How to remove the free U2 album from your iTunes account

itunes-logoAre you a fan of the band U2? If so, you’re probably delighted that they have teamed up with Apple to place their new album in your iTunes account for free. But if you’re not a fan, you might be wishing there was a way to get rid of it.

I’m a big fan of “free stuff”, but placing any type of content in someone’s account without first asking for permission is a bit presumptuous in my opinion.

Apple seems to have been caught off guard by all the criticism this ostensibly benevolent move has drawn, and they have responded by publishing a page with simple instructions for removing the offending album your iTunes account.

Note to U2 and Apple: We appreciate your generosity, but it might be a good thing to ask for permission in advance next time.

Windows 9 is coming soon. Check out this preview of its awesome new Start Menu!

windows-9-logoAs you probably know, Windows 8 has been a huge flop for Microsoft among laptop and desktop PC users. They simply made too many changes at once, leaving many seasoned Windows users feeling confused, alienated, and even insulted.

Sales suffered as a result, and Windows 8 will almost certainly go down in history as just as big a dud as Windows Vista.

To Microsoft’s credit, they did eventually start paying attention to the flood of user complaints and suggestions, and with the release of Windows 8.1 they mitigated much of the disaster that was plain vanilla Windows 8. In fact, in my opinion Windows 8.1 is vastly superior to Windows 8. [Continue Reading]

Looking for a new computer? Here’s my best tip for choosing a good one.

dell-inspiron-i15ztIf you’ve been using computers for a good while, chances are you’ve had to replace one or two along the way. If so, you know that shopping for a new PC can be about as bewildering as shopping for a new car.

And while it’s always a lot of fun unpacking and setting a your new PC after you’ve bought one, you probably wonder if you made a good choice when picking it out.

Well I have a little tip that can help you feel better about your choice when it comes time to buying a new computer. [Continue Reading]

Do you love Firefox, but wish it wasn’t so slow? Download Pale Moon!

pale-moonI’ll admit it, I love the Firefox web browser.

I really like the look and feel of Firefox’s browser window, and I LOVE all the great extensions that let me do things with Firefox that I can’t do with any other browser.

But as much as I love Firefox, there’s one thing that has kept me using Google Chrome as my primary web browser instead of Firefox: Firefox can be as slow as cold molasses while viewing certain websites. But I have good news… [Continue Reading]

Here’s a simple way to make your Android phone’s battery last a little longer

black-background-logoDoes it seem like the battery in your Android phone dies a lot sooner than it should? If so, you’re certainly not alone.

A while back I wrote a post listing 8 tips for extending your Android phone’s battery life, and they all help quite a bit. Well, here’s a bonus tip that will make your battery last even longer. All you have to do is change your phone’s wallpaper to one that’s solid black!

You’re probably wondering why using a black background can save battery life, and that’s a good question. And the answer is really pretty simple: The lighter the screen, the more current the battery must supply to keep it lit up.

Bottom line: Changing from a light colored background to a solid black one allows your phone to operate with less current being drawn from the battery.

Switching to a solid black wallpaper is easy. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

Review: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

wd-my-passport-ultra-1tb-portable-hdThese days no computer system is complete without an external USB hard drive. These handy gadgets are simply perfect for making local backups and for handling so many other handy mass storage tasks.

External hard drives used to be quite expensive, but their prices have now dropped to where they are easily affordable, even with today’s massive storage capacities.

I recently had a chance to check out the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup, and it didn’t take long to figure out why it’s the best selling external USB hard drive on Amazon. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I get Firefox to open email links in instead of Outlook?

firefox-logoQuestion from Raymond:  I hope you can help me solve a problem I’m having with email links Rick. It’s absolutely driving me up the wall.

Whenever I click an email link on a web page in Firefox it automatically loads Outlook from my hard drive, and I don’t want that.

I switched my email from Outlook to several months ago but I can’t figure out how to make email links open automatically in without having to copy the link and paste it into a new blank email. Can you tell me what I need to do to make that happen?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]