Solution: Windows 10 Calculator app focus fail

This post is in reference to this forum thread in Microsoft’s Community that is now closed but lacked a decent solution (from what I could see).

I had the exact same problem and it was driving me to distraction while doing my monthly bookkeeping; at which time the calculator is used 60 or so times.

Requirement: install the latest edition of Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.

The Solution

The solution, in my situation, was as follows: Continue reading

The Best Tools to Free Up Disk Space on Your Hard Drive

If there is one thing I cannot stand it is how quickly my Windows computers pile up with garbage files that eat away at computer performance. In fact, I dare say I am a bit of a fanatic about how fast my computer runs – it must be speedy!! As a result, I have wound my way through a number of crappy programs over the years to find these few nuggets that really save me from pulling out my remaining hair. I expect over time this list will grow but here are a few tried and true programs I have used.

I feel it is important to note that here and there I have used affiliate links when linking to programs I recommend. This does not take away from the fact that I do 100% recommend each program; I simply figure I needed to link to the products anyway so why not make a dollar or two?

Favourite #1: WinDirStat (Free)

WinDirStat is a small program that, when run, will read all of the files on whatever drive you select and then provide you with a number of ways to find files that are taking loads of space on your hard drive. Continue reading

Port Forwarding Setup on the D-Link DVG-1120M for XBOX 360

An image of the "Your NAT type is Moderate" - XBOX 360  Connection Warning

This instructional is for anyone who has a D-Link DVG-1120M VOIP Gateway and you found XBOX Live speeds to be painfully slow and/or you got the “Your NAT type is Moderate… etc.” (see the image below) warning message from your XBOX 360 Network test then you need to follow these instructions to forward the proper ports to your XBOX360.

Instructions for Fixing the NAT Error on the XBOX 360 (for the D-Link DVG-1120M)

NOTE: If you already have your XBOX setup with a static IP address then you can skip to #3.

  1. Find the MAC Address for your 360 and write it down, you will need it.How to find the MAC address on an XBOX 360

    i) Navigate to the “System” section of the XBOX Dashboard
    ii) Select “Network Settings” (HERE: Write down the IP address for your 360 if you want to use the same one)
    iii) Select “Edit Settings”
    iv) Select “Additional Settings”
    v) Select “Advanced Settings”: the XBOX MAC Address will be listed near the bottom of the page where it says “Wired MAC Address”
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