Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Class Notes 12-7-2017

We spent most of the time on Facebook. I had some rough notes of what I was intending to cover but that was altered as the questions began to come. Next time we will continue to look at Facebook and entertain questions on any other subject.

Here is a great reference I found online from the dummies website.

Facebook Stats… Facebook has more than a billion active users and this article takes a look at many other statistics as well.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Class Notes 11-9-2017

Printing a Web PageRight click and choose Print or Ctrl+P and choose Save as PDF. Then you can view the PDF and print the pages you want to have a hard copy of.

Password reset disk in Windows 10

I talked about extensions and we looked at the Adblock one in Google Chrome. I was at a person's house working on their PC and they had block 1,689,000 add in the past 9-10 months. To add it to your browser, click the three dots in the top right of your chrome page. Choose More Tools > Extensions. Scroll to the bottom and click to Get more extensions. Type Adblock and press Enter.

Click ADD… to install it in your Chrome browser.

We talked about getting pictures to your PC from a smartphone. First method I suggest is installing Google Photos on the smartphone and let it upload your pictures as you take them. Another is to use the charging cable to connect your phone to your PC. It will be treated like a USB flash drive and you can drag pictures from the phone to your PC. You can also email the pictures to yourself and when you receive the email download them on your PC. Then open the program you want to use the picture in and follow the instructions about uploading the pictures.

We also discussed a number of items that I did not have notes for. And I was asked to talked about Facebook next time. That will be on November 30th here at the club. Bring you questions.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Class Notes 11-2-2017

Question on how to download pictures from Facebook. Click on the picture to open it.

At the bottom of the picture, click Options

Click Download to save the picture on your PC in your default download folder.

Ninite was not known by a number of class members this week. Simply stated it is a quick, easy, and safe way to download programs. Many of the programs available on Ninite are used by us in the club. More details on this program at the November general meeting. You can also search this blog for more information using this search:
ninite site:dickevanstraining.blogspot.com

We looked at FreedomPop phones once again. More on this in the blogs over the past couple of months. Simply stated you order a free smartphone and activate it for $30. They give you a trial of their unlimited 2gb package for one month. Within that month you can downgrade to the free plan and keep the phone. I did. The free plan comes with 200 minutes of talk on the phone number they have assigned to you, 500 messages, and 500mb of free data to search the internet with.

Use https://myaccount.google.com to see how much data you have in your google cloud drive and much much more about you and Google. And https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard brings up your dashboard where you can see and manage the data in your Google Account.

List all installed packages on Windows machines. Now you can see the programs in the Uninstall page but this programs shows you more information about each program.

How to skip the queue and install the Windows 10 1709 Update today. It will download all 4+gb of data when it decides it is your turn. This shows you how to go get the update now and run it when you want.

This is a good article on How To Download Your Pictures From Google Photos. It is straightforward but a few pictures to guide you is never a bad idea.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Class Notes 10-26-2017

The starting question was about pictures. A member was having difficulty uploading a picture to an email by either dragging it to the email or attaching it. It just spun and spun without completing. The issue is the size of the image. Our newer phones and cameras create images that are 3+mb in size. If you resize the image the size can be cut down to a few kb and will send quickly. Or will upload to FB quickly or anywhere else.

To resize a picture quickly, open it on the screen and use the snipping tool to capture it and save it as a JPG. You will be surprised at how small the new image will be. I just used this approach to capture an image that is 3,985 kb or 3.985 mb in size. The new image is only 137 kb and it still fills the screen.

Then we talked about a couple of ways to save your images. The first I suggested is using Google Photos. You have an unlimited amount of storage for images and video with your Google account, which is free. There is an app for your cell phone that will send every picture you take to your cloud account. Similarly, Dropbox can be configured to do the same. With Dropbox you only get a few gb of free storage and after that 1tb cost about $10 per month. We also discussed using Mozy to backup data on your PC.

Awesome Internet Links
A home page for your browser that give you access to many useful sites.


Popcorn time
Watch current movies instantly for free. And TV shows. And more. One of our members recommended this one. I have not tried it out.

Cut The Cable
Many are paying big bucks for their internet/cable TV connections. We talked about ways to get shows to watch without the $100 Plus fees. The easiest is to just pay for internet service and no longer get the cable channels or phone service. Use your cell phone. Buy a indoor (or outdoor) antenna and watch TV directly. I have a pair of rabbit ears and get over 20 channels. And do not pay for high speed internet--you can stream movies at 6 mbs.

Solid Signal
Another member recommends this site for TV antenna to allow you to cut the cable and watch TV at home without paying for it.

Free Office Programs
Here is a download for you. Abiword and Gnumeric portable versions that work fine in Windows 10. Read and Write DOC and XLS files. Free Office software. Just click the Free Office Programs link on the bottom left column of my website.

The Windows-key
It powers quite a bit of functionality on Windows machines. It is used by some shortcuts on the system, for instance, Win Pause to open the System Control Panel applet or Win Print Screen to create a screenshot (in Windows 10) as a PNG file saved in the Pictures/Screenshots folder. Win R opens the Run dialog box. Win E opens file explorer. And Win I opens the Settings window.

CCleaner default cleaning rules changes
CCleaner 5.36 changes some of the program's default cleaning rules. Default rules are those that are set when you run the program for the first time--the checked or unchecked boxes.

Probably the biggest change in this regard is that CCleaner won't delete browsing session data anymore by default. Users of the program who did not pay attention to the cleaning rules have had their browsing session deleted when they ran CCleaner.

Also, CCleaner 5.36 does not clean Windows Defender scan history, the MRUs of Microsoft Office, and most recently used documents and other MRU files of Windows Explorer anymore.

Automatically delete files in Downloads folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days in Windows 10

List of Free Portable Windows Software, Utilities, Applications. These are a few of many apps that do not have to be installed to run under Windows. You may place them on a flash drive and open them. Abiword, Gnumeric and Libreoffice are a few that can work this way. See the link on rwevans.com to download those three.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update removes these features the most notable of which is the MS Paint program we have used for years. Instead, they want us to use its 3D version. However, it looks like it is not going away, just not in the new 1709 build. Here is a note I found from Microsoft: “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”

Cell phone battery life
If you have an Android phone I have found a considerable improvement in battery life by shutting Sync off. Also, to speed up charging turn on Airplane Mode. Just remember to turn it back off or you will not receive any calls.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Class Notes 10-5-2017

We talked about the various browsers we use. Edge comes with Windows 10. Internet Explorer is there but hidden. They are both Microsoft programs. You should have at least one non-microsoft browser installed, even if you do not use it regularly. If your Microsoft browser ceases to work you will need another browser go use to determine and fix the problem. I like the Google Chrome browser. Other like Firefox and Opera.

The browser gets you access to the internet and displays web pages on your screen. To locate pages on the web you use a search engine. There are hundreds out there. I like to use Google (Not to be confused with the Google Chrome browser). If you are using a Microsoft browser, the default search engine is usually Bing. There are others like Yahoo, MSN, and more.

To set your starting pages--the pages that open when you start the browser, You open Settings in Chrome or Internet options in IE. There you set the pages you would like to see on opening.

A bookmark bar allows you to create buttons to quickly access pages you like such as your email, weather, and news. You turn on the bar in settings and save web address to it by going to settings > show bookmark bar in Chrome. In IE it is called the favorites bar. You turn it on by right-clicking the title bar (top of the IE window) and selecting it.

We demonstrated adding the Adblock extension in Chrome. Once running ads stop appearing in the web pages you browse. To add an extension open more tools > extensions and scroll to the bottom of the page and click get more extensions. Type adblock in the search block and them select it from the list and Add Extension.

Useful Hot Keys:

Ctrl L moves the cursor to the address bar and selects all

Ctrl + increases magnifies the browser window (makes the words and images larger)

Ctrl - decrease the size

Ctrl 0 brings the size back to default

Alt F4 closes the active window

Forgot your password to get into Windows? If your OS is Windows 7 or earlier, we have an easy way to reset it. If Windows 8 or higher it is harder and may not be possible depending on the computer. The newer the computer, the harder it is. The only approach may be to save your data using another OS booted from the CD or USB port and reinstalling Windows.

One of the participants showed us a neat Chrome extension called Privacy Badger.
Privacy Badger protects you from trackers as you surf the web! It is also available for Firefox.

Here are a couple of articles I found this past week that might be useful

How To Fix Loose USB Cable

OneDrive changes announced

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Class Notes 9-28-2017

Free Office word and excel like programs. Click and a zip file will download. Unpack it and place shortcuts on your desktop to use them. Will work on USB drives, too. Abiword and Gnumeric work similar to Word and Excel.

About.me free web site is a good way to create a presence on the Internet for those that own a home business, are writers… check out how to set up a free page and take a look at mine.

Send and receive texts on your computer or tablet. You will be assigned a phone number and be able to send and receive texts with people who have text capable cell phones.

The Ripl mobile application
Create eye-catching animated videos and share them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram with one tap. It is completely free to download and includes access to 8 free designs, as well as one free Ripl Pro design daily that can be found in the Design Catalog. Each free design has a selection of music tracks you can use royalty-free. You can quickly create animated social media posts and customize them to align to the look and feel of your business or organization.

Windows 10 Indexing Options. Article showing how to control what files are indexed automatically and speed up processing by removing indexing in areas you do not have a need for searching.

Discussed the FreedomPop phone and using Google Voice. I had told you that I was canceling the Phone but it works fine down here in Port Charlotte. I lowered the service down to the free one with limited voice, text, and data. I can send and receive calls fine. Google Voice allows you to set up a phone number and make and receive calls right at your PC.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Class Notes 9-21-2017

CCleaner Compromised

CCleaner 5.35 released with new digital signature

32 bit version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware.

Florida Road Closure information and more

Using Excel and Word to print address labels using MailMerge

How to download YouTube videos:
There's a simple trick, just add the letters dl to the url of the video on youtube and press enter to get sent to the downloader’s page where you choose the quality of video you wish or mp3 for audio. The dl must go after the www. Here are a couple of other ways...

http://tinyurl.com/hjxb7lg MP4 Video

http://tinyurl.com/heaz7h8 MP3 Audio only

How to clean out a computer to donate it someone

Your stuff is on the hard drive. You could take the hard drive out and keep it. Let them find one to install. Or you can easily goto Control Panel > User Accounts and add a new user with another name as an administrator. Then sign off and sign back as that new user. Go back to Control Panel > Users and remove your original user and when it asks if you want to keep the files, say NO. Then run Glary Utilities and goto Advanced > Privacy >Free Space.

Create a Ninite shortcut on the desktop
After you run ninite from their website, the installer that ended up in your downloads folder can be copied to your desktop or a shortcut made to it. Then each week simply run the downloaded before you run you weekly maintenance apps. This keeps them up to date allowing you to ignore the nagging to upload each of them.

What to do with the data in the download folder
When you download from your browser, the resulting file ends up in your download folder. You do not have to keep it there and if it is a picture or a document you might want to move it to another folder. Programs that you download like ccleaner are not needed after you install them. There should be nothing in downloads that needs to be kept. Having said that, having things in there does not slow down your PC.

FreedomPop experience
We talked about this a few sessions ago and I ordered one. Had difficulty getting it setup and working in KY. This was probably due to the fact that there is no Sprint service where I live. When I went to the next large town over (Somerset) it worked fine. The smartphone is free. There is a $29.99 activation fee you pay upfront. It ships with a 30 day trial of their $29.95 plan which gives you unlimited voice and text and 2gb of data. I changed to their “free”’ plan before my trial was over. That plan has 200 minutes of voice, 500 texts, and 500mb of data all free. Yes, you pay if you go over.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.