Saturday, March 24, 2018

How electric vehicle sales are progressing

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Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are taking off. Here's an article from Arstechnica that shows what happened in 2017.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Using the Windows 10 Extend Feature

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Some computer users have several apps open at the same time and navigate from one to the other.

They might, for example, have a Word document and a spread sheet open at the same time so that they can find the info on the spreadsheet that they want to write about and can type it into the Word document.

The problem with that setup is that each app appears very small. So, the solution is to use two monitors and have one app appear on one monitor and the other app on the 2nd monitor.

So, how do you do that? The secret is to have a computer with two monitor outputs. You might have VGA and HDMI or VGA and DVI. Connect each monitor to the computer. Then press the Windows Key on the keyboard and the letter P. You will be given a choice to view one monitor, both monitors or to extend from one monitor to the other. You want to choose extend. You can test to see if all is working by moving the mouse so the cursor moves from one screen to the other.

Please note that some older computers have old graphics cards that do not support the extend feature.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

HP Stream problems with Windows 10

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Those of you who own HP Stream computers may be a little unhappy with Windows 10. The computer only has a 32 GB hard drive. Windows takes up 16 to 20 GB. HP takes up some more space for drivers, etc. That means that very little space is left on the hard drive.

The latest updates from Microsoft are large and fail to load. Here's what one user said:
The basic problem with the Stream 11 line is that when it was designed, no one knew that later on, Microsoft would be pushing out HUGE updates - some of which require 10GB of free space, or more! Thus, using Microsoft's previous history of much smaller Updates, at the time, a 32GB drive seemed a reasonable amount.

Fast forward to today, when MS is working on YET ANOTHER major Update to Win10, and you see that a 32GB drive simply does not provide the room needed for HUGE updates.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Restore missing contacts

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If you accidentally deleted your Yahoo contact list, fear not! Those contacts can be restored from a backup file. Here's how.
  1. In Yahoo Mail, click the Contacts icon
  3. Click Actions | select Restore from backup
  5. Select a date to restore your contacts to from the drop-down menu
  7. Click Restore

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Microsoft getting high handed with Edge

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Microsoft has slowly but surely trying to force users into using their Edge browser. It can be downright annoying. Here's their latest dumb move according to Mashable.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Understanding quantum computers

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The Next Web just published this simplified explanation of quantum computers:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Why you should install a solid state drive

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Solid state hard drives (SSDs) have been dropping in price. So, if you are planning on replacing a mechanical drive, you should get an SSD instead.

I have installed SSDs in many computers, and all the users have said how much faster their computers are with the new drives. In fact, one of my neighbors said that his 6 year old computer with an SSD is faster than when the computer was new.

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