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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down?

upside down photoWe took some photos during a holiday and my friend requested me to email to him some of his nice photos. He received his photos and asked me, "why are you sending me photos upside down?" I answered, "sorry, but they all look nice on my computer."

If this sounds familiar to you, here is why the photos look upside down and how you can display them properly.

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Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks

There are a lot of free programs that do big tasks or have many features but sometimes it’s the little things that count. Here are five little programs that do some specialized Windows chores. They may not be for everybody but they have their own particular appeal.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update

EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) is a powerful free security tool from Microsoft. EMET hardens your system against various exploit techniques by making programs run in a restricted mode and has been the subject of previous tips. The current version 4.1 has just been updated today to version 4.1 Update.

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Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update

Keyboard shortcuts are always popular but they are especially useful in Windows 8.x on non-touchscreen systems. A previous tip gave some of the common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and here are six more for Windows 8.1 Update.

1. Winkey+T – If you are on the Start screen, you can use this shortcut to open the taskbar there. This is a new feature in Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Easily Check an Entire Windows Folder Using Many Different Antimalware Programs

If you need to do security checks on entire folders with multiple antimalware programs, here’s a tool for you. It’s from Microsoft Sysinternals and is called Sigcheck.

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Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug is a very nasty Internet problem that affects us all. Dealing with it is complex and not clear-cut at this time but one thing that many Internet users want to do is check sites to see which ones might still be subject to the bug.

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Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now

It's a pain but we are all going to have to bite the bullet and change passwords at sites that may have been affected by the Heartbleed securty exploit. Some helpful people have been compiling lists of sites where a password change is indicated. For example, a list of some major sites showing those which need a changed password is at Mashable.

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How to Check if a Website has been Affected by Heartbleed

A very severe security problem with widespread implications for the entire web has been revealed. Here are sites with information about Heartbleed and ways to check if websites that you use might have been vulnerable.

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards

Sometimes you want to disconnect a USB drive or a flash memory card but Windows says it can’t be removed because it’s busy. Or maybe you just don’t like the “Safely Remove Hardware” function that sits in the notification area. If you are looking for a better way, you might try an open source alternative that will let you quickly and safely disconnect USB drives, even in some cases where Windows says you can't.

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Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x

Do you miss having the Start menu feature “Recent Items” that used to be present in Windows before Windows 8 removed the entire Start menu? A folder with shortcuts to recently opened files is still there in Windows 8.x but it isn’t obvious how to get to it. Here are three ways you can easily see your recent items the way you used to.

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