Tomoe’s Emoticon Database

Posted by Bill Holmes on June 24, 2016 in Internet, Tips-and-tricks |

In case you need more emoticons/emojis: Tomoe’s Emoticon Database

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Useful Windows tips

Posted by Bill Holmes on February 14, 2016 in Software-Windows, Tips-and-tricks |

Click below:


Other than the first one, which doesn’t work (honest, I tried to make her stop bouncing), there’s some good stuff in here.  Of course, the MOST useful tip is “switch to Mac or Linux!”  🙂

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Upgrading to Windows 10

Posted by Bill Holmes on November 29, 2015 in Software-Windows |

“Upgrading” to Windows 10 (after making a good backup of Windows 7).  Wish me luck!  InstallingWindows10

UPDATE (5 months later): It finally worked when I burned a DVD and upgraded from that.  The “easy” way through Windows Update kept having “unknown errors.”

I don’t like how I can no longer Alt+Tab to the Desktop, but otherwise it’s pretty good.  Oh yeah, when copying files I now only have the choice of “overwrite all,” “skip all,” or “handle each file individually and manually.”  Why can’t they have a “overwrite all where source file is newer?”  Is that so hard?

Anyway, it’s not a bad combination of Windows 7 and 8.

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Ads, click bait, and fear-mongering ruining Internet

Posted by Bill Holmes on August 23, 2015 in Internet, Software |

This is one of my “grumpy old man” rants, but I am so sick of these websites bombarding us with ads, click bait, and fear-mongering (a.k.a. “fear porn”).  I don’t know which is worse, but as a prime example, take a look at this screenshot below. Can you even find the actual headline?  The actual content of the article (emailed to me, by the way) is nowhere to be seen.

It now commonly takes a solid minute instead of a few seconds for a web page to finish loading (if it ever does) because of all the ads (and Google APIs).  I know, we’re only talking about seconds here, but it’s all relative, isn’t it?

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How to Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications

Posted by Bill Holmes on August 6, 2015 in Software-Windows |


Look for KB3035583 in the list, right-click it and hit the remove option. If you don’t want to be bothered again in the future, just hide it and no other notifications will be displayed because the update won’t be installed again on your PC.

VIPRE Mobile Security

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Facebook DOES collect the text you decided against posting

Posted by Bill Holmes on April 23, 2015 in Internet, Privacy |

Facebook DOES collect the text you decided against posting.

According to these guys, anyway.  Creepy!  It is still possible, however, that the “post” shown in the animated GIF is never actually “written” to any database/file even though it is sent.

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How to remove Chromodo browser’s ads

Posted by Bill Holmes on February 15, 2015 in Internet, security, Software, Software-Windows |

I installed the Chromodo browser recently, and I like it.  It’s Chromium-based, but not Chrome itself (which is infamous for allegedly spying on its users).  The only problem I had was that Chromodo somehow inserts its own ads (or at least its own ad brokerage) into any web page you go to.  You don’t see the ads the web page owner intended.

The only reason I noticed this is because I have some very specific ads on my pages advertising my books (Lottery President and Operation Detour).  So I notice when those aren’t there.  🙂  So, Chromodo’s makers are very clever, but a little too sneaky for my tastes.  Not a big shock these days.

To get rid of that “feature,” go to Chromodo’s configuration (that little sprocket gear icon), click Extensions, and uncheck all but the bottom two.  Then again, you might want to uncheck all of them, because this morning I discovered the ones I had earlier unchecked had mysteriously been rechecked.  Sneaky (to put it mildly).  Hopefully, with all of them unchecked, they will all STAY unchecked.

UPDATE:  Maybe it shouldn’t be installed, period, after all.  It comes preinstalled with this PrivDog add-on excoriated here:  http://www.ghacks.net/2015/02/23/privdog-is-superfish-all-over-again/

ANOTHER UPDATE:  Google just disabled several related Chrome extensions.  See http://www.pcworld.com/article/2904852/google-cracks-down-on-adinjecting-chrome-extensions.html

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Posted by Bill Holmes on January 19, 2015 in Internet |


Very useful!

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Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Download.com Apps

Posted by Bill Holmes on January 14, 2015 in Internet, Internet-Security, Privacy, security, Software, Software-Windows |

Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Download.com Apps.

Great article.  I stopped using download.com a couple years ago.  It’s a war zone out there!

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Don’t fall for this online shopping scam

Posted by Bill Holmes on December 2, 2014 in Internet, Internet-Security, security, shopping |

Don’t fall for this online shopping scam

Dworsky recommends that anyone getting a similar email hold their mouse over the link to see where it is going. If the address is not a legitimate site, don’t click on it. 


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