Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

3 Risks When Buying a Trading Computer

I’ve taken thousands of calls from traders about computers. A lot of those callers ask the same questions about what should be “under the hood” in a good trading computer. If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the guide I wrote to buying a trading computer. It covers most of those questions. But […]

Windows 10: How to Keep Cortana Out of Your Business

Windows 10: How to Keep Cortana Out of Your Business

It’s not your imagination if you think we are fast approaching the world of George Orwell’s 1984. Just to be safe, today we’re going to talk about how to put small fuzzies on your keyboard. (Kidding. At least about the fuzzies.) In a previous article, I showed you a bunch of ways to increase privacy […]

3 Time Saving Tips for Your Trading Computer

There’s a big difference between busy work and meaningful work. While it feels good to complete tasks and conquer the day, just checking off busy-work items has a way of lulling us into a false security. Are you making the most of your time? Or, are you wasting time on low-value work? As a business […]

13 Tips to Avoid Common Security Threats to Your Trading Computer

Baskin-Robbins is famous for their 31 flavors of ice cream. Ben and Jerry’s has 60 of their own flavors. You know what!? It’s still all ice cream. The same is true when it comes to computer security. Each year there are new flavors of threats – new viruses, Trojan horses, phishing schemes, and so on. […]

Windows 10: How to Configure Privacy Settings

I’m wouldn’t call myself a conspiracy theorist, but some of the changes in Windows 10 make me want to line my room with tin foil and go read my disaster prep magazines. I’m joking, of course. But, there are some settings in Windows 10 that I feel are unnecessary and intrusive to traders. Be Aware […]

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

Ten minutes passed. I was still waiting, but nothing arrived in my Gmail inbox. My day got busy, and I forgot all about that urgent email. At 4:00 pm it dawned on me. I still didn’t have it. Fed up, I decided to check my spam folder. Sure enough! I received it at 9:04 am, two minutes […]

How to Set Up Multiple Monitors in Seconds on Windows 10

I’ve been a trader for 30 years. I’ve watched as trading technology has changed by leaps and bounds. Remember getting stock quotes with Quotron? I do. I used it as a young stockbroker. All I had was a single screen. I remember the first time – in the late 1990’s– when technology progressed enough for […]

Open File Location: Another Windows/File Explorer Timesaver

In an earlier post, I showed you how to use Favorites in File Explorer to quickly find files. (‘Favorites’ are now called ‘Quick access’ in Windows 10, but they work pretty much the same way.)

Another feature of File Explorer—that you may never have noticed—is ‘Open file location’.

The great thing about this feature is there isn’t anything to set up. It’s just a menu option that’s always available in File Explorer. And there are even some situations where it’s available from the desktop. But I’m getting ahead of myself. (more…)

Windows 10: Explore the Action Center

If you used to be a Windows 8 user, like me, you probably hated that “swipe in from the right” thing you had to do to change settings and run searches. Man, that was so annoying to have to swipe just the right way to get it to show and to stay showing.

Fortunately, some things in that right-hand swiping window are now in the Start Menu. Not only that, Windows 10 has a much cooler, easier-to-use feature over there on the right, called the Action Center. You get to it by clicking the speech bubble at the far right end of your taskbar. (more…)

Windows 10: Get the Weather and Keep Your Privacy

If you’re like most traders, you like to keep your information close to the vest. And you studiously avoid anything that smacks of big brother.

So you probably already have Windows 10 set up to not let Microsoft have access to all the information they would like to access (like the location of your computer). After all, why should Microsoft know any more about you and your business than you absolutely have to tell them.

On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s nice to be able to quickly pull up the local weather on my computer. Yes, I know it’s on my phone. But if my hands are already on the keyboard, it’s just faster to check it there. (I have the live tile for the weather set up under my start menu.) (more…)