November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

I’ve decided to share a cute and funny Thanksgiving poem by Jack Prelutsky.
Since I’m not able to have our usual holiday feast, I thought we all could at least laugh together.
“The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air
It knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair
It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom
then splattered all over the kitchen
completely obscuring the room
It stuck to the walls and the windows
it totally covered the floor
there was turkey attached to the ceiling
where there’d never been turkey before
it blanketed every appliance
it smeared every saucer and bowl
there wasn’t a way I could stop it
that turkey was out of control
I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure
and thought with chargin as I mopped
that I’d never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped” !!!!!!!
However you decide to celebrate this Thanksgiving, be sure to “Give Thanks”
And I’d like to still end by saying.... Happy Living !!!!!!

Diana Reid


November 2020

Computer Help

Hello readers,
    With more ads and annoying pop-ups appearing in Windows with each new update you are probably starting to get sick of them. This week a reader wrote me about the ads that were popping up in the lower right screen of her computer called the notifications area. Each new update brings with it new and useful features but also, Microsoft manages to sneak in more “suggestions” aka ads.
    To stop these ads or suggestions go to Settings then System and then Notifications and turn Notifications to off. Also uncheck any other boxes that are checked. To turn off things from the Start Menu, go to Settings and then Personalization and turn off Suggested Apps. Read through the choices and uncheck what else you don’t want or need. You can also remove Lock screen ads by going to Settings and Personalization, choosing Lock Screen, and setting Background to Picture or Slideshow. Also turn off Fun facts.
    Taskbar ads are normally called “tips, tricks and suggestions”. To shut them down go to Settings, System, Notifications and Actions and disable “get tips” as you use Windows. In a nutshell by accessing Settings from the Start button you will find a host of things you can do to customize your Windows experience and rid yourself of some of the Windows annoyances.
     Now to remove ads in Microsoft Edge which is Windows built-in browser you simply need to access its settings. Open Edge and tap on the three dots at the top right of the window then choose Settings. Scroll down and select Site Permissions, then select Pop-ups and redirects and then slide off the toggle (>) next to Block Pop-ups.
    To block ads in Chrome, open Chrome and click its three dots on top right and choose Settings. Type pop into the Setting window at top of screen and click on Site settings. Under pop-ups it should say blocked. If it says allowed, click on Pop-ups, and redirects and turn off the Allowed switch
    In closing, remember I am always available to offer advice, answer your questions, and access your PC remotely for repairs and tutoring. I am back to making house calls again with necessary precautions. I have added Smart Home Speakers such as Alexa and Google Home to my list of services from setup to automating your home. I can install your new equipment and can show you how to use them. I can also set up your Wi-Fi or wireless printing and show you how to use your new Smartphone. Any situation you encounter or to simply answer a question via an e-mail or phone call I am available. Simply send your questions to: or call me at 631.590.1469.

Happy computing and stay safe,
Rich Vatalaro   

Rich Vatalaro


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