Friday, January 12, 2018

Class Notes 1-11-2018

A big crowd today. Had to find more chairs. It was a very active group. We even came up with some topics for future classes:

  1. Build a Chromebook out of an old PC
  2. Buy and sell on eBay
  3. Create a slideshow using Photo Story

So next week on 1-28-2018 we will look at taking an old XP laptop and making it into a working Chromebook. The week after that we will look at eBay and in three weeks we will build a slideshow with animation and background music.

Everyone liked the Echo Silver video I shared. Here is a link to it on YouTube:

Run android apps on your PC. This does not replace your existing OS. It is a program that emulates an Android allowing you toaccess the Google Play Store and run apps on your PC.

Convert Hardcopy Document Into Editable Digital Document. There are a number of programs and online applications you can run to take a picture and convert it to a Word document to be edited on your PC. This is the first one we tried and it worked giving us a Word file we could modify.

Convert Online Scanned Image or PDF to Text and Word. This was the second one we tried. It worked much better than the first one. The first one took our image and made every line a text box. Much more difficult to use than this one which gave us a clean word file with no text boxes.

NoBot is a portable malware scanner for Windows. I have not tried this one but it says it can run from a flash drive and scan the hard drive for issues.

How To Rename Files/Folders In Sequential Number Order. I like to use this technique to rename a group of picture files. When my camera takes them it assigns a name like img0316.jpg and the next one as img0317, etc. Instead I can select all the files in the grouping and give them the name associated with what they are about. For instituance these two might have been taken at Disney and when I use this method they would be named disney (1).jpg and disney (2).jpg.

Keeping icons from moving around on the screen

Right-click on any empty space on your Desktop
In the context menu, choose View
In the menu that appears, make sure that Auto arrange icons is not checked

In additions we looked at how to change the background, change the overall size of items on the screen, and more on that right-click menu.

Copy Linux distributions to bootable USB drives is a neat article but only interesting to those desiring to use Linux

GPU performance in Task Manager is a new column in the Task Manager performance area. It gives you details about the Graphics Processor.

How To – Facebook Posts To Specific Friends. In addition to posting to the world (Public) or to your friends (Friends) you can post to specific people. Nobody but those you list will ever see your post.

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Class Notes 1-4-2018

Here’s a link to a Comcast page with their policy regarding email addresses if you quit Comcast. (Thanks Fran R) You can keep your email address as long as you use it.

The question came up about having to reset everything when coming down to Florida in the winter and back up north in the summer. The SSID and password is different in both locations for WiFi and all devices have to be set to the correct ones. This true but the way I handle it is to make the WiFi SSID and password the same in both locations. Then when I bring equipment like my cell phones, laptops, and printers there is nothing to do but plug them in. They look fo the same credentials in both locations. But, you say, my internet provider assigned me the SSID and password. Yes they did but you can log in to your account with them and change both to your liking. Just remember what they are!

Free books for you Kindel and other eReaders. You choose the genre and an email will come into your inbox daily with a list of a half dozen or so free books to download.

Custom Logo Designs for those who want to create a logo for your club, church group, personal letterhead or business cards. Easy to use and free.

Voice Commands in Windows. By turning on text recognition, Windows can learn your voice and you can speak commands into it instead of using your keyboard or mouse.

Do you need antivirus other than Defender? This article upholds our thoughts on using Defender plus the free tools we suggest to keep your Windows PC working virus/malware/spyware free.

Get Free Unlimited Google Drive Storage. All you need is a working .EDU email address. If you are a student at college or an employee/retired at a college, you may be eligible for free Google Drive space… and maybe a low price for Microsoft software as well.

Data Loss --It Doesn't Have To Happen-- Ever! Backup. Backup. Backup. And the software is free. We recommend EaseUS and Macrium Reflect as good image backup programs.

MailStore – Your eMail Backup Solution. Great to use when switching from one email carrier to another. Like from Comcast to Embarq or visa versa. When you cancel your old account all your emails go away; you no longer have access to them.

How to use the Command Prompt. This goes back to the 1980’s. Yes, the command prompt is still there and you can still type commands such as DIR, CLS, CD… You can even create batch files to execute a string of commands from one place. - a .BAT file.

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Class Notes 12-28-2017

Google photos

There are a number of ways to get your photos up to Google’s FREE photo cloud storage. You do not have to install anything on your PC to do it. Just open and whether your images are on a flash drive from your camera or on in your Pictures folder on your PC you can upload them.

In the upper right, click UPLOAD and locate the images you want to upload to the cloud.

When the upload finishes a window will upen saying X items uploaded. At the bottom of that window, click ADD TO ALBUM.

At the next window, click New Album

Type the name to call the Album, replacing Untitled.

If you are taking pictures on your smartphone, install the Google Photos App. Then every picture you take will be automatically uploaded to your cloud.

We spent time in other areas of Photos as well such as animation and editing right in Google Photos. You can also install a program for Google Photos on your PC and it will automatically upload any pictures on your PC to the cloud including those you transfer from your camera SD card or copy from your cell phone, assuming you are not using the Mobile App to do it.

How to get music from a CD/DVD into a MP3 format to put on a cell phone or MP3 player. I use the Windows Media Player and let it rip the music files and convert them into MP3. Then I can open the folder on my C drive and copy them to whatever device I choose.

On the bottom left of your taskbar, in the search box, type WMP.

Right click to put the shortcut on your Start menu or on your taskbar.

Open Windows Media Player

Go to Organize > Options > Rip Music

Make the Format MP3

Check both the Rip and Eject boxes

Click Apply

When you put a CD in the drive, WMP will automatically rip the songs of it and format then as MP3. When finished the CD will eject and your songs will be in the folder you have listed under Rip music to this location on the Options window (see above).

Many in attendance were unaware of the Tinyurl site. Often we have to send someone a link to a website we have found. We know we can grab the URL to that page in the Address bar and copy it to the clipboard. Then we can paste it into an email or even a FB message to them. However, the address may be many lines long and a tough item to type for them. Instead we turn that long URL into a manageable one using Tinyurl. Then we send th shortened link to our friend. I is easy to type the tiny version. This is what makes opening the Hangout link for our weekly

If you want your own email address instead of one from your internet provider or a generic one from Gmail or Yahoo or Live, you need to own a domain name at a host site. A host site provides a place for a website to live. A domain name takes someone to that host site opening the web pages for that domain. For example is hosted by a hosting company I use. I pay for the domain name on an annual basis. I pay for them to host or store my web pages on their servers. Because I am hosting my site with them I am given the option of having email address ending in If you want information about hosting a site, please see

Windows comes with a Snipping tool to grab anything on your screen. You “snip” it by drawing a box around what you want. You can then copy it to the clipboard or save it as an image. I use this tool quite a bit.

Type Snip in the search box next to the Start button. Click to open it. Click New to drag the box and use it to create an image of the desired portion of your screen. You can also press PrtScr on the keyboard to capture the entire screen in your clipboard.

Bulk Crap Uninstaller 4.0 update released. Many use a program called Revo to uninstall programs from a PC. It works better than the included uninstaller in Windows because it finds more of the pieces of some of the software on your PC. This program does a similar job, but has some neat extra features.

When running CCleaner, always look to the bottom right and click Check for updates. The old version still work but do not catch the newer issues. Get the latest and then run it. Do NOT pay for it. Say you do not want to but the upgrade and on the next page scroll down and Download the FREE version.

I leave all the checkboxes alone. I use the ones that come with the program so as not to remove things like my saved sites and passwords. If you have been using it for a while it remembers your old settings when you upgrade. You might consider uninstalling it completely and then download the latest version set to the normal defaults.

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

Friday, December 22, 2017

Class Notes 12-21-2017

Tired of those pop ups that tell you about a post on Facebook. They can get quite annoying. Here is how to stop them on Google Chrome. The other browser should be similar.

Allow or block notifications from all sites
  • In the upper right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu .
  • Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
  • In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.
  • In the dialog that appears, go to "Notifications" and choose...
Tired of those videos auto playing when you go onto a website? Google Finally Lets You Mute them In Chrome—Here’s How

Have you fallen for one of those “we are from Microsoft” phone calls or popups? Here is how To Beat The Fake Microsoft Virus Scam Syskey PASSWORD.

This is a way to host for free podcasts. Perhaps recordings of meetings or teachings or whatever you want to let others here. This is a The easiest way to start podcasting

Facebook Stats will give you things that are interesting but maybe not what you care about--LOL. Everyone on Facebook is connected to one another by an average of 3.57 degrees of separation. Also that the average Facebook user has 155 friends. Lots of details statistics for your browsing pleasure.

A good article on Fixing Hard Disk Problems titled "How To Survive A Hard Disk Failure" October 24, 2017 by Marc Thomas

Check websites for security and performance issues with Sonar

Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10 1709

Use MailStore To Backup Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Emails to your hard disk

Here is some detail about MailStore Home 10.2

Windows 10 Event Viewer can be located by typing Event in the search box.

How to take what is on an email and post it on Facebook. Also how to take something on Facebook and use it in an email.

Open the email and select the words you want to post on FB. Then right-click the selection and choose Copy. Open FB and paste into a new post.

Open a FB post and select the words you want to send in an email. Then right-click the selection and choose Copy. Open your email program and click to compose a new email. In the message portion of the email, paste what you copied.

PC won’t boot? If you created a recovery drive you will be able to get into the drive. Find this option in the Control Panel.

Login Password
Your computer has a password associated with it. You will forget it someday if you do not use it regularly. Write it down and keep it in a safe place. When you need it you can go to that safe place and find it. However, maybe you forget where the safe place is. LOL

Backup Facebook
Facebook contains a lot of “stuff” about you, your connections to others, and your image collection. On your page, click the down arrow to open a dropdown list of choices and choose Settings. Under General, find the link at the bottom:

Click Download a copy… FB will create a file containing all your stuff that you can download to your computer or even save on your backup drive or a flash drive.

Image editing
In Ninite you will find a free download named Irfanview. It has many feature including editing your image by cutting, enhancing the color, converting to B&W, and more. Even a way to resize one or a group of images.
The best way to stay in the know about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, learning about an upcoming block party, or hearing about a rash of car break-ins. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us. We just need an easier way to connect with them.

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Class Notes 12-14-2017

More this week on Facebook. We looked at saving a picture from someone's facebook page and then using it in an email or private message someone else or to even modify (change size, crop, add words on the image) it using the Paint program. Looked at Irfanview (available on ninite) to resize a picture.

We talk a lot about tagging pictures and that when you tag someone in a picture the picture is seen by your friends and by the friends of the person who posted it.

We looked at notifications and how to turn off email notifications. If you are getting notifications on your cell phone I suggest going into the App on your phone and turning that opeiton off or you'll be inundated with a bunch of notifications daily.

I reminded them of the use of the print screen key on the keyboard. When you press it an image to what is on the screen is copied to the clipboard. Hold the Windows key down and press it and a png file of the screen is placed in your Pictures folder in a folder called screenshots.

Amazon delivery late again? Use this sample email to request compensation

Check a phone number with CallerName

keyboard shortcuts

What Are File Attributes

Printing a Web Page
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. And the links on the page will be active in the PDF view.

Sleep vs. Hibernate
While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power.

Under System Settings you can change what happens when you do certain things like closing the lid on a laptop. And define the options such as set your sleep and hibernate keys in the start menu.

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

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, Newsletter, and 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, Newsletter, and for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.