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Comprehensive List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

I admit I should be using more keyboard shortcuts aside from just the most basic ones such as copy and paste. I was browsing Windows Central and they have an article which lists all the essential Windows 10 shortcuts. They even have them broken down to help you narrow down any you might be looking for.

I'm going to go through it and find some of the most useful that I might use.

Here's their list:

Don’t forget to clean out those PC filters! Because I did....

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

It is a good time to give your PC a little maintenance. I also got a new SSD drive just for games, and while I was installing that I was amazed at the amount of dust that has accumulated in the case. I had to disassemble the CPU cooler to get all the years of dust that got trapped in the heat sink.

New Modern Files App for Windows 10 - Files UWP

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

Files UWP is a new app that's currently in beta in the Microsoft Store. It's a nice modern app you can use as an alternative to Windows Explorer. 

Thanks to Yarlen for the tip!

You can download it here.

Let's Talk Productivity Apps on our Windows PC

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

I have a 15" Dell XPS 4K touchscreen laptop that I primarily use for work purposes. Any productivity software I need is bought and used mostly for this machine. Over the years, I've tried out more types of apps than I could probably ever remember or count. Most of them I never stuck with because they ended up not being not very useful for what I needed.

Now, of course everyone's view on what is productive for them will vary from person to person, but I wanted to talk about the software I have used that has been absolutely essential in keeping my daily work productive and efficient. 

If you've read any of my blogs over the years you'll know Fences is one of the first apps I install on a new PC. The biggest thing necessary for my productivity is organization. I have various project I work on throughout the week, most of which involve various type of files like images, video clips, text documents, etc. These can easily turn into a mess, and I use Fences to keep them organized so I know exactly where my files are.

If you need to capture images or video of your screen, then there is nothing better than SnagIt. I have used it for longer than I can remember, and it is one of the main apps I use when creating tutorials, screenshots, blogs, and much more. Aside from taking the screenshots/video, it has a powerful editor where you can edit and mark-up for use in your media.

There are many password managers out there, and I've tried a fair share of them. 1Password ended up being my favorite, as I have found it's the easiest to use and works well with most web browsers. Another huge benefit is that it works across all my devices. I have all my passwords synced across my PCs, iPad, and iPhone, so I always have access to my passwords.

Groupy is probably the newest addition to my PC out of the software I've listed here, but it has certainly earned its place. Groupy basically lets you group multiple apps into tabs so you can quickly create a workflow for whatever task you might have. Lets say I'm working on getting some content up on WinCustomize for DeskScapes - I might have my video editor, video encoder, DreamMaker, and notepad grouped so I can easily switch between them. That's just one simple example of the many ways you can use Groupy to up your desktop productivity. 

Let me know in the comments if you use any of these apps, or any different ones that you recommend!


Five Alternatives to Windows Task Manager

One by SysInternals Mark Russinovich

Saturday, May 23, 2020 by DrJBHL | Discussion: Personal Computing

Saw this article on MakeUseOf (linked above) offering five powerful alternatives to MS's improved Task Manager.

Right now I'm trying SysInternals Mark Russinovich's Process Explorer which looks best to me for my needs. If you like Process Explorer, it's landing page is here: . If not, there are four other good ones in the MakeUseOf article. 

Thought you'd be interested in this tool which has good explanatory notes in the zipped download and on its page.

Have a great weekend!


MS Power Tools Updated

New Power Tools Explained

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by DrJBHL | Discussion: Personal Computing

For the power tool users among us, How To Geek put out a nice update to their prior article about MS's power toys, and a nice explanation about the new ones at the url linked above.


Microsoft moves Build conference to online format

Build sessions began on May 19th and will run through May 21st

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Tatiora | Discussion: Personal Computing

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of events to cancel or adapt to an online format. Cancellations from GDC, E3, GenCon, and many more have been rolling in since March, and there doesn't seem to be much of a sign of it stopping anytime soon. Microsoft's annual conference, Build, was cancelled and moved to a free online format, which began yesterday.

Aimed mostly at software engineers and web developers using Windows, Microsoft Azure, and other Microsoft technologies, Build was first held in 2011 and tends to sell out very quickly. Microsoft typically uses the event to discuss new features for Windows and Office line of apps. 

Microsoft's registration website for Build says that users can "Choose from 48 hours of continuous content to create your own digital event experience. Registration is free and is required to get full, interactive access to the digital event." Users can curate their schedule however they like by picking from one of the many available sessions during a time slot and adding it to their agenda. Sessions include topics such as "Azure: Invent with Purpose," "Power Platform for developers," "The Future of Tech," and more.

There is a live chat stream in each session where users can pose their questions for the presenters, who do their best to interact with and engage their viewership. If you're interested in joining some Build sessions, you can register here. Although the digital conference started yesterday, sessions will still continue through tomorrow, so there's plenty of time to join in.

Recent Leaks Give Look into New iPhone 12 models

Prominent leaker Jon Prosser says Apple will offer four models of the iPhone 12

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Tatiora | Discussion: Personal Computing

Image credit: EverythingApplePro

If you're looking to get a new phone soon - or if you're just one of those people who like to stay current with the newest tech - new information recently leaked about the iPhone 12 may help inform your next purchase.

A couple of prominent leakers have shared new information regarding Apple's newest phones. Although this information could be proven wrong once the phones are released, their track record for correct leaks for other devices in the past suggest that their speculation is mostly accurate. 

YouTuber Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech published a video on May 11th, saying Apple will offer four models of the iPhone 12— a base model, a larger Max model, and a “Pro” and “Pro Max” version. The Pro models will get stainless steel chassis, a 512GB storage option and 6GB RAM Vs an aluminum chassis, 256GB top end storage and 4GB RAM for the standard models.

128GB will be the new entry level storage, which is double the previous 64GB starting point. Prosser also says, however, that 120Hz displays will not come to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max, and probably not for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. So far, leaks suggest the iPhone 12 is set to get a very different design but it's likely going to take some cues from previous iPhone models.

Currently, it seems there will be four sizes to choose from:

  • iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display
  • iPhone 12 Max with a 6.1-inch display
  • iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display
Regarding pricing, Prosser believes it will be in line with the price ranges on previous models and shared information on how much he believes the phones will cost in the US:
Model 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 $649 $749 N/A
iPhone 12 Max $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Pro $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Pro Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

There have been varying reports on whether or not the phone's release is being delayed, but it looks like it will be in the hands of users by fall of 2020. If you want to get deep into the nitty gritty, there has been a lot of coverage and additional information shared about the upcoming iPhone 12 on sites including Forbes, Apple Insider, TechRadar, and more.

Are you an iPhone user and are you excited to upgrade to the new model? Let us know in the comments!

The PC of the future - Starting to get things installed

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Frogboy | Discussion: Personal Computing


The first 3 rows are ones I set. 

The second 3 rows are just ones MS’s “frequently used” populated. 

edit: columns!!!

This early, I haven’t used much.

These are the apps I first install onto a new PC.  What are the first apps you install?