Nick is a software and technology trainer, focusing on productivity applications, operating systems, mobile devices and video production. This site offers links to Nick’s online training courses and writings as well as exclusive content.

  1. I wartched your lynda.com video on IOS8 and was curious what the adapter brand that you set your iphone on tripod to take a photo with the camera on time delay. I would love to have an adapter to craddle my phone in.

    • Hey, Gary,

      Sorry to say, that particular rig was built by one of our video production crew members at lynda.com. Maybe I should have use something more off-the shelf for the course, but there are a lot of tripod-mounts for iPhones on the market. In the past, I’ve used the old version of the Glif for my iPhone 4, and the new version looks pretty great.

  2. Thank you for such a prompt response and the information. I have enjoyed your video corses on Lynda.com.
    Thanks again,
    Gary Brown,M.D.
    Look forward to your next course

    • Thanks for the great feedback and your comments. Without your comment, I may have never noticed that this “about” page still has the WordPress placeholder text in it, which is embarrassing and hilarious.

  3. Hi Nick, your courses are really awesome- you have a knack for teaching. “Up and Running with RSS and Podcast Subscriptions “- Does this course also teaches how to get RSS on our site, so that other people can subscribe to our website.

    Thanks & looking forward to your reply.

    • Thanks. No, this course does not cover how to publish an RSS feed. It’s covers how to subscribe to feeds. Publishing an RSS feed depends on how you’re publishing your web site. If you build a blog using tools like WordPress or Drupal , they have tools to add RSS feeds to your blog. I built nickbrazzi.com on WordPress and the RSS button on my front page was a feature of the template I started from. I would look for training on the content publishing tool you use, then see if there is anything about publishing a feed in that course.

  4. I recently watched your course on lynda.com regarding Windows 10. There is one thing not covered that I very very much want to know and I hope so much that you will tell me how to do it. I understand you are under no obligation but I would be so appreciative if you could help me.

    Could you please tell me how to remove the following folder when I open File Explorer: (1) Quick Access, (2) One Drive, and (3) This PC.

    I want to see ONLY Local Disk C:. I want to use C: for Program Files and whatever is needed for those. I plan to use an external hard drive for all my art work and documents and I do not want any of them on my C: drive.

    I have gone to many Microsoft / Windows forums and sometimes get responses about maybe adding different folders and that kind of thing but I cannot get anyone to actually listen to what I want and then tell me step by step how to do it. Obviously I am not computer savvy – not even a little, or perhaps I already could have accomplished my goal. I hope you will consider and thank you.

    Carol Varveris

    • Unfortunately, I don’t think you’re able to do what you want to do there. Maybe that’s why you’re not getting a straight answer on forums and help sites. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. In Windows, there are often options available if you are willing to do some complex system hacks through the registry or the command prompt. But, those sorts of things are for high-level gearheads. I’m not knowledgeable enough to advise or teach any of those hacks.

      I know it’s not what you want, exactly, but I can suggest one possible workaround. I agree that it is a nuisance when there are folders in the way that you never want to look at. But, you’re best option here might be to focus your attention differently. So, here’s my suggestion. Instead of removing Quick Access, use Quick Access to your advantage.

      -Open a file explorer window
      -Click on “Quick Access” on the left side (if it’s not already selected).
      -With Quick Access selected, then on the right – in the main part of the window, you will see all of the shortcuts contained in Quick Access. These are simply shortcuts to other places on your computer. And you can remove those shortcuts you don’t want.
      -Right-click on an item you don’t want inside of Quick Access. Choose “Unpin from Quick access”. Remove everything you don’t want (Maybe you’ll remove everything except for the C: Drive.)
      -Add the other things you do want in Quick Access. For example, locate your external drive. Right-click on it and choose “Pin to Quick Access”.

      After you get Quick Access set up with ONLY the shortcuts you want, we want to make sure Quick Access is selected every time you open a file explorer window.
      -Right-click on the Start button
      -Choose “Control Panel”
      -Go to “Appearance and Personalization”
      -Go to “File Explorer Options”
      -A new window pops up. Make sure you are on the “General” tab
      -In the menu that says “Open File Explorer to:”, choose “Quick Access”
      -At the bottom of this window, under “Privacy”, disable both options. This will ensure that the computer does not automatically add new items into the Quick Access folder.

      If you set everything like this, when you open File Explorer, you’ll be looking at the contents of the Quick Access folder, which will be shortcuts to the items that you set. Hopefully, you can focus your attention to the contents of Quick Access and ignore the “Onedrive” and “This PC” folders on the left side.

      Again, this is not the solution you were looking for, but it’s the closest workaround I can think of.

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