Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Ensure you're Getting the Latest Web Page Version

Depending upon the type of website, the frequency of changes made can vary greatly. For example, a news website will have multiple updates each day while a service based website may only have changes once per day, week or month. Regardless of changes, one way websites are delivered to a user faster is by a process called caching. 

Caching is the process of keeping a local copy of content within a page and can include:
  • Images 
  • Style sheets
  • Scripts like Javascript
  • Content
Caching is utilized because it allows a page to load faster, thereby providing a better user experience. In large organizations, firewalls often provide caching of frequently visited pages. For everyone else, devices manage localized caching for themselves and results will vary between devices.

While caching can provide faster web page load times, there are times when disabling caching is helpful. For example, when troubleshooting an issue with a web page it is critical that the page always loads with the most recent changes to ensure time is not wasted looking for a fix that has already been found. Disabling caching can also be helpful when you frequently visit the same page and it often fails to update to the current version.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

How to Connect Wireless Headphones to a Computer

Wireless headphones have increased in popularity and for obvious reasons. Being able to move naturally, without concern for cords, is far more convenient. Nearly every time I wear wired headphones I eventually forget being tethered and suffer from headphones being yanked off my head because I tried to move too far from my computer. I have even had the cable catch door knobs while walking past them. Either way is extremely jarring, and as a result, listening to music or taking an online course has become much more convenient with wireless headphones.

Keep in mind, if your the device's network card does not support Bluetooth, there is still a way to connect wireless headphones to the device.

How to Connect Wireless Headphones to a Computer

Devices with Bluetooth support built-in

If you are not sure if a Mac device has built-in support for Bluetooth, open "Settings" and look for Bluetooth. For a Windows device, open Computer Management by right-clicking on Computer and selecting Manage from the pop-up menu. From this window, click "Device Manager" in the left pane. If supported, Bluetooth will be listed in the middle pane. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018

How to Set Permanent & One-Time Printer Defaults

Each printer driver installs using unique printing defaults. These can be different based on model types, capabilities and brand. Some of the many settings that can be modified include, but are not limited to:
  • Type and size of paper
  • Thickness and finish of paper
  • Single vs double-sided printing
  • Trays
  • Print quality and color
Setting permanent printer defaults saves time and resources as misprinting can be a costly waste of time, paper and toner. Thankfully, different preferences can be set for permanent printer defaults as well as one-time print settings. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Best Way to Move to a New iPhone - Encrypted Backups

Getting a new phone is exciting at first but then it can become tedious trying to configure everything. Access to the many new features and a faster device is great, but the process of transferring to the new phone is much less rewarding. Remembering every password and user id you rarely use is often frustrating. This is especially true when the phone has not been backed up in some time. 

Luckily, there is an easier way to move to a new iPhone. To move to a new iPhone more quickly and without any hassle, use encrypted backups. Encrypted backups store passwords while still protecting the security of your data which allows this information to be restored to a new phone.

The Best Way to Move to a New iPhone - Encrypted Backups

The quickest way to move from an old iPhone to a new iPhone is by utilizing the encrypted backup feature built into iTunes. The beauty of this feature is that it stores local passwords for many applications. For example, the following applications will allow the passwords to be restored to a new phone so they do not have to be re-entered:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

4 Ways to Ensure you Never Waste Printer Toner Again

Eventually the printer you are currently using will stop functioning at some point. Replacing hardware components is often not worth the cost considering the usage on the remaining components. One of the most frustrating aspects of having a printer die is wasting the remaining toner or inkjet cartridges that were purchased without knowing the printer was going to fail.

Instead of wasting the remaining toner, which is both costly and wasteful, use the following tips to ensure you never waste printer toner again.

4 Ways to Ensure you Never Waste Printer Toner Again

1 - Do not buy extra toner

For those of us who prefer to be prepared rather than surprised by issues that usually come at a most inconvenient time, it can be extremely tempting to keep backup toner replacements. There are many reasons for keeping an extra toner onsite including:

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Bypassing the Recycle Bin, A Better Way to Delete Files

There are plenty of instances when the recycle bin on a device saves an important file and makes your day. Sometimes a file is deleted, whether intentionally or accidentally, and when we realize we still need it, we are relieved to find it still available to us. There are also situations when we are positive we will never need a file again. Some examples  are: 
  • The file was downloaded as a reference that it is no longer needed
  • The wrong file was downloaded
  • A new version of the file has been created with a new name
  • A new version of the file has been created and the old one is no longer appropriate to use (for instance annual government forms)
  • Other various reasons
Whatever the reason, if you are confident you no longer need a document, bypassing the recycle bin when deleting it is a much better way to remove those files.

Bypassing the Recycle Bin, A Better Way to Delete Files

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How to Fix Windows Applications Like Edge when they Break

Even with the best testing and implementation practices, software applications can fail. Multiple variations of hardware platforms, software versions and third-party software can all add to the likelihood something will at some point fail to function normally. When this happens, trying to find everything that is going wrong and find the root cause of those issues takes time which is an invaluable resource.

Luckily, there is a way to fix built-in components and applications like Microsoft Edge when problems arise. Microsoft Edge, in particular, is especially tricky because you need to be able to get on the Internet to download another web browser like Firefox or Chrome. This is why it is always a good idea to download a secondary browser while things are working fine.

How to Fix Windows when Programs Like Edge Break

It is important to note you must be logged in with an account that has administrative privileges to be able to run the commands that will fix the application issues. NOTE: If you are logged in as an administrator and the first command fails to run, close the command window. Search for "cmd" a second time but right click on the result and select "run as administrator" in the pop-up window.
  • First, make sure the device has access to the Internet.
  • Then, open a command window by typing "cmd" in search.
  • At the prompt, type "DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth".