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Apple devices switched to using HEIC formatted photos from JPG back when iOS 11 was released.

Overall, the HEIC format is better than the JPG because it takes up less space but yet provides better quality. But it is only convenient so long as you stay within the Apple ecosystem.

If you also use Windows or Android devices, you’ll want to switch back to JPG format as the default for new photos.

This article will show you how to convert HEIC photos to JPG as well as how to permanently save your photos as JPG on your iPhone.

 

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VLC Media Player is a free, open-sourced, video media player and video toolkit available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It will play local video files as well as YouTube video streams.

VLC’s built-in plugins are utilized to stream YouTube videos. Simply drag and drop the video URL from your browser into the VLC Media Player window to start playing the video.

This article will show you how to play YouTube videos within the VLC Media Player on Windows and also how to download those videos as MP4 files. Note, you are only legally allowed to download your own videos and can do so right from the YouTube Studio interface without the need for VLC.

 

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This article covers how to open encrypted DVD’s with HandBrake and libdvdcss for legal and educational purposes only.

Utilizing those two tools will help open DVDs with region codes and CSS encryption. Note, HandBrake with libdvdcss won’t work on DVDs encrypted with Disney X-project DRM, RCE, Sony ArccOS, etc.

 

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A personal computer is just that… personal. I really wish Microsoft would stop forcing us to utilize folders which we don’t specifically request. I say “we” because I have, and continue, to transfer files for many clients from old to new PC’s. You would be amazed at the number of empty folders (which Microsoft and others have automatically created over the years) which have accumulated and cluttered up client computers.

With Windows 10 and Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced three more folders, the “Camera Roll” and “Saved Pictures” within the Pictures folder and “Captures” within the Videos folder. Any attempts to delete these folders would be futile, they simply reappear the next time you open a photo or video file. The culprits generating these empty folders are the Microsoft Camera and Photo apps. These two apps continuously monitor for and recreate the Camera Roll, Saved Pictures, and Captures folders if they are missing.

In this article I will show you how to permanently remove these Windows 10 and Windows 11 default folders.

 

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Set Google Shared Drive Theme Thumbnail

This article will provide you with instructions and a free Adobe Photoshop template for correctly creating a Google Shared Drive Theme image.

 

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In this article I will cover how to clean up a migrated website away from WPEngine to a local or new website hosting provider.

While I have no issues with the WPEngine company or hosting service, when trying to migrate a website away from their platform they leave some unnecessary files behind, specifically within your wp-content and mu-plugins directories.

If you choose to migrate away from WP Engine or need to setup a local development environment, you’ll need to follow these steps in order to ensure success.

 

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In this article I will cover how to enable SVG uploads on your WordPress website quickly and easily using a free WordPress plugin.

As of this writing, SVG uploads are not permitted by the WordPress core for security (and for good reason). SVG files are basically XML files, which may include malicious code opening your WordPress website to attack. These include but may not be limited to XML external entity attacks (XXE), bomb nested entities (BNE) and Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.

 

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A fresh install of the Brave internet browser reveals an assortment of stunning photography for its opening page and new tabs. The Brave browser can also display sponsored images which is part of their Brave Rewards program and can actually earn you their BAT cryptocurrency.

From time to time I personally find some of the photography displayed within the Brave browser to be desktop wallpaper worthy. But how do I capture this work of art for use as my desktop wallpaper? In this article I will show you how.

 

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I frequently use Adobe Photoshop to enhance and compress my web related images. When using the “Save for Web & Devices” feature it automagically replaces any spaces, within the filename, with a dash for Unix compatibility purposes. This is not always necessary, so in this article I will show you how to disable the automatic replacement of spaces with dashes when using Save for Web in Photoshop.

Another negative result of this automatic insertion of dashes in place of spaces is when uploading images to WordPress. WordPress pulls the filename and inserts it into the Title field for the uploaded image. For search engine optimization purposes this is okay, but the dashes make it look unsightly when you hover your mouse over the image on the frontend. I then have to manually remove those dashes from the image title and save the changes. Turning the insertion of dashes feature off when using the Save for Web & Devices feature in Photoshop would prevent these additional steps. So lets get into doing so.

 

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Opening .WebP files within older versions of Adobe Photoshop is not native. Meaning you will need a way to instruct Adobe Photoshop on handling such an image file. This article will show you a quick and easy way of doing so. Note that this should work for the following versions of Adobe Photoshop: 7.0, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

 

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