Excel Files No Longer Open from Windows Explorer

If you… 1. Have Office 2007 or 2010 installed on your computer and 2. Then install Office 365 and 3. Then uninstall the old version of Office… You will probably discover that when you double-click on an Excel workbook (.xlsx, etc.) from within Windows Explorer, that Excel opens, but the spreadsheet doesn’t. You have to open the workbook from within the Excel application. Fortunately, there’s […]

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Microsoft Domains to Trust in Your Browser Script-blocker

If you’re using some kind of script blocker in your browser–and you should be–some websites can be very difficult to configure properly. Every script blocker I’ve used will show you a list of hosts and/or domains from which the current website is attempting to load scripts.┬áBut sometimes, even though you’ve allowed every script that shows up in the list, it still won’t work unless you […]

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NSFW Gear – Flight 001 4-in-1 Power Adapter

Like Information Technology, electricity generation and deliver is a globe-spanning industry. Everywhere you go as an IT pro, you’ll need to plug your gear in to keep it charged. Unfortunately, the adapters that came with your phone and computer probably won’t work in most other countries. Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter to the rescue! This XP-esque* little gadget will fit the electrical outlets of 150 different […]

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‘404 – Page Not Found’ Error When Commenting on a WordPress Site

The comment function broke on one of the WordPress sites I manage. When submitting a new comment, users would receive a “404 Page not found” error. My first thought was that a theme or security plugin update was the cause, so I switched to the basic 2015 theme and reviewed all of the site security settings. My second thought was that something happened to either […]

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Keep Flash Player Up to Date for Better Security

Adobe Flash Player is a bear trap on your computer, just waiting for you to stumble onto the wrong website to spring and install malware onto your computer. Recently a group of thieves bought advertising on Yahoo’s network under false pretenses and used code embedded in their ads to take advantage of unpatched Flash Player software on the computers of people who were doing nothing […]

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Compatibility Issues with Upgrading Windows

Another installment in Cameron’s ongoing IT Fundamentals series… One of the most common issues with upgrading Windows is the conflict of 32-bit programs with a 64-bit OS (such as the default Windows 7). Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to solve this issue besides using an emulator or installing the 32-bit version instead. Other issues include programs designed for older versions of Windows […]

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Beware of Scam Callers

We’ve been getting a lot of scammers and robocallers lately. My wife just alerted me to a scammer pretending to be from the Fraternal Order of Police. Red flags: 1) He refused to give a mailing address. 2) He claimed they can’t take checks. 3) He pressured her to donate now rather than waiting to talk to her husband. She knew immediately that it was […]

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