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Review: Dyson SV11 Animal Extra Vacuum

I usually do not do reviews, especially of household items, but recently purchased the Dyson V7 Animal stick vacuum and I must say that it is the best vacuum I ever used.  Light, agile and the best power I have ever seen.  I am about to find out how good customer service and the warranty is due to my wife doing something very dumb with it that it now requires a service call.  Will update.


Has Apple finally fixed the Macbook?

While Apple’s never-ending success with the iPhone is documented until the end of time, its MacBooks have quietly been having a bad few years. Sure, there was an upgrade in 2016, but the “upgrade” mostly consisted of USB-Cing everything, adding a dubiously useful Touch Bar, and making everything thinner. The MacBook Air is further past its prime than a Betamax recorder, and the 12-inch MacBook has regressed to being a glorified, very expensive netbook.

But it seems like help is very much at hand. We’ve been hearing murmers about a revamped MacBook Air for months, but a new round of details from some of Apple’s top insiders give me hope that at long last, Apple might’ve fixed the cheap MacBook.

Two years ago, back when we thought the lack of MacBook Air updates was just neglect and not part of a cruel plan to make me buy a MacBook Pro, I wrote about what Apple would have to do to update the MacBook Air. It’s not a complicated wishlist:

I think the solution is deceptively simple: just update the Macbook Air to be the laptop it should be. Kill the 11-inch version, because that’s now the Retina Macbook. Shrink the bezel, update the screen, perhaps add an option for a discrete graphics chip (hey, Microsoft fit one in the Surface Book!), and most crucially put the price at $1,200 or similar.

With the exception of the price (good news on that in a moment), it seems like Apple might actually be doing exactly that. Here’s a final report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman with what to look forward to at this week’s Apple event, and wouldn’t you know, a new MacBook makes an appearance:

New MacBook: The company is preparing a new lower-cost laptop with a 13-inch Retina display to succeed the MacBook Air. Geared toward consumers and schools, the laptop may help Apple re-gain lost market share in the PC world.

Then there’s a report from Ming-Chi Kuo, a legendary Apple analyst with a stellar track record for predictions. He also says we’re getting a new cheap MacBook Air, possibly even with Touch ID but no Touch Bar. That’s a near-perfect solution: keep the utility of Touch ID without requiring the expensive Touch Bar, which would drive up the MacBook Air’s cost.

Fundamentally, there’s not all that much Apple has to do in order to make the MacBook Air a killer device once again. Try as they might, Windows laptop makers still haven’t made a laptop that hit as many home runs as the original MacBook Air, and while Chromebooks are excellent, they still have some deal-breaking flaws for some people. Add in Apple’s advantage with making macOS and iOS intertwined, and you’ve got a recipe for sure-fire success. Unless, of course, you do something stupid like charge it off a Lightning connector.


How to skip UAC Prompts for Apps on Windows 10

If you aren’t using a Windows 10 machine with the administrator account you will see the UAC prompt quite a bit. With some apps, like the registry editor, you will always get the UAC prompt when you run it. The same holds true for other apps as well, depending on what they do. If it bothers you, you can skip the UAC prompt for apps on Windows 10 with a scheduled task.


The UAC prompt might be annoying but it’s there for your own safety. It alerts you when you’re about to alter you system in a way that may impact its stability. This goes for everything from installing an app to running the registry. Disabling it if you don’t know what you’re doing, is a bad idea.

Skip UAC Prompt

We’re going to show you how you can run the registry editor without running into the UAC prompt but you can use it for other apps as well. Open the Task Scheduler and create a new task. Give it a name that tells you what the task is for.

On the General tab, select the ‘Run with highest privileges’ box.

Now, go to the Action tab and click the New button. In the New Action window, enter the path to the EXE of app that you want to run without encountering the UAC. Since we’re going for the registry editor, we’re going to use the following. You need to replace it with the path to the EXE of the app you want to run.


Sorry for the long delay

I have not posted in over a month, part of it not my fault, but will start posting again shortly.  A glitch with Squarespace left my site not reachable for a week, but as you read this, it has obviously been fixed!  Thanks Squarespace.  


How to make Windows 10 look like Windows XP

Windows XP was one of the most loved versions of Windows ever. It was stable, and everything was perfect. Users who are on Windows 10 miss that about Windows XP almost as much as they miss Windows 7. Windows 10 has improved in terms of stability and if you miss XP a lot, you can make Windows 10 look like Windows XP with an app.


To make Windows 10 look like Windows XP you need to download the following;

Windows 10 To Windows XP

Install the NeoClassic UI app and run it. Enable the ‘Show all settings’ option.

Start Menu

Go to Start Menu Style tab. Select the “Classic Two Column” option.

Click the ‘Select Skin’ option under it. On the next screen, open the dropdown and select the “Windows XP Luna” skin.


How to Find Your IP Address

Networks, and the internet, don't identify computers (of any size, even your smartphone) by the name you give them. Computers prefer numbers, and the numbers they use as identifiers are called IP addresses.

The "IP" stands for "internet protocol," which is part of Transmission Control Protocol/internet Protocol (TPC/IP). It's all called IP for short, and TCP/IP is the language used for communication by most networks.

When it comes to your computer(s), there are actually several IP addresses involved. One is how the computer talks to the internet at large, which is the IP address of your router. That IP address is generally assigned to the router by your internet service provider (ISP); the router in turn handles all the traffic from your computer out to the internet. So even though a website only sees a request come in from the IP address on the router, the router knows how to route the information to/from the computer. (That's why it's called a router.)

Computers on the internal networks, be it Wi-Fi or Ethernet, at home or in the office, have their own IP addresses assigned to them (usually by the router). That way, all the nodes on the internal network can also communicate. The protocol used by the router to assign IP addresses is called Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP).

If you have an IP address assigned, it's typically considered a "dynamic IP" because it could be temporary; the router might give the node in question a different IP address at a later time (same with the IP address your ISP gives your router). However, you can set up "static IP addresses" on computers so they never change—this can be important for some kinds of network communications, especially if it's important to be able to find that same node over and over. You could also get a static IP for your router—which is handy if you run a web server, for example, but expect your ISP to charge extra.

IP addresses are typically in the same format as a 32-bit number, shown as four decimal numbers each with a range of 0 to 255, separated by dots—each set of three numbers is called an octet. This is called IP version 4 (or IPv4). With it, you could—in theory—have to out there. But this limited the world to a possible 4+ billion IP addresses, which isn't enough.

So now, there's IPv6, which is 128-bit, and went from four to 16 octets. That's a lot more than 4 billion—it's a 34 with 37 zeros after it (or 2 to the 128th power). Technically, 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,455. That's a lot of IP addresses.

That's all good to know, but how do you find the numbers for your IP address?

Find Your Internet/Public IP Address

There may come a time when you need to know the IP address of your router, as assigned by your ISP. This can be particularly handy for things like VoIP calls or remote control software.

What you'll also find is that there's lots of information about you attached to that IP address, specifically your ISP's name and your general location (called a GeoIP). That's because ISPs dole out a range of IP addresses. Figuring out your provider and general location based on IP address is as simple as consulting a public list.

The simplest way to check your router's public IP address is to search "what is my IP?" on Google.

IP Lookup - Google

But with Google, that's all you see. There are plenty of sites out there that will show you the exact same thing. They see it simply because by visiting the site, your router has made a request, and thus shown the IP address. Sites like, IPLocation, and all go farther, showing off the names of your ISP, your city (if you don't know where you are), and sometimes even maps.

But the GeoIP info is far from foolproof. Generally, you're going to get an approximation of location—where the provider is, not the actual computer. In visiting all three of those sites, I was told I was in Ithaca, New York, and Syracuse, New York. One gave a latitude/longitude that put me in North Carolina (which could be where my ISP has a data center, for all I know). Be sure to log out of your VPN service, too. Getting a real address for the public IP address usually requires a search warrant taken to the ISP.

Find Your Internal IP Address

Every device that connects to your internal network, be it at home or the office, has an IP address (your PC, your smartphone, your smart TV, your network printer, etc.) It doesn't matter if it's using Wi-Fi or Ethernet. They've all got an IP address if they're talking to the internet, or each other, through your router.

In the most basic network, your router is going to have an IP address like, and that will be called the "gateway." You'll see it pop up a lot as you look for the IP addresses of other devices. That typically means your router will use DHCP to assign addresses to devices, where only the last octet changes. So, or, for example. It depends on the range defined by your router.

This is pretty much the same on all internal networks, because they're hidden behind the router, which routes all that communication in and out to the proper places. If you have a big internal network, another number called a subnet will help divide your network into groups. The subnet mask used by most home networks is

So how do you find it? In Windows, it's easy but requires the command prompt. Just search for "cmd" (without the quotes) using Windows search. In the resulting pop-up box, type "ipconfig" (no quote marks).

Command Line - IPconfig lookup

What is revealed is more than just the IP address: you'll see the IPv4 Address, the subnet mask, plus the Default Gateway (that's your router). Look above that row of data in the middle, and it shows the type of connection: "Ethernet adapter Ethernet." If I was using Wi-Fi, it would have information under "Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi."

iPhone IP AddressOn the Mac, it's a little less esoteric. Go to the System Preferences, select Network, and it should be right there. Click the connection type on the left to see the IPs for each type. You may need to click the TCP/IP tab at the top. Or you can go full geek and open the Terminal and type "ipconfig" just like on Windows.

On an iPhone, go into Settings > Wi-Fi, and click the "i" in a circle next to the network you're on. The IP address, subnet, and router (gateway) will all be there under the DHCP tab.

However, if you need the IP address of other devices on your network, you should go into the router. How you access your router depends on the brand and the software it runs. In general, you should be able to type the router's gateway IP address into a web browser on the same network to access it. From there, you need to navigate to something like "attached devices" (that's what I get on my Netgear Nighthawk, pictured below). From there you get a full list of all the devices currently (or recently) attached to the network—and that list includes the IP address assigned to each device.

IP Address in router