Monday, December 2, 2019

Computer Club Update 12-2-2019

Another week away and very cold. In the low 30’s this morning. We are visiting friends in Cadiz, KY for a couple of days. Our dog, Lady Evans, is with us. We are about five hours west of our home in Monticello, KY. Even though we see some cooler weather in Port Charlotte, we still envy you and will be happy to return to warmth next week.

Remember the general meeting might tomorrow evening. 6:00 pm for the election of officers and board members. 7:00 pm for the party! Please cast your vote for me as a board member. If I were present I would cast my vote for Grover as president. He has done a great job and I would like to see him continue.

Here are a few of the articles I have been reading you might be interested in. Give some a try and let me know how they work for you. Remember you can find all my articles on Dave’s at http://tinyurl.com/DCT-evans

How To Clear Google Chrome Download History
I’m betting that all us have download something from the internet before; a game, software, image or even video. Did you know that your browser saves those downloads in a separate History? Yep, there is a download history page that you might want to take a look at. This is something I clear out on my Google browser all the time.

Note: This history cleaning does occur with CCleaner
https://tinyurl.com/wwvokwb

The Best Three Antivirus Apps for Windows
Offered pre-installed on all Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices, Microsoft’s Windows Defender has remained a top security product, offering nearly the same protection as the leading third-party solutions.

Note: The only one I use is Windows Security (AKA Defender)
https://tinyurl.com/qlp6kb9

AdwCleaner 8.0.0 is out
Malwarebytes released AdwCleaner 8.0.0, a free tool to remove adware and potentially unwanted programs, from Windows devices on November 26, 2019. AdwCleaner 8 supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 officially. The new version can be downloaded from the developer website and run without installation after the download.

Note: I use this in addition to the maintenance trio we use
https://tinyurl.com/uoducbu

How to access Advanced Options
If you wanted to access the advanced boot options in Windows 7, all you had to do was press F8 on the keyboard during boot to load the boot menu.

Note: I use Shift+Restart and have written an article on it on Dave’s
https://tinyurl.com/vvgcqgz

How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7
You can upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the in-place upgrade option without losing your files, instead of having to wipe out your device clean. You can perform this task using the Media Creation Tool, which is not only available for Windows 7, but also for devices running Windows 8.1.

Note: If you really like 7, keep it. See my article on Dave’s
https://tinyurl.com/yxaho52n

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Computer Club Extras 11-27-2019



First I would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Sherri and I have been busy here in Monticello Kentucky but I am missing your smiling faces at the classes. We are also missing the warmer weather. LOL

Upgrade From Windows 7
We have been wondering if it was still possible to upgrade Windows 7 to 10 with the latest 1909 version.

I had an opportunity to upgrade a Windows 7 computer to 1909 the other day. The upgrade went great leaving all of their programs, user information etc. intact. I just booted to 7 And logged in with their username and password. I inserted the windows 1909 installation CD and double-clicked on setup. When I got to the point to choose, I chose to upgrade and also clicked on “I don't have a product key”. Since the computer was already activated running Windows 7 when the installation finished Windows 10 automatically activated.

So if you're still running Windows 7 it is still possible to do a full upgrade at no charge to windows 10 1909.

I have been busy writing a number of new articles for DCT. You might want to check them out.
Http://tinyurl.com/DCT-evans

Here are a few new articles I have been reading. Perhaps they may interest you also…

A look at the email forwarding service AnonAddyAnonAddy is an open-source email forwarding service designed to protect an Internet user's email addresses from spam and other unwanted emails. Most Internet users use one or a handful of email addresses on the Internet. They use these to sign-up for services, do their online shopping, communication, and any other activity that requires an email address (and those that don't require an email but allow emails to be added to accounts).
https://tinyurl.com/sf6kp2m

9 Awesome Free Printable Board Games
If you’re on the lookout for a new hobby you’ve probably considered exploring the world of printable board games and printable card games. And it turns out that it’s both easy and free to make your own games.
https://tinyurl.com/w5vf7bh

CloudConvert
I needed a way to convert a photo saved in the new HEIC format to JPG. This website did a quick job of the conversion. Check it out as it converts many different formats. It is free for 25 conversion minutes per day and files up to 1 GB in size.
https://cloudconvert.com/heic-to-jpg

iPhone Storage Full?
How to Create Free Space on iOS. The usual culprits are photos, 4K videos, games, and other digital hoarding habits. You can’t upgrade an iPhone’s storage. That leaves you with three choices—buy a bigger phone, get more cloud storage, or create free space on your iPhone. The first two don’t work if you want to free up space right now. So let’s look at the ways to free up storage space with a bit of iOS jugglery.
https://tinyurl.com/wsttxbl

7 Uses for a USB Stick You Didn’t Know About
We’ve all used USB sticks to transport files between computers and back up our files, but there are other cool things you can do with a USB stick. You can use one to lock and unlock your computer—just like in the movies. You can also use a USB flash drive to quickly connect to a wireless network on all your PCs, increase your computer’s performance, or even run a web server—directly from the USB stick itself.
https://tinyurl.com/y5tcbvxt



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Computer Club Update 11-20-2019

We are safely in Monticello, KY and I will be doing a class at the library here on December 4th. Even though we won't have another class at the club until we get back, I thought I would send you some stuff I have collected. I hope you find some of it useful additions to your toolbox.

Please let me know what you tried and how it worked for you.

I have also sent a half dozen articles for Daves Computer Tips, so please check them out as well. https://davescomputertips.com/author/dick-evans/

$50 a Month Home Internet With No Data Caps
T-Mobile has announced that it is offering home internet service to certain existing customers around the country for $50 a month with no annual contract and no data caps. As of now, the service is a pilot and by invitation only, but that could change at any time. To get the $50 offer you must sign up for autopay, but the wireless giant promises that there are no hidden fees and no hardware costs. T-Mobile says it expects download speeds to be around 50 Mbps.
https://tinyurl.com/vxhyrwa

Brave Browser 1.0
The new and first final version of the Chromium-based web browser -- the same core that Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and the new Microsoft Edge browser, as well as hundreds of other browsers, use -- can now be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and the mobile operating systems Android and iOS.
https://tinyurl.com/tb6tcr4

How to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1909
Microsoft published a blog post on the official Windows Experience blog in which Windows Servicing and Delivery Director of Program Management John Cable explained how customers get the update. The explanation suggests that system administrators may run a manual search for updates on devices so that the new version of Windows 10 is returned.
https://tinyurl.com/tefujml

Increase Your Hard Drive Performance on Windows
You can speed up a hard disk using HDD optimization apps; a few different tools are available. In this article, we’re going to look at which utilities can improve the speed and efficiency of a hard disk. Keep reading to learn more.
https://tinyurl.com/y5gshxpq

6 Google Tricks When You Have No Idea What to Search For
Despite spending millions of dollars on fancy algorithms, Google Search can sometimes be a fickle beast. You know that the information you’re looking for is out there, but no matter what search terms you enter, you can’t find a suitable result.
https://tinyurl.com/vlkuln4

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Computer Club Class Notes 11-12-2019

Good class yesterday and the last one for 2019. Holidays coming and Sherri and I will be away for Thanksgiving. Then the last two Tuesdays are the day before Christmas and New Years--Cultural Center closes at 2. Then the next Tuesday is the General Meeting for January! So our next class will be on January 14th.

Speaking of the General Meeting, December 3rd is the date. It will be our annual Christmas get together. Bring a dish! And it is the election of officers. Please cast your vote for me, Dick Evans, as a Director again. AND please cast your vote for our President, Grover Mudd. He has done a fabulous job as President and I would like to see him continue. THANKS!

Here are the notes from class as I remember them:

PRINTER TIPNever turn off your inkjet printer. When you do the ink in the printhead is drained to a spittoon so it does not remain on the print head. When you turn your printer back on, fresh ink goes from the cartridges to the print head.

SHUTDOWN TIPWhen faced with weird system problems that may be caused by a buggy driver or other low-level software issues, the problem might persist after shutting down your PC and booting it back up. This is because clicking “Shut Down” on your Windows 10 PC, Windows doesn’t fully shut down. It hibernates the kernel, saving its state so it can boot faster. If you’re experiencing computer problems and need to reset that state, you’ll need to restart your PC instead.

You can also perform a full shut down by pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard while you click the “Shut Down” option in Windows. This works whether you’re clicking the option in the Start menu, on the sign-in screen, or on the screen that appears after you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

By the way, If your PC can successfully get to the Windows login screen when you start it up the easiest way to get to the recovery environment is to hold down the Shift key while clicking Restart (either right on the sign-in screen or from the Start menu if you successfully logged in).

Chrome DistillerOne feature in Chrome I did not know about is the distiller or reader feature which will open the page you are viewing in a new tab without all the added graphics and fonts. Here is how to find it.



You turn it on by clicking the menu, then toggle the feature on or off while you are on the page to be distilled. Distilling removes most of the graphics on the page leaving text and some images.

If the feature toggle does not appear, do the following:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter. chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

3. Select Enabled or Disabled (default) for what you want in the Enable Reader Mode flag drop-down menu.

4. Click/tap on the RELAUNCH NOW button at the bottom to apply.

Desktop Shortcuts for WebsiteSee https://davescomputertips.com/elderly-computing-tip/



Gasbuddy.com is a website that shows the current prices of gas everywhere in the country. Enter your zip code and it lists the prices for the closest stations. Use it on your smartphone and it knows your location. Just tap the picture of the pump in the middle of the screen and it takes you to the stations near where you are located. Great while on the road to find the stations coming up soon on the highway and how much their gas is.

Live TVHere are the links to the websites providing free TV

Stream2watch.ws for TV and live sports

Pluto.tv for hundreds of stations in a TV guide format

UStvnow.com TV for US Military and US citizens abroad

DochubDocHub is an online PDF annotator and document signing platform. DocHub lets users add text, draw, add signatures and make document templates. DocHub can integrate with Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail and Box accounts.
https://dochub.com/

Email STRIPPER is a free program for cleaning the ">" and other formatting characters out of your emails. I have been using it for years. You copy the text out of an email and paste it into emailstripper. Click Strip it!. All the junk is removed and it is ready to click Paste to copy it to the clipboard and then paste the cleaned text into the email you want to send. Also, remember to get rid of the list of other people's email addresses so you do not include them in yours.
http://tinyurl.com/jxl6cbo

Free Online CoursesLook at KHAN Academy. It is a full-fledged online school. And it is free. Just sign up and start learning. Tons of subjects.

How to Perform a Reverse Image SearchReverse image search lets you search the web for an image rather than a word or phrase. It’s primarily used to find the original source or perhaps a larger copy of an image, but it has lots of other handy uses. You could take an image you found on Pinterest to identify products — from dresses to desk lamps — in the photo. You could take a photo of a flower, and a reverse image search could tell you what kind of flower it was. A standard text search can’t do that. And fortunately, image searches are pretty simple to do.
https://tinyurl.com/y52z6zt7

County Records for Charlotte County Florida can also be viewed online. A simple record search of just your last name or just your street name works best.
http://ccappraiser.com

TinyURLMany 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 Facebook 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 the shortened link to our friend. It is easy to enter the tiny version. This is what makes opening the Hangout link for our weekly meetings--tinyurl.com/DickEvans

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Computer Club Class Notes 10-29-2019

These are some thoughts about what we could talk about. Your questions come first. And remember, it does not matter if you think your question is not worth discussing. Ask it anyway. There are many others with the same question. No question is too basic.

Should You Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time?A battery cannot be overcharged. There’s no danger of overcharging a battery if you leave it plugged in all the time. As soon as it hits 100 percent it will cease charging and won’t start again until the voltage falls below a certain level.
https://tinyurl.com/yyom259m

How To Install Kodi On Windows PCHow to install Kodi on Windows PC? Setting up Kodi on your Windows PC XP, 7, 8, or 10, is pretty much straight forward. You download the .exe file from the Kodi website and then install it on your computer. The next steps require you to setup Kodi addons. In this help guide, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to install Kodi on PC. I’ve also included a tutorial that shows you how to easily enable the best Kodi addons on it.
https://tinyurl.com/y5ur8s4v

How to Protect Your Computer from Power ProblemsI run one of my computers and some equipment through an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The UPS provides the bare minimum needed to keep my network, Wi-Fi, and internet connection up, plus one computer. My laptops and mobile devices, by virtue of being battery-powered themselves, have their own built-in UPS in a sense and need no additional power-loss protection.
https://tinyurl.com/yxklyhcu

Google Photos vs. OneDrive: What’s the Best Backup Tool?
This is a good article and food for thought regarding Google vs Microsoft cloud approaches for saving pictures. I use Google Photos for all my photos and OneDrive for documents and other files I want a backup copy in the cloud.

With Google Photos on your cell phone, all your pictures are uploaded to your Google cloud and at no charge to you. Be sure to NOT select uploading in original form or you will be charged against your free 15 GB of space. OneDrive does not have that option; you are charged for every byte uploaded against your free 5 GB of space. You can purchase additional space from Microsoft. For $2.00 per month, you can add an extra 100 GB to your OneDrive account.

Many people use Google Photos as their photo backup app. But is it really the best backup tool? Does OneDrive also deserve serious consideration? In this article, we compare Google Photos to OneDrive to determine which is the best tool to back up your photos. We’ll compare the two services and help you decide which is right for you.
https://tinyurl.com/y2zubsvd

Don’t Pay for Microsoft Word! Four Reasons to Use Office Online Instead. Microsoft Office is the world’s de facto productivity suite, but did you know that you don’t really need to pay for Microsoft Word and other apps? Thanks to Microsoft Office Online, you can access the most popular Office apps for free.
https://tinyurl.com/yygzsdbe

Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your BrowserIf you want to emulate Windows 95, Mac OS X Lion, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Here are eight classic operating systems you can access in your browser.

A good article on the old operating systems but we could not find a link to try them out. If you find the link, let me know.
https://tinyurl.com/y3zpachs



Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Computer Club Class Notes 10-22-2019

We had a good turnout at yesterday’s class, including online participants.

Bookmark Bar

The first question was about the favorites or bookmark bar on a browser. How does one make it show?



In Chrome/Brave, click the browser menu button ( Chrome, Brave), then Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar. You can also just press Ctrl+Shift+B to turn the bar off or on. This shortcut also works for Edge. Firefox does not have a bookmark bar and the shortcut simply opens a window that shows all bookmarks.


Brave bookmark button



Chrome bookmark button

To have an item appear on the bookmark bar, have the webpage open in the browser and click the bookmark button.


Shorten the name to something useful, select the Bookmarks bar Folder, then click Done. The new shortcut will appear on the Bookmark bar. Since the shortcut will appear with its icon, the name may not be needed. The less room the name is the more shortcuts that appear on the bar.

Edge works like the above except they are called favorites and the bar is a favorites bar.

When you change to another browser and have favorites assigned on your old one, you can import the favorites-shortcuts to the new browser. In the same menu we used to create the shortcut bar, find a selection to import them from another browser.

wikiHow
Learn how to do anything with wikiHow, the world's most popular how-to website. Easy, step-by-step, illustrated instructions for everything. We stumbled onto this site while looking for something on the Internet during class. Check it out at https://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page




Newson.us
Watch your hometown news live on your desktop, cell phone, tablet, and add it as a station on your Roku or Firestick device.
http://watchnewson.com/

TV Box
It works and now is set up to view movies and more. Let’s take a look at the same box as last week, but with some channels added. It did not work as well as I expected as the channels I added at home did not come with me. I assume it had to do with the limited memory in the box I purchased. However, it was easy to install the latest Kodi and add the programming to it suing the video link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Ze9ckLOPI

Best Places to Find Free Icon Files
The design world moves at a fast pace, and it’s much easier to download icon files than it is to hire graphic designers to create custom designs.

That’s why many sites offer entire marketplaces filled with free and premium icons. Some even offer hundreds of thousands of icons.
https://tinyurl.com/y58vcqsn

How to Create a Windows Icon
This wikiHow teaches you how to create a shortcut icon for a Windows computer. Desktop shortcuts typically use predetermined icons, but you can create your own icon by using an online converter. If you'd like to create a simple, black-and-white icon from scratch, you can use Microsoft Paint instead.
https://tinyurl.com/y5uyfaua

Dochub
DocHub is an online PDF annotator and document signing platform. DocHub lets users add text, draw, add signatures and make document templates. DocHub can integrate with Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail and Box accounts.

We showed how to use your cell phone to take a picture of your signature and then add it to a PDF. And how to add text and “white out” text on the PDF.
https://dochub.com/

PDF to TXT
Free and easy to use online PDF to text converter to extract text data from PDF files without having to install any software. Great way to print a webpage as a PDF and then extract just the text.
https://pdftotext.com/


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Computer Club Class Notes 10-15-2019

We had a number of questions upfront. The one I remember is setting your start page in your browser. The person having the question was using Firefox.

Setting HomeWhen you open a browser, the first website you see appears in the first tab (left tab). This is your Home page. Had you set it to show more than one website, the others will be in the additional tabs to the right. When you click to open an additional tab, that tab will open to the website you assigned which could be a repeat of the Home page or perhaps a blank page.

Let’s see how to do that in Firefox.



Click the menu button in the upper right corner (the three lines)



Select Options and then Home

Set the Home page to whatever site you want to see when you start up Firefox. My choice is www.google.com, yours might be www.msn.com or something else.



Set New tabs to the page you would like it to open, either same as Home or a Blank Page

When you have set up your preferences, close Firefox and reopen it to see the results.

What about Brave?

Menu button > Settings > scroll to bottom



Make your choice, then scroll back to the top



In the Appearance section, set the New Tab page

In Google Chrome, click menu (three dots) > Settings



Scroll down to locate the On startup and Appearance sections and make your choices…

In Edge, click menu (three dots) > Settings



Scroll down to Customize and make your choices.

TV Box
We talked last week about various ways to get Kodi and other stations at home. We talked about cutting the cable. Well, I ordered a TV Box that says it will give us everything…
https://tinyurl.com/y2w6uqqb




We opened the box and unpacked it. It contained the TV Box, an HDMI cable, a power pack, and a remote. There were NO batteries for the remote!

There were many many TV Boxes to choose from. I picked this one because it had the most memory, for the price range I was looking at--around $25. And I liked the clock…

We set it up using a computer monitor that had HDMI inputs. When we turned it on an easy to follow screen displayed. You would plug it into one of your TV’s HDMI inputs.



We went to the Settings selection and set up the WiFi using the club’s information. As you can see there are many selections just like on an Android cell phone or tablet. You can install Apps from the Google Play Store and access the Internet to locate others.



This box came with a version of Kodi and we scrolled through the various menu items there. However, there would be additional work to make Kodi fully operational by applying additional software. We located a number of YouTube videos to learn more about Kodi and how to add the additional software that determines the look and feel and what you are able to access--movies, sports, games, etc.

You can install Kodi on your PC, cell phone, or tablet as well as on your streaming devices such as this TV Box and an Amazon Firestick.

YouTube has many videos so select the one that applies to the device you are installing it on.

We watched a number of short videos on Youtube about Kodi. This video shows how to install Movies and TV Shows on Kodi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKCvCqVMHZg