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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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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.
Due to impacts from the COVID-19 coronavirus, companies have had to implement remote working for many of their users. While some organizations were ready for this move, others are playing catch-up. Here are tools that IT pros can use to establish 24/7 IT support for remote employees.
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?
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”…
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.
With many people working from home, as we deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, you may find your network router connection slowing down or even dropping off due to the demands that are being placed on our networks. I recently had an experience where the devices in my home that are dependent on the 2.4GHz band would suddenly, without rhyme or reason, drop off of the network. The devices and computers that were connected to the 5GHz band remained connected. Without getting into the specifics about these two wireless bands, the 2.4GHz spectrum has fewer non-overlapping channels than the 5GHz spectrum; AND, these two bands are common band spectrums (frequencies) that you see associated with today’s routers. Some devices allow you to use both frequencies (such as computers, tablets phones); whereas, other devices are only locked into the 2.4GHz band (such as smart home devices, cameras, etc..). The two bands subsequently work off of channels that the router, typically by default, will auto assign (but, you can manually set the channel by going into the settings of the router).
To deal with the issue I was experiencing I decided to manually set the 2.4GHz on one channel and so far this has resolved my issue. I had a selection of 11 channels. I went with channel 6. To change the channel on your router you will need to find the web address to your router. Typically this address looks something like this (192.168.0.1) and can be found in the manual for your router (or search for it on the web). Once you have the address, go to a computer in your home that is on your home network, enter the address in your web browser. Once connected to the router’s web interface, you will need the username and password to access the settings (which are in the manual or can be found on the internet). Once logged in, look for the 2.4GHz settings. In my case I found that the default channel setting was at “auto” and I changed it to “Channel 6”. While in the settings, I changed my password to something I could remember. You also may have option to change the channel for the 5GHz band. In my case, I left that set at “auto”
So far, all devices are staying connected in my home that are using the 2.4GHz band spectrum. I am thinking at this point that due to the network saturation at my location, at this point in time, the poor performance was due to the fact that too many routers were utilizing the same wireless channel and were fighting for bandwidth.
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To access dark mode on your desktop, go to your profile> click on the tiny arrow in the top right hand side of your screen> scroll down to the second last option which reads ‘Switch to new Facebook’> You’ll then be asked to ‘choose a look’, either light or dark mode.
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I have been testing and using the NEW Microsoft Edge, which is a Chromium based browser, for months along with Google Chrome, Vivaldi, and Brave (all which are based off the Chromium browser engine). I have come to the conclusion that Microsoft Edge is the browser of choice at this point based on reliability, speed, smoothness of operation, privacy, security. low memory resources and added features. I am going to say that 99% of all browser extensions I have installed from the Google Chrome Store have worked without a hitch. Microsoft Edge, in my opinion, is the top dog browser at this point. My second choice would be Vivaldi…
Microsoft will be rolling out Edge to all computers, but you can get it now. Simply visit the link below and follow the instructions.
The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. Downloading the browser will replace the legacy version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.
Source: Microsoft Edge
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Built into Microsoft’s new web browser is a featured called “Read Aloud that will read web page text back to you in a male or female voice. I often use this feature to read back my blog posts. Follow the link below at ILoveFreeSoftware to learn how to use “Read Aloud”.
What is Read aloud mode in Microsoft Edge Chromium? In this article, you will learn an easy way to make it read any article loudly…
Two factor authentication is normally set up with a phone number. When you sign in to an account secured with 2FA, a code is sent to your phone and the code needs to be entered on the sign in page in order to get into the account. The only problem is that if someone really wants to get into your account, a phone number isn’t the best tool to use to secure it. You can use alternative methods for 2FA. If you’re using it for Gmail, you can use the Google Authenticator app. Here’s how to set it up for a Gmail account.
Don’t go on a deleting frenzy just yet, though. For some apps, you’ll need to do more than simply hitting the “delete” button.
There are multiple steps involved in making sure an app is fully disconnected from your other accounts and information. Tcherchian suggests following this process:
- Delete all of your data on the app. All of it! Go through every setting on the app and look for options about data or privacy.
- Also log in through a web browser. Sometimes you’ll have additional settings available through the desktop version of the app.
- Unlink or revoke any Facebook or Google integrations you may have enabled.
- Contact the app developer and request in writing that your data be completely deleted.
If you’re worried you may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or you just want to be extra cautious, you can use cleaning products like Clorox, Lysol, Microban and hydrogen peroxide to sanitize all the surfaces in your home. Make sure you focus on cleaning all the doorknobs, countertops and other high traffic areas during your deep clean.
Here are five ways to keep your home sanitized from the coronavirus, and other areas and items you should disinfect stat.
When performing search inquiries using “Google Search”, 99% of the time we just start typing the first thing that comes to mind. Oftentimes, we may know specifically, a phrase (exact wording) that may be contained in whatever it is we are looking for. If that is the case, simply type the phrase enclosed in quotation marks and Google will yield results with the same words in the same order as what you had typed in the quotes. Very powerful…
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