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Screen Repair and Windows Password Unlock

The screen replacement was an easy fix. The major issue was that the owner could not remember their Windows password.

There are several different methods to recover a Windows password. Any computer running Windows 8.1 or later is fairly easy to get into using free software that can be found online if you know what are you doing. Windows 10 is a bit more difficult and most password cracking software doesn’t work however there are other methods of cracking a password. I want to make it clear that cracking Windows password should only be used for personal use, educational purposes or with consent from the owner of the computer you are trying to get into.

With that being said, I was able to get into my client’s computer and they were very relieved to finally use their computer after it being down for over a year.

The new screen was purchased from Laptopscreen.com.

HP-Compaq HP 15-R132WM
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WordPress Setup on Infinite Nite Blog | Infinite Social Solutions

Tonight I’m setting up 3 WordPress sites on my personal blog Infinite Nites. The sites are specifically for LEGO, Gaming, and Call of Duty. Just a couple of my main interests.

for the next couple of days, I’ll just get things up and running behind the scenes before I start working on logos and graphics.

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Recent Laptop Screen Replacements | Infinite Social Solutions

I mainly order replacement laptop screens from laptopscreens.com. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences using their site. For the most part, the screens that I got from them have worked.

However, recently I ran into a screen that didn’t work once I connected it to the Chromebook. I’m awaiting a replacement and I’m hopeful that it will work.

HP Chromebook 11-v010nr
https://www.laptopscreen.com/English/model/HP-Compaq/CHROMEBOOK%2011-V010NR/

ACER AO1-431-C8G8
https://www.laptopscreen.com/English/model/Acer/aspire~one~cloudbook~ao1-431-c8g8/?ghash=1235069027&gclid=Cj0KCQjw17n1BRDEARIsAFDHFewBZQfoOoBZL4KiKn4OXwEHtTWvjKYGbncI_FCutOsGzR6bWRkBIkEaApSVEALw_wcB


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If you ever break your screen and need to make sure that your laptop still functions properly, just connect your laptop to your TV. Most newer laptops have an HDMI connection that will allow you to connect to your TV.

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Trying Something Different | Infinite Social Solutions

I don’t do things the traditional way. I like to run things a little loose and try different things and be a bit unorthodoxed in my approach.

So I decided, for potential clients, to have another website that shows different WordPress themes in action. I’ve been updating them daily starting with infsocialsolutions.online. Right now, the site’s theme is gardening called Jon’s Garden. I’ve been blogging about my gardening adventures and also highlighting different features in WordPress.

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Laptop/Tablet Donations – Baltimore Robotics Center

As always, I had a great time refurbishing computers at Baltimore City Robotics Center. They are still accepting donations of laptops and tablets. The laptops and tablets are being given to students who do not have these devices at home so that they are able to log in and complete their school assignments while in self-quarantine.

For more information please visit: http://baltimoreroboticscenter.com/wp/laptop-donations/


Baltimore Robotics Center is teaming with area organizations to provide laptops, tablets and high-speed internet access to local students affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the details:
Baltimore, MD – March 24, 2020 A group of technology experts is pooling resources to establish high-speed internet access for local residents and provide them free laptops/tablets so students can continue their studies at home while schools are closed. The goal is to use the Baltimore Robotics Center, located at 1001 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD, 21223 as a community anchor, to build a FREE WIFI Mesh Network.
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), is exposing infrastructure gaps within underserved and resource-deprived communities across the United States. These gaps are often linked to income, public health, and digital inequalities. Inequalities, ultimately leaving local residents in Baltimore without equitable access to real-time information and virtual connectivity during the pandemic.
An actionable working collective formed by Adam Bouhmad
, Founder Project Waves & Assistant Director of Technology at Digital Harbor Foundation, Andrew Coy
, Executive Director at Digital Harbor Foundation, Jonathan Moore
, Founder & CEO of RowdyOrb.it, Ed Mullin
, Executive Director Baltimore’s Robotics Center & CIO/VP Think Systems, Inc., and McKeever “Mac” Conwell, Portfolio Manager / Deal Team Coordinator for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), to immediately get people connected to the internet in Baltimore.
Their combined efforts will reduce educational disparities, bridge the growing digital divide, and subdue growing anxieties as COVID-19 impacts South Baltimore with access to real-time information.

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Best PC optimization software

Here is the a from www.techradar.com of their 10 best PC optimization software. We’ve downloaded and currently use Iolo System Mechanic.

1. Iolo System Mechanic

2. IObit Advanced SystemCare

3. Piriform CCleaner

4. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2018

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10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10 from CNET.com

1. Go opaque

Windows 10’s new Start menu is sexy and see-through, but that transparency will cost you some (slight) resources. To reclaim those resources, you can disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar, and action center: Open the Settingsmenu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.

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2. No special effects

Making the Start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent is one thing, but Windows 10 still has a lot of other snazzy, built-in special effects. To really go bare-bones on the special effects, right-click the Start button and click System.

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Click Advanced system settings to open the System Properties menu. On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings…

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This will open the Performance Options menu. In the Visual Effects tab, either choose Adjust for best performance to turn off all unnecessary animations and special effects, or choose Custom: and deselect the visual effects you think can live without. When you’re finished, click OK to apply your changes.

3. Disable Startup programs

If your PC is taking a long time to boot up — and you’ve enabled Fast Startup and everything — you may have too many programs starting up when you turn your computer on. To fix this, right-click on the Start button and click Task Manager. Click the Startup tab (click More details if you don’t see the Startup tab) and peruse the list of programs that start up with your computer. If you see a program that doesn’t need to be there, right-click it and click Disable. You can also arrange the list of programs by Startup impact, if you’d like to see the programs that are taking up the most resources (and time).

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4. Find (and fix) the problem

Windows 10 has a built-in performance troubleshooter that can help you find and fix any problems that might be affecting your PC’s speed. To open the troubleshooter, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Under Security and Maintenance at the top, click Troubleshoot common computer problems. Next, under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.

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5. Reduce the Boot Menu Time-out

When your computer starts up, the boot menu is displayed for a certain amount of time before the operating system loads. This gives you time to do things like start Windows in Safe Mode. You can shave a few seconds off your startup time by changing the boot menu time-out, which is set to 30 seconds by default.

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To do this, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to System > Advanced system settings, and, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

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Next to Time to display list of operating systems:, change the value from 30 seconds to 10 seconds and click OK.

6. No tipping

In an effort to be helpful, Windows 10 will sometimes give you tips on how to get the most out of the OS. It scans your computer in order to do this, a process that can have a slight impact on performance. To turn off these tips, go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.

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7. Run Disk Cleanup

This one’s a win-win. It’ll improve performance and free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup has been around forever, but this trusted Windows utility can still help clean out the temporary files, installers and other junk littering your hard drive. To run it, just search for Disk Cleanup, run it and click the button labeled Clean up system files.

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8. Eradicate bloatware

If your PC came with preinstalled apps you don’t want or need, get rid of them. Same goes for any apps you installed that you later found to be of little or no use. Right-click the Start menu, choose Control Panel and under the Programs header, click Uninstall a program. Peruse the list from time to time and select the programs you no longer need and click Uninstall at the top of the list.

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9. Power plan

Make sure you aren’t using a Power saver plan if you don’t need to. Even desktops will sometimes feature a power-saver option, which doesn’t do you any good unless you are trying to conserve battery life. Open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options to see which power plan you are currently using. For better performance, make sure you are using a High Performance or Balanced plan (or a plan from the PC manufacturer that says it’s balanced).

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10. Restart your PC

Is speeding up your computer as simple as…restarting it? Maybe. Restarting your PC clears out its memory and stops any processes that might be taking up resources. Also, shutting down your computer is not the same as restarting it — shutdown is affected by Windows 10’s Fast Startup, which saves a snapshot of your PC and its processes in a hiberfile for faster boot-up. Restart is not affected by Fast Startup, so if you have Fast Startup enabled, restarting your PC is the only way to fully clear the memory and shutdown processes.

Source: 10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10

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My method for picking stocks

Picking stocks can be a daunting task. There seems like there is an endless amount of stocks to choose from. I have a method that could help you choose stocks from companies you are already familiar with.

The first step is to gather a list of all the brand names that you regularly buy or use. You can create this list while you are out shopping at the store or simply go through the cabinets of your home. You should be able to come up with a pretty long list of companies.

Here a short the list of companies I came up with just by walking through my house:

  • Dell (computer manufacturer)
  • Samsung (washer & dryer)
  • Pixel, Google (cell phone)
  • Canon (camera)
  • Hot Topic
  • Johnson & Johnson (various products from the bathroom)
  • Funko Pops (toys)
  • LEGO (toys)
  • Nintendo (Wii)
  • Sony (PPlayStation4)
  • Nike (shoes)
  • Vans (shoes)

Next, search online for the companies in your list and find what symbol the companies are listed under on the stock exchange. Be sure to add ‘stock symbol’ at the end of whatever you are searching – ‘Dell stock symbol’. This way your search result will take you to that companies stock information.

Once you have the symbols for the companies and the prices of the stock, you can start researching the companies and find the ones you want to invest in. I also suggest looking at those company’s competitors too.

This is just one of many methods of picking stocks for your portfolio. In no way is this a sure way of picking the best stocks however it’s just something to help with the process. Doing it this way helped me pick 2 stocks that paid off in the long run.

Do more research and find a method that works for you.

Here are a couple of articles from investopedia.com explaining ways of picking a stock:

Guide to Stock-Picking Strategieshttps://www.investopedia.com/university/stockpicking/?utm_source=sim_welcome&utm_campaign=www.investopedia.com&utm_term=&utm_medium=email

4 Steps To Picking A Stockhttps://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/09/screening-stocks-for-investing.asp?utm_source=sim_welcome&utm_campaign=www.investopedia.com&utm_term=&utm_medium=email


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Aurora Cannabis Is Going Public on the New York Stock Exchange

Aurora Cannabis is a stock that I have been waiting to hit the NYSE for quite some time. I’ll be monitoring the stock price for the next couple of days and try to get the best price I can. I’m not expecting it to drop a lot, but anything between and $8 and $9 is good for me. Cannabis stocks are hot right now.

As a reminder, please research any stock suggestions. My suggestions do not guarantee that will make a profit. For more help on stick investing, I suggest that you check out the following websites: motleyfool.com, investopedia.com & Yahoo Finance.


Aurora Cannabis, one of the largest Canadian marijuana producers, is going public on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s joining a select list of cannabis producers, including Tilray and Cronos, that are able to list on US-based exchanges.

Source: One of the largest cannabis companies is going public on the New York Stock Exchange

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What Determines A Stock’s Price?

Recently a friend asked me what determines a stocks price. Luckily Motley Fool has answered the questions already!

How stock prices are determined
The opening stock price of a company is established when the company goes through an initial public offering (IPO). As part of this process, an investment bank will use in-depth financial formulas to figure out how much a company is worth, as well as how many shares will be offered to the public and the stock price for each share. The bank may use comparisons to similar businesses to help determine what a company’s stock price should be coupled with other factors such as current and projected performance.

A company’s stock price is determined in part by the total number of shares it issues. If a company is given an estimated value of $200 million, it may issue 20 million shares at a price of $10 per share, or it may issue 40 million shares at a price of $5 per share. 

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Source: Motleyfool.com

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