Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly |
Volume 18 Number 13
January 29, 2021
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Dianne asks about a Flash-player emulator
Dianne wants to know what can replace Adobe Flash Player
I hope you're doing well. I think I asked you before, but I'm not
sure--do you have any idea what we can use to replace Flash (NOTH music
player and the games)? One member posted on something she found--but I
won't recommend it unless you guys tell me it's ok, etc.
Here's her post:
I know about HTML5 & have posted about that, even though I personally
haven't tried using it. Up till now, that's all I knew to recommend as a
replacement for Flash. So, I appreciate any info/suggestions you can
give me (us). Dianne
Hi Dianne. The post is about Ruffle. Ruffle is a Flash-player emulator
that is built on a programming language called Rust. Everything we have
read about Ruffle, leads us to believe it's legit and safe. But it's in
very early stage of development. You can
read more about Ruffle here.
There are other Flash-player emulators being developed, but right now,
all of them are in early stages of development.
I hope this helps you, Dianna.
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Sharon found an AI-powered Writing Companion called Wordtune
I recently came upon Wordtune, AI-powered Writing Companion, and I'm
wondering what your thoughts are about it. It appears to be something
that would be helpful to me but is it safe as an extension for Chrome?
Hi Sharon. It looks excellent. I read the reviews of users and installed
it myself - I need all the help with writing I can get since we don't
have money to hire real editors. So any help I can get is welcome.
After doing some searching and reading the reviews, I think it's
something you can install without worry. Whether it works as well as
they say, only time will tell.
If you decide to use it, let me know what you think. This is an
excellent find, Sharon. Thanks!
Leora asks about Quora
I received an E-mail this morning from Quora saying I am a member. I
have never heard of Quora. What is it? I wonder how it got my address
and why they think I am a member. It is harmful? Thank you for your
information., You are both so helpful.
Hi Leora. Thank you so much.
Quora is a legitimate forum where you can ask and find answers to
questions - sometimes good answers - sometimes not so good. But it's
legitimate site - I used to have a Quora account.
My concern is that you received an unsolicited email from them - that's
not usually how Quora works. Make sure you're actually going to the
legitimate site at
Jean has crazy colors on her screen
I have messed up the colors on my PC. This page has a black background
with white text. The title "Your Questions, Comments, or Suggestions are
Welcome" is in Coral. The task bar is white. The Start menu with all
the tiles has a white background. The apps are Aqua. How do I get out of
this mess? I've tried to figure it out but not getting very far. I just
want to go back to the original. Please help!
Hi Jean. Try this...
1. Press and hold down the Windows Key and tap the U key to open
Settings > Ease of Access.
2. In Settings > Ease of Access click on Color Filters (on the left
3. In Color Filters is the switch is turn on, turn it off.
4. Next click on "High contrast" in the menu on the left and make sure
the switch is turned off.
That should fix your crazy colors.
JoAnn S. wants to make a shortcut to Sleep mode
Hi Darcy or TC. Thank you for all the wonderful tips in your
Newsletters! I really like the one-click “restart” tip. Is there a way
that I can do a shortcut for sleep mode? Again, thank you for the
fantastic help you share in your informative newsletters!
Hi JoAnn. Thanks for your nice comments.
There's no reason to create a shortcut to sleep since Power Options
allows you to set the number of minutes of inactivity before your
computer automatically goes to sleep.
If you right-click on your Start buttons and click on "Power Options"
you can set your computer to automatically go to sleep after whatever
number of minutes or hours you choose. You can have your computer
automatically go to sleep after anywhere from 1 minute all way up to 5
hours (or never).
The number of minutes or hours you choose is the number of minutes/hours
of inactivity before your computer goes to sleep. Your computer will not
go to sleep while you're using it.
Peggy wants to know about Tune Sweeper
I am trying to clean up and organize my music folders. I would like to
start with an empty library, but I don't want iTunes to load all my music
because I have over 15,000 files. I found a program called Tune Sweeper,
but I would like your advice before I pay $25 for it.
Hi Peggy. I did a reputation search on the company that makes Tune
Sweeper. Wide Angle Software is located in England and appears to be
reputable company. But since I don't have iTunes on any of my devices, I
cannot test Tune Sweeper.
Go ahead and try the free version and if it does what you want to do,
then purchase it - I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Gmail Power Trick: Send & Archive
Everyone who uses Gmail
If your Gmail inbox contains a long list of emails that you’ve already
replied to (and by default they’ll stay in your inbox even after you’ve
replied), here’s a tip that allows you to reply and archive an email at
the same time. So, when you reply to someone, their email is moved from
the inbox to the “all mail” folder as soon as you hit the “Send &
So how do you get the “Send & Archive button”? Easy!
Open Gmail, and click on the gear icon
near the top right and click "See all settings".
Under the “General” tab, scroll down until you see "Show
'Send & Archive'" and” tick the box next to Show 'Send & Archive
button in reply'.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click “Save
Now when you reply to an email using the Send & Archive button, the mail
you replied to is moved out of your inbox and archived in the “All Mail”
folder, making for a much neater inbox. And you still have a copy of the
mail in your Sent folder and the All Mail folder.
Put Your Mouse Wheel to Work: It's not just for scrolling you
All computer users
You can use your mouse wheel as a button. Pressing down on the wheel
will act like a third mouse button. This can be used to open a web page
in a tab by clicking the wheel on any link and can also be used to close
a tab by clicking the wheel on any open tab.
Zoom in and Out on a web page, word document, excel spreadsheet, etc. by
holding down the Ctrl key and moving the mouse wheel away from you
(up)to zoom in and toward you (down) to zoom out.
You can move forward and backwards while browsing the Web by holding
down the Shift key and scrolling up and down. Scrolling down goes back
and scrolling up goes forward.
And, if you want to make your desktop icons really big - go to your
desktop, click on an empty area of your desktop, hold down the Ctrl key
and move your mouse wheel away from you to enlarge the icons; move wheel
toward you to make them smaller. Really easy!
And did you know that some mouse wheels can be pushed left or right to
also move backward and forward on a web page?
So don't overlook your mouse wheel. Do some wheelies today!
Turn System Icons On or Off
A Windows 10 Basics Tip
Did you know you can turn any system icon on or off –
including your system clock – not that I can imagine why you’d
want to do that. Maybe you’re a minimalist?
These are the icons that show up in the “Notification area”
(formerly known as the “System Tray”) pat of the taskbar, which
is the part of your taskbar on the right edge near the system
You can turn the following system icons off or on just by
flipping a switch.
Input Indicator (EN for example)
Windows Ink Workspace
To turn any of these icons on or off do this:
1.) Right-click on the taskbar
2.) Click “Taskbar settings”
3.) Under “Notification area” click “Turn system icons on or
You can customize your notification area to suit your
personality. Are you a minimalist, a maximalist, or a
Me? I’m a conventionalist!
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uBlock Origin – The General Purpose Blocker
We understand why websites display ads. It’s a source of revenue. But
some sites get carried away. And we don’t understand that because it
ruins it for everybody. Why sites would display so many ads as to annoy
their visitors is beyond my understanding. Some sites have so many
flashing, floating, content-burying ads, they are almost impossible to
use. It makes no sense. Yet, there are tens of thousands of Web sites
that cram so many ads on one page you can hardly see the page.
We totally understand why so many of you use adblockers. Today we’re
going to tell you about an ad blocker called uBlock Origin which just
happens to be the best adblocker we’ve ever tested.
uBlock Origin was suggested to us by David Biggar, a security expert
at Emsisoft. Having a recommendation from someone like David, gets our
attention. So, we decided to test drive uBlock Origin and we were
We know many of you use AdBlock Plus – it’s the most popular ad
blocker, by far. But like a lot of programs that started free, they
discovered a way to make money while staying free – and there is nothing
wrong with that. However, if you use AdBlock Plus, you’ve noticed you
still see some ads. This is because some advertisers pay AdBlock Plus
not to block their ads. AdBlock Plus calls these ads “Acceptable”.
uBlock Origin is free – and blocks all ads. There are no acceptable
ads. It also allows you more control over websites and allows you to
pinpoint and block annoying page content (zapper). You can also add
sites to your trusted site list, thus allowing those sites to display
Why would you want to whitelist a site? Well, for example, we make a
little bit each month for the ads displayed on our site. We don’t use
floating ads, popup ads, interstitial ads, or any ads that distract from
the content. We need the little bit of revenue these ads generate. So,
you can help us by not blocking ads on our site. With uBlock Origin,
it’s as easy as adding “thundercloud.net” to uBlock Origin’s trusted
site list. We’ll tell you more about that a bit later.
Let’s take a closer look at uBlock Origin.
uBlock Origin works in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera. Direct links
to install the uBlock Origin extension in your browser are at the bottom
of this page.
Once you install the uBlock Origin extension in your favorite
browser, you’ll see its icon appear alongside your other extensions to
the right of your address bar.
uBlock Origin is easy to configure and use…
Above: uBlock Origin gives you a lot of control. In the screenshot
above you can click an icon to block all popups. And you can block
“large media elements”. In other words, those annoying video ads you see
on many pages. Zapper mode (see the screenshot below) allows you
to ‘zap’ any part of the page you’re viewing.
And, though doing so could render certain interactive elements on the
There are a lot more settings available from the uBlock Origin
dashboard. To open the Dashboard, click on the uBlock Origin icon
in your browser, then click “gears” icon in uBlock Origin.
The dashboard (shown below) will open.
Above: uBlock Origin offers even more customization from the Dashboard.
Below: If you’re not sure what a setting does — “Cosmetic filtering”
for example — just click the encircled “i” for more details and
Finally, if you want to exempt a website from ad filtering – in other
words, you want to support a site by allowing advertising on a site,
it’s easy to do. In the uBlock Origin dashboard, click on the “Trusted
Type site’s URL (minus the http:// or https://, and www) you want to
allow to show you ads. As you can see in the screenshot below, I’ve
added thundercloud.net to the Trusted sites list. Once you’ve added the
site, don’t forget to click “Apply changes.”
uBlock Origin is freeware and available for most popular browsers.
Here are the download links for all supported browsers:
Download uBlock Origin for Chrome & Edge
Download uBlock Origin for Firefox
Download uBlock Origin for Opera
Note also that uBlock Origin should work with most other
Chromium-base browsers too.
The Things That Belong to the Night
During the night, in the quiet hours when most of the world sleeps, I
lie awake and the things in the night become distorted and amplified.
The faucet that drips, drips, drips, during the day goes unnoticed – but
in the quiet of the night, it is a disturbing, even sinister, sound.
The floor that creaks during the day – the creaks that I never notice –
are amplified in the night. I lie awake and hear that creaking and
wonder if someone has broken into my home – am I in danger? My heart
races and my mind explores a thousand possibilities. But only one
possibility can be the truth. All the rest are distortions, illusions,
They are the things that belong to the night...
Read the rest of this essay here.
What is an active window?
EB is cheap. She has central air but won't use it unless the outside
temperature is above 105F (40.5C). When it is 104F or lower, she opens
her windows to let in the hot breeze (if any). The window that catches
the breeze is the active window. It is usually located on the windward
side of the house. The other windows are open, but inactive since they
are on the side of the house opposite from the direction of the wind. I
always try to sit near the active window so as not to die of heat
NO NO NO... you want to know about the active window in Windows. Right?
When two or more program windows are open on the desktop, only one of
them can be the active window. The active window has some unique
1. The active window is usually the window on top of all other windows.
Inactive windows will be under the active window, so they won't cover up
the active window. The only exception to this would be when you have one
window selected as "Always on top"
2. In the taskbar the icon for the active window is highlighted with a
3.The title bar for the active window is a different color any of the
4. Anything you enter with the keyboard applies to the active window
only. You can’t type or edit content in an inactive window.
Please turn on the A/C, EB!
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