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Reduce Monitor Eye Strain and Sleep Better with f.lux

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Have you noticed that your computer monitor is bright and readable during daylight hours but intense and overwhelming during night hours? f.lux is a program available on Windows and Mac that adjusts your monitor’s color temperature according to where you live and the time of day. 

A higher color temperature is displayed during the day that is crisp and invigorating like the sun, and a lower color temperature is displayed at night that is more warm and calming like light from a candle or fire seen at night. Read more…

 
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Major Windows 10 Update Arriving April 11, 2017

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Named the Creators Update, Microsoft is issuing it’s second major update to Windows 10 since it was released in July of 2015.  Read more…

 
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Stop Unwanted Windows 10 Upgrades

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People continue to experience hit and miss success with the free Windows 10 upgrade, often running into problems with certain programs no longer functioning, printers not working, and network file sharing breaking, to name a few.  In some cases the Windows 10 upgrade installs so poorly that the user’s computer becomes non-bootable afterward.  In light of these potential problems, many users are erring on the side of caution and avoiding the upgrade to Windows 10 altogether. Read more…

 
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Common Sense Password Practices

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With all the online hacks and security breaches going on these days, I would like to share a few pointers on what goes into a good strong password.

  • Complexity:  In general I recommend a password that is at least 8 characters, contains a number, an uppercase letter, and a special character such as ! or @ if allowed.  Although common words and names are easy to remember, you want to avoid these and go with a sequence of characters that are more random and obscure.  If you insist on using common words and names for memorability, try replacing letters in the word or name with numbers or special symbols.  For example, you could take the word list and turn it into 1i$t.

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Google Chrome Ends Support for Windows Vista and XP in April 2016

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Google will stop releasing updates for its Chrome web browser running on the Windows XP and Vista operating system starting April 2016.  Although Microsoft will continue to support and update Windows Vista through April 11, 2017, Google has decided to abandon Chrome support under Vista a year early, focusing its development efforts on more current versions of Windows.

You may continue to use Google Chrome on these platforms after the end of support date, however Chrome will longer receive updates and security fixes and could become more vulnerable to hacks and malware infection over time.  The best recommendation is to move to a newer version of Windows, or if you would like to keep your Windows Vista operating system, switch to using Mozilla Firefox as your web browser, as it is still supported under Vista at this time.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about transitioning from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox, or to a new version of Windows.

Mozilla Firefox Download Page:  https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

 

~Ted Eiler

 
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