Saturday, June 27, 2015

Class Summary 6-25-2015

Started off with the following:

White Paper on Macrium Reflect image backup

I will also be doing papers on creating the backup boot disk to use if you need to restore your hard drive, and one on locating a file or folder inside the last image to restore it to your hard drive, and how to restore the entire drive from the image.

Take the class with Ron and then use these notes as backup to what you learned.

The quick, easy, web based way to fix and clean up text when copying and pasting between applications. Remove email indents, find and replace, clean up spacing, line breaks, word characters and more.

For just text work and good site is which gives you the equivilant of notepad, but with a spell checker. I use this all the time. It does not clean up email text or remove end of line markers. For that TextCleanr does a great job. TextCleanr also has spell checking.

This one is just for fun unless you are not using the Classic Shell addon to Windows 8/8.1 to the Start Menu back. How to find the secret Start Menu built into Windows 8.1

To make the menu appear,
1. Right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars > New toolbar.
2. This brings up File Explorer, where you should navigate to 
3. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
4. Once there, click Select Folder.

The new toolbar, named Programs, will appear on the right side of the taskbar, immediately to the left of the notification area. Click the chevron to the right of the word Programs to bring up the menu. Locate the article at
Also spent time talking about using a smartphone without having it connected to a pay for phone service such as AT&T or Verizon. All smartphones work for everything else when connected to a WiFi hotspot. And you can use services such as TextPlus for free SMS texting or MagicJack app for free phone calls from anywhere.

Then we talked some more about using a Roku box for wathcing TV series and movies with no need to pay for Cable TV. Use and old fashioned set of "rabbit ears" and you can receive many local channels off the air. No charge.

I am sure we discussed a bunch more. Join us online starting this week on Thursdays from 2-4.

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