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Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly
Issue #903
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

Our answer
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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Ted says ever since he switched to OE Classic, he hasn't gotten our weekly newsletter
Hi Guys, Happy New Year. Just wanted to let you know that since you installed OE Classic for me, I have not had your Weekly letter delivered to my in box. Not sure if it's a Gmail issue or OE classic issue. Just keeping you posted.

Our answer
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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? Thanks

Our answer
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!

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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.

Our answer
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

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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!

Our answer
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 side)
3. In Color Filters is the switch is turn on, turn it off.

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4. Next click on "High contrast" in the menu on the left and make sure the switch is turned off.

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That should fix your crazy colors.

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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!

Our answer
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.

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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.

Our answer
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 & Archive” button.

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".

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Under the “General” tab, scroll down until you see "Show 'Send & Archive'" and” tick the box next to Show 'Send & Archive button in reply'.

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Next: Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click “Save changes”.

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. 

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Put Your Mouse Wheel to Work: It's not just for scrolling you know!
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!

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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 clock.

You can turn the following system icons off or on just by flipping a switch.

Power (battery),
Input Indicator (EN for example)
Action Center
Touch Keyboard
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 off”.

You can customize your notification area to suit your personality. Are you a minimalist, a maximalist, or a conventionalist?

Me? I’m a conventionalist!

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uBlock Origin – The General Purpose Blocker

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - uBlock Origin
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 impressed.

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 some ads.

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 “” 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.

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uBlock Origin is easy to configure and use…


Cloudeight Freeware Pick - uBlock Origin

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - uBlock Origin

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.

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - uBlock Origin
And, though doing so could render certain interactive elements on the page useless, you can easily turn JavaScript off.

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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.

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The dashboard (shown below) will open.

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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 information.

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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 sites” tab.

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 to the Trusted sites list. Once you’ve added the site, don’t forget to click “Apply changes.”

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - uBlock Origin

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.

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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, specters.

They are the things that belong to the night...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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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 stroke.

NO NO NO... you want to know about the active window in Windows. Right? OK...

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 characteristics:

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 brighter color.

3.The title bar for the active window is a different color any of the inactive Windows.

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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Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly - Issue #903
Volume 18 Number 13
January 29, 2021 

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