The Tech Guy Blog

Lower Your Youtube Viewing Resolution

In these tough times, everyone is using the internet to watch videos online since there is often nothing better to do. However, if you do not need to watch a video in the highest resolution available, try to tolerate a slightly lower clarity in order to save some bandwidth for others. Videos like podcast discussions, news shows, and vlogs can arguably be viewed just fine in 480p or 720p. 

How to Disable the HEIC Image Format on an iPhone

Apple's iPhone photos are currently in the HEIC (high-efficiency image coding) format, an unusual file type that not every app/software support at the moment. If you do not want to use this standard, such as when editing images, you can change the format in Camera settings. Just open "Settings", find "Camera", and then tap "formats". Finally, select "most compatible". This will also allow your videos to come out as H.264 instead of HEVC.

Don't Connect Your TV to the Internet

If you're wondering if TVs are secure, they are! Just don't connect them to the internet! It sounds simple, but the temptation can be real for those who want to use apps to go online. If you keep the television offline, it can't secretly watch you (assuming the company behind it is shady). Get an Apple TV or Roku device, which are kept up to date. If your TV gets infected, the issue can even bleed into your network...which would be a huge problem.

Try Google One for More Cloud Storage

If you need more storage for your Google account, such as archiving your emails, try "Google One" for peace of mind. It's a subscription plan with more benefits than Google Drive. The storage includes Drive, Gmail, and uncompressed images in Photos. Plus, it backs up important data from your Android Phone. You can share the plan with up to five family members, while also being able to hide personal files from them.

Check Out AlternativeTo for Similar Software to Adobe Products

If you upgraded to macOS Catalina and wanted to continue using an old copy of Adobe Photoshop CS5 normally, you're probably out of luck. 32-bit software, like Adobe CS5 products, is not compatible with the newest Apple Mac operating system. Unfortunately, nowadays Adobe wants customers to subscribe to their Creative Cloud (CC) service to continue using their latest and greatest products. Alternatives to common Adobe-related tasks include Affinity Photo and Smile's PDFpenPro.

Be Very Careful and Skeptical of Email Attachments, Even From "People" You Know

Most of the malware and ransomware that comes through the internet and onto our systems is thanks to email attachments. If you see an "invoice" with an artificially rushed, demanding tone from a powerful figure (such as your work boss) and they've attached a "PDF", be very skeptical and do not open it. The same goes for links, since they can take you to a very shady site. Make sure to update your computer with security patches to prevent infection from background exploit kits across the web.

Check the "Passwords & Accounts" in Your iPhone's Settings Menu.

Clean up or edit the accounts on your iPhone (iOS 13) by looking under Settings > Passwords & Accounts. This allows you to see what accounts reside on your iPhone, such as iCloud and Gmail. You can add new ones or delete accounts that you don't need anymore. If you have a malfunctioning auto-login process, such as one your workplace set up for you, you may want to delete the account and re-add it after consulting your IT coworkers. Random pop-up error messages can get quite annoying, after all.

Manage Music and Other Media on Your iPod

To manage music on your iPod, you will need to use iTunes (even on a Windows PC). Use the "sync" feature to only sync "checked" songs, as unchecked songs in the music library can be removed. Make sure there are copies of each of your music files on your computer. In the library. you can sort tracks by artist, album, and custom playlists. If you uncheck all, then you can basically clear your iPod of space and then pick what you want to add anew. 

Choose Wired Keyboards Over Wireless Keyboards

Bluetooth Keyboards and Bluetooth mice (or is it mouses?) are notorious for disconnecting for various reasons. Whether it's the battery dying or some kind of interference nearby, the annoyances often do not justify the benefits of having cordless keyboards/mice. Leo practically insists on going for wired keyboards for greater reliability, especially for those jobs on-the-air or for action gamers who play online.