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Due to unforeseen circumstances, I found myself having to configure two new Windows laptops. (Linux and Apple machines have their issues).

My unscientific poll indicated most people receiving or purchasing a new laptop use it without any adjustments. …

This One Simple Trick Could Save you from Ransomware
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If a pc running Microsoft Windows has the Russian, Ukrainian, or 15 other former Soviet country languages installed, some ransomware programs will shut themselves down.

Note the keyword: some.

This is not the only ransomware protection needed. Criminals react exceedingly fast. …

Criminals Will be Ready to File on February 12th, Don’t Wait till April 15th
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Every year, millions of Americans procrastinate filing their tax returns until Tax Day. April 15th is the deadline to submit a tax return for the prior year with the IRS. Meanwhile, criminals eagerly await February 12th so they can begin filing fake returns.

February 12th

According to the IRS, February 12, 2021…

Use Wrong Answers for Account Security Questions
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“What is your mother’s maiden name?”, the bank account system asked. I answered, nuTfryCVyubiunuUB.

Correct, that is a wrong answer. There is no reason to answer it correctly.

Background

Recently, when assisting a family member, I was shocked to see their “true” security question answers. My relative is not “Security conscious”…

Spreadsheets are essential for work or personal productivity

These 5 Benefits of Spreadsheets Make It a Vital Skill
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Yay, 2021! The year everything is going to improve. Start the year by learning and using the most popular, ubiquitous, and indispensable skill for any business or personal setting. The Spreadsheet. Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Apple Numbers, and OpenOffice Calc are the…

3 Stories For All Immigrant (Indian American) Kids
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When my family and I arrived in the land of opportunity, the free public library system, not the Statue of Liberty, reaffirmed our decision to immigrate. As a “good-boy”, I read voraciously. The public library, the greatest invention of Benjamin Franklin, opened the world to me. Like many others, I…

The Best Skill to Improve Productivity is Proper Typing
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“That is not typing!” I barked back to my daughter. For the umpteenth time, I was frustrated by her keyboard pecking.

By “typing” I mean the proper placement and use of the fingers on the keyboard. The instinctive knowledge of the location of each letter of the alphabet. …

Align Task Complexity With Time Efficiency For Highest Productivity
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A supervisor once told me, “Work smarter, not harder,” as I left his office. But he didn’t say how.

I work smarter by aligning the complexity of tasks to the efficiency of the time-period throughout the day, i.e., …

Stand up, reset the eyes, or take a short walk to get the creative juices flowing.

3 Easy Ways to Recharge the Mind
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Sometimes our mind just draws a blank. We can be well-intentioned, filled with purpose, and completely motivated, nevertheless we stare at a blank document unable to get the words out. We tell ourselves, “c’mon”…

Beyond the Recycle Bin

Clean My PC — Practical Steps of the KonMari Method
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I was a digital hoarder and filled my work computer hard drive to the brim. I frequently ran into the “not enough storage” error. The painful, time-consuming process of migrating to a new laptop beckoned a change — the KonMari Method.

Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic…

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