Friday, December 6, 2019

Computer Class Update 12-6-2019

Thanks for voting last Tuesday. I am happy to be still on the board of directors and very happy to have Grover continuing as our club president.

Sherri and I are leaving on the 10th, to head back to Florida. We will be glad to return to the warmer temperatures and to all our friends and family in the Port Charlotte area.

It was Sherri’s birthday last Friday and she purchased a truck from her birth father that had been her grandfathers. It is a 1963 Chevy C10 truck. It needs a lot of work and will be a project for a few years to come for us--mostly her. It will stay at our Kentucky home.

I taught a technology class last week here in Monticello at the pubic library. In addition, I have worked on a number of computers here and over the phone/internet as you can imagine. Be glad to get back to my “Tuesdays” at the club and the other places I volunteer and teach.

Here are a few things I thought you might like to check out.

Caps Lock Warning
By Dick Evans,

Have you ever pressed the Caps Lock key instead of Shift and found yourself typing in all caps? This has happened many a time for me. This little trick that I have been using for a long time adds a tone when you press it and a different tone when you press it again. It is very easy to setup.

As far back as Windows 95, if I remember correctly, I have used Toggle Keys to warn me when I have pressed the Caps Lock key on and The Num Lock key off. It is a feature that has been available through many operating system upgrades but little is said about it.

I used to get to it in the Control Panel > Ease of access… Now it is accessed in Windows 10 by pressing Win+I to open Windows Settings.

In the search box, type ease and then click the first result, Ease of Access keyboard settings.

Scroll down to locate Use Toggle Keys and turn on the Play a sound… option.

Now, whenever you tap the Caps Lock key or the Num Lock key. A high pitch warns you that the key has been turned on; low pitch off.


Fake Email Generator
By Dick Evans,

How often are we required to enter an email address before getting into a site or maybe to download a white paper or an ebook? We think nothing of it, just a door to go through to obtain what we were going after.

Then we start getting all kinds of unwanted emails. This site allows you to create a fake email address that really works. Use the fake address when you sign up for something. You can check back and read the emails you are getting at the fake address and if you decide you really want them, change the fake address to your real one for that site.

As soon as you access the site, you are shown an email address generated by the site. You may change the name to whatever you want. I changed it to rwe1953.

You may pull down the arrow to choose a different domain that may be closer to your location from the drop-down list. You cannot make one up.

Once you have settled on the address press COPY to place the entire address to the clipboard.

Send an email to that address to verify it actually works.

The email you sent appears in the Fake Mail site.

Anyone that knows your temporary email address can access the emails sent to that address. However, email addresses are automatically deactivated 24 hours after the last time someone has checked for mail at that address.

Email sent to inactive email addresses is automatically rejected. To keep your email address active, visit Fake Mail Generator at least once every 24 hours. Any email received by an active email address will be stored for 24 hours. After 24 hours it will be permanently deleted.


The 12 Best TV Antennas of 2019
If you live in an area with poor signal reception but don’t have the will or means to install an outdoor antenna you should look into installing an Antenna with an amplifier that broadens the reception range to 50 miles.

I have not tried the ones listed in this article but have used a $9.99 set of rabbit ears (remember them?) here in Port Charlotte to receive over 20 channels. That coupled with Netflix gets me all I need.


Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts
Learning how to use Gmail shortcuts can save you a lot of time and boost your overall email productivity. Here are the 30 best Gmail shortcuts for 2019 broken down by category.

I like shortcuts, as you have probably seen in my many demonstrations. You don’t need to use them all but might find some very useful.


Understanding Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is a wireless networking protocol that allows devices to communicate without direct cable connections. It's technically an industry term that represents a type of wireless local area network protocol based on the 802.11 IEEE network standard.

This is a subject many are confused by. I hope this article answers a few questions. WiFi is here to stay for a while and a better understanding of it may quite some frustrations.

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