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When you need to be published on the web or have the need to post to the web yourself my services can help you through the incredible list of choices (and costs) for your creations.

Or if you need some help in the Eugene, Oregon area with your computer or its software I am able to come to you or come “virtually” via screen share to help you get things going.

Linux Mint Update

I consider myself a longtime novice Linux user. I have enjoyed using Linux OS’s since I discovered them 20 years ago and I always watch to see what is changed with each upgrade of the various distributions of it. For years now I have found Linux Mint to the be the best for me, it just works from the start and always has.

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Long Distance Support

I had an interesting job today.

Hidden chips

I had someone in another state ask for help. Her Computer is dragging badly and taking long pauses. My first suggestion was to get a new computer but as we looked at what she has it seemed like an upgrade for her memory from 4 gigs to 8 gigs might be the better answer for this HP Notebook. I was hesitant to talk her through it because I’m so far away and if things go wrong the computer is not going to work but it seemed like a simple job so we went ahead and tried anyway.

Bitwarden

Bitwarden Password Manager

A few months ago I wrote about LastPass. My view for the need of a password keeper hasn’t changed but I have changed a little about LastPass and discovered Bitwarden an open-source program it does the same thing. Some years ago last pass was bought by LogMeIn and it increased its yearly rate from $12 to $36 for the paid version. I used to pay $12 a year and found that reasonable but 36 is a stretch. A short search…

Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

This post actually came with the new editor in WordPress. I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. What it says about the editor is exactly right, and if you use wordpress I recommend this new editor. The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor…

Lastpass

On any system there are tools I feel I always need, Lasspass is one of those tools. Using computers means using security and that means passwords. And good passwords are about impossible to remember, so, Lastpass. Make one GOOD password you will remember and Lasspass will help you make good ones for all the sites you visit and it will remember them. Even better once it has your login information and you have logged into it visiting a site will…

Remote Support with Zoom.us

Most folks by now have had computer problems solved by having their uncle or primary grade niece help them out by connecting desktop screens with remote control. Teamviewer is probably the best known software for this process but there are many others. A new product for Webinars has this option for free (for 1:1 meetings) and it is Zoom.us. I first learned of Zoom in a business article about its great success, at that time I hadn’t heard of it….

Time to Update websites to WordPress 5.xx

As a consultant for WordPress web hosting I will always recommend keeping your site as up to date as possible as falling behind can cause the site and worse, my host to be hacked by known problems, unnecessary problems. But the update to WordPress version 5 has been a hot topic as it changes to a new editor, and change is scary. Personally I like the new editor, it uses blocks for all its elements and (theoretically) requires less knowledge…

More Than Half of Websites Still Use PHP V5

Websites I host are all updated to version 7+ now, but many are using a PHP version that is going to be dropped at the end of the year.  If you have a website and don’t know if you are in trouble with this issue ask your host, or check your self. I recommend the Chrome addin called Wappalyzer which will show the source and version of websites CMS and server programs as you view websites. Read the linked site…

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