Thursday, November 30, 2023

Don't Be a Victim: Update Chrome Immediately to Patch Zero-Day Exploit

In today's interconnected world, our online security is paramount.
With the ever-evolving threat landscape, staying vigilant and keeping our software up to date is crucial.
On November 28. 2023, Google warns that a  recent zero-day exploit requires Chrome to be updated. 
Chrome needs to be updated to updated to Chrome version 119.0.6045.199/.200 for Windows and version 119.0.6045.199 for Mac and Linux.
Google Chrome, one of the most popular web browsers, regularly releases security updates to address vulnerabilities and protect users from potential exploits.
Here's how to do it.
  • Launch Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  • Select "Help" from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose "About Google Chrome."
  • Chrome will automatically check for updates.
    • If an update is available, it will start downloading.
  • Once the download is complete, Chrome will prompt you to restart the browser to apply the update.
  • Click "Relaunch" to complete the process.

Update Google Chrome - Zero Day Exploit
fig. 1 - Update Google Chrome - Zero Day Exploit

That's it!


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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

How to Unlock the Secrets of YouTube Videos with Google Bard

Google Bard
Have you ever watched a YouTube video and wanted to ask a question about it, but didn't know where to turn? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use Google Bard.

This powerful AI tool can now watch and answer questions about YouTube videos, making it easier than ever to get the information you need.

Here's how to do it.
  • Copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video into the Bard chatbox and ask Bard to review it.
  • Ask your follow-up question about the video.
  • Bard will process the video content and provide you with a answer.

In this example, I asked Bard to review a popular OneCoolTip video.

Google Bard YouTube

This is a great new capability of Google Bard.

Check it out!


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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

How to Use the Secret ChatGPT Keyboard Shortcuts

ChatGPT Logo
Have you ever felt like you're not using ChatGPT to its fullest potential? 

Do you find yourself wishing for a quicker way to interact with this AI powerhouse? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the ChatGPT Keyboard Shortcuts.

There is a treasure trove of shortcuts is just a keystroke away, waiting to transform your ChatGPT experience.

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model developed by OpenAI. 

It's based on the GPT (Generative Pretrained Transformer) architecture, which is designed to generate human-like text based on the input it receives. 

The "Chat" in ChatGPT emphasizes its capability to engage in conversational dialogue, making it well-suited for a variety of applications that involve natural language processing.

Let's dive into the world of keyboard shortcuts.

  • Go to ChatGPT
  • Login or sign-up.
  • Press Ctrl + / (Cmd + / on Mac) while in the ChatGPT interface.
  • A list of available keyboard shortcuts appears on your screen.

ChatGPT Keyboard Shortcuts

fig. 1 - ChatGPT Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's how to use each keyboard shortcut available in ChatGPT:

Open New Chat: Ctrl + Shift + O

Opens a new chat window or tab in ChatGPT.

To start a fresh conversation without navigating through the interface, simply press Ctrl + Shift + O.

Set Custom Instructions: Ctrl + Shift + I

Allows you to set custom instructions for the ChatGPT session.

To provide specific guidelines or context for your chat session, use Ctrl + Shift + I to open the instructions dialogue.

Focus Chat Input: Shift + Esc

Directly focuses on the chat input box, readying it for new input.

If your cursor is elsewhere on the page and you want to start typing a new message, press Shift + Esc to jump to the chat input box.

Toggle Sidebar: Ctrl + Shift + S

Opens or hides the sidebar in the ChatGPT interface.

To view additional options or hide them for a wider chat view, use Ctrl + Shift + S.

Copy Last Code Block: Ctrl + Shift + ;

Copies the last code block sent by ChatGPT.

If ChatGPT sends a block of code and you wish to copy it, press Ctrl + Shift + ; to quickly copy it to your clipboard.

Delete Chat: Ctrl + Shift + X

Deletes the current chat or chat thread.

To clear your current conversation, perhaps for privacy or to start anew, use Ctrl + Shift + X.

Copy Last Response: Ctrl + Shift + C

Quickly copies the last response from ChatGPT.

If you want to copy the most recent answer or statement from ChatGPT, simply press Ctrl + Shift + C.

Show Shortcuts: Ctrl + /

Displays a list of all keyboard shortcuts available in ChatGPT.

To remind yourself of the available shortcuts or to learn new ones, press Ctrl + /.

These shortcuts are designed to enhance productivity and ease of use when interacting with ChatGPT, providing a more streamlined and efficient user experience. ​


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Monday, November 27, 2023

How to Master Microsoft Outlook Search

Have you ever found yourself sifting through hundreds of emails in your Microsoft Outlook inbox, trying to find that one important message? 

Ever wished there was a quicker way to locate specific emails?

Here's a Cool Back-to-Work-Monday Tip.  Use Microsoft Outlook Search Operators.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open Microsoft Outlook.
  • Navigate to the Search Box, located at the top of the Outlook window.
  • Type in the specific search operator you wish to use. 
    • For example, from:(sender) will show all emails from a specific sender.
  • Press Enter to display all emails that match your search operator.

But wait...  

There's a even Cooler Cool Tip.  Use the Outlook Search Filter screen.
  • Press and Hold the Filter icon to display search screen.

Outlook Search Screen
fig. 1 - Outlook Search Screen

  • Use the screen to enter your search criteria in one or more fields.
  • Then press Search to see the results.
But if you want to enter your own search operators, there are a number of operators that you can manually enter in the main search box.

Enter your search criteria in the Search box at the top of screen.

fig. 2 - Outlook Search

Using search operators can drastically reduce the time spent looking for specific emails, making your work more efficient.

Here are a few examples of search operators you can use:

Shows all emails from a specific sender.

Shows all emails with a specific keyword in the subject line.

NOT operator: 
This operator is used to exclude emails that contain a certain word.

OR operator: 
This operator is used to include emails that contain any of the specified words.

[ ] operator: 
This operator is used to search for empty fields.

This operator searches the To line for emails addressed to a specified recipient.

This operator searches the Cc line for specified email recipients.

This operator searches for emails sent or received before the given date.

This operator searches for mail sent or received after the given date.

This operator searches for mail sent or received on the given date.

This operator searches for mail in the specified folder.

This operator searches mail messages that have at least one file attachment.

Remember, by default, you will be searching with the AND operator which you do not have to specify in your search. 

You can use the OR operator if you want your search results to also include items for which only a single condition is met. 

You can combine this field with the NOT operator to find items for which any value is selected.

For a full list of search operators, check out this Microsoft Support page.

That's it.


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Sunday, November 26, 2023

How to Easily Read Wikipedia Articles in Layman’s Terms

Have you ever found yourself lost in the complexity of Wikipedia articles? 

Do the intricate details and technical jargon leave you feeling overwhelmed? 

What if there was a way to simplify these articles with just a small tweak? 

Here's a Cool Tip.   Change the URL for a Wikipedia article to make it simpler to read.

Wikipedia's depth of information is unmatched, but its complexity can be daunting. 

This Cool Tip can make a world of difference for casual readers, students, and anyone looking to quickly grasp the basics of a subject.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open your web browser and go to any Wikipedia article of your choice.
  • Look at the URL in the address bar. 
    • It will typically start with “”.
  • Replace “en” with “simple”
  • For instance, “” becomes “”.
  • After changing the URL, press Enter to load the simplified version of the article.
This Cool Tip allows complex topics to be broken down into simpler language.

It's great for getting a basic understanding of a subject and especially helpful for non-native English speakers and younger readers.

Here's an example:

Original Article on Quantum Mechanics:

Wikipedia - Original Article on Quantum Mechanics
fig. 1 - Wikipedia - Original Article on Quantum Mechanics

Wikipedia - Simple English Article on Quantum Mechanics
fig. 2 - Wikipedia - Simple English Article on Quantum Mechanics

The simplified English version is easier to read and understand.

While not every page has a simple page, many do.

Try this Cool Tip the next time you are reading an article on Wikipedia!

That's it.


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Saturday, November 25, 2023

How to Use ChatGPT's Free Voice Feature on iOS and Android

Have you ever wished for a personal assistant that understands you, literally? 

Are you curious about how cutting-edge AI can transform your daily interactions with your smartphone? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the new ChatGPT Voice feature, now available for free on both iOS and Android!

You can now use voice to engage in a back-and-forth conversation with the ChatGPT assistant. 

The voice option previously was available only to paid ChatGPT Plus subscribers.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open the official ChatGPT app. 
    • Ensure you have the latest version of the ChatGPT app on your iOS or Android device. 
    • If not, download it from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Go to the app settings and find the 'Voice' option. 
    • Toggle it on to activate the feature.
  • Customize the voice recognition settings according to your preference, including language, voice, and speech speed.
  • Tap the microphone icon and start speaking. 
    • ChatGPT will transcribe your voice into text and provide responses.
  • ChatGPT will answer your questions.
ChatGPT Voice

fig. 1 - ChatGPT Voice

The first time you use the voice feature, you'll be asked to choose a voice. The available voices are: Jennifer, Ember, Cove, Sky, Breeze.

That's it.


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Friday, November 24, 2023

Unleash Your Inner Christmas Decorator

Christmas Wreath
Have you ever dreamed of decorating the perfect Christmas tree?
It's the day after Thanksgiving in the US.
Time to start putting up Christmas decorations.
If you haven't already!
But what if you don't have time or space?
Here's a Cool Friday Funday Holiday Cool Tip.
Unleash your inner decorator and create a festive masterpiece from the comfort of your own home.
Whether you're a seasoned Christmas enthusiast or a complete novice, this interactive game is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Decorate the Christmas Tree Game

fig. 1 - Decorate the Christmas Tree Game

Here's how to play.

  • Navigate to Decorate the Christmas Tree.
  • Start by selecting from a wide variety of festive decorations, including colorful baubles, delightful Christmas characters, and a sparkling star for the treetop.
  • Arrange your decorations however you like, creating a unique and personalized Christmas tree that reflects your holiday style.
  • Click Save Image to save your creation as an image.
  • Once you're satisfied with your design, step back and admire your beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

This is a fun and engaging way to get into the Christmas spirit
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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Don’t Be a Turkey: Master Your PC Like a Pro

Have you ever felt like a “turkey” when using your personal computer?

Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again? 

If so, you’re not alone. 

But don’t worry, here's are Cool Tips to avoid these common Turkey pitfalls and become a savvy Cool PC user.

1. Ignoring Updates

PC Turkey: Ignoring system and software updates. 

Cool Tip: Regularly update your system and software. 

Updates often contain important security patches and new features.

Here's how to do it.
  • For Windows, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • Click on ‘Check for updates’.
  • If updates are available, click ‘Install now’. 

2. Not Backing Up Data

PC Turkey: Not backing up important data. 

Cool Tip: Regularly backup your data. 

If your PC crashes and you haven’t backed up your data, you could lose all your photos, documents, and other important files.

Here's how to do it.
  • Connect an external hard drive to your PC.
  • Open the ‘Backup and Restore’ tool in the Control Panel.
  • Click on ‘Set up backup’, and follow the prompts.  

Don't Be a Dumb Turkey
fig. 1 - Don't Be a Dumb Turkey

3. Using Weak Passwords

PC Turkey: Using weak or same passwords for all accounts. 

Cool Tip: Use strong, unique passwords for each account. 

If a hacker cracks your password for one account, they could potentially gain access to all your accounts if you use the same password.

Here's how to do it.
  • Use a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Don’t use personal information in your passwords.
  • Consider using a password manager. 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Spot the International Space Station from Your Backyard With This Cool Mobile App

NASA SpotTheStation Mobile App
Have you ever gazed at the night sky and wondered about the mysteries it holds? 

Have you ever wished to spot the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits our planet? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Turn your smartphone into a gateway to the cosmos with NASA’s SpotTheStation mobile app.

Here's how to do it.
  • Download the SpotTheStation mobile app. The app is available for download on both iOS and Android.
  • Once you’ve installed the app, open it and set your location. This will allow the app to provide accurate sighting opportunities based on your exact location.
  • The app will show you when the next sighting of the station from your location will be, along with a countdown.
  • With the power of augmented reality, the app’s built-in compass will show you where the space station is – even if you’re on the other side of the globe.
  • The app provides options for capturing and sharing pictures and videos of your sightings in real-time.
NASA SpotTheStation Mobile App

fig. 1 - NASA SpotTheStation Mobile App

The SpotTheStation app is a powerful tool for space enthusiasts. 

It not only allows you to spot the ISS but also enhances the sighting experience by providing additional capabilities and information.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Google AI Opens Up to Teenagers

Google Bard
Are you a teenager?

Are you the parent of a teenager?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Google's AI-powered chatbot, Bard, is now accessible to teenagers.

This opens doors to a world of creative exploration, knowledge expansion, and problem-solving.

Google originally restricted use of the Bard AI service to adults.

But before you dive into this exciting new tool, let's take a moment to understand how Bard works, its benefits and drawbacks, and how to make the most of it.

Imagine having a personal AI companion that can help you brainstorm ideas for your next creative project, research topics for school assignments, or even assist you with homework. 

That's what Bard brings to the table. 

With its ability to generate text, translate languages, and answer questions in an informative way,  Bard can become your go-to source for inspiration and learning.

Here's how to use it.
  • If you're a teenager, make sure you have your own Google Account, as Bard access is restricted to those who meet the minimum age requirement.
  • Head over to the Bard website ,, and sign in using your Google Account.
  • Once logged in, you'll be greeted by Bard's interface. 
  • Start by exploring the various prompts and examples provided to get a feel for how Bard works.

Google Bard

fig. 1 - Google Bard

What can you do as a teenager using Bard?
  • Creative writing: Ask Bard to help you write a poem, a short story, or a song.
  • Language translation: Translate a text from one language to another.
  • Math problem solver: Type or upload a picture of a math equation, and Bard will provide a step-by-step explanation of how to solve it.
  • Research assistance: Ask Bard to research a topic for a school assignment or gather information on a particular subject.

Like any AI tool, Bard can be misused to generate inappropriate content or spread misinformation. It's crucial to exercise caution and be mindful of ethical considerations while using Bard.

Overdependence on AI tools can hinder the development of critical thinking and independent learning skills.

To ensure a safe and responsible experience for teenagers, Google has implemented several safety measures within Bard. 

Bard has been trained to identify and avoid topics inappropriate for younger users, and it incorporates safety guardrails to prevent the generation of responses involving illegal or age-gated substances.

In recognition that some individuals, including teenagers, may not be fully aware of potential hallucinations in large language models (LLMs), Bard automatically employs a "double-check response" feature when a teenager asks a fact-based question for the first time. 

This feature assesses whether there is corroborating evidence on the web to support Bard's response. 

This feature will soon be automatically activated for all new Bard users when they ask their first factual question. 

For teenagers specifically, Google actively encourages the use of the double-check feature to foster the development of information literacy and critical thinking skills.

Bard has released the following video for getting started with Generative AI.

That's it.


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Monday, November 20, 2023

How to Use Microsoft Word’s Researcher Feature

Have you ever found yourself toggling between your Microsoft Word document and your web browser, trying to juggle your writing and research simultaneously? 

What if there was a way to streamline this process, making your research accessible without ever leaving your Word document? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the Microsoft Word Researcher feature.

The Researcher feature, available to Microsoft 365 subscribers, is a built-in tool in Microsoft Word that allows you to conduct web-based research directly within your Word document. 

Powered by Bing, it provides you with relevant topics and top sources including books, journals, websites, and images.

Here's how to use it.
  • Open your Word document.
  • Navigate to the “References” tab.
  • Click “Researcher” from the “Research” section of the ribbon.
  • In the search box that appears on the right, type a keyword for the topic you are researching and press Enter.
  • The Results pane will show a list of sources you can use in your document.
  • Choose a topic in the Results pane to explore in detail.
  • Click the plus sign on any result to begin an outline, add the result as a topic heading, and save a link to the result in a comment.
  • Add topic items to your document by clicking the plus sign next to the source title or the quote icon next to the text you want to cite.

Microsoft Word Researcher
fig. 1 - Microsoft Word Researcher

The Researcher feature can significantly reduce the time you spend researching your document, allowing you to focus more on writing. 

It also provides structured, safe, and credible information, making your research process more efficient.

That's it!


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