Tech Talk: The Latest on Reddit & Quora, Search Operators, Reclaiming Disk Space, MicroSD Cards and Bookmark Managers

John Vrooman | June 2020

John Vrooman

“Googling” for answers to questions is common and can often be achieved. However, there are times when a question needs to be further qualified and explained. When that situation arises, I would suggest you consider asking your question(s) at Reddit.com and/or Quora.com. Both sites are wide-ranging in focus, so most questions can likely be answered at either one.

A benefit of getting answers to questions at Reddit.com and Quora.com is that you can further engage with and continue a dialogue with those who respond to your inquiries. For example, if you submit a question asking, “What e-mail finding services should I consider?” you’ll likely receive a bunch of replies and recommendations. However, you’ll also be able to ask respondents why they penned their recommendation. Once you’re in a dialogue with someone on a topic, it’s common for others to join in on the conversation. After some back and forth between respondents you’ll likely end up with not just an answer to your question, but also some additional information, insight, etc. on the topic.

Better Web Searching

Over time, the volume of content available on the Internet, on every imaginable topic, is huge. Although many of us are aware of this, I want to remind everyone to take advantage of this situation. How? By more narrowly focusing your web searches! For example, instead of doing a web search using a search phrase, such as “best free marketing opportunities,” try refining the search by using a more focused search phrase like “best free marketing opportunities for Realtors.”

Better still, you can further improve the effectiveness of your web searching efforts by learning how to use “search operators.” Search operators can help to expand or contract the focus and effectiveness of web searches. The following is an example of how the above search phrase(s) could be modified to find more (but still relevant) search results by using the OR, quotes, and parentheses Google search operators…

(best OR free OR effective OR easy OR creative) (marketing OR advertising) (tips OR ideas OR strategies OR opportunities) (Realtor OR “real estate”)

To learn more about Google search operators, I think you’ll find a SEMrush.com blog post titled “The Ultimate Guide to Google Search Operators and Google Search Commands” to be helpful.
Here’s a link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y8bxz8qp

Is Your Computer Running Low On Disk Space After the May 2020 Windows 10 Update?

If your Windows 10 computer received and installed the May 2020 feature update (as well as other previous Windows 10 updates), you’ve likely “lost” some disk (data storage) space. The reason for the loss is that a backup copy of your computer’s previous Windows 10 installation is likely still being stored. If your computer is working well, and you don’t plan on reverting to a previous installation of Windows 10, you can recover quite a bit of storage space by reviewing the instructions that are included in the following two articles…

Article 1: At windowscentral.com, review the article titled “How to reclaim space after upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update.” The following link will take you to the article… www.tinyurl.com/ybpjhnfz

Article 2: At pureinfotech.com, review the article titled “How to fix large Windows.edb on Windows 10.” Here’s a link to this article…www.tinyurl.com/ybdwg92d

On a related note, if you would like to learn more about the latest May 2020 Windows 10 update, a howtogeek.com article titled “What’s New in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update, Available Now” covers the topic well. Here’s a courtesy link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y55dljzk

Heads up: If you’re a Windows 10 user, and you haven’t received (or can’t install) the latest Windows 10 upgrade, the following pureinfotech.com article titled “Windows 10 version 2004 known issues blocking installation” will provide you with some information on the topic. Here’s a link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y7dqfdd9

Not All Microsd Cards Offer the Same Level of Performance

Many devices such as Smartphones, computers, cameras, media players, etc. still support (or in some cases require) SD, or more likely these days microSD (data storage) cards. If you’re curious, the “SD” in SD/microSD cards stands for “Secure Digital,” but for today that’s not our discussion topic. Today, the important thing to know is that not all microSD cards are the same. If you get the right type of microSD cards for your devices, they’ll perform properly and better. The most significant differences between the types of microSD cards revolve around data transfer speed and data storage capacity. By reviewing an article titled “3 Best MicroSD Cards to Buy in 2020” that’s available at the online-tech-tips.com website, you’ll learn how to evaluate microSD cards, and receive some product recommendations. Here’s a link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y7pwpfm2

Bookmark Managers

For many, the goal of successfully managing (storing, organizing, recalling, accessing, synchronizing, tagging, etc.) website bookmarks isn’t easy. Also, now that many of us need to access and manage bookmarks across multiple devices, the task has become even more challenging! Fortunately, there are many bookmark management solutions available that can meet most people’s needs. At the bookmarkos.com website, I came across an article titled “Every bookmark manager ever made.” While the articles’ title isn’t factually correct, it does reflect that it highlights an impressive list of bookmark management solutions. If you don’t yet have a satisfactory bookmark management solution that meets your needs, you may be just a few clicks away from achieving bookmark management nirvana!” To get started, simply visit…www.tinyurl.com/ybklwj6j

If you have any comments, suggestions, tips, or questions, you can e-mail John at john@johnvrooman.com.

John Vrooman
John Vrooman constantly keeps an eye out for cool new hardware, software, apps, and gadgets; SaaS solutions; Social media developments and trends; and other types of personal productivity, and SMB related solutions. He gathers information for his column from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys hearing from his readers.