Oct 07 2015

Three Of My Favorite Screenshot Apps For The PC [free]


In having done tons of documentation over the years, I’ve used a wide variety of applications to do screenshots. Screenshots are absolutely a necessity when doing documentation. Generally, people work better when they can see true examples of what they’re supposed to be seeing as opposed to just reading instructions.

There’s lots of applications that you can buy that do screenshots and additional functions. But for this post, I’m focusing on just screenshot applications that are free and offer the most versatility.

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Oct 07 2015

You Can Paste Screen Captures Directly Into Facebook Status Updates


I like sharing images on Facebook and I’m sure a bunch of you do too. At this point, I feel a bit stupid over this one, or I have found a wonderful new gift from Facebook to be able to share images on Facebook. I can’t find any articles to say this function is available, but I’m able to do it. I tested it on Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge; it seems to work fine, but it didn’t work with Firefox .

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Oct 05 2015

Windows 10: Speech Recognition Performance And Accuracy


If you’re moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you’ll notice a slight improvement to the speech recognition interface in the new version. In Windows 7, the speech recognition interface didn’t work at all with applications unless they had fulltext control. This is something that Nuance has done as well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but their customer base didn’t appreciate it as much. But the change that Microsoft made, is actually an improvement over what was available.

The speech recognition engine and Microsoft is not that bad. What’s horrendous about Microsoft speech recognition is the user interface. It lacks serious attention to detail in usability.  It has no intuitiveness to it.

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Oct 02 2015

Windows 10: Big improvement with TTS Voices


For those people for those people who use accessibility options in Windows 10, or in previous versions of Windows, you be glad to know that Windows 10 has upgraded their text-to-speech voices.

In Windows 7, the text-to-speech engine was better than previous versions, but still had this computer’y type dialect to it. In Windows 10, you can choose from David or Zira. The two different voices actually sound very good.

In my particular case, I like to use the text-to-speech voices for sometimes doing proofreading or to create audiobooks.

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Sep 30 2015

Upgrade to SSD: Give new life to older PCs and laptops


Last week, I got into a quick discussion with my dad about his Acer 7750 laptop. He was telling me that he thought that his laptop was getting slower and slower. Normally, this wouldn’t be an out of place comment if someone was using a laptop on a relative basis, adding a lot of files a lot of music and video and surfing the web a lot, but he didn’t do that.

My dad had his laptop for at least the last four years and it’s worked perfectly, but knowing that sometimes you get the best components with laptops, I decided to check the hard drive for errors and to also check the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. status.

Come to find out, hard drive did have a few errors on and the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. status was showing that the drive was on its way out. I used crystaldiskinfo to get the S.M.A.R.T. status.

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