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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here.

Joshua also publishes a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over several years and is available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription.

Recent Blog Posts

Works! How To Update the firmware on the Verizon G3100

Disclaimer I am providing this information and instructions "as is". There is no warranty or support from me, I'm sharing this because I thought it may be helpful to others. If you break your G3100, E3200, or anything else in the process you're on your own. If you're concerned about this, I would recommend getting Verizon to help you with a firmware upgrade. I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.  Upgrading the Verizon G3100 Firmware Facts first - there's no official way to ...
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Simple and Easy Banana Bread Recipe

A slice of toasted banana bread with butter with a cup of coffee is almost an Australian tradition. Australian's do love bananas, there's even a big banana. The following is an easy banana bread recipe that is virtually fool-proof. I've adjusted this for US gas ovens, given New York is home. This recipe makes one loaf of banana bread. If you're after a banana bread baking pan, I use this one which you can pick up from Amazon for under US$15. The thing I like about this recipe is that excluding vanilla essence, you probably have most of these banana ...
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Works! How To Paste website address links (URLs) as Plain Text in Windows 10

Important I am not a Microsoft employee or affiliated with them, and this is my personal experience. This is super easy but I don’t provide technical support. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Microsoft made a change to Microsoft Edge (Chromium) so that when you paste website address links from Edge to other programs instead of pasting the full website URL as plain text it pastes it as a hyperlink with the title of the website ...
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Works! How to Fix for Dell G7 Over Heating – Dell G7 Cooling Advice

Important I am not affiliated with Dell and this is my personal experience with overheating issues on the Dell G7 17". I am not paid by Dell and bought the Dell G7 17" outright myself. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or consider buying my non-tech book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! In our home, we have a 17" Dell Gaming Laptop. It's one of Dell's G series gaming laptops, the step before you go to Alienware. It has great specs for the price but is prone to overheating ...
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Recipe: Classic Australian Rack of Lamb

If you're from Australia or New Zealand, you probably love a classic rack of lamb. Here's a simple recipe from my Mum (thanks Mum) that works in US gas ovens. Cooking Time ~ 90mins I recommend letting the rack of lamb get to room temperature first to get the best result. Pre-Heat Oven to 425 F (~220C) Diamond-Cut / Score the Lamb. Season with Olive Oil Season with Coarse Salt and optionally coarsely chopped mint. Stand up lamb, interlocking the bones on an oven tray with a raised rack. Reduce oven temperature to 400F (~200C) and put Lamb in oven ...
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Review: Ten Generations by Mark Lowcock

If you're a friend or follower of this website, you know that my hobby is researching Lowcock family history. I even published a book about a relative who was a POW in World War II. So I was a little excited when Sir Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, announced he had published a book called "Ten Generations: A Family Story of Rags to Riches". Interested in supporting the #COVID response? All proceeds from my book support @savechildrenuk’s and @SavetheChildren’s COVID work:https://t.co/dhG1AcL3WM pic.twitter.com/7ks3iD0Xt7 — Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) January 26, 2021 With proceeds from the book ...
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Works! How to Restore Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Missing Desktop Icon

Important I am not a Microsoft employee or affiliated with them, and this is my personal experience. This is super easy but if you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don’t provide technical support, accept liability or a warranty. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! If you use Microsoft One Drive to sync multiple computers there can be a random issue where the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge short icon either the Edge ...
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Review: Time Twister by Ged Maybury

the Back Cover of Time Twister Jason, his brother Troy and their sister Helena discover that they possess the gift of time travel. Through the Time Twister Video game, they learn that they can use their powers in carrying out an important mission which will prevent the wrong future from coming to pass -- one that would endanger their father. - courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand  my thoughts on Time Twister authored by Ged Maybury I randomly got to thinking about the book "Time Twister" by New Zealand author Ged Maybury just the other day. I read ...
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