This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Displaying Icons Instead of Thumbnail Images in Windows Explorer
I received an email from a subscriber recently who was having a problem with the icons that were displayed in Windows Explorer. He wanted thumbnails of the images or videos to be displayed instead of the icons.
Windows Explorer, at least in versions up through Windows 7, defaults to list files that are photos or videos by showing thumbnail images of them. That’s pretty helpful if […]
- Video of the Week
I’ve posted another great video from The Piano Guys. This one is a variation on, or really a composition inspired by, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata — quite different and a lot more lively…
- High-Definition TV Direct to My PC
I’ve been experimenting this week with my new HDHomerun Prime, which is a 3-tuner external device that hooks to my cable service and to my network. It uses a M-type CableCard to unlock and tune the digital signals. Then, any PC on my network can access any channel to which I subscribe. Cool.
Why was I looking at a new device for my Home Theater PC? […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Unable to Run Downloaded File in Firefox
Subscriber Evelyn Summers was having problems finding and opening her downloaded files, so she wrote me for help:
I have a problem with when I download. I can down load and it goes on my computer BUT it doesn’t show up on my screen so I can run it. Can u help me. […]
- Helpful Tech Support Disables Computer From Booting
New subscriber David Hazel wrote with an unusual problem — with Tech support from his ISP, his Windows 7 computer will no longer boot!
[The article is continued below...]
I am really at a loss on this one and it is probably an easy boot file edit if I knew how to do that. I recently called my [fiber optic Internet Service Provider name removed] tech support for the first time in the 15 months I have had their, so far, flawless internet service.
I had upgraded the previous evening to a higher speed online (50/20) and wasn’t getting the new speed. We were able to quickly resolve the issue and […]
- Email Security When Using Wireless Networking
Email security is critical when you use wireless networking.
When you use wireless networking at home, if you haven’t set your wireless router and wireless adapters to use the best encryption they will support (currently WPA2 for most personal wireless devices), you don’t have a secure system. You are broadcasting your data unencrypted or with a inadequate encryption method.
That means that anyone who "sniffs" the broadcast signals can read your data.
That data includes web site addresses, passwords […]
- What Does Chkdsk Do in Windows?
Long-time subscriber Rudy wrote this week to ask a question about the Windows program "chkdsk." The name alone tells me that Rudy isn’t running Windows 7, as it’s no longer known by that name (it’s found via Computer (My Computer) > selecting the hard drive to check > Properties > Tools > Error Checking).
When running chkdsk you are given the options to "Fix" or "Repair" I understand that "Fix" rearranges confused data,and "Repair" handles physical damage.
My question is: How is (physical damage repair) accomplished? […]
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