Remove Dotted Border Around Icons on Windows Desktop

by File in: Windows 7

Have you ever noticed that sometimes Windows will give your desktop icons a dotted line border? It’s really annoying and definitely doesn’t look good with the neat and sleek Aero interface of Windows 7. Here is what I mean: Grrrr! I’m one of those picky Windows users who likes things to be a certain way […]

Scale Down an Image in Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android

by File in: How-To

So you just downloaded some pictures from your new fancy Canon or Nikon camera? Well, get ready for some huge pictures with lots of resolution! You’re talking about 20+ megapixels and extremely high resolutions! The prices are always coming down and the quality is always going up. For most people, it’s overkill. Additionally, it’s sometimes […]

Windows 8/10 Desktop Gadgets

by File in: Windows 8

In Windows 8, Microsoft is moving away from desktop gadgets. Instead they want developers to write Metro-style apps, which also have the ability to be docked to the right-side of the display like a gadget. Of course, if you were happy using gadgets in Windows 7, you can continue using them in Windows 8 and […]

Log on as Administrator in Windows 10

by File in: Windows 10

By default, the local Administrator account in Windows 10 is disabled. There are certain programs that require the user to be logged in using the local administrator account in order to install software or perform some action on the computer. Even though you normal user account is considered an “administrator” account, you will still be […]

Remove Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

by File in: How-To

I love my iPhone and I also like iCloud, but what I hate is that I have a ton of duplicate contacts! Why is that? Well, it’s because I use the same iCloud account on multiple iPhones and iPads. All the contacts from my wife’s iPhone and my sister’s have been merged into on giant […]

Limit Bandwidth on a Netgear Wireless Router

by File in: Networking

I recently bought a second wireless router for several reasons, but one 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 have to […]

Download High Resolution Book Cover Art

by File in: How-To

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 7/8/10

by File in: How-To

In Windows 7 and Windows 8/10, 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 […]

Fix COM Surrogate has stopped working in Windows 7

by File in: Help Desk

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 […]