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thoughts from shawn keene: analyst, technologist, microsoft mvp, skywarn storm chaser, fitness freak, and nerd

PSA: Windows 10 High CPU Usage

Find and disable startup apps from Task Manager or MSCONFIG. Right click column headings to add details for finding an app's origin.

Windows 10 a nice upgrade and is loaded with more features than any previous release. These same features can also negatively impact your performance for days or more after your upgrade.

How to Hide an Update in Windows 10

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One of the design tenants of Windows 10 is the enabling of automatic system updates that are more transparent to the end user than in the past. But if you’re affected by a buggy device driver that gets installed automatically, you may want to block it. Here’s how.

Extensive List of Windows Shell Folder Aliases

Windows 10 showing Run box and User Pinned folder

This list is too good to keep to myself. I’ve been using several of these for years, but there are so many more than I ever knew — many for directories that are incredibly difficult to reach by navigating the folder tree directly.

The Bare Minimum Backup Strategy

Windows 10 desktop with OneDrive local folder and OneDrive website.

Accidents happen, files get saved over or deleted, viruses intrude, and hard drives fail. So why do so many of us ignore backups? Today I’ll share a simple practice to ensure you are always protected from data loss.

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Shorten Links Before Creating QR Codes

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Better Practice: To make your QR code faster to scan, particularly from a distance, try using a URL shortener before creating your QR codes. The generated code will contain less information and can be read more easily and reliably by a scanner.

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Blindly Sounding Sirens By County is Crying Wolf

Click to enlarge this graphic showing a radar scan from the moment the warning was issued.

Tonight KOCO ran a story about a perceived very real false alarm by Oklahoma City’s emergency management this morning. Just after 6:15am, the city activated their Whelen outdoor warning siren network, yet for a weak storm that had itself already moved through the area hours earlier.

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

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Hi everyone – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

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Weather Apps 2015

...and on the desktop in Windows 10.

Well it’s barely April and already my hometown has been hit by a tornado. Maybe we’ve gotten it out of the way… But at any rate it’s a reminder that it’s time for my semi-annual collection of weather-related apps I’m using today.

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