How-To

Use Netstat to See Listening Ports and PID in Windows

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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 […]

View Photo EXIF Metadata on iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows

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So you probably know by now that when you take a picture with your smartphone or with your digital camera, it stores a lot of extra information about the picture called metadata. This is called EXIF data and it can tell you what camera model took the picture, the date and time, the lens, the […]

Change Downloads Folder Location in Google Chrome

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Here’s a quick post for those looking to change the location of the downloads folder in Google Chrome. You may want to do this for many different reasons, but for most people, it’s probably because you are running out of space on your local hard drive. I moved my downloads folder to my NAS (Network […]

Uninstall and Reinstall IE in Windows 7

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Internet Explorer was recently having some strange issues on my Windows 7 machine and instead of spending hours trying to figure out what was causing the problem, I decided I would just reinstall the whole thing! Well, it fixed my problem and that’s why I’m writing about it. Method 1 – Windows Features Depending on […]

Erase Scratches in Photos with the GIMP’s Heal Selection Tool

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Using a scanner to archive old photographs can be a rewarding experience. You bring your old snapshots into the digital age and have the chance to fix them up as well. Image editing software such as Photoshop and The Gimp have a lot to offer, including cropping, straightening, enhancing an images’ color saturation and brightness, […]

Change Desktop Icon Size in Windows 7

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There are a lot of differences between Windows XP and Windows 7, a lot of which are pretty minor, but make you stop and think for a moment. One of those differences is how you go about changing the size of desktop icons. I have gotten so used to doing it in Windows XP, that […]

Merge Two Partitions in Windows 7/8/10

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One common complaint that I get from friends and family is that their computers with default system configurations from Dell, HP, etc. often make the C partition too small and therefore force them to figure out ways to extend the partition in order to get more free space. Unfortunately, when you search about merging partitions, […]

Remove Lock Icon on Folder in Windows 7

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Windows XP had a few ways to share a folder and it was always a little confusing dealing with NTFS permissions and Share permissions. Now in Windows 7, it’s even more confusing! Yes, that’s because they now have Homegroups and you can share files with a homegroup, which is separate from sharing with the rest […]

Disable Aero (Permanently or Temporarily) in Windows 7

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In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the older Luna interface was replaced with a new default theme/interface, called Aero. Aero uses a number of features, such as transluscent windows and title bars, live thumbnails, and other eye candy to create a more pleasing experience for users. The problem with Aero (and other compositing window managers), […]

Fix Unidentified Network and No Network Access in Windows 7/8/10

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Recently, I was helping a client with Windows who was unable to connect to his home wireless network one day even though it had been working fine for a few months. When he went to Network and Sharing Center, he had the following listed: Instead of his normal network connection, it said Unidentified Network and […]