Category Archives: Computer Bytes

Technical Tips and Triage

by Bill Scobie

How to Surf the News offers the following advice  on how to find trustworthy fast-breaking news on the Internet so that you don’t repeat wrong information:

Don’t trust anonymous sources; don’t trust stories that cite another news outlet as the source of the information.

Pay attention to language — “We are getting reports” could mean anything; “we are seeking confirmation” means they don’t have it; and “[news outlet] has learned” means it has a scoop or is going out on a limb.

Look for news outlets close to the incident; compare multiple sources; big news brings out the fakers and Photoshoppers; and beware reflexive retweeting.

Find it and Click It

When some menu or option has disappeared in a program you are not used to, always look at and click on triangles, angle brackets, triple dots, triple lines, double angle brackets and anything that points left or right or up or down, and move your mouse pointer over some of those symbols to reveal a help hint. Explore these “hidden” revealers before you actually need them.

Windows 10

Reliability Monitor in Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows, like Windows 8.1, will help you gain insight into what failures might be occurring over and over on your computer that are affecting performance. Check it every few months by searching your Windows computer for Reliability Monitor. You can search by pressing the Windows Key, lower left on the keyboard, tapping the letter S (for search) and then typing in your search term in the box that opens up. You can use this search feature for finding many things on your computer without having to dig through control panels and settings windows.

There will be a new feature in Windows 10 Anniversary update out on or after August 3 that will let you set active hours to prevent your Windows computer from restarting in the middle of the day due to updates from Windows.

If you have gotten a honking big update from Microsoft, see if you can: search for “updates” in your Start menu and choose “Check for updates;” under “Update settings,” click “Change active hours”; then, set your Start and End time for your workday.

What Google Knows

If you are a Google user with a Google account, check their new My Activity tool to review everything Google has tracked about you. You will find it at; look under the three-bars menu for activity control to check and adjust what you would like Google to keep for you.

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