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MALWARE WARNING: EMAILDOMAIN plus “_contract.doc” has a Malicious Word Macro – Analysis & Details

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Safety, Security, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Warning about a malicious Word macro that comes as an email attachment with “_contract.doc” as part of the file name. Also contains analysis about threat.

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How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite [UPDATED X3]

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan147 Comments

Recently, my  version of Office for Mac (Office 2011), started crashing on my MacBook Pro. Every time I launched Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the app would crash after a few seconds with an error asking if I wanted to recover my work, reopen the Office app and send the error to Microsoft. It didn’t matter if I opened a document directly or one of the Office applications, within a few seconds, the Office App would crash. I went searching for a solution on various forums but only seemed to find other people encountering the same issue. Supposedly these crashes have …

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A Simple Search Can Get You Rewards…Bing Rewards

In General, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

How many times do you do an Internet search a day? Once? Ten times? Fifty? I probably am more in the higher end of this number count. With the luxury of Internet searches at our fingertips, we also have access to unlimited sources of information and entertainment. So while we essentially have a living encyclopedia at our beck and call, wouldn’t it be nice to also get (or give) stuff based on our numerous searches? Well, you actually can if you use Bing and Bing Rewards for your searches. Once you sign up for Bing Rewards, every time that you …

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When is a Tablet Not a Tablet? When It’s A Windows 8.1 Pro Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Tablet, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have had my fair share of experience with a variety of tablets ranging from iPads to Samsung 10.1 tablets to a Sony and even a Blackberry Playbook. It seems that manufacturers and developers continue to tweak their interfaces and hardware specifications to hopefully be the one that “sticks” and that everyone gravitates towards. I believe, though, that each of these tablet types have their own particular space in the marketplace. You need to find that one that does the most for you and that does it in the best way possible. I, personally, have balanced my time between iOS …

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Review: Inky – An Email Client with a Refreshing New Approach to Filtering & Management

In Apple, General, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Despite all efforts by Social Media, text messaging and other communication protocols, email is not going away. And, it seems to be growing instead of shrinking. The good think is, email service providers like Google (Gmail) and Microsoft (Outlook.com) seem to be trying to keep up with the times and integrating “intelligent” features within their web-based clients. Things like smart folders/tabs, tagging, social integration, filtering and other features are making email a bit more interesting to use. However, if you do not use one of those main providers, you might be thinking that email is still just as “boring” as …

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Multiple Uses Make the LG 23ET83 Touchscreen Monitor a Winner in HighTechDad’s Home

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

My family always seems to get excited when a new piece of technology arrives…well, at least I do. My goal has always been to see how technology can be best integrated into the family lifestyle. And then I share the experience. When I received the LG 23ET83 touchscreen monitor a few weeks ago, at first I struggled to figure out a place to showcase (and use) this elegantly designed touchscreen monitor. For some time, it simply sat on our dining room table (despite my wife’s complaints) and was used by me when I worked at home. But now it has …

How to Stop CHKDSK from Running on Every Boot Up

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

Recently, my Windows 7 computer started running a CHKDSK each and every time that it booted up. For those that don’t know, the CHKDSK utility is a way that Windows validates the system file structure and integrity of your computer’s hard drive. You can scan your hard drive with it or run it with a fix (/f) flag to correct issues on your local hard drive. But, when time is critical, many of us don’t want to wait around while the system is scanned, especially if for some reason, it is happening each and every time you start up. When …

How to Remove Little Black Square Paragraph Formatting & Page Break in Microsoft Word

In Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan30 Comments

Recently, I received a panicked email from my step-mom wondering why a page break could not be removed from Microsoft Word. Normally, if you click on the “show paragraphs” button (¶), you can see a page break or section break. However, in this case, there was no line signifying a section break or page break when the formatting was revealed. However, there was a little black square right near paragraph that I believed to be causing the issue. But removing that formatting is not the most intuitive. Eventually I figured it out though. Above you can see the page having …

How To Disable Java in Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Internet Explorer on Mac OS or Windows to Prevent 0-Day Exploit

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Safety, Security, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

If you have been reading any of the Technical publications online, you will probably know that there is currently an exploit in Java that affects most internet browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer on systems that have Java installed. This is being called a zero-day or 0-day exploit which essentially means that there is a security vulnerability in an application that is so new (“day zero”) that the developers have not had time or the opportunity to patch or correct the security issue. If you think about a disease outbreak, this is day zero of the outbreak and …

7 Essential Windows Hotkey Keyboard Combinations You Should Know and Use

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, Microsoft, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m all about working efficiently when I’m on my computers whether they are Macs or PCs. And, for some reason, I simply hate having to drag my mouse over to an application or button to do something that should be quick. Luckily, both Apple and Microsoft have built in a series of hotkey commands or keyboard commands to save you just a few extra seconds, mouse clicks or button pushes. I won’t talk about the Mac, simply because I use a launcher app to do just about everything (it’s called LaunchBar, by the way). I have an equivalent one on …