Category Archives: computer tips

How to re-claim 100GB Google Drive space

Recently I purchased a LG G6 phone. The first time I opened Google Drive it offered me a free 2-year 100GB Google Drive promotion. I already pay for the 1TB a year plan for my account. However, my wife could certainly use the free 100GB. I actually already pay $1.99 a month for 100GB for her, so with the free plan I could cancel the paid plan and save almost $48 over the course of 2 years. Therefore, I promptly canceled out of the

What does a yellow light on my Amazon Alexa Echo mean?! [SOLVED]

Question: What does a yellow light on my Amazon Alexa Echo mean? Answer: If your Alexa device starts showing a yellow light, it means that a message or notification* is waiting for you. To hear your notifications you can say things like: “Alexa, play my messages” or “Alexa, what did I miss?” 🙂 *NOTE: if you have not enabled messaging, it could be the new package notification feature… you can also check your notifications by saying “Alexa, what are my notifications?”

Prevent iTunes from opening when connecting iPhone

It can be super annoying when iTunes keeps opening every time you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC 🙁 Fortunately, there is a very easy solution 🙂 Stop iTunes opening every time you plug in your iPhone or iPad Start iTunes Open Preferences Click the Devices tab Check the box marked Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically Voila, after that you can connect iPhones, iPads or iPods with impunity and not have to worry

Can’t find network printer [SOLVED]

Recently my mother-in-law could not get a network printer added to her Windows PC. The solution was fairly simple: #1 Connect the printer via WiFi (this involved going to the setup menu on the printer itself and pressing the WPS button on the internet router) #2 Changing the Windows 7 PC’s WiFi connection from “Public” to “Work” #3 Add the printer via Windows “add printer” button Thus, the solution involved: connecting the printer to the network and making sure the

Fix bad sound on Lenovo ThinkPad [SOLVED]

If you read my blog you probably know that I am a big ThinkPad fan. Lenovo has continued the classic IBM lineup and now there is a ThinkPad for almost any taste. My current favorite is the Lenovo ThinkPad T470. This 14″ beauty is nearly perfect for work and travel. However, from the factory it does suffer from a (fixable) issue that seems to plague many modern ThinkPads… terrible sound!  Specifically, the sound is extremely echo prone… After listening to

[SOLVED] Lenovo BSOD on Windows 7, Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown

One my clients uses a number of Lenovo mini PC systems. The systems perform very well for their intended purposes, however, some of the systems were sporadically shutting down (blue screen of death). Thankfully, disabling Bluetooth devices/adapters in Device Manager seems to have permanently resolve the issue. The client did not need the bluetooth capability in the first place, so now all is well 🙂 For reference, here is the error message and assorted diagnostic info: Problem signature: Problem Event Name:

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