Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

Android Camera now asks to post photos to Google Maps

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Posted in Mobile · Tags: ,

I took a picture on my android phone the other day and noticed it asked me if I wanted to post it on Google Maps? Really, why would I want to do that. Why does any photo I take need to be on Google maps. If you go into Settings > Apps then pick Camera, then go to Permissions and disable Location. That seemed to disable this nasty feature and message. Of course you have to have Android 6.x to disable permissions for apps on specific things.

Adobe InDesign “Publish Online” button

Friday, January 15th, 2016
Posted in Software

Talk about annoying. Adobe InDesign has “Publish Online” button near the top toolbar and whenever I hover over or go by it on accident it brings up a tooltip message. Luckily I found out how to disable it.

Edit > Preferences > Technology Previews and uncheck the box Publish Online (Preview).

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Avast Free Anti-Virus Now with Lots of Messages

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Posted in Software

For over a year now Avast Free Antivirus has been giving more notices and messages and trying to sell other things. I know they want to make more money, but its highly irritating. I don’t need Grime Fighter, Software update notifier and other worthless messages. I set the timeout to 0 for even notices like AV updates, just because I got tired of it telling me anything. I’m about to switch to something else, if they keep this up.

TurboTax Price Went Up

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Posted in Software

If you are filing taxes this year TurboTax‘s price just went up a lot, especially for business owners or anyone that needs itemized deductibles. Last year it was pretty cheap, now I feel I’m getting gouged. I guess they know a lot of people do their taxes online.

Alternatives are TaxACT and H&R Block Online. We need competitors to keep the price down, help support competition.

Free Windows User Interface Programs

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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If you have a PC with Windows installed and are looking to make your work routine more efficient try out these free programs. They are mostly inspired from Mac OS X and Linux but they have great user interface tools to better manage multiple windows explorer windows using panes (sometimes called panels) which are side by side views and tabs. You can also get multiple desktops like Linux and better deal with multiple open windows whether you use one or multiple monitors.

If you are tired of dealing with lots of open windows and losing track of what you have open, you’ll want to try these out. If you are a power Windows user or do a lot of multi-tasking, these applications will help you speed up your productivity on your computer.

Windows Explorer Tabs and/or Multiple Panes

  • Q-Dir – tabs, multiple panels (up to 4), favorites – my #1 choice
  • FreeCommander – tabs, dual panel
  • Multi Commander – tabs, dual panel
  • Unreal Commander – tabs, dual panel
  • XYplorer – tabs, dual panel – free version doesn’t have a favorites feature, but it does remember your last open tabs and places last open
  • QTTabBar – tabs, no dual or multiple panes, very clean, Windows Explorer plugin
  • Clover – tabs, no dual or multiple panes, very clean, Windows Explorer plugin

Mission Control clone


Dexpot – Mac OS X Mission Control clone. Free for personal use only! This does what Mac OS X Spaces and Expose clones do in one program. Multiple desktops and easily switching from open windows. Hot corners, keyboard shortcuts and more. If you need something free for a work, business or commercial computer, use the two programs WindowsPager and Switcher, which I mention below.

Multiple Desktop / Spaces clone


WindowsPager – Mac OS X Spaces clone or Linux Multiple Desktops clone. This is the one I like the best, configuration takes awhile to figure out. I like the windows box in my Windows taskbar. You can configure keyboard shortcuts and more. You can configure different wallpaper for each desktop, but you have to edit an ini file.

Expose clone


Switcher – Mac OS X Expose clone. It allows you to more easily switch from all your open windows rather than dealing with alt-tab. If you have a lot of windows open, you’ll want this. You can configure hotspots and it works with multiple monitors.