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Chocolatey – New Package Manager for Windows

package manager for Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a package manager for Windows? Soon to be gone are the days when you use a trusty search engine to search for the software you’re looking to install on a Windows operating system, hoping you’ve found the correct and most updated version. You then click through a series of windows rather quickly and hope you didn’t forget to uncheck that sneaky little box which will install some random, obnoxious toolbar or antivirus software that you’ll never use and now you have no idea now how to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’re losing valuable…

How to Edit a PDF Without Adobe Acrobat

edit a pdf without adobe acrobat

PDF files are an essential part of doing digital business. There may be times, however, when you want to edit a PDF without Adobe Acrobat because you don’t own a license to use the full version. There is an easy and FREE way to edit a PDF without Adobe Acrobat. It’s through Google Docs and here’s how you do it. How to Edit a PDF Without Adobe Acrobat First, you’ll need to have a google account, which most people do. If you don’t, you can sign up for one for free. Once you’ve established an account, open up any browser…

My Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

You may have noticed that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM; possibly more than many of the desktop programs you might use. This is most certainly true if you use the newest versions of Chrome and Firefox. But is it really a bad thing that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM? First you have to understand how RAM works. How Does RAM Work? It’s usually a good thing when your computer utilizes RAM. RAM works like a quick reference for recently used information, using it as a quick access to the programs and information you use…

How to Transfer Files from Computer to Phone

Transfer Files from Computer to Phone

With remote work and business on-the-go, the ability to transfer files from computer to phone has become an important necessity. There are several ways to do this; some can be complicated… or it can be simple. How to Transfer Files from Computer to Phone One of the most common ways to transfer files from computer to phone has been to email the file or files to yourself and then pull the email up on your phone. Another way might be to upload the file or files to a cloud or cloud service, such as Dropbox, and use the phone app…

How Do I Check for Windows Updates Manually on My PC?

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Windows updates are an important part of securing your computer. Updates are released regularly to ensure you’re protected from the latest digital threats. If you don’t have automatic updates installed, you might be wondering how to check for Windows updates manually. How To Check for Windows Updates Manually Checking for security updates is simple. Select the search bar at the bottom left of the computer and type in “check for updates”. The first option should take you right to the Windows Update page if you’re using Windows 10, or the Control Panel for Windows 7. The information displayed on both…

Windows Won’t Boot

Windows Won't Boot

It’s every computer owner’s nightmare – your computer won’t start or if it does start, you get stared down by the “Blue Screen of Death” or some other screen informing you that Windows won’t boot. Before you call someone in your tech department, there are a couple things you can check: Windows Won’t Boot – Before You Call the Tech Department Ask yourself if there is anything you’ve recently changed (installed a new driver for hardware, connected new hardware, or physically manipulated anything inside your computer case?) If your computer won’t start up at all, double check that your computer…

5 Habits of Respected Leaders

5 habits of respected leaders

Managing a team of individuals can be challenging, and at times, downright frustrating. Being a leader is often a thankless job and sometimes can feel like you’re trying to reign in a crowd of kindergartners. Becoming a better leader almost always creates a better team. Here are 5 habits of respected leaders in the workplace to help get you started.   5 Habits of Respected Leaders   Value Your Employees – This means to be real with your employees and make a focused effort to compliment them on their strengths and guide them in a direction which capitalizes on those…

Nine Things Successful Professionals Avoid Saying at Work

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Working in an office environment, we tend to hear a lot of the same phrases day after day. These cliché phrases tend to elicit eye rolls and weaken relationships between associates and superiors. Successful professionals should avoid saying these common phrases Nine Things Successful Professionals Avoid Saying at Work “That’s Unfair” – This phrase is whiny and sounds immature. When you have a grievance, it’s important that you stick to the facts. “Sorry, but…” – If you have something to say, say it. You shouldn’t have to apologize for contributing to your career. “Not my fault” – Using this phrase…

9 New iOS 10 Features You Might Not Know About

New iOS 10 Features

Each time Apple comes out with new iOS updates, the biggest changes are noticed while the fun little features might get overlooked. Here are 9 new iOS features that you might not know about: 9 New iOS 10 Features Photos: In a matter of a second or two, you can click the home button to wake your phone and swipe left on your locked iPhone. Voila! Camera is ready for action! Lots of new photo featuresThe iOS 10 Photos app uses facial recognition to group people (after it analyzes your photos which can take a day or so, plugged in.)…

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….