No Moving Parts

Make the move to an SSD drive easy peasy.

A solid state drive (SSD) is a great way to breathe new life into an aging computer. Even if storage space isn’t an issue, the speed advantage of a drive with “no moving parts” is pretty astounding.

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Multistrada Headlight Mods

The early models of the Ducati 1200 Multistrada were equipped with four halogen headlamps. These use H11 bulbs rated at 55 watts and put out a decent amount of light. But there’s always room for improvement!

More modern headlight bulbs using light emitting diode (LED) technology can produce more, whiter light than halogens while using less power. Another complaint with the Ducati is the way the hi/low headlights work. Switching on the high beam turns off the low beams (or dipped beam as they say in the UK). For my aging eyes I want all the light I can get! Fortunately there’s an easy way to remedy this.

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Time to Two-Step

There’s nothing like the possibility of World War Three to get the cybersecurity conversations started.

Prompts to enable two-step verification began popping up in Chrome in May.
A prompt to enable 2FA in the Chrome web browser.

The “military operation” in Ukraine has increased the possibility of cyberattacks as the Russian government seeks to retaliate against supporters of Ukraine. While the news is dominated by stories of hackers and sophisticated cyberbots breaching large networks or corporations, a good deal of the cyberwar will be fought in the email inbox. Phishing and spoofed emails still comprise a huge percentage of computer crime.

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What’s New?

Here’s a quick tip you might find helpful if you use the Chrome web browser. Did you know there’s an easy to find feature called What’s New? There are loads of helpful tools and features you may not know about.

For example, I recently discovered one and use it all the time. It will reopen a tab I accidentally closed. Just right-click in that empty area up top and…

Reopen closed tab!
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Fluorescent Finale

The ubiquitous 4 foot fluorescent tube may soon be a mere memory. LED technology has revolutionized almost every other light in our homes – the flickering fluorescent is next.

But there’s no need to start ripping out fixtures. Just as LED bulbs are available for your reading lamp, the newest offerings in Ballast Bypass tubes convert your Fifties fluorescent to a modern lighting solution. Most are plug-and-play so you can retain the existing ballast and wiring, or bypass it for a trouble-free glow.

Look familiar? It’s the same familiar pins… but there’s no glass or mercury inside! These bulbs from Hykolity fit right in place of a T8 or T12 fluorescent.

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