Thursday, December 15, 2016

Class Summary 12-15-2016

New life for old computer. Simply insert your Xtra-PC into a USB port, restart your computer, hit the boot ... Why invest in a new computer when you can transform your old computer into a like-new one for under $25. ... Affordable; Tiny size USB stick; 8GB of storage.

Build your own Linux USB stick. This web page will show you how and you can skip the $25

7 Hidden iPhone Camera Features That Every Photographer Should Use. These are really great tips. It is a 33 minute video, so be patient as he goes through all 7 of them. Sorry you Android uses. This does not apply to you.

32 tips and tricks for Google Photos. Got Google Photos? This guide will help you get around the service like a pro. As you know, Google Photos allows you to store all your photos in the cloud at no charge. It does not matter how many you have. And these tricks help you to view them in various ways and edit them right online.

Google Drive update makes managing backups a little easier. Install this app to your smartphone and your important things on the phone will be backed up to the cloud.

Virtual Machines are a great way to run some of those old programs from XP or Vista. Use this free program to create a virtual machine on your hard drive and then install that old operating system. Then you can boot to that virtual machine and install those old programs.

And another program to use in a similar way. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Chrome – High CPU Usage? Reinstall It. That is what this article says. Check your CPU usage and if it is high when nothing seems to be running, then try removing all of chrome and then check the usage.

Google Goggle is an app for your cell phone that lets you take a picture of anything. When it finishes it will display all it can fine about what it scanned. If just words, it will OCR them and show them to you in a form you can modify. If a picture it will search the web for that picture and tell you all about it. And more…

If you have Windows 10 and would rather be using 7, try installing Classic Shell. It will give you back the look and feel of 7 or Vista or XP. If you don’t like it, it is an easy task to take it out later. We have talked about this in the past, so search the blog for more.

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