Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Online Computer Club Notes 6-12-2019

The library class was online today in Monticello, KY. The locals did not come but we spent an hour with the faithful from around the country using Hangouts once again. Thank for being part of today’s adventure. Will try this again next Wednesday at 3:30 and see who shows from Monticello.

Here are some of the things we looked at today:

WIn+U opens the Ease of Access window at the Display window. Here you can adjust the settings for your display. Many options to personalize including making text larger and animation and hiding scrollbars and more

I have turned off the following on my computer:




I demonstrated two new apps I have been using on my cell phone:
Life360 and Zello.


Life360 is a family networking app. It is a location-based service designed primarily to allow friends or family members to share location with each other. You can see where the other person is located and if driving you can see them move along the route and what speed they are traveling at.



Zello is an application that emulates push-to-talk walkie-talkies over cell phone networks. The apps are available for smartphones and your Windows PC. Reminds me of the old Nextel flip phones. I used their walkie-talkie feature all the time.

Restart File Explorer
One of the more common causes of a slow computer is the file system becoming overloaded and bogged down with things to do. The easiest way to solve this problem is to simply restart File Explorer.
  1. Win+E to open File Explorer
  2. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager
  3. Locate ‘Windows Explorer’ (which may also display as Explorer.exe)

4. Right-click and select Restart (be careful not to click End Task, because that will cause the PC to crash)

Your computer should now feel more responsive and any of the glitches that were appearing will hopefully have vanished.

A look at Win-X Menu 3.0 for Windows
Windows 10 users who invoke the Windows-X menu get options to launch a selection of advanced tools and common tasks when it opens. They may open Computer Management, PowerShell, or the Event Viewer from the menu directly, run searches, programs, or shut down the system.
http://tinyurl.com/yxw8w4hc

Show Seconds On Clock
Windows 95 was the last version of Windows to display the seconds in the System Tray clock. Microsoft’s reasoning when they removed this feature was since system memory was limited at that time. That memory restriction no longer exists which means you can once again display the seconds if you have a need to do so.
http://tinyurl.com/y2gqqdmw

A Keyboard Mouse?
Did you know you can use your keypad as a mouse? If your mouse conks out on you, here is a convenient quick fix.
http://tinyurl.com/y3fwyh23

Easy Photo Editor is a simple and free image editing tool that makes your pictures look more beautiful. The text tool allows you to add text to your image, select font type, font color and more to make your photo "speaks" for itself! Features: • Select image from your phone media library or camera.
http://www.easyphotoedit.com/

InternetOff allows you to quickly turn off the internet so that you can go offline. When you need the connection, you can enable the internet easily for some period (and it will be automatically turned off) or permanently in just two clicks. Besides the program lets you password protect and schedule access to the internet.
http://tinyurl.com/y6ph7qyn

How to convert YouTube videos to music filesWhen you want to save the music from YouTube videos it's much better to choose YouTube to MP3 software that can save and convert the file in one fell swoop. Any Video Converter Free downloads videos and saves them in virtually any audio or video format you can think of.
http://tinyurl.com/y5ncr7kb




Friday, May 24, 2019

Computer Club Notes 5-21-2019

Ease Of AccessWIn+U opens the Ease of Access window at the Display window. Here you can adjust the settings for your display. Many options to personalize including making text larger and animation and hiding scrollbars and more

Paint is backAfter announcing MS Paint’s “deprecation” back in 2017, Microsoft has gone in the other direction. Not only is Microsoft Paint sticking around in Windows 10—Microsoft just updated it with new keyboard controls. All those plans have been canceled. MS Paint will stay in Windows 10 and won’t move to the Store. Most shockingly, Microsoft has started updating it with new accessibility features.
http://tinyurl.com/y59qsddb

Airplane mode--why?We understand the Airplane mode when flying, but why if we are on the ground? If you leave your device constantly looking for a viable WiFi connection it affects your performance and drains your battery. Also, if you need a quicker than normal charge, turn airplane mode on your phone. Just remember to turn it off when done or you will not get phone calls.

Importance of backupsBacking up is your computer's life insurance policy. We live in Florida so we know the importance of having an insurance policy on our homes. We remember Charlie. What got damaged or destroyed was rebuilt.

What happens when our computer crashes? Could be a worn out hard drive. Could be a virus. Could be a dropped laptop. Could be a stolen laptop. Whatever causes you not to be able to access your system the result is the same and you are not a happy camper.

What if you could get everything back just the way it was in a matter of hours? Isn’t that the kind of insurance you want to have?

Facebook remindersWhenever an action occurs in Facebook, an email is sent to your registered email address. This is by default and can be an annoyance. To stop that from happening choose settings and then notifications then email. Select what you want to be sent to you in an email. I only get important notifications.

PostingOn your profile, you choose who sees the post: Public, Friends… Only Me
On someone else's profile, if they allow you to do so
Tagging pictures will put pictures on someone else’s profile if they have not blocked that feature
Go into Settings > Timeline and Tagging Settings to limit who can post or tag to your timeline

RemindersIf you only want one person to see your post, send it on messenger
If you do not want to see someone’s posts in your newsfeed, unfollow them
If you do not want the world to see your posts, do not post them as public

Tag or not tag your photos?
Tagging will place the photo on your friend's page

Allow games to see your friends?
Only if you want the game to know all your friends names

Where is My Email?IMAP allows you to view the same email inbox on multiple devices because the messages stay on the server. This is how your gmail, yahoo. Hotmail, etc are accessed. Therefore you can access mail from any device by signing in to your account.

POP downloads email messages to your computer and remove them from the server. This is how MS Office Outlook handles your email. You can only access your mail on the device you have installed Outlook -- not the Outlook Mail that comes with Windows 10.

Uninstalling ProgramsYou can uninstall programs right in Windows or using the maintenance program CCleaner. In CCleaner goto Tools > Uninstall. I suggest sorting by date to view what has been recently installed or by name to locate a specific program easily. 


To use Windows press Win+I and choose Apps. A list of all programs will appear. Click on the one you wish to remove and choose Uninstall. 


Then confirm by click Uninstall. Esc to back out.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Computer Club Notes 5-14-2019

Faststone image resizer
FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. Drag and Drop mouse operation is well supported. FastStone Photo Resizer makes quick work of batches of digital snapshot!
http://tinyurl.com/yxaj2u75

F8 Revived
Ever since Windows 95 we have been able to press F8 while the computer was starting and boot into Safe Mode. We could elect to boot with or without networking and even to boot to a DOS-like command prompt--C:\. Enter Windows 10 and the old F8 went away.
http://tinyurl.com/y48mfrbz

Irfanview
IrfanView is an image viewer, editor, organizer and converter program for Microsoft Windows. It can also play video and audio files and has some image creation and painting capabilities.
Get it on Ninite

Multiple Desktops
You see people with two or three or more monitors on their computer. Well, maybe on a TV show. With Windows 10 we can get the same effect with one screen using the new virtual desktop feature. You can have two or three or ten screens all on one computer monitor. Using Task View you can see the virtual desktops available to you and even create additional ones; as many as you need. In that same view, you can drag open windows between desktops and easily switch back and forth.

Also reminded all about using Alt+Tab to switch between active windows on any of the desktops. And just mousing over the taskbar browser icon to see miniature pop-ups of the active windows.

Linux
Demonstrated Linux Mint working on my laptop. It is on it with Windows 10. When I boot, I am offered to start with either Mint or Windows 10. The default on mine is Mint so I have to be quick to take the Windows option.

Linux is one of many possible operating systems. Just to name the popular ones, we have Windows, Chromebook, LinuxMint, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu. The last three are variations of Linux. An older version of Lubuntu I was installing today only need 512mb of RAM and a 20gb hard drive. The newer versions of all of them need 2gb or RAM and 20gb of hard disk space.

Thave a look and feel of Windows run many of the programs we use in Windows, like LibreOffice, Firefox, Chrome, and more. But Windows programs can only run on a Windows computer and Linux programs on a Linux computer. There is, however, a Linux program called WINE that will allow a number of Windows programs to run in Linux.

Did I mention that Linux is FREE? And you do not have run an antivirus program or maintenance programs. This is like the Apple products and the Chromebooks--no need for the “fixit” programs.

1903
One of our members was telling us about his experiences with 1903. He has been using it for a couple of months and really likes it. He says it is much faster and filled with some great new features.

It is a large update and will require at least 32gb of free space on the hard drive to install. This will pose a problem for those having one of the “surface” computers that only have 32gb of flash memory.

Regardless, I think I will wait a while before doing the update when it is actually released to the public.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Computer Club Notes 5-7-2019

Free Phone Service
Talkatone is the best option for replacing your native phone to call and text for free without using cell minutes. By contrast, Skype, Viber and Facetime are only free if the recipient has also already installed the app.
  • Stop paying for cell minutes, texts & landlines
  • Turn your iPad or iPod touch into a phone
  • Call/Text even in areas with bad cell coverage
  • Call/Text when traveling without paying for expensive international minutes
https://www.talkatone.com/

TinyPNG
TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size!
https://tinypng.com/

JSPaint is a web-based Microsoft Paint remake
JSPaint is a free web-based remake of Microsoft Paint, a basic but popular image editor for the Windows operating system. Microsoft announced some time ago that it would deprecate Microsoft Paint in favor of the new Paint 3D UWP application that it introduced in the Windows 10
http://jspaint.app

Dick’s Articles on Dave’s Computer Tips
https://davescomputertips.com/author/dick-evans

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Computer Class Notes 4-30-2019

Taskbar
Where did it go? The normal location is at the bottom of the screen. If it has moved. Point your mouse at a blank space in the taskbar and left drag it back to the bottom. Right click on it and select lock to keep it there.



The start button is in the left and will bring up the Start Menu.



To the right of the start button is the Type here box to ask Cortana a question. If missing, Win+Q to open it.




The Task View button opens history of what you have been doing.

Then you will see icons for quick one click access to applications you have recently used and even websites you have been in.

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To the far right is the Notification button, the date and time, the internet indication, the sound control, and a up arrow to open a window of other applications running.

Lockscreen is a way to leave your computer when not using it. It leaves everything open and opens the startup screen requiring your entry password to continue. Use Win+L to lock it.



Resizing a window is possible if you are in the restore size of an open window. The upper right corner of a window has three button--minimize, size, and exit. If the size button is a single square representing a window you are at the restore size and can change the size of the window by dragging any corner or edge to the size you desire. You can even drag all the way left or right to make the window half screen, or to any corner to make it one quarter size. Drag to the top or double click the title bar and you will switch to full screen. If at full screen, double click the title bar to go back to restore size or drag the title bar down.

When does upper/lower case matter?

Email addresses can be mixed upper and. Case does not matter.
Password must be upper and lower case, exactly as you created them.

Website URLs can be upper or lower, but not the word after the extension (,com, etc). www.mysite.com amd www.MySite.com are the same. Whatever follows that will have a / and additional words that must be whatever necessary to get into a specific page on the site. /ABOUT is not the same as /about or /About.

Left click vs right click
Left click selects an item. Right click pops up a menu of selections.

One click or two?
Generally speaking, what is on the desktop is double-click. Or click once and press the Enter key. The taskbar items are all single click as are options within programs and websites.

Edge, IE, Chrome, Firefox, or what?
The browser you use is a personal choice. I like Chrome and the availability of extensions. Brave is similar to Chrome and allows the use of the Chrome extensions as well. IE or Internet Explorer has been a favorite for many over the year but is been fazed out by Microsoft. You have to hunt for it in Windows 10. Edge is not desirable for me and is even being rewritten by Microsoft to use a Chromium back end just like Google Chrome. Firefox has been a favorite for many over the years and works similar to Chrome. It was the non-Microsoft favorite for years until Google came out with Chrome.


Finding things on a webpage. Ctrl+F open the find box. Type what you are looking for on the page. In this case it found 19 times “Evans” is used.

Increase or decrease size of the content in a browser window
Ctrl+Plus to increase
Ctrl+Minus to decrease
Ctrl+Zero to bring back to normal
This is not the same as Win+Plus which activates the magnifier

Printing a web page or things on it. Use Ctrl+P to open the print dialog box. It will print the entire page.



Instead, select the portions of the page you want to print, then Ctrl+P. On the print window, select Advanced Options and then check Selection only.

Simple Speed Up solutions
Use www.crucial.com to analyze your computer. It will tell you how much RAM you have installed and what your computer is capable of using. Then it will show you the memory you should use to increase it.

Get a faster Hard Drive, maybe a Solid State (SSD). See article at https://davescomputertips.com/how-to-simple-upgrade-to-an-ssd/

Reduce the number of items found on your desktop. This will not slow down your processing, but will slow down the startup of your computer. Try to only have shortcuts on the desktop. Folders and files should be in your Document area.



Review what is in your startup folder. Open Task Manager and on the Details screen select the Startup tab. Disable all that you do not need. I disable most of them as you can see above.

Close programs not being used. The less open the less memory being used. Close the browser when not in use and reopen when needed.

Run the maintenance program on a regular basis to clean things up and remove malware you do not realize has been added.



Forcing a program to end.
Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager. In the lower left click Less details. Click on the program to force and ending, then in the lower right, click End task.



Forcing a web page to end
Press Alt+F4 to exit the page. Or mouse over the taskbar icon and click the X on the popup.

Where is the Control Panel?
Win+Q then type control and press Enter

The Clipboard has changed in 1809. It now stores all entries instead of just the last one. Use Win+V to view them and use them.

The Magnifier is activated using Win+Plus. Turn it off with Win+Esc

Opening File Manager more than once is easy with Win+E

A keyboard shortcut is a set of one or more keys that invoke a command in software or an operating system. They are typically an alternate means for invoking commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a mouse, or an aspect of the user interface. These shortcuts can expedite common operations by reducing input sequences to a few keystrokes.
For a list of Shortcuts see www.tinyurl.com/class-shortcuts


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Computer Club Notes 4-23-2019

Down To Basics

Right click on the desktop



Display settings bring you to a place to change the size of display and more

Personalize gets you to change themes and backgrounds

Changing the Background



Changing the Theme





The Start Menu



(Left) click on the windows button or Ctrl+Esc




Removing and Adding Tiles

Right Click on the time and Unpin to remove it, Resize to change its size




Searching for Installed Programs

To the left of the tiles, scroll the list of programs to locate the one you want to run. To speed up the process, click one of the stand alone letters (A) to jump to a lettered group.

Type here to search to enter the name of the program and then Enter to run it. If you do not see the Type here… box, type Win+Q

What version of Windows 10 do I have?



Win+R and type WINVER and press Enter

Speedtest.net will tell you how fast your Internet service is. Century Link should be at least 5 Mbps. Comcast should be over 25 Mbps. If you use comcast.speedtest.net they keep track of your results.



AdBlock is a neat addition to your Chrome or FireFox browser. It stops most of those pesky ads from appearing on your screen. In Chrome click the menu button (three dots in upper right) then More tools then Extensions. In the upper left, click the Main Menu button next to the word Extensions. In the bottom left, click Open Chrome Web Store. In the upper left Search box type adblock and press the enter key. Then locate AdBlock (see above) and click it’s Add To Chrome button.

Where did I save that file? Open File Explorer and look in Quick Access. It shows the recently used files with the most current on top. Where it was saved is shown to the right of the file name.

Win+E to open another instance of File Explorer. Then you can easily move files or folders from one location to another.

Open Task manager
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Right-Click taskbar and select Task manager
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task manager
Disable Startup Items
Open Task manager and click the Startup tab


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Computer Club Notes 4-9-2019

YouTube.TVCut the cable. Cable-free live TV is here from 70+ networks free to try and then about $50 monthly. Local sports and news. No cable box required. No contract. Live sports, news, and shows from 70+ channels. Free unlimited DVR storage space. 6 accounts for your household. 3 simultaneous streams.
https://tinyurl.com/zxnmfsd

SpeccyWe were talking about how hot the CPU or Hard Drive might be and someone remembered there are programs that can tell us that information and a lot more. See what's inside your PC. Speccy is the place to start if you need to know what's inside your PC. See a quick summary, or dive deeper into every aspect of your PCs hardware so you can make informed upgrade and purchasing decisions.
https://tinyurl.com/yaj3nzz8

Flickr and ShutterflyThese sites have been around for years. Each allows you to upload your photos and create photo books and more. We were reminded that if you have an Amazon Prime account you can order prints online for 9 cents each and have them delivered anywhere in the US for free.

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a camera phone.
https://tinyurl.com/ntkzq

With Shutterfly, create photo books, personalize photo cards & stationery, and share photos with family and friends.
https://tinyurl.com/3lqwnx

Setting a restore point and why
System Restore is an awesome system recovery tool, and it's included with Windows for free. It's the ideal solution for rolling back bad drivers, fixing when buggy software breaks your PC, or simply rolling you back to a previous point in time. We looked at how to create a restore point and how to recover from one.
https://tinyurl.com/y6znj4nk

CleanUp
! is a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more. Works good but why not CCleaner?
https://tinyurl.com/yp5qsy

Photo Clip is a digital cutting tool that crops details, people, objects or even the entire background in your photos and removes annoying elements. Watch the video and be amazed. Looks well worth the one time price.
https://tinyurl.com/yyfhq3pq

Valid Email AddressesThis website lets you type in an email address to test to be sure it is a valid address.
https://www.verifyemailaddress.org/

Geek Uninstaller
One user writes "The performance of Geek Uninstaller is impressive. It uninstalls quickly and finds leftover files that anyone couldn't. Overall, the app is an impressive maintenance tool that delivers on both performance and features. Highly recommended". Another good one is Revo which can be found on Ninite.
https://tinyurl.com/yc35aqno

Microsoft changes how Windows 10 disconnects USB storage devices
Microsoft has modified the way Windows 10 handles the operation of disconnecting a USB or Thunderbolt storage device. This includes USB thumb drives, external hard drives, flash drives, and even USB data transfer connections established between PCs and smartphones. The change took effect with the wide deployment of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update.
https://tinyurl.com/y48m5fxr 


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Computer Class Notes 3-26-2019

Check Your Google Account
You have complete access to everything Google has save for you. Check it out at myaccount.google.com and look at the details for you at myaccount.google.com/dashboard.



I scrolled down a little and was amazed I had over 18,000 photos on Google Photos!

How to Reset Your Apple ID Password
Most or the time we only get asked for it when we are requesting to download an App. Without it we are stuck. This article show you how to reset it.
https://tinyurl.com/y55wecfu

Excel ChampsFree stuff all about Excel. Every month 300k Excel enthusiasts come here to sharpen their skills by learning some the most amazing tips and tricks. If you don’t use Excel because you do not own it, use it free online at office.com. Most of the tips will apply to other spreadsheets like Google Sheets and LibreOffice. Sign up for their newsletter and get free tips in your email.
https://excelchamps.com/

Windows 10 version 1903
The soon-to-be-released next feature upgrade for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, features a new Windows Update related policy. We are expecting this to arrive second week of March, but who knows the actual date and if it will be a clean release. I for one am going to wait a little before putting it on my main machine.
https://tinyurl.com/yxr2xmux

Microphone App for Cell Phone
Using Bluetooth you can have a wireless microphone for meetings and fun. Download the app and you will instantly have a wireless microphone. So simple; it just works. You just need a bluetooth speaker.

How to Cast iPhone To Windows Computer
It’s surprisingly easy actually and requires no configuration of your Apple device or even a software download. You only need to download the strangely named Lonely Screen to your PC and within seconds you’ll be viewing your iPhone in glorious Technicolor. Now this is on your PC, not your TV. To cast to the TV use Chromecast or an HDMI cable. https://tinyurl.com/ybwvb7zj

The 10 Best Google Docs Add-Ons for More Professional Documents
Along with its regular features, Google Docs also supports a host of add-ons to help you properly format a document. These add-ons are found under the Add-ons menu option. This article outlines some useful Google Docs add-ons you can use to create professional documents. When you are used to doing things in Word it can be frustrating to use Google Docs. These add-ons enable Word like feature in Docs. And they are very easy to install and use. Check them out and these are only 10 of many many more.
https://tinyurl.com/ybq82tlq

The 10 Minute Mail lets you create a temporary email address. Why? You just want to download that delicious recipe and they want your email address. You know what they want it for--to send you junk mail. Instead of using your real one, create a temporary one and use it. They may want to have you confirm your email and this lets you read any emails sent to it. If you need 10 more minutes, you can add it--again and again.

Download from YouTubeYes, you can download the videos on YouTube to watch them later without internet access.
Locate the video on YouTube
Locate its URL in the address bar
http://www.youtube.com/xxxxxxxx

Add ss before youtube and hit the Enter key
http://www.ssyoutube.com/xxxxxxxx

On the next page, part way down the page locate the offer to download video in browser and click the link

Click Download and the video will be downloaded to your Download folder

PatchMyPc
Patch My PC can check your system against the current version of Adobe Reader/Acrobat/Flash, Mozilla Firefox, and more. Video tutorial available. Once you run Patch My PC, it will simply show you a list of supported software and then let you know the status. By the way, the app is portable, so no installation is required. Green means it’s okay, red means it needs updating and black means it’s not installed. The interface is more complex than Ninite which will do the same job except for CCleaner. That one is not included in Ninite so you have to go to ccleaner.com and download it yourself, wade through the screen wanting you to buy it, and keep you eye out for other software it wants you to install (Avast). This is an executable file that does not have to be installed to run. However, you might see a warning from your antivirus.
https://tinyurl.com/y2ufrfj5

Quick Google Doc
Just type doc.new and Google Docs will open with a new blank document.

Steps Recorder
I did NOT know about this neat feature in Windows 10. Turn it on and it records every step you are doing with images. A great way to show someone how to do something. Save it and email it to them. To start it locate steps recorder by typing that into the Type Here… box. (Win+Q gets you to it if it does not show on the bottom of your screen).



Click to run it.



Click Start Record and everything you do from then on will be recorded. Click Stop Record when finished. It saves as a zip file. Inside find an mht file which can be opened in Internet Explorer.

Try it out. It does an amazing job!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Computer Class Notes for 3-19-2019

CCleaner
We all use CCleaner to clean the junk out of our hard drives and to clean the registry. I have been reading articles about cleaning the registry and the general consensus seems to be that it has no effect on the speed of the computer. I read that when Windows boots the entire registry is loaded into RAM which negates the need to defrag it or even clean it up. I have never had a problem using the registry cleaner in CCleaner, but some have indicated issues with windows after cleaning it. I have seen performance improvement when the cleaning finds hundreds of issues, but that is when it has not been cleaned in years of use.



There is a shortcut to cleaning the junk--right-click on the recycle bin and choose Run CCleaner. That does the cleaning in the background and you will notice a spinning CCleaner icon in the lower right of the taskbar.

ScamFoo
In looking into the possibility that a too good to be true website selling cheap laptops we came across scamfoo.com which reports as to the validity of a website. When we entered the URL for the questionable site it reported that this was not a safe site.

RANDOM.ORG offers true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs. People use RANDOM.ORG for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive online games, for scientific applications and for art and music.
https://tinyurl.com/kt26b7

Keep A Portable Ubuntu Installation With You Wherever You Go
Having a PC in your pocket is a massive advantage. But how can it be done easily? The answer, of course, is via a USB stick. With a version of Ubuntu installed on your USB stick, you’ll have access to the web, to your favorite files and folders… all without the pain of lagging a laptop around.
https://tinyurl.com/yxcuxomp

Paint Dot Net
Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.
https://www.getpaint.net/index.html

Program Switcher
Switch one program with another! For example, anytime you perform any action that would normally start Microsoft Paint, you can switch this program with Paint.NET, so that it starts instead! It is incredibly useful after major Windows 10 updates which reset file associations back to defaults; with Program Switcher you can always force your preferred program to run instead of Microsoft’s default program!
https://tinyurl.com/yxvtu2d8

SurveyMonkey is an online survey development cloud-based software as a service company, founded in 1999 by Ryan Finley. SurveyMonkey provides free, customizable surveys, as well as a suite of paid back-end programs that include data analysis, sample selection, bias elimination, and data representation tools.Wikipedia
https://tinyurl.com/a7u4ar

Write-Caching
Write Caching, if enabled, sends disk write-requests to computer memory (RAM) instead of directly to the much slower hard disk drive (HDD). This frees up applications from having to wait for the drive to finish its work before moving on to other tasks. This option is why we need to safely remove our USB devices before unplugging them.
http://tinyurl.com/y3crfktn

How to use the new Snip & Sketch
Beginning with version 1809, Windows 10 offers an expanded range of screen capture options. You can save the full screen, the active window, or a rectangular selection to a file or to the Clipboard for reuse in another app. Here's how the new tools work.
http://tinyurl.com/yxlcf5tf

Notepad Online
Perfect for quick, secure note taking. It was designed for simplicity, security, and speed. It loads immediately into a blank notepad and anything you type is instantly encrypted and saved. — You can add a password on any note and share it securely.
http://www.notepad.pw

The 10 Minute Mail lets you create a temporary email address. Why? You just want to download that delicious recipe and they want your email address. You know what they want it for--to send you junk mail. Instead of using your real one, create a temporary one and use it. They may want to have you confirm your email and this lets you read any emails sent to it. If you need 10 more minutes, you can add it--again and again.

Easy Screen Capture
With 1803 we were given an easy way to capture a screen by pressing Win+Shift+S. Draw a box around what you want to capture and release the mouse. Your image is in the clipboard.

With 1809 the clipboard is no longer a one time clip. Win+V will open the clipboard where you can view every item that has been copied since the last reboot or since you cleared the clipboard.

Daves computer tips is an online blog with many computer tips, as the name implies… I am now writing some articles for them. Check my latest article at https://tinyurl.com/yynegsp6 and please leave a comment on my articles. Thanks.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Class Notes 3-12-2019

The Best Google Docs Add-Ons
Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). https://tinyurl.com/ya6h8xuq

To Display WiFi Network Password:
Win + R and type ncpa.cpl in the run box, then hit the enter key. Locate the wireless network adapter and then:
Right-click > Status > Wireless properties > Security > Show characters


Free online learning
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/computers/

Google Keep
Google Keep is what I use to keep our shopping list. We each can make entries on our cell phone and use it at the market to get all we want instead of getting there and trying to remember what we need.

Daves computer tips
is an online blog with many computer tips, as the name implies… I am now writing some articles for them. Check them out at https://davescomputertips.com/
Classic Shell f
ound at classicshell.net and in Ninite gives you a start menu on Windows 10 that has the appearance of XP, Vista, or 7.



Ninite
Ninite is the safest site to install programs from. When you open ninite.com you are presented with a list of program to select from. You check the ones you want and then click the Get Installer button. That does not download any of the programs you have checked, it downloads a tiny program to your computer with a list of the programs you checked.



When you run that installer program it looks over each program selected to see if you have it already installed on your computer. If not, it downloads and installs it. If you already have the program it compares the version on your computer to the available one. If the one you have is already the latest, it does nothing with that program. If the one you have is older, the latest is downloaded and installed for you.

The next time you want to check to see if you have the latest updates you do not have to go to ninite and start over. If you still have the installer program on your computer, just double-click it.

Check installed programs
When you install a new program off the internet, check the list of installed programs to be sure nothing else was install on the same date as what installed. Remove any surprise installs. I use Glary or CCleaner to look at the installed programs by date installed to accomplish this and to remove the offending software.

Magnifier is very useful and easy to use in Windows 10
Win+Plus enlarges
Win+Minus reduces
Move the mouse left, right, up, and down to see other areas of the screen
Win+Esc Cancels the magnifier

Router to Wifi Repeater
Use that old router to act as a repeater to get a good WiFi signal all over your house.
http://tinyurl.com/y6ynb4dn

Radio on the Internet
I Heart Radio gives you the ability to listen to your home town, or any other town, radio station. All your favorite music, radio and podcasts, all free.
https://tinyurl.com/zfk6w8k
Download from YouTube
Yes, you can download the videos on YouTube to watch them later without internet access.
1. Locate the video on YouTube
2. Locate its URL in the address bar
http://www.youtube.com/xxxxxxxx
3. Add ss before youtube and hit the Enter key
http://www.ssyoutube.com/xxxxxxxx
4. On the next page, part way down the page locate the offer to download video in browser and click the link
5. Click Download and the video will be downloaded to your Download folder

USB speeds
USB speed and colors
USB 1.1 1.5 mb/s white
USB 2.0 60 mb/s black
USB 3.0 625 mb/s blue
USB 3.1 1,210 mb/s red*
*Orange: the connector does not power off during sleep or standby mode.

No More Mozy
Mozy was bought out by Carbonite. It is not free. If you have data on Mozy it will be removed as of April 15, 2019. I have moved to IDrive for my daily backup. You get 5gb for free and it has a number of other features as well. I will be experimenting and report back to you soon.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Class Notes for 2-26-2019

Demonstration of setting up an Amazon Firestick



We started with a new box and walked through every step to set up the firestick and to establish a new Amazon account.

Last week we looked at the Roku box. This is similar in that they give you a menu of many movies and tv shows to watch. And channels to log in to like Netflix and others that require a monthly fee. No fee except to purchase it for the firestick.

If you have a smart TV and just want to get Netlfix and Amazon Prime and Hulu and others that cone built in to the TV, you do not need the firestick or Roku. Your TV does the work.

More on “cutting the cable”
You are not dumping your provider. You are opting out of the telephone and cable package. All you need is the internet and it does not have to be very high speed. Don’t get sold on the need for 100-150 mbps that the cable company says you have to have. I have found that 3-5 mbps streams. Our 4g cell phones can be used as a hotspot at about 5 mbps.

Get a TV antenna for from $10-$50 and plug it into the back of your TV. Go to settings on the TV and scan for TV channels. In this area you will find 30 or more local channels that are free.

Add the firestick or Roku and you have all the movie channels and seasons of TV shows to watch. And music and many other channels to add for free. There is one call pluto.tv that gives you free TV. You can try that out for free on your computer.

Your biggest bill will be your internet and the monthly fee for Netflix and whatever else you subscribe to that is not totally free. Try it.

Eyesight Issues
Win+Plus Turn on
Win+Esc Turn off

This start the magnifier for anyone with sight problems. Try it. It is self explanatory.

The Best Portable Apps That Require No Installation
This runs through a list of apps you can put on a flash drive for use anywhere. Some of my facvortes are on the list--Notepad+, emailstripper, libreoffice, and more
https://tinyurl.com/ybz965np

Useful Links from the past
This list was found in an old disk drive and some may no longer work. Give them a try.
http://monticello.rwevans.net/links.htm

What to Do if You Drop Your Android in Water
The first thing everyone tells you to do is to stuff your phone in a jar of rice. However, stuffing your phone in a jar of rice is more likely to accidentally stuff rice grains into your phone than it is to aid the phone's drying process. Rice is not a drying agent. Do not use rice.
https://tinyurl.com/y3uo4fmv

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Computer Club Summary 2-19-2019

Live demonstration of hooking up a Roku box took us about an hour to cover all the questions. Here is a link to Roku.com so you can check them out. You can buy from them or at any of the retails stores locally or on Amazon.



Use Wordle to create a graphic of words. I downloaded the program to my PC and it works great.

As mentioned in the last few classes, I have been using the Brave browser and the search engine duckduckgo. Check their pages for the benefits. I have found them fast and secure.

Have you got a locked iDevice (iPhone, ipad…) and can’t figure out how to unlock it or even to factory reset it to give to someone else? Check Dr.fone. It is a downloadable program from your PC to unlock any iDevice. Not free.

Review the 10 Minute Mail that George demonstrated at the last meeting. Lets you create a temporary email address. Why? You just want to download that delicious recipe and they want your email address. You know what they want it for--to send you junk mail. Instead of using your real one, create a temporary one and use it. They may want to have you confirm your email and this lets you read any emails sent to it. If you need 10 more minutes, you can add it--again and again.

Review the .new links that was explained in the Bytes for February. Simply stated, to create a new document in Google Docs, type doc.new into your address bar and you are taken to a new document in google docs. Spreed.new for a new worksheet. Re-read the article for details.

Have I Been PWNED?
There have been many corporations that have been hacked over the last few years and email addresses have been exposed; sometimes passwords also. This site has a database of all email addresses that have been taken. Type in your address and find out if you have been pwned. If you have, you might want to change your password.
https://tinyurl.com/y2jwd9sq

Windows 10 Icon Spacing
Right-click on your desktop and change the size of the icons--small, medium, and large. But that does not change the spacing between them. This article shows you how to make that adjustment. Beware, this is a little technical.
https://tinyurl.com/y5nt76rx

How to Use the Chrome Cleanup Tool
As the article says “Once available as a standalone program, the Chrome Cleanup tool is now a part of the actual browser itself and can detect and remove harmful software along with restoring hijacked settings back to their original state. If you are experiencing undesirable symptoms such as intrusive pop-up ads and unexpected web pages appearing, your search engine and homepage being redirected to services and sites that you've never heard of before or just general slowness in your browser, then you should first check for and remove any unwanted programs.”
https://tinyurl.com/y5g4dewd

New Tool Tells You if Your Password Has Been HackedGoogle Password Checkup functions as a helpful second layer of security, telling you when your passwords have been compromised, and reminding you to change them before it’s too late.
https://tinyurl.com/yy7glrbe

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Computer Club Notes 2-12-2019

SSD?
The cost of Solid State Drives has dropped to affordable prices. 500gb drives are available for less than $100. They are proving to be more reliable than hard disk drives with an expectation of many years of service. They are quiet, easy to install, and much faster than hard drives. The speed gain for the upgrade will be much greater than what you gained by increasing the amount of memory. If you have not increased RAM to at least 4 gb, you might want to do that at the same time.

SSDs are all 2.5” in size and exactly the same size as laptop drives. So the replacement in a laptop is pretty easy. You might need a YouTube video to see how to locate and remove the old drive on your laptop. If you have a desktop with an IDE hard drive, you will not find an SSD in that format. If the motherboard has SATA connection you probably can install the SSD, but more than likely will need a bracket to hold the 2.5” drive. Here is one for less than $5: https://tinyurl.com/y3yln98x

Generate Random Text
Using MS Word, I demonstrated how to generate some random text using a website called http://www.lipsum.com/. You do not need to have Word. It just generates as much text as you need so you can copy and paste it into whatever program you to use it for.

In Word you can just type =RAND() or =RAND(p,s) p for number of paragraphs and s for number of sentences in each paragraph. Leave them out and it auto generates 5,3. The text comes from the help screens in Word.

Download your Google data
Google has a lot of information based on all the Google sites you visit. You can download that data to your own computer easily. This article tells how.
https://tinyurl.com/hjs6x9u

Windows 10 version 1809 rollout is here
As we talked last month, 1809 is working and starting to automatically roll out to all users. I have installed it without a hiccup on three of my machines at home as well. In a few weeks we will be looking at 1903. More on it as we get closer to the actual download date which is unknown at this time.




To check which version of windows you have installed press Win + R, type Winver, press Enter. The latest is 1809. 1803 is ok. Just wait for 1809 to come down on its own. If your machine does not line up with the requirements for 1809 it will not be updated. Some issues with certain processors and video chips.

How to pin to taskbar. On the desktop right- click the icon you want to place on the taskbar. Select pin to taskbar. Or you can just drag the icon to the taskbar. To pace it on the Start Menu, right click and choose Pin to Start.

What cloud?
We talked about the various “clouds” out there for us to use. Remember a cloud is hard drive storage at a location away from your location. It is accessed using the internet. The data stored is encrypted so only you can access it.
  • Windows 10 has OneDrive, a 5 gb cloud
  • Google comes with 15gb
  • Google Photos provides unlimited photo storage
  • Dropbox comes with 2gb
  • Amazon Prime comes with 5gb
  • Amazon Prime Photos provides unlimited photo storage
And there are many more out there

In every case you can purchase more space for a reasonable cost.

I use OneDrive. I found it the easiest. I just save files in my OneDrive folder and Microsoft saves a copy in its cloud. You will need a free Microsoft Account to access it.

For pictures I use Google Photos. It is unlimited and with the app on my cell phone every picture I take is automatically sent to the Google Cloud. If you have a free google account (gMail) you have the Google Drive (drive.google.com).



Ninite
Ninite is the safest site to install programs from. When you open ninite.com you are presented with a list of program to select from. You check the ones you want and then click the Get Installer button. That does not download any of the programs you have checked, it downloads a tiny program to your computer with a list of the programs you checked.



When you run that installer program it looks over each program selected to see if you have it already installed on your computer. If not, it downloads and installs it. If you already have the program it compares the version on your computer to the available one. If the one you have is already the latest, it does nothing with that program. If the one you have is older, the latest is downloaded and installed for you.

The next time you want to check to see if you have the latest updates you do not have to go to ninite and start over. If you still have the installer program on your computer, just double-click it.

Easy Screen Capture
With 1803 we were given an easy way to capture a screen by pressing Win+Shift+S. Draw a box around what you want to capture and release the mouse. Your image is in the clipboard.

With 1809 the clipboard is no longer a one time clip. Win+V will open the clipboard where you can view every item that has been copied since the last reboot or since you cleared the clipboard.


Stop Background Tasks in Chrome
Menu > Settings > Advanced > System > Continue running background… turn the switch off.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks, AskLeo, TomsHardware, DavesComputerTips and others for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Class Summary 1-29-2019

We discussed how to add a Chrome extension.

Open Chrome



Click the menu button (upper right three vertical dots)

More tools > Extensions



Click the Extensions Main Menu (three horizontal lines)




Click Open Chrome Web Store



Search the store for the extension you are seeking and the Add to Chrome

Alternatives To Microsoft Word

Word was not always the top choice among word processors. WordStar is a word processor application that had a dominant market share during the early- to mid-1980s. Then Microsoft Word came on the scene and was delivered free to everyone purchasing a new PC.

Today we have many other options. We will look at a few.

OpenOffice / LibreOffice are the same but different. This article will give you some history and details: https://tinyurl.com/zsagq8d

We will looked at the simple with Jarte, Abiword, and the Office look-a-like in WPS. Then we checked out Google Drive.

If you have a Google account, you have 15 gb of storage in their cloud and have access at drive.google.com. All your Google data is stored here. Your gMail, your Google Photos, and anything else you upload to the “drive”. If you are storing your photos or movies or Google documents, the storage is free. If you are uploading non-Google files they use your 15 gb of free space. If you run out, you can purchase more space at a reasonable monthly fee.

I use Google Docs and Spreadsheets for most of my writing. Not only is it available on my PC, but also on my cell phone and Chromebook and LinuxMint computer, and at anyone else’s computer. Access is on the web and all files are stored there. Sharing files with others is a simple as clicking Share and sending them the link. They can view but not change or I can set it to allow their comments or even to modify the file.

We covered many questions regarding the various office programs. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Class Notes 1-22-2019

Slow Computer
What can be done about a slow computer? Over time every computer slows down the result of many layers of stuff added over time. Exactly what I cannot say. The first answer many will give is to add more memory. For Windows 10 it seems to like no less than 2 gb and the more the better. Older computers may not allow more than 1-2 gb max. Running the maintenance programs helps a lot (CCleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware). The best way is to backup all your data and reload a fresh operating system. This totally cleans your system and lets you start fresh. Now it will be running at top speed. Restore your data and install any software that did not come with Windows. Still runs slow? You might want to check out Linux Mint as a replacement OS.

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows
Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse.
http://tinyurl.com/znjwvqu

How to block endscreen video recommendations on YouTube
Sometimes, or even all the time, you may prefer not to receive video suggestions. Maybe, because you are watching YouTube with minors and don't want them exposed to suggestions that are inappropriate or make them want to watch more videos on the site. We looked at this article but did not get to understand enough to try blocking. If you get it to go, let me know...
https://tinyurl.com/yat73vgy

7 Useful Ways to Reuse an Old Router
This article has some good suggestions on using that old router. How to repurpose it as a switch, a second WiFi channel, a WiFi extender and more.
https://tinyurl.com/ya53n9ub

SlingTV
Had the opportunity to see Sling TV in action. It is just like having cable or dish, but nowhere as costly. You pick how many channels and pay based on the group you choose. And then there are addons for you to pick in either to add certain channels. All in all a lot less than what you have now. Try it free for 15 days.

In addition you can use PlutoTV for free. If you have a Roku or Firestick you can add the channel. Many other channels are available on either of those devices--some free and some subscription.


DuckDuckGo
We started as the search engine that doesn’t track you, and have grown to become a privacy company that protects you no matter where you go on Internet.

DuckDuckGo is the Internet privacy company that lets you take control of your information, without any tradeoffs. We believe the internet shouldn't feel so creepy, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds.
https://duckduckgo.com/

How to Clear Your Google Search History
Ctrl+H will open your search history. Every event is logged and you can return to each one. Or you can remove them all.
https://tinyurl.com/yddefv65



Burning an ISO file in Windows 10
It used to be that to burn an ISO file you had to us a 3rd party program like imgburn or cdburnerxp. Not any more. Locate the image (ISO file) and right-click. At the top of the list of options find. Burn Image. If that option is not available click send to and choose File Explorer. Set the default for ISO files to File Explorer to have it available every time..

How do I know what version of Windows?
7, 8, 8.1, 10? They told us 10 would be the end. No more Windows. Now we just have versions of 10. The current version is 1809. 18 stands for the year, 2018. 09 is the month scheduled for release, September. So, you may have 10, but are you at the current version? To find out, press Win+R, type WINVER, and press Enter, A Window will appear with the version you are using. If that is not 1809, Win+I > Update and Security > Check for Updates to get the latest.

How to Add a Password
If your computer was originally set up without a password to startup, this is how to add one. Win+I > Accounts > Sign-In Options > Password, then click Change.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, AskLeo, tomshardware, TechConnect, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Class Notes 1-15-2019

We had a good turnout today. Lots of folks are back from up north. I think the count was 27. Here are the notes as I recall them.

We talked about internet speed. Those on century link are getting speed of 10 or less and having no problems streaming or get their emails and browsing done. Comcast users are getting bigger speeds but accomplishing the same tasks.

Want to check your speed? Use Speedtest.net.

Copy Data To New Computer

Unless you do not use the standard places to save your data, all data folders are in a folder with your name under the Users folder in the C: drive. Access them easily by pressing Windows+R, type C:\users and press Enter. File Explorer will open with all users folders listed in the right column. Double click your folder to open it.

Holding the Ctrl key down, select each folder containing your data.

Right-click one of the selected folders and choose Properties to determine the total amount of space needed.


Do not select the OneDrive folder, those files will come down from the cloud when you sign into Microsoft on your new computer.


Be sure to have your external drive inserted at this point. With all the folders still selected, right-click any of the selected files and choose Send to and then the name of your flash drive or external hard drive.

This will take a few minutes depending on how much data is being copied.

When finished, safely remove the flash drive or external hard disk. Then place it into the new computer. Open the drive in File Explorer on the new computer to see all the folders. Then drag them into your folder on the new computer. That is the folder within the User folder with your user name. Locate the same way using Windows+R, type C:\users, press Enter and double click on your name, You can overwrite any same name files.

Now your data is done. On to the programs.

If you saved the installation files for non Microsoft programs in downloads, locate them and one at a time install them on the new computer.

If some of your programs are not in downloads, locate the CD’s or find them online. You cannot just copy the executables from the old computer.

Now your new computer is ready to go.

Otter web browser
Otter Browser final is a stable modern browser with lots of integrated features and options. Is it ready for prime time? It is certainly possible to use the browser as the main driver but most users will probably use it as a secondary browser for the time being.
https://tinyurl.com/ybhjn4g7

Rename Files/Folders In Sequential Number Order
Here is a quick and easy way to batch rename your files/folders giving them sequential numbers.
First, line them up in the order you want them to be numbered.

We used the desktop to copy the individual files to. Then we could easily move them around to the order desired. Then we selected all files and right-clicked on one of them. Choose Rename and type the name you want to use. Press enter and all the file are named the same with a sequential number placed to the right of each name… (1) to (...)

This article explains in more detail
https://tinyurl.com/y744fzbc

Convert hardcopy document into editable digital document
We took a picture of a document with my phone. Because of Google Photos it uploaded the image to the cloud. We accessed it in the Google Cloud and use SmallPDF.com to convert the JPG file to a PDF then opened the PDF in Word which converted it to an editable document. SmallPDF can also convert a PDF to Word. Other methods are discussed in the following article.

Use Optical Character Recognition software without installation on your computer. Recognize text and characters from PDF scanned documents (including multipage files), photographs and digital camera captured images. Free Online OCR service supports 32 recognition languages.
https://tinyurl.com/y8eappe7

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, AskLeo, tomshardware, TechConnect, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Class Summary 1-4-2019

Heritage Oak Computer Training 1-4-2019

Windows 10 version 1809 rollout is here
As we talked last month, 1809 is working and starting to automatically roll out to all users. I have installed it without a hiccup on three of my machines at home as well.

To check which version of windows you have installed press Win + R, type Winver, press Enter. The latest is 1809. 1803 is ok. Just wait for 1809 to come down on its own. If your machine does not line up with the requirements for 1809 it will not be updated. Some issues with certain processors and video chips.

How to pin to taskbar. On the desktop right- click the icon you want to place on the taskbar. Select pin to taskbar. Or you can just drag the icon to the taskbar.

What cloud?
We talked about the various “clouds” out there for us to use. Remember a cloud is hard drive storage at a location away from your location. It is accessed using the internet. The data stored is encrypted so only you can access it.
  • Windows 10 has OneDrive, a 5 gb cloud 
  • Google comes with 15gb 
  • Google Photos provides unlimited photo storage 
  • Dropbox comes with 2gb 
  • Amazon Prime comes with 5gb 
  • Amazon Prime Photos provides unlimited photo storage 
And there are many more out there

In every case you can purchase more space for a reasonable cost.

I use OneDrive. I found it the easiest. I just save files in my OneDrive folder and Microsoft saves a copy in its cloud. You will need a free Microsoft Account to access it.

For pictures I use Google Photos. It is unlimited and with the app on my cell phone every picture I take is automatically sent to the Google Cloud. If you have a free google account (gMail) you have the Google Drive (drive.google.com).

Move a picture to a flash drive. Locate the picture on the hard drive in File Explorer. Right-click the file name. Then select to move it to the name of the inserted flash drive.

Amazon Prime prints for 9 cents each. This makes it simple to send pictures to all your friends with free shipping. Think about it. 100 pictures will cost $9.00 and will be delivered in 2 days free after 1-3 days processing.

Brave Browser is another way to access the Internet. It claims to be faster than Chrome. You might want to check it out. And a couple of interesting search engines, not browsers, are Dogpile and Duckduckgo. They do not keep your personal data about who you are and where you have gone. I have been using Brave instead of Chrome and I feel it is much faster and more secure.
http://tinyurl.com/ycva54kf

Remember playing those Nintendo games a few years ago? I was at the mall and noticed a miniature Nintendo box with controllers for sale--a retro game box with a bunch of the old games built in. I went home and checked on the internet. Yes, most are available to run right in your browser.



Check out all of those legacy games at nintendo.com 
 
1809 Clipboard
On Windows 10 version 1809, you’re getting a new clipboard experience that leverages the Microsoft cloud to copy and paste content across devices.

The experience works just like before, using the Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.

Windows key + V keyboard shortcut that allows you to see your clipboard history. In addition, the experience includes a button to clear all your history, or enable the feature if it’s currently disabled.

Using the new experience, you can also paste anything that is listed in the history, and you can pin items for things you paste all the time.

The new clipboard also brings a new settings page in the System section that allows you to customize many aspects of the experience.


1809 Display
A new section called Make text bigger, which now includes the controls to increase text size across the system including Microsoft Store apps and classic (win32) applications.

Win + I > Ease of Access > Make text bigger


1809 Snip & Sketch
Windows 10 is introducing a new snipping experience that combines the old Snipping Tool with Screen Sketch (formerly part of the Windows Ink Workspace) into a single modern experience called “Snip & Sketch,” which uses the modern app design that we continue to see on Microsoft Store apps.

Using this new experience brings a few additional benefits, including a single experience to take screenshots. The app receives updates using the Microsoft Store. It’ll show up in Task View. You can set the window size to be your preferences, and it even supports multiple windows.

Some of the new features includes the ability to quickly snip and share a screenshot using the Win + Shift + S, which now brings the snipping toolbar with all the basic tools you need.



In the “Keyboard” settings page, you’ll see a new option that says “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping,” enabling this option lets you bring up the new snipping tool pressing the Print Screen button.



Finally, Action Center (Win + A) gains a new Screen snip button that let you also get a quick access to the new snipping experience.

Sign in to a Windows 10 account automatically on start
We can do this manually by invoking netplwiz at the Run screen (Win + R). The next version of Windows 10 will have an easier approach to making this happen. This article details doing it now.
https://tinyurl.com/ybvprn93




LiveTV Free
Check out http://pluto.tv for a channel listing. Get it on your Roku box or on your computer. There is a TV Channel Listing just like on Cable and On Demand movies… free… and we looked at Hulu.com and sling.com.

Regular TV can be viewed in your browser and cast to your TV with Chromecast that plugs into an hdmi port on the TV. You can also watch shows from the last week or so on most of the major networks such as ABC.com. There are even some live feeds on most network websites.



How to Send and Receive Faxes Online
Most companies still want a fax rather than an email. I believe this has something to do with what the courts will accept as a legal document. This article details how to send and receive a Fax from your computer without having to have a fax machine or a printer that does fax. It recommends MyFax. Another one is Jfax.com which can send and receive faxes. I use JConnect which which is now owned by Jfax and seldom use it.
http://tinyurl.com/yaftgul2

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, AskLeo, tomshardware, TechConnect, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.