Windscribe VPN: Lifetime Pro Subscription

Windscribe VPN: Lifetime Pro Subscription

With the recent news that the U.S. government voted to give Internet service providers the go-ahead to sell and share their customers’ web-browsing data, it has many people reconsidering their Internet habits. One great way to easily change that narrative is to subscribe to a VPN to keep your browsing history and personal information private. Windscribe VPN: Lifetime Pro Subscription believes it can help you out. It’s a desktop app as well as a browser extension that will work to also protect your online privacy, unblock websites, and remove ads and trackers. You won’t need to worry about confusing settings and option menus. You can set it just once and forget about it as it works in the background to protect you and your data forever.

  • Hide your physical location with an encrypted tunnel
  • Get access to geographically-locked content
  • Eliminate most ads while you browse
  • Don’t worry about your ISP gathering info on you as you torrent and share files
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  • Get 170-degree action in 720p HD resolution
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How to Install zsh and Oh My Zsh in Windows 10

How to Install zsh and Oh My Zsh in Windows 10

If you’re coming to Windows from macOS or Linux, you might miss the powerful functionality of the UNIX command line or “shell.” Windows doesn’t ship with the UNIX shell enabled by default, but you can easily get a shell running on Windows and even extend the shell’s power with zsh.

What Is zsh?

zsh, also called the “Z-shell,” is a more powerful version of Bash, the standard shell that ships on Linux and macOS systems. zsh allows users to extend the appearance and functionality of their shell with scripts, plugins and more. There’s a wide community of developers that have made amazingly useful plugins for zsh, and you can code your own extensions and plugins as well. If you spend a lot of time on the terminal, it’s a great way to improve your quality of life.

Turning on Bash

Before we can install zsh or Oh My Zsh, we need to first enable the default shell called Bash. This used to require third-party programs like Cygwin, and you can still do it that way. However, Windows 10 now ships with a Linux subsystem that’s turned off by default. If we turn it on, we’ll be able to run Bash on Windows using native software packages.

  1. Open Settings and click on “Updates & Security.”settings-update-and-security
  2. Click “For developers” in the sidebar, then click the radio button next to “Developer mode.”settings-developer-mode
  3. In the pop-up window, click “Yes” to proceed with enabling developer mode.settings-developer-mode-2
  4. Open Control Panel and navigate to the “Programs and Features” menu.control-panel-programs-features-open
  5. Click “Turn Windows features on or off” in the sidebar.control-panel-turn-windows-features
  6. Scroll down and tick the checkbox next to “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)” to enable the Linux subsystem. Then click the “OK” button.control-panel-turn-on-linux-subsystem
  7. Wait for the installer to
  8. When the installer is finished, click “Restart Now” to restart your computer and complete the
  9. After you’ve restarted your computer, type “bash” into the Start Menu and launch the bash script.bash-exe-start-menu
  10. This will open a command prompt and finish installing UNIX and Bash. Type the “y” key and press “Enter” to confirm installation of the remaining components.bash-exe-install-script-2
  11. Wait while the remaining components are downloaded and configured.bash-exe-install-script-3
  12. When prompted, create a username for Bash and UNIX.bash-exe-install-script-4
  13. Enter a password you’ll use for Bash and UNIX. You won’t see any characters appear as you type, but they are being saved. Press “Enter.”bash-exe-install-script-5
  14. When the installation is finished, you’ll be returned to the command prompt. You can now close this window.bash-exe-install-script-6

Installing zsh on Windows 10

Now that we have a shell on Windows, our next step is to install zsh. We’ll use the “apt-get” package manager to download and install it.

  1. Open Bash from the Start Menu.bash-on-ubuntu-start-menu
  2. Type the following command into the command prompt and press “Enter:”
    sudo apt-get install zsh


  3. Enter your Bash/UNIX password when prompted and press “Enter.”bash-apt-get-2
  4. When prompted, type “Y” and press “Enter” to continue the installation.bash-apt-get-3
  5. When the installation is complete, you’ll be returned to the command prompt.bash-apt-get-4

Using zsh on Windows 10

Now that we’ve installed zsh, we can start using it.

  1. Open Bash from the Start Menu.bash-on-ubuntu-start-menu
  2. Type zsh and press “Enter.”zsh-launch-zsh
  3. On first run, you’ll need to go through some zsh configuration options. There’s a bunch there, but we recommend actually looking at all the information and choosing the options you like. If you’re not sure what to choose, you can just press the “2” key to accept the default configuration.zsh-configure-zsh
  4. When the configuration is complete, you’ll be returned to the zsh command prompt.zsh-command-prompt

Installing Oh My Zsh on Windows 10

Now that we have zsh installed, we can install Oh My Zsh. If you’re not familiar with Oh My Zsh, the developer says it best: “Oh-My-Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.” It also ships with more than 200 plugins and 140 themes for zsh, extending functionality and making your command line easier to customize.

  1. Open Bash from the Start Menu.bash-on-ubuntu-start-menu
  2. Use the following command to download and install git, a prerequisite for installing Oh My Zsh:
    sudo apt-get install git


  3. Once git is installed, we can download and install Oh My Zsh. To do so, copy and paste the following command into your command line and press “Enter.”
    sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

    Note that you can quickly paste into the zsh command line by selecting the Xsh window and right-clicking.


  4. Enter your Bash/UNIX password when prompted and press “Enter.”zsh-install-oh-my-zsh-enter-password
  5. When the installation is finished, you’ll see Oh My Zsh’s ASCII art.zsh-installed-success-ascii


Five Mobile Job Search Apps that Make Seeking New Employment Easier

Job Searching has never been easier, or harder depending on whom you ask. While competition for scarce professional high-paying corporate jobs is intense – some would say brutal – there’s now a sea of mobile job search apps which can greatly enhance one’s chances of regaining employment.

This article is going to look at five of the most popular mobile job search apps.

1. LinkedIn

The LinkedIn Mobile App provides a lot of the same functionality as the website.

The LinkedIn app provides a simplified version of All of the base components appear at the bottom of the app screen: Home, My Network, Messaging, Notifications, and Me.

LinkedIn’s Home screen looks like a Facebook-like newsfeed. People here post stuff like their new jobs, marketing tips, non-professional Instagram pics (see image above), and sometimes a job posting or two!

In the “My Network” screen, you can create new connections with people on LinkedIn without having to actually know them! You also get to see who got a new job and if it’s someone’s birthday today. And you can respond to people’s LinkedIn connection requests – especially from recruiters.

Tip: look people up who are working in the companies that you want to work for and try to connect with them using pretexts like having attended the same college or mutual contacts. These connections will prove exceptionally valuable when targeting your next company.

Most people want to help others out – especially when they get a referral bonus!

“Messaging” and “Notifications” are self-explanatory. However, you should have your phone’s notifications set to show LinkedIn missives on your lock screen. Simply go to your iPhone’s “Settings” > “Notifications” > scroll to LinkedIn, and then set your notifications for “Show on Lock Screen.”

Finally, the “Me” component takes you to your LinkedIn profile. Here you can edit/update your job history, education, accomplishments/honors/awards, activities like volunteer work, contact info, and most importantly your professional headline and executive summary. Don’t scrimp on maxing out your LinkedIn profile, and be sure to include a professional-looking headshot!

Using the 'me screen' on LinkedIn's mobile app, a LinkedIn member can really max-out their profiles to get better professional hits from hiring managers and recruiters.

Tip: Using the web-interface allows you to create a quick and clean online portfolio (which can be a real hassle to create on your own) where you can upload writing samples, links, projects, media, etc. Also, make sure that you change your LinkedIn URL to your name. For example: It will look much more professional when giving that URL to hiring managers as the link to your online portfolio.

2. LinkedIn Jobs

As versatile as the mobile LinkedIn app may be, the LinkedIn Jobs app is somewhat bare bones.

The Home screen (as pictured below) doubles as the Search screen. There are only very basic searching parameters you can put in here: “Job title or keyword” and “Location.” It’ll default to whatever location you have set as yours from your LinkedIn member account.

Below the Search section are your most recent job searches.

In the app there is a “Discover” component that can pull up a lot good job leads. You can’t filter out criteria such as commuting distance, industry, keywords, or salary range using the app. (You have to set that up as job search agents on the web-interface.) But you can track your job applications and get notifications as to who’s viewing the jobs you’ve applied to.

LinkedIn Jobs Mobile App is a slimmed down job search app that is an off-shoot of the main LinkedIn Mobile App.

The best feature of this app (and the next one) is “Easy Apply,” meaning using your LinkedIn profile to quickly apply for a position instead of having to fill out those insufferable online Applicant Tracking System job applications. However, to ensure that your job application doesn’t disappear into a “black hole,” you still have to use the main LinkedIn app to make contacts in those targeted companies to push the process along. Don’t wait for them to call you!

3. Monster

Monster's Job Search Mobile App offers a simple but effective interface for job seekers.

Monster functions more like a simplified version of LinkedIn/LinkedIn Jobs but without the people network. Here you can do your job lead searches, track your job applications, update your resumé (no online portfolio like LinkedIn), receive messages (some legit, some not), and tweak your settings.

The best advice here is to make sure that your current resumé is the same on all of your mobile job apps. This way when you’re blasting an Easy Apply resumé from whichever app you’re in at the time, you’ll know you’re sending the same one out.

4. Indeed

Indeed's Job Search Mobile App sports a simple interface but its job lead aggregator is a very powerful job search resource.

The Indeed app is pretty bare bones as well, but in this case simpler is better. Indeed doesn’t come with all of the bells and whistles like LinkedIn, but since Indeed is a job lead aggregator, you’ll probably find many of the same job leads here that you’d find on the other job search apps.

Once you update your resumé and set up your job search agents (via the web-interface), you’ll be taken to a ton of job leads under “Recommended Jobs” from the app’s home screen.

5. Glassdoor

Glassdoor's Job Searching Mobile App provides a treasure trove of company reviews and employee insider info on prospective target companies for job seekers.

Glassdoor’s real power is not in finding job leads to respond to but in giving you “the 4-1-1 on the companies themselves.” This insider knowledge of whether a company is worth your time to apply (e.g. low pay, bad management, etc.) can be a true time-saver. Use the web-interface to set up your job search agents.

Tip: make sure to review at least one company yourself (via the app or web). This will then give you full access to all company reviews!

Glassdoor gives you tons of company information, e.g. number of employees, public or private, revenue per year, employee reviews with star ratings, and more.

These employee reviews can include information about working at the company, salaries the company offers, an overview of the interview process, available jobs, and what the benefits packages are. This is a treasure trove of information!


6 of the Best RSS Readers for Android

6 of the Best RSS Readers for Android

RSS feeds aren’t as popular now as they were before. There are many apps available now that provide curated and customizable content to help you stay updated with the latest news and trends. However, there are still many users that opt to use RSS feeds for news and to follow their favorite blogs. With so many RSS feed reader apps out there on the Play Store, it’s always a tough task to choose the perfect one. To make this task easier for you, we have shortlisted some of the best RSS Feed Reader apps that are available on Android.

1. Feedly

Feedly got popular right after it was announced that Google Reader will be discontinued. Currently, it’s the most popular RSS feed reader available. What made it popular is its simplicity and wide range of features. You can follow any publication, blog or YouTube channel by simply searching for the name in the search bar. You get a distraction-free mode where you can clearly read the content without other graphical distractions like ads.


The whole navigation between different feeds and articles is based on gestures. It might take a few minutes to understand how it works and get the hang of it. There’s even a team version where you can collaborate with coworkers and curate content.

2. Inoreader

If Feedly is for everyone, Inoreader is for everyone including the geeks. Inoreader tries to be a reading service that’s backed by RSS instead of just being an RSS reader. And it’s built that way. You start by choosing sources from categories you like, and Inoreader does the job of populating the feed for you.


Inoreader’s best pull is its app itself. While not gorgeous, it’s utilitarian – clean and feature-rich. Many RSS feeds are truncated, and you can’t get full-text feeds even after using hacks. In Inoreader just swipe up, and the app will show the full text. That combined with finely tuned reading/sync settings and the automation stuff makes Inoreader the perfect app for the RSS geek. If you have around 50 to 100 subscriptions, look into Inoreader.

3. Palabre

Palabre provides loads of features and customizations for users. With Palabre, it’s not just limited to blogs and websites – you can even add your Twitter and Flickr timelines as feeds. You can completely customize the look of your feeds with different layouts and colors. It gets you started with a bunch of popular websites to follow, so you don’t have to waste time adding them. It also has Feedly integration, so that’s a plus.


The “Reading” section is clean and distraction-free by default. You can choose to view the article in its original form. There’s also a text-to-speech feature to hear the news while using headphones. A nice little feature that I personally like is “History” which keeps track of all the articles that you’ve read.

4. NewsTab

While NewsTab is a daily news app, under the hood it works as an RSS Feed Reader as well. It’s the best designed RSS reader in my opinion. The UI is neat and crisp. The navigation is flawless, and you’ll easily get the hang of it in no time. You can create your own sections and classify the Feeds accordingly. The search feature makes it even easier for you to add your favorite websites and blogs.


The content reading area provides a “Simplified Article Mode” which allows you to customize the content. You can change the font, color, and their size according to your liking. Apart from that, there’s even an “Offline Mode” to take the content offline. You can take an entire section of feeds for offline reading.

5. gReader

gReader is one of the oldest and most-used RSS Feed Reader apps on Android. The best thing about this app is that it gives you full control over how the app should work. You can completely customize the app and the display of the content. If you like to quickly analyze and read the headlines, then there’s an option to automatically mark an article as “Read” as you scroll which will reduce the clutter of feeds. Want to quickly switch between your read and unread articles? Well, there’s a quick toggle button for that, too.


There are various services available in the app like “Voice reading,” “Translate” and many others. If you feel some services are unnecessary, you can simply turn them off in the settings. There’s also a separate section to change how the content caching on the app should work. You can even backup your preferences in your phone storage if you’ve done lots of customization. This can be helpful in case you uninstall and reinstall the app.

6. RSS Reader by Svyatoslav Vasilev

RSS Reader is one of the best lightweight RSS readers available on the Play Store. Despite being lightweight, it’s loaded with all the necessary features. The interface is completely customizable. The layout of the feeds can be changed and sorted by “Newest,” “Oldest” or the “Favorites.” You also get a widget for the homescreen that shows unread articles in the form of a counter.


The content reading area also comes with a good pack of features. You can swipe left and right to go to the next or previous article. There’s even a Mobilizer integrated to fully extract the articles from the feed. Similar to gReader, you get options to change the Synchronization and Cache settings of the app. A quick button to take the Feeds offline is also available.


5 Useful Instagram Tips to Get that Picture-Perfect Post

5 Useful Instagram Tips to Get that Picture-Perfect Post

When Instagram first hit the scene, it seemed like a novelty. Fast forward just a few years, and it is a full-fledged phenomenon with an estimated 600 million users in 2016. In the beginning the photo app was little more than a novelty. Giving users the ability to spruce up their low resolution camera photos with fun “filters” seemed like a fad. Today, Instagram has matured along with the quality of our smartphone cameras. By developing its own community and social media network, Instagram is a powerful tool in today’s online landscape. While everyone knows the basics of the app, there are some features that the average user might not be aware of.

1. Organizing Your Filters

There are forty different filters that you can apply to your photos within the the Instagram app. Forty! With that many to choose from, users can spend hours hemming and hawing over which one to use. If you find yourself ignoring some of the filters completely, you can make your life easier by eliminating them as an option altogether.


To do so, swipe all the way to the end of your filter list until you see a little cog icon labeled “Manage.” Tap that and you’ll find yourself at a screen that allows you to select which filters appear in your filter list. Unchecking the filters you never use will make them disappear from the list of available filters. If you have second thoughts, simply go back and check them to make them reappear.

2. Tone Down the Intensity of a Filter

Are you familiar with the phrase “too much of a good thing?” Some Instagram filters, while certainly cool, simply overdo it. Filters are meant to improve your photos, but in some instances they can make them look worse. If this sounds familiar, don’t fret, Instagram allows you to tone down the filters allowing for a more subtle look. To lessen the intensity of a filter, select one to add to your photo. With the filter in place, tap the filter icon a second time. This will bring up a slider that will allow you to dial back the intensity.

3. Compare to the Original

It’s easy to get carried away when editing your photos. After you’ve made all of your desired tweaks, it can be hard to remember what your original photo even looked like. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to compare your original snap to the edits you’ve made, you’re in luck. After applying your changes, instead of hitting “Next” in the upper-right corner to publish your photo, press and hold on the preview image. It will change back to the original, unedited photo. Comparing your edits to the original image to see if your tweaks are in good taste has never been easier.

4. Delete Unfinished Drafts

Sometimes we change our minds. If you decide to abandon a photo mid-edit, Instagram will prompt you to save it as a draft. That’s good if you’re on the fence about it and want to come back to it later. But what if you decide that photo isn’t worthy of your Instagram feed? To permanently delete a saved draft, tap “Manage” to the right of the Drafts section. This will bring you to a screen that says “Discard” at the top with thumbnails of your drafts underneath. Select all of the drafts that you want to give the boot to and tap “Done” in the top-right. A dialog box will open asking you to confirm your selections. Tap “Discard” and they’ll be gone forever.

5. Delete a Published Instagram Post


Scrolling back through your Instagram feed can be cringeworthy. Some of your Instagram posts may be in bad taste. Or maybe you were suffering from a bad hair day or a fashion faux pas. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that most wish they could go back in time and never post the questionable photo. Luckily, you can breathe a sigh of relief because it is possible to delete Instagram posts. And you don’t even need a DeLorean to do it! Simply navigate to the post in question and tap the three dots in the upper-right corner. This brings up a dialog box which has an option to delete that post. Tap on delete, confirm, and poof, it’s gone.


How to Logout from a Website If It Doesn’t Provide the Logout Function

How to Logout from a Website If It Doesn’t Provide the Logout Function

There are some websites that provide user login function, but the logout button is either missing or hard to find. It’s too risky to remain logged in, especially on a public computer, so you might want to try some workarounds to log out. However, be warned that these might not work.

Usually it’s not your fault you can’t log out and is because of a site bug or a usability blunder. It doesn’t help much that it’s not your fault when your account is at risk of being compromised. If you are logged in from a computer nobody else but you uses, the risks aren’t that high, but if this is a shared computer, you most certainly need to log out ASAP. Here are a few tricks to try, but don’t expect them to always work.

1. Close the Browser, Reopen, and See If You Are Still Logged In

As a rule, just closing the browser doesn’t log you out, so don’t count on this option too much. If this will work or not depends on the site. Most sites store logins for days, weeks, or months, but there are also sites that require a login on every reopen of the browser. If this is the case, you are lucky. When you close the browser, open it again and see if you are out or not.

2. Search Hard, Really Hard, for that Logout/Signout Button/Link

Often the logout function is there, but it’s not visible right away. I know what you are thinking about the usability of such sites, and I side with you, but this doesn’t change the fact that for one reason or another many sites put their logout button/link in a hard-to-find place.

Most sites put their login/logout buttons/links in the top right corner, either standalone or in a menu, such as in account, settings, profile, or something similar. If you don’t see it directly, try browsing the menus or hover.


3. Delete the Session and Browser Cookie

You can also delete the session and browser cookie(s) to log out from a site. Most sites store login data in a cookie, and when this cookie is gone, you are logged out. If you are afraid you will lose all your cookies when you clear the browser’s cache, don’t worry; for most browsers you can delete the cookies only for a given site. The exact steps for deleting cookies differ among the different browsers, so check what’s applicable for yours.

4. Try Logging Out from a Different Browser/Device

It’s possible that the browser/device you are using is the problem. For instance, if your browser is old, it’s possible to click the logout button/link with no action taking place. In this case log in from a different browser/device and log out from there.

If the site doesn’t allow multiple simultaneous logins to the same account, the new login will eliminate the old. However, even though you logged in and logged out from a different browser/device, it’s possible you are still logged in in the original browser/device, so don’t forget to check if you are really logged out.

If you notice the logout problem happens with a particular browser/device only, your only option is to stop using this browser/device for this site. You can try contacting the site admins to tell them, but usually this won’t help. You’d better switch to a different browser. If you are a Linux user, try these Linux browsers instead.

5. Logout with SSO

If you logged in with Single Sign On (SSO), you can log out with it, too. For instance, if you logged in to a site with your Facebook or G+ account, go to Facebook or G+ and log out from there. Then go to the site you were trying to log out from, refresh the page, and see if you are still logged in.


6. If It’s a Popular Site, Check Its Forums

You might not be the only one with a logout problem with a particular site. Though it usually happens after a redesign of the interface or a software update when something gets broken, it’s not unheard for a site that has been okay for many years – all of a sudden its logout functionality breaks. In this case, if the site has a forum such as this one, check it to see what other users are experiencing and if there is a solution.


Enable And Use Handwriting Input in Windows 10

Use Handwriting Input in Windows 10

Do you navigate Windows 10 using something other than a mouse? Perhaps you use a graphics tablet with a pen, or you prefer using touch screen controls over typing or clicking. In this case it might be more useful for you to use an alternate way of typing rather than using a traditional keyboard. One of the options available to you by default in Windows 10 is handwriting recognition which makes for a good choice if writing with a pen comes more naturally to you than a keyboard.

If you’re interested in writing with cursive instead of keys, just follow these instructions to set up handwriting input in Windows 10.

Activating the Handwriting Tool

To do this, make sure you have the touch keyboard enabled on Windows 10. You’ll know you have it if you see an icon in your toolbar that looks like the following image.


If you don’t, you’ll need to enable it first. Right-click the taskbar and click “Show touch keyboard button” to make it visible.


Now that we have the touch keyboard active, we can activate handwriting. Click the touch keyboard button on your toolbar, and you should see this next image.


This is the touch keyboard. You can use this to enter letters via a touchscreen or drawing tablet, but we’re not here to do that! If you press the button at the bottom-right of this window, a popup will appear. This popup will contain an icon of a pen on a piece of paper. If you click this, you’ll enable handwriting mode.


Using the Handwriting Mode

At this point Windows 10 will turn the touch keyboard into an empty thin box. If you write words into this box using something akin to a mouse, digital pen, or touchscreen, it will translate what you wrote into text.

To use this tool to write in software, first click on something you want to write in. Then, write what you want to type into the handwriting bar. Windows will then show you what you’ve written in the field you’ve selected. You can press the Delete arrow to erase what you’ve written and start again or the enter key to submit what you wrote, such as when using a search engine.


Making the Recognition Better
Of course, everyone’s handwriting is different. You may find Windows 10 struggles a little bit with recognising your personal style. If you’re having recognition issues, or you just want to feed Windows 10 more information about your handwriting to avoid headaches down the road, you can teach Windows about your style so it can better figure out what you’re writing.

Right-click the Start button and click Control Panel.


Then, click on “Language.” If you’re using Category view, you’ll have to click “Clock, Language and Region” first to get Language to appear.


Find and click “Options” next to your chosen system language, followed by “Personalize handwriting recognition.”



This will open up the handwriting recognition wizard.


Target specific recognition errors is good if Windows is having trouble recognising specific words and letters in your style. You can tell Windows 10 how you write a specific word or letter or help it recognise characters with similar shapes (such as 2, Z, and 3).

Teach the recognizer your handwriting style is a better general option. Windows will give you sentences and numbers to write, and you write them as you normally would. Windows then uses this data to better define what your writing style is like.

Getting It Write

When you’re not using your mouse and keyboard, it’s nice to have an alternate way of inputting text without having to change hardware every time you want to type something. Using handwriting recognition, you can forgo the keyboard and simply scribble what you want to write, making it easier for those who use drawing tools or touchscreens to navigate Windows.


How to Fix a Mac with WiFi Problems and Dropping Connection

Fix a Mac with WiFi Problems and Dropping Connection

Macs are notorious for dropping WiFi connection. If you have reset your router and attempted connection on another device, and your Mac is still refusing to go online, you know you are not alone. This article will cover adjusting packet size (this did it for me), resetting the PRAM and SMC, reconfiguring the DNS, changing location, and deleting and re-adding the WiFi configuration.

Reset the NVRAM/PRAM and SMC

I first started having connection issues while running macOS Sierra’s public beta. Of course, start by restarting your Mac to see if this resolves the issues. Otherwise, try to reset the PRAM (Parameter Random-Access-Memory) / NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random-Access-Memory) and the SMC (System Management Controller). These are the portions of your Mac that control basic operations critical for basic system function.


  1. Press and hold the power button on your Mac to completely shut it off. Hard discs and fans need to stop spinning, and the screen needs to go dark.
  2. Power on your Mac.
  3. Immediately after you hear the startup sound, press and hold the “Command + Option + P + R” keys.
  4. Keep holding them down until you hear the start up sound again and see the Apple logo.
  5. Release the keys, and the PRAM/NVRAM will have been reset.


This process will vary heavily depending on whether or not your Mac is a desktop or laptop and if it has a removable battery or not. Apple covers this process quite heavily.

Navigating to Advanced Network Settings

The following attempts at getting back online will all require you to begin with your Mac’s “Network Settings.” To get there:

  1. Click on “System Preferences” from the dock, or click it from the top-left Apple logo’s drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Network” from the newly-opened window.


Reconfiguring DNS

DNS stands for Domain Name Server, which essentially changes web addresses that we are able to read (e.g. to IP addresses that the server can understand. This acts as a “phone book” of sorts for the Internet. Sometimes your service provider’s given DNS will not work properly, in which case we can use safe and free publicly available DNS options like Google’s.

  1. Click “Advanced.”mac-connect-internet-advanced
  2. Select “DNS” from the network settings.
  3. Click the “+” icon.
  4. Type or into the box and press Enter (these are Google’s DNS options).
  5. Click “Okay.”mac-connect-internet-google-dns

Now try to surf the Web.

Adjusting Packet Size

Are some pages loading just fine and others failing completely? This could have to do with the amount of packets that are able to be transmitted. In layman’s terms, this is the amount of data able to be transmitted over the network. We can adjust the value so that certain sites are able to load.

  1. Click “Advanced.”mac-connect-internet-advanced
  2. Start by selecting “Hardware” in network settings.
  3. Change the “Configure” setting from “Automatic” to “Manually.”
  4. Change MTU from “Standard (1500)” to “Custom.”
  5. Add the value “1453” into the box and press Enter. Click “Okay.”mac-connect-internet-mtu

Try surfing the Web a bit to see if this was able to solve the issue.

Changing Location and Renewing DHCP Lease

Sometimes the automatic location determined by your Mac will not get settings 100% correct, in which case we can set up a custom location and settings that go along with it. This is where we can also renew a DHCP lease and IP address. DHCP is a protocol for arranging IP addresses, and changing that can make sure traffic is being directed accordingly. Now after all of that tech jargon, here is how to do it.

  1. Again in network settings, click “Edit locations” from the drop-down menu where “Automatic” is currently selected.
  2. Click the “+” icon and name this new “location.” You can name it literally anything you would like; the name itself does not affect anything. Press Enter and click “Done.”mac-connect-internet-new-locationYou will now notice that “no IP address” appears under WiFi on the left menu bar.mac-connect-internet-no-ip
  3. Click “Advanced,” then “TCP/IP” from the menu bar.
  4. Click “Renew DHCP Lease.” A new IP address will be assigned.
  5. Click “Okay” and try to surf the Web.mac-connect-internet-renew-dhcp


How to Check the RAM Health on Windows 10

Check the RAM Health on Windows 10

RAM often comes after software issues and hard drive fragmentation in terms of us pointing the finger of blame at it. And that’s a reasonable way of approaching it because RAM exists far at the hardware end of your PC, and if there are problems with it, then there’s little you can do via your PC that will fix it.

But how do you find out if your PC has bad RAM? There are a couple of ways, though as is often the case, you’re likely to glean more info from third-party software than Windows’ handy but relatively simple in-house methods. Here’s how to check your RAM health on your PC.

Symptoms of RAM Problems

Before doing any of this, you want to know that you’re barking up the right tree, so here are some telltale signs that your RAM might be having issues:

  • your PC beeps one or more times as it’s starting
  • your PC slows down the longer you keep it on
  • your PC keeps crashing
  • problems accessing files

The Windows Method

The quicker but not as in-depth method is to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic. Click Start, type mdsched.exe, then hit Enter. Restart the computer when prompted, and it will boot to the Diagnostic tool.


Here you can press F1, then choose whether you want to run the Basic, Standard or Extended tests, which change how long it takes as well as the effectiveness of the tests. Windows will reboot automatically when you’re done, and you’ll receive a notification upon getting back into Windows regarding whether any errors were found.


If the memory diagnostic doesn’t bring up any errors, but you’re still convinced that RAM might be an issue, then you may well be right, and it’s worth trying this more detailed tool to find out. This long-lived tool was once used mainly for PCs with 32-bit processors (hence the ’86’ in the name), but these days is just as useful at testing memory on more recent 64-bit machines.

Download MemTest86, selecting the “Image for creating bootable USB Drive” option (or CD if you want to be old-school about it).


Extract the ZIP file to your hard drive, then double-click the “imageUSB” file to open the image creation tool. (You’ll need a USB flash drive you don’t mind wiping for this.)

Select the USB drive to be processed in Step 1 of the tool, then the current location of the “memtest86-usb” file in Step 3. (It’ll be where you extracted it earlier.)

Finally, in Step 4 click the “Write to UFD” button. Once it’s done, reboot your PC and it will boot to MemTest86.


Once in MemTest, you can now press anything, and it’ll automatically run a detailed memory test after about ten seconds. This may take a while, but by the end you’ll know whether there are errors in your memory.


8 Super Mario Run Tips and Tricks to Master the Game

Super Mario Run Tips and Tricks

For some, being able to play Super Mario Run is a blast from the past but something entirely new for others. Whatever category you fall into, one thing is for sure, and that’s that Mario is here to stay. Only time will tell if it’s here to stay.

But, for now it’s one very popular game, and you’ve probably been playing for hours on end. I’m sure you completed quite a few levels, but are you sure that you’re taking full advantage of the game? Here are some tips and tricks for you to master Super Mario Run.

1. Master the Different Kinds of Jumps

  • Wall Jump – Jump when you’re heading towards a wall, and then tap on the screen again just as you’re going to hit the wall. This is going to make you jump in the opposite direction.
  • Flutter Jump – You can only flutter jump if you’re Yoshi. If you are, just tap and hold on the display, and Yoshi will flutter in the air for a while.
    Climbing Jump – Mario can climb automatically, but if you tap on the screen while you climb, you’ll perform a Climb Jump. This move will get you many Toad fans at the Toad Rallies.
  • Vaulting Jump – Your character can vault over enemies automatically, but if you jump from them in the middle of the vault, you’ll get more coins and fans at the rallies.
  • Floaty Jump – This jump is exclusively for Princess Peach. To Flutter Jump, tap and hold, and she’ll float but only for short distances.
  • Rolling Jump – Your character will automatically roll to break the fall, but to gain extra fans at the rallies, tap to jump in mid-roll.

2. How to Play Bonus Levels

Super Mario Run lets you play bonus rounds every four hours. To play them, go to your kingdom and tap on the Bonus Game House which is the first building you installed.


3. Dying Can Be a Good Thing

You will lose a couple of coins in the process, but sometimes it’s worth it. By dying on purpose your character will be placed in a bubble, and you’ll rewind to the very beginning of the level. If you missed some coins, you can go back to that exact area by tapping on the screen.

4. How to Win Bonus Tickets for Toad Rallies

On every level you’ll see two types of coins: gold and pink. Collect all five of the pink coins, and you’ll get the bonus ticket. Not only that, but you’ll also unlock the purple coins, and if you get five of those, you’ll unlock the black coins.

5. Make Mario Stop in His Tracks

Once Mario starts running there is no way to stop him – or is there? Each level has its red blocks that will pause the timer as well as stop Mario. Unless you’re at a point where the path is going to split, you’ll need to avoid these red blocks.

The red blocks are meant to help you in situations such as getting on moving platforms or adjusting your timing. But remember to think quickly to see if they are useful or not at the moment.

6. How to Unlock More Characters

Playing with just one character can be boring. That’s why you should always have the goal of unlocking more characters. You can easily get the Toad character by linking your Nintendo account with the app.

To unlock more characters, simply build up your kingdom, and the extra characters will come. For example, to unlock Luigi, you’re going to need to collect 150 green toads by playing Toad Rally.

Then, you’ll need to buy Luigi’s house in the app’s store. To switch characters, tap on the character portrait icon in the bottom-right once you’ve chosen a level.

7. Improve Battery Life and Performance

Super Mario Run can get addictive, and playing too much can drain your phone’s battery. To save battery life, go to your kingdom’s overview and tap on “Menu -> Settings.” Tap on the “Rendering and Graphics” settings, and they will automatically switch to low.


8. How to Remove the Thwomp Enemies

When you see your kingdom for the first time, you’ll see two Thwomp enemies crowding it. To remove those, you’re going to be given hammers as you progress in the game. You’ll receive them, but the game never tells you what they are for. Now you know. To use them, go to the Build menu and tap on the hammer icon in the bottom-right.