Thursday, March 18, 2021

Computer Class Notes 3-18-2021

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Macrium Backup Failed
It worked on one computer for me (Shannon) but fails on the second computer!

I have no advice on how to fix that. I had a similar issue with the office computer and switched to EaseUS with no issues at all. I did not try to research the problem with Macrium or the forums. I just moved to what worked for me and have had no additional issues.

Kodi Update

Yea and Yipee - I (Rosemary) put a Kodi build on the Firestick yesterday and watched a wonderful movie last night! Followed a video on this website.

Applying A VPN
Have a question about the VPN. I will be getting the Express VPN (as recommended by son and grandson). I now know what a VPN is and how it works - just don't know how to apply it to my appliances?

Connect to a VPN in Windows 10
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > VPN > Add a VPN connection.

In Add a VPN connection, do the following: ...

Select Save.

If you need to edit the VPN connection info or specify additional settings, such as proxy settings, choose the VPN connection and then select Advanced options. is recommended by

Windows 10 version 1909 support ends in May
Support for Windows 10 version 1909 will end on May 11, 2021 for Home users. Each year, support runs out for two versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Devices won't receive security updates anymore when the operating system reaches the end of life. Microsoft recommends that administrators upgrade systems to new versions that are still supported.

You can still run the older versions of Windows 10 just like you can still run XP, Vista, 7, and 8. You just have to realize that some future application upgrades might not work with the OS you are using. There will come a time when you may have to purchase a new computer.

Technology for Dummies

Very British & difficult to understand. But funny.


My (Harold B) friend just stopped over and confronted me with 35 messages even threatening to take his house etc. and wanted to know what to do. I had forgotten about the Police Dept--they had come to one of the club’s general meetings a few years ago and spoke on scams and what to do. I send him there and they were able to help him.

How do I encrypt an email attachment in Gmail?
Send messages & attachments confidentially
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. In the bottom right of the window, click Turn on confidential mode. Tip: If you've already turned on confidential mode for an email, go to the bottom of the email, then click Edit.
  4. Set an expiration date and passcode. ...
  5. Click Save.

TinyURL Changes
It used to be that I could create a shortcut on my bookmark bar to automatically generate a TinyURL. The bookmark still takes the URL in the address bar bu8t instead of making the TinyURL it opens for me to take an additional step. Still a great tool, just one more step.

Here is the code to place in the shortcut to have it build the TinyURL for you:

Create a shortcut and edit it placing this in the URL portion.


Why You Should Not Use Your ISP's Email
When you sign up for an Interner Service Provider (ISP) you are assigned an email address with that provider. Around here the two major ISPs are Comcast and Century Link so you have either a or a address. Your ISP is the “cloud” for your emails and contacts and all works well.

If you decide to switch providers or you just move to another area and your provider is not available in the new location. No problem, you think. The new ISP assigns you a new address at their site but you no longer have access to your old emails or contacts. Your new address is and not one of your contacts can find you unless you notify them of the change.

Many ISPs will allow you to continue to access the mail for a limited time period. Once that is overall your information is removed. This is why I always suggest using a cloud-based email service like Yahoo or Gmail. They are not dependant on your ISP. As long as you can get on a browser and have access to the Internet you can access your email.

Create A Custom Menu With Popsel
Is your desktop or taskbar full of shortcuts that you use regularly? While it may be a quick way to access your programs, it doesn't look neat. Forget docks, take the minimalistic approach instead.

Run a Safety Check on Google Chrome
We’re used to running antivirus scans on our computers, but that doesn’t cover your online safety. For that, Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a similar checkup to secure your web browsing. Here’s how to run a safety check on Chrome.

Browser Extensions Are Looking at Your Bank Account
Whenever you sign in to your bank account, your browser extensions watch. They can see your account balances, your transactions, and your online banking password. They see everything in your browser: passwords, credit card numbers, private messages, and the websites you visit.

Dupe Clear is an open-source duplicate file finder tool for Windows
Running low on storage space? That's a common issue, especially on low-end laptops; you use various programs, browse the internet, and the number of files keeps getting higher. Try running Windows' Disk Cleanup, you never know how much trash accumulated in the Recycle Bin, and those Windows Update files, take up a lot of space. You may also try third-party applications such as CleanMgr+ or PatchCleaner to free up space.

Snapseed is a powerful mobile photo-editing app
Snapseed is a free photo-editing application by Google for the mobile operating systems Android and iOS. Third-party tools are often superior to those that ship with operating systems by default; this is true for desktop systems, e.g. Paint on Windows, but also on mobile devices, e.g. Google Photos on Android.

How to Delete Your Old Online Accounts (and Why You Should)
You’ve probably signed up for a lot of online services that you no longer use. Most of those accounts probably still exist, and they likely contain a mix of your personal data, identity details, and credit card numbers. Don’t leave juicy targets lying around for attackers.

Restarting Your Phone Makes it Perform Better
We’ve all heard it: “have you tried turning it off and back on again?” It’s the first step when troubleshooting any tech problem—it even makes your phone perform better when nothing is wrong.

Truecaller for Cellphones
They say they are “The world's best Caller ID & Spam Blocking app”

Very often, we hear of incidents where Truecaller made a significant impact on someone’s life. These range from fighting crime with law enforcement agencies, to preventing financial fraud and even saving lives.

This is "nomorobo" for your cell phone. It will help with those annoying calls about extending your auto warranty and others.

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