Can’t Change Default Search Engine with Cortana

ChrometataI noticed this morning I couldn’t change the default search engine for Cortana. She loads Bing by default and I rather have Google or DuckDuckGo. I searched the internet for possible fixes and I came across a work around.

If you use the Chrome browser, you can download an extension called Chrometana. After installing the extension, Chrometana will ask you to select your default browser: Google, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo. Obviously, you don’t want Bing as your default because then you wouldn’t need this extension.

Now when I type in a search, Cortana loads Bing and Chrome quickly forwards the request to my search engine of choice. Based on my searches, it seems Microsoft has no plans to allow a change in the default browser, so I will take this workaround for now.

Officer Fields Fired, but Not Prosecuted

After nearly 90,000 ColorOfChange members raised their voices, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott fired Officer Ben Fields, but he is not facing any criminal charges.

As of right now, the only people facing charges are the young students Fields brutalized. It’s inexcusable. Fields — who has a long history of violence targeting Black students and Richland residents — should never be a police officer again, but he must likely be charged with a crime in order to loose his license.

Will you join me in urging Richland County Solicitor Dan Johnson to drop the charges against all students and charge Officer Fields with assault?

ACT: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/prosecute_fields/?sp_ref=158025592.176.16551.e.0.2&source=em_sp

When the Surface Pro 3 Keyboard Doesn’t Work

Surface Pro 3It took me a moment to find this fix so I wanted to share this with you.

If your Surface Pro 3 keyboard will not work (touchpad and keys) then of course you try the obvious:

1. Make sure your computer has the latest Windows updates.
2. Gently clean off the connectors with a cloth and a small amount of rubbing alcohol.

But this evening, neither of these options worked. After rebooting several times, I went back to Google to search more possible fixes and discovered this one.

3. Make sure the Surface is turned off. Press and hold Volume Up (on the left side) and the Power button at the same time for at least 15 seconds. You may see the screen flash the Surface logo but continue to hold for 15 seconds. Release both buttons and wait 15 more seconds. Turn on the Surface as usual.

The third option above worked just fine for me this evening.

Adele – Hello

Adele’s new video premiered today and it already has over 13 million views. I watched the video way too many times today and yet I did not watch it enough. Adele is everything. I have been swimming in a pool of my own tears all day long. And of course I have added the song on the soundtrack to my life. Adele’s voice is so powerful. The lyrics are soothing and saddening at the same time. Wow.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A[/embedyt]

Lyrics are below.

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