Shutting off Smart Interactivity which is spying on your TV habits on Your Vizio TV!

The FTC recently fined Vizio with a 2.2 MILLION dollar fine for not telling us that their TV’s were spying on our viewing habits.  Yikes!  I had a newer Vizio TV and a few weeks ago it notified me of a change that I had to accept.  Which after I read it I thought to myself, “Oh No You Don’t!”.   This has affected Vizio Smart TV’s that were purchased from 2011-2016.

If you don’t want Vizio spying on you, this video will show you how to shut it off.

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How to Change Your Password in Windows 10 and Office365/Outlook 2013 and 2016

I know many people will pass this article up because they will think how in this day in age, can someone still not know how to do it.  Yet, this is one of my most frequently asked questions!   You are NOT alone!

In Windows 10 once you are logged in.   Hold down the keys on your keyboard labeled Ctrl and then Alt and then Delete.  That will bring you to this screen-Select Change Password.

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This is also where you should go if you are getting up from your desk and need to lock your computer so no one else can get into your system!!!!! It’s a very important security measure!

Next selecting Change a Password will bring up this screen:

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Make sure your password is complex!!!!!  Some complexity rules to follow are:

1.  The longer the better!  At a minimum make it 8 characters, however, it SHOULD be longer!

2.  ALWAYS include an upper case letter

3.  ALWAYS include a lower case letter.

4.  AlWAYS include at least 1 number.

5.  ALWAYS have a symbol.  Like ! or @ or $.

Once your password has been updated you will receive this screen.  Make sure your password is something you can remember.  PLEASE do NOT put it on a sticky note and then put the sticky note on your monitor or under your keyboard that is the FIRST place people look.  If you must write it down keep it in a LOCKED drawer at all times!

Now Outlook will need the password updated if you are using Office365.  This is the fastest way to change it.

Open Outlook, then look for the Send and Receive Tab.

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There is an icon on the ribbon with a key on it.  Underneath it says Type Exchange Password and Connect.   If for some reason your aren’t getting emails or calendar updates look at the bottom right-hand side of your screen and see if there is a key icon with the words Need Password.   When you select the Type Exchange Password and Connect it will bring this screen up:

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Type in your password in the box that says password.  Select Remember my credentials box otherwise, it will constantly ask you for your password!!!!!!!    Then select OK and you are set there.

If you have Skype and you are logged into it.  You will need to update your password there as well and the pop up looks identical to this one except it says Skype.   As shown below:skypepasswordchange

If you use the sales program for Pipeliner you will also need to update your password there as well!!!!

 

Blue Screen of Death

So, anyone running a Windows machine is all too familiar with the Blue Screen of Death or BSOD!  I didn’t realize it was possible to make the error codes even more useless, but Microsoft did it, in Windows 10!

This morning my computer blue screened on me.  It gave me a QR code to scan. I got excited thinking, “Wow, maybe it will take me to the link to fix it?!!!!!”

Nope, this is what it did.  I scanned the QR code on my phone and the image to the right is what information it gave me.

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Use OneNote to Keep Track of Your Receipts!

Have you ever put a work receipt in a “safe place” and then forgot where that “safe place” was?   Been there, done that!    Microsoft OneNote allows you to keep track of your receipts.   The best way to do this is within Office365 this way your phone syncs with your online OneNote!

I will be showing you how to do this with an iPhone today.  It works even better with a Windows Phone, but it’s pretty spiffy on the iPhone as well!

The best place to start is OneNote in Office365 on your computer.  You’ll need to create a new section in an existing notebook or create a new notebook and make sure it is syncing to your OneDrive.   Open up OneNote on your computer it looks like this:

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To create a new notebook you can find instructions here, which includes instructions on how to hook it up to your OneDrive.

To create a new tabbed section in an existing notebook, simply click on the + sign on one of the tabs.  It will open a new tab and you will be able to name it.  I named my Receipts.

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So now you will want to make sure it syncs up with your OneNote on your OneDrive.  This way you will be able to access it on your phone using your Office365 account.  Go to the name of your notebook, and right click on it.  These options will show up.  Click on Sync This Notebook Now.   If you are unsure if this is syncing to your OneDrive, select Notebook Sync Status.

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When you open Notebook Sync Status, you have the option to Sync automatically whenever there are changes ( I recommend this one), or you can sync it manually.

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If don’t see your notebook in here you can add it.  Exit out of this screen and go back to the notebook.  Right click on the notebook, and bring up the menu, and select properties which is highlighted in pink here.

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When you open up the properties of the notebook this screen will pop up. Where it says Change Location, if it isn’t set up to your OneDrive, select Change Location and find your OneDrive on your system, and have it save there and then it will sync up for you.  It will then be accessible by your phone.

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It should then show up in your list of notebooks to sync and you should set it to automatically sync when there are changes.

After you have the receipts tab set up and your notebook syncing with your OneDrive you can now go to your phone.  This works with iPhones, Windows and Android phones.  I’ll be showing you on an iPhone.  Open up OneNote on your phone.   It will probably ask you to sign in.  Make sure you sign in with the account that is syncing with your OneNote/OneDrive on your computer.

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When you open up OneNote on your phone make sure you are in the Notebook you created the Receipts Tab.   Click on the Receipts tab.

 

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Click on the + button and it will give you options on what you can do, one option is to take a picture.  Select the camera icon and take a picture of your receipt.  Once you have a nice clean picture of your receipt, select the ellipse at the top right hand corner.

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It will bring up some options.  Select Sync Now.

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Now open OneNote on your computer and make sure it is synced up.  There should now be a receipt in your Receipts notebook!

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One amusing question, do you see what the arrow is pointing at on the receipt?   Why do I need a Bathroom Code???   Should I be afraid?

Do you need to turn this into Accounting?  Easy Peasy! Click on the email this page icon.

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This will bring up Outlook and you can email it to your Accounting Department!   Now you have one place to keep all your receipts!

 

iOS 10 Lock Screen Widgets: How to Turn Them Off

A new feature with iOS10 was the introductions of notification widgets on your lock screen.   They look something like this.

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Now some of these widgets can be helpful or they may annoy you completely!   There are two ways going about getting rid of these!   The first is to stop them all together!

First on your home screen go into Settings.

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Then look for the Touch ID and Passcode options and select it.

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That will bring up this screen, look for Today View and Notification View.   If they are both green that means they are turned on.  Press the button until they turn white and that shuts off all those widgets.

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Now, perhaps you like some of those notifications there is a way to shut off some of them! Go to your home screen and lock your phone.   Swipe to the right once and these widgets should show up.

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Scroll down to the bottom of this screen and you will find an edit button at the bottom.

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Once you hit the edit button this screen will appear.

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If you notice the red circle with the line through it on the left, click on it.  It will bring a slide screen from the right that says remove.  Hit remove and poof it’s gone!   Up Next will let you know what is next in your schedule on your calendar.  The one I have selected is Calendar and that will remove any calendar widgets showing up on your home/locked screen.

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This is also where you can add more widgets.  I like APPY Geek because it alerts me to the latest tech news!

 

 

Recording an Outgoing Voicemail with the Avaya 9608 Phone

Here is how you record an outgoing message with your Avaya 9608 Phone.

Microsoft’s Creators Update Looks Super Awesome!!!

Have you ever used Microsoft Paint and thought, “Eh”?  It’s about to get super cool!  The Creator’s Update is due out this spring and you are going to want to download and install this update as soon as possible. Paint will now enable you to edit pictures in 3D!!!!  You can send these images to Microsoft and have them printed in 3D!!!! You can take a picture with according to Microsoft any phone with 3D app, and put it into paint.  Watch this amazing video and you will see why you NEED this update!

Do you have a Microsoft Hololens?  No?  I didn’t think I need or wanted one either until I saw them take a chair and make it a hologram and put it in your house so you can see what it will look like in your house!  Check out this video and see another awesome feature coming with the Creators Edition update which is FREE for Windows 10 users!

If you would like to see what other cool features are coming to Windows 10 Creators Update, check out their site!  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upcoming-features?ocid=%20Oct16e_int_omc_win_MSCOM

They will now be giving Apple a run for their money with this update and their new Surface Studio Computer.   Anyone want to start a GoFundMe page for me so that I can buy one of these?

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Week 4 Navigating Your Continously Connected Devices

Here is a brief video on Week 4, Navigating your Continuously Connected Devices!

Tired of Getting those Reply to All Emails-Ignore Them!

So, I want you to know I love you all!  However most days I feel too busy to read 12 emails about whether Michigan or Michigan State Football is better!    For others who feel the same way, this tech tip is for you!   Come on, I KNOW I’m not the only one!!!!

When you are in yet another email about the same subject look at the top toolbar in Outlook.  If you look below highlighted in yellow is an Ignore button.  Select one of the many messages in a chain and then click on the Ignore button or Select Ctrl-Del.  All of these messages and future messages with the same subject are moved to your Deleted Items folder.  So, if you decide you need to read the last one, that is where you can find it.

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Here is where the messages are located in the Deleted Items Folder:

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