Thursday, July 22, 2021

Computer Class Notes 7-21-2021

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What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?
We’re all going to die someday, but the same can’t be said for our online accounts. Some will persist forever, others might expire due to inactivity, and some have preparations in place for when you pass away. So, let’s have a look at what happens to your online accounts when you go offline forever.

Microsoft Won’t Call You About Your Computer
“Hi, I’m from Microsoft and we’ve noticed your computer has a lot of viruses.” This is how the Microsoft tech support scam starts. By the end, the victim has probably paid hundreds of dollars and had their computer infected. This cold-calling telephone scam has been going on since 2008 but shows no sign of going away. If you have any relatives who might fall for it, be sure to let them know Microsoft won’t actually call them.

Your PC Won’t Support Windows 11? Maybe It’s Time to Try Linux

Did you check to see if your PC is eligible for an update to Windows 11, only to be let down? One of your few options for continued use of your laptop or desktop beyond Windows 10 is to install Linux. Here’s why that’s not a bad thing.

What’s New in Linux Mint 20.2
The Linux Mint operating system has long been known for its user-friendliness and stability. Uma maintains that legacy, bringing only a few changes to Mint’s update manager and the stock app collection, in addition to several improvements under the hood. Below are the highlights.

Can A Chromebook Be Your Full-Time Computer?
Chromebooks have the reputation of being “just a browser” on a laptop. After all, “Chrome” is in the name, and that was mostly how they started out. But Chromebooks have come a long way since then. They’re no longer “just a browser.”

The Print Shop Of The 1980s
In 1984, Brøderbund Software released “The Print Shop,” a pioneering desktop publishing app that allowed anyone with a PC to easily make large banners, signs, and greeting cards at home for the first time. Here’s what made it special.

TinyURL -- this is a repeat from last week's notes

How To Get Tiny URL Shortcut in The Bookmark Bar
Click to open the old site from the Wayback site. This gives the link to create the shortcut that no longer appears on

Follow the instructions and you will have a shortcut on your Bookmark Bar

THEN make the following correction

Right-click on the shortcut it created.

Click Edit

Click in the URL box


Backspace to clear the box

Now copy the following line into that box


Then click Save

How can we send a series of photos by email without them being placed in a zip folder that the recipient has up zip to view them. Simply said you have to turn them into a movie file. When the recipient receives the file they just open it to view all the photos.

Open Photos

Click New Video

Click New video project

Give the project a name

Click + Add

Locate the pictures you want to use and click Open

Drag them to the storyboard

When you have moved them all, click Finish video

The resulting file can be sent as an attachment and the recipient can open it to view all the pictures.


Suspicious Emails or Webpages regarding Amazon

To report a phishing or spoofed email or webpage:

Open a new email and attach the email you suspect is fake.

For suspicious webpages, copy & paste the link into the email body.

If you can't send the email as an attachment, forward it.

Send the email to

Note: Sending the suspicious email as an attachment is the best way for us to track it.

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