Friday, April 8, 2016

Class Summary 4-7-2016

One of our members brought in his Chromecast so we could look at how to set it up. I plugged it into the TV set in an HDMI port. It immediately started and told me I needed to set up the WiFi connection as the one it had been used on was not available. I had to see what network my PC was on and then download and run the setup program from the Chromecast site. This accessed the device plugged into the TV and reset the WiFi connection to be the same as the PC. Now I could cast what was on the PC to the TV screen.

In the maintenance programs we use each has features that run in the background and cause system tray entries or even notification screens to appear. Glary likes to tell me that I have programs that need updating. I do not want to see that pop up every day, so I unchecked the checkbox on the left of the main screen in Glary. When I run Glary, I get to see that and can elect to click and update or not. Same is true with options in MalwareBytes, Superantispyware, and CCleaner. Check out their tools or properties sections and turn off what you do not want to see happen automatically.

Clicking the start button brings up a few things to jump to like Power, Settings, and All Apps. You can choose additional startup folders by going to Settings > Start Menu...

Thanks to Paul, here is an article on “How to Customize the System Tray Icons in Windows 10” t answer the question of why all the icons are on the right side of the taskbar instead of in the bubble accessed by clicking the chevron.

Using multiple desktops. With some experimenting we figured out how to use the new multiple desktops feature in 10. It works like physically attaching a second monitor and setting it to extend. This allows you to drag a window from your primary desktop to the secondary one showing on the second monitor. Then you can jump back and forth from one desktop to the other and work. Similar to this, you can switch between virtual desktop with this new feature by dragging a window from one to another. You can set up as many additional virtual desktops as you need.

Netplwiz run from the Run dialog box (Win+R) opens a dialog box. Uncheck the box at the top and you will no longer have to enter your password when you turn your PC on. When you hit Apply you will be asked to confirm your password. Next time you boot, you will be automatically signed in.

Use email filters to automatically direct emails from certain people to a folder other than your Inbox. It works similar in all the email clients. Locate the Tools button and then settings and you should find a Filter selection. When you click on it, you can then explain what you want to filter, like email from and tell it to be placed in to a folder. Mail from them will no longer be found in the inbox, but in the new folder instead.

Ever get those emails with tons of email addresses throughout? Copy and paste the email into email-extractor and it will parse out all the addresses that you can use to put into your contact list, add to a database like Mailchimp’s, or anyplace else.

Email Checker is a simple tool for verifying an email address. It's free and quite easy to use. Just enter the email address and hit check button.

We had a discussion on how to extend the range of a WiFi router. Like when the signal at the other end of the house is too weak to use or when you want to tie into your neighbor’s WiFi, with permission of course. There are many to choose from and my examples may not be the best since I do not have one. One type extends the range of an existing wireless network. You place it away from the router and it re-transmits the signal making it stronger in those places it was weak. Another is an antenna that you place somewhere, like near a window, and it grabs the signal and sends it to your computer. This uses a USB port and is a self contained WiFi card. Great for that desktop that does not have WiFi. Another is a directed antenna that does the same job but can pull in a weaker signal. And the last extends the signal by sending through the electrical wiring in the house. It comes in two parts. The first is the one that grabs the weak signal and sends it into the wiring. The second goes in the room you need a connection and give you a hard line connection using an ethernet cable. Here are some examples. Same, but from Amazon

KeePass 2.32 brings regular expression search. This is a new version of KeePass to store your passwords.

Cloud convert anything to anything. We looked at this one but could not see what anything means. It does take a Web site and save it as an image.

White Paper on Maintenance -- posting this again for those who want to know what we use.

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