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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread This looks pretty good

Dell Small Business has their Dell Inspiron 15 5566 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD & Win 10 on sale for $749.99 - $320 Off using coupon code "INS300" = $429.99 with free shipping.

Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
15.6" (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display, Non-touch
Intel HD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
256GB Solid State Drive
4 Cell Battery
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
5.19 Pounds

June 04, 2017, 10:33:38 AM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
Finding all the drivers alone will be a nightmare!
The older the os the bigger the nightmare to find the drivers. Windows xp was an absolute nightmare, windows 7 usually finds most drivers, windows 10 almost always finds all the drivers.

June 08, 2017, 07:58:55 PM
Re: External hard drive
Enjoy, just remember that like button.

June 19, 2017, 05:52:13 PM
Re: Cell Phones in Israel

2G looks like it would work, if Israeli network still supports 2G.
3G looks OK on 2100 band.

August 13, 2017, 12:06:46 PM
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
Yup agree very helpful around here.
Appreciate his time.
(don't know if it means much to him but hit that like button. ;))
Following @Freddie's example, that is what I use to feed my kids.  ;D

August 13, 2017, 06:05:18 PM
Re: Best way to park a number
I'm going to be out of the country for several months at a time this year. Obviously, I don't want to pay for months I won't be using the phone, but I don't want the hassle of porting myself around when arriving in the States.

I'm part of an AT&T Business Unlimited plan and use an iPhone SE. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

August 23, 2017, 03:09:52 PM
PSA: You Are A Business Owner? Are your Systems Safe? I know this has been posted many times and publicized everywhere still there are people out there who's business is up for a disaster.

A friend of mine who owns a retail store just got hit with the new Nuclear Ransomware they demanded $5000 in bit coin which he paid... Yet he can still not get his system back up.

Do yourself a favor and follow the BBBS rule:


All the best

August 29, 2017, 09:22:37 AM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
Best extension for Chrome to disable ads? Thanks.

September 04, 2017, 09:36:17 AM
Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
better or worse than the DDMS deal?

I was told that I'm much better off with an SSD. Is that correct? Should I wait until a deal on something that has an SSD turns up?

It's dead now anyway but yes if you have the time it would be very worthwhile to wait and see what comes up over the next few weeks

October 25, 2017, 10:49:59 PM
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Cell Phone Deals - 2017 Please add deals that you find to the wiki
November 16, 2017, 01:30:41 PM
Re: Useful Bookmarklets (browser bookmarks that do cool things)

Just install and then you can just click on any/all WSJ and WP links without thinking twice (in Chrome)

For Firefox:

November 17, 2017, 12:22:35 PM
Re: Learn Photography Master Thread almost done reading through this thread- AMAZING! more coming...??

Also, has anyone taken any course on Any of them specifically worthwhile?

December 31, 2017, 10:51:23 AM
Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
Googlemail@gmail.... also works?
Sample email address you can have (using your DDF handle for the example):


Aliases / Masks (without needing to create them individually):

January 02, 2018, 02:07:38 PM
So now I've got some proof positive that the OS is indeed a customized version of Android.

My only problem is that I haven't figured out yet any way to enter developer mode or debug mode or anything of the sort, that will let me install anything, but my hopes are up there that the developer community will figure out something down the road. Adding WhatsApp, Hebrew Input, and some essential jewish software (calendar, various texts, etc.) will really make this phone that much more useful.

To get to the hidden menu that allows developer options and thereby debugging mode among other things dial ##7764726220 and enter 000000 for the service code.
As per attempts to install apps have met with mixed results.

January 09, 2018, 02:56:02 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
He definitely has better chances with something like this than with that off-brand poorly-rated one, but it also costs a nice amount more.
This one works great - thanks!

January 13, 2018, 09:04:41 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
You can't use this one port for both.

What you need to have is an external graphics card (or USB-to-whatever adapter). Something like this (but it will cost you some pretty penny. You can get cheaper like this, but you need to be willing to find out that it will not work properly...)
Or this USB to HDMI Adapter - External Video Card - USB 3.0 - Slim - 1080p - Multi Monitor Adapter ($49.99)

January 14, 2018, 11:16:50 PM
Re: Whatsapp unveils business accounts Still limited to 256. Lame.
January 18, 2018, 01:26:18 PM
Re: Tribe Tech Review I have mine plugged in to a smart outlet that's scheduled to turn it off over shabbos
February 04, 2018, 02:19:13 PM
Re: Stopping the tech monster they themselves created
Interesting also that Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook is willing to lose profits in exchange for creating a more truly valuable experience for its users.

I believe they were going to decrease exposure of sponsored posts.
It's just a way of keeping the Govt off his back and some good old fashion PR

February 05, 2018, 04:31:03 PM
Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
I wish I had more time for this... Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll have an update out anytime soon.

I don't think I've ever eaten my words this quickly :P.

February 07, 2018, 02:14:51 PM
Re: Useful utilities/programs, windows only
Doesn't seem to work for ifo.
ifo is not a video file, it just contains information

April 12, 2018, 07:02:05 AM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread Lenovo Yoga 720 2-In-1 13.3" Touch Screen Laptop (81C3000LUS) $599.99 from Best Buy
Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core Mobile Processor
13.3" 1920x1080 IPS LED Backlit Display w/ Built-In 720p HD Webcam/2 Microphones
256GB PCIe Solid State Drive SSD
Intel HD Integrated Graphics 620
3x USB 3.0 Ports (2x USB Type-C 1x USB 3.0)
1x DisplayPort

April 25, 2018, 07:43:07 PM
Re: Learn Photography Master Thread

May 31, 2018, 12:36:29 PM
Re: Which unlocked Android phone should I get?
IINM you're under no obligation to activate the Fi.
I'm always wary of refurb phones. Who guarantees it?
No idea. But it's from Amazon and you can put it on here Starwood. Personally I wouldn't be too worried about it. 

June 21, 2018, 10:07:35 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
I'm getting a new PC, just wanted to know if anybody has any tips on how to keep it running fast like when I get it.

Just don't install too many programs?
Get a (free) antivirus/malware software?
It's not a matter of installing "too many" programs.  It's a matter of too many running at same time, or too many running at windows startup.
As for antivirus, I highly recommend Kaspersky Free.

July 10, 2018, 01:36:03 PM
Re: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? Zero interest in doing so.

July 12, 2018, 03:59:35 PM
Re: Which unlocked Android phone should I get?
It is a hard judgement, but I would side with the newer G6 Play.
Really? Only reason I can think of to go that way is if you absolutely need the extra screen real estate.

July 16, 2018, 07:57:04 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread Some dumbphones can transfer contacts via bluetooth, either to another phone or to a computer. Did you check if your phone can do that?
August 19, 2018, 09:24:06 PM
Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
How's this for a basic work desktop? Don't need the micro but prefer it. Need Windows Pro. I also like the 3 year dell warranty.  Could I do better?
You could and should do better.
4gb ram is a little low for these days even for basic office work.

August 29, 2018, 06:40:05 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread Is this good?

Only issue is there is no number pad.....

September 03, 2018, 05:26:41 PM
Re: MS Access help.

Hmmm... all I can offer then is my googling skills. Have you tried this?

November 06, 2018, 01:07:25 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
I just got a new laptop and when I use excel it keeps asking me to buy a license. Iíve used it in my old one without this hock. Any ideas?
Most computers don't come with an Office license unless you paid for it..

November 10, 2018, 01:54:58 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread

So you dont have to be busy with putting in the RAM afterwards since RAM is kind of complicated to figure out which ones are compatible with each other.

December 10, 2018, 06:02:58 PM
Re: google voice help
Wow.. Thanks! I could not figure out why it wouldn't work... Seems like +1 is the solution....
+1 but likes are always better ;)

January 06, 2019, 07:42:17 PM
Re: google voice help
I'm on tapatalk... Is that really a thing though?
Oh yah, I get a raise in my salary once I reach 1k likes. Keep them coming.

+1 but likes are always better ;)
 +1 indeed. Not +2 ;)

So it seems like on ios just gv and hangouts are enough. I can call and text. It shows up on caller id as my google voice number
So it seems your ready for the next step, which allows you to use your american phone number you had back in the states on your google voice account? (or unless you don't have a US number active while in israel?)

 I try to always bring my T-mobile phone, as I would need it for verification codes or random stuff. A spare phone should I need, and my regular american number so I would verify it on GV and have that number as my outbound caller ID. And would ring when someone called me on it, meaning it would ring on my GV phone number as I set up call forwarding to ring on my Google voice number allowing me to receive all my calls.
 With T-mobile I had no problems setting up call forwarding while in IL and with sprint I would have CS set it up for me should I have forgotten to set it up before hand.

 Any more Q feel free to ask. And ping my name should you want to direct the Q to me.

 Also being that you have a iphone some details might not work the exact same. But I would assume all would or should.
 Good night folks. Or good morning for those in the holy land.

January 06, 2019, 11:45:16 PM
Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
The position is 1 (2 for if there are two number strings in the filename and you want to change the 2nd.)

And the difference is -5353 (since you wanna subtract 5353 from each number.) And handle negative numbers should be checked.

Seems like I got it - thanks!

January 08, 2019, 12:27:41 PM
Re: Excel Help and Problems
Forgot to mention, the XYZ # is in middle of a variable length and variable position of a string. The only absolute to work with is the XYZ #. Have it working now with a FIND XYZ & # from cell reference.

Wouldn't REGEXEXTRACT do it? (I didn't really chap the exact use...maybe it is too late in the day...)
I'm trying to cut off everything after the XYZ # (part of a larger data parsing project).

I'm not so familiar with REGEXEXTRACT. Will take a look.

ETA: REGEXEXTRACT worked perfectly. Thanks

February 13, 2019, 08:50:31 PM
Re: Whatsapp App Discussion Thread
as much as i like telegram i still prefer whatsapp.

who's with me
Give me 1 reason why you prefer WhatsApp? ( Other then the fact that everyone has it)

March 14, 2019, 02:56:25 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread

This looks like a good deal. It is an HP i7 3.4 ghz with 500gb hd and 16 of ram for 389. The kicker is the hd display and 1 gb of video ram.
Not a great deal for a 4 year old refurbished laptop.

March 24, 2019, 09:25:03 AM
Re: Best Buget phone
Looking for advice from the knowledgeable DDFers, whats the best budget android phone that can be filtered.

I was looking at the OnePlus range, maybe something like the 6 or 6T (if the upgrade is worth it).

I've heard of the Pocophone by Xiaomi, but as I spoke to TAG, there is no way of filtering Xiaomi phones without locking down half of the phone!

Any sugggestions?
Moto G6
I had the g4 with amazon offers and I feel like it fought with the filter and messed it up. Friends have the g6 without offers and it works great.

March 30, 2019, 01:21:16 PM
Re: Best Buget phone

What are the main practical differences between a budget phone and a flagship phone?

Other than cost, obviously. And not regarding technical (processor, etc.) differences, but practical differences for the user.

Camera, NFC (used for mobile wallets), possibly battery life, speed of updates.

side question

what is the best phone to have for family use- i.e. my son can take it with him to call us to pick him up-
something that has minutes that dent expire after a month and doesn't need to be reactivated every month

Are you looking for a phone or a plan?
If your looking for a plan look into Tello, freedom pop or someone mentioned in a diff thread beast mobile

April 01, 2019, 04:08:40 PM
Re: microsoft word-excel- office
WPS Office is even better. The free version has some ads, but it is worth it.

If anyone has . edu. Email... You can get 4 yrs WPS free for students

April 04, 2019, 11:44:10 PM
Re: Internet Filters
How do you redirect port 53 to the router? What does that accomplish?

Why isn't this a strong solution (or is less strong than K9)?
See upthread quote linked here:

April 30, 2019, 12:29:22 PM
Re: Google Sheets help Today I learned:

If you type into the url bar, you get a new google doc. Type and you get a new google sheet.

How did I not know this until now??

May 01, 2019, 03:08:06 PM
Re: Excel Help and Problems I'd use this:

And linkedin learning if you have access. Once you have a basic idea of what can be done, start throwing together spreadsheets? Do you have a household budget? Stick it in excel and then google anything you want to do that you didn't previously learn.

May 06, 2019, 12:21:35 PM
Re: Internet Filters
Sounds like the answer I'm looking for.

Does it slow down the phone at all?
Creator of Truple here.  99% of the time the app is literally doing nothing.  It does a small amount of processing whenever a screenshot is taken, but that's it.

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

Disclaimer: I am very affiliated with Truple, and very bias... :D

May 06, 2019, 06:45:37 PM
Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Are you calling me a dummy? :) :)
To a certain extend ;)

May 08, 2019, 03:57:28 PM
Re: Excel Help and Problems
Is there any ready made template for inventory management?

Need something simple. Master item list, received, shipped stuff, and current inventory.
Might want to use a database program instead. I had a Microsoft access database custom designed for me by some guy in the Phillipines

May 09, 2019, 11:56:03 PM
Re: Internet Filters
Good. But keep in mind that since they have officially released an uninstaller for it (without need for the password) it is an even easier thing to just remove quickly now.
That was never their strong point. ;)

June 14, 2019, 10:21:01 AM
Re: Excel Help and Problems
Can someone please help me with SUMIF,

If cell A1 has any text, subtract cell A2 from A3,

I tried =SUMIF(K24:K24,"<>",Q24-V24) but keep on getting an error.
You don't need SUMIF for this. Try:


This will keep the cell blank if A1 is blank. If you want something else you can change the "" at the end.

June 25, 2019, 01:45:07 PM