How to create a Windows 10 install disk? (USB/DVD)

Thomas has messed up his Windows installation and wants to give his computer a full restart. He wants to delete everything and install Windows 10 from scratch. But, how can it be done? It doesn’t work properly if he tries to re-install Windows from Windows. So, how can he create a Windows 10 install disk with USB or DVD that he can run upon booting, in which he can decide to format his hard-drive and give it all a fresh start?

Thomas didn’t have to look for a long time in order to find a solution to the problem. What he needs is an empty DVD or an empty USB stick. He can then go to the download site for the Windows Media Creation tool. There he can download and start the little application he downloaded. In this, he will get two options. Either he will install Windows over again, or he can create a bootable disk from which he can install Windows.

creating windows 10 media
Thomas is creating his Windows 10 installation disk

Thomas chooses the bootable disk option, plugs his Pendrive into the USB port on his computer, and it starts working.

The entire process of creating the bootable USB drive that will install Windows 10 to his computer takes about 20 minutes. Once he is finished, he restarts his computer and he is eagerly waiting for his brand new Windows installation to be ready and set to go.

Hopefully, you will be able to create your own boot-disk from which you can install Windows 10 using these instructions.

Should you have a comment or a question, write them down beneath!

 

What is the time in WordPress? How to change the WordPress time-zone?

Thomas is writing lots of articles that he wants to have published at different times. But, when he sets an article to be published at 12.00, it is often published one hour later. How come? What time system does WordPress run with?

Thomas once tried to help someone to have an article published at exactly 00.00 on New Year’s Eve, wishing everyone a happy new year. But, it turned into a major bummer, because the article was published at 23.00 instead. What caused this? How can Thomas make sure it will not happen again?

Fix the time zone of your WordPress installation

Thomas has found a way to solve this problem once and for all. To do so, he goes to Settings and chooses General in the WordPress menu. Under General Settings he can find an option which is called “Time Zone.

The WordPress time zone

Above you can see a picture showing what this is like. First, you can see that the time zone is set to UTC +0, and beneath you an see what this actually means when it comes to the time of the given WordPress installation.

If Thomas lives in a country which is UTC +1 and Thomas sets an article to be released at 12.00, it will be released at 13.00 in his local time, because WordPress will publish it at 12.00 UTC +0 time. The easiest way to fix the trouble is by changing the time zone so that it will reflect the time zone you are in!

Thomas is a bit confused, but at least he understands how it works. He will not fail again if he tries to publish something at exactly 00.00 on New Year’s Eve, that is for sure!

How to schedule a WordPress post?

Have you written a WordPress post that you would like to publish another time and another date? Is there a way to publish a WordPress post at a special time?

Thomas likes to do a lot of work before he is going on holiday and before the weekends. Now he would like to write some blog posts that are to be published during the Christmas holiday, but he doesn’t want to actually work during the Christmas holiday. So, how can he schedule blog posts using WordPress to that it will publish the articles during the holiday?

Schedule posts with WordPress

Thomas was very happy to notice that publishing WordPress posts at a given time and a date was very easy, at least as he found out how and where to do so.

How is it done?

When Thomas has finished writing the actual article, he goes to the “Publish” box on the right side of the blog post itself. You can see it on the picture beneath.

publish wordpress

If you see the picture above, you can see the arrow pointing at the “publish” text. It is set to immediately at the moment, but if you press edit, you can easily set the time and date for the article to be published.

If you want to have the article published on December 24th at 18.00, it will look like this.

The post is set to be published on December 24th at 18.00
The post is set to be published on December 24th at 18.00

Now all Thomas has to do is to press the Schedule button (earlier Publish was written, but since the article is set to be published in the future, the text has now changed to schedule).

That is how easy it is to schedule an article for a future release in WordPress! And, since Thomas uses SteemPress to publish his article to Steemit, this will also help him out schedule articles for future release on Steemit!

 

How to get more disk space on my PS4?

Thomas has a PlayStation 4 with a 500GB hard drive. Recently, he installed Call of Duty: WWII and Gran Turismo, but he then got the error message that the hard-drive was full. To actually install the game, he had to uninstall FIFA 2018, Doom, and quite a lot of other games.

After this, Thomas decided that he wanted to get more disk-space on his PS4. Is there a way to fix this? Yes, there are in fact two ways. One option is to change the hard-drive inside the PS4, but Thomas didn’t want to do that. This would require him to buy a larger hard drive with the same size as the current one, and then replace it. Later he would have to install the PS4 operating system on the drive, and then it would work like normal afterward.

But, Thomas wanted to go for an easier solution…

How to add an extra hard-drive to PS4?
How to add an extra hard-drive to PS4?

The easy way to get more disk space on PS4

The easy solution to the problem is to buy an external hard-drive with USB 3 included. It is enough with 5400 RPM, but if you buy one with 7200 RPM, it is faster and better. After buying it, Thomas simply connected the external hard-drive to one of the USB plugs on the front of the PS4. The PlayStation immediately recognized the hard-drive, and he could start installing games to this disk-space. Easy and quick!

Now Thomas can install Doom, FIFA 2018, and the other games he uninstalled last week and easily play all the games!

He is happy, but he doesn’t have time to write more articles right now… he wants to play PS4!

What is the ideal thumnbail size for YouTube videos?

Thomas has uploaded quite a lot of videos to YouTube, but he hasn’t thought much about the look of the thumbnails. But, after thinking about it, the look of the thumbnail is actually very important.

If the thumbnail looks bad, nobody will actually watch the video. But, if it looks good and inviting, people will start watching the video!

But, what is the ideal thumbnail size for a YouTube video?

ideal youtube thumbnail size

Thomas didn’t have to search a lot before finding the answer.

The ideal YouTube thumbnail size

The ideal size is 1280 x 720 pixels. It might be smaller, but the best is if it has this size!

Thomas is already producing some new thumbnails for his video, hoping that it will help his videos get more attention and more viewers on YouTube!

How to find the size of folder using FTP?

Thomas just got a warning from his web-host telling him that he is soon out of disk space. Now he wants to find some large files using FTP and delete them to free up some space. But, how can he check the size of the different folders using FTP?

Thomas has been using FileZilla for a long time to fix with his FTP matters. But, he doesn’t find a function in Filezilla that will easily tell him the size of one or more folders, so he is trying another praised FTP software instead, WinSCP.

Thomas finds the size of directions using FTP

After installing WinSCP, Thomas easily imports all his FTP connections from FileZilla. This is something WinSCP automatically does for him, making it easy and quick. He then connects to the server and finds some directories.

Thomas selects the interesting files and directions, right clicks and selects Properties
Thomas selects the interesting files and directions, right clicks and selects Properties

After selecting the directions and files, he clicks Properties. Once this is done, he needs to click Calculate. He has to wait for a couple of minutes for the calculations to be done, but once it is finished, he gets to see the exact size of all the files and directions selected.

Thomas clicks calculate, and soon he gets to see the size of the selected directions and files.
Thomas clicks calculate, and soon he gets to see the size of the selected directions and files.

Thomas has found the problem, and he can now delete unnecessary files making both him and his web-host happy!

Thomas hopes these short instructions will help you find the size of folders and directions via FTP as well.

Should you have a question or a comment, use the form beneath!

Change language of Skype

Thomas just used a computer on which Skype was installed, but the application was running in a different language. How can he change the language of Skype?

Thomas likes to use Skype. He doesn’t only use it to send SMS messages, but he also uses it to keep in contact with colleagues and people he works with across the globe.

But, how can Thomas change the language of the Skype application?

Change Skype language

First, you have to click the three dots in the upper left corner of Skype, and then choose the first option (in English, Settings).

settings skype

Now you will see a new menu open, and here you have to choose General. If Skype is in a language you do not understand, the General option should be the second option from the top.

Once you have clicked the General option, choose the third option in the new window which should be the language option.

Choose General - Languages, to change language in Skype
Choose General – Languages, to change language in Skype

Once this is done, you will be presented with a list of all the languages available in Skype. Since these are presented in their own languages, you can simply scroll on until you find the language you are interested in.

Thomas has now been able to change the Skype language to English, and he is very happy. And that is why he has created this little article so that you can change the language of the Skype installation you are about to use as well.

Should you have any comments or questions, use the comment field!

Can I access Steemit RSS feeds?

Thomas wants to include a widget in his WordPress blog showing his latest Steemit posts. He has earlier managed to do this on Medium, but is there a way to include a Steemit RSS feed on his blog?

Thomas has been looking for a method for this quite some time, but he has only read about a tool that hasn’t been working for months, and thus, it hasn’t been any good option available. But, then, in the middle of October 2018, he suddenly discovered a tool that is working and that will let him access his Steemit RSS feed, which again makes it possible to show his latest posts on Steemit on other sites. He can also use the tool to access other people’s and user’s RSS feeds, making it even easier to see the latest blog posts on Steemit from his favorite writers.

Thomas has found a way to include his Steemit feed in his WordPress blog
Thomas has found a way to include his Steemit feed in his WordPress blog

Thomas finds his Steemit RSS feed

To get access to his RSS feed, Thomas has to visit www.steemrss.com. It is very important to include the “www” if not, the page isn’t working. There are two sorts of feeds you can access using this tool.

  • “www.steemrss.com/@<username>/feed”
    This will show Thomas what is going on in the feed of username.
  • “www.steemrss.com/@<username>/blog”
    This will show Thomas the latest posts from username.
  • “www.steemrss.com/new/ethereum”
    This will show Thomas the latest posts in the category Ethereum.

This tool is working perfectly, and Thomas is really happy. And if you visit www.thethomasstories.com, you can see the widget in his sidebar showing the latest posts Thomas has made on Steemit.

Thomas is very thankful to @philipkoon for creating the tool, and of course to @doriitamar for contributing to the work!

 

 

How to take a screenvideo of your computer activity?

Thomas has often made screenshots showing pictures of his computer screen with the PrtScr (Print Screen) button. But, is there a way for Thomas to make a screen video, that is, record a video showing his continuous activities on the computer which he can later broadcast on portals like YouTube?

If you follow The Thomas Stories on YouTube, you have probably seen that Thomas often create explainer videos and tutorials. But, sometimes it would be better to actually record what Thomas does on his computer instead of just posting screenshots and other pictures. How can it be done?

screencast your computer

Record your computer activity (create a screen video)

Unfortunately, there is no super-easy way to create a video of your computer activity that can be recorded and used for other purposes. There is no button you can press, and then automatically the recording will start.

In order to record the activity on your computer, you will need a third-party application, and Thomas has found one that he loves – Screencast o Matic.

This is a super-easy application that will let him record his monitor activity. He can record the full screen, or he can choose only to record a smaller window of the screen. He can use a microphone to record his voice while recording, or he can only record the activity on the screen. If he wants to, he can even record his own face and place it in the corner of the screen, so people can both see Thomas’ face, and his computer activity at the same time.

There is a free version of Screencast O Matic, but since it includes a watermark, Thomas purchased the Deluxe plan which only cost him 1,5USD per month.

Thomas can now record his computer monitor activity

Thomas can now record what he is doing on his computer, and it makes it much easier for him to create tutorials and explainer videos in which he shows what he is actually doing to solve different problems!

 

How to give a tip to someone on Steemit?

Thomas just read an article on Steemit that he really liked, and now he would like to bless the author with an extra tip.

The truth is, Thomas has already given the article an upvote. But, since he only has 50 SP it doesn’t even bless the author with 0,01 USD. So, what can Thomas do to bless the author with an extra tip in addition to his upvote?

There are a few ways in which it can be done.

Tip an author of an article on Steemit
How to give tip to an author on Steemit? – Pixabay

Giving someone a tip on Steemit

Thomas first tried to use a voting bot to upvote the article of the author. But, the money was returned, since voting bots will only let you pay for upvotes on your own articles. What is the solution then?

Manually transfer funds to the author

You can visit your very own wallet, and then click the arrow next to Steem or Steem Dollar. You can then pick transfer. Set the amount you want to send, type the name of the author, and write a message saying thank you for the article or something like that. It can look like this.

Manually transfer a tip to an author on Steemit
Manually transfer a tip to an author on Steemit

Use the TipU bot to send a tip

There is another method, and it is a really handy one. There is a voting bot named TipU, and with this, you can both pay for an upvote on your own articles, but also send a tip to other authors you like.

It works in a similar way as the transfer above, only this time you send the funds to @tipu, and in the memo, you include the URL of the article you want to bless.

Sending a tip to @adonisabril for his latest article on Steemit
Sending a tip to @adonisabril for his latest article on Steemit

Now it will take a few moments, and soon the article will receive an upvote from @tipu. Not only will it receive an upvote, but TipU will also add a comment since it has been sent as a blessing. In this case, the comment from Tipu to the article looked like this.

tip from thomasstories

Thomas has just sent his first tip on Steemit, and he is happy that he could support the work of a great author like this one. Maybe he will tip more authors in the future, and maybe he will receive a tip from someone who might like this or some other article in the future? Who knows!