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PUSH Articles - October 2017

A few of my favorite things by Greg Skalka, UCHUG (approx. 1233 words). In the Sound of Music, a nun turned governess, sings of her favorite things to her seven young charges. I wonder how her list might be different if the story was set today. What would a list of today's favorite technology items look like? UCHUG's editor sends me Greg's President's column each month and has started contributing to PUSH himself as are some of their members.

Anatomy of a Death Certificate, Genealogy SIG Report by Harold D. Kelley, Computer Users of Erie (found this one when I read their newsletter) - (Approx, 987 words.) Sue Mueller is a contributor to Family Grave and explained that new death certificates don't have as much information on them as the old ones. However, since it is 50 years before you can obtain death certificates that are available to the public, most of the ones we see will be very interesting because they are older. She had a handout and it's included at the end of the article. Associations - We need them!by Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club (Approx. 1070 words). Phil sends me his articles each month. Although "guilt by association" may lead you to an incorrect logical conclusion (refer to Association Fallacy in Wikipedia), your computer, without associations, would not be able to make any sense out of any of the files you use.

Close Your Windows Before You Leave on Vacation or Can Google-Powered Devices Eclipse Microsoft for Travel? by Greg Skalka, UCHUG (Approx. 1739 words). Greg has used MS Windows-based computers for probably 90% or more of his computing lifetime. He has also used Apple computers and tablets a bit, and currently uses an Android smartphone and a Chromebook regularly. It was a big decision on what technology take when he and his wife went to Nebraska to look at the Eclipse.

Create and Save a Custom Footer in Word by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota Technology Users Group (Approx. 819 words) We've all seen a document with a footer - it's a bit of text or graphics in the margin at the bottom of each page in a book or article. As usual, Nancy shows us how to add footers to our documents. Thanks to Nancy for sending me her articles, with graphics.

Educating My Phone - Graduating to a Smartphone by Greg Skalka, UCHUG (Approx. 1577 words). Those of us who personally know Greg were surprised and delighted when he joined us in the Smartphone world ??.

Educational, Fun, and Interesting Web Sites - June 2017 by Howard Lewis, Midland Computer Club (Approx. 299 words). Found this article in their newsletter. You and your members will surely find places of interest to visit.

GNU Octave by Dick Maybach, Brookdale Computer Users' Group (Approx. 1392 words). Dick no longer belongs to the group (he moved) but he got in touch a few years ago and asked if I wanted him to send me his articles - the answer, of course, was yes. Engineers, scientists, and educators use computer math tools extensively, and students would also find these helpful, but their costs are often a barrier. Fortunately, there are free program that provide similar power to their commercial kin and both (GNU Octave and Scilab) are available for Windows, OS X and Linux. He discusses GNU Octave in this article. Many of the article don't include graphics and I know that editors appreciate it when they do. Dick always has a lot of graphics in his articles as does Nancy DeMarte.

HDMI Cable and Connectors by Jim Cerny, Sarasota Technology User's Group (Approx. 581 words). Dick usually sends me a few months of articles at a time. More and more devices are available to us. For most of us who use technology for personal and home, would like to connect some devices to our TVs to enjoy the big screen video and great sound experience. Ender HDMI - High Definition Media Interface.

How to Retrieve Individual Files from a Windows Backup by David Kretchmar, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club (Approx. 581 words). Occasionally, David and Tom Burt have PUSH-type articles - found in their newsletter. In Windows 10, MS has included the old Backup and restore feature from Win 7. This was weakened in Win 8 and completely removed in Win 8.1 but is back in 10, even if it is a bit depreciated. It's now called "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)." This article explains how to restore individual files from a system image, even though MS says it isn't possible.

Interesting Internet Finds - August by Steve Costello, Boca Raton Computer Society (Approx. 321 words). Steve sends me their newsletter as well as an additional e-mail with his finds. I need to pay attention since he doesn't want me to include them until the following month. Steve includes almost all of the information I need at the top of the article.

Interesting Internet Finds - July by Steve Costello, (Approx. 328 words)

Microsoft's Varied Word-Processing Options by Nancy DeMarte (Approx. 562 words). WordPad, NotePad, etc. - Nancy covers them all.

"Musing of an Apple Tyro - May by Lorrin R. Garson, Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (Approx. 770 words). Demise of Vista, Apple computers are falling behind, MacBook pro Battery Stamina, Google Chrome Limitations, Quantum Computers, KrebsOnSecurity and more….

Musings of an Apple Tyro - June by Lorrin R. Garson,(Approx. 834 words). Source for Special Characters, Swift Playgrounds, Unsubscribing to Email Subscriptions, 5G Networks,

Open Source Software of the Month - May by Geof Goodrum, Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (Approx. 667 words). Geof accumulates and sends me the Musing of an Apple Tyro and his Open Source Software of the Month articles. The articles are reading-to-use with all the information I put at the beginning of articles. Jmil, Notepad++, Python Solitaire Fan Club Edition, VideoLAN Client and more.

Open Source Software of the Month - June by Geof Goodrum, (Approx. 656 words). 7-Zip, BZFlag, GIMP, TuxGuitar.

NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference, Review by George Harding, Tucson Computer Society (380 words). Francis Chao, a member of TCS, sends me a few of George's reviews at a time.

Nite-ize by George Harding (Approx. 415 words). This company has a wide range of useful products and the list keeps getting longer. Your members might be interested in buying some of them. George has been reviewing products for a gazillion years and has a great track record with vendors. He regularly visits COMDEX and meets with vendors to obtain product to review - and, they send it to him.

Pay with your phone - Maybe soon, using Android Pay or Apple Pay by Phil Sorrentino (Approx. 1017 words). This article got me to start using Android Pay. Android and Apple Pay are payment services developed and supported by Google and Apple respectively. They both support in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on their respective mobile devices (phones, tablets, watches).

The Case of the Random Keystroke Repeats by Bob Woods, UCHUG (Approx. 520 words). A couple of years ago Bob decided he needed a new laptop and bought an Acer on sale at Costco. Overall, it has been an excellent choice with one exception, the keyboard. It has a nice feel but randomly repeats keystrokes.

System Upgrade by Jim Quinn, UCHUG (Approx. 380 words). Jim's Linux computer system drive (SSD) was running out of space. It was installed February 2015. Jim's article covers how he moved everything to a 1TB SSD.

What is a "Database" Anyway? by Jim Cerny, Sarasota Technology User's Group (Approx. 684 words). A database is an organized collection of data (accessed online or through a software program on your computer). Your members might not realize it but they are probably using a database every day.

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