Yahoo Email – Keep/Delete/Scrub

If you have a Yahoo email account, you may be tempted to dump it and move to Gmail or some other email option.
Here are some reasons why you might want to leave Yahoo.

  1. Yahoo has been  hiding email hacks for two years when  500 million accounts were stolen.
  2. They turned over email data to the US government.
  3. Just recently, they turned off email forwarding, although this has since been turned back on.

The video below talks about this whole topic and even talks about why you might want to keep your Yahoo email account.

My solution is to keep your account, but change the email address from all your important  websites to a new Gmail/Other account. This is going to take some time, but it’s worthwhile. I’d also suggest turning on email forwarding so that your Yahoo email goes to the new email address.

Here are some reasons to keep your account active.

  • You may use your Yahoo email as a recovery email for another website.
  • You don’t want someone else to use your name and end up with an email address which looks like it’s coming from you.
  • You may still need to periodically send an email from your Yahoo account to prevent the account from being deleted by Yahoo.

Here’s the page if you absolutely want to delete your account.

Below is the video from “The New Screen Savers” show which talks about this topic.



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Casting to a Roku

While the Roku has a YouTube app, it’s not easy to navigate to the videos you would like to watch.

One of the neat things you can do with your Roku is to have it work like a Chromecast device.

cast-play-roku-webAll you need to do is find the YouTube video on your laptop  you want to watch and then choose the icon at the bottom of the video,

If you have more than one Roku in the house it will give you the option to choose which device to send it to.

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Download YouTube Videos

Here’s another way to easily download YouTube Videos.

Here’s the website.

You just enter the URL and it will give you different options to save your video.


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Fix USB Ports not Recognizing Drives

This is a problem I have off and on with some of my Windows 10 computers.

If you follow this tutorial, hopefully it will solve these problems.

Thanks to Britec for this solution.

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Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Files

If you are one of those people who chose not to upgrade to Windows 10, you may still have some upgrade files left over from the past.

Here is an update which will remove those files.

Note – I have later learned that this update is available under Windows Updates as an Optional Update – you just need to check the box to get this update installed.

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User Accounts – Adding and Changing

Here’s a new technique to either add or remove user accounts or to change their type.

Windows key + R – this opens up the Run Window.

Type in netplwiz and then Enter key.






This shows you the screen below.














Now highlight the account you want to change and then choose Properties.

Then choose Group Membership to choose the type of account you want it to be and then click on Apply.



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Watching Local TV on a Roku – plus more

Notes from Testing – what I’ve observed is that my Roku 3 with wired Ethernet connection has a MUCH better connection and picture. My Streaming Stick with wireless frequently stops working and I get a buffering circle. I can be watching Spectrum TV fine on my Roku 3, but no signal on my Streaming Stick. Another advantage of the Roku 3 is that I can use my headphones and watch regular TV shows without disturbing my wife who is reading.


If you don’t appreciate Charter Spectrum charging you for each cable box in your house, there is another option to get most of those digital channels – Roku!

If you’re a cord cutter, you may still want to check this out as it will allow you to get some TV channels for around $20.00/month.

Gail Pennington gave me this tech tip on how you can use a standard Roku 3 to receive not only local TV channels, but also many other cable channels. You can use other Roku devices, but I prefer the Roku 3 – do your research on what might be right for you. I have also tested the Roku Streaming Stick on my kitchen TV and it only works intermittently. I have remove the Streaming Stick from my kitchen TV.

You first need to download and install the Spectrum app from the Roku store.



Once it is installed, just start it up. It takes a minute to check some things, but then starts fairly quickly.

There are places in my house, like the basement) where it’s difficult to get a TV OTA signal. This is where having a ROKU 3 might help. If you can either run an Ethernet cable to your Roku or if you have a good wifi signal, then you can access all the cable channels you would probably need.

The only negative point I could find is that without a regular TV remote, it takes a bit more scrolling to find the channel you want. The Roku app makes it a bit easier to move around the screen.

After talking to a friend who has cut the cord and does have a Roku, he told me that the Spectrum app does not give him any free TV, but instead they offer him the local channels and one premium channel for around $20.00/month.  He mentioned that he uses as a way to get other channels for around $20/month, but it doesn’t include local major channels.

So the summation is this, if you are paying Charter $6/month for every cable box you have in your house to watch regular TV, the Spectrum app will save you that monthly fee. You will have to buy a Roku for every TV, but that’s a one time expense. I have noticed that the picture is not quite as sharp at times and the audio volume is lower, but overall, it’s acceptable if you use the Roku 3.

Below is a very short clip talking about the new app.




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