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Issue  #804
Volume 16 Number 20
March 8, 2019

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Reader's Comments

A comment from Audrey
I just want to thank you Darcy and TC for helping me with my computer. You two fixed my computer and it is running so nice now, I really appreciate what you have done and especially to find that my Microsoft if not corrupt. There are some people out there that pray on people like me that rely on some one to fix things up.

The man I had, I am now thinking, fixed things up so that I would have trouble and have to call him to come and fix things. Money in his pocket.

Now with TC and Darcy I will always call on them if I have a problem, they know what they are doing so please, people out there, give them a try at Cloudeight and you will not be sorry. Two people who know what they are doing and your computer will run like a clock. Just cannot say enough for these two. I am so grateful for what they have done.

Again, thanks for your help and I feel so much better now and knowing I was not the cause for a few things that were happening and that makes me feel so good. My two ANGELS TC & DARCY I will be forever grateful to you two. Thanks again, Audrey

A comment from Ben
I want to take a minute and thank Darcy for working on my computer this morning. She made several changes that I have asked myself for years but was to afraid that I would mess something up. She checked to see if Thunderbird was configured correctly and installed Cloudeight Stationary for me. As she was uninstalling Avast it was quit a process. And getting Emsisoft Anti-Malware installed will give me great relief that I am protected. You both are great helping us with all of our computer needs. Thank you again DARCY!!!

A comment from Gail
I bought a SeniorPass at Christmas time and now I've used it twice. I  double my money's worth already.. What a great deal. The first time I had Cloudeight come to the rescue was because my computer tech told me I needed to reinstall Windows because my computer was corrupted.  I'm a senior citizen and I've had the feeling the computer tech has been taking advantage of me. Just for the heck of it I thought I'd let Darcy take a look and get her opinion. Boy.. she went right to work, changed some settings, removed a couple things and did some tests. When she was done she told me all was well - no reinstall of Windows needed. My computer worked great after Darcy was done fixing it up..

Then about 6 weeks later,  I got a pesky bug in my browser and I couldn't get it out. I got TC this time and within 20 minutes he had found the problem, removed the malware, reset my browser and when he was done, he restarted my computer and tested it all out again to make sure.

I have used my SeniorPass twice and the service I got already is worth twice what I paid. These two people are honest, kind and caring. I'm a customer for life! Thanks to you both! Gail.

A comment from Irene
Darcy, Thank you ever so much for solving my computer problems in such a short time this morning. And for fixing Chrome so it works for me. At almost 80, some things escape me but in a short time you had it all working beautifully. With sincere appreciation, Irene.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Audrey, Ben, Gail, Charlene  and everyone who took time out to write to us. We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC. 

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Judy has a browser hijacker
I belong to a Paint Shop Pro group. On Saturdays the owners share some tubes with the members. They use a download site such as "Dropbox, Media fire, etc." They usually stick with one but every so often they have to change for one reason or the other.

Last Saturday they sent a letter asking the members to try a new site. When I tried it none of the links such as :contact us, FAQ, blog, upload, etc. Thought the site might be down so tried alter but still nothing worked. I can't contact them

A few hours later I started getting all these pop-up ads on the right ide of my desktop They have they all have the same name on them as the site I visited - the one that  didn't. HELP, please

If this issue needs the work of Direct Computer Care then please tell me so I can make an appointment before I go nuts with those pop-ups. Thanks, Judy

Our answer
Hi Judy. Since I've confirmed you're using Google Chrome as your browser, here's how we're going to fix it. We're going to try resetting Chrome.

Follow the instructions on this page to reset Chrome.

You will not lose any of your bookmarks or your extensions, however all non-google extensions will be turned off. I strongly advise you to try Chrome as it is right after the reset before you turn on any of the extensions that were turned off by the reset. That way if one of the extensions is the culprit you'll know right away which one it is once you turn it on.

This will also clear the browsing history and cache. It will also restore Chrome to its default settings.

We hope this helps you, Judy.

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Judy wrote back: "That seemed to work so my sanity is still intact. ha Thanks so much, I'll remember that solution. Warm Regards, Judy"

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Debbie  has a question about resetting passwords with LastPass
Hello Again. I finally took your advice and a few months ago I installed  LastPass. My passwords are only Intermediate strength. One thing I am not sure of is do I have to go into each of the places where I have to log in and change my password or does LastPass? Thanks, Debbie.

Our answer
Hi Debbie. LastPass will generate new passwords for you if you want it to and it will change each password for you - but you are in charge and you have to tell it what you want to do.

So first, open your LastPass vault and go to each account for which you want to change the password. Click "Auto Change Password" and you'll see something like this:

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LastPass will generate a strong password, save it for that account and automatically sign you in whenever you need to log in to that site.

Keep in mind that Auto Change Password is only available on some sites, but you can manually change passwords on any site you want. You can either make up a strong password or use the built-in password generator that comes with LastPass to do it for you. Also, we have a  tutorial on how to generate strong passwords here.

I hope this helps.

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Debbie wrote back: "This is great, TC! Thanks very much. Debbie" 


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Jody wants to know if there's a way to get a retrieve a password from Chrome.
I would love to know if there is a way to retrieve a password that I let google save and I’ve forgotten the password. Thanks a million for your help. Jody

Our answer
Hi Jody. You're in luck. It's really easy to retrieve a password from Chrome. Just to this:

1. Click on the "3 vertical dots" icon at the top right of the browser
2. Click on "Settings" in the menu that appears.
3. In settings, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on Advanced
4. In Advanced settings scroll down until you see "Manage passwords". Click on "Manage passwords". Look for "Saved passwords". Click on the "eye" icon to see any password in plain text that you have saved in Chrome. If your Windows account is password protected, you'll need to type in your Windows password to see your passwords in plain text.

We have tutorial that will help you too. Just visit this page - and see step-by-step how to manage passwords with Chrome and how to see whatever passwords Chrome has saved.

We hope this helps you, Jody.

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Sharon worries about her info being on the dark web
What is the "dark net" and what are the dangers to a computer user? I received an alert email from ShareThis, a company I am not aware of and have never made contact with. It said,

" We write to notify you of a data security incident that may have exposed some of your personal information. This notice explains the incident and steps ShareThis has undertaken to address it. In addition, we provide guidance below on what you can do to protect your personal information. What Happened? On February 11, 2019, Share This became aware that it suffered a data security incident when it was informed that The Register published a story indicating that 16 companies, including ShareThis, were the victims of a data theft. We can tell from our initial investigations that email addresses, hashed passwords and some birth dates were impacted. We can tell from our initial investigations that email addresses, hashed passwords and some birth dates were impacted. The incident, unfortunately, only came to light when The Register reported that the hacker posted the data for sale on the Dark Web..."

I followed the advice and asked Experian to do a Free Dark Web check. They claim my email, but nothing else, shows up on the site 4 times. They do not tell me what I can do about the problem , only urge me to PURCHASE A SECURITY PROGRAM FROM THEM at a hefty fee per month. I am feeling this is their main goal, not giving free information to help the public, but to sell themselves. Has anyone else received there alerts about Share This and the same response from Experian? I am really confused as to what I should do. Sharon.

Our answer
Hi Sharon. The Dark Web is an invisible part of the Web that you can only access with via the Onion (Tor) network. The Tor Browser can be use to access the dark web - it's the original dark web browser. It's a place where people buy and sell illegal things. The most famous FBI takedown of a dark web site was the takedown of Silk Road. Read about that here. All traffic to/from the dark web is encrypted supposedly hidden from all other internet traffic - hence the "dark web".

Experian, after having its customer database breached, now is trying to be the savior of all the credit agencies. By blowing things out of proportion and making it seem that my passwords and your passwords and lots of peoples' passwords were found on the dark net, we all need to take action. Of course the action Experian wants you to take after you nibble on the bait, is to pay them for a dark web scanning service. Just another way for them to take your money.

If you use good strong passwords and you change them every few months, it doesn't matter what Experian says.

I would much rather have my email address and password for Share it breached - since nothing they have is personal info about me that so have the kind of data that Experian and the other credit reporting agencies have about me. The Experian breach was much different and much worse than the Share This  breach that Experian is trying to exploit to make money.  Experian has all my personal information and millions of others' personal information that matters like Social Security number, credit card  numbers, home address, etc..

Don't worry so much about things you can't control. Change your passwords on any account that deals with personal information (Credit Cards, Banks, Online Shopping site) and use strong, unbreakable passwords - and good password manager. Then be sure to  change your passwords 6  months.

None of the information Share This has  is considered personal information, but everything Experian has and (had when it was breached) is personal information. Sadly, Experian exploits a bad situation and makes money by scaring people with the "dark web" threat. Everyone is afraid of what they don't understand - and very few people understand the dark web.

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Sharon wrote back: "Thank you! I am so glad I have you and Darcy available for advice that is reliable. You make me feel like I have personal friends out there that I can call on at any time that actually know what they are doing :-). I am sending another donation to your site. I would not know what to do if you were not there. There are not many reliable and inexpensive people here in my community that I could turn to. Sharon"

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Ronnie wants to remove incognito mode from Chrome
How to remove incognito mode from Google Chrome. In trying to install some feature of maps or video, I get the message that incognito will not allow that option. Have tried all suggestions that I could find on the internet and still can not remove it. Also has appeared on my Android smart phone. Tried changing to Mozilla Firefox and could not get it to work. Now trying edge and poor results. What browser should I use ? Ronnie

Our Answer
Hi Ronnie. Incognito mode is not something you can remove from Chrome. You can switch from Google Chrome's normal window to Google Chrome Incognito, but you can't remove incognito from Chrome.

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I think you've read a tip somewhere and created a shortcut to open Chrome in incognito mode so now whenever you open Chrome it opens to incognito mode. You can create a shortcut to Chrome (regular mode) by going to C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application, right-click on Chrome.exe and choose Pin to task bar or "Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

Or you can just open Chrome in Incognito mode and press CTRL+N to open a new non-incognito window. When in incognito mode, you can't install any add-ons or extensions. You must be in Chrome regular mode. Once you install the extensions, you can click the 3-vertical dot icon at the top right, click "More tools" > Extensions and enable any extension you want so it works in Incognito mode.

If you don't have the options described above, you may need to completely remove Chrome, reboot your computer, and the reinstall Chrome. If you do this I suggest you save your Chrome bookmarks first.

If you need to reset or completely uninstall Chrome, follow the instructions here.

As far as Firefox is concerned, I'm now sure if you mean you can't get whatever features (I'm guessing you mean extensions) work in Firefox or if you mean you can't get Firefox to work at all. If you can't get Firefox to work at all, you definitely have some problems there.

Hope this helps you.

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Sharon asks about an email she received from a breached photo-sharing site
Hi. I received a lengthy email from 500px this morning. The site I have never heard of but it has been sent to one of my commonly used name and Gmail accounts. This letter says (Action Required)

I've never heard of this company and they do not come up in my Last Pass vault. It is the typical (potential security issue). I googled it and it is a Photography site.

Are you aware of this? Is it yet another scam thing? I've got quite a few sites that use the name and address they are saying has been hacked.

I would like to show you their letter but I wont forward it unless you say to.

There is an option at the bottom of their missive for me to unsubscribe. I haven't touched it.

I don't usually get things like this and I'm sitting here feeling stupid ... and somewhat anxious. I'd have to change quite a few websites that I use this name and email address on.

Thanks to both of you.

Our answer
Hi Sharon. It's good to be cautious. The email sounds like an email that would be sent by a legitimate company that had recently been hacked and you had - at one time - had an account there.

This is from The Verge, a reliable Internet tech news source:

"Photo-sharing website 500px says that the personal information of 14.8 million of its users was impacted by a security breach that occurred in July 2018. The site says that it is in the process of notifying all of its users and resetting their login credentials..." (Read more here.)

In our long history on the Web we have both, on occasion, gotten emails such as the one you received,  from services and sites we don't remember signing up for. SInce you don't use the site just delete the email.

At least now you know there was a major breach at 500px.com and it's pretty common practice for a site that has been breached to notify everyone who has an account there - active or not. The good news is that a photo-sharing site would not be likely to ask for any personal information beyond a name and an email address.

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Sharon wrote back: "Thank you for your response. I do appreciate your thoughtful reply. I have deleted the site. Shae"

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James wants to know if we recommend the extension for Chrome that checks for hacked passwords
Do you guys recommend the new Chrome extension that checks for hacked passwords?

Our answer
Hi James. We have written about it and tested it but we are not ready to give it a full-blown recommendation. There seems to be a lot of opinions for and against this extension. We tested it and none of our passwords were hacked - so we're not sure if we really had no passwords hacked or if  the extension is working or not working. There's certainly nothing wrong with trying it. You can make up your own mind if you think it's worth having installed.

You can read our article about the extension here.

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium -Tips & Tricks

Use Emoji in File and Folder Names
(Windows 10 -- version 1709 and newer)

We're not sure how useful this tip will be for most of you, but we're quite sure some of you will come up with some uses for it.

Did you know you can use Windows Emoji in file and folder names?

You can, and it's very easy.

Right click anywhere on your computer and choose "New" --> "Folder"

Hold  down the Windows key and tap the . (period key) to open Windows Emoji panel

Click on any emoji you want to use in your file or folder name. You can use text and emoji or emoji only. 

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And you can also rename some file and folders using emoji.

Play around with this tip; it may be entirely useless, but it's fun.

Here's a directory of folders and one text file on my computer whose names all have emoji in them. Notice some have a mix of text and emoji.

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So now go forth and amaze your friends, dazzle your enemies, confuse those who dare look into the abyss of your computer! Start using emoji in your file and folder names.

Just don't get too crazy, you're the one who's going to have to remember what's in the files and folders with the emoji in their names.

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Speak Up and Write - How to Use Google’s Voice Typing
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and a Google account

Just a few years ago, if you wanted a good speech-to-text software you had to be prepared to pay… and some of the best text-to-speech applications were on the expensive side. And, to be brutally honest, some of the earlier attempts to create accurate speech-to-text conversion were not very good – or very accurate. Some were downright awful.

I’m happy to tell you that speech-to-text programs have improved greatly over the years and text to speech software has become amazingly accurate – especially once it gets use to the way you speak.

And how fortunate for all of us who have had occasion to use speech-to-text software that we have easy access to excellent free speech-to-text software.  We’ve featured a free online speech-to-text application called SpeechTexter , and we showed you how to use the speech-to-text features in Windows 10.

Today, we’re going to show you another free speech-to-text application and it’s also something most of you already have. If you have a Gmail address, you have a Google account – and if you have a Google account you can use Google’s excellent speech-to-text technology to create a Google document or Google presentation.

Google calls it “voice typing” and I guess that sums it up pretty well. If you have a Google account and have Google Chrome browser installed, you can use “voice typing”.

Here’s how:

1.) Make sure your Microphone is on and working.
2.) Use Google Chrome to sign into your Google account
3.) Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser.

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4.) Click Tools and then Voice typing.

A microphone box appears…

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5.) When you’re ready to speak, click the microphone.
6.) Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace …

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When you’re done, click the microphone again.

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That’s it. Now save your masterpiece and you’re done.

Here are some other things you need to know about Google’s voice typing straight from Google’s voice typing page.

You Can Correct mistakes while voice typing

  • If you make a mistake while you’re typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
  • After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue.
  • To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.
Punctuation

You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation point
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph

Notes:

  • Punctuation works in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.
  • In Spanish, punctuation at the beginning of the sentence, like  or , must be typed.

Those are the basics of voice typing using your Google account. In order to use voice typing in your Google account, you have to use the Google Chrome browser.

For more information and more details about voice typing from Google, see this page.

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Make Sure It’s Broke Before You Spend Time Fixing It
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Here’s are two quick and easy tips that we’ll be you will use, “…maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. And for the rest of your life…” 

Anyone who uses a computer knows they will have problems from time to time. It’s expected. It’s the nature of the beast. We’re here to remind you that if your computer starts having problems, the first thing you should do is make sure there’s something really wrong with before you shove off on a time-consuming quest to fix it.

Here are two things you should always try as soon as you notice something’s not right with your computer:

1. Restart your computer.

As silly and simple as that sounds, restarting your computer can correct a lot of minor temporary errors and put your computer back on track. It won’t work every time, but it’s the first thing you should try if something isn’t right with your computer.

And… if restarting it does not work, we have one more simple thing you should do before you go off searching for help and fixes.

2. Shut down your computer completely.

Make sure all power is off and all power lights are off. Wait five minutes and then turn your computer back on. 

You’ll find the second method successful many times if simply restarting your computer doesn’t work.

Now, we’re not here to convince you that these two simple tricks will fix all your problems and assuage all your computer woes – they won’t. But many times restarting your computer or shutting your computer down and waiting for a few minutes before restarting, can correct many minor, yet annoying errors. And since it does not take much time or effort to try one or both of these tips, there’s no reason not to give them a try. We’ve seen restarting and shutting down the computer and waiting a few minutes before powering it back on, work many times on our own computers and on other folks’ PCs as well.  

And this trick also extends to other electronic devices – tablets, smartphones, streaming devices, etc. Sometimes the best fix is the simplest – just restart the device. It works more often than you think.

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Guest Mode and Incognito Mode in Chrome
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Both Guest mode and Incognito mode are temporary browsing modes you can use in Google Chrome. Guest mode was originally found only in Chrome in the Chrome OS (operating system), but Guest mode is now available in Chrome for Windows.  Guest Mode and incognito mode are similar, but there are basic differences between them.

Guest mode

Guest mode provides a completely blank profile for someone who is using Chrome temporarily. Like Incognito mode, it doesn’t save any record of the browsing history and doesn’t use extensions. However, in Guest mode, the user can’t change any Chrome settings aside from the search engine. A guest user also can’t see any of the browsing history of the main user. When you exit Guest mode, your browsing activity is deleted from the computer.

According to Google:

“Guest mode is ideal for:

Letting others borrow your computer, or borrowing someone else’s computer.

Using a public computer, like one at a library or cafe.”

You can open Guest mode in Chrome by clicking on the user’s name or icon on the right-side of the toolbar and clicking on “Open Guest window”.

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Incognito mode

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All browsers have a form of incognito mode. In Edge (and IE) it's called "In-Private browsing", in Firefox it's "Private browsing" Chrome calls its private browsing mode "incognito". You can open a new incognito window in Chrome by clicking on the 3-vertical dots icon (settings) and clicking “New incognito window” or using the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+N. You can also right-click on your Chrome icon on your desktop or taskbar and chose “New incognito window”.

When using incognito mode you have full access to Chrome bookmarks, existing history, passwords, Autofill data, and other Chrome settings, but you won’t leave any browsing history or cookies on your computer during the incognito session.

Many people mistakenly think that incognito mode makes them invisible on the web and prevents them from being  tracked or identified, but it does not. Your ISP, Web advertisers and the Web sites you visit can still see and log (record) your IP address and your browsing activity.

While it does not make you invisible on the Web, it does allow you to browse without saving any history or cookies on your computer. And though it does not make you invisible on the web,  incognito mode has plenty of uses.

For instance, if you have more that one Gmail account, you can use incognito mode to log into your other Gmail account without signing out of (or joining) your other Gmail account.

If you have more than one Facebook account – for example one for your business and one for personal use, with incognito mode you can sign into the second Facebook account without signing out of the other Facebook account.

You can check for price discrimination using incognito mode. Some websites show different prices to different people based on their browsing and search history.  Examples of this kind of price discrimination include airline ticket websites and Amazon. Amazon and several airline/travel sites have been found guilty of price discrimination.

Price discrimination is accomplished by the site saving a cookie in the user’s browser that may have a higher price for an airline ticket or an Amazon item. This price is based on user’s history of pages they’ve visited while they previously shopped for the best price on an item or on their search history.

Using incognito mode lets you check airfares or price items without any discrimination, because in incognito mode there aren’t any cookies, history, and therefore no prior bias.

Incognito mode lets you compare prices between the ones you’ve already gotten and the prices a person searching for or an item for the first time would see. In other words, you’ll find out if there is a lower price than the one you’ve been quoted. By using incognito mode, you can check for the lowest price with no discrimination based on your browsing and search history.

Guest mode is great if you’re using someone else’s computer, you’re using a public computer or you want to let someone else use your computer. But If you want to browse privately on your own computer, use Incognito mode. You’ll see your info and settings without saving any cookies or browsing history.

Always remember that neither incognito mode nor Guest mode makes you invisible on the web. Your ISP, the Websites you visit, advertisers on the web and/or your employer can still see all of your browsing activity.
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word hippo

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Let’s say you’re feeling particularly ornery and you want to lash out. You could write a vitriolic diatribe and post it on your social media account. But what if you don’t like the word vitriolic? Let's say that word annoys you because it sounds makes you sound like a sesquipedalian.

If you visit Word Hippo you can type in vitriolic and see a lot of synonyms, such as: spiteful, venomous, hurtful, acerbic, bitter, cruel, rancorous, malicious, hateful, sarcastic, vicious, caustic. If that’s not enough for you, you can click on any of those words and get synonyms for them.

But let’s suppose you’re feeling the opposite. Type in “Vitriolic” and find words that mean the opposite. EB tells me those are called antonyms. Yesterday, I couldn't spell antonyms, now I'm looking them up.

word hippo is a lot more than synonyms and antonyms, though.

Why you can even find out how to use a word in a sentence. Let's try the word "Screed", shall we?

The hippo tells me how to use the word screed in a sentence: "I have written a tedious screed on the event that is best ignored entirely." or how about, "The only writer I knew was the crabby old lady who wrote a weekly screed in the local newspaper." So now I know all of that I can safely say that I'm getting mighty tired of reading EB's morning screed chastising me and urging me to do more work than any human over the age of 60 can possibly do, unless they workout with the Teeter Hanger.

The hippo can translate sentences too here's an English sentence translated into French - you should all be able to sing it!
" Michelle, ma belle, ces mots vont bien ensemble, ma Michelle."

You can also look up plural forms of words like "Emoji". Hippo says the plural of emoji is emojis or emoji - take your pick! And the hippo can also help you with pronunciation, so I know EB would find it useful.

And last but not least...Word Hippo also finds rhyming words too. If you’re a poet or rap singer or song writer you might find this useful.

“Would your monkey like a milkshake
Or perhaps a Diet Coke?
'No thank you' said my uncle,
My monkey doesn't smoke..."

~or~

"Merriment is evident as pepperminted flowers dance in front of your eyes.
The lemon -flavored snow that falls is incandescent as it rises back to the skies..."

Anyway, you can do a lot of things with words at Word Hippo including writing award-winning songs or poems(see above)!

Word hippo is a very useful site with a very odd name. But you can't tell a good book by its cover or a useful website by its name. You might want to visit  https://www.wordhippo.com right now to find out how useful it is - and maybe you'll want to bookmark it too!

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It’s Time to Set Your Clocks Ahead Again

Well. here it is again. The weekend of the time change.

Just last year I learned that calling daylight saving time, “Daylight Savings Time”, with an S, is horribly stupid and incorrect. They say it makes me look like an idiot to everyone who knows better; it’s correctly called daylight saving time. So, for decades, I’ve been considered stupid for calling it daylight savings time. Who cares? Obviously, I do, since I wrote this.

Here we are on the cusp of daylight saving time and once again I’ve been educated by those who know. Yes indeed. I just learned that it’s not Daylight Saving Time, it’s daylight saving time – no uppercase letters. At least that’s what the Associated Press stylebook says.

Who in the this world ever consults the Associated Press stylebook anymore? You wouldn’t really do that, would you? It costs over $20 just to get the online edition. And yes, by now, after all the surly critiques of my writing I’ve received over the years, I’m quite sure many of you reading this would be glad to send me a free online subscription to the AP stylebook. If you’re so inclined please do – but don’t expect me to change my style.

Look here:

“Daylight Savings Time is a misspelling, but more common than the correct term. Setting our clocks 1 hour forward in the spring is often referred to as “Daylight Savings Time” even though “Daylight Saving Time” is the correct spelling…” [ From https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/daylight-savings-time.html ]

But you see, you really can’t believe anyone about anything anymore, because that article is wrong. And how do I know it’s wrong? Well, because the aforementioned AP stylebook says it’s correctly spelled “daylight saving time”. And if you’re self-centered and confident enough to think you set the style for all writers, then I guess you better be right.

But me? I’m not puffed up – at least not with knowledge – maybe with Reese’s Peanut Cups and beer, but certainly not vain or overly confident. One thing I am though and that’s tired of being corrected, I tells ya...

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All About Pipes and Tildes

We both used to smoke cigarettes. But we gave them up for cigars. Then we switched to pipes. Finally we gave those up for tildes. But tildes are take too long to light.  Actually most of that is sort of not true.

Anyway... Do you know what tildes and pipes are? We'll show you:

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

| | | | | | | |

The top row contains six tildes (til'des), the bottom row contains eight pipes.

~ is called a tilde (til'de). We don't know why, it just is. You used to see it more when short file names were common on Windows. A tilde is also (according to www.dictionary.com ), is "A diacritical mark ( ~ ) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate the palatal nasal sound (ny), as in caon, or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization, as in l, po."

This thing | is called a pipe. It is used in science, mathematics, and, of course, in computers and computer programming. The pipe or vertical line | can be a separator like TC|EB or it can be part of a DOS or Unix command. You can type a pipe by holding down the shift key and pressing the \ (backslash key).

And now you know what a tildes and a pipes are.

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