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

by File in: How-To

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 […]

Configure Ubuntu to Not Dim or Turn Off An Inactive Display

by File in: Linux Tips

It’s typically good practice for computer users to have their displays set to turn off after a certain period of inactivity. It’s good for a couple reasons. People passing by your computer (at work, for instance), can’t immediately see what’s on your screen. Also, a monitor or display that’s turned off isn’t running, thereby saving […]

Fix “Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8/10” Error

by File in: Windows 10, Windows 8

I’ve installed Windows 8/Windows 10 on a couple of machines lately to play around with it and it has installed without a problem on all machines except one. On an older Dell computer that I have, I get the following error message during setup: Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8 I was pretty […]

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 […]

Unable to Pin Programs to Taskbar in Windows 7?

by File in: Windows 7

So I ran into an interesting problem the other day when I tried to pin a program to the Windows 7 taskbar. Usually, I just right-click on the open application and say Pin this program to the taskbar: Unfortunately, something happened, or I did something wrong and this option disappeared! So I tried to drag […]

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 […]

Force Windows 7 to Use Wired Connection over Wireless

by File in: Networking

So here’s an interesting situation I ran into when using Windows 7 connected to both my Ethernet network and my wireless network at home: whenever I would transfer data between my NAS and my machine, Windows 7 would tend to use the wireless network instead of the Ethernet connection! This was annoying because the speed […]

How to Trace Dependents in Excel

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If you work with formulas a lot in Excel, you know that the value of a single cell can be used in a formula in many different cells. In fact, cells on a different sheet may reference that value also. This means that those cells are dependent on the other cell. Trace Dependents in Excel […]

Windows 7 Screensaver and Power Options Not Working?

by File in: Windows 7

I’ve had my share of problems with Windows 7, but I still use it regularly along with my MacBook Pro. One new problem that creeped up recently has to do with the screensaver and power options. I set my screensaver to start after 10 minutes, but nothing happened! I also set my PC to go […]

Fix Audio Static Crackling Popping with Realtek Sound Card

by File in: Windows 7

If you have a Windows 7 machine with a Realtek sound chipset or drivers, then you may have run into a problem where you randomly hear crackling or popping or static while playing audio through your speakers or even headsets. I realized after doing some research that this is a pretty tricky problem to fix […]