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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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