Recently, I was trying to track down some system specs for my computers and ran into a snag. It had to do with this Meltdown and Spectre chipset nonsense. It seemed that some articles referenced the “chipset” and others the “code” name. I didn’t have a decoder ring so decided to see if various system utilities could help me check my computer specs. I came away thinking that these profiler tools vary widely in information and details.
One of the biggest security problems to hit this year has to do with some design flaws with various computer processor chips from notable vendors. The breadth of the problem is pretty wide, but the details for consumers is a bit lacking. Much of the info out there is technical and yet there is still a lot we don’t know. A new freeware app called InSpectre sheds some light.
This Excel tutorial is the follow up to the previous article we did on using Excel’s built-in macro recorder. It will introduce you to the macro editor and layout so you can create or edit your own macros. It’s also a great way to learn how the macros work.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that I’m an Amazon Alexa fan. Naturally, I was intrigued when Alexa added a new feature called “Routines”. As the name suggests, it allows you to standardize certain actions for consistency. In theory, this works well, but it didn’t give me the flexibility I expected. I was hoping that anything I could speak, I could use in a routine. However, it’s still something worth exploring as it can make things easier.
If you’ve ever wanted to dabble with Excel macros, this tutorial and video on the macro recorder will get you started. Includes a sample workbook link so you can follow along.
I’m sure this experience has happened to many of us. You see an email come in from a friend, but something just doesn’t look right […]
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to enhance your productivity. The benefits are compounded the more you use a program like Gmail. The problem is learning them and committing them to memory. In the case of Gmail, there are quite a few and some don’t seem intuitive to me. I decided to test the TinyCards system and build a card deck to help me learn them faster. And you can get it too.
People often think Google Docs isn’t full-featured. However, it can handle many of the tasks of commercial programs. But sometimes, you just have to know how to work around the system. In this tutorial, I show how to make a letterhead template with a logo.
Before you get mad at me for the lazy reference, just know I’ve been called lazy too. Lazy people try to find systems so they don’t have to do mundane stuff. This article is a remake of one I did over a decade ago about predictability and passwords. However, the password strategy I outlined years ago is no longer recommended.
These days, it’s tough staying current with information particularly at the rate at which it’s produced. I’m sure we’ve all felt like we’re falling behind. To gain a competitive advantage, our job or class work demands we read more books, technical papers and trade journals. It doesn’t seem fair that the amount of information we’re supposed to know has exploded, yet we still have the same number of hours in a day. Blinkist can help.
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