Sway, the Microsoft Cloud Hosted Program, Now Free

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft has opened access to Sway, a cloud hosted presentation platform. Sway provides a good set of tools to build office like presentations but without the file type restrictions pressed onto Office. It isn’t as feature full as one would like but free is a good price.

Check out the site here.

This program was previously offered to people but you had to apply to the program and be accepted. It will be interesting to see how many people use Sway now that the access is open to anyone.

Cheers and Enjoy

Buying wine for the holidays ?

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Does buying wine for the holidays worry you ? There comes a time where you have to buy wine for guests, a party, dinner or gift. Now if you’re a wine expert then you’re good to go. Most of us aren’t ! I’m not an expert, but I do know some things and where to get help too.

There are some old school rules. Maybe you’ve heard about white wine for fish, pork, chicken and red wine with red meat and pasta or something like that. For me it’s really personal taste.Try to stay away from really sweet wines, unless someone says they want that, and in Ontario the LCBO helps.  They have a rating system to tell you how sweet wines are. If you aren’t a big wine drinker, or not sure if your friends are, it’s probably safest is to stick to medium to dry.

If you have to get wine and not sure what to buy don’t be freaked out by all the choices. Get some tech and free expertise working for you. I first heard of this site because I wanted to find wine reviews and I’m always looking for good value. Check out Nat’s Decants ! The first thing I liked about Nat is that she reviews a ton of wines and most of them are inexpensive. Value is key ! Impress your friends, family or that special someone with excellent choices and pair them to food too.  There’s a main site to browse and you can download an app as well. You have the option to go mobile while finding good and inexpensive wines.  If you can,  try and find something domestic to support Canadian producers. If all else fails go to the Ontario Craft Brewery site and buy an amazing holiday beer pack and have fun !

Cheers

Keeping Your PC Malware And Virus Free

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A lot of questions sent in to us are along the lines of: using only free products how can I protect my PC? Well here is a list of easy install, easy setup, and free options that work great and will keep a basic user fairly safe on today’s internet.

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Well for antivirus there are a ton of options, of the free and easy to setup choices, I will suggest AVG. It is a well known anti virus and the free version is actually fairly good at catching about 95% of current threats. Found here.

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Malware represents the bulk of the threats on the internet. Malwarebytes is a great free program for scanning your PC and ridding it of these threats. Just be sure to keep it up to date as new Malware comes out daily. Found here.

ccleaner

Lastly, CCleaner is a great program to clean up temporary files and just be a general cleaning tool. This will delete a ton of temporary files as well as containing other tools like a registry cleaner. Available here.

Cheers

Piratebay is down!

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Apparently Pirate Bay is down again, this time for good. I say that, and even as I do I question it. There is a mirror of the site running out of Croatia but it is not very stable yet. The site was taken down last night and the internet has not been the same since.

While you wait for it’s revival may I recommend: https://kickass.so

It isn’t as good but it works. That said I take no responsibility for anything you download, the world of torrents is a scary place.

Good Luck

Xbox Live Outtage

Xbox Live

Xbox Live experienced a North American outage last night, some users lost full connectivity, other simply lost their social platform elements. This time however it is not Microsoft’s fault, a hacker group has claimed that they DDoSed (Denial of Service Attack) the Xbox Live servers.

All servers are back online and have been since late last night. The Xbox Live outage website found here is reporting no further issues.

Cheers

Windows: Stop A Forced Shutdown

RPC Shutdown

Sometime an error will cause Windows to begin a shutdown. These can be caused by many things (this one caused by an error with the Remote Procedure Call used by remote desktop) but ultimately they all give you 60 seconds and then crash your Windows on you.

To cancel one of these shutdowns, do a windows search for CMD also know as opening your command prompt window.

Then simply type:

CMD Shutdown

Then hit Enter. This will stop the countdown and cancel the forced shutdown.

There are a ton of shutdown commands, they can be researched here.

Cheers

Mozilla Firefox – How to Stop Your Default Search Engine From Becoming Yahoo

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To many users dismay, Firefox will be changing it’s default search provider to Yahoo sometime in December 2014 (yes this month). This makes sense, they are currently using Google, while Google provides it’s users the direct competitor to Firefox with Chrome.

Fear not though there are a few methods to stop this from happening to your favorite browser. Here is our favorite:

Download Google Default addon for Firefox, found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-default/?src=search.

Once installed click on the google icon now in your toolbar and from the drop down click ‘Google Default’.  This uses an App to override the default as set in Firefox’s settings, which come the update will override Yahoo with Google. There are ways in the settings to change this but this method will keep you from dreading the day of the update’s release.

Cheers and Enjoy.

Travelling Western Ireland

First some general stuff.

For our final vacation trip of 2014 we had an amazing trip to Ireland. My first recommendation would be to do research. Leave yourself lots of time to plan, you’ll need it to get through all the information that’s out there. Here’s some of the things I’d like to share.

Guinness in Dublin

Guinness in Dublin

  • The island is made up of Northern Ireland, a part of England, and the Republic of Ireland. Learn more here.
  • There’s great resources available from tourism sites to forums on Trip Advisor.
  • If you plan plan on driving, cars are right hand drive and travel on the left side of the road. There’s lots of round abouts (traffic circles), the highways are well marked but the side roads or regional roads are good but often narrow.Some good information is available on this site.
  • Some thing I found invaluable for getting around was two free GPS applications that don’t use data. It was so helpful to have GPS on my phone and not worry about roaming data charges. You should look at OSMAnd and NavFree and decide for yourself which works best for you.
  • For texting I tried to get as many people as I could on Whatsapp so I could text with out roaming charges.

I’ll be posting more that will be area specific to where we went so be sure and check those posts. Visit the Photo Gallery too.

Cheers

Destiny Code Redemption

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Ever wondered how to get those missing shaders, emblems and grimoir cards on Destiny? Bungie has released codes via preorder events and in game content rewards that can be plugged into their website to unlock additional content.

Simply go to the following link: Destiny Code Redemption.

Then login with your account then enter the following codes:

Grimoire Cards

Warlock: YKA-RJG-MH9
Hunter: 3DA-P4X-F6A
Titan: MVD-4N3-NKH
Rixis: TCN-HCD-TGY
Old-Russia: HDX-ALM-V4K
Hive: 473-MXR-3X9
Moon: JMR-LFN-4A3
Gjallorhorn: HC3-H44-DKC
Duke MK.44: 69P-KRM-JJA
The Tower: 69P-VCH-337
The Hive: Ogre 69R-CKD-X7L
Valley of the kings, Mars: 69R-DDD-FCP
The Fallen: 69R-F99-AXG
Red Death: 69R-VL7-J6A
The Cabal: 69X-DJN-74V
The Devastated Coast, Venus: 6A7-7NP-3X7
Vex Minotaur: 6A9-DTG-YGN

Emblems

Sign of the Finite: 7F9-767-F74
Binding Focus: FJ9-LAM-67F
Illusion of Light: JD7-4CM-HJG
Ab Aeterno: JDT-NLC-JKM
Field of Light: JNX-DMH-XLA
Lone Focus, Jagged Edge: 7CP-94V-LFP
Note of Conquest: X4C-FGX-MX3
The Unimagined Plane: X9F-GMA-H6D
The Reflective Proof: N3L-XN6-PXF
Flames of Forgotten Truth: A7L-FYC-44X

Shaders:

Double Banshee: 7MM-VPD-MHP
Oracle 99: RXC-9XJ-4MH

Once you have them all, find the Special Orders vendor in the tower to collect your rewards.

destiny Special ORders

Cheers and Enjoy

Windows ‘Play To’ A Device

Windows Play To

The Windows ‘Play To’ command is a very useful one with all of the multimedia streaming devices now offered on the market. This will enable you to stream your movies off of your PC to your device. Enabling a device to be used this way is not difficult but it does take a quick two minute change.

To do this you will need to add your streaming device, do this by pressing the windows key and doing a search for ‘Devices’.

Device Search

Open your device settings. Be sure you have network sharing enabled, if not you can enable it on this screen.

Now press the add device button at the top of the screen.

Add Device

Simply add your device and the ‘Play to’ functionality will be added.

Enjoy