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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. For tips specific to macOS, you can find macOS 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

Fixed! Microsoft Edge Chromium not showing Bing Image of the Day (IOTD)

In my personal life, I use a Windows ARM Laptop running Chromium Edge. I'm a big fan of Chromium Edge, it's a fast browser and since it syncs with my work laptops (x64) which makes life easier. If you re-install Edge or setup a fresh installation of Windows, you may discover that Edge doesn't show the Bing Daily Image also known as the Image of the Day (IOTD) when you start a new tab. I've worked out why this happens, the good news is you don't need to do anything but wait - so here's the fix. For what it's ...
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Tip: Verizon G3100 Compatible Network Switch

I was an early adopter of the Verizon G3100 router and as a WiFi mesh router, it's great. However, you're limited to only 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. This can be a bit limiting because in a smart home it doesn't take much to run out of ethernet ports.  We have a smart TV, a console, a smart hub, and an Apple TV and boom - no more spare ports. This is where a Network Switch can come in handy (and this has nothing to do with Nintendo). I'm sharing this in the hope it helps others. Best Verizon G3100 Network ...
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How To: Setup Raspberry Pi with PiVPN, WireGuard and NoIP.com

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or products listed and this is my personal experience. 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! Background The Raspberry Pi is a great sub-US$100 device that offers great value for hobby projects and educational purposes. In this review, I'll share my experience and instructions for setting up a Raspberry Pi with PiVPN using NoIP.com, a free Dynamic DNS service. If you need a list of PiVPN commands, ...
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Tip: List of Public DNS Servers

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or DNS providers listed. This information is shared "as is". If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This is yet another list of Public DNS Servers. I know there are more than enough guides out there but decided to publish this one because I feel there's some useful advice that I can share. Public DNS Speedtest There are several factors that determine DNS speed, some of which are out of your control. If you want to benchmark DNS ...
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Works! Fix Chrome (or Edge) is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Important I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. 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! Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it's the only option in my office. But back when I did ...
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Works! How to Setup Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding on Verizon G3100 (Tested! Works)

Coming Soon! I'm writing up the draft at the moment. There are a lot of steps. Overview This is tested and works! This is how to setup a Dynamic DNS and do Port Forwarding on the Verizon G3100 using NoIp.com also known as No-Ip.com. This is particularly useful if you have home security cameras, alarm systems, web server, or some other device you want to access remotely. The overview of the steps are as follows: Create an account on NoIP.com. You can use the free version of NoIp, but it's worth paying the $25 a year if you need it ...
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Works! How To Import Chrome Extensions into Microsoft Edge (5 Easy Steps!)

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. I don't work for and I am not affiliated with Microsoft (or Google).  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This review was last updated: May 2020 Overview I was an early beta tester of Microsoft Edge Chromium edition. This is because I am one of the few people who uses Windows 10 on ARM-based laptop, a ...
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Review: Verizon E3200 Mesh WiFi Extender (2021).

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 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 the setup.  I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the E3200 outright myself.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps ...
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