Google Maps has a feature that makes it possible to create your own customized maps that you can then share with friends or embed on a website. To do this, go to google.com/mymaps and sign in with your Google login. Then click the "Create a New Map" button. This will take you to an interface where you can add various things to the map. You can drop pins and label them, draw a line or shape, define a driving, biking, or walking route, add directions and more.
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If you're using your mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your Windows PC, or just trying to stay within a data cap from an internet service provider, you'll want more control over what things get downloaded and when.
First of all, you can easily see in Windows how much data you've used. In Control Panel --> Network and Internet, there's a data usage tab. This will show you how much data has been used and which apps have been using data.
Most of us use an email service on the web, such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo Mail. That means that our email messages are stored on their servers in the cloud, and typically isn't ever downloaded to your local system. There are some ways you can do this, however, to keep your own copy of those valuable email messages.
First, check for a download option that may be provided to you by the email service itself. It may let you download a copy of your messages directly to your computer.
In older versions of Windows, security wasn't a priority as it is in modern operating systems today. If you've forgotten the password for an older Windows PC, there are options to either get around it or crack the password itself. One quick and easy thing to try first is to type in "admin" in the user field, and leave the password field blank. If that doesn't work, there is a hidden administrator account that can be activated.
Leo Laporte recently interviewed Bill Atkinson, one of the fathers of the Mac, on Triangulation episode 244. During his time at Apple Computer, he created QuickDraw, an integral part of the graphical user interface, MacPaint, and HyperCard, which made programming accessible to non-programmers. In addition to this, he's been a lifelong photographer and pioneer of digital printing technologies. Recently, Bill Atkinson created an iOS app called PhotoCard, an app for sending quality photographs as postcards.
In the past, we had recommended using GWX Control Panel to get rid of the Windows 10 popup notification. But since Steve Gibson wrote a utility called Never10, we now recommend that instead.
Never10 simply performs the system editing required to stop Windows from automatically upgrading to Windows 10. This means there is no software that needs to remain installed on the computer, and Never10 can be deleted immediately after you run it.
If you're concerned about using your credit card online, the website Privacy.com will keep your personal data private and make the transaction more secure. This site will give you a new virtual card for every transaction you make. Privacy.com can be used everywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted.
If you travel frequently, you're probably relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots often. While they are convenient, you should be aware that some of the things you do while connected to that hotspot could be visible to others. Many of the tasks that people do online, including banking, Amazon, Facebook, and most email providers, are already encrypted using https. This means that everything on that connection is secure. You can find out if you're on an encrypted connection by checking the URL in the navigation bar.
The New York Times recently posted an interesting article about a new company that has started called BillFixers, which acts as your agent to cut your cable and phone bills. It gives tips for getting lower bills, and a lot of these things can be easily done yourself:
If you plug in a hard drive and can't get it to work, it may be that the drive isn't formatted properly for that operating system. For instance, if you plug in a drive that had been formatted with a Mac into a PC running Windows, it won't be readable. The same thing will happen with a drive that had been formatted using Linux.