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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Geek Trivia: What Is The Only Day Of The Week That Derives Its Name From Roman Mythology?

What Is The Only Day Of The Week That Derives Its Name From Roman Mythology?

  1. Monday
  2. Friday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Saturday

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Friday, May 24, 2019

How (and Why) to Start Microsoft Word from the Command Prompt

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Like most apps, you can launch Word from the Command Prompt, but Word also supports several optional switches for controlling the startup process.

Whether you type the command at the prompt, use it to create a shortcut, insert it as part of a batch script, launching Word with additional parameters lets you do things like start Word in Safe Mode for troubleshooting or start with a specific template.

Using the Command Prompt to Start Word

Before we can open Word using the Command Prompt, we need to figure out which directory the winword.exe file is located. You can do this manually, or you can just have the Command Prompt find it for you. To do this, go ahead and open the Command Prompt by opening the start menu and typing “cmd” and selecting the “Command Prompt” application.

Open Command Prompt in Start Menu

When you open the Command Prompt, you’ll be in the top tier directory—your user account folder. We need to dig deeper by going into the Program Files directory. Do so by entering the following command and then pressing Enter:

cd\”program files (x86)”

Program Files in Command Prompt

You’ll now be in the Program Files directory. The next step is to locate the directory where the winword.exe file is located. Do so by typing the following command and pressing “Enter.”

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Daily News Roundup: Samsung Made the Mona Lisa Talk

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Recently Samsung demonstrated a new capability to create video clips of people talking using just a single photo. An explanation video culminated in an example of a convincing talking Mona Lisa. It’s a significant step forward in deepfake technology.

Deepfake technology refers to using A.I. processes to swap a face onto another person’s body in a video. Face-swapping is easy in photographs, but much more difficult in videos, and usually requires many sample photos of a target face.

That restriction alone is why deepfake videos are usually of celebrities, such as a compilation of movies with Nicholas Cage inserted as main characters.

Samsung has taken the technology further. Instead of relying on many pictures of a person, they can now create video from a single image, or even a painting. It isn’t entirely convincing yet; you can easily see that something is off, but with just a few photos, the illusion starts to take hold. With time, the company will likely improve on the results as well.

The whole thing is fascinating and mildly terrifying. Any technology is a tool; you could use it for good or bad. Movie studios, for instance, use deepfake technology to seemingly bring actors back from the dead, as in “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.” But we have the internet, so of course, the tech can be and is used for horrible things as well. It’s early days though, so don’t feel the need to pull all your photos of the internet just yet. [CNET]

In Other News:

The U.S. Senate passed a bill to curtail robocalling: Robocalling is the digital plague we all face. Have you stopped answering your phone altogether yet? A solution is still a long, long, long ways away, but at least there’s finally some traction. [MacRumors]

Google Duo rolls out group calling to everyone: After testing in some markets, Google is rolling out group calling to all Duo users. Now you can have up to eight people on the call, which is far less than FaceTime’s 32 max or Skype’s 50 max. Does anybody make 50 person group calls? [Engadget]

Amazon wants to scan your body: Are you in New York and have 30 minutes to spare? If you don’t mind filling out some surveys and letting a large corporation 3D scan your body (wearing “form-fitting swimwear” no less), you could score a $25 Amazon gift card. You might be asking why Amazon is doing this. That’s a pretty good question if you ask us. [Mashable]

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How to Show (or Hide) the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar

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The bookmarks bar in Chrome is hidden by default to follow Google’s minimalist approach to browsing the web with little to no distractions. But if you’d rather give up minimalism for accessibility, here’s how to always show the bookmarks bar.

How to Always Show the Bookmarks Bar

Fire up Chrome, click the menu icon, point to “Bookmarks,” then click on “Show Bookmarks Bar.” Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Shift+B (in Windows) or Command+Shift+B (in macOS).

Click the Menu icon, then Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks Bar

After you enable “Show Bookmarks Bar,” the bookmarks bar appears just below the address bar with all your saved web pages.

Immediately, the bookmarks bar appears when enabled, showing all pinned web pages

However, if you no longer want to see the bookmarks bar, you can disable it the same way. Either from the menu or with the keyboard shortcut to return Chrome to a minimalist’s dream.

Just as quickly as it appears, it's gone in a flash when you disbale it the same way



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How to Keep Your Chromebook On When You Close the Lid

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Chrome OS normally puts your operating system into a low-power sleep mode when you close the lid. This can be problematic if you hook your laptop up to an external monitor. Here’s how to stop your Chromebook from going to sleep when you close the lid.

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Before we get started, a necessary disclaimer: closing your laptop’s lid and throwing it in your bag while it’s still on could cause some serious problems due to poor circulation or blocking of vents. Your laptop will continue to run, wasting its battery and potentially even overheating in your bag. You’ll need to manually put your laptop to sleep or shut it down using its power button or options in the Power menu rather than simply closing the lid.

Additionally, if you use a Chromebook at school or work, you may not be able to change your sleep setting. You should contact your system administrator for additional help.

To change the default behavior of Chrome OS when you close the lid, click the clock area to open the system tray, and then click on the Settings cog.

In the bottom right, click on the clock, then click the Settings cog

Scroll down, and under the Device section, click “Power.”

Under the Device section, click on Power

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Geek Trivia: Hawking Radiation Is Emitted By What?

Hawking Radiation Is Emitted By What?

  1. White Dwarfs
  2. Black Holes
  3. Binary Star Systems
  4. Super Novas

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