Want to Be Effective While Working Remotely?

Working With the world population at an estimated 7.9 billion, close to 5 billion people have to work or study from home. With these figures, you would think that the world economy, as a result, would collapse, and rightfully so. Numerous economic analysts are in fact in agreement that we are heading into one of the worst economic contractions in human history, only comparable to the Great Depression in the 1920s and the aftermath of World War II – unless we adapt to this situation.

And adapt most of us have, as working from home has been the saving grace of so many businesses, not to mention entire economies from a total shutdown. Moreover, if done right, working from home cannot just save companies, but allow them to profit. With operating expenses lessened because offices and shops are closed, companies can actually make themselves fiscally strong. Thus, with remote work looking like it’s going to be the norm, how can we maximize it to make it work for our companies? What are the best practices in remote work that will …

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Three Things to Do Before Joining a Video Conference

Because of the coronavirus crisis, a majority of us will need to work from home.  And as any veteran telecommuter will tell you, you will have to conduct a meeting with your team or your colleagues through a video conference call. While the technicalities of setting up a video conference may already user-friendly, there is still the issue of doing them properly, in proper etiquette. After all, just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can slack, especially in these online video meetings. Here are some dos of video conference etiquette that you can do even before the meeting starts so that you can hopefully conduct them as effectively as possible.

Do: Have an Agenda

Doesn’t it irritate you when you attend a meeting where everybody just sits around, waiting for all attendees to be present, and then, when finally is already in the meeting, the person presiding the meeting takes a while to get things in order? At least in actual physical meetings, you can express your frustration to the meeting presider with facial expressions. With virtual meetings, …

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Keeping It Clean, Including (and Especially) Our Gadgets

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we live, and that is no exaggeration. Entire states have declared lockdowns, residents have been instructed to practice social distancing and to stay home. There seems to be no near end in sight yet as cases of patients confirmed positive of the virus have been steadily increasing.  If we are forced to see any upside to what’s happening, it’s that everyone has become more conscious of personal hygiene. All around the world, authorities have regularly campaigned for the public to adhere to sanitation practices like the 20-second rule of handwashing, keeping our hands away from our faces, and maintaining proper coughing and sneezing behavior. For us who can’t seem to live without a social media update every hour, good hygiene should also mean making sure our gadgets are virus-free.

There is still no documentation of the COVID-19 virus being transmitted through surfaces, as the most common means of transmission current is through direct human contact or respiratory droplets. However, health authorities such as the CDC suggest that surfaces should still be cleaned, as recent …

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Another Three Suggestions on What to Do While in a Lockdown

By now, unless you’re on a YOLO mindset, you should already be staying at home. You wouldn’t want to catch the COVID19 virus, would you? Even if you’re the altruistic, other-before-self kind of person, you shouldn’t really be outdoors because if you bring the virus with you home, your family and those who get in contact with you might be the ones to get sick. So really, stay home.

So, now that you’re being a good person and staying home, doing your part to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the virus, you can’t really say that you’re bored and left with nothing to do. You’re in the comforts of your home (or wherever it is you’ve chosen to camp during this lockdown period). True, you can’t do any and all outdoor activities, but there are still so any things you can do at home. Think about it: There are so many things we have put in the backburner, activities we have postponed; and now is the time to bring them back to the forefront. Need a bit …

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Keep Busy While Staying at Home  

Aren’t we living in ironic times?

Just when we’ve been feeling so drained and complaining about being overworked, spending 14 hours in the office just to bring home the bacon, not having time to pursue our passions (from crocheting to finally taking the weekend off for a paragliding adventure) because we just don’t have the time, the COVID19 pandemic hits the entire world. So, now we have all the time in the world, but we can’t do a lot outdoors because most of us are in lockdown. We can’t go out, we can’t have drinks with friends in our preferred club, and there goes your dream paragliding adventure.

So, how do we actually keep busy and not lose our sanity for the entire lockdown period? Before cabin fever sets in, here are some recommended activities we hope you’d consider.

Keep fit indoors

Just because you’re cooped up inside your house doesn’t mean you have to live a sedentary lifestyle and forget fitness. Everybody’s stuck up on their houses precisely because of this disease and reliable sources say the mortality rate …

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Be Assured of Your Internet Speed This Lockdown

Because of the COVID19 scare, a lot of people have been working from home. The problem is, many have discovered that their internet is working at a speed that is not to their expectations. Moreover, those who are staying at home and sourcing their entertainment from games and streaming entertainment their internet speeds aren’t up to par with what they were used to. So, in this period of people telecommuting and staying at home, what are the best ways to improve your internet speeds?

A quick note, though: If you are not sure of how exactly your internet is performing, try to run an internet speed test at various times throughout the day. Not only will you get exact numbers, but you will also get to check if there’s actually a fluctuation of your internet speeds, if it’s consistently slow throughout the day, or if there are only particular times of the day when it’s not as fast as the rest of the day.

Reset or reboot? 

If you have an average home network, you can enjoy a lot of …

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Software for Data Recovery DIY

It’s a nightmare everyone using a computer has: files accidentally getting deleted, important documents mysteriously disappearing, things you badly need in your laptop that you can’t find anymore. When this happens and you’ve verified that indeed, you may have lost that file in that particular laptop, you can explore two options. The first option is for you to take advantage of a professional who does a data recovery service for you. But then, you may also opt to take things in your own hands and recover that precious missing file with the help of data recovery software.

If user reviews are to be believed, data recovery software has improved in their performance in leaps and bounds since they were first used. While other software has lousy free trial versions, those who have tried free data recovery tools to salvage lost files have posted glowing reviews as well, comparable to paid versions. So, let’s see which of these programs come most recommended among users on the Internet.

Recuva

Recuva is a paid data recovery service that gets full marks on how …

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Will Streaming Kill Cable?

The proliferation of streaming services has been on the upswing with the introduction of apps and devices that allow people to watch television programs, movies, and even live events in real-time, wherever they are, and even without a TV! But this surge in streaming’s popularity has adversely affected the cable TV industry. With subscribers suddenly presented with the option that markets itself as having more advantages over having your TV corded, droves have switched loyalties, spelling a slow death to cable TV providers. Or are we counting out cable too soon? Let’s look at some factors and determine who the ultimate victor is in the showdown between cable TV and streaming services.

Channel variety: Cable is still king

While it is true that streaming services boast of content from all over the world at your fingertips, viewers still care more about local channels. After all, there is still great demand to know the latest news, weather forecasts, event calendars – all of which can only be provided by local TV channels. Alas, there are cable TV channels that cannot transition …

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Microsoft Edge: How To Use It

Windows 10’s default browser is Microsoft Edge. Compared to other web browsers, Microsoft Edge’s is more on the clean and minimalistic side, more so physically than technically. Because when it comes to speed browsing, Edge is up there as well. Microsoft Edge also has some great features. For example, it has an eBook and PDF reading capability that blocks out interference to give you only the best reading experience. The cons though are that some websites don’t open in Microsoft Edge. If you work with a lot of extensions, there isn’t much in Microsoft Edge. You also won’t get a history search.

 

If you want to find out how to use Edge if you haven’t already, this will be your tour.

 

But first, you will want to block cookies, pop-ups, and trackers. To do this, click the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the screen and click Settings.

Scroll down and click ‘View advanced settings’. Make sure the following three switches are all set to ‘On’: ‘Block pop-ups’, ‘Send Do Not Track requests’ and ‘Block

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How To Secure Windows 10 From Viruses

What’s yesterday’s spyware protection has now become an even better security and protection for your computer. We’re talking about Windows Defender. It first made its debut in 2006 and since then, Microsoft has made it even better, making Windows 10 even more secure not just from internet threats, but also from viruses and malware.

 

To keep your Windows 10 running free from all the bad things that can harm it, there are other precautions and actions you can do to further safety and security. This includes the free tools that you can download to prevent computer or data damage.

 

First up is the trusty Windows Defender. If you have turned on your Windows Defender, it automatically runs a security check in the background to make sure everything is safe and sound. But if you want to double-check, you can always run a scan.

Select ‘Quick’ and press ‘Scan now’ to sweep your files and folders. For a deeper scan select ‘Full’.

(Via:https://www.techradar.com/how-to/internet/how-to-protect-windows-10-from-viruses-for-free-1310440)

 

Scan a specific folder if you don’t want either Quick or Full scans.…

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Speed Up Your Windows 10 System

By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.

While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.

 

If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner …

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Easy Ways To Fast-Track Your Windows 10

Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.

 

Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.

 

Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.

You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and

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How To Prevent Windows 10 Updates

Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.

 

One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.

 

Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.

Click the Start menu, then the Settings cog. Now go to ‘Update & Security’, click ‘Windows Update’ on the left-hand side, then click ‘Advanced options’. Under ‘Pause Updates’, toggle the switch to

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How To Deactivate Push Notifications In Your Browsers

Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.

Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still …

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Protect Your Family With Windows 10

Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.

Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.

Before starting with the Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10, we need to make sure your computer is properly set up. If you’re sharing a single user account between your family, it’s time to change that and use one account

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Steps On How To Manually Free Some Space In Your Windows 10

If you come to think about it, your Windows 10 computer is like the streets and roads in your city and your files are the vehicles on the road. In order for the vehicle you need for the day to reach you, it needs to go through traffic. If traffic is heavy, then it can be delayed on its way. But if the road is clear, then it can get to you as fast as it can. There’s no use for a fast car if the road is in heavy traffic.

In the same manner, your computer needs some good free space for it to go on about its tasks, so you can too. To do this, you need to know what is taking a lot of space in your storage.

First of all, put on your detective’s hat (if you have one – if not, an imaginary one will do). Find out exactly what’s taking up all the room on your hard drive by launching the Settings app from the Start menu then clicking ‘System’ and then ‘Storage’.

Select

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Several Types of Storage Devices

Computers function pretty much the same way that we do. Like us, they too need a place to store information. The same goes for your smartphones. There are three types of storage: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Among these, only the first two are widely and commonly used.

If compared to us, the primary storage is much like our short term memory (STM). It’s the memory that a home cook uses to remember what she needs in the storage room and forgets about it when she’s back in the kitchen after fetching what she needed. In other words, it’s a temporary memory. The secondary storage, on the other hand, is what is known to be the lasting memory. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Primary storage is basically the internal storage of your computer or smartphone. You will recognize them as the RAM or random access memory in your device’s setting.

Primary storage, which is also referred to as internal memory, is accessed by a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). It is usually the fastest and most expensive

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Different Types Of Secondary Storage Devices

If there’s one good thing about the world today, it’s about options and how we get to have quite a few of them. And when it comes to freeing up disk space, there are a few things you can do.

Storage space, particularly in your disk (hard drive), is especially important for your computer to perform its tasks with the utmost efficiency. Imagine having stacks of paper works on your desk at your office. You have to go through a lot just to find the one thing you need that happened to be located beneath all the piles. Wouldn’t it be better if your desk only has one short pile? The same goes for computers. The more files the storage has, the slower and less efficient the turnover of work is. So, what can you do to free up space in yours?

Other than deleting files and uninstalling apps manually, you can also do other things. For one, you can ask for help from Windows’ Disk Cleaner for automatic file deletion.

Windows includes its own Disk Cleaner utility that will

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Other Ways You Can Free Up Disk Space In Windows 10

If there’s one good thing about the world today, it’s about options and how we get to have quite a few of them. And when it comes to freeing up disk space, there are a few things you can do.

Storage space, particularly in your disk (hard drive), is especially important for your computer to perform its tasks with the utmost efficiency. Imagine having stacks of paper works on your desk at your office. You have to go through a lot just to find the one thing you need that happened to be located beneath all the piles. Wouldn’t it be better if your desk only has one short pile? The same goes for computers. The more files the storage has, the slower and less efficient the turnover of work is. So, what can you do to free up space in yours?

Other than deleting files and uninstalling apps manually, you can also do other things. For one, you can ask for help from Windows’ Disk Cleaner for automatic file deletion.

Windows includes its own Disk Cleaner utility that will

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How To Customize Your Windows 10 Taskbar

Windows 10 has brought many good things to Windows users. Though this should not come as a surprise since Windows 10 has been around for some years now. Proof that changes and improvements can wait because the current operating system is working great. What you can actually do is personalize and customize some of the current user interface. For example, you can customize the taskbar according to your liking.

 
We all have a preferred command or better accessibility and usage according to our needs. Windows 10 gives this option to users for improved use and more efficient work. Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

Now you can choose between the search icon or the input search box.

The Windows 10 Taskbar displays a rather lengthy input box on the left. From here you can search files, settings, apps and the web – and even access Cortana – using simple search terms and phrases.

But if you don’t use it often, it can reduce to an icon or disappear completely. Right-click the Taskbar, hover over Search then

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How Do Internal And External Hard Drives Differ?

Both internal and external hard drives share a common function of storing data. Both have ample amounts of storage for all your needs. You can store just about anything in both of them. While their names indicate a lot, more can be discussed about their differences. But what you must understand is that internal storage is a given in devices such as computers and smartphones. Without it, such a device simply wouldn’t function.

Simply put, internal storage is the main storage for permanent files – files that you want to keep for long. External storage is more of complement storage for your already existing storage. To shed more light on this matter, let’s discuss the differences of each.

If you haven’t already noticed, their names give away their location which is their main difference. An internal hard drive is built within the computer. An external hard drive is not. You need to connect it to the computer using a cable to have access to it.

The main difference between an internal hard drive and an external hard drive is location.

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5 Easy Steps To Reset Your MacBook Pro

You can reset your MacBook Pro. As a matter of fact, you should. If you want to sell or give it to someone, you should reset it back to factory default. That way, all your personal data, photos, and videos aren’t exposed. It’s also a good idea to reset your MacBook Pro if it’s slowing down a bit.

If your MacBook Pro is performing very slowly or you want to sell it or give it to someone else, you may want to reset it to factory conditions.

In plain English this means restoring your MacBook Pro to how it worked when you took it out of the box.

(Via: https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-reset-a-macbook-pro)

Here are the steps to reset your MacBook Pro. You’d be surprised how easy it is to do. Before you actually start to reset your MacBooK Pro, you have to be crystal clear with the reason why you’re doing it. Are you giving the unit away? If you are, the first thing you would have to do is to unlink your MacBook Pro from your Apple ID.

Here’s how …

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5 Horrifying Scenarios That Lead To Data Loss

Everyone has experienced data loss. No one is spared from it. You have probably experienced it already. The question is, did you learn from the painful experience of losing valuable data?

Maybe you did learn a thing or two but to think that it’s never going to happen is wishful thinking. Data loss can happen again and again and again. That’s how serious data loss is.

According to Small Business Trends, 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States every week, while Data Loss itself is up 400% since 2012. Yet, 68% of SMBs do not have a disaster recovery plan.

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/always-be-prepared-5-annoying-scenarios-of-data-loss-and-how-to-recover-your-data)

You don’t really have to be a small business owner to have a disaster recovery plan in place. But if you are, you better have one. You can’t afford to be part of the 68% of SMBs that don’t have any kind of recovery plan. Don’t wait for a disaster to happen when you need data recovery. You need to protect your business with a solid recovery plan.

Truth is, data loss could be just …

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Fatal Errors On External Hard Drives: Here’s How You Can Fix Them

It’s a message you dread to see. When you plug in your external hard drive and see a fatal error message on your screen, you wonder what could possibly be wrong? With your crucial data stored in your external drive, you just hope against hope that everything is going to be okay. The last thing you need is for your external hard drive to fail you.

Well, the good news is that this error is not necessarily a death sentence- as most people think and it’s always possible to not only restore the data but also fully recover the hard drive.

(Via: https://windowsreport.com/fatal-error-external-hard-drive/)

Understanding why fatal errors occur can help you do the right thing. Here are the possible reasons why fatal errors occur on your external hard drive.

1. The hard disk may no longer be recognized by the disk management utility in windows may be because of an invalid partition table.
2. For many external hard drives, an incompatible/malfunctioning USB cable will, on occasion, introduce this error.
3. Major performance problems as a result of factors such

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Get To Know The Features Of The iPadOS

Apple never fails to excite us. It always gives us something new to look forward to. With their latest iPadOS, we’re, again, tickled with excitement but what is it really about? How different is it from the operating system that we’ve all gotten used to?

So, if you’re confused about Apple changing the iPad’s operating system from iOS to iPadOS, you’re not alone. Announced at WWDC 2019, the change is meant to signify that the iPad’s operating system is different from the iPhone’s — even though iPadOS is fundamentally similar to what this operating system used to be when it was called iOS 12.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

We’ll go through each feature of the iPadOS but before we get right into it, here’s something to take note of.

First of all, let’s clear up a likely misconception about iPadOS: the iPad’s newly found support for the mouse isn’t an exclusive feature in iPadOS. The iOS 13 beta has also brought this feature to the iPhone. This definitely proves the feature is more about accessibility for those with different needs than

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