Thursday, December 17, 2015

Class Summary 12-17-2015

We started with some good news for those who have a OneDrive with more than 5gb of space. Microsoft, as of January 2016, will be reducing everyone's space to 5gb. However they have a website that will let you keep what you currently have if you opt in. Here is the site. I already did and will keep my 40gb of space.

One of the issues some have with Google Chrome is that it has a number of things running in the background even after you close out of it. However, there is a setting you can change to tell Chrome to shut down those background tasks. It is under Settings > Advanced Settings:

Uncheck the first checkbox to NOT continue running background apps…

Then we looked at which allows you to run applicaitons like Libre Office online and not have it installed on your computer. Check it out at:

Discussed converting a PDF into an editable document. Word 2013 and 2016 claim to do that and in some cases it works well. In other cases you end up with images and not editable pages. An OCR (optical character recognition) program will read an image file and turn it into text. However the text will need to be formatted to match the original if that is what you need. You can use one of these programs to scan a document and place the results into a useable format like a Word DOC file. has a list of possible apps to use

Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 all come with Defender as a free anti-virus program. If your PC came with something pre-loaded, Defender is turned off. If you uninstall your current anti-virus program like Norton, McAfee, AVG, etc, you need to make sure Defender is on and updated.

To check on Defender, in the box to the right of the Start Button, type Defender.

Click to open it.

Click Settings

Make sure both switches are set to On. If not, click to turn each on.

I was asked what tablet I would recommend. The first thing needed is a reason for getting one. A tablet needs a WiFi connection to work on the internet, but not to use the applications already installed. They are larger than a smartphone and usually can do everything a smartphone can do except use it to make calls on a cell phone carrier. They do not usually have external keyboards although some include them and if they have bluetooth there are bluetooth keyboards you can get that will work. I would not suggest a tablet if you are planning on a lot of word processing. The on screen keyboard works well for me, but they may not work for you. Long story short, I recommend an android tablet. I recently ordered the $49.99 one from Amazon and it works very well. It does all that I need it to do. I can get email, access websites, read Kindle books and others, use Facebook, and much much more. It even had front and rear cameras and unlimited storage of them in the Amazon cloud. Here is a link to their ad.

Lot of additional discussions including a talk about what the different sizes meant:

A byte holds 1 character of data
A kb is 1,000 bytes
A mb is 1,000 kb or 1,000,000 bytes
A gb is 1,000 mb or 1,000,000,000 bytes
A tb is 1,000 gb or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes

Computer memory (RAM) is typically 2-4gb

Hard disk storage on newer machines is 500gb, 750gb, or 1tb

Portable or external hard drives are now 1tb, 2tb, or 3tb

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