Category Archives: Tips & Tweaks

How to Test If Your Infrared Remote Control Is Working

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How many times has this happened to you, you pick up the remote point it at the TV to change the channel and nothing happens. Do you do what I do and frantically press all the buttons hoping one will work then give it shake or two and finally give up and replace the battery’s only to find out its still not working. Since TV remotes broadcast their codes in the infrared spectrum you can’t see if it sending anything, until now.
Here’s a tip I found that lets you check to see if the remote is sending its infrared signals to your device.

Create A Desktop Icon To Lock You Computer With One Click

lock & KeyStepping away from your computer for a bit to do something else but don’t want others to see or have access to your desktop, you can create a shortcut icon to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screensaver. Here’s how.

Add 3D Pinball To Windows 8



If you loved to play 3D Pinball on your XP computer you know by now that Microsoft didn’t include it in Windows 8 for some strange reason. Well there’s good news it works just fine in Win 8 and it’s not hard to get it working as long as you have or know someone with a XP computer, and a way to transfer some files, if not I setup a download site with the files at MediaFire.

Here’s how to get it working.

How To Run The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Anytime

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The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running all Windows versions for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software including Conflicker, Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom and many more, it remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.

Microsoft releases a new version of the tool on the second Tuesday of every month, and as needed to respond to security incidents, and will run automatically, But you can run it when ever you want by following the steps below.

How To Use Google Search Timer

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Here’s a quick and easy tip. Ever need to set a timer or alarm when using your computer. Did you know Google search can do that for you? Here’s how.
Open a Google search page and type in “set timer for 15 min”

Use LastPass To Manage All Your Passwords.


If you used the internet for any length of time you probably have hundreds of passwords, one for every site you need to login to right. Or do you use the same password for every site, yikes, say it isn’t so. Using one password for every site is a recipe for disaster. Almost every week we hear in the news another major site got hacked and they lost customer data. From there it’s easy to guess what sites to try your user name and password on.