Author Archives: Herb

Chrome Removes OK Google

I wasted a couple of hours this morning trying to figure out why the OK Google feature disappeared from Google Chrome for Windows/Mac/Linux. Turns out that Google removed the feature with the latest Chrome update (Version 46.0.2490.71 m). Why? Apparently, … Continue reading

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Setting up voicemail in Skype

When my Verizon FiOS phone went out for the third time in less than two months, I decided to give Skype a try to see if it could work as a replacement. The quality of the calls is much better … Continue reading

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Don’t spam me, bro!

Google Mail is rolling out a new feature. I feel about most new features the way Lou Grant felt about spunk. The new feature lets you email anyone on Google+ even if you don’t know their email address. Isn’t that … Continue reading

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Syncing Your Google and Outlook Calendars: Beware of GASMO!

I have dabbled with Windows 8 and Office 2013, but delayed actually paying either serious attention until now. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro, outfitted with Windows 8.1 and Office 13, but the screen is so small that trying to … Continue reading

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Open Office Takes Control of OverDrive Files! Here’s the fix!

Do you use OverDrive Media Console to download and manage audiobooks, music, and video in Microsoft Windows? If you do, and you download and install Open Office, you might suddenly find that OverDrive no longer works with the .odm stubs … Continue reading

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Caveat Misleading Lying Links

Notice that this email claims that the displayed link goes to linkedin.com. If you hover over the claimed link, however, the actual URL displays at the bottom of most browser windows (Chrome, in this case). This is how spammers entice … Continue reading

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TiVo not transferring recordings—problem solved (sort of)

I spent a couple of hours wrestling with TiVo, because programs had stopped automatically transferring to my computer sometime last week. Long story short, I’m not the only one—it’s affecting everyone. Some kind of time bomb in one of the … Continue reading

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Brute Force fix for “Chrome Error: Failure Accessing Database” error message

I was getting this error in Facebook when using the Social Fixer add-on. I searched online and found claims that by removing Social Fixer, clearing the cache, and then reinstalling Social Fixer, the problem would go away. I did. It … Continue reading

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Google Nexus 7 Mini-Review

Okay. I’m a nerd, and a fickle one, at that. I succumbed to the Google Nexus 7, and I succumbed basically for one reason: input. I have a regular Kindle, and it’s great for reading outdoors in bright sunlight… which … Continue reading

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VZBONUS.COM Scam Alert!

VZ Bonus Scam! Beware!!! I just got a call on my cell phone (I almost NEVER get calls on my cell phone) from “8000004533” claiming I’d been selected or had won (forget the exact wording) $100 off my next phone … Continue reading

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