Limit Bandwidth on a Netgear Wireless Router

by File in: Networking

I recently bought a second wireless router for several reasons, but one of the was to control how my kids connect to the Internet. For one thing, I wanted to restrict just how much bandwidth they could use in a given period of time. After that, the Internet connection would cut off and they would […]

Track Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Computer

by File in: How-To

One of the best features of iOS is the ability to track your Apple devices automatically using the Find iPhone app from Apple. You can track as many devices as you want as long as they are all setup using the same iCloud account. In this article, I’ll show you how to setup tracking for […]

Listen to Google Play Music in Windows Without a Web Browser

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For the past few months (ever since Google Music, now Google Play Music went out of beta and I received my invitation to the service), Google Play Music has been my go-to way to listen to music while on my laptop. It was, admittedly, a bit of a chore to get 15,000 or so songs […]

Download Hi Res Book Cover Art From the Google Play Store

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For a lot of us, the rise in popularity (and availability) of eBooks has been a Very Good Thing. Now it’s possible to hold an entire library of books in a package the size of a paperback, which is especially great for vacations and other trips. No longer do you need to decide which books […]

Cleanup the WinSxS Folder in Windows 8 & 7

by File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

In Windows 7 and Windows 8, there is a new folder under C:\Windows called WinSxS, which basically stores dll and component files. It also stores older versions of all dll and component files and can grow to be quite large. In addition to that, a lot of space is taken up by the backup folder, […]

MP3 Album Art Not Showing in Windows Explorer?

by File in: Help Desk

I have a lot of music on my computer and even though I don’t use it as my primary media player or organizer, it’s nice to have it work properly since I do end up using Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player every so often to browse files, etc. One annoying thing that I noticed […]

IE 10 Metro vs Desktop Mode

by File in: Help Desk, Windows 8

Windows 8 is going to be released at the end of the year with two different versions of Internet Explorer 10: Metro and Desktop. Confused? Well, if you’re not confused yet, you will be! Microsoft’s reasoning for having two versions is to have one version match the new Metro UI and have one version for […]

Fix COM Surrogate has stopped working in Windows 7

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A client of mine started having a strange problem when browsing pictures and videos on his Windows 7 PC: it would popup with the following error message: COM Surrogate has stopped working The odd thing was that the error only came up when browsing video or picture files, not any other type of file. After […]

Tab Key Not Working in Windows 7

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Having problems with your tab key in Windows 7? I know I am! My desktop machine runs Windows 7 64-bit and has been working fine for a months until a few days ago. Suddenly, the tab key would not move me to the next form field in an online form. I though it was odd, […]

Use Netstat to See Listening Ports and PID in Windows

by File in: Windows 7

Being in IT for almost 8 years, I quickly learned that the netstat command in Windows can be of great benefit if you know how to use it! Even though I don’t work in IT anymore, that command still comes in handy a lot of times. For instance, my Internet connection was running really slow […]