Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Computer Club Update July 2018

Sorry, it has been a while but the traveling has been good. We are in RI now with friends. Spent 4th in Jamestown with some of my family. Will be going to Block Island one day this week. Cooking some lobsters this afternoon. Heading to NH one day and Cape Cod near the end of our visit. Also planning on seeing Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims landed and walking on the replica of the Mayflower. Then spend some time at Plymouth Plantation, a replica of village life in the 1600’s.

Might not be have time to try Hangouts until we get back to KY the end of this month. Have a great summer.

Here are a few ideas I have picked up in my reading (and Harold’s) that I would’ve shared live Had I been there.

How To Create A Shortcut (Icon). In the former OS’s all you had to do is right click on the program icon under All Programs. One of the options as creating a shortcut on the desktop. No longer is it that easy in Win 10. Right click and you get two options: pin to the taskbar or pin to the start menu. This article shows you how to get that shortcut on the desktop again.
http://tinyurl.com/yctykn7n

Gmailify: The best of Gmail, without an @gmail address. Like using your current email like yahoo, AOL, or any other but want some of the gmail features? Now you can use the Gmailify feature in gmail to have your other email open your Gmail account.
http://tinyurl.com/mfp7pwy

How to Properly Restart a Router & Modem. This is a good description of how and why we need to go thru a process to restart after connection issue.
http://tinyurl.com/y79g8khm

Bitly is like TinyURL. It lets you shorten a URL. It is different in that it will track the number of times the link has been clicked on. Well, this is a new one for Bitly. You can now create a full page of material - a single webpage without having to have a host site or pay for a URL. Here is an example I created: http://tinyurl.com/ycewp46m
https://itty.bitty.site/edit

Quick look at your Google footprint. This shows you how much storage you have and what is used.
https://drive.google.com/u/0/settings/storage?hl=en

We always wonder what those Cookies are for. This article shows us.
What are Browser Cookies and How Are They Used?
http://tinyurl.com/y77lvd5f

QuickLook Instantly Previews Files on Windows
Just browse your files in Windows Explorer, as usual, then press Space to preview something. Quick Look will open quickly, showing you either the file or information about it.
http://tinyurl.com/y8am85a4

Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.
http://tinyurl.com/ybbxdu2x

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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Class Notes 5-24-2018

Today was the last Thursday class for me until I return from my trips north to visit children and friends, show Sherri some of the country she has not seen before, speak at various places, spend a little time in our KY home. We had a good class today going over a number of things. I will try to connect using Hangouts over the weeks we will be away. It all depends on a good WiFi connection wherever we are. I will send an email to let you know or you can just check in on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 PM Eastern. The link is http://tinyurl.com/DickEvans. If I am not there you can connect with whoever is and have a Q&A session without me.



On the left of my taskbar I had a Cortana search window that was taking too much space for my taste. I would rather have more room for taskbar items.


Right-click on the taskbar> click on Cortana > then choose Hidden, Shoe Cortana icon, or Show search box. I checked Hidden.

Then to open Cortana just press Windows+Q and the Cortana window with a search box appears.

In that search box we can type the name of a program, like quick assist, and a link to it will appear at the top of the window. Press Enter to open the program or right click to pin the link to your Start Menu or to the taskbar. You can also create a desktop shortcut.



Click Open file location



Right-click the program name, then click Create shortcut



Click Yes and a shortcut with it’s icon will appear on the desktop

One of our members found a great Chrome browser extension: Block ads from Facebook. Yes it really works.
http://tinyurl.com/6m2rfcc and search for “facebook ad blocker” and add it to chrome.

We talked again about the importance of image backups and using Google Photos to automatically backup your photos from your cell phone to the Google cloud at NO CHARGE. There is no limit to how many pictures you send and you can view them anywhere by simply signing in with your Google credentials.



We looked at using a cell phone amplifier to boost cell signals inside your home. It works by having you place an antenna outside your home and pointing it toward the cell tower nearest you. So instead of having to go outside to make a call you can have full access in the house.

Here is one for Verizon 4G LTE for $47… http://tinyurl.com/y73jxhqr

I found recently after my iPhone phone battery was needing recharging after a few hours that I could go to Settings and Battery and turn on the Low Power Mode. I still get my phone calls, text messages, and Facebook messages. Google Maps still works. And at the end of the day I still have plenty of battery left. Not sure about an Android.

This works with all cell phones. Need a fast charge? Put the phone in Airplane mode. Nothing will be using the battery in the background and the charge time is less. REMEMBER to take it out of Airplane mode when the charge is done or you will not get phone calls, texts, etc.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Class Notes 5-10-2018

Well the season must be over. Small class on Tuesday for using Macrium backup and a small class for the open forum. We spent most of the time on cut-copy-paste (see class notes 5-26-2018). Then we hit on a few other questions. What follows are some new things you might be interested in.

If you are using Kodi you might check this article out.
http://tinyurl.com/ybls52ze

Cut the cable and lose high-speed internet, says Comcast.
http://tinyurl.com/yap38o7m

Windows Build Numbers
http://tinyurl.com/y8hz7c6v

Open-Source Desktop Publisher
http://tinyurl.com/yb4kbgkh

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Meeting Notes 5-1-2018

Inactive Windows Scrolling
We are used to having to click on a window to bring it to the front to be able to scroll in that windows. We click to bring it forward and the other window(s) go into the background. In Windows 10 we just have to mouse over the window in the background to scroll without making that window active.

Win+I > Devices > Mouse, then make sure Scroll inactive... is On.


Toggle color on and off in Windows 10
Ctrl+Win+C

Rotate the screen with Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys



Change in how to add an extension in Chrome. Click the menu button (upper right three dots) and choose More tools > Extensions. Click the menu button (upper left three lines). Scroll to the notton and select Open Chrome Web Store.

Popular extensions: Adblock and Show and Hide Passwords



Free up disk space automatically on Windows 10 with Storage Sense.
Win+I to open Settings > System > Storage



Win+I to open Settings > System > Storage > Change how we free up space

1803 update note… Allows cleaning up a larger number of files including no longer needed windows update files.
http://tinyurl.com/y9mg4xgw

What's the Difference Between Hibernate and Sleep?

Hibernate: writes RAM to disk and then turns off the power

The contents of RAM are written to disk. All the loaded and running programs are included in the exact state they happen to be in, including any data they’ve initialized and maintained.

Sleep: keep RAM in RAM and power is left on at a low level. The battery is being used so do not do when not plugged in.

1803 update note... when an update is ready to come down Windows will not allow sleep mode to start

http://tinyurl.com/y7etoqn8

Snipping Tool vs Paint
The Snipping Tool comes bundled with Windows free of charge and so does Paint. A look using both
http://tinyurl.com/ycgp49lx

Another 1803 update… Password Recovery for local accounts

Monday, April 30, 2018

Class Notes 4-26-2018

We spent almost an hour on Cut Copy Paste giving examples of moving file or folder from one place to another. The example talks about files but the same directions apply to folders. When you copy or move a folder all the files within that folder will also be moved.

When you use Copy the file is placed in the Windows clipboard and will stay there until another copy or cut is performed. Cut copies the file and removes it from its original location. Ctrl+Z will reverse the process.

There are two ways of moving a file from one location to another. You can drag the file or you can right-click the file and select cut or copy. Then go to the destination location and right-click and select paste. Use cut if you want to move the file and copy if you just want to copy it and have it in two locations.

It is a little different use the drag and drop method. When you left drag a file to another location on the same drive the system assumes you want to move the file. If you are dragging to another drive, like to or from a USB flash drive, the system assumes you want to copy the file. As you drag a box appears telling you what you are about to do. The safest way to drag is to right-drag. When you do a box appears giving you choice between Copy, Paste, Create a shortcut,or Cancel.

We all know that deleting a file places the file in the recycle bin. The file is still on the hard drive and can be restored by opening the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin or run one of the maintenance program that deletes temporary or deleted files removes access to the file with Windows explorer. However, the data in the file is still there until the drive is wiped with some utility or Windows needs the space and overrides it with another file.

Piriform.com has a free utility called recuva to recover those deleted files, if they are still there. The best time to do so is soon after the erroneous deletion. The longer you wait the less chance the file is available for recovery.

Speccy is another Pirifom utility that displays specifications for the computer it is run on.

If you have open windows you can easily switch between using Alt+Tab.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Class Notes 4-12-2018

We talked about the website George demonstrated at the meeting last week. Open the site and type in your name and the state where you reside. It searches all the unclaimed money and gives you a list of what is out there. I ran my name and did not find anything for me but I did find over $100 due to my oldest son. Check it out. One of our class members is getting back over $100!
www.missingmoney.com



Check your internet speed by running one of the speedtest sites. See what the test results are compared to the speed you are promised by your internet provider. I am using Comcast and you see my results above. So before you attack your computer with all kinds of maintenance programs, check your internet speed. Might not be anything wrong with your PC. www.speedtest.net

WizFile is an ultra-fast Windows Search tool. We downloaded and ran this in class and the speed in which it locates file is wild. As you type the last letter the results are displaying. This program is portable meaning you can put it on a flash drive and run it from there.
http://tinyurl.com/y7n2mw3a

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU? Computer slow? This article explains what those detail in Task Manager are all about.
http://tinyurl.com/y8vu9kxy

Financial Documents: Should You Save or Shred Them? Just a reference for what we need to save and what we can destroy now that tax season is over.
http://tinyurl.com/y76bhsn7

This article explains how you can get a list of every single thing Google knows about you. It will come in the form of a .zip file. Don’t expect it right away as it may take hours to create the file. I recommend you have it sent to one of your cloud accounts instead of email. The options are built in to the task so you can choose.
http://tinyurl.com/y74hf327

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