Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Computer Class Notes 6-16-2021

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Windows 11 Build Leaks
Although Microsoft’s upcoming event is still a few days away, details about the upcoming build of the next version of Windows have already leaked. Also, the screenshot leaks confirm that rumors about the Windows 11 branding are true.

Hands-on With Windows 11
If you want to know the biggest thing I’ve noticed in my few hours with Windows 11, it’s all the things that haven’t changed. Start digging in, and you’ll see that everything is mostly the same. The settings panel is the same, and the control panel is too. Because, of course, we still have to deal with both a modern Settings UI and an aging control panel.

Amazon Sidewalk Is Here
Maybe You Should Consider Leaving It On...

If you own an Echo or Ring device and you didn’t know to opt-out, Amazon already turned on its new Sidewalk network feature for you. Look around, and you’ll find plenty of advice on how to opt-out or turn it off as soon as possible. But should you? Like a lot of things, the answer is “it depends.”

Turn Off News and interest
Right-click on the taskbar, then...

Create A Scratchpad In Chrome
You can give Chrome its own quick-access scratchpad that’ll let you jot down thoughts right within the browser—no extensions required. All you have to do is paste a snippet of code into Chrome’s address bar. Select the code below and Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard.

data:text/html;charset=utf-8, <title>Scratchpad</title><style>body {padding: 5%; font-size: 1.5em; font-family: Arial; }"></style><link rel="shortcut icon" href=""/><body OnLoad='document.body.focus();' contenteditable spellcheck="true" >

Right-click in the address bar and Paste the code, then press enter. Drag the URL to your bookmarks bar for easy access. The scratchpad supports text formatting (Ctrl- or Cmd-B for bold, Ctrl- or Cmd-I for italics, and Ctrl- or Cmd-U for underlining) and even has a built-in spell check feature. Just open it and start typing—and if you want to save your thoughts for later retrieval, hit Ctrl+S.

Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do
Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser.

How to Create an Animated GIF of a PowerPoint Presentation
Want a great way to share your Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow on social media, your company intranet, or a blog? You can create an animated GIF of your PowerPoint presentation and share it with the world.

Find Your Windows Product Key
Do you know what your Windows product key is? Well, you paid for the Windows license. Should you build a new computer, and no longer plan on using the old system, you don't have to pay for the operating system twice, you may be able to activate your old copy of Windows on the new PC.


Win+Q (or Win+R) > type CMD > press Enter

Copy and paste the following

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Press Enter and the product key displays

You can also use a program called Belarc Advisor to give you all the keys on your computer as well as a list of the programs installed and many other facts.

Volts And Amps Combine To Confuse

Can I Use a Charger With the Same Voltage but Different Amperage Rating?

For power supplies or chargers:
The voltage must match.
The amperage must match or exceed that required by the device.
The polarity of the connection must be correct.
The input line voltage (ie: 120v) must be supported but is unrelated to compatibility with the device being charged or powered.

What’s the Difference
  • Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?
  • An email service is the company, servers, and software handling your email to route it to its destination.
  • An email account is your relationship with an email service, and all the storage, features, and functionality included.
  • An email address uniquely identifies your mailbox as provided by your email service.
  • An email program is computer software you run to download and manage email on your computer.

How Should I Back Up My Email?
You should back up your email so that even if your account is lost, you won’t lose any of the data within it. You can use remote fetch with a different online email provider to make a copy, but a more robust solution is to have an email program running on a PC using IMAP to download copies of your mail.

What Happens If I Go Over My 15 GB
Google comes with 15 GB of free allocated cloud space. This is big enough for most of us, but… Now that Photos uploaded after June 12, 3021 count the available allocated space may diminish quickly. If you are a Gmail user, your emails and their attachments have always counted against that allocation. And if you use Google Drive all files not created with the Google formats (Google Docs, etc) also count.

If you run out of available space (ie: use up that 15 GB), you will not be able to receive any more email or add anything to Google Drive or have your photos automatically upload to Google Photos.

Go to to see how much space you have.

I spend $19.99 per year to have 100 GB instead of the free 15 GB.

Every Google Account starts with 15 GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If you become a Google One member, your total storage increases to 100 GB, or more, depending on the plan you choose. Google One members also get access to support from Google experts and extra benefits.

Click on Account Storage and then Storage to see where your usage is.

How To Build A Video With Photos
Video Projects can transform a selection of images into a movie-like presentation with audio. It has you drag images onto a window, arrange them as needed, then provide custom narration, transitions, zooms, pans, audio soundtracks, and/or custom auto-generated music, then export the result as an MP4 file.


In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold, Fran, and Craig at the Club, Ghacks Newsletter, AskLeo, AskWoody, tomshardware, TechConnect, Major Geeks, Lifewire, PCMag Lab Report,and for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

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