July 1, 2020

How to Disable Notifications from Printers in Windows 10

I'm the type of guy that keeps multiple replacement toners on hand, for my printer, just in case. But when I get warned that my toner is low, I don't necessarily want to replace it immediately. What I noticed with my Brother printer is that it sure loves to remind me that my toner is low, and it chooses to make a pop-up appear with a bright yellow message, grabbing my attention. Of course there's a financial incentive for me to replace my toner as soon as possible - so I understand why they're doing this. It is of course entirely true that the print quality would be better if I replaced the toner immediately, no doubt about it. But my only objection is the…
June 28, 2020

How to Send Files by Gmail When They’re Beyond the Attachment Size Limit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMQHH6nGitA Description This video is a fresh take on my "Reducing Email Attachment Sizes With Compression" video, posted April 20th, 2011. Since then, things have changed - it was time to revisit it. As mentioned in the video, I had difficulty uploading the partial 7z files to Gmail as attachments. I'm not sure why - your mileage may vary. 7z would be preferable because it likely has more compression options, and even without instructions I like that searching for "7z" will inevitably lead you to conclude that it's related to 7-zip whereas "zip" is more of a household term. I'm not sure that all applications that handle zips can handle the multi-volume approach done by 7-zip. Transcription "So let's say you have to send a…
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June 23, 2020

How to Reduce Sponsored Ads In Windows 10 (4 Different Settings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcXXg6MpQ-0 Transcription "So starting with Windows 10, Microsoft got really comfortable with showing ads for apps, games, and, you know, Bing searches, things like that, in Windows. They're trying to, of course, push their own products, push people to buy stuff in the Windows Store because they get a cut, things like that. So from their perspective they think they are being helpful, they're offering us these "suggestions," but personally I find these suggestions really irritating, because I don't want sponsored content appearing everywhere as I'm working. So here's 3 different places where we can turn off these helpful "suggestions," and I'll also show you how to keep your lock screen clean in Windows, so that you don't have like these pop-ups where they suggest…
June 22, 2020

How to Maximize Screen Space in Excel Online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFrgxAo1_qg Transcript "Hi everyone. Let's say you're working in Excel Online, and you find that you're not able to see enough of the document at a time. Alright so, by saying, by Excel Online I mean in the browser, right? So this is an Excel document open in a browser. It looks a bit ridiculous of course because there's a giant smiley face, but the idea behind this example is that let's say I need to see many rows of data at a time, and I'm just not able to see them all in the browser... what can I do to improve the situation? In this case we're just going to use the smiley as an example. What do I do to see the full…
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October 7, 2019

Converting Old Office Files Into DOCX, XLSX, PPTX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAJ3QMYSVVM Transcript "Hi everyone. In this video, I'll be showing you how to convert old Office files into their newer formats. So by old files I mean the DOC extension, the XLS extension, or the PPT extension, how to convert those into their X equivalents. So DOCX, XLSX. So what happened is, in Office 2007, Microsoft introduced these newer formats, the X formats, so it's possible that when you encounter old Office files, that you sometimes have to convert them to the newer formats - there's a number of reasons why you'd want to do this, but let's say you need to do this. Let's start the Word document, let's open it up. Once it opens up in Word, it's actually really simple to convert…
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September 2, 2019

Canadians Brace for Impact

It's been a while now that I've been observing the news, especially those written by Canadians outlets. And one thing that gets on my nerves from time to time is when I see articles written with a heavy Canadian bias in relation to world affairs. Consider a CBC article from today, as an example: "Canadians living in Florida are bracing for Hurricane Dorian as the monster storm pummels the Bahamas with catastrophic force." Hurricane Dorian. Photo by Cayobo. Yes, let's focus on the minority of Canadians bracing for impact rather than the massive numbers of Bahamians and Americans facing that same danger - that's a great idea. The news of Hurricane Dorian makes me immediately concerned for everyone affected.... whether they are from the United…
December 2, 2018

Working with High Resolution Images in WordPress

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-nqdy_uao Transcript "So I was asked recently to demonstrate the basics of working with images in WordPress, particularly when you're dealing with images that are of a high resolution. So if you look at my desktop here, I have three images. I will just display them quickly - this one, this one, and this one. Now, what they have in common is they're all the same size... if I hover over them right here, you'll see that they are 3200 by 2400, that's a fairly large size, and I can demonstrate that by opening one of them in Paint. So in Paint what you see is a portion of the sky, in this particular shot, and the reason is that the file is actually, the…
Personal Stories
November 22, 2018

Gearing Up

It’s fascinating how you start to see people differently when you have kids. And I say that loosely, as I haven’t exactly spawned minions of my own – my experience stems from fulfilling a stepfather role, years ago, which came quicker than I expected. I mean sure, I had certainly thought of a hypothetical future that might involve kids, but there's no way I thought that would happen in my 20s. In my mind, I wasn’t yet good enough at managing multiple aspects of my life, such as my finances, certain aspects of my business, etc. It wasn't that I was bad at these things, but more so, I didn't feel I was good enough. It thus felt ridiculous to even consider raising additional human…
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March 25, 2018

How to Remove Ads From the Windows 10 Lock Screen

I've discovered I have a new passion in life, and you know what it's all about? Helping people remove as much of the ads and sponsored content from Windows 10 as possible, assuming, of course, that that's something they want to do to begin with. And so today, a very quick but essential tip... how do you remove the"helpful" facts and/or links that appear on the login page? Here's an example: No, Windows 10. Bad. Stop trying to get my attention. These icons visually pollute the lock screen image, and in many cases, Microsoft uses them to sway consumer behavior - something they've clearly grown fond of doing since people accepted free Windows 10 upgrades. Solution If Windows 10 isn't doing what you want, beat…
January 2, 2018

How to Hide the Tools Pane in Adobe Reader DC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJNGfqKlKjk Transcript "Hi everyone. In this video, I'll be showing you how to hide the Tools Pane from Adobe Reader DC. I'll be showing it under Windows 10. So you know when you're opening a PDF with Adobe Reader? On the right hand side, there's this special section known as the Tools Pane. It's an area that has several functions: Export PDF, Create PDF, and a bunch of other things. Now, generally speaking, I find this section obstructive, more than anything. So it's in the way. I would like, for example, the Adobe Reader window to utilize the full width of the window, not just a portion of it because of this sidebar. So in order to hide the sidebar, I click on the arrow…
Personal Stories
November 16, 2017

Why Is Facebook Taking So Long to Delete a Video of a Guy Having Sex With a Chicken?

So I'll cut right to the chase on this one. On Friday the 10th of November, at 6:15 PM EST, I received an odd Facebook message from a friend, one that I'll call Jane for the sake of this article. At first glance, just from the thumbnail, her message seemed like a risky thing to click on. Here's what I saw: (Minus the text overlay) Now, I knew Jane pretty well, so I knew that she often said and did things that weren't particularly appropriate - but it wasn't a constant thing, it happened from time to time. So, even though the preview to this video concerned me, I reasoned that perhaps this wasn't what it looked like. After all, it could have been a play…
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August 8, 2017

The Pizza and the Compass

On a particularly normal morning a few weeks ago, I was preparing to leave for work. I had a small pizza cooking in the oven, one that I planned to eat for lunch - it was not a standard small pizza, more reasonably-sized. When the timer rang, I opened the oven, took the platter out, and placed it on the top of the stove. I then tried to do my usual next step: lifting the pizza from the aluminum foil. To my surprise, on this day, the pizza was very much stuck to the aluminum foil, making for a complicated task - I had to separate the pizza from the foil without comprising the structural integrity of the crust underneath. Photo by Jeremy Keith Now, what's…
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July 28, 2017

Microsoft: Edge Is Better Than Your Browser

So there I was, browsing the web with Chrome as I always did, when I noticed a new pop-up in Windows 10. Take a look at this: Microsoft Edge is safer than Chrome. Now, as much as I like Windows for its simplicity, I have to express my total and utter disgust at this type of tactic. This is basically the corporate equivalent of a kindergardener pointing to another child and boasting how much better they are than them, in an attempt to increase their own popularity amongst the rest. And you just know that they're using the fact that their dad is the principal to more easily get away with it. See, that's the thing... if Microsoft actually had any ounce of fairness in their…
June 4, 2017

How to Use the Selective Sync Feature in Dropbox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTR2FZz3Hbw Transcript So in this video, I'll be showing you how to use the Selective Sync feature offered by Dropbox. So you'll notice in the bottom right corner, I have a Dropbox icon that has a green checkmark next to it. That means the files are fully synchronized, they're the same on my device as they are on the Dropbox servers. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on this icon, and then I shall click the folder icon here, to show you the actual Windows Explorer version of my Dropbox. Now what you'll see is that it's fairly simplistic, I have a Word document, and I have some photos. What you're actually seeing here is a selective sync version of the Alternate…
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June 3, 2017

Imagined Nationalism in Grand Theft Auto Online

Note: The following is a reading response that I wrote for my Mass Communications class, earlier this year. I've added photos, links, and formatting to make the content a little more readable online, but other than that, it is identical to the version I submitted. In “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism,” author Anderson (1991) explores the idea of a nation being both a political and sociological construct. In the first three chapters, he starts by defining nationalism in abstract terms, then proceeds to analyze its cultural roots, and finally, he reviews the changes in society that made a national consciousness possible. While reading the text, the concept of nationalism being “imagined” interested me. “It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will…