Author: John Lortz

Black Friday to Cyber Monday… What’s it all about?

[Updated for November, 2017] Marketing people love an excuse for a sale. Any excuse will do. If “something” is happening, a sale can be built around that “something”. This time of year the “something” is Christmas, which is an obvious no-brainer for marketers to build sales around. But not being happy with just “Sales for Christmas”, the marketing world came up with the idea to have Sales within Sales for Christmas, by promoting the busiest retails sales days of the year as being “special days EVERYONE should go shopping on”. Of course I’m referring to the phenomena of Black Friday and all...

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DiscoverSkills “Quick” Article Summary List

[UPDATED November 2017] On a regular basis I get emails from students asking how to find a particular article on this site that they’ve missed, and want to now go back and read it. First of all, if you look at the top menu on this page, the LEARN ABOUT option drops-down a menu with article categories you can visit to browse through all the latest technology writings I’ve done. You can also use the SEARCH box at the top right of the page to find articles. Just type a keyword of what you’re interested in, and it will...

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How Do You Know a Web Site is Secure?

As great as the Internet is and as much as we’ve all grown accustomed to having instant access to a huge amount of useful information, the fact is the Internet can also be a scary place where it’s easy to lose your private information. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As you browse to a web page, there are some pretty easy ways to tell if the page you’re visiting is legitimate and can be trusted, or is a fake or scammed page that just wants to do you harm. Here are a few suggestions for how...

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is Here! (sort of…)

Yesterday, on October 17th, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was officially released. I’ve had lots of questions from Windows 10 users on what the update means to them, so I thought it would be prudent to write a short article on DiscoverSkills.com. Creators Update? First, let me try to explain some of the confusion you might have about the name “creators update”. On April 11th  of this year, Microsoft released an update they called “Windows 10 Creators Update”. Officially, it was also called the “version 1703” update. This version number was based on the date of the release...

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What’s New with iOS 11?

For those Apple iPad and iPhone users who are considering the upgrade to iOS 11, here is a quick list of what I think are the most important changes you’ll encounter, in no particular order. And if you need more information about how to do the upgrade to iOS 11, CLICK HERE to read my article “Tips on Installing Apple iOS 11”.   Control Panel The Control Panel is the screen you see when you swipe up from the bottom of the device screen, and contains quick ways to get to useful device features (such as player controls, flashlight,...

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