Websites you access can determine your physical geographical location in a few ways. Your IP address reveals your general area—unless you use a VPN. Websites can also ask for a more precise location. What Your IP Address Tells Websites Your internet service provider gives you a public IP address . All the devices on your home network share that IP address, and your address is unique on the internet. When you connect to a website, that website then sees your IP address. Your computer connects to the website’s IP address, and the website sends data back to your IP address. Packets are transmitted through network routers, and the IP address on those packets tells the routers where they need to go. However, websites can’t trace that unique IP address to your physical home or business address. Instead, websites can tie your IP address to your internet service provider, city, region, and even possibly your ZIP code. This is why you see ads for local businesses in your area … [Read more...] about Can Websites See Your Physical Location?
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If you use Windows, you might have wondered about the small key with the Windows logo on your keyboard. It opens the Start menu and performs useful shortcuts, but where did it come from? Why is it there? Let’s take a look. The Origin of the Windows Key It might seem like the Windows key has always been with us, but it hasn’t. It first appeared in September 1994 on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard . This ergonomic keyboard was in the same vein as the earlier Apple Adjustable Keyboard , which split the standard QWERTY keyboard in half. Unlike Apple’s keyboard, though, Microsoft’s tilted each half at gentle angles to reduce wrist strain. By this point, Microsoft had already created other hardware products , including its widely acclaimed mice. When it was time to create its first keyboard, someone at Microsoft had the brilliant idea of including a permanent piece of Windows branding on it. This resulted in two Windows keys, located between the Control and Alt keys to the … [Read more...] about Why Do Keyboards Have a Windows Key? Here’s Where It Started
The power supply (PSU) is a critical part of any PC. It powers all the components in your PC, and a bad or faulty one can bring everything down. Here’s what to look for in a power supply while putting together a PC. A PSU Is a Critical Piece of PC Infrastructure When we turn on a light, open a faucet, or walk down a nicely paved street, we don’t often think about the wondrous infrastructure making all that possible. But if somebody hadn’t taken the time to think about it, things wouldn’t be so wondrous. It’s the same when building a PC. We get obsessed with how many cores a CPU has or the number of compute units in a GPU . But rarely do we think twice about the power supply unit (PSU,) which provides power to everything else in your PC. You don’t need to think about your power supply too much, of course. But, if you don’t consider the PSU at all, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about it a lot once it starts causing problems. If your computer doesn’t get … [Read more...] about How Important Is the Power Supply (PSU) When Building a PC?
LibreOffice Writer bundles in a free auto-complete system, similar to the one you’re probably familiar with on your smartphone’s keyboard. But LibreOffice’s is a lot more powerful, and a lot more customizable—you can more or less tell it exactly which words you want to auto-complete, and which ones you don’t. How to Enable and Disable the AutoComplete Feature By default, the AutoComplete feature is already enabled. You can see it by typing any medium-to-long word more than once. A small word will appear above your cursor as you’re typing: whenever you see a word in this manner, you can press the Enter key and finish the rest of the word instantly. To turn this off, click the Tools menu, then hover your cursor over AutoComplete, then click “AutoComplete Options.” In this window, click the “Word Completion” tab on the far right. The first option here is “Enable word completion.” If it’s on and you want it off, remove the check mark. If it’s off and you want it on, click … [Read more...] about How to Use, Customize, or Disable AutoComplete in LibreOffice Writer
Your Kindle can hold thousands of books and documents, all of which can be synced across your devices. But if you want to keep your Kindle Library organized, you might want to delete some files from your Kindle. You can remove a downloaded book from your Kindle device, or you can choose to permanently delete a title from your Kindle Library. Once a book is deleted permanently, it is removed from your account and requires a new purchase if you want to access it again. Delete Books or Documents from Your Kindle You can remove a downloaded book or delete a book permanently from your Kindle e-book reader. This works on every Kindle model, including the basic Kindle model, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, and Kindle Oasis. To get started, first, turn on your Kindle and tap the “Your Library” section heading. Find the book that you want to delete. Here, tap the three-dot menu icon from the bottom-right corner of the book cover (You can also press and hold the book … [Read more...] about How to Delete Books and Documents from Your Kindle Library
Thanks to shifts in movie release patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the movies nominated for 2021’s major awards, including the Oscars, are easily accessible for home viewing. Here’s how to stream the 2021 Academy Award nominees. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards (taking place April 25, 2021), only one, the historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah , is unavailable to stream (at the time of writing). Table of Contents The Father Mank Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Father Anthony Hopkins anchors this intense drama as the title character, a man suffering from dementia and overwhelmed by everyday life. Director Florian Zeller adapts his own stage play, which takes the unique approach of telling the story from Hopkins’ character’s perspective. As his well-meaning daughter (Olivia Colman) … [Read more...] about How to Watch the 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees