Encrypting Ransomware – An Emerging Threat

Computer viruses: the bane of computer systems everywhere. They covertly infect your PC, often causing lots of problems in the process. Thankfully though, computer viruses are usually removable, and rarely permanently damage/corrupt your personal files. However, this trend is changing. A new, and especially harmful, type of computer virus is becoming increasingly prevalent: ransomware. Wikipedia …

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How to Print a Multi-Page Poster/Banner Using LibreOffice (OpenOffice) and Adobe Reader

Recently, I was tasked with creating a multi-page poster/banner for a non-profit organization. Armed only with LibreOffice and Adobe Reader, I was able to create a rather professional-looking result. Here’s how I did it: Open LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) Writer. Click the ‘Format’ button on the top menu bar and select ‘Page’. Adjust your page width/height …

Time-Lapse Photography Volume II

A while ago, I did a blog post on time-lapse photography (also known as ‘stop-motion’ photography). Anyway, I was browsing YouTube this week and came across a few more (awesome) time-lapse photography videos. Enjoy!          

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How to Reduce Eye Strain While Using Your Computer

If you’re like me, and have to stare at computer screens for several hours a day, you probably experience some level of eye fatigue on a regular basis. Today, I want to talk about some ways to make your computer monitor/screen easier on your eyes. Software A few months ago, I came across a totally …

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Easily Sign Documents Online Using SignNow

It’s late afternoon, you’re in a taxi, and you have to get an important contract signed before an upcoming deadline. Two problems: the deadline is 2 hours away, and the required signatory (the person who needs to sign the document) is 3,000 KM from your nearest office. It’s not exactly an ideal situation, right? Cue …

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Convert Documents (and More) to PDF Files for Free

Within the past decade, PDF files have become one of the de-facto standards for digital documents. This versatile file format offers such benefits as: Standardized formatting of text/images/other content Compact file sizes (high compression); easy to email/share with others The ability to create/use fillable PDF forms Advanced encryption/security features to protect critical documents and set file restrictions …

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“Windows Service Center” Scam in Calgary

I’ve written about this scam in the past, but because of the many calls/emails I’ve received from customers about it, I’m going to re-post the information again. In essence, if you get a call from someone claiming to be from “Windows Service Center” (or a company with a similar name), telling you that they’ve somehow …

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An Easier Way to Browse Facebook

It seems that almost everybody is on Facebook these days. In fact, some experts have predicted that Facebook will hit 1 Billion (That’s Billion, with a ‘B’) users by this August! While that may be hard for some to believe, consider this: as of December 2011, Facebook already had over 845 Million active registered users. …

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Helpful Computer Basics Tutorials

If you’re new to computers, or would just like to review the basics, I’ve found a great resource for you: GCF Learn Free. This website offers helpful tutorials on topics like ‘Computer Basics’, ‘Internet Basics’, ‘Email Basics’, Microsoft Office, Facebook, and more! Many of the lessons include interactive material, and some even include videos. They …

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Improve Your Productivity with Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Today, the two most popular computer input devices are the mouse and keyboard (though touchscreens are becoming increasingly popular). Most people exclusively use the mouse for clicking and selecting items, while the keyboard is dedicated almost completely to text input. While this arrangement is fine for most people, learning how to use simple keyboard shortcuts …