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May 9th, 2017

Win10 assistance upgrade, Vista

Windows 10 to be like Windows 7


Foods to stop craving

March 15th, 2017


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Writing structure

August 28th, 2015

W = Who – Determine who your most primary target audience is (not to be in the piece of writing).

W = What – Define what it is you are writing about.

W = Why – Discuss why it’s important.

W = Ways – Give 3-5 ways or tips so the reader can apply the “what”.

E = Example – Share an example or case study.

E = Encourage – End with a “you can do it!” paragraph.

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CiviCRM quick notes

August 18th, 2015



March 7th, 2014

I’ve been working on breath control to improve my health, particularly for my heart. I found this nice summary of breathing exercises.


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Thank you letters

October 14th, 2013

Thanks to http://www.themorningnews.org/article/how-to-write-a-thank-you-note


  1. Get yourself some stationery, plain note cards or a selection of attractive postcards (yes, postcards are perfectly acceptable!), and proper postage. Avoid the pre-inscribed ‘Thank you!’ cards in loopy script, as there are times you’ll want to write notes where that aesthetic feels all wrong. Better to choose paper you like. Stay away from full-size sheets
  2. Greet the Giver — Dear Aunt Sally,
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win10 reset network adapters

June 10th, 2018

I had a problem with my NeoRouter not able to ping the remote computers, though they did show up in the list of active computers.

Nightmare tried everything I could think of, 24 hours of struggle (on and off of course)

Then I found this https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-reset-all-your-windows-10-network-adapters-just-6-clicks

Windows key + i

select network and internet

on left click ‘status’

on right scroll down to network reset

click ‘reset now’


window pops up saying you will be logged out in 5 minutes.


log in again

WoW! ping is back for Neorouter!

Win10 user data backup

May 10th, 2018

These settings will only backup the user data for the user active when set up.

Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\File History
Map a network drive to hold the backup, or use existing mapped drive location
Select that location
Turn on
If not working, check to be sure Indexing is turned on
Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Component Services
Search for either Indexing or Windows Search
Turn on

To change how often backed up and how long versions kept
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\File History\Advanced Settings

DOS command active wireless signal strength

March 4th, 2018

Dos command to find active wireless connection signal strength (assuming there is a wireless connection)

If going to use this in a batch file then %A becomes %%A


FOR /F "tokens=2 delims=: " %A IN ('netsh wlan show interfaces ^| FIND "Signal"') DO SET SIGNAL_STRENGTH=%A




The basic command here, to see the full netsh wlan report is

netsh wlan show interfaces

Linux solis virtual machine guest additions setup

February 6th, 2018

Windows 10, VirtualBox, Solus Linux, install Guest Additions

  1. Download and run Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-[version]
  2. In VirtualBox main window, with Solis turned off, click settings
  3. In settings select storage, add a blank cd device
  4. Start Solis
  5. With Solis open, in the VirtualMachine menu select Devices/Insert Guest Additions CD Image
  6. Open a command window
  7. sudo eopkg upgrade
  8. sudo eopkg install linux-current-headers
  9. sudo eopkg install linux-lts-headers
  10. sudo eopkg install gcc make autoconf binutils xorg-server-devel
    <allow additional packages>
  11. Reboot
  12. Open terminal window
  13. sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
  14. cd /mnt
  15. sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
  16. reboot
  17. test copy/paste from guest to host


Win10 Home to original Pro

February 1st, 2018

Used an image of a Win10 Home laptop to copy programs/settings to a desktop pc.

Laptop had Home, desktop PC had license for Pro.

Needed to change desktop PC to Pro so people could Remote Desktop into it.

Variation from http://www.zdnet.com/article/going-pro-how-to-upgrade-windows-10-home-without-hassles/

Change Product Key from the System Control Panel (there’s an identical button on the Activation page in Settings).

Enter the default Windows 10 Pro product key:


That signals to Windows that we want  to upgrade from Home to Pro,

Click Start Upgrade, and after a few minutes, the system restarts. When connected to the Internet, the Windows activation process checks the hardware against Microsoft’s servers. Because this hardware was already recorded with a digital entitlement to Windows 10 Pro, it was activated immediately, without the need to enter a product key.