Online Petition – HELP Save Sarnia Jail

Sarnia Jail Help Save it sarnia jail

Petitions now are sent via emails. Once the required number of signatures are met, the final person is to send the PETITION to the listed addresses within the PETITION. PLEASE GO THE EXTRA MILE AND SEND IN AN EMAIL COMPLAINT YOURSELF TOO. USE THE EMAIL ADDRESSES LISTED IN THE PETITION.

For example here is a real PETITION that is being distributed in order to collect 200 names and thus the final 200th person is to forward the email with the signatures. For example, in the body of the said email you will see these instructions:

Please copy this message out of the original email and paste into a new email. Lastly, add your name to the bottom and pass it on to people who have the same concerns within our community. When there are 200 names, please forward to Jim.Bradley@Ontario.ca  and Mr. McGuinty dmcguinty.mpp@liberal.ola.org

In our case we are trying to save the Jail in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

FACEBOOKSee Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarnia-Jail-Help-Save-it/212016418809742

PLEASE FORWARD THIS IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CO WORKERS IF YOU WANT TO HELP US SAVE THE SARNIA JAIL. DON’T FORGET TO COPY THE NAMES IN THE LIST AND THEN ADD YOURS. 

Here is a copy of the petition:

Petition

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

WHEREAS, the Government and the Minister of Finance has announced in theOntario budget of 2011 the closures of Walkerton, Owen Sound and the Sarnia Jail;

AND WHEREAS, these closures are only to offset the cost of building and running the two new Super Jails being built in Windsor and Toronto at the expense of other jails and security;

AND WHEREAS, the closures will undermine the fundamentals of public and security;

AND WHEREAS, the closures will cause families undue hardship to travel two hours to attend courts and visitations;

WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

1. Jim LaPier – Corunna, ON

2. Chris Parkes – Petrolia, ON

3. Dave Mitchell – Brights Grove, ON

4. J.Wolfenden-Bright’s Grove, ON

5. R.&P. Dummitt – Sarnia Ontario

6. F & N Strickland Corunna On.

7. K & D McGarry – Sarnia ON

8.  Allan Anderson – Sombra, Ontario

9. Jamie Pole- Sarnia, Ontario

10. Gregory West – Sarnia, Ontario

11. ADD YOUR NAME HERE AND PASS THE EMAIL TO SOMEONE ELSE.

SURF THE WEB SAFER NOW…

DON’T GO ONLINE ALONE ANYMORE…IT JUST IS NOT SAFE OUT THERE.

surf websites safely now

NOW YOU CAN SURF WEBSITES SAFELY WITHOUT THE DREAD!

This new technology is called: WEB OF TRUST…Download a simple app with Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox web browsers and your worry about website safety is over. This includes hyperlinks within emails where you are TOLD not to CLICK. Now you can peek at the links before you click and you are also guided by a traffic light warning system.

WOT protects YOU from phishing scams, SPAM, and other Internet scams online. This is a must have app (software application connected to your web browser).

BROWSERS COVERED WITH WOT:
browsers covered by WOTYes all operating systems work with WOT: Windows Xp and later, Mac, and Linux. What more can you ask for?

In fact, the New York Times includes this program in their recent

New York Times:

Five Ways to Keep Online Criminals at Bay

“Google says its automated scans of the Internet recently turned up malware on roughly 300,000 Web sites, double the number it recorded two years ago. Each site can contain many infected pages. Meanwhile, Malware doubled last year, to 240 million unique attacks, according to Symantec, a maker of security software. And that does not count the scourge of fake antivirus software and other scams. So it is more important than ever to protect yourself. Here are some basic tips for thwarting them.”

The New York Times article goes on to state that “Free tools like McAfee’s SiteAdvisor and the Firefox [also other browsers mentioned above] add-on Web of Trust can also help — warning about potentially dangerous links.”

I personally use this program with Google Chrome and FireFox and have found it an excellent buddy to have looking over your online shoulder. You can never be too safe online and programs such as WOT are a must have these days.

WOT…”Web of Trust” – http://www.mywot.com/

A Time For OUTRAGE

Capping the Internet Usuage

Money Grab

As Canadian Internet users, we pay one of the highest fees for bandwidth and it isn’t the world’s fastest either. Now the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) grants even higher costs that include Internet Usage Caps. Can you imagine that Ontario residents are told:

“For Ontario and Quebec residents, if you are lucky enough to have cable services not from Rogers you should be fine,”

Read this article then write your Member of Parliament today.

CHANNEL CANADA
Canada’s Entertainment and Broadcasting Information 


New Internet Usage Caps Hurt Canadians
Posted by: Tripster on Sunday, January 30, 2011 – 09:07 PM (REPRINT)
C.R.T.C. “As you may have heard, Canada’s big ISPs are putting the squeeze on consumer internet usage by implementing new bandwidth caps with exorbitant new overage rates. Beginning March 1st many Canadian internet users are going to see their monthly Internet service bills rise significantly. What does it mean for you? And what can you do? Read on. 

Bell Canada lobbied the CRTC for new rules for independent ISPs who rely on their network to serve their clientele. Many years ago the CRTC rightly dictated that the telcos must allow independent ISPs access to the “last mile” so they can service clients. Essentially opening up competition in the broadband market to better serve Canadians, after all, the incumbent telcos received tax breaks and other help to build the network of wires that serve Canadian homes. It makes no sense to have each independent ISP run their own infrastructure to each dwelling.

This allowed small companies such as TekSavvy to offer services to their own customers, often with better bandwidth caps or unlimited usage policies. Rather than compete with this head on Bell decided to lobby the CRTC to implement “Usage Based Billing” (UBB), meaning that these competing ISPs can no longer offer better packages but must instead offer what Bell tells them to offer.

The result, customers of TekSavvy are now faced with a cut in their monthly cap, they are forced to match Bell’s cap and Bell has decided that 25GB per month is enough. So TekSavvy’s customers previously enjoying a 200GB or unlimited cap are now being switched to this 25GB cap. Sure they can buy “insurance” packages to give them more capacity but to get back what they had before their monthly Internet bill essentially doubles, and TekSavvy doesn’t get any of the money, it all goes directly to Bell. If you don’t buy the insurance, well, the overage rates are $2+ per GB.

In the past few months Canadians have had access to new online streaming services, Netflix Canada launched this past fall giving Canadians a great new option for enjoying entertainment, not only on their computers but also via Netflix ready devices such as the AppleTV, Xbox Live and Playstation 3 as well as a new line of Netflix ready televisions and set top boxes launching this year.

Interestingly, as soon as Netflix announced their intention to launch in Canada, Rogers Cable announced lowered bandwidth caps within days of the announcement. It seems very coincidental timing wise doesn’t it? While Rogers set their cap at 60GB per month Bell has gone even further and set a 25GB cap. It’s also quite interesting that the 3 major ISPs adjusting their Internet usage caps are in fact the same corporations who happen to own most of the broadcasting outlets in Canada and also own the largest cable and satellite companies. What better way to kill the competition by making them prohibitively expensive for consumers to use.

To give you some idea of what 25GB means to you, if you watch one HD movie each week you will have used up more than half that cap. If you purchase a game from an online digital distributor such as Xbox Live, Playstation Network or Steam you can easily eat up half your capacity. If you watch YouTube HD you are eating up more of that capacity.

The kicker is with the speeds of the internet connections available today you can use up your entire months allotment of data in only a few hours. This sets Canadians back immensely on the world stage. At a time when more Canadians are turning to the net our ISPs are attempting to neuter our usage or profit from our over usage. Canadians use the internet more than they watch TV these days.

What Can You Do?

The fact is it costs less than a few cents, in most cases less than a penny, for an ISP to move a GB (gigabyte) of data. They plan on charging many times the cost of transferring this data and profiting off consumer usage by only offering low capacity levels from the start. This is not about stopping network abusers, it is about profiting off the average consumer family, we doubt there are many families out there who can remain below the low 25GB monthly allotment of data.

So, what can you do? Sign the petition available at www.stopthemeter.ca, over 140,000 Canadians have already signed this petition.

Contact your local Member of Parliament, Industry Minister Tony Clement, your local council, your local media and anyone else you think can help.

And if you experience a bill or warning due to usage, speak with your money and move your account away from Bell, Rogers and Shaw. If possible move all your services away from them, hurting their bottom line can work, especially if it will have a negative impact on their stock prices. Even if you’re stuck with the same caps at a small independent ISP at least you are sending a message, and helping these independents survive to help consumers fight this battle.

For residents in the Maritimes, Eastlink have stated they do NOT intend to charge UBB.

For residents in Manitoba, MTS may be your best bet.

For residents of Saskatchewan, SaskTel have announced they do NOT intend to charge UBB.

For Alberta and British Columbia residents, Telus are your best bet at this time, especially if you are in an Optik capable area. Telus provides 250GB of data per month for the same price Shaw only gives 100GB. Note, there are no guarantees with Telus of course due to their close ties with Bell Canada, but it has been said that they do NOT intend to follow their lead by drastically reducing customer internet caps.

For Ontario and Quebec residents, if you are lucky enough to have cable services not from Rogers you should be fine, if your only choices are Bell or Rogers then please choose an alternate independent ISP such as TekSavvy.

You can also hurt them by cutting back on specialties on your cable or satellite services and using alternative telephone services such as VOIP (providing you can get a decent internet connection that is!).”

REPRINT: Tripster on Sunday, January 30, 2011 – 09:07 PM

It’s time to fight back Canada.

 


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 76 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 267 posts. There were 113 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 12th with 84 views. The most popular post that day was A Windows 7 moment….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ifreestores.com, reddit.com, en.wordpress.com, central-united-church.org, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for free computer images, ausable river ontario, computer internet, internet computer, and google chrome video problem.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

A Windows 7 moment… May 2010

2

Free Computer and Internet Lessons September 2009

3

Google Chrome Help – VIDEO PROBLEM SOLVED August 2010

4

Fall LineUp for FREE Computer Training Seminars July 2009

5

Canoe the Ausable River, Ontario August 2006
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Google Search Is a “Jungle” & NEEDS TO CHANGE

“you can’t easily do such searches in Google any more”
Google Search Sucks
Vivek Wadhwa Tech Crunch

How many times have you done a search for something using Google Search and found that no very much concerns your topic? A lot? I know, it’s happening all the time now.

Google was once an amazing search engine but now it is a poor excuse often leading people in the wrong direction…A direction that is paid for by advertisers.

The at the School of Information at UC-Berkeley, California found out just how insignificant Google Search results can be, especially if you need detailed information.

The author of this finding, Vivek Wadhwa,  is a “visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University” who says that “Google has become a jungle: a tropical paradise for spammers and marketers”, and I cannot agree more.

THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH GOOGLE SEARCH is that “when you visit these sites, they take you to the websites of other companies that want to sell you their goods”, and thus you are SPAMMED.

THIS IS WHAT IS MEANT:

“This is exactly what blogger Paul Kedrosky found when trying to buy a dishwasher. He wrote about how he began Googleing for information…and Googleing…and Googleing. He couldn’t make head or tail of the results. Paul concluded that the “the entire web is spam when it comes to major appliance reviews”.”

There is a new alternative to Google that the author recommends:

“We ended up using instead a web-search tool called Blekko. It’s a new technology and is far from perfect; but it is innovative and fills the vacuum of competition with Google (and Bing).”

One that recommend is cooliris.com – An amazing adventure in HIGH TECH SURFING…

Let’s hope Google cleans up its act by removing SPAM SEARCH or a new kid on the block like Blekko succeeds to the point where Google first became a “household word”.

Windows FREE Office 2010

Microsoft Rolls Out “SkyDrive” Online Office Apps and Storage

by Ira Wilsker

WEBSITES:

http://explore.live.com/windows-live-skydrive

http://docs.google.com

 

It is obvious that there is some heavy competition between Microsoft and Google in  the online document market.  About a year ago I wrote about the services offered by Google Docs (docs.google.com), which includes free online document creation and editing, along with online storage and collaboration.  Microsoft has also been providing a somewhat similar service, originally with its Office Live Workspace (beta), but now with its enhanced and upgraded SkyDrive service, which is also free (explore.live.com/windows-live-skydrive).  While the office components in Google Docs are generally compatible with Microsoft Office, Microsoft’s SkyDrive provides a free online version of Office.  Since SkyDrive is online, it is accessible from anywhere there is an internet connection, and works with most browsers; I tried it on Firefox and Internet Explorer, and it worked flawlessly on both browsers. SkyDrive is platform independent, and works equally well on a PC and a MAC, or any other operating system with a compatible browser and internet access.  Documents can be “collaborated” and edited or shared with others, even if the other users do not have Microsoft Office.  Microsoft SkyDrive offers 25MB of free storage, an adequate if not generous amount of storage space for almost all users.  SkyDrive requires registration, which is free; registered users of most other online Microsoft products, such as the other Microsoft Live services, Hotmail or Messenger can use their existing usernames and passwords on the SkyDrive service.

One of the primary features is the “Office Web Apps for SkyDrive”, which includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Clicking on the “Office” link will open up the basic Office App page, where the desired application can be opened.  The first window for all of the apps is very simple, where the user is asked to enter the name of the document.  I started typing this column on the online Office Word App, and the screen was almost identical to the desktop version of Word.  Anyone who can use Word, or another similar word processor, will find the online Word app familiar and easy to use; almost all of the features, commands, controls, and features of the desktop version are available in the free online version of Word.  In terms of functionality, I could not find any significant differences between the web and desktop versions of Word.  The user can choose to save the file on the SkyDrive servers (the default), print, and share the document.  Under the “Share” option, others can be invited to view or edit the document, all under the control of the original user.

As with Word, the online Excel App has the same look and feel as the desktop version of Excel.  To open a new workbook, the clean opening screen asks the user for a file name, and then the workbook opens.  Once data is entered, there is no “Save” button, as the Excel App continuously saves the workbook as it is produced.  The user also has the option to “Save As” and save the workbook under another name.  Unless explicitly downloaded to the computer, all of the workbooks are saved to the SkyDrive servers.  Workbooks can be selectively shared with others, while the others can be granted access only to view the workbook, or edit it; this is the heart of online document collaboration.

I frequently do PowerPoint presentations, and the SkyDrive PowerPoint app offers the ability to create, edit, store, and show a PowerPoint presentation from anywhere there is internet access.  When opened, the PowerPoint app has the same look and feel of the desktop version, and uses the same command set.  As with Excel, there is no “Save” button, as the presentations are automatically saved as they are created.  One interesting feature is that when a PowerPoint presentation is shown (“View – Slide Show”) it opens in a browser pop-up window, so the user must allow browser pop-ups from the application in order for the slide show to be viewed.  If connected to a projector, the output looks the same as if it was from a desktop version of PowerPoint.  As with all of the other Office online apps, the user can choose to share the file with others, and selectively allow others to edit the file.  Since Microsoft provides 25MB of free storage, SkyDrive is a practical place to store presentations; if for some reason the presentation must be shown from a computer lacking Office, the SkyDrive file can be shown, as long as there is internet access.

Microsoft OneNote is hard to explain, but basically both the desktop and SkyDrive App versions are both note-taking utilities.  OneNote can easily organize any notes that are taken, and would be useful in a classroom, organizational, or professional environment where notes are taken.  OneNote looks like a simplified version of Word, but allows the user to “flag” important points, or quickly search for desired terms or phrases.  OneNote can incorporate images, web pages, and video, and can itself be incorporated into Word or PowerPoint.  A few of my students use OneNote to share class notes during my lectures, ensuring that each of them has a comprehensive set of notes for test reviews.  As with the other Office apps, it can be selectively shared with and edited by others.  As with some of the other apps, there is no “Save” button as the information is saved to SkyDrive in real-time.

I have several students who do not have Microsoft Office on their personal computers, but need to be able to access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote; SkyDrive is a free alternative to Microsoft Office, provided that the student has internet access.  For the frequent times when several of us must work together (there is that “collaboration” term again) on an Office file, SkyDrive could be the appropriate utility that we could all share, giving us secure and controlled access to our files.  For those who have the desktop version of Office 2010, there is a direct and transparent online connection with SkyDrive, allowing files to be saved on SkyDrive directly from the desktop Office. The SkyDrive files can be selectively shared with anyone on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, AOL Mail, Hyves, Gmail, Outlook, other Windows Live users, and anyone else with an email address.  For security and privacy reasons, access is limited to only those authorized by the user, and that degree of access is also under the control of the original user.

I found SkyDrive and its Office Apps to be every bit as useful as their desktop counterparts, with the bonus of secure online storage of files.  Some of us have used SkyDrive and its apps to work together on producing Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, without the need to physically swap files between us.  SkyDrive and its Office Apps would be very worthwhile for any computer user with internet access.

 

Your Parents Now Have a Laptop? Good Luck!

Santa Brought Your Parents

A Laptop! Oh No?

By Gregory West

Don’t read any further, unless you need to “Teach your parents well…”

I have always enjoyed seeing people get computers for the first time. Although it is hard to detect the look in their eyes: horror or excitement.

My first computer was in 1972, it was the size of a house, well not really, but close. It was a beast of a machine, an IBM 360 located in the data centre where I worked as a keypunch programmer. My first home computer was in 1984, a Mackintosh desktop, much smaller but not easier to use. It had no help buttons as it came with an extra box of instructional manuals. I couldn’t call others for help because hardly anyone had a home computer back then. Some people still experience huge learning curve with their first computer.

Your parents and/or grandparents may get their first computer from Santa this year…look out!  Your life will never be the same. Guess what they probably know where you live. They know your home and cell phone number. They even have your work phone number. They may have mastered the art of texting. You cannot escape from the proverbial: “How do I do this?”

I know people who literally hide. They screen calls. They turn out lights and read from the reflection of their computer screens or light candles fearing a drive-by from parents. All in an effort to evade the constant cry for tech help from relatives who want to learn but cannot figure it out alone.

Sure, we must admit it is fun at first. Seeing them slowly getting the gist of how to send and receive an email. The look in their eyes when they perform their very first Google search. This is all well and good, and even sort of healthy. But when you leave them home alone, that is when it starts. The constant queries begin like this:

Parent: “HELP me.”

You: “What did you do?”

Parent: “Nothing, I didn’t touch a thing. The computer won’t do anything.”

You: “Did you reboot the computer?”

Parent: “Do what?”

You: “Restart your system.”

Parent: “Do I unplug everything?”

You: “Never mind, I’ll be right over, AGAIN.”

It won’t stop here with one visit. Now they really start seeking you out…STOP! Wait a minute. This is our parents we are talking about. The ones who asked Santa for that computer, the same one we talked them into asking Santa. Now it is our moral duty to stand up and be counted, to come to their rescue. We are like super sons and daughters. But how can we accomplish this almost impossible task and keep our sanity?

Never fear, Google is here. Google realized this is a massive problem for many siblings and most just don’t have the time to help and designed free training videos.

Introducing: “Send your parents A TECH SUPPORT care package.” from Google. No, this is not a scam, it for real. As of this writing 13,999 parents have received this care package. Ok, I can hear the questions: ”What is it”?

Google’s TECH SUPPORT is your “saving grace”. And to be honest, you might just learn some tips and tricks yourself from these videos. Here’s how it works:

There are five categories: BASICS – WWW – COMMUNICATION – MEDIA – FINDING INFORMATION. Within each category you find real help video topics in the BASIC as Copy & Paste, Screensavers, Backgrounds, Make Text Larger or Smaller. Others such as in the WWW, as Upgrade Your Browser, Make Strong Passwords, Make a Bookmark etc. All-in-all there are 37 training videos produced by Google to assist in learning basic computer to digital photos, sound, and much more. Each video is very easy to follow along and learn at one’s own speed. One I really like is the “How to Unsubscribe to a Newsletter” sent by email subscription. It is easy. You send your parents the training video that matches their problem or program they want to learn.

I call this new GOOGLE TECH SUPPORT a “Post Christmas” must have for everyone. I will be within these 37 videos even you will find something you didn’t know or have forgotten how. Best of all, it is free with no scams attached.

For peace of mind go here to check out Google’s new TECH SUPPORT video training: http://www.teachparentstech.org

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Gregory West is a Mac Instructor for Lambton College.
He is also Webmaster at Central United Church, the home of Sarnia’s new
Community Computer Training Centre at: http://goo.gl/76H15.
This is free and open to the public as a community service. Learn at your own speed.

Gregory can be reached at: prospector16@gmail.com
For more tips visit his Blog: https://gregorywest.wordpress.com

 

Why We Need Wiki Leaks

Windows 7 – Complete Access

Guest Article:

Control All Functions in Windows 7 with “God Mode”

by Ira Wilsker

God Mode

Take Control

WEBSITES:

While Windows 7 generally works fine as they come from Microsoft with all of the default settings in place, many of us cannot resist tweaking our operating systems. In Windows 7 we can click on START (the orb) and CONTROL PANEL which will display the menu of most of the items that can be tweaked. Alternatively, the user can go directly to “SYSTEM” (START – CONTROL PANEL – SYSTEM) which will open the Control Panel Home where the basic customization functions can be located. For the past several months, geeks have been exchanging information about an undocumented Windows 7 feature. While this feature works very well on Windows 7, some published reports indicated that there have been problems using this feature with Vista. Based on published reports, I cannot recommend that users utilize this function on Vista. This undocumented function will display virtually all of the possible Windows 7 controls and tweaks in one place. Since this single command opens up so much of the innards of the operating system, and gives the user such great control, geekdom has given this control the moniker of “God Mode”. For those who would prefer not to refer to the deity in a Windows function, the user can easily change the name displayed to any name or title of his choosing.

To setup God Mode on the computer, the procedure is very simple. First, right click on an empty spot on the desktop, and go to NEW and then FOLDER (click on FOLDER); this will create a new, empty, generic folder on the desktop. Second, right click on the newly created folder and click on RENAME; in the box displayed, enter the following exactly (it may be manually typed, or pasted):

God-Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

It is here that the user can replace the name “God-Mode” with any other name or title to the left of the “period” if he so chooses. If you prefer to copy-and-paste, all of the links above have the exact string that can be copied and pasted into the name box for the new folder. Once that large string is entered for the name, the generic folder icon will automatically be replaced by the default Windows control panel icon. Now is when the fun really starts.

Clicking on the newly created icon will open up the “God Mode” (or whatever you chose for its name). God Mode offers easy access to 268 tweaks and controls, many of which most users are blissfully unaware that they exist. While none of the selected tweaks are terminal or irreversible, I strongly suggest that the user frequently create a system restore point in case the user wants to restore the computer to an earlier time. In Windows 7, click START – CONTROL PANEL – SYSTEM – SYSTEM PROTECTION – CREATE. Enter a brief description, and the time and date will be automatically appended to the chosen name of the restore point. If the user wants to use God Mode to create a restore point, simply scroll down to SYSTEM and click on “Create a restore point” and click on CREATE. The process is the same as if the same selection was found manually. If the user wants to restore the computer and go back to an earlier point in time, open God Mode and under the “Action Center” heading simply click on “restore your computer to an earlier time”; that will start the system restore process, which will not harm or delete any data files.

The God Mode display shows almost three dozen categories in its menu, each category having a selection of related tasks. Some of the categories include the Action Center, Administrative Tools, Backup and Restore, Date and Time, Default Programs, Device Manager, Devices and Printers, Display, Ease of Access, Fonts, Internet Options, Mouse, Network and Sharing, parental Controls, Personalization, Power Options, Programs and Features, Sound, System, Troubleshooting, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update, among many others. Each of these categories contains a variety of tasks and tweaks, and by clicking on the task will open it and display whatever information and selections are available.

One of the several critical security functions is the firewall, which controls access to the computer from online sources, and controls which programs can access the internet. To control or access the firewall from God Mode, scroll down to “Windows Firewall” and click on “Check firewall status”. That will open the firewall window, and display the results and user-selectable settings. When finished the window can be closed, or by clicking on the back (left) arrow returns the user to God Mode.

In God Mode under the “System” heading there are 20 selections, including several that allow the user to control system performance, check the RAM in the computer, open the device manager, control the virtual memory, and access other performance related functions. It is much faster to access these System utilities with God Mode than it is to get to the same place manually, plus since all of the functions are laid out in plain sight, other tweaks can be quickly and easily identified.

` Many users never change the default Windows sounds, even though they are totally customizable. From God Mode, scroll to Sound, and select “Change system sounds”. When the “sounds” window opens, clicking on the “Sound Scheme” will show the selection of sound themes available, and give the user the opportunity to select sounds for any Windows function.

Under the heading “Personalization” are 12 tweaks that can be used to manipulate the desktop, change the color scheme or theme, get more free themes online, control the screen saver, and perform several other tasks. Without using God Mode, each of these functions would have to be found and accessed individually, but with God Mode, they all are in one place.

` “Mouse” allows the user to control all aspects of the mouse. The user can easily select the mouse pointer, change other mouse settings, select mouse buttons, and control the appearance of the mouse cursor on screen.

The “Internet Options” heading in God Mode offers the user 14 sets of internet tweaks and controls. Since many of us spend significant time online, some of these tweaks may increase our online satisfaction. It should be noted that the tweaks selected in this category only change Internet Explorer settings, and do not impact other browsers such as Firefox. The user can control pop-ups, cookies, security settings, select search providers, set a homepage (website shown when Internet Explorer is opened), manage browser add-ons, and other browser tasks.

There are about two dozen other categories available in God Mode, and anyone interested in tweaking his computer would find this undocumented feature very valuable. I now use God Mode exclusively to access Windows 7 functions, and have found it very fast, and an easy way to locate whatever tasks I am seeking. It takes almost nothing to set it up, and users will find it very simple to work with. Remember to create frequent restore points (accessible from God Mode), just in case something done is not as expected, so the computer can be restored to an earlier time. With that proviso in mind, enjoy the power (and responsibility) that God Mode provides the user.

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Do You Dare: Virtual Driving Test

ARE YOU THE GOOD OR THE BAD DRIVER OUT THERE?


Find out by taking both tests below…They are fast, fun and very factual.

ARE YOU THE GOOD OR THE BAD DRIVER OUT THERE?

Most of us have complained (at least once) about the “other” drivers on the road. Come on admit it. Although, did you ever wonder whether that “other” driver was maybe in the “right” and you were “wrong”?

TIME TO RETEST YOUR DRIVING SKILLS…

For most of us it has  been some time since we took the Ontario Driver’s Test.

How do you think you would do now if you were to take the test?

TEST ONE:

CLICK HERE for the Drivers Test IF YOU DARE

See what it is like when you are driving while using a cell phone, putting on makeup, or shaving while driving. Even if you don’t do these things, check out the reaction times of someone coming at you on the road.

TEST TWO:

CLICK HERE to take the VIRTUAL DRIVING TEST

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FACEBOOK Ghost Busters…And More PC Tips

Editor’s Note: This article will be published in First Monday Magazine August 2010 edition.
ghostFACEBOOK GHOST-BUSTERS – & Computer Tips

By Gregory West

Recently in the news, there are stories of Facebook users having ghosts appear on their computer screens, reminding them of days-gone-by. This is good for some, as it brings happy memories, however many people find it “kinda creepy seeing dead people wishing them ‘Happy Birthday’, etc.  “It’s a very sensitive topic,” said Meredith Chin, a (Facebook) company spokeswoman, “and, of course, seeing deceased friends pop up can be painful” (New York Times).
As Facebook quickly reaches a near one-half billion members, as people die their Facebook site lives on, sometimes sending messages to relatives. That in itself is comforting to some people but not others. Some people may find it creepy. “People over 65 are adopting Facebook at a faster pace than any other age group, with 6.5 million signing up in May alone…so the problem is only going to get worse” (Toronto Star). So, what’s the real issue?
If you want to shut this off you will have a very difficult time finding “how to”. Here is how to make the necessary changes. Go to this Facebook site:
(http://bit.ly/9jZp7m-facebook) and fill out the form. The preamble for the form states:
“Report a deceased person’s profile
IMPORTANT: This form is solely for the reporting of a deceased person to memorialize or remove the person’s account. Memorializing the account removes certain sensitive information and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the Profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains, so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance. Please note that unrelated inquiries through this form may not receive a response.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Sarnia has live eyes:
The 402 Highway in our area now has webcams so you can view the road and traffic conditions live…Not all are working but it is worth a peek:
How to Email those large vacation photo files:
We know that your Internet Service Provider limits the file sizes that you Email, including photos. So what can one do? There are several things you can do. Try resizing your photos when Emailing them to friends and family. Go to the Microsoft website for a free download of the software program needed for resizing photos: (http://bit.ly/aAAihD-microsoft).
If you want to maintain the large sized photos you can send them using this free software that will Email the recipient a link to the photos so they can easily download them. Send photo and data files by Email up to 100 megabytes in size using: (http://www.yousendit.com)
Of course you can always use an Internet site to edit and store your photos. When you want to send them you do it using a link that is created by the software. For example, try Google’s free Picasa photo editing and storage website: (http://picasaweb.google.com) – Picasa is recommended by many professional photographers who say this is great for the beginner and the pro.
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Gregory West is a Mac Instructor for Lambton College. 
He is also Webmaster at Central United Church, the home of Sarnia’s new 
COMMUNITY Tech School at: http://central-united-church.org/news. This is free and open to the public as a community service.
Gregory can be reached at: prospector16@gmail.com
For more tips visit his Blog: https://gregorywest.wordpress.com

How can I prevent spyware on my computer ?

The Bad Guys Spyware and Malware

From ThePickey.com:

Over time Spyware can build up on your computer, which in turn will slow your PC. Spyware build up on your computer from web browsing or web downloads, which is often difficult to detect. PC users will notice unwanted behavior,slow in system performance, network traffic, failure to boot, unwanted pop-up advertisements, changing configuration of your computer without your knowledge are some of the characters of spyware’s.”

How can I prevent spyware on my computer ?.