Saturday, September 15, 2018

Class Notes 9-13-2018

Two more Thursday classes. On October 1st we will switch to Tuesday except for the day of the evening General meeting. Otherwise on the 2nd Tuesday through the last Tuesday I will be having class from 2-4.

I have also had a request for being online during the classes using Hangout. The address for that will be http://tinyurl.com/dickevans.

I have had a request for a hands on how to build a website using Wordpress. Let me know if you have an interest. If we get 3 or more wanting to do that I will schedule some time for us to meet. This will not be a lecture but a hands on your own laptop to develop a site.

We covered a number of topics and these are the one I recalled:



AdBlock is a neat addition to your Chrome or FireFox browser. It stops most of those pesky ads from appearing on your screen. In Chrome click the menu button (three dots in upper right) then More tools then Extensions. In the upper left, click the Main Menu button next to the word Extensions. In the bottom left, click Open Chrome Web Store. In the upper left Search box type adblock and press the enter key. Then locate AdBlock (see above) and click it’s Add To Chrome button.

Facebookd Friend Request from your already friends are scams. If I receive any friend request I check it out before accepting it. I click on the link to their page. Then in the search box, which already has their name, I click the search button. This displays everyone with that name. If I see I am already their friend, then I know the request is a scam and I deny it.

There are 2 batteries in laptops. The big one that we plug our laptop in so it will charge is easily removed and replaced. I have found replacements for under $25 on Amazon. You snap the old one out and snap in the new one to charge it. By the way, the club will take your old one to recycle. There is another battery inside your laptop (desktop too) that keep the internal clock running among other things. It usually is one of those flat, quarter size batteries (2 for a buck at Dollar Tree). However, you must take your laptop apart to access it..A better choice might be someplace like Batteries Plus. So if your clock is not keeping time or you have to press F1 to boot your computer, you might look to the internal battery for the solution.

Photomyne is an app for your cell phone that will let you snap a picture of a group of photo, perhaps in an old album, and it will turn them into individual digital images. This is a great way to digitize those old photo books. You can find it on your cell phone Play store or App store.
https://photomyne.com/

Irfanview is a program that allow you to do many tasks with images. One of those tasks is to display a slide show. You can find the program on the Ninite.com list of programs.

Photo Story 3
We have looked at this program in the past. You can find some details in more than one of my past blog posts. This lets you create a self executing slideshow with background music and narrations.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11132

Backing Up a Machine that Won't Boot
This is a good article. We did not go into it in detail but it gives you a path to use Reflect backup to backup a non-bootable computer using their bootable restore CD. The CD contains not only the restore program. The full backup program is there and you can use it to backup the hard drive. Then you rebuild the hard drive and use the backup file to restore your data.
http://tinyurl.com/ycfb3evl

Friday, September 7, 2018

Class Notes 9-6-2018

Good discussions today. What follows are brief summaries from memory. We hi on a number of other subjects as the questions came.

Meeting on Thursdays for the rest of September. In October we will meet on Tuesdays. That will be my "day at the office." I will continue to be available for one-on-ones and to help starting at 10 am. At 2 pm I will begin the class and end at 4 pm. Hope that works out for most of you.

Speech to Text
Our phones let us speak into them and convert our words to typed letters. Well Window 10 can do it too. Win+H and turn on the speech to text feature. What you say is typed into wherever your cursor is on the screen. Works in Email, Facebook message, WordPad… everywhere. Give it a try.

Word Search
You can find word searches in newspapers, magazines, and even purchase books filled with them. With this website you can create your own. Good for personal fun or for presents to your grandkids with searches built using their names and other family names.

These last two came from the talks from George Kopenec at our monthly meetings. He has discovered a number of neat programs or websites. You can find them on our club site (cccgc.info) under Monthly Favorites. Thanks, George.
http://tinyurl.com/yc2yuzcx

PicPick is a good replacement for the Paint program in windows. In addition to the edit capabilities in Paint, PicPick allows you to capture a screen or a portion of a screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard--PrtScr puts an image in your clipboard of the entire screen and Shift+PrtScr allows you to select the portion of the screen you want captured. Other programs to capture the screen or part of the screen: Snipping Tool, MWsnap, Greenshot

Background Apps
Win+I > Privacy > Background Apps > Turn Off All or just the ones you do not use




Ear Spy
Consider you and your spouse are watching TV and the volume is too low for you to catch all the words. Your spouse doesn’t like it loud enough for you to hear as it i too loud for them.

Check your date and time

 

if your internal battery is low or dead you might see your clock out of sync with reality. If it is way out of whack you will get issues accessing web pages. You might even get a black screen when you boot up requiring you to press F1 to continue.

BTW your laptop will run fine without its battery if you keep it plugged into the power. However a totally dead battery might not allow the laptop to turn on. I have found reasonably price replacements on Amazon.

CCleaner 5.46 ships with clearer privacy options
http://tinyurl.com/yadb9oy7

How to view your photos in order by date-uploaded rather than date-taken
When you use Google Photos to store your pictures, they are organized in one great big stream, by date the photo was taken. The most recent photo is on the top, as you scroll down you're going back in time. On a mobile device you can pinch the screen until you see your photos grouped by year and month.
http://tinyurl.com/ya4eyg6o

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.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Class Notes 8-30-2018

I am back at the club teaching every Thursday once again. It is an open forum but I have a list of things ready to talk about should there be no questions. We are thinking of changing my day from Thursday to Tuesday. Would that be a problem for any of you?

It was good to get back into it today. Here are what I remember we discussed today. And remember there are no questions that are to simple to ask. You would be surprised how one simple question can not only help you but will also help others, too. It may even get us into another series of questions as well. So don't think about, just ask it.

When Windows downloads a new version (1803 being the latest) some of our old settings are changed to default. Some have had the sign in bel automatic with no need to type in a password. We reviewed how to tirn off the need to enter your password each time. However even if you do not have to do it you need to know what it is. Write it down somewhere. Here is where to go to fix it: On the keyboard type Win+Q. In the text box that appears, type NETPLWIZ. This opens a windows where you can check off the box that says you require a password. Click Apply and enter your current password in both boxes. When you reboot you will not need to enter the password.

Another keyboard shortcut to remember is Win+L. It locks your screen requiring your password be entered to get back in.

You can change your password to a Pin #of 4 or more digits right from the sign on screen. I use a 4 digit one.

Saving a picture from Facebook. Click on the picture to open it in another window. Then Right-click and choose Save Image As. Or you can capture it from your screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard or a screen capture tool such as the following.

PicPick is a good replacement for the Paint program in windows. In addition to the edit capabilities in Paint, PicPick allows you to capture a screen or a portion of a screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard--PrtScr puts an image in your clipboard of the entire screen and Shift+PrtScr allows you to select the portion of the screen you want captured. Other programs to capture the screen or part of the screen: Snipping Tool, MWsnap, Greenshot

The Purpose of Download folder is to be a repository for anything you download from the Internet. Unless you change the defaults that is where they all go. Those using the download folder correctly move the items downloaded to a permanent place on their hard drive to a cloud storage location. Used properly everything in the Download Folder should be able to be deleted at any time. So those nice pictures you just got from Facebook need to be moved to your pictures folder somewhere; maybe even uploaded to your Google Photos account in the cloud.

CCleaner issues over the last few weeks have gotten many to consider other options. Although the latest version seems to have solved all problems. We continue to recommend a weekly cleanup using CCleaner, Superantispyware, and Malwarebytes. Add to that Glary Utilities for daily use.

Spell checking - red squiggly. In most programs and browsers a red underline indicates the word is not found in the program's dictionary. Right-click on the word and suggestions to correct it will appear above. If the word is spelled correctly, you may add it to your (on your computer) dictionary.

How to convert WAV to MP3. A WAV formatted file is an audio file that plays with Windows Media Player or equivalent in Windows 10. Google “convert WAV to MP3” and you will find many options. I suggest an online solution rather than downloading questionable software to your machine.
Cut the Cable

With cable costs increasing often many are looking for ways to drop down to just an internet connection and use an antenna for local TV programming. This is kinda like the old rabbit ears from years gone by. In this area I have seen a simple antenna bring in 20-30 stations. Then use a Roku box or an Amazon Firestick to get the additional channels you want to watch. I like to watch commercial free TV series and movies using NetFlix. For and antenna one of our members recommends one by Terk or Greenleaf. Here is one from Amazon that looks pretty good
http://tinyurl.com/y7nhphlt

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