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Windows Live shares your Messenger contacts.
WARNING: MICROSOFT FAILS SECURITY TESTS AGAIN…
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Windows Live shares your Messenger contacts.
CHECK OUT THIS COMPUTER HELP SITE
See people helping people…
You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to find yourself gaining the how tos on topics from not just computers, but also Q&A on the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, digital photography and so much more you will not have a question that cannot be answered.
Let’s say you “know it all”, why not lend some of your knowledge to this site by way of answering questions posed by users. It is a lot of fun and you will be helping out other computer users. And who knows, like myself, you may just find yourself learning more about what you thought you knew and didn’t.
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TIP OF THE WEEK: BUTTERSCOTCH
Almost everyone likes butterscotch, right? Well if you do you will like it even better now. Butterscotch is now online, you cannot taste it, however you can use this website to get free video training on hordes of subjects, programs and more.
How about free tutorials on MS Word 2007, Blackberry Basics, Finer Points of FACEBOOK, Buying and Selling on Ebay, adding your Photos to Flickr, using gmail and Google Earth and so much more.
As well, Butterscotch has a downloads section where you can get some free software, shareware and demo programs for every computer system.
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YouTube has made a major change in that you can now have your own channel and watch what you pick without all the other junk.
Getting ready for when TV goes online and away from the old way of viewing a show via TV set. Imagine the landfill sites with old TVs?
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BUT NOW YOU CAN GET LOCAL NEWS FROM WITHIN YOUR HOME TOWN WITHOUT BUYING THE NEWSPAPER (that offers news that is well over 12 hours old) OR HAVING TO WAIT FOR THE RADIO STATION (which usually never gives you ALL the news).
By Gregory West
This is our 3rd. season for our Basic Computer and Internet Training Seminars. It is a FREE program open to the public.
The only catch is that you can bring one canned goods product for a donation to the Sarnia Food Bank.
Here is our proposed lineup and it is numbers by the weeks of the presenation order.
I am looking for suggestions and comments so PLEASE email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg West)
Getting Started with Your Computer…and then some!
1: Buying a Computer.
– what to look out for
– what kinds are good ones
– what stores are better and safer
– is that low price really a good deal
– what do you need inside your computer
– how much should I spend
2: Setting Up Your Computer.
- add password
- additional users
- set time & date
- set screen size
- turn off computer
3: Getting around the Windows Desktop.
- quick launch bar
- recycle bin
- desktop shortcuts
- change desktop picture
- start button/menu
- arrange desktop icons (R-click)
- recycle bin
- ﬁnd a ﬁle with Win Explorer
- start a program
- switch between programs
- resize a window close a program
- how to remove USB devices
4: Customizing Windows.
- change desktop background
- choose a desktop theme
- set up a screen saver
- change mouse behavior
- uninstall an application
5: Working with Files and Folders.
- understand how Windows organizes data
- ﬁnd and open ﬁles
- choose a ﬁle or folder view
- create new folder
- rename folder
- search for a ﬁle
- add ﬁle to favourite list (open windows by Right click START and choosing EXPLORE
- back up – USB, CD, DVD
6: Working with Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines.
- invite guest from Data Tek or Staples to demonstrate
7: Getting FREE Help
- using search engines such as google & bing
8: Creating Documents with Works Word Processor.
doc = documents
- open new documents – enter & edit text
- save a doc
- open existing doc
- cut copy paste text
- format text
- add photo or graphic
- resize objects
- spell check
- print a doc
- types of text ﬁle such as rich text etc.
9: Work with Numbers and Finances.
- spreadsheet – guest speaker
- online banking – guest speaker from a bank
- online investing – as above
- pay bills online – my wife
10: Get the Most from Movies and Digital Photos.
- Windows Media Player
- Windows Photo Gallery
- Googleʼs Picasa
- Windows Movie Maker
- play movies with Windows Media Player
- upload photos from digital camera
- view digital image in Windows Photo Gallery
- add tags to photos
- play a slide show with Windows Photo Gallery
- ﬁx photos
- burn photos to CD
11: Listening to & Downloading (recording) Music and more…
- Windows Media Player
- create Windows Media Player Playlist
- burn CD music
- buying music online
- playing online Radio Stations & Podcasts & TV
12: Playing Games in Windows Vista.
I am not a game player. I am sure we can get a few people to help demonstrate some of the computer games they like to play. We can show how to find FREE games, how to play games on the Internet against other people around the world in live sessions. And of course we can set a general discussion and live demonstration.
Exploring the Internet
13: Understanding Internet Basics.
- explain the Internet
- different types of connections & speeds
- navigate the web: enter click on blue E show back and forth
- tabbed browsing etc.
- setup a home page with tabs
- secure surﬁng and online safety
14: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer & FireFox
- add website to favourites
- change website name in favourites
- organize favourites
- customize Internet Explorer Toolbar
- download ﬁles and save to hard drive doc
- printing web pages
- playing podcasts
- ﬁnding podcasts
- privacy settings
- enable content advisor
15: Keeping in Touch with E-Mail.
- set up an account
- set up Windows Mail
- Windows Mail and inbox
- manage email accounts
- create and send email
- send an attachment
- read a message
- reply to and forward email
- create and add signature
- format email messages
- add contacts
- customize Windows Mail
- create message folders
- organize messages in folders
- create mail rules
16: Connecting with People Online.
- Skype phone calling free phone calling between computers anywhere on
- instant messaging what is it and how does it work
- use a webcam (it is really easy honestly)
- Magic Jack phone via computer
- Blogs and their many uses
- explore virtual worlds – secondlife.com madwolfsw.com
- ﬁnd people with common interests
- playing games on the Internet live with other people for free
Taking Care of Your Computer.
17: Protecting Windows Computers.
- cleaning inside and out and save yourself lots of money
- FREE virus protection that really works
- Windows Defender included in Vista
- update patches Microsoft automatically
- run Windows Update
- enable Windows ﬁrewall
- run Windows Defender scan
- full scan, quick scan and custom scans
18: Maintaining Windows.
- free up disk space
- delete cookies using IE
- set reminder for maintenance tasks
back up important ﬁles
PLEASE HELP ME OUT HERE:
IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS, WANTS, OR NEEDS WITH YOUR COMPUTERING TASKS PLEASE LET ME KNOW VIA EMAIL TO: email@example.com
WE WILL BEGIN THESE FREE SEMINARS AT CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH THIS COMING FALL. LAST TWO YEARS WE RAN THESE SEMINARS EACH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. NOT SURE OF THE TIME AND DATE THIS SEASON – IT WILL BE POSTED IN EMAILS AND ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE www.centralunitedsarnia.ca
OF COURSE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP ME OUT WITH THE MEETINGS AND PLANNING IDEAS FOR OUR SEMINARS CAN CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL. I NEVER TURN DOWN HELP
Note: Outline for this came from Computers For Seniors For Dummies as a guideline reference.
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Note: This was originally published in First Monday magazine.
HELP for Computer HELP
by Gregory West
Does your computer have a mind of its own? Do you find that it is becoming increasing difficult going it alone, or are you relatively new to computers and completely lost?
We know that all-too-many computer software HELP buttons do not really help, they tend to make things much more confusing than before you clicked on that button. You are not alone.
Stats Canada reports that in 2006 “More than three-quarters of all households reported owning a computer”. According to internetworldstats.com there are 237,168,545 North Americans used the Internet as of November 30, 2007 and that figure is increasingly on the rise. Out of those numbers, today Seniors make up a good majority of the computer purchases and are looking for ways to learn about how to use the computer. However, not just Seniors are seeking help. There are many people who have missed out on learning computers for a variety of reasons and there is a growing need for computer help.
As a computer instructor, I show a group of Seniors at Central United Church how to perform various functions on the computer, as well as use the Internet in a safe and secure manner. Part of the session is a popular Q & A where you can bring your computer questions and resolve issues live, on a large screen, so everyone can see how “it” is done.
Not all people are ready for a group such as this; they are new to computers and need some basic training at a computer “boot camp”. Here in Sarnia Lambton we are very fortunate to have a Board of Education who recognizes that people need a place where they can go and learn basic computer skills. They have opened the doors at Norm Perry School with the “Adult Learning Centre” (ALC). Here there is help for anyone from ages 18 to 80+ to learn computers at their own speed.
Sean Pynaert is the computer instructor who has been teaching computer skills at the ALC for the past nine years. Sean says that about 1/4 of the students are in their early 20’s and most are Seniors. “I had a 68 year woman in my class, a retired teacher who wanted some extra income and wanted to go to a call centre to work part time and they wanted computers [experience]. These courses are excellent for those who have never touched a keyboard and can “work at their own pace”. Those who want to brush up their computer skills can pick out what they want to learn. “Some people come in and say they just want to learn how to type,” said Sean. There are three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced. You can even earn credits towards a high school diploma with these courses.
Anyone who I have spoken with that has attended Sean’s computer sessions have had nothing but high praise for Sean and his courses and how easy he makes it to learn about computers and the Internet. To get your name on the list for the next sessions you can go to Norm Perry School at 660 Oakdale Avenue and ask to see Sean. Do it now; see how easy it is to learn computer skills, you will not regret it.
In Sarnia Lambton there are other ways you can improve your computer skills. For example, the Sarnia Computer Users’ Group has been around for over a quarter century where people are helping people learn more about computers and technology. Members’ skills range from basic to advanced and most are in between. For more information go to www.scug.ca. The Sarnia Public Library also offers computer help, as does the Strangway Centre.
FORUMS and WHAT ARE THEY? Absolutely millions upon millions of computer users are now members of online/Internet forums. If you need help in almost any topic answers are only a few keyboard clicks away. For instance, we bought a travel trailer and needed to know how to winterize it. Well not only did we easily find that out, we were given additional information, from other travelers, regarding trailers and campground reviews by people who had “been-there-done-that”. YouTube.com is another way to get computer help. There are thousands of videos there on “how to”. Just enter your topic in YouTube search box to retrieve a training video.
The same goes for computer help of any sort. Just go to Google’s search box and use the word “forum” or “training video” with the search topic. For example, if you are looking for computer help and it is for a specific operating system such as Vista, type that into the search along with the word: forum. i.e. Windows Vista forums. If it is a program problem you insert the program’s name along with the word: forum. Make sure you check out the forums before you join to see if they are the ones that you find most helpful.
LOCAL PLACES TO GET COMPUTER HELP:
The Adult Learning Centre: Sean 519-383-8787 ($20. per 6 week session)
Lambton Libraries: 519 845-3324 (call to see when free courses available)
The Strangway Community Centre: 519-332-0656 (call for fees)
The Sarnia Computer Users’ Group: www.scug.ca (attend 3 meetings for free)
(free online advice within 24 hours)
Central United Church: www.centralunitedsarnia.ca (free computer sessions)
Lambton College: For more experienced computer users: www.lambton.on.ca
Gregory West can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gregory is the Editor for the Sarnia Computer Users’ Group [SCUG], a non-profit computer help group that is open to the public for Newbies and Geeks. For more information: www.scug.ca.
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There just might be some hope for wanna bee users of Boot Camp. “Dechamp”, an Apple forum user offered this solution to jump start and workaround issues in Boot Camp:
I have decided not to use Apple’s Boot Camp and have now purchased a 3rd. party app called Parallels.
My Macbook will now be also a virtual machine running Windows XP Pro, Windows Visa Home Premium and Ubuntu Linux. All in a virtual mode using Parallels.
I have installed Windows Vista Home Premium thus far and it works like a charm. In fact any windoze operators would die if they saw that my Vista operating system opens as fast as you can turn on a lamp light. BAMB its on!
The thing that caught my attention is that this guy says he is “upgrading” his laptop and desktop from VISTA to Windows XP.
Some of the points he makes regarding his decision to backtrack on a “Microsoft” upgrade and switch from a newer OS to and older version is quite interesting. He does it in categories. For anyone thinking of switching to VISTA you might want to read the full article:
“Look & Feel
Windows XP has quite a cartoony look and feel compared to the slick look of Aero Glass; this is mostly offset by the lack of strange screen artifacts caused by malfunctioning graphics code. You know, almost like static on the screen. This was a once or twice monthly occurrence on my laptop, and happened on my desktop whenever I logged in
Device Support (this is funny – I hope he is kidding, but I somehow doubt it)
I’m glad to see that with their new flagship OS, Windows XP, Microsoft have finally learnt from the mistakes they made with the Vista launch.
I also am pleased to note that Ctrl-Alt-Del does actually have an effect nowadays. Many times in Vista, I wished that they would make this more reliable so I could kill off the inevitable hanging Windows Explorer process (as a matter of fact, this is the situation I find myself in right now), in XP it actually does something as opposed to being part of the usual Vista eternal hang.
Multimedia support on XP is vastly better than on Vista. (interesting)
As I have not posted the entire article, this guy has a grand ending as he jokingly, but sadly seriously thanks MS for their new product: Windows XP, a new upgrade from Windows VISTA haha…Gotta love it:
To be honest there is only one conclusion to be made; Microsoft has really outdone themselves in delivering a brand new operating system that really excels in all the areas where Vista was sub-optimal. From my testing, discussions with friends and colleagues, and a review of the material out there on the web there seems to be no doubt whatsoever that that upgrade to XP is well worth the money. Microsoft can really pat themselves on the back for a job well done, delivering an operating system which is much faster and far more reliable than its predecessor. Anyone who thinks there are problems in the Microsoft Windows team need only point to this fantastic release and scoff loudly.
Well done Microsoft!”