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Issue #694
Volume 14  Number 15
January 27, 2017

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A comment from Kathleen
Thank you Darcy for ALL of your help with customizing windows 10 and installing Thunderbird. You are a blessing! It went very smoothly. You are much appreciated 

A comment from Linda
Hi Darcy- just wanted to thank you so much for installing Thunderbird e-mail program. It was amazing how you zipped through my slow computer. You are very professional! You and TC are the BEST!!!!! Keep up the good work, we need you both!

A comment from Bob
Purchased your new Thunderbird Email install and setup and Darcy arranged a time to set it up. We are 15 hours ahead in Australia. Thanks again Darcy, the stationery is fabulous, just like you had years ago. It's a delight to use. Bob

A comment from William
A few days ago Darcy set up my T-Bird e-mail program oh man talk about efficiency. Great job Darcy I love having you guys work on my computer!

A comment from Irene
Darcy, I want to thank you for having so much patience with me, when you changed my Gmail emails into Thunderbird, I was so mad at myself for not having my password handy and having to disconnect, and you did it so gracefully. Thanks a million. Irene.

A comment from Carol
Passing a rave review for TC's assistance with my new PC. I restored my files incorrectly from an external drive and what a mess! TC patiently gave me instructions to reset my PC, reload Windows 10 and restore my files correctly. I could not be happier! I would never have had the courage to wipe out my PC without Cloudeight support behind me. Truly, I can't thank you enough.

A comment from Gale
I had TC connect to my computer and clean it up and make some changes . I was very pleased and relieved to know I have found some honest people that can help me with my computers. Thank you TC and Darcy - I will be telling all my friends about your support. Gale

Thanks to Kathleen, Linda, Bob, William, Irene, Carol, Gale and everyone who wrote to us last week. And thanks all those who used our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care services last week, including our Cloudeight Direct Thunderbird Email Setup service . And thanks to all of you for the nice comments about our Cloudeight Stationery for Thunderbird. TC & EB

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I am no longer receiving your premium letter, why? Please find out what the problem is. Thanks.

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Jenny says her start menu is gone in Windows 10
It seems this happened right after an update but I can't be sure. Now when I click my start button on my Win 10 computer, I just get a think strip and huge icons all over my desktop. There not really icons, they are huge squares Have you hear of this before?

Our answer
Hi Jenny. Yes, you are not alone. We have received a lot of emails from people wanting help because their Start menu on Windows 10 seems to have disappeared. Poof! Gone with the Windows. Many times this will happen after an update, so it’s natural for people to think something went wrong and they start menu is gone forever.

But not so fast! Not so fast!

Have you ever heard of “Tablet Mode”? Tablet Mode on Windows 10 makes Windows 10 look like Windows 8.1. Tablet mode is made for smart phones, and, of course, tablets. So if you’re using a desktop or laptop PC and you switch it to “Table Mode” or it happens accidentally, your Start menu will be gone with the Windows. And frankly Scarlet, you will give a darn!

Here’s what Windows 10 looks like in Tablet mode (the tiles on your computer may be larger & wider than mine, mine are all customized) - see the thin menu outlined in red? Look below:

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No. Not woe is you. It’s easy to fix, honest.

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Just left of the clock (assuming your taskbar is at the bottom, if not you’ll get it) you’ll see an icon that looks like a callout or blurb or a shoutout – whatever. It’s circled in the screen shot above in green and red. See?  Click on this icon and you’ll see a menu. The items that are turned on are brighter than the ones that are turned off. (Yes, EB! Like a light bulb. Light bulbs are not very bright when they’re turned off – no go back and sit down, EB!) So if you click the icon (circled above) and you see “Tablet mode” is brighter than some of the tiles, then it’s turned on./p>

It's easy to turn Tablet mode off. Just click on it. See how the Tablet mode icon seems dimmer now?

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Dim icon = turned off. Bright icon=turned on. See? And when Tablet mode is turned off, your Start menu and your taskbar icons are back in all their glory.

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Screen shot above is from an earlier version of Windows10 (my work computer), in Windows 10 anniversary edition, the menu is different, the icons don't have names and the list of programs is on the side, but you get the idea.

Sometimes we accidentally turn on Tablet mode without realizing it, and perhaps sometimes after an update it gets turned on by accident. Either way, if your Start menu and taskbar icons have disappeared, do take a minute to make sure Tablet mode is not enabled.

Now if you’re using a Windows 10 smart phone or tablet, you should be in Tablet mode. If you’re using a desktop or laptop PC you should not be in Tablet mode unless you are:

  1.  Masochist
  2. A big fan of Windows 8.x
  3. You don’t care because you’ve had too much wine.
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Gail says: "Help! Ads are following me!"
I was recently searching the internet for something, going to popular websites such as, EBay,, using my IPad, and the item I was searching for showed up on Facebook on my husband's laptop. After doing another search to find out how this could happen, I learned that it was because of Facebook exchange. This led me to yet a third internet search to learn how to prevent it from happening. I did find out how to change the settings on Facebook and my husband has since done so. Now mind you, I don't have a Facebook account. So far it seems to be working. But I was wondering if you could explain exactly how something that I search for on a completely different device, without having a Facebook account, shows up on my husband's Facebook page on a different computer? Because of that happening, it almost ruined my birthday surprise for him. Thanks for your ongoing help and expertise.

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Hi Gail. You're not alone. This is standard practice these days, and while it may be an invasion of your privacy, it's really nothing to get upset about. Internet advertising has become a multi-billion dollar business and because of this ad tracking, etc. is becoming more and more sophisticated.

While you may be using different devices to access the Web,  your iPad and your husband's laptop are both using the same Wi-Fi connection, both devices may have the same IP address, and both have the same location (latitude & longitude). The best predictors of two devices belonging to the same person or same household are:

IP address

There are some complicated technical articles you can read, such as this one, that explain how all this works.

Ads are based on your browsing habits and on things you've clicked on. The data is collected by sites and some times stored by your IP addresses which is determined by the home Wi-Fi connection you're using.  So, for example, if you go to Wayfair on your laptop and look for grandfather clocks, you'll start to see ads for grandfather clocks, and probably clocks in general while visiting other pages, including Facebook. These same ads may appear on other devices & PCs connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

Facebook is just like any other site, they use browsing data and other data collected about you to target the advertisements they display to you. But as you found out, you can change your Facebook privacy settings to limit this.

If you understand the process of ad tracking, it's not  really spooky at all. I don't pay attention to it anymore, and EB actually likes it because she'd rather see advertisements for things she's interested in, than for things she is not. She does not want to see ads for Cleveland Indians baseball tickets, but she does want to see ads for computers, shoes, clothing and other things she's interested in. I sure don't want to see ads for deodorant and perfume for ladies, but she might.

The next time you want to shop for a surprise present for your hubby, try using your browser's "Private Browsing" feature in Internet Explorer, Edge and Firefox or Incognito mode in Chrome. While these won't hide your identity, they do prevent ad-tracking, and prevent browsing history and cookies from being saved. If you're shopping online for something you don't want tracked, try using private browsing. It's easy to do, it doesn't require any add-ons, extensions or any changes to your browser's default settings.

You can access private browsing on demand, only when you need it - like shopping for a Christmas or birthday present. And private browsing is available in all browsers.

For private browsing in Edge, Internet Explorer, and Firefox, open the browser, and use the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+P . In Chrome, the shortcut for Incognito browsing is CTRL+SHIFT+N. This does not make you anonymous but it will help prevent many sites from tracking you from site to site and displaying ads based on previous sites you've visited, previous links you've clicked on, and previous items you've looked at.

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Above: in Chrome

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Above: in Chrome Incognito window

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Above: Firefox's Private Browsing mode.

I hope we have eased your mind a little and given you some ideas you can use the next time you go shopping or a gift for your husband.

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Terry had his computer reset and needs help
My computer has just been infected and "The Computer Guy"" charged me $180.00. to clean and reinstall Windows 10. I now have to reinstall all my other programs and "stuff".  What I want is help with purchasing Emsisoft installing it and some assistance with reinstalling "other stuff" and generally putting me on the right track. Please note: I am a senior: Not daft, but not brilliant either, on the computer! I am told by friends that Emsisoft is great. I do have System Mechanic Professional which I like but any suggestions will be helpful. Also, I do receive the Cloudeight Info Ave daily. Can you...Will you help? Thanks, Terry

Our answer
HI Terry. If you paid someone to do a reset of Windows 10 - $180 seems like a rip-off. While we can understand that some time may be spent in determining a reset was needed, it only takes about two minutes to initiate a Windows 10 reset. So he didn't have to clean any malware or viruses off your computer, since resetting Windows would have wiped your computer and reinstalled Windows.

To initiate a Windows 10 Reset, all you have to do is press Windows Key + i to open Settings, click on Update & Security, Recovery, then Reset this PC. Once you're into the Reset window, just click on Get Started. When the Reset options appear, since your computer was infected, you'd want to choose "Remove everything" and start the Reset process.

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Windows automatically wipes everything, then reinstalls Windows for you. It takes about 30-40 minutes to do this.  This sounds like this is what your computer guy did only he charged way too much.

While we can install and setup Emsisoft for you 1) you can just purchase Emsisoft with setup and configuration by going to - this service includes a one-year license.

Or you may want to consider a Cloudeight Direct Season Ticket. A Season Ticket gives you unlimited Cloudeight Direct Computer Care repair sessions for one full year, and includes Emsisoft installation and set-up. The cost of a Season Ticket is much cheaper than what the computer guy charged you to do a simple diagnostics and reset of your Windows 10 PC. If you're interested in purchasing a Cloudeight Direct Season Ticket, visit .
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Judy asks about Kodi
I have a friend who uses a download named Kodi. They watch free movies all the time from it and it has a good selection. When I tried to download it, Emsisoft warned against it and said it was full of malware. My friends have never had any problems. What do you know about this download?

Our answer
Hi Judy. We did some research and while it appears the Kodi program itself is OK, many Web sites are offering versions of it that are bundles with malware or worse. So, first you have to very careful where you download from.

During our research we also discovered that there are many questionable "add-ons" for Kodi,  and some that appear to allow users to download media files that are copyright-protected and illegal downloads.

To us, we'd advise against it - there's just too many negatives for us to recommend it. We think it is a good thing Emsisoft gave you a warning about it.

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Charles wants to change his screen rotation
Can you explain a simple process to restore the monitor page view to the top to bottom (portrait) I touched somewhere on the touch screen and the image is now lying down with task bar etc. on the left side of monitor. This accidentally happened when I was updating the Emsisoft license keys. Used to happen occasionally in windows XP but no touch screens then. By the time I turn the laptop up to try and read and select the screen the curser is still in default mode which makes it difficult to select which way it moves

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Hi Charles. It's called screen rotation - it's a feature of your video card. I don't know what brand of PC you have, but generally you can change the screen orientation by using the CTRL+ALT+ an arrow key.

CTRL+ALT+Right Arrow would put your screen back to Landscape mode. CTRL+ALT+Up Arrow would put your screen in Portrait mode.

Hope this helps you, Charles.

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We'll check to make sure your new computer is set up for optimum performance and install Emsisoft for maximum protection and even include a free 3-month Emsisoft license.

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Take Control of System Restore in Windows 10
Windows 10

We’ve heard from many of you that when you try to use System Restore you can only find one or two restore points, even when you tick the box that says “Show more restore points.”

The reason for this is that Windows, by default, has set the maximum hard drive space that System Restore can use at 1 % of the total hard drive. If you have a 1 TB hard drive, that’s a maximum of approximately 10 GB. If you have a 500 GB hard drive it’s only about 5 GB.

System restore points, depending on the amount of data on your computer, can be quite large, so it’s quite likely that many of you have only 1 or 2 restore points you can choose from if you need to do a system restore, because of Window’s small default System Restore size limit.

We recommend that you change this to at least 5% and preferably 10% – and here’s how you can do that.

Press Windows Key + X ( or right-click the Windows 10 start button) and click on System:

Next click on “System Protection” in the System info dialog.

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In System Properties, under the “System Protection” tab, select your Windows drive (usually “C:” ) and click on the “Configure” button:

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In the System Protection dialog, make sure that “Turn on system protection” is selected. Under ”Disk Space Usage” use the slider to adjust the amount of disk space you want to allocate to System Restore.

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Now, click Apply/OK. And that's it!

Increasing the disk space allocated to System Restore increases the number of restore points you’ll have available. We recommend you don’t go crazy here. Don't allocate more than 10% of your hard drive space to System Restore. And keep in mind too, increasing the drive space allocated to System Restore has no immediate affect – you’re not going to see five new restore points appear out of the blue. Over time, you’ll have 4 or 5 (or more) restore points to choose from instead of 1 or 2. More is better to a certain point, but don't go wild!

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Windows 10 Fast Startup
Windows 10

First, if you clean installed Windows 10, bought a new computer with Windows 10 on it, or upgraded from Windows 8x, Fast Startup should be enabled by default. So, you shouldn't have to turn it on. But if you upgraded from Windows 7, Fast Startup may not be turned on, and that's OK we're going to show you how to turn it on.

What is Windows 10 Fast Startup? It works like hybrid combination of Windows shut down, sleep mode and its hibernation feature. Fast Restart saves the system state at the time of shutdown to a hibernation file. Using this files, Windows will startup faster. And when your computer is started Windows does not have to reload everything (drivers, system state, operating system) from scratch. It just refreshes your RAM and loads the "System image" from the hibernation file,  allows your computer to start much more quickly.

Windows Fast Startup works only when you shut down your computer, it does not work when you restart. If you choose "Restart", Windows will perform a full cold Windows shutdown and complete restart of your system. If Fast Restart is enabled, you will have to use a Restart instead of a shutdown to install Windows updates.

Check to see if Fast Startup is turned on:

It's likely that Windows Fast Startup is already enabled on your PC, however you may want to check and see if it is. If it's not enabled, you can enable it. Here's how:

Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button (Or press Windows Key + X )

Click on Power Options.

In the Power Options window, click on "Choose what the power option buttons do" on the left-side menu (see screen shot below):

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In the next window, you will notice a lot of options at the bottom are "grayed" out so you can't change them. You'll need to click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" (see below) to be able to change them.

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In the next window (see below) you'll find that those options are no longer grayed out and you can change them.  If you don't see a checkmark next to "Turn on fast startup", tick the box to select it, then click "Save changes" at the bottom of the window to save your changes.

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If you don't see the option to turn on Fast Startup, it means hibernation is not enabled on your PC. So the only shutdown options you'll see are Sleep and Lock.

In order to see "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" you'll need to enable hibernation on your computer. The easiest way to do this is:

Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button (or press Windows Key + X)  and click on Command Prompt (Admin). At the prompt The quickest way to enable hibernation is to close the power settings window and then hit Windows+X and open Command Prompt (Admin). At the Command Prompt, type the command:

powercfg /hibernate on

And press "Enter".

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Make sure you leave the spaces as shown above.

After you enable hibernate, reopen Power Options and you should be able to turn Fast Startup on.

You can easily turn off Fast Startup if you find it causes you any problems.

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 How to prevent a Problematic Windows Update From Reinstalling in Windows 10
Windows 10

In Windows 10, your PC or device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. This means, for most of us who use Windows 10 Home, we have no control over installing updates. Windows Updates are installed automatically, and you have no choice to select which updates you want or don't want.

We are all aware by now that sometimes a Windows 10  update can cause problems with your PC. In this case, you'll need a way to prevent the problematic update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.

If an update is causing system crashes, problems or instability on your PC, you can follow the instructions below, to prevent the unwanted update from being installed:

In the taskbar search/Cortana, type “View Installed Updates” (without the quotes).and then click on View Installed Updates -- Control Panel when it appears in the Search results. To uninstall the unwanted update, select it from the list and then click Uninstall.

Now, you're all set until next time Windows updates, and reinstalls the update you just uninstalled. So, you have more to do, if you want to prevent Windows from reinstalling that trouble-causing update.

So... If you want to prevent that update from being reinstalled, keep on readying.

To prevent the update from being reinstalled, a troubleshooter is available from Microsoft, that provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates for Windows 10. You can obtain and run the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter by downloading it from the Microsoft Download Center:

Download the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package now.

When you click on the download link, you will be prompted to open or save wushowhide.diagcab. Save it to your PC, and click to run it.

Opening wushowhide.diagcab will launch the troubleshooter. Then click Next to proceed and follow the instructions provided by the troubleshooter to hide the problematic driver or update.

When the program starts to run, you'll see it scanning your computer for updates. When it's done you'll see a window like this one.

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Click on "Hide updates"

Windows will display all pending updates:

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You'll see a list of available updates. Select the update or updates that are causing you problems. Windows will not reinstall the items you select.

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Do You Have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?
Windows 7, 8.1 & Windows 10

If you're not sure if you're running 64-bit or 32-bit Windows, here's a really quick way to find out:

Press & hold down the Windows Key and tap the Pause/Break key This brings up system properties - and your System type is right there. See?

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There's always more than one way to do things in Windows. Here are more ways to find out if you're using 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.

If you can't find the Pause/Break key, it's usually on the top row of the keyboard right next to the Print Screen (Prt Scrn, Prt sc) key.

You can also find your system type by pressing the Windows Key+R , typing MSINFO32 , and pressing Enter.

Another way to find it, is to Open Control panel, change the view to "Large icons" and click on "System".

Also, if your computer has C: \ Program Files and C: \ Program Files(X86) it's 64-bit; it just has Program Files, it's 32-bit.

Anyway, with all these ways, you're sure to find out if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.

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Cloudeight InfoAveHow to Back Up the Windows Registry
Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10

We try to stress the importance of keeping your computer backed up. It's the only way to protect your precious data and irreplaceable personal files. As most of you know there are dozens of ways your data is at risk. So, we know you're all keeping good backups, right?

Today, though, we're going to talk about something we don't harp on.. and that is: Backing up the Windows Registry. You've probably noticed that whenever we feature a tip that that includes editing the registry we always tell you to back up your registry first(or create a restore point). But, we have not shown you how to back up the registry. So, today we're going to show you how easy it is to back up your registry -- and how easy it is to restore your registry from your registry backup if that should ever become necessary.

Let's backup your Windows Registry

Press the Windows Key + R

Type REGEDIT in the run box and press Enter

When the Registry Editor opens, make sure "Computer" is highlighted.

Now click "File" "Export"

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Choose a location to save your backup. HINT: Use a flash drive or an external drive to save your registry backup;  saving it to your Windows drive is not a good idea -if Windows goes belly up, so does your backup.

Save it with a name like reg-backup29JAN2017 ...  a file name that tells you what it is and when it was created, at a glance.

If you should ever need to restore your registry using your backup, it's easy.

Just locate your registry backup file, right-click on it, and choose Merge. Be careful -only do this when you've made changes to the registry (or some program or malware program did) that caused problems.

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Message Rules Are Called Filters In Thunderbird
Everyone who uses Thunderbird -Windows 7, Windows 8x & Windows 10

If you're a former Windows Mail, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail user, you might have used "Message rules" to organize your email. In Thunderbird, message rules are called "Filters" You can organize your email using filters and keep everything in order. You can have mail redirected to specified folders based on the message's "From", "Subject" and many other fields. Just remember to create the folders first, then create the "filters".

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You can see by the screen shot above, how easy it is to create "filters" (message rules) in Thunderbird. You can organize your mail quickly and easily by using Thunderbird's filters.

We can install and set up Thunderbird for you with our Thunderbird Set-up Service.

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Are You Happy With Windows 10?

A Cloudeight Poll

Windows 10 has been available for about 18 months. By now, many of you have either upgraded to Windows 10 or have purchased a PC with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Most of you know that Windows 10 will be the last named / numbered version of Windows. From now on, updated versions of Windows will be distributed via Windows Update. So far in 18 months there’s been one major update, often referred to as the Anniversary Update. In years past the Anniversary Update would have been considered a major service pack.

Soon, Microsoft will announce its next major Windows (10) update, commonly referred to as the “Creators Edition”. It will bring with it many changes and new features to Windows 10 (which you can read about here ).

If you’re using Windows 10... please tell us what you think by voting in this week's Cloudeight InfoAve Poll.

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Down on the Farm Revisited

These are the dog days of winter and there is not much to do in my pathetic, little town. I suppose it’s all relative. Some folks find plenty to do indoors. I saw a bunch of people the other day standing around in Walmart watching them tearing down Santa Claus and putting up Cupid - this was on Christmas Eve!

There will also, no doubt, be a big crowd gathered in Walmart on February 15. They'll be watching Walmart “associates” tear down those big, red hearts and toss old boxes of unsold, out-of-date chocolates into the “reduced” bin.

I guess to some this can be an exciting thing. Watching Walmart associates work is exciting... sometimes. Did you ever watch one of them try to avoid the misters in the produce section? And by MISTERS, I don't mean men

I don’t know for sure. but I imagine, these same people who get their kicks watching stuff being dumped into the 50% off Valentine’s bin, will enjoy the erection of St. Patrick statues and green hats with greener shamrocks. St. Pat's is not a big candy season though, so Walmart will stick the St. Patrick stuff over by the stationery and party supplies.

All the while other associates will jamming the candy aisle full of Easter candy, bunnies, and toy bunnies with pink ears.

This year, Easter comes later than usual, so there's a big gap between St. Patrick's Day and Easter. It's a really good thing Easter is not known for partying or else in the years when Easter comes in March, there would be a huge territorial battle in the beer aisle. Luckily, Easter is not a party holiday, and this year it doesn't matter anyway, because Easter is in mid-April. I bet the food & drinks stores will be hurrying out the eggs and candy this year.

And let's not forget the fun of watching the Super Bowl displays go up, replete with health food goodies like Tostitos, Frito's, Lay's Potato Chips, Pepsi, Coke and best of all, beer.

So for some this can be a season of excitement, but not for me. I don't like watching Walmart associates doing anything. I don't think it's if fun...okay, maybe watching the produce lady dodge the misters is a little bit fun.

For the most part, though, winter is taking its toll on me. These bitter, cloudy, winter days seem to run together in an endless trail of torture this time of year. Nature’s way of exacting a toll on someone foolish enough to live where I do?

...When you live in some god-forsaken place like this, stuck in the middle of nowhere, you learn to be resourceful, or you just get grumpy...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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Once in a while, I escape the clutches of EB and venture into the wild where, sometimes, serendipity leads me to a freeware find of such quality and usefulness, I must pontificate about it, and therefore, you must read my pontification. Rarely, my friends, do we feature a freeware pick these day, because, frankly, we've featured most of the good freeware out there, and the new mantra of freeware developers seems to be: "Serve it to them and see if they'll eat it". Kinda of like having a free fish fry and serving rotten fish, I tells ya.

So, when we feature a freeware program in this day an age of malware bundles and rotten fish, you know it has to be something that made our eyes bug out in disbelief.

We do a lot of text editing. May of the wonderful articles and tips you feast your eyes upon weekly - or daily - were born in a humble text editor like MetaPad or Notepad. It was not until serendipity prevailed this fine day and let me to a text editor, wherein we could edit multiple files and switch back and forth between them simply by using tabs.

"Oh, sure", you say, "Tabs! Now there's something new. Ha! TC & EB are just a couple of old humps!" You may think what you want, but we've been around the block and we've never seen a tabbed text editor like our freeware pick this week. To wit, I say, feast your eyes on this:

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As you can see (look up!), I am working on several versions of a letter I'm going to send EB. Which one will I send? Only the Shadow knows!

By this time in the article, you're either reaching for an ibuprofen, you've closed your browser or email program and headed off for a martini, or you want something profound from the developer his or herself. Unfortunately, to those who long for long, windy, fluff-filled descriptive prose from the developer, we must tell you: Sorry. This developer has little to say. But if you insist, we hereby give you words from the developer:


Tabbed view of multiple text files. View multiple text files in a single Notepad. Easily switch from one file to another and allowing you to make a group of text files to work on large projects.

 If you work with text files like we work with text files, of if you're contemplating writing a book, or doing outlines, or just messing around with text, you'll find no better way to work on multiple text files at once, than NotepadTabs.

NotepadTabs is not rife with features, but then again neither is notepad. It's not meant to be a word processor, we tells you. But it is a very nice text editor with autosave - and it allows you to work on multiple text files at once - all in one view. If you want a word processor, go use Word or one of it's clones. But you can compose in NotepadTabs and pasted your text in your favorite word processor for final editing and finishing flourishes.

This article was composed in NotepadTabs and pasted into an HTML editor for final polishing and publishing.

Surely you can find a use for NotepadTabs. You can read more about it and / or download it from the developer's page. There's no button games on his/her page, no malware in program, and it works in Windows 10, though the author only mentions Windows 8, Windows 7, and older version of Windows. But we used it on Windows 10, and it worked great.

The program is distributed as a zip file. Unzip it and if you're using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, click on the Windows installer file called NotepadTabsSetup to install it.

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Look at your download folder!

Yes, folks, we all have download folder, the folder where we keep all the files we've downloaded from the Web. But, there comes a time when you need to clean up that download folder...

We see tons of exe files in people's download folder - mostly program set-up files. But here's the rub - once you've installed the program you don't need the installation set-up file. And if someday, you ever need to reinstall it the program again, you don't want to use a version you've been saving for months or years; you can download the current version from the program's web site. Removing the installation set-up file does not remove the program you installed. There are only a couple of good reasons why you may need to hang on to a program's installation file:

1. You totally dislike the newer versions of the program and the old program works fine for you

2. The program is no longer available on the web - or it is no longer available for free.

So, this weekend, make it a point to do some early spring cleaning (or some early fall cleaning if you live south of the equator), and start deleting all those old set-up files in your download folder. You don't need them, we tells ya!

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Issue #694
Volume 14 Number 15
January 27, 2017
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