A Tech Tool To Try When Your Internet Is Broken…

The first thing I guess to state is, “do not try to repair something that is not broken, you might break it”. Today I want to share with you a tech tool, called “Complete Internet Repair (by Rizonesoft)“, that is a last resort option in helping you restore an internet or network problem that may have been broken as a result of a malware attack (i.e. adware, spyware, virus, worm, Trojan horse, etc.). I have also added “Complete Internet Repair” to the “Bookmarks4Techs” page on the blog. For future reference, you can easily find the “Bookmarks4Techs” tools and sites by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog.

The description of “Complete Internet Repair” on the Rizone website is as follows:

Complete Internet Repair is a free Open Source Power Tool to repair internet connections and get you up and running in no time. Please note that it is unable to repair hardware faults or get your ISP up and running or not yet. 🙂 In short; Complete Internet Repair will attempt to repair your internet connection. setup utility for installing Complete Internet Repair to your computer and a portable version for running it straight from a memory stick or portable hard drive; this means you can carry it around with you and have it ready when something goes wrong.

Complete Internet Repair Build 3911 Screen

Source: Rizonesoft – Complete Internet Repair

Dark Sky Weather Service Has Joined Apple

Dark Sky is my favorite weather service on the internet. Today they announced they have joined Apple. This may be a good thing; but, the bad thing is for Android and Wear OS App users, the app will no longer be available for download. Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down. Subscribers who are still active at that time will receive a refund.

Source: Dark Sky Blog

Here’s A Source Link To Get Microsoft’s Newly Released “News Bar (Beta)” At The Microsoft Store

I am a news junkie and when I find a software application that will feed my habit, I have to check it out. Microsoft has been doing some pretty neat stuff here of late and they just posted in the Microsoft Store a newly developed “News Bar“.

The “News Bar”, after you install it, will initially show a vertical line of current news images on the right side of the screen that will auto scroll about every 5 – 10 secs. If you hover the mouse over an image,  news information will popup in a small window. You can go to the actual news story by clicking on the image. If you do not like the location of the news bar, you can click on the setting icon (a cogged wheel) and configure the bar to appear on the top, bottom, left or right side of the screen.  If you don’t like the image scroll, you can change it to a text scroll. There is an option to monitor specific stocks, change the appearance, and an option to restore the bar in the event you minimize it.

In my case, I have the news bar at the bottom of the screen (on my second monitor) to scroll the news stories in the text format.  Very nice job Microsoft… I love it!

Download this app from Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and see more screenshots, read the latest customer reviews, and compare ratings for News Bar (Beta).

Source: Get News Bar (Beta) – Microsoft Store

96 Household Vinegar Uses You Never Knew About >> MSN

Clear Dirt Off PCs and Peripherals

These vinegar uses will have your office looking clean and new. Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Before you start cleaning, make sure that all your equipment is shut off. Now mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution—never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuits inside—then squeeze it out as hard as you can, and start wiping. Use cotton swabs to get in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard). These are the things that professional housecleaners do in their homes every day.

Clean Your Computer Mouse

If you have a mouse with a removable tracking ball, use a 50/50 vinegar-water solution to clean it. First, remove the ball from underneath the mouse by twisting off the cover over it. Use a cloth, dampened with the solution and wrung out, to wipe the ball clean and to remove fingerprints and dirt from the mouse itself. Then use a moistened cotton swab to clean out the gunk and debris from inside the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball). Computer moving as slow as molasses?

Source: 96 Household Vinegar Uses You Never Knew About

Here is how to get this “Hewlett Packard Detachable Laptop” at a much lower price…

Was checking things out at Amazon to post on the blog and came across the “HP 10-P018WM Detachable Windows 10 Laptop“, which is a low end laptop that can be used as a tablet. This would be great internet surfing, videos, etc… while we are at home. What I found is that if you scroll down on the page, look for “New & Used (9) from $264.98 FREE Shipping”… The $264 price is an open box “never used” price. I have purchased many items on Amazon by looking for the “New & Used” selection and have not had to send anything back yet. In this case you could save about $70. If you don’t like it when you get it; then, simply return it.

HP 10-P018WM Detachable Laptop

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Teaching Online During COVID-19–More from my Inbox >> Ask a Tech Teacher

Be sure to follow, “Ask a Tech Teacher“…

I am so proud of how the education community has stepped up to the challenge teachers face to continue the learning despite apocalyptic changes in the delivery system. Definitely this means teachers, administrators, parents and students, but I also include the companies and resource providers in the education ecosystem.

Source: Teaching Online During COVID-19–More from my Inbox | Ask a Tech Teacher

Things You Shouldn’t Be Cleaning with Paper Towels >> Reader’s Digest

I extracted the below information from the Reader’s Digest source link below that provides guidelines on cleaning electronic screens. You may want to visit the link to learn other tips on how you can save those paper towels, as well… Thank you for visiting “What’s On My PC”…

An open laptop on an office desk with flower, coffee, books in front of white brick wall background concept

Keep paper towels far away from your TV screen, laptop, and even your cell phone. “We would never recommend using paper towels on delicate glass surfaces like LCD or plasma TV screens,” says Carol Smith, Owner of Toronto-based HireaMaid. “The fibers can cause permanent etching of the screen. Instead, use a product and microfiber cloth designed specifically for these surfaces, such as this from Screen Mom.” Adds Smith: “It’s also important to not apply too much pressure when cleaning these screens, because it may cause damage to the crystals inside an LCD screen.

Source: Things You Shouldn’t Be Cleaning with Paper Towels | Reader’s Digest

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