How To Stop Google From Tracking Your Location (Really)

Turning off Location History doesn’t stop Google from tracking you. There’s one more account setting you can change to prevent tracking.

Google is in the news recently. It seems turning off Location History in a Google account doesn’t completely turn off tracking.

Whether you’re on a computer or mobile device, turning off one additional setting in a Google account will disable location tracking. If you use Google Maps or other location based Google services, you might not want to turn this off as Google Maps and any other location based Google services won’t work properly. Here’s what you need to do…  Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Identical Skyscrapers

This weeks wallpaper is a dramatic view of two identical glass skyscrapers from the ground up. Colors on the buildings shade from oranges and yellows on the bottom to light gray at the top, reflecting the sky. Framing around the rectangular glass panels supply geometric vertical and horizontal lines, ending at the top of the building where the sky is framed in a perfect wide geometric cross shape. Icons show up well in the darker areas of the image, not so much in the lighter areas.  Read More

How To Get A Windows 10 Upgrade For Free

When Windows 10 was released, most computers running a valid copy of Windows were eligible for a free upgrade. The upgrade offer officially ended in July 2016, but you can still get a copy of Windows 10 for free.

If you have a PC running a genuine version of Windows 7,8, or 8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10, follow the steps in this article by Ed Bott for a free upgrade.  Read More

This Online Library Has 1,800+ Vintage Children’s Books for Free

The digital archive at UCLA has over 1,800 children’s books you can download or read online, for free. The collection has classics like Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz, along with poetry, education and fiction. You can read them online or download them in a wide variety of formats including EPUB, Kindle, PDF and more. Enjoy browsing through the wood cut type, prints and illustrations in this nicely curated selection of children’s books.

The books were published between 1728 to 1999, so not all can be called vintage. Newer books are the minority. Illustrations range from wood cut type to printed materials, in color and black and white. All the books I viewed had readable text, though some were a bit dark. I particularly liked the illustrations.

The books can be sorted by title, date published, and creator. You can search using topics and subjects, by year, by collection or by creator. The default display is thumbnails, or you can view them as a list. A nice collection if you want to read older editions of books or enjoy looking at vintage illustrations. The books are printable in PDF format, though the pages will vary in size.  Read More