Upgrade to Windows 10

Assistive Technologies And The Deadline For The Free Upgrade to Windows 10


Miss the July 29 deadline for the free upgrade to Windows 10? Don’t worry. The real deadline for the free upgrade is December 31, 2017. That is if you are a Microsoft customer who uses assistive technologies. Contrary to some blog posts I have seen, keyboard shortcuts are not assistive technologies. Microsoft is using the honor system to make this free upgrade available. In technical terms, they are not checking whether or not you are using assistive technologies. Technically, you can say that you are and get the free upgrade. This loophole could close at any time.

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No Junk Email

Clean Up Junk Email with Unroll.Me


If you are like me, you have an inbox cluttered with junk email from subscriptions. Some are welcome and some outwear their welcome. From time to time, I go through the exercise of unsubscribing from email one at a time. Not very efficient. Then there is the waiting period – anywhere from 24 hours to 10 days – to process your request. I usually end up unsubscribing from the same list several times just to make sure my request is processed. Thankfully, there is a better way.

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Outlook with Thunderbird

How To Use Outlook.com With Thunderbird


Webmail is great. You can use it anywhere, as long as you are online. When you use Outlook.com with Thunderbird, that restriction goes away. You can read and compose email and calendar events offline. As soon as you connect to the Internet again, your newly composed email will be sent and your online email and calendars will be synced again. Just the ticket for working while on long flights. 

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Google Calendar with Thunderbird

How To Use Google Calendar With Thunderbird


Google Calendar is a popular web calendar program for good reason. It is free and event data is stored online so you can access it from anywhere on any device. It automatically synchronizes with the Google Calendar app for Android and iPhone. It can even sync with Outlook and Apple Calendar. But the online Google Calendar lacks an important capability. You must be connected to the Internet to use it, but Google Calendar with Thunderbird and allows you to work with your calendar offline. 

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