Sunday, October 18, 2020

Computer Class Notes 10-15-2020

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Explain Hot Spots, Cell Extenders

A hotspot is a location where you may obtain Internet access using WiFi. A smartphone can act as a hotspot using your phone service. You may obtain a hotspot device from a cellphone provider that is exclusively used to provide access to the internet using WiFi. Version’s is called a JetPack. Local businesses such as Panera Bread, MacDonalds, Walmart, etc provide hot spots for you to access the internet. These are public and caution should be used as others could be sharing the access with you.

A cell phone extender is a device that takes a weak existing outside cell signal, amplifies it, and then broadcasts that boosted signal to an area inside of your home.

Power Options

In the bottom right of your screen, right-click the battery.

Choose Power Options

Note: if you are on a desktop, right-click the start button and click Power Options. Then click Additional power settings to see the following window.

On the left side, select Choose what closing the lid does

I have mine set for Do Nothing. That gives me the option to close the lid and use an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse without the laptop screen visible. It is like having a desktop that I can travel with. I also have the power button set to take me through a normal shutdown when I press it. I do not have a sleep button so that one means nothing to my laptop.

Best Free Portable Applications – 2020
This is an update of a list we first published back in 2014. Some items are no longer available and have been removed, others have been added, and some links updated. All these portable applications are available directly from the developer

Why You Should Use a Webcam Cover
Unless you’re using a desktop computer and haven’t hooked up an external webcam, there’s a good chance the device you’re reading this post on has some sort of front-facing camera. If you’ve never considered the security implications that may be present and why you might want a webcam cover, it might be something you should think about.

Shortcut for Locking Your Windows 10 PC
There are several different ways you can lock your Windows 10 PC like the Windows key+L keyboard shortcut. If your Windows key is broken but you still want a quick way to lock your PC, create a desktop shortcut.

Anytext Searcher
If you have a ton of documents and want to find a particular one quickly, there are two ways to do this: referring to the filename is the most obvious way, but if that doesn't help, you can use a program that can search inside documents.

Replace Cable with Free OTA TV
Don’t go crawling back to cable TV or expensive streaming platforms. Free over-the-air TV (OTA TV) is available at any time, featuring channels including FOX, CBS, PBS, ABC, and a slew of local broadcasters. Getting started with OTA TV can cost as little as $25, so what are you waiting for? Here’s everything you need to nix your cable bill and start saving money.

USB Explained
USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is a common type of computer port that makes it easy to charge a device or transfer data between two devices.

USB speed and colors

USB 1.1 1.5 mb/s white

USB 2.0 60 mb/s black

USB 3.0 625 mb/s blue

USB 3.1 1,210 mb/s red*

What is the difference between USB 3 and USB C?

USB 3.1’s is double the bandwidth of USB 3. USB Type-C isn’t the same thing as USB 3.1, though. USB Type-C is just a connector shape, and the underlying technology could just be USB 2 or USB 3.0.

Note: many of the new computers are coming in with USB 3 installed but black connectors. Check the specifications for the computer to be sure of what is there.

*Orange: the connector does not power off during sleep or standby mode.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Computer Class Notes 10-8-2020

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If You Have These Apps On Your Phone, Remove Them
The package names for the 11 infected apps are listed here:
  • com.hmvoice.friendsms
  • com.relax.relaxation.androidsms
  • com.cheery.message.sendsms
  • com.cheery.message.sendsms
  • com.peason.lovinglovemessage
  • com.file.recovefiles
  • com.LPlocker.lockapps
  • com.remindme.alram

Missing ROKU Remote
I forgot my Remote for the ROKU Box in WI, is there any other way to operate the Roku device besides buying a new one?

Yes if you have a smartphone download the Roku App. It works great and gives you the ability to plug in your earphone and mute the TV. Great for watching while someone else is sleeping. I have a Roku TV and it does not have the ability to plug earphones into the Roku remote as a separate Roku box does. That remote uses WiFi and the TV remote uses infrared.

Save Text Message Image
How does someone transfer an image from a text message on the phone to the Gallery or Google Photos?

Each type of phone has Its own way of taking a screenshot. You need to check with your type of phone. An iPhone is different than an Android. The newer models of either work differently than the older models.

      screenshot              crop it                   saved picture

Open the picture up on your phone and take a screenshot. been using the edit function on your phone crop out everything but the picture and save it. if you have Google Photos installed on your phone as an app it will automatically take that picture and put it up into your Google photos in the cloud. then you can grab it from there and use it in an email, print it out, upload it to Facebook, etc.

How To Save A Video
How can I save a personal video someone has posted on FB?

You can’t directly from Facebook. However, there are a number of websites that will help you do that. It is a simple process of opening the video and copying the video URL to your clipboard. Then you open and paste the copied URL. Instructions on using the site at the link below.

Turn An Old Laptop Into An Awesome Chromebook
The coronavirus dumped a whole mess of wrenches into the machine of everyday life. I suddenly have three kids at home all doing schoolwork online through Google Classroom and other services, and only one of them has a school-issued Chromebook, which is a laptop running on Google's Chrome operating system.

Get started with Zoom basics
This free Take Control book takes you through the setup of your hardware, physical space, and Zoom apps, and teaches you to be an effective participant in meetings, including sharing your screen. This short, free book will make you an intermediate Zoom user in hours, without frustration. 

Unsubscribe From Automated Text Messages
If you have a smartphone, you’re probably getting text message alerts. Security codes from your bank, coupons from restaurants, messages from political campaigns—the list goes on and on. Here’s how to stop getting unwanted automated texts from an organization.

To unsubscribe from automated text messages sent to your mobile phone number, just respond to the text with one of the following words:


“Stop” and “Unsubscribe” are the most common commands. These are fairly universal commands, and most automated systems will immediately let you know that you’ve been removed from the list and won’t get any more automated alert messages. 

5 Ways That Chromebooks Are Better
Despite all the growth they’ve made in the last few years, Chromebooks still get a bad rap or are often thought of as “just a browser.” That couldn’t be further from the truth, especially now. In fact, there are several ways that Chromebooks are actually better than Windows laptops for many users. 

Virtual Background in Zoom for Android
If you’re one of the millions of people that have used Zoom for video conferencing, you know that virtual backgrounds are a big deal. These virtual backgrounds can replace the real background behind you. The Android app can also use this feature, here’s how to do it. 

Block Emails from Specific Senders in Gmail
There are some email senders from which you never want to hear. You can’t stop them from sending you emails, but you can set up Gmail to automatically delete the emails as soon as they arrive. Here’s how.

Add an Email Signature to Gmail
Google’s Gmail service supports configurable signatures, which it will attach to each email you send. You could add your name, job title, social media details, phone number, or anything else you want to your signature. 
Charlotte County Appraisers

This site is a collection of Internet utilities 

The Best Websites to Stream Free TV in 2020
Once upon a time, streaming services like Netflix promised to help us cut the cord and save us a ton of money. But look at us now—we’re subscribed to three or four services at a time! It’s time to save some money and replace a few subscriptions with free streaming apps and websites.

The General Meeting Recordings

Subscribe to the YouTube channel and get to see the entire meeting if you missed it or want to review it.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Computer Class Notes 10-1-2020

Video of class: 

Covid-19 Exposure Notifications On iPhone
The "Exposure Notifications" for Covid in my settings under "general" are turned off. Have been hearing it is a tracking tool and it makes sense after reading the "how it works"...Maybe it's turned off in the phone by default? and

Most screenshot programs including Windows' built-in Snipping Tool, Snip & Sketch have a common visual element, a user interface. QuickSnip is rather unique in this regard because it doesn't have an interface.

No fuss and very quick. Open this portable app and drag a box. When you release the mouse an image is automatically saved as a png file in your Pictures/Snips folder.
Download at

US Phonebooks
Gone is the day we can just pick up a phone book.

Windows 10 2009 Set To Launch Soon
Microsoft has already published a Windows 10 version 20H2 update for enterprise customers for testing ahead of its anticipated arrival in late 2020. We’re expecting the update to begin rolling out to customers next month or November, and here’s everything you need to know.

When the next release is set to come soon you can assume the last release is fine to install if you haven’t already. And that is a good idea as you do not want to fall behind on the version of Windows 10 you are running

The Top Reason Your Computer is Slow
There is one most common reason computers slow down over time. The good news is, it's often within your control. One common reason a PC might be slow is that there is too much software running — much of it starting automatically when you sign in. Uninstalling software you don’t use, avoiding unnecessary installs, and possibly disabling auto-start entries are the first steps to take to regain control.

There are lots of reasons and most are because of what you have running on your computer. More RAM can help and an SSD drive even more. But this does not eliminate the programs slowing you down. RAM and an SSD will just make it appear faster.

Google Duo

Download Google Duo for free, simple, high-quality video calling on iOS and Android. Duo is the highest quality1 video calling app. It’s free, simple, and works on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers, and smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub Max.

In Google Duo, you’ll soon be able to screen share with whoever you’re chatting with. As Duo’s functionality stands today, you’re simply able to chat with the front- or rear-facing cameras, so sharing a screen seems great if you want to watch a movie together, or help walk your family or friends through some tricky steps in an app or game. video demo 

b freeware tool that can batch resize, convert, watermark images. It has many, many options including sharpening and blurring. The interface may be a little confusing but is really easy to use. It will turn a batch of large photos taken with your cell phone into smaller files for ease in sending to others or uploading to Facebook, etc. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Computer Class Notes 9-24-2020

Video of the class:

Nice Article About CCCGC

How does one Mirror Live Video from Android Cell Phone to Large TV?
You can stream your Android phone or tablet screen to a TV through screen mirroring, Google Cast, using a third-party app, or linking it with a cable.

How to Move a Window to Another Virtual Desktop
If you often use virtual desktops in Windows 10 to manage your workspaces, you might find that keeping track of windows between them can sometimes be a hassle. Luckily, Windows makes it easy to move windows between virtual desktops. Here’s how.

Microsoft Bob Remembered
Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product that was released on March 11, 1995, and discontinued in early 1996. Upon release, Microsoft Bob was criticized in the media and did not gain wide acceptance with users, which resulted in its discontinuation.

Update 2004 And Windows.old
installing update 2004 will create a Windows.old folder in the root of your system (C) drive.

WinCustom to disable various options in Windows
WinCustom is a freeware tool that lets you disable many features that are available in Windows.

Repurpose Your Old Gadgets
Tech is constantly being outdated, and because of that, you might have a small gadget graveyard building up in your house somewhere. But before you get rid of it, let’s go over some cool stuff you can do with those dated pieces of tech.

Buy and sell directly with other users. Cutting out the middleman means you join a community market with the best prices and highest value. A safe, friendly marketplace with no junk, fewer fees.
  • PayPal Protection
  • Free Shipping
  • No Junk, No Jerks

Transform Photos Into Art
FotoSketcher can easily and quickly transform your photos into works of art with just a few mouse clicks



Here is the example from class

Facebook Market Place Away
When you are out of your local area (snowbirds or on vacation) the Marketplace you see on Facebook is your local area one. Even if I am in KY, for example, I get into my Facebook page and all the buying and selling is for Port Charlotte (my local, different for yours).

You need to do a Facebook search for the area you want to buy/sell.

If I were in our KY home, I would search for that area.

Then I scroll down to locate the various groups in that area. Here is one that should work.

It is a private group but I can simply click to Join Group to become part of it.

This one is a Public Group and might be better for me.

It has 31.7K members and should help me sell some things when I am in KY or perhaps point me to some interesting finds.

Inkscape To Sharpen Pictures
The design process may begin by doodles on a napkin, a sketched mindmap, a photo of a memorable object, or a mockup in software that really wouldn't work to complete the project. Inkscape can take you from this stage to a final, professional-grade design format that is ready for publication on the web or in physical form.

ITVRUS to get TV channels

And thanks to Bob for sharing about the app you have on your Firestick to access over 4,000 channels for $40 a year

Table of Contents in Google Docs
Adding a table of contents (TOC) to a Google Doc is a great way to organize a long document and add easy navigation, as you can click on each heading to go straight there. You can edit the table of contents and add more items as well as move them around. There are five levels of headings so that you can add subsections to subsections for complex documents.

Wo Mic To Use Cell Phone As A Mic
Thanks, Mary for the work on this one. WO Mic can turn your phone to be a microphone for your computer. You need not pay a cent to buy any gadget. And it's mobile if you choose wireless transport. Millions of people have installed it and are using it daily for talking, recording, voice remote control, and many other activities.

How To Make A Shortcut For A Website On The Desktop

Have the website open

Ctrl+L to select the URL

Point to the selected URL and drag it to the desktop

A new shortcut appears on your desktop. You can right-click it and rename it if you would like. The icon is the icon for your default browser. Whenever you double-click on that new shortcut on your desktop that website will open in a browser window.

We talked about this back in June and the following is an alternate approach:

Create an icon on the desktop that will open a website directly.

  1. Open Chrome to the website
  2. Click the three vertical dots upper right
  3. Click More tools
  4. Click Create shortcut
  5. Name the shortcut
  6. Click OK

You can right-click it and rename it if you would like.

Change An Icon On The Desktop

You can change the icon for any shortcut on the desktop. You will need a .ico image. Sometimes you can use one already in Windows but let’s look at locating one of you choose on the Internet.

Go to and search for the icon you would like to use.

Let’s look for a US flag

Click the one you would like to use

Click ICO to download it to your computer

Save it in a place you will remember. I saved it in my Downloads folder.

Right-click the icon you want to change, then click Properties

Click Change Icon

Browse to the folder containing your downloaded icon, click it to select it, and then Open.

Click OK.

Click Apply, then Cancel.

And the icon now shows the Flag.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Computer Class Notes 9-17-2020

Video of the class:

Maintenance Question
It is my understanding that programs such as SuperAntispyware, Glary, Wise Disk Cleaner, and Malwarebytes do not catch bad things unless they are run for maintenance. So, if they are disabled at startup or if they open at startup, does it follow that these programs do nothing until scans are run?

Correct, if left in Startup they will continue to search for updates but they are not searching for issues on your computer until they are actually run.

Creating a Rescue Disk
 ( On a USB Flash Drive) using EaseUs 12.5 I'm not able to see the Contents when opening the Flash Drive. Why is that?

It builds a bootable media and you cannot view the contents in File Explorer. When you boot from it and search for your backup file on your external drive you can “see” the contents of the flash drive.

YouTube TV
Please share the pros and cons of using YouTube TV.

Looks like a great package to me. Here is a link to a site that shows all the channels and more.

No Green Screen Needed
XSplit VCam makes cutting edge background removal and blurring possible with any webcam, without the need for expensive green screens, and complicated lighting setups.

The ideal product for people new to streaming who don't want to invest in or don't have space for green screens and expensive lighting setups. It enables the user to replace, remove, or blur the background image with any webcam.

Download and install Xsplit--takes a while as it analyzes your video.

To add a background, Click Add Background and upload an image or short video. To remove the watermark in the top left of your screen click Remove watermark and purchase a license.

When you start Zoom, XSplit takes over the video function and displays your background without the need for a green screen.

You can switch back to your regular camera by clicking the up arrow next to the Stop Video icon on the Zoom toolbar. Notice XSplit is checked. Click the other Webb Camera to turn XSplit off for this season but you will need your green screen.

Windows Task Manager Tricks
Here are handy Task Manager tricks every Windows user should know, including how to bring up the Task Manager quickly and more!

Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it quickly

Also Win+X then T

The Windows Explorer process is responsible for many of the UI elements of Windows, such as the Taskbar, File Explorer, Start menu, and similar. If you have an issue with these elements, your first thought may be to restart your PC. While this will solve the issue, it's more convenient to restart Windows Explorer instead. To do this, find Windows Explorer on the Processes tab of the Task Manager. Right-click it and choose Restart

Search for suspicious processes. Right-click on the process and choose to Search online

All About The CHKDSK Utility
What are the differences between the "/F" (fix) and "/R" (repair) options? While fix and repair might sound like synonyms to you and me, CHKDSK treats them very, very differently

CHKDSK doesn’t cause errors; it uncovers them. The errors were already there. Disk errors happen. Disk failures happen. CHKDSK is one useful tool for recovering from certain types of errors. But you still need to back up. CHKDSK can’t save you from everything, regardless of whether you use /R or /F.

CHKDSK /F is concerned with the information stored on the disk — more specifically, the file system information that tells Windows about the files, folders, and data on the disk, and their disk locations. F makes sure the Table of Contents entries all point to the right places. It’s all about making sure that the file system information is correct, leading Windows to the right data on the disk, and that all the data on the disk is correctly represented in the filesystem information.

CHKDSK /R is concerned with the physical condition of the information stored on the disk — more specifically, whether or not the data is readable. It scans the entire disk surface, sector by sector, to make sure every sector can be read properly. R attempts to use spare disk sectors, if any are available, to take the place of damaged sectors it finds, and then marks the original sector as “bad”, indicating it should no longer be used.

CHKDSK doesn’t cause errors; it uncovers them. The errors were already there. Disk errors happen. Disk failures happen. CHKDSK is one useful tool for recovering from certain types of errors.

Text-Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
Whether you’re typing an email in your browser or writing in a word processor, there are convenient keyboard shortcuts usable in almost every application. You can copy, select, or delete entire words or paragraphs with just a few key presses.

Print photos and more and pick them up at local CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and more. ten cent prints and other deals

EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers and delivering digital skills training.

WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.

New Computer Purchase

What do I look for in a new computer?

I look for local stores to purchase from so I have an easy place to take care of any issues later. I also check out the current deals.

I suggest a 15.6” touch screen, a full keyboard backlit with a ten-key pad, 8 GB of RAM (or more), a 500 GB or better hard drive (SSD faster than mechanical drive), DVD/CD drive (if needed), HDMI port, USB 3 ports, and a USB C port.

If no DVD/CD, you can purchase a USB one for about $20. The size of the hard drive depends on what you are going to use it for. Lots of pictures may mean a larger hard drive. Need lots of speed? Get one with an SSD.

Net Lingo
NetLingo is a popular dictionary about Internet language. ... It acts as a digital reference guide that helps millions of people around the world learn about the most commonly used words, smileys, acronyms, and so on, that keep sprouting up on the Internet.


Mary demonstrated using OpenShot Video Editor It is a free and open-source video editor. It is a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.