Category: Advice

Windows 8.1 Start Button

The Windows 8.1 update brought back the start button. However, it takes you back to the start Screen (aka the metro screen), which isn’t really what most people wanted. If you RIGHT-click on the start button, you’ll get some of your familiar items from the old start menu, such as Run, Search, Command Prompt, Control […]

Chicago Speed Camera Map

Chicagomag.com has a handy map showing the locations of Chicago’s new speed cameras. They are like red light cameras but they photograph you and send you a ticket if you are going over the speed limit. The following is information from the city of Chicago, a list of all of the speed camera locations, to […]

We’re Back

Sorry for the downtime, I was having some difficult hardware and network issues. However, what kind of helpdesk would this be if I can’t even fix my own connectivity issues? For a bit more details, let’s just say it started with an overheating router followed by a short-circuit, shenanigan after shenanigan, local DNS not resolving, […]

A Dozen Freeware Windows Programs

Hot on the heels of the previous Dizzle Dozen, A Dozen Freeware Sites, here are a dozen freeware windows software: Paint.NET (image editing) 7-Zip (compression) Sumatra (PDF viewer) Audacity (audio editing) Pidgin (instant messenger) Transmission (torrents) Everything (super fast file search indexer) Teracopy (move/copy files with ability to resume) ImgBurn (iso/data cd burner) VLC (media […]

A Dozen Freeware Sites

Here are a dozen good and/or decent freeware sites. Please be careful on which download link you are clicking on, because most of the Download Now buttons are really just ads trying to trick you. In order of me remembering them: Softpedia (http://www.softpedia.com) SnapFiles (http://www.snapfiles.com) FileHippo (http://www.filehippo.com) BetaNews (http://fileforum.betanews.com) MajorGeeks (http://www.majorgeeks.com) SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net) DownloadCrew (http://www.downloadcrew.com) […]

Computer Overheating?

Here is the inside of a computer I’m working on. Symptom: It doesn’t power on. Here is a shot of the power supply unit (PSU): Please try to keep dust and dirt out of your computer. Once a year, open it up and shoot the insides with canned air to get the dirt out. If […]