How to Stop CHKDSK from Running on Every Boot Up

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Softwareby 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, Softwareby 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 Newsby 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, Softwareby 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 …

How To Find Where Outlook Stores Temporary Attachments – Ones that Don’t Appear in “Recent Items” in Microsoft Office

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Softwareby Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Here’s the scenario. You receive an email attachment in Microsoft Outlook. You open that attachment directly from the email message, make a bunch of edits (and perhaps save them along the way) and close your Office document. Then a while later, you want to go back to that document, only to find that it does not appear in your “Recent” documents list within Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You begin to get that sinking feeling in your stomach as you start to search through your Documents folder, your Desktop and even your TEMP folders to see where the file went to. …

How to Easily Edit Hosts Files on Mac & PC using Free Editors: Gas Mask (Mac) or HostsMan (PC)

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Opinion, Softwareby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

If you have ever come across a situation where you need to edit your Hosts file on your Mac or PC, I’m sure that you have discovered that it is a bit of a pain. For starters, on either platform, you need to have elevated privileges, namely that of the administrator. Then you have to actually get to the Hosts file and edit it as the administrator which frequently involves enabling the view of system files and folders. Then, when you edit and try to save the edits, you often have to save it as a different name and then …

How To Set the Default Address Book in Microsoft Outlook 2010

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

I recently got a new computer at my work and got Microsoft Outlook 2010 installed on it. However, I kept running into problems as I was trying to send emails to people within my organization. I would type in their name and Outlook wouldn’t find it. I would then click the “To:” button and no names would show. This is because the default address book was one that I don’t usually (or ever) use. Ok, so how to correct that? It’s not exactly intuitive. But I have documented the steps here so that you can set the default address book …

How To Create a “Work” Menu Like Office 2004/2008 in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Softwareby Michael Sheehan6 Comments

While I truly like Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac (you can see my review of it here on the Microsoft Office for Mac Blog), there are some folks who have complained about a feature being removed from previous versions, specifically, the “Work” menu that was present in previous versions of Word in Office for Mac (2004 & 2008). Personally, I never used that feature, simply because I didn’t need to. The “Open Recent…” menu item was just fine for me and I also really try to organize my content into a folder hierarchy on my hard drive or on DropBox. …

Get Those Cleaning Supplies Out & Roll Up Your Sleeves – How to Clean Your Digital Home!

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Security, Software, Tech News, Trend Microby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It’s Springtime! Leaves are appearing on the trees, the sun is starting to gain dominance over the rain, and my eyes are teary, not only from the pollen in the air, but also from the fact that I need to start doing my spring cleaning around the house! It’s time to put away the winter clothes, coats and blankets, throw open the windows and air out the house. Guess what? You probably need to do this with your digital home as well. Wait, what? My “digital” home, you ask? What the heck is that? Well, while we typically live in …

Just Cover It Up! Pritect – A Privacy Guard for the Xbox 360 & Windows Kinect

In Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Safety, Securityby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Sometimes low-tech is the best way to go. I hadn’t really thought much about the Kinect for Xbox and Window in terms of privacy, until the folks at Catalyst Components reached out to me about their new product called the Pritect cover. It’s a privacy guard for the Xbox 360 Kinect. What is the Kinect? It’s a gesture, motion and sound interaction device that is used in conjunction with the Xbox 360. It can be used for navigation of the Xbox 360, or, more often, used with a variety of Xbox games. Instead of using a game controller, your gestures, voice …

I’m an Ultrabook Fan – the Speed, Weight, Performance & Design Convinced Me (An #UltrabookDads Video Production)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Tech News, Videoby Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember when netbooks were the “next big thing”? A few years ago, everyone wanted one of these small, compact and seemingly essential computers. But after a few years, the fog lifted from people’s eyes as they realized that the small form factor wasn’t the only thing that people needed. They wanted the best of all worlds, a small, lightweight, portable laptop that is fast and boast solid performance, has stellar battery life and looks slim, sleek and edgy. This new form-factor, based on a reference design from Intel, actually now has a name – Ultrabooks – and you will be hearing more …

The “Power” Behind the New 2013 Ford Escape

In Auto, Ford, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Ford folks at a San Francisco 49er game. There I got to see a preview of the new 2013 Ford Escape, which is billed as a “smart utility vehicle.” I didn’t actually get to test drive it, but I did have a chance to test out a new, innovative feature that I’m sure will prove to be a “life-saver” for parents and adults who frequently have to lug groceries or bags and load them into the hatch. Ford has introduced the first “hands-free” lift gate which allows the …

How to Write & Blog Efficiently with Free Tools like Evernote, DropBox, Picasa & Live Writer

In Application, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Mobile, Social Media, Softwareby Michael Sheehan5 Comments

A while ago, I wrote a blog post about how I do blogging. That was over a year ago. Times have changed, tools have evolved and processes have gotten better, at least for me. I still believe that how your blog or write is extremely personal in nature and what may work for me, might not for others. I would, however, like to offer some “best practices” that I use that I have found provide efficiencies for me. To quickly outline how I write an article or blog post, here is a high-level process and the free tools I use. …

Intel(‘s) Take(s) On Tablets & Other Mobility Devices

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Tabletby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Part of being an Intel Advisor is getting insights and information directly from inside Intel. This month’s conference call with Intel and other Intel Advisors was no different and we learned about a hot topic in the Tech industry – the tablet race. Leading our discussion was Mark Miller, director of outbound marketing from Intel’s Netbook and Tablet team. Not only did we learn Mark’s take on tablets and other mobility devices, but also he explained Intel’s vision to take ON tablets and these devices and move the space forward. It was a candid discussion from the get-go. Intel’s mobility …

10 Days in a Lincoln MKX – A Crossover SUV with an Almost Perfect Blend of Technology and Luxury

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, Review, Safety, Softwareby Michael Sheehan3 Comments

It seems that I have started sort of an annual tradition every Spring Break. For the past two years, Ford Motors has graciously lent me a car to enjoy with my family during our vacation. Each year thus far, we have driven from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back again. And each year, the car that we used has impressed me and made me wish that I could get a new car every week to review. This year, Ford lent us a Lincoln MKX, which is a crossover SUV. Crossovers are not quite as large as a full-sized SUV …