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Matt Refghi

NewsPersonal Stories
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…
Tutorials
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…
Tips & TricksTutorials
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…
Tutorials
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…