Weather Apps 2015

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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Windows 10 Technical Preview Observations

A look at what I’ve noticed in Windows 10. These observations are for build 9841, which became generally available on October 1, 2014. Since there is still a year or more before release, most if not all of all observations are not a representation of the final product and are either going to be adjusted or outright replaced in later builds. So while you can get a good idea of how Windows 10 looks and feels today, many of those…

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Reset a Forgotten Windows Password

If you forget your computer’s password, it can be difficult to recover from and might require special tools and skills. However, the built-in system administrator account can be a great avenue to reset a forgotten Windows password, especially for home users.

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Quickly Repair PC Problems

Windows has a number of recovery features to get up and running again quickly after a problem occurs.  These simple tools are easy for anyone to use, and are a good first step to try before taking your computer in for professional service.

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Fix a Sluggish, Slow PC

Computers do not get slow with age, and modern PCs of any brand don’t usually require much maintenance. But there are some steps you can take if your computer’s performance isn’t what it once was. Here’s how to identify the source of slowness and bring your computer back to life.

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Making peace with the Start screen

For the past 23 years, the Start menu has been the staple interface of the Windows operating system. When Windows 8 removed updated the start menu to be full-screen, many users balked at the change. But is any functionality really lost? This post explains how to regain common and not-so-common functions of the legacy Start menu.

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Declutter browser tabs from your taskbar

Usage tracking shows that 95% percent of home users typically have 5 or fewer browser tabs/windows open at a time. In an office environment though, this number easily triples.  This tip will help you juggle dozens of browser windows more easily, and let you spend less time finding the one you need.

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Bing Tells You Where the Movie Is

Bing in fact has a secret power that is kept too secret. Searching for a movie provides an index of which services carry the title, which saves you from individually searching various apps and sites.  Big deal?  It saves real money too, when the movie is already on a service you subscribe to, you can watch it there instead of buying it outright.

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Windows 8.1 Reading Mode

Most of us don’t typically consider our browsing experience. We use the web and take it as it is. But the new reading mode in Windows 8.1 adds one more to a growing list of reasons to come back to the browser you loved to hate.

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January Optional Updates for Windows 8.1

If you have Windows 8 on your PC, you might want to check for some optional updates waiting for you to install. The optional updates from January’s patch Tuesday include a host of fixes for some frustrating problems. The update needs you to install, so here’s how to get it right now.

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