February 22, 2015

YouTube green screen in Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer.
  Click the Tools button or press Alt key + X

Click Internet Options

Click the Advanced tab, and then browse to the Accelerated graphics section.
Click to select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
Click Apply, and then click OK.

Close all open Internet Explorer windows and then test the issue

Shelby, NC