Mail Merge for letters or emails

If you are using Outlook to send a similar email template to a few different people then the simplest way to do that is to just make your template in an additional extra long Outlook Signature (see Office Support instructions

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Stopping WannaCrypt

Update 6/27/2017 The  petya ransomware virus form today spreads similarly to the WannaCrypt virus from May 2017.  So if you properly completed all the Microsoft updates since April then you should be good.  Either way this is a timely reminder to

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Routine Preventative Maintenance (RPM)

What can you do to limit computer problems in the future?   or What can I do before Tech Support arrives to save time and money? If you login with Administrative powers on your PC then the answer is Routine Preventative

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Basic Computer Tutorials free online

Some people say they want to be taught basic compute skills but I am not sure that those are easy to learn on the fly in a short time or in a class at a pace for somebody. You’ll  need a

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Google My Business

At a recent meeting of 20 small business owners we broke into a spontaneous discussion about business reviews on Google.  I realized that most small business owners do not know how to use free Google Business features and also many have misconceptions

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Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity   Cybersecurity:  The state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. “Some people have argued that the threat to cybersecurity has been somewhat inflated” Some

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VOIP phone service & stopping those Robo calls

You can eliminate all unwanted calls with call blockers like NoMoRobo and you will save money and improve service options with the right VoIP phone service like PhonePower. What is VoIP: VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and is the modern way to get

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Hardware Values & gift ideas we have vetted

People constantly ask me for product recommendations.  These are often centering around technology or business products but the topics vary widely. People are frustrated by the complexity of technical shopping which often leads to wasting time and money.  It seams that

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DTS Play-fi adds WiFi to your old HiFi, Comming in 2017 Alexa voice control too

Bluetooth is limited in distance to connections a few feet away.  Some devices claim 30 feet but that is optimal conditions and will definitely start to hiss crackle and pop as distance exceed 15 feet or when a person or

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Pool Water Chemistry balancing

Recently saw several question posted on line about alkalinity vs pH.  Are they the same? If different how do you control each? We often use terms which are too similar so they result in confusion. Alkaline is different and measured differently  than Total Alkalinity.  They

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Chrome slow to access gmail

Recently I found several computers were slow to access GMail.  Rumor has it that the problem is related to a Microsoft issue with IP version 6.  Fact is that I was able to repair this problem by disabling ip version

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Windows 10 is a hobby decision

may 18, 2016 update: Thousands of  people have had problems after their computer upgraded to windows 10.  Microsoft leads you to believe your computer is compatible with windows 10 but what they are saying is that because your computer meets some

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Does today’s “free” press cost us our perspective?

Have you ever noticed how many news stories read like a drama movie script?  They have a villain, fear, controversy and suspense?  Maybe it is good business but it seams that any news channel you tune into somewhere half of the viewers are actually

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FAQ & Popular Operating Systems

Everybody Asks: Which Operating System is better? My answer is the one you are used to.  Learning new will take more time than the time you will save.  Just properly maintain what you have and occasionally upgrade.  Save yourself some stress.

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New Computer or Tablet

*Partially vetted Shopping links by category: Optiplex Win 7 64 pro budget Desktops   Windows 10 Upgrade Compatible Desktops   Amazon Tablets & Laptops   Costco Tablets  Costco Laptops Amazon Printers   network   32 bit Computers  Dual Monitors  Cell Accessories    Costco Printers & Scanners     

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Ninite for software updates

Installing updates every few weeks is an essential element of any Routine Preventative Maintenance (RPM) program for a PC.  www.NiNite.com is a safe source for software.  It is also by far the easiest way we have ever run across to

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GoDaddy Workspace Email (android)

ANDROID: TROUBLESHOOTING EMAIL Use the following information to troubleshoot common issues when setting up Go Daddy Workspace email on an Android device. In the meantime, you can always use our MobileMail (http://mobilemail.secureserver.net) to keep in contact with customers, friends, and

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Backups – Implementing the 3221 strategy in your home or small business

For small businesses, home offices (SOHO) and even families with photos good backups are essential.  Every harddrive including your backup drive will eventually fail.  Add to that fires, natural disasters, theft and viruses.  Everybody that computes has potential loss of

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Turning Pointe Email

Status of your email is updated in my Evernote posted here Hello from Jim Ensign, Ketra, Barb Brauer, Stefan and the rest of Turning Pointe’s Tech Support team. You should already be aware Turning Pointe is taking advantage of the semester break to

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Collaborate or sync files with a free personal Dropbox account

If you work with other people or on multiple devices you should have a common space to share files that syncs to multiple device.  This way you always have the current way copy of the files.  Dropbox is also popular because

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