SOLVED: Videos on Chrome Flickering

November 20th, 2015 by steve shields

On several of my PCs, videos will be jittery in Google Chrome.

It happens on many websites (Facebook, The NHL Network, etc.) and it doesn’t happen with other browsers.

I solved this by going into the advanced settings and turning off “Use hardware acceleration”

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More details?

  1. Just click the menu in the upper right of the Chrome window.
  2. Then click Settings.
  3. Then click “Show advanced settings…” at the bottom of the settings screen.
  4. Then take the check mark out of “Use hardware acceleration when available”.
  5. Then restart Chrome.

This fixed the problem on my Lenovo Yoga II and on an older Athlon machine I have that uses an Nvidia graphics card.

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I Think My Phone Number Has Been Spoofed…

October 1st, 2015 by steve shields

So yesterday I got a call from someone with a local number asking why I called her. I had not called her. She insisted I had. My call log said I hadn’t.

Looking around online, it’s possible that someone is spoofing my number, but — only once? And to a local cell? That seems strange. It appears there’s nothing one can do about it, in any case, except change your number.

However, sites addressing the issue suggested phone owners register their cell phons with www.donotcall.gov. I registered. Again.

This won’t fix the problem of the call spoofing, but it might save me a moment with telemarketers.

 

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How to Install Quicktime in Windows 10

September 29th, 2015 by steve shields

Microsoft says QuickTime is compatible with Windows 10, but Apple didn’t tell the QuickTime for Windows installer that it was. Here’s the workaround I used.

  1. Download 7-Zip so you can extract the files from the QuickTime application. You can get 7-Zip here. Install it.
  2. Download the most current version of QuickTime here.
  3. Open  File Explorer and navigate to your Downloads.
  4. Right-click on the file QuickTimeInstaller then extract with 7-Zip.
  5. Open QuickTimeInstaller folder. There should be four files there (AppleApplicationSupport; AppleSoftwareUpdate; QuickTime; QuickTimeInstallerAdmin)
  6. Double-click AppleApplicationSupport file and install it until it finishes.
  7. Double-click AppleSoftwareUpdate and install it until it finishes.
  8. In your Windows 10 search field (bottom left of every Windows 10 machine), type “Apple Software Update” (without quotes). Run it, letting it check for new software.
  9. Select the QuickTime update and install it.

You can run QuickTime using the shortcut created on your desktop or using Windows search in Windows 10.

As always: The information provided here is as-is and without warranty, express or implied. Any damage or loss that comes to your computer, your data, your state of employment, or anything else you value as a result of using this information is your responsibility and no one else’s. ~Steve

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