Disable Windows visual effects

Windows 10

  1. System Properties (SYSDM.CPL)
  2. Performance tab
  3. Settings
  4. Performance Options
  5. Visual Effects
  6. check box Adjust for best performance option

Windows 11

  1. Settings
  2. Accessibility
  3. Visual Effects
  4. Turn off animation effects

Remote Control Mac with TeamViewer

Remote control a Mac with TeamViewer

  1. Apple
  2. System Preferences
  3. Security & Privacy

Use padlock and plus sign (+) to add TeamViewer for:

  • Accessibility
  • Full Disk Access
  • Screen Recording

How to keep up with technology

The best way to keep up with technology is to use it. Over the decades we have seen many technologies arrive; some survive.

Predicting which technology survives is the trick. Even selecting which technology product within technology family is tricky. Most computers still run Microsoft Windows. Remember Windows ME (not so good) and XP (good) before Windows 7 (very good) 10 (good) and now 11 (eh…)?

One of the oldest technologies is Ethernet. It was invented between 1973 and 1974, commercially introduced in 1980, and still used today. It is better and faster than Wi-Fi so use it whenever possible. Offices and now homes standardize on Ethernet.

Verizon standardized on coax for its FiOS and found out it was not fast enough for high-speed networking so it switched to Ethernet. And early networks standardized on coax which are now converted or re-run with Ethernet.

Surge protection

Surge protection is important to protect sensitive electronics, especially network and home theater.

The only surge protector I recommend and use (for computers, network, and home theater) is Zero Surge. Two models most popular are 1) 8 outlet for computer or home theater and 2) 2 outlet for UPS and printer. Printer cannot plug into UPS; best to plug directly into Zero Surge.

How to use Zero Surge with UPS

Most power strips a.k.a. power taps are not surge protectors rather turning one electrical outlet into 4-8 outlets. Some power strips labeled to be surge protectors are inferior and deteriorate over time without warning. Read the back and you might see:

Or read the front and you might see:

Power strips and surge protector strips are potential fire hazards. I have seen power strips showing fire damage:

Power strips and surge protector strips must not be plugged into one another. If used, plug directly into the wall.

Also, most battery backups a.k.a. UPS are labeled as surge protectors. They are also inferior surge protectors with the exception is I have not seen one catch fire. It is best to have both Zero Surge surge protector and separate UPS.

How to use Zero Surge with UPS.

Cable management before and after

Cable management is replacing long cables with short cables, tying up cables using cable ties, and hiding cables within walls, ceiling, basement and crawl space when possible. Connecting 10 foot cable when 1 foot cable is suffice eliminates tens or hundreds feet of unused cable. A clean cable installation for network, home office, TV, or home theater makes for better space and ensures best performance.

All cables (Ethernet, coax, HDMI, speaker, etc.) can be either custom ordered or cut to desired length. In-wall cables are special order and must be used when hiding cables. Cable ties bunch together cables running together to finish the clean look.

Before and after pictures below.

Built-in shelves for TV and network

Telephone, Ethernet, and coax

Wall-mounted TV


Use wires to make wireless better and faster

The best wireless (Wi-Fi) depends on wires (cables): Using Ethernet cables to distribute Wi-Fi makes it better and faster. (This is not mesh wireless which uses wireless relaying to wireless.) Some homes have old telephone which can be converted to Ethernet. Other homes had Ethernet run by contractors during home remodel but not connected. In almost any home unused coax cable TV can be converted to Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Below are two examples of homes which already had wires in place to make wireless better. These wiring boxes are usually found in the basement or closet.

Home with telephone

Home remodeled with Ethernet and coax


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