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A Step-by-Step Guide by Android Central on “How to properly clean and disinfect your mouse”

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As a general rule, you should clean your mouse once a week. Computer peripherals like keyboards and mice are often teeming with bacteria, but they’re easy to disinfect with products like rubbing alcohol. While you have to take special care when cleaning your phone, you can use Clorox or Lysol disinfectant wipes on your mouse. Here’s how to thoroughly clean and disinfect your mouse.

Learn How >> Android Central

Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

Splashtop Downloads Diagram

  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.


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Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser >> Engadget

Microsoft’s gamble on a Chromium-based Edge browser appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. Bleeping Computer noted that Edge is now the second most popular desktop web browser based on usage, with NetMarketShare giving the software nearly 7.6 percent of the market in March, eclipsing a declining Mozilla Firefox with almost 7.2 percent. Edge is still far behind Chrome’s 68.5 percent, but that’s no mean feat for a browser that wasn’t even three months old.

Source: Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser | Engadget

Gizmo’s Recommending “Fix Windows Update Issues Using This Free Utility”

Over the course of years working in IT (many moons ago), I would run into issues, not caused by the end-user; but, caused by an external “trusted” source that pushed as an update to the network. I can remember a time my MS-Excel shares on the network stopped working and it drove me nuts trying to find the cause. In that case an antivirus update was the culprit. There also has been occasions where “Windows Updates would cause issues (and is one of the reasons IT Professionals will often delay updates). Anyhow, Gizmo’s has a post up highlighting a utility that may help you with fixing a Windows update issue at home…


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If you’re having trouble with Windows Update, give this small, free tool (called Fix WU Utility) a try.

Continue Reading >> Gizmos Freeware

An Article by “Help Desk Geek” to Teach You “How To Chromecast to Cast Your Entire Desktop To Your TV”

If you have a “Google Chromecast Device“, did you know you can wirelessly project your computer screen to your TV? Follow the source link below to learn how easy this is to do…

Casting is a method of projecting or sending content wirelessly to a different screen such as your television or second monitor. Once you set up your Google Chromecast device, you can play any content from your mobile device or desktop on your TV or remote monitor, with the device becoming a remote control.

It saves you the painful hassles of hooking up your PC to your TV using an HDMI cable, which largely depends on the length of the cable. Plus, it allows you to mirror your entire screen or any browser tab on Google Chrome wirelessly with a few clicks so you can view static files like photos, display a presentation or view a website on a larger scale.

Download Victoria for Windows >> MajorGeeks

Victoria is an HDD information and diagnostic utility at its core, it has the same functionality as its counterpart for DOS. But it also has some benefits, like low CPU load, more convenient user interface, multitasking, and multithreading. A powerful HDD surface scanner is built into the program, which allows you to diagnose the drive for the presence of bad sections, floating defects, and interface errors. Victoria for Windows can test most drives at top speed, regardless of their type. A unique feature of the scanner is the use of special algorithms for automatically setting timeouts and block size, which makes it possible to check both slow and fast disks effectively.

Source: Download Victoria for Windows – MajorGeeks

Which streaming services are the best value right now? >> Android Police

There are plenty of economical options for in-home entertainment

You’ve probably (hopefully!) been spending a lot of time at home lately, and that likely means watching a lot of TV. If you’re trying to get the most bang for your entertainment buck, you’ve got a lot of options starting at the low, low price of free. These are some of the best values in video streaming available today.

Continue Reading >> Android Police

Check out the new look and feel of Microsoft Solitaire Collection on Windows 10!

This collection can be downloaded to your computer directly from the Microsoft Store. Just follow the source link below and you will see a “Get” button on the site to initiate the process.


Solitaire remains the most played computer game of all time, and for good reason. Simple rules and straightforward game play make it easy to pick up for everyone.

Solitaire has been part of Windows for more than 25 years, and the Microsoft Solitaire Collection makes it the best experience to date with five different card games in one:

Klondike
This version is the timeless classic that many people just call “Solitaire.” Try to clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw, while using traditional scoring or the Vegas scoring system.

Spider
Eight columns of cards await your attempts to clear them with the fewest moves possible. Start out playing with a single suit until you’re comfortable, and then see how you fare when using two or even all four suits in a game.

FreeCell
Use four extra cells to move cards around as you try to clear all cards from the table. More strategic than the Klondike version, FreeCell rewards players who think several moves ahead.

TriPeaks
Select cards in a sequence, either up or down, to earn points and clear the board. How many boards can you clear before you run out of deals?

Pyramid
Pair two cards that add up to 13 in order to remove them from the board. Try to reach the top of the pyramid. See how many boards you can clear and how high you can score in this highly addictive card game!

Source: Get Microsoft Solitaire Collection – Microsoft Store


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Vivaldi >> The Portable Freeware Collection

Here is a great way to try the Vivaldi (Chromium) web browser. I am closely monitoring the development of this browser.

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Vivaldi is a customizable, tabbed web browser based on the same engine as Google Chrome. Its appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. It features a bookmark manager, speed dial, notes, custom search engines, sessions, tab stacks, web panels, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, user interface scaling, adaptive interface color and much more.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Source: Vivaldi – The Portable Freeware Collection

Cheap Security Solution: Govee WiFi Security Cam Motion Sensor Alarm, Remote-Activated Alarm with Notification Alert

Good buy on the Grovee WiFi Security Camera… $26 – $5 off coupon (check “Apply coupon” box) – $4 off with code TUANAJVZ [Exp 4/5] = $17 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime. This camera does not project video, but snaps 3 photos when motion is detected and can be setup to send the photos to you.  This deal is only for a limited time.

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