Google Don’t Be Evil
The big news this week is that Google made a change gigantic change to their algorithm, effective immediately. Websites that are mobile friendly will now maintain their search rating but sites that aren’t mobile friendly will lose their ranking in Google searches, a lot of ranking. I’m predicting that millions of website owners will be in for a huge surprise this year as their search results tumble and they virtually disappear from searches. Continue reading Google mobile friendly feature might make your website disappear
Todays biggest headline was the report from S. Korea stating that Samsung has reported disappointing sales of its newest S6 Galaxy product line. Consumers are disappointed with Samsung and Google’s over-promising (via intense ad campaigns) and severely under delivering again, with their Droid based products so they are abandoning in droves and switching to Apple’s proven to be superior iOS experience on iPhone and iPad. The one detail that disgruntled Droid users have to deal with is to move their content from Droid to iOS without losing anything. Reno makes that simple ad easy to do. Continue reading Relo easily moves you from Droid to iPhone and iPad
Numbers, Keynote and Pages make up Apple’s personal productivity suite, and are a must have for all Mac and iOS users that want to create compelling spreadsheets, PowerPoint style presentations and or elegant word processing documents. All three of these apps come free with new devices but if for some reason you own an older Mac that did not come with it pre-installed and did not have the chance to previously download it, there is still a way to get it perfectly free. Continue reading Numbers, Keynote and Pages For Free!
Some folks have experienced an odd problem with the latest version of OS X, Yosemite, manifested in an inability to surf websites and or sluggish responses and or excessive fan noise. Using Activity Monitor to look for the culprit I discovered that it was discoveryD that was using an excessive amount of CPU cycles. I Force-Quit it and the fans stop spinning within seconds, so I knew that I was onto the culprit. Of course, by quitting discoveryD I could not surf the web so I began my search for a temporary solution for this problem while we wait for a patch to arrive. Continue reading discoveryD Fix for Fan Noise and Excessive CPU Usage
Adware is a form of malware that annoyingly pops up ads on your screen, all malware is software that is bad for your Mac. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms, etc. are all various types of malware. They each perform their nefarious functions differently but ultimately they are all up to no good. Continue reading Adware catches a few Mac users off guard, here is the easy fix
Searching for files in OS X is easy, so incredibly simple that most folks don’t realize how incredibly power it actually is. Apple makes it this way so users can focus on getting their tasks done without having to invest time to learn geeky tools and methods. Since Search in OS X is so simple, I’ll start with a little background first. Continue reading Search in OS X like a Pro
Having just gone through two torturous weeks helping someone with a PowerPoint presentation that broke in the most curious and unfixable ways, I was ready to delete it off their system permanently. As soon as I applied one fix, a new problem would crop up. Endless internet searches only revealed that there are hundreds if not thousands of known bugs in Microsoft’s Office suite and seemingly just as many home brewed methods for curing its ills. Continue reading PowerPoint – Office Preview 2016 not really for Mac – Preview First Look
What qualifies as broadband has been heatedly debated since we first abandoned out dial-up modems. Being a huge leap forward for the pitiful dial-up speeds we tolerated, topping out at a theoretical but rarely seen 56,000 bits per second (bps) download (and even less upload). We were thrilled when the first widely available DSL lines offered home user something in the vicinity of 1,500,000 bps, a tremendous leap indeed, however that speed got quickly used up by increasingly complex webpages. Continue reading ‘Broadband’ officially defined by FCC as 25Mbps by 3Mbps, how do you compare?
No Flash for you!
All major web browsers, including Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome on Windows and Safari on OS X, so stand by for a flurry of patches. Adobe failed twice with failures in both Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player plug-ins. Its no surprise that Flash is once again in the headlines (its nearly a weekly event now), its so behind the times that Adobe just can’t keep it secure and should have been retires many years ago. Continue reading Web Browsers hacked, all of them!
Do you recall when I recommended Kasperky software to secure your computers? Of course not because I never have. It always seemed so very obvious to me that in order to trust someone’s software that you would have to trust who made it. To trust them I would have to know them from birth or have a reasonably infallible method for checking them out. Since Kaspersky is in Russia and have never been able to get verifiably accurate information from there, it boggled my mind for years that anyone would trust a complete stranger, but millions did. Continue reading Kaspersky software fronts KGB access to computers