You didn't specify what kind of RAM you're using, but that might be an issue. I'd verify that your settings in BIOS aren't overly aggressive for what you bought and it's being provided with the right voltage and timings for its XMP profile.
If it happens at seemingly random times then it's not as likely to be power supply or motherboard, but RAM can be a possible culprit. If the failure is rare enough it might be hard to provoke a Memtest86/+ failure within 24 hours. I'd pull one stick at a time if you can handle the performance degradation. If the problem goes away completely, likely you have a bad stick of RAM that just got pulled. If it doesn't change, the stick remaining in the system may be a possible cause of instability and if it gets better but still powers off with a single stick (either), it could be both are bad or react badly at the timings, voltages and speeds they're being used at.
IMHO this can happen more often with "odd" RAM speeds since they're probable binned down parts anyway. There's no scientific reason for that, but just what I've seen anecdotally. DDR4 3200 or 3600 generally seem to be better/more stable than say DDR4 3333 or 3466 or some other odd spec.
The Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) — also known as "blue screen," "stop error," or "system crash" — could happen after a critical error occurs that Windows 10 is not able to handle and resolve automatically.
You will typically experience a blue screen error during the upgrade process of Windows 10, when the computer boots up, or randomly when actively using the device. The most annoying part is that you'll only see a solid blue background and a sad kaomoji without enough information to determine the real cause of the problem.
The system will display a message like, "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you." Or general stop error codes (such as VIDEO_TDR_TIMEOUT_DETECTED, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGE_AREA, CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED, SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION, DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION, or IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL). Or hexadecimal codes (such as 0x000000D1, 0x0000000A, or 0x0000007B) are just hieroglyphics for regular users.
Although a stop error does not have a straight answer, it's almost always a problem with a quality or feature update for Windows 10, a recently installed driver, an incompatible program, or a hardware-related issue.
This guide will walk you through several troubleshooting steps to resolve a blue screen error.
When you upgrade to a new version of Windows 10, a blue screen error may appear for many reasons. For example, it could result from a compatibility problem with an old program or security software. Or it could be because of corrupted files in the current installation or damaged installation media.
Typically, when an error occurs, the setup will revert the changes to the previous installation without an explanation.
If you are dealing with errors during the installation, uninstalling non-essential apps, clearing out corrupt downloads, disconnecting non-essential peripherals, or doing a clean install of Windows 10 may resolve the issue.
Uninstall incompatible app
To uninstall an app that may conflict with the Windows 10 installation, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you may need to repeat the instructions to uninstall additional apps, and then you can try the upgrade one more time. After the update, you can reinstall the apps again.
Redownload installation files
Sometimes, if you use the Windows Update option to upgrade a device, you could see a Blue Screen of Death when installation files were damaged during the obtain process. In this case, you can use the Settings app to clear the previous files, allowing the system to re-download the upgrade bits.
To re-download the upgrade files through Windows Update, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, open the Windows Update settings and proceed with the steps to upgrade the computer one more time.
If you continue with the same problem, you should consider using the Update Assistant utility to perform an in-place upgrade. Or, if the utility does not work, try using the Media Creation Tool to create an installation media to install the new version of Windows 10.
Analyze upgrade problem
Alternatively, you can also troubleshoot blue screen errors with the "SetupDiag" tool. SetupDiag is a Microsoft tool that offers an optional obtain to diagnose and determine why an update or upgrade failed to apply, which is valuable data that can help resolve virtually any problem.
To use SetupDiag after the upgrade of Windows 10 failed with a blue screen, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the default text editor will open the file with the diagnostic results based on the known rules.
If an error was detected, the logs will describe the information to determine why the device blue screened during the update, and if it's a known issue, you'll also get the steps to resolve it.
Sometimes you won't get any recommendations. If this happens, follow the link that might be available in the log file or use the error code or any meaningful information to research the problem online. (Use this guide for more detailed instructions.)
Disconnect non-essential peripherals
Windows can also crash due to a hardware-related problem. As a result, it's always recommended to disconnect all non-essential peripherals, including external hard drives, printers, secondary monitors, phones, and other USB or Bluetooth devices, before proceeding with an installation to minimize the chances of errors. The upgrade process only requires a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and internet connection.
After the installation, you can always reconnect the peripherals. If the issue persists, it could be a compatibility problem. You can usually resolve this issue by downloading and installing a newer driver version from your manufacturer's support website.
If the computer uses the most recent driver and the problem continues, it could be a compatibility issue with the new version of Windows 10, or the hardware in question may need to be replaced.
You can always visit the Microsoft health dashboard website to review any issues available with the latest release of Windows 10.
Perform clean installation
The best way to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10 is to erase everything and start from scratch with a clean installation. The process will help you avoid the Blue Screen of Death, and it will help Boost system performance and resolve issues.
If you decide to perform a clean install, you first want to confirm that the computer can start from USB. This means that you may need to change the boot order of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) or Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware to configure the correct boot order.
Typically, the steps to open the motherboard firmware settings require pressing one of the function keys (F1, F2, F3, F10, or F12), the Esc key, or the Delete key as soon as the device starts. However, these settings are always different per manufacturer and even by device model. If you are not sure, it's best to check the manufacturer's support website for more specific details.
While in the firmware interface, open the "Boot" page, set the boot order to start from USB, and save the new changes. Once the device can start from the flash drive, create a bootable installation media and use it to start the Windows 10 setup, and then continue with the steps below.
To clean install Windows 10 avoiding blue screen errors, use these steps:
Warning: This is a friendly reminder that you'll be making changes to your current setup, which can cause problems and even data loss if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a temporary full backup before proceeding.
Once you complete the steps, the setup will begin installing Windows 10, avoiding many blue screen errors. After the installation, you'll need to continue with the out-of-box experience (OOBE) to finish setting up the computer by creating a new account and selecting the preferred settings. You can use this guide to perform a complete installation of Windows 10.
If the computer no longer starts correctly, you can use some of the advanced system features, such as System Restore, Safe mode, or the Advanced startup environment to resolve the problem.
In case the error happened after adding new hardware, consider disconnecting it to double-check to see whether the new hardware is the reason the computer is bumping into this problem.
Resolve BSoD with System Restore
System Restore is a legacy feature that allows you to undo changes without affecting your files to roll back the computer to a previous point in time when Windows 10 was working correctly.
The only downside about this feature is that you have to enable it manually before using it. If System Restore was previously enabled and configured, you can use a restore point to fix the stop error.
On Windows 10, there are at least two ways to access System Restore through Advanced startup, including through the boot options menu or USB installation media. (Choose one of the methods below, and continue with the steps.)
Advanced startup access from boot
To launch the Advanced startup settings to access System Restore, use these steps:
After the third interruption, Windows 10 should open the Advanced startup environment and continue with the steps below to access System Restore.
Advanced startup access from USB
You can also use Windows 10 installation media to open the Advanced startup with these steps:
Once you complete the steps, continue with the Restore Point instructions below.
Select Restore Point to fix bug check
To use a Restore Point to fix blue screen problems on Windows 10, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the feature will undo updates, drivers, apps, and system changes done after the point of restoration was created, fixing the system crashes.
Resolve BSoD with Safe mode
Windows 10 also has "Safe mode," an environment that only loads the basic drivers and services needed to access the desktop to troubleshoot any issue, including system crashes.
You can access Safe mode by using the Advanced startup menu during boot or by using Windows 10 installation media. (Select one of the options below, and continue with the steps.)
Advanced startup access from boot
To access the Advanced startup settings to boot in Safe mode, use these steps:
After the third interruption, Windows 10 should open the Advanced startup menu and continue with the steps below to access Safe mode.
Advanced startup access from USB
You can also use USB installation media to access the Advanced startup menu to enable Safe mode using these steps:
Once you complete the steps, continue with the Safe mode instructions below.
Use Safe Mode to fix bug check
To access Safe mode to troubleshoot and fix Blue Screen of Death errors, use these steps:
While in Safe mode, you can use the steps below to uninstall updates and device drivers that may be causing problems.
Remove buggy system updates
To uninstall a problematic update on Windows 11, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, restart the device and confirm that the error is no longer happening.
Remove buggy device drivers
To uninstall an incompatible driver with Safe mode, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, restart the computer and determine whether the bug check has been resolved.
If, after removing the update, the computer no longer shows a BSoB error, block the update or driver to prevent Windows 10 from reinstalling it automatically until a newer update becomes available.
Troubleshoot bug check with Event Viewer
If you cannot see the error code during the blue screen or want more details about the problem, the Event Viewer records every hardware failure, driver malfunction, app crash, and more information, which you can use to diagnose most problems.
To troubleshoot blue screens with the Event Viewer on Windows 10, use these steps:
In the event log, the "General" tab includes a brief technical description of the error that might supply you a hint of the blue screen problem.
In this guide, I forced a bug check using these instructions, so the event notes that the source of the problem was a "bug check" that caused the computer to reboot unexpectedly. However, it's not always easy to determine the source of the issue. If you can't find out the reason based on the event information, copy the description, source, and event ID and use it to research online for a possible solution.
Resolve BSoD with Advanced startup
Windows 10 also includes a feature to uninstall problematic updates directly from the Advanced startup menu.
Select one of the options to access Advanced startup, and continue with the instructions to remove quality or feature updates causing the Blue Screen of Death.
Advanced startup access from boot
To access the Advanced startup menu with the boot option, use these steps:
After the third interruption, Windows 10 should open the Advanced startup environment, and then you can continue with the steps below to boot in Safe mode.
Advanced startup access from USB
To access the Advanced startup menu with USB installation media, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, continue with the Windows 10 Safe mode instructions below.
Uninstall quality or feature updates
To uninstall the most recent quality or feature update causing the Blue Screen of Death, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will remove the most recent cumulative update or feature update, fixing the blue screen problem on Windows 10.
If you come across a Blue Screen of Death message, but you still have access to the desktop, the problem is usually the case of a missing system update, an issue with a specific driver, or a recently installed app.
Update Windows 10 and drivers
If you have access to the desktop, installing the latest updates for Windows 10 and drivers can help stop the blue screen error.
Windows 10 downloads and installs updates periodically, but you may still need to check manually to obtain a critical update.
To obtain and install updates on Windows 10, use these steps:
If there's an update available, but it does not download, try to obtain and install the missing quality update manually.
When the problem is an outdated driver, you'll need to obtain and install the latest version.
To install a newer version of a driver, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the latest version of the driver should solve the problem. If no updates were available, you might need to check the manufacturer's support website to obtain and install a newer driver using their instructions. If the support website doesn't have a version higher than the one you already have, you may also want to try a beta version of the driver as it may contain a preview of the fix the company may plan to release on a future release.
Remove problematic updates, drivers, apps
Software and hardware companies can also release buggy updates that cause problems like BSoD on Windows 10.
Uninstall system updates
To uninstall a buggy system update, use these steps to remove it:
After you complete the steps, the problematic update will be uninstalled, fixing the Blue Screen of Death error. You can also use these steps to prevent the Windows Update settings from trying to install the same update again.
Uninstall device driver
To uninstall a buggy driver, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you should no longer see the bug check error on the computer.
Roll back device driver
It's also possible to roll back the previous version of the driver to resolve the issue until another update replaces the buggy update.
To roll back to a previous version of the driver on Windows 10, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the older version of the driver will apply to the system, fixing the system crashes.
Disable device driver
If you cannot roll back the driver, another workaround you can use involves disabling the hardware to mitigate the blue screen error until a new update becomes available to fix the issue permanently.
To disable specific hardware on Windows 10, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you should no longer experience system crashes.
Uninstall conflicting apps
If you have an app causing compatibility problems, the Blue Screen of Death is likely to happen randomly, or every time you launch the program.
You can get around this problem by downloading and installing the latest version of the app from the software support website. If an update isn't available, it's recommended to uninstall that program to mitigate the problem until a permanent solution becomes available.
To uninstall a problematic app on Windows 10, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you should no longer experience blue screen error codes on the device.
Disconnect non-essential peripherals
On Windows 10, you may also see a Blue Screen of Death message after connecting new hardware (for example, graphics card, USB device, etc.). When this happens, the problem is likely because the hardware is not compatible, broken, or the system is attempting to install the wrong driver.
If it's a compatibility issue, you may have to contact technical support or find a compatible replacement.
It's rare, but if the system keeps applying the wrong driver, use the previous steps to uninstall and install the correct driver manually using the manufacturer's instructions.
Run DISM and SFC tools
When dealing with a blue screen error, you can also use the System File Checker (SFC) combined with the Deployment Servicing and Management (DISM) tool to repair damaged system files to resolve the problem.
Repair image files with DISM
To repair the locally available image with DISM, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the tool will obtain and replace any system file that may be damaged in the local image of Windows 10.
Repair blue screen error with SFC
To use the SFC command tool to repair the current setup using the local image (already inspected and repaired with the DISM tool), use these steps:
After you complete the steps, SFC will repair any system files using the local image files to fix the blue screen problem.
You can also refer to this guide to learn more about using the DISM and SFC tool on Windows 10.
Troubleshoot bug check with Event Viewer
If you still can log in to your account, you can also use the Event Viewer to determine the reason for the problem to find a proper solution.
To check the event logs for hints about the Blue Screen of Death messages, use these steps:
In the event log, the "General" tab includes a brief technical description of the error, which might supply you a hint of the bug check problem. If you can't determine the reason based on that information, copy the description, source, and event ID and use them to search online for a possible solution.
When you experience a blue screen error, it's always a sign that a program or hardware isn't working correctly. Although there are a lot of troubleshooting steps you can use, you may still need assistance to resolve the problem. If you made it through all our recommendations, and the problem persists, you may want to consult the Windows Central forums or the official Microsoft forums. At this time, it's also a good idea to contact your device manufacturer's technical support for assistance.
Alongside the Blue Screen of Death, you may also encounter a black screen problem, which usually occurs because of an issue with the graphics driver, connection issue, or something in the installation. If the device experiences screen flickering issues, it's likely a problem with an application or video driver.
For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:
ATLANTA -- Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms after being convicted earlier this year on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion.
U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross in Atlanta gave Todd Chrisley 12 years in prison, while Julie Chrisley got seven years behind bars, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta. Each is to serve three years supervised release afterward, and Ross also ordered them to pay restitution in an amount to be determined later.
The Chrisleys gained fame with their show “Chrisley Knows Best,” which follows their tight-knit, boisterous family. Federal prosecutors said the couple engaged in an extensive bank fraud scheme and then hid their wealth from tax authorities while flaunting their lavish lifestyle.
“The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work,” prosecutors wrote in a pre-sentencing court filing. “The jury's unanimous verdict sets the record straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors, and evading taxes at every corner.”
Attorneys for Todd Chrisley, 54, had argued in a court filing that he should not face more than nine years in prison. Lawyers for Julie Chrisley, 49, said a reasonable sentence for her would be probation with special conditions and no prison time.
The Chrisleys were convicted in June on charges of bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the IRS. Julie Chrisley was also convicted of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Peter Tarantino, 60, an accountant hired by the couple, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and willfully filing false tax returns. He was sentenced Monday to three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Prosecutors have said the Chrisleys submitted fake documents to banks and managed to secure more than $30 million in fraudulent loans. Once that scheme fell apart, they walked away from their responsibility to repay the loans when Todd Chrisley declared bankruptcy. While in bankruptcy, they started their reality show and “flaunted their wealth and lifestyle to the American public,” prosecutors wrote, and then hid the millions they made from the show from the IRS.
The Chrisleys also submitted a false document to a grand jury that was investigating their crimes and then convinced friends and family members to lie under oath during their trial, prosecutors argued. Neither has shown any remorse and they have, instead, blamed others for their criminal conduct, prosecutors wrote.
“The Chrisleys are unique given the varied and wide-ranging scope of their fraudulent conduct and the extent to which they engaged in fraud and obstructive behavior for a prolonged period of time,” prosecutors said.
Todd Chrisley's lawyers said in a filing that the government never produced any evidence that he meant to defraud the banks, and that the loss amount calculated was incorrect. They also noted that the offenses were committed a long time ago and said he has no serious criminal history and has medical conditions that “would make imprisonment disproportionately harsh.”
His lawyers had also submitted letters from friends and business associates that show “a history of good deeds and striving to help others.” People who rely on Chrisley — including his mother and the many people employed by his television shows — will be harmed while he's in prison, they argued.
They urged the judge to supply him a prison sentence below the guideline range followed by supervised release and restitution.
Julie Chrisley's lawyers contended that she played a minimal role in the conspiracy and was not involved when the loans discussed in sentencing documents were obtained. She has no prior convictions, is an asset to her community and has “extraordinary family obligations,” her lawyers wrote, as they asked for a sentence of probation, restitution and community service.
The Chrisleys have three children together, including one who is 16, and also full custody of the 10-year-old daughter of Todd Chrisley's son from a prior marriage. Julie Chrisley is the primary caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law, according to the filing.
Her lawyers also submitted letters from character witnesses describing her as “hard-working, unfailingly selfless, devoted to her family and friend, highly respected by all who know her, and strong of character.”
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Love it or hate it, reality TV has found a strong foothold in modern entertainment, and it won’t be leaving anytime soon. Despite this, as a genre, reality TV is not well-respected by critics or average viewers. But what is the reason?
With so many different styles of shows, the reality TV genre is so broad that it’s difficult to succinctly analyze. From competition-based reality shows like “Survivor” to lifestyle shows like “The Kardashians,” reality TV has found a way to appeal to virtually every audience and has only expanded its reach in recent years.
By itself, I don’t think reality TV is necessarily harmful. Some shows might help viewers deepen a passion (like Bravo’s “Project Runway” or FOX’s “Master Chef Junior”), while others are pure background entertainment (TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” or Netflix’s “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”). It’s hard to identify what exactly distinguishes these shows from others, but I believe they fall into their own subcategory since they are relatively low drama, don’t delve deep into the cast members’ lives and have a theme (fashion, cooking, etc.) that distributes the focus beyond cast member relationships. Given that these shows aren’t as reliant on personal drama to keep viewers engaged, they are much more relaxing to watch and easier to consume. They also don’t typically produce “influencers” or social media stars as frequently as other shows in the reality TV genre — like “The Bachelor” — so they don’t become as incorporated into the mainstream media or as relevant to our everyday lives. On the other hand, shows like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “American Idol” have created celebrities out of previously “regular” people. Suddenly, our views, our attention and our clicks are making a difference in a real person’s life: Thanks to “The X Factor,” Harry Styles has a career; thanks to “Dance Moms,” we have Jojo Siwa. In this way, reality TV does have genuine impacts and consequences in the real world.
Reality TV’s currency is attention, so producers will choose people that bring drama, emotion and controversy — good people with strong morals aren’t necessarily high on the list when it comes to casting. Oftentimes, this gives a platform to people who don’t deserve one and amplifies voices that don’t need attention. Because reality TV permits celebrity influencers to rise to power and gives their words and posts an audience, they are able to impact increasingly high-stakes issues in our society even when they aren’t the most qualified people to do so. This isn’t to say that all stars who rose to fame via reality TV are bad or don’t offer some positive contribution to society (ask any One Direction fan), but it makes power and influence too easily accessible to those who don’t deserve it. Once we see the impacts reality TV can have in the real world, it begins to feel like much less of a fun escape and something that might need to be taken more seriously.
On a lighter note, like all entertainment, reality TV shows can also bring people together and spark interesting conversations. Growing up, my family had a tradition of watching “Survivor” and it was something we all enjoyed doing together; it was a bonding experience for us. To this day, my sister and I still meet up every week to watch “Survivor” together. Many contestants on established reality TV shows like “Survivor” express a similar sentiment to the one I have experienced. It is possible for these shows to hold personal value and be meaningful despite the drawbacks of the genre as a whole.
Reality shows have the ability to expose viewers to communities and people that otherwise would not have much representation, like TLC’s “I am Jazz,” which stars a transgender woman named Jazz and follows her and her family throughout her life, or TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” which spotlights a family in which some members have dwarfism. Of course, it is dangerous to have only one person or group as the spokesperson for an entire community of people, but reality TV can offer some marginalized groups a platform and can create a path for viewers to gain a more nuanced understanding.
However fun and entertaining reality TV might be, it certainly has numerous significant drawbacks that cannot be overlooked. The name “reality TV” suggests that what is seen on screen is real, or at least based on real life, but in truth, it is not at all reflective of many people’s experiences. What makes reality TV so harmful is that it leads us to believe what we see is real and raw when that is not the truth at all. It might be small moments that are edited carefully (like the “Love is Blind” season 2 reunion, which featured a clip that had been reversed to make it seem more dramatic), whole scenes (like one from the finale of “The Kardashians”) or even broader things like casting choices that serve to maintain unrepresentative body ideals. Consequentially, the stories that reality TV shows play off as real can have negative effects on viewers.
Watching reality TV also can cause viewers to feel anxious about their appearance — it has been reported that watching reality TV causes 25% of viewers to worry about their body image. Especially shows like “Miss America” or “America’s Next Top Model” feed into the insecurities many women already feel about their bodies. These shows perpetuate a problematic ideal body type — thin and white — which is damaging to many young girls who do not and cannot fit into these unrealistic standards. It is also damaging to men who are constantly met with the idea that they have to be extremely muscular in order to be attractive. While these impacts can be felt for the first time during our youth, television continues to cause body image issues throughout our adulthood due to the portrayal of a singular, ideal body type.
Reality TV has addictive qualities and can lead to viewers feeling lonely and isolated. It’s a double-edged sword: Reality TV can immerse us in an alternate reality, but it also makes us disconnected from our own. While it’s normal to want to take a break and escape your own world sometimes, extended time invested in a different reality makes it difficult to come back and feel at peace with the genuine one. Spending too much time devoted to people and relationships that are not our own can hinder the real relationships in our lives. We are often led to unnecessarily doubt and question our relationships due to the unrealistic expectations and curated snippets portrayed in media.
Dating shows also bring a whole set of unique problems. For many people, the examples of relationships they see primarily come from their families and what they see in the media. Tropes like “Prince Charming” and ideas like “soulmates” or “love at first sight” are maintained so deliberately in various reality TV shows that they create a false idea of what most relationships look like and supply viewers unrealistic expectations (*cough* “The Bachelor”). They also drive home outdated gender roles of traditional masculinity and femininity: The “attractive” men are those who are muscular, confident, don’t express vulnerabilities and make the first move; the “attractive” women are those who have stereotypically “good-looking” bodies and are delicate, emotional and compassionate. Dating shows support the ideas that women are only valuable if they are beautiful and that men always want sex. Media and reality TV have also contributed significantly to the hypersexualization of women. In television, we typically don’t see the real population represented adequately in terms of appearance: Young, fit and traditionally attractive men and women are cast significantly more than older, less-fit people who don’t fall into Western beauty ideals.
Further, the vast majority of reality shows, especially dating shows, have a severely cisgender and heterosexual agenda and only work under this assumption: Shows like “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Love Island” or “Love is Blind” operate under a very traditional structure that would need to be abandoned if they were to introduce cast members who weren’t straight. These shows push the idea that there is one rigid picture of what love looks like: a heterosexual, cisgender man in a relationship with a heterosexual, cisgender woman. This can be damaging for people who experience love differently as they are led to believe their love isn’t as valid or that there is something wrong with the way they love. Given that some of the most popular reality shows are dating shows, the lack of representation of LGBTQ+ identities is disappointing.
The bottom line is that reality TV is far too white, heterosexual and cisgender to reflect truthful experiences. Since reality TV is supposed to reflect real life, it has the power to influence what we see as normal and what we don’t. Exposure to reality TV prompts viewers to view certain races, sexualities, gender identities and social classes as the norm and anything else as unnatural or incorrect. This has consequences in the real world and affects how we interact with others and how we understand ourselves. It is important to be critical of the media we consume because it has consequences, and this is especially the case with reality TV. By no means am I telling you to stop watching reality TV, but it’s time for us to be aware of its potentially severe impacts.
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Living thousands of miles away from family never gets easy, but video calling apps like WhatsApp and Google Meet have made the distance more tolerable for my parents and me. Another aspect they’ve simplified is remote troubleshooting.
Being the techie in the family, I often have to help them manage any unexpected disturbances on the TV, cable box, computer, phones, and more. At first, my parents’ instinct during troubleshooting video calls was to turn their phone’s screen towards the object they wanted me to fix, resulting in awkward angles and general confusion. It took a few tries to get them used to tapping the camera switch icon whenever they wanted help with specific items.
Screen sharing is the most fantastic tool for troubleshooting a phone remotely and I pity the fool who's not using it.
A few weeks ago we took another leap in our troubleshooting adventures: screen sharing. Yes, ladies and gents, this is the most fantastic tool for troubleshooting a phone remotely and I pity the fool who’s not using it. Especially since it’s only a couple of taps away in Google
When my mom wanted some help dismissing a stuck notification on her Pixel 5 a few weeks ago, I mentally pictured the process of figuring out which app was causing the issue and then force-stopping it. I immediately dreaded how I’d have to explain it, step by step, on a call. Then I remembered: My mom has a Pixel 5 now, so we can use screen sharing in Google Meet. (More on that incorrect Pixel limitation assumption in a bit.)
I simply told her to tap the screen during our video call, then the stars icon (bottom right) > Screen share > Start now. (On Pixel and Samsung phones, it’s stars icon > Live sharing > Share now > Start now.)
And ta-da, I could see her screen now — magic!
I guided her step by step, seeing every action she was performing and all the menus and pop-ups (in French, heaven help me) until we figured out it was a stuck image obtain from the Google app. We force-stopped the app and relaunched it, and boom, no more notification.
Screen sharing cut our troubleshooting time in half. It's faster, smarter, and more efficient than any other method we've used.
For the first minute, my mom was a bit weirded out by the fact that I could see what she was seeing. She was still trying to read me the menus and tell me what was happening on her phone, until she realized she didn’t have to. Screen sharing cut our troubleshooting process’s time in half, if not more. It’s so much better than guessing screens my parents would try to describe to me, waiting for them to read me every word of every menu, or picturing options in my head to point them to a specific button. Overall, it’s faster, smarter, and more efficient than any other method we’ve used before.
I’m a bit angry at myself for not having tried this sooner. Oh, the hours I could’ve saved! But in my defense, screen sharing rolled out super slowly over several years in Google Duo/Meet. It was a Pixel exclusive at first, then it started showing up on modern Samsung phones, but after checking it for months and months, I gave up on it appearing on more devices. Now, it seems to be available on most phones and tablets with Android 8.0 and above. I tested it on several Google Pixels, several OnePlus models from the 6T onward, a Galaxy S21 Plus, an Honor Magic 4 Pro, and even an old Huawei MediaPad M5 tablet running Android 8.0. It worked flawlessly on all of them.
If you often have to help friends or family members with their phones and you have to do it on a call, I have nothing but good things to say about Meet. It’s definitely better than trying to use Zoom or Skype because it’s pre-installed on most Android phones and tablets nowadays, it’s easy to set up with a phone number or email address, and you can quickly get on a call with anyone and ask them to share their screen. Helping them doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience anymore.