How to Disable Ads on the Roku Home Screen

If you own a Roku streaming media player or Roku TV and want to disable the advertisements that occupy one-third of the Home screen, you will discover that Roku does not provide you a way to opt out. According to How-To Geek, Roku makes more money from ads than it does selling hardware ($740 million […]

EFF Dice-Generated Passphrases via Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

In 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation created some enhancements over the original Diceware Passphrase list by creating the EFF Dice-Generated Passphrases list. This post is my effort to use Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to semi-randomly generate random passwords by using the EFF’s Long Wordlist [.txt]. Please note, while I am an IT professional, I’m […]

Fragment and Social Distance Drives

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft should have updated its Defragment and Optimize Drives tool to do the inverse by maintaining at least six-bits of separation from neighboring data. It says “You can fragment your drives to help your data maintain a safe social distance (at least a six-bits of separation). Only drives on or connected […]

My Google Maps photos have been viewed more than 25 million times

I enjoy adding photos to Google Maps. That enjoyment really increased a few years ago when I bought a 360-degree camera. Since 360-degree cameras are still a bit of a novelty, my images get more views than most. Last week, Google sent me an email saying: Hi Jason, You’re a top photographer on Google Maps […]

Papa John’s will solicit you even if you opt out

In the Papa John’s iOS mobile app, there are two opt out settings under Communications: Opt in to receive email offers and alerts? Opt in to receive text offers and alerts? I had opted out of both — clearly signaling to Papa John’s that I wished to opt out of their solicitations. Despite opting out […]