Free College Classes Online

Free College Classes Online

Most people know the value of a college degree. Studies have traditionally shown that college-educated people tend to earn more money over the entire arc of their career. However, a college education can be prohibitively expensive. Does this mean that college is an unattainable dream for people who can’t afford it? With the advent of free college classes and programs on the Web, absolutely not. In this article, we’re going to take a look at free sources for taking all sorts of great college classes on the Web, anything from computer statistics to Web development and much, much more.

Note: While many colleges and universities offer a wide variety of free courses online in the form of podcasts, lectures, tutorials and online classes, most of these courses are not accredited or part of an actual, accredited degree. However, that does not mean they are not valuable or will not add value to your overall education and/or resume. Homeschool programs will also find these resources helpful.

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How VoodooShield Works


OFF Mode (Unlocked): Your computer is unlocked, and VoodooShield is learning which programs to allow so it will not block them once VoodooShield locks your computer. You can also change to this mode if you need to install or allow additional software. Your computer is NOT protected in this mode.

ON Mode (Locked): Your computer is locked and you are protected. When VoodooShield automatically toggles to ON Mode, it takes a snapshot of the currently running software, and automatically allows everything in this snapshot. VoodooShield also automatically allows currently installed software and specific critical Windows system files. Any software that was not allowed when VoodooShield was OFF is blocked.

There is only one thing to keep in mind when using VoodooShield…
If VoodooShield blocks something that you would like to run, then allow it after it is automatically scanned.
Otherwise, if VoodooShield blocks something out of the blue, then just ignore it and assume it was a virus or malware.

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Prevent Weeds

Whether you’re an avid gardener or just like to dabble, April is the toughest month. Along with the first delightful shoots of spring comes the dreaded weed. Weeds take over valuable resources such as soil and sun. Dealing with weeds like ragweed and dandelions early can help your garden grow to its full potential.

Use vodka.
If you do have a weed problem, avoid chemical weed-killers. Some vegetables may also absorb the chemicals. Instead, use vodka. Combine one ounce of vodka with two cups of water

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Best Way to Clean Your Mirrors

Your regular grooming routine could be wreaking havoc on your mirrors, especially in the bathroom. Clean your mirrors like a pro and have a streak-free shine with just a few everyday items.

1) Wipe the mirror down with rubbing alcohol. If your mirror has any sticky residue from hairspray or other beauty products, wipe it down with a coffee filter dipped in rubbing alcohol. No need to pat it dry – the rubbing alcohol will evaporate.

2) Dilute vinegar with water. In a large bowl, mix a quart of warm water with two tablespoons of white vinegar.

3) Dip a coffee filter into the mixture. We recommend using coffee filters to clean the mirror, but a soft cloth works, too. Wring it out thoroughly, careful not to tear the coffee filter. Clean the mirror as you normally would. Then, with a dry coffee filter or cloth, dry it thoroughly until it’s streak-free.

4) Do an “anti-fog” treatment. If you’d like to give your mirror an “anti-fog” treatment, mix a quart of hot water with two tablespoons of vinegar in a second bowl. Dip another coffee filter into the solution and wipe over the area of the mirror you want to de-fog. Let the water air dry. The anti-fog treatment will last for up to 3 weeks!

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Testing with virtual machines

How to make testing easier and safer with virtual machines
By Ed Bott

Every Windows expert will tell you that it’s a very, very bad idea to experiment with software, settings, and services on a PC you use for daily work. If something goes wrong, especially with a program or utility that turns out to be malicious or incompatible with your hardware, you could spend hours or days cleaning up the mess.
The alternative is a virtual machine, which allows you to perform those tests in a sandboxed environment that acts like a physical PC but is isolated from your daily work.
If you use the Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 10 (64-bit only), the superb Hyper-V virtualization platform is available for free. On modern hardware built for business use, the support should be built into the BIOS, and all you have to do is turn on the Hyper-V feature by going to Control Panel > Programs > Programs And Features > Turn Windows Features On Or Off.
On PCs running Windows 10 Home or any version of Windows 7, your only option is third-party virtualization software. The free VirtualBox ( app is an excellent starting point.

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Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up

Everyone is concerned about online safety. Whether you use Google and Twitter or TeamViewer and Dreamhost, keep your services secure with two-factor authentication.

In 2014, the Heartbleed exploit left everyone’s log-in information potentially up for grabs thanks to one itty-bitty piece of code. But what is a person afraid for their security to do? Well, you should definitely change your passwords—regularly! By sheer brute force or simple phishing, passwords are, to be honest, a pretty laughable way of authentication.

What you really need is a second factor of authentication. That’s why many internet services, a number of which have felt the pinch of being hacked, have embraced two-factor authentication for their users. It’s sometimes called 2FA, or used interchangeably with the terms “two-step” and “verification” depending on the marketing. Even the White House has a campaign asking you #TurnOn2FA.

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(noun) The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
(adjective) effulgent.

“The moment Sri Caitanya appeared, His beauty and effulgence transfixed everyone.” – N. S. Narasimha, ‘The Way of the Vaisnava sages’

ETYMOLOGY: (Latin) ex, “out of, from” + fulgere, “to shine.”

Explore “effulgence” in the Visual Thesaurus.

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Best VPNs

Protect your online privacy with the 5 best VPNs
By Grant Brunner

Protect your online privacy with the 5 best VPNs

Ever get the feeling that someone is snooping on your web traffic? Well, that’s not just paranoia — there’s a decent chance that you’re really at risk. Be it a government agency, your ISP, your employer, or some busybody at your favorite coffee joint, it’s staggering to think about how many people could be watching you.

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The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Damon and Enzo’s fates hang in the balance.

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Find Lost Windows Passwords

Find Lost Passwords to Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, & Windows XP
by Tim Fisher

Lost your Windows password? Don’t panic, the world is not coming to an end.

The Windows logon password is one of the most important passwords we have memorized and if you’ve lost (okay… forgotten) this password, the entire world can seem just out of reach.

Lucky for all of us, there are several ways to find your lost password in Windows:

Note: Most of the methods listed below to find lost passwords apply to Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Some of these ideas might work for older Windows operating systems as well.

Reset Your Microsoft Account Password

The quickest and easiest way to get back into Windows after losing your password is to reset it online… but only if you have Windows 8 and only if you use a Microsoft account to login. If that doesn’t describe your situation, move on to the next idea.

Since you use your Microsoft account as your Windows 8 credentials, and since Microsoft manages those accounts online, you can easily reset your lost Windows 8 password from any browser, on any computer or device, including your smartphone.

How to Reset Your Microsoft Account Password

Note: Not sure if you login to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account? If you login with an email address, then you’re using a Microsoft account. If you login with something other than an email address, like your name or some other handle, then you’re using a local account and this method won’t work.

Use Your Password Reset Disk

If you don’t use Windows 8, or do but login with a local account, the easiest way to get out of a “lost Windows password” predicament is to use your password reset disk – assuming of course you have one. You’ll know if you do.

Creating a password reset disk, which can actually be a flash drive or a floppy disk, depending on your version of Windows, is something you have to do before you lose your Windows password, not after. So, as is probably obvious, if you never created one yourself before losing access to Windows then this option isn’t going to do you any good.

However, once you do find your lost Windows password, as I’m sure you will with one of the other methods below, come right back here and learn how to create a password reset disk so you can avoid all this trouble next time.

Note: You only have to make a password reset disk once. No matter how many times you change your password after creating the disk, it will still work to reset your lost password.

Have an Administrator Change Your Password

The next easiest way to find a lost Windows password is to forget the idea of finding it at all! Just have one of the other users on your computer change your lost password for you.

This will only work if one of the other people you share your computer with has a Windows logon account that’s setup with administrator level access. One account usually is so be sure to give this a try with as many accounts as you can.

Tip: The first account that was setup in Windows is often times setup with administrator access.

Obviously you’ll have to pass on this idea entirely if you’re the only user on your computer.

Guess Your Password

Don’t laugh! I know this might seem like obvious advice and something I’m sure you think you’ve done already. Your first reaction to a lost password was probably to “think really hard” and that didn’t work.

The trick here is to make an educated guess. Most passwords, even complicated and well designed ones, are inspired by the people, places, and things in the account holder’s life.

For example, could your lost Windows password have had something to do with a loved one’s birthday, a pet’s name, an often dialed telephone number, etc.? See the link below for tons of great ideas to get your wheels turning.

Hack Into Windows With a Password Recovery Tool

Hacking into Windows might sound dangerous, illegal, and too complicated but the reality is quite the opposite.

Windows password recovery tools are just software programs that you can freely download from various legitimate websites and then use to either find the lost Windows password or quickly reset/delete it, allowing you back in.

Important: In most cases where the ideas above aren’t options, a Windows password recovery program is the successful strategy. These password recovery programs are completely safe and easy to use, even for a computer novice, as long as you can follow some step-by-step directions.

Reset Your Password With This Trick

Okay, I admit, resetting your password with this trick might be slightly harder than actually pushing a “reset” button, but it’s just short of guaranteed to work.

If downloading unfamiliar software, burning discs, or mastering flash drives doesn’t sound like things you’re interested in, give this a try. You’ll have to do a little command-line work but all you’ll need is access to your Windows installation or recovery media… and a little patience.

On the other hand, the automatic password reset and recovery tools, which I just mentioned in #5 above, are probably going to be faster solutions from start-to-finish for most of you than using this method.

Clean Install Windows

This is the option you really don’t want to try but I include it here because it’s a certain fix for a Windows lost password problem.

A clean install of Windows is a complete erasure of your hard drive, followed by a reinstallation of the Windows operating system. I have some great step-by-step tutorials linked below but the clean install process is time consuming and you lose everything in the process.

If you skipped the previous two ideas above because they sounded too complicated, please know that a clean install is much more involved.

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