Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk

January  2016

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
– Lou Holtz


Happy New Year … or if you’re reading pictures first:  Happy New Rear!


Did you get a new computer for Christmas?  Or Maybe you succumbed to the nagging and installed Windows 10.  If you are running Windows 10, then you might want to meander through the Privacy Settings.  To get there, click the Start button, click Settings, and then Privacy.  Once there, your settings are divided into categories, listed on the left.

 Windows 10 Privacy Settings

I’m sort of a quiet person and not real fond about sharing everything I do with strangers.  So I’m definitely going to make some changes here.  For instance, under the General Settings, I’m going to turn off the “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps” and “Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list”.  And I’m definitely going to follow the link to “Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalization info”.    Clicking this link takes you to:

This is a thought provoking page that provides a link to the Digital Advertising Alliance and includes a button to for turning personalized ads on or off.  I suggest you at least read the Digital Advertising Alliance, opting in or out is definitely a personal decision.


Notice, neither of these options will turn ads off completely.  They just stop the customization of ads.  Generic ads will be used instead.  I might come screaming back here in a week or two to get customized ads back, but for right now, I suspect I will be more productive if every ad served is not related to something I have searched, researched, or purchased in the past.


Feel free to wander through the remaining categories.  I  also customized the Feedback & Diagnostics, and Background Apps sections.  I have limited bandwidth at home (one of the benefits of living in the country) and I don’t own an Xbox, so I tailored those options accordingly.  Feel free to do the same.


And because it made me smile: Here is an appropriate sign for all of you making resolutions to get fit this year, compliments of 

 Happy New Rear