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SLO Bytes Newsletter - June 2014 - PUSH Articles

Password Managers: What They Are and How to Use One, Mike Morris, President / Editor, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins, CO

2TB of Cloud Storage – Free!, Phil Sorrentino, Past Pres, SPCUG, FL (approx. 1,263 words). I imagine Phil will have your reader’s attention – 2TB of cloud storage – what a deal! Cloud storage is available from many sources but Herb’s article covers using your own computer system with an additional external (or internal) 2TB hard drive.

3 Better Ways to Store Your Files Than On the Desktop, Joel Lee, (approx. 1,128 words). Did you know that storing files directly on your desktop can harm your productivity? Joel used to be one of “those” people who downloaded files straight to his desktop. If your members can identify with that, then he has good news: they can do better and he shows them how.

Backup…Backup…Backup, Phil Sorrentino, Past Pres, SPCUG, FL (approx. 1, 771 words). Everyone has heard this a gazillion times – backup your data and backup your system and we mean copying the files that you definitely want to have, should you lose your computer. He asks the questions: 1) What shall I backup, 2) How often shall I backup, and 3) How many backup copies do I need.

Be Careful of Buying Old Versions, Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 609 words). Don’t be fooled by a cheap price on a product. It may be last year’s model. While sometimes this is OK, for others it is a real rip-off.

Bitcoin – a New Currency?, Phil Sorrentino, Staff Writer, The Computer Club, FL (approx. 1,521 words). Bitcoin is basically a payment system. It provides the ability to transfer some type of value from a payer to a payee. (There are no physical coins, only entries in a software ledger.)

Cloud Computing, Larry McJunkin, The Retired Geek (approx. 549 words). While a cloud computing image may look complicated, simply defined, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process your data, rather than keeping it on your own computer.

Computer Problems Plague Everyone, Even Me, Sandy Berger, Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 825 words). Why do things change on your computer? One day everything comes up just as it normally does. The next day, you can’t get on the Internet, the icons are in a different place, and/or your program is working differently.

Create and Save a Custom Footer in Word, Nancy DeMarte, 1st VP, Sarasota PCUG, FL (approx. 733 words). As you build up a library of documents you have written, it helps to have a system to have some sort of ID on each document to help you remember where it is stored. A good place to record this information on a document is in a footer along the bottom of each page.

Fun and Knowledge with YouTube, Jim Cerny, 2nd VP, Sarasota SPCUG, FL (approx. 639 words). YouTube is one application that can, all by itself, really justify the purchase of a tablet, smart phone, or any kind of computer. YouTube is your access to millions of videos made by almost anyone who wants to make them available to you for free.

Now We Have a High Tech Way to Get to Know Your Neighbors, Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 430 words). Do you remember when neighbors knew each other and a neighborhood was a tight-woven community? We can use technology to bring us back to those by-gone days when neighbors joined to form a close-knit community.

I Want It Now!, Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood UG, CA (approx. 1,865 words). This may sound like the utterance of tantrum-happy young child, but it also seems to be the mantra of the modern computer and technology users.

Imagine Processing Software, Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale CUG, NJ (approx. 1228 words). This is the 1st of 3 articles. Adobe’s decision to charge a subscription fee for Photoshop has inspired some photographers to look for alternate solutions, in particular those available for free. Before you jump down this particular rabbit hole tough, make a rational assessment of your needs.

Interesting Internet Finds, January 2014.Steve Costello, President/Editor, Boca Raton Computer Society, FL

Interesting Internet Finds, February 2014, Steve Costello, President/Editor, Boca Raton Computer Society, FL (approx. 295 words). Another great list of interesting websites.

Multitasking, the Big Myth, Diane Fahlbusch, President, ICON PCUG, NY (approx. 1,254 words). Multitasking became the highly touted skill to possess back at the start of the millennium. However, do we really all means the same thing when we say it? Can one learn how to multitask? And, the most important question, does multitasking make one more productive?

Preserving Your Ancestral History, Dave Howell, member, Computer Users of Erie, PA (approx. 716 words). One of the ways to get started developing your family story is to begin with interviewing the older members of your family, 50 years or older, be they parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even older friends of the family. Dave includes example of questions to be asked.

Ramblings – March 2014, Jack Fischer, Director/Communications, The Computer Club, Inc., FL

Ramblings – April 2014, Jack Fischer, Director/Communications, The Computer Club, Inc., FL (approx. 227 words). Jack’s nomination for the “Invention of the Century” is Caller ID. He knows of nothing as empowering as looking at the TV or device-screen and deciding whether to answer the phone, or just let it ring!

The Internet as an Information Recourse, recap of Brian Riley’s (VP, Northern Neck CUG, VA) presentation by Anny Moss, Secretary (approx. 956 words). Brian started with an overview of the ancient history of software documentation to illustrate the impact of the Internet as an information resource. In real time, 30+ years starting with loose-leaf manuals one could update.

The World of TED, recap of BJ McMillan’s presentation (member, Northern Neck CUG, CA) (approx. 754 words). TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas “WORTH SPREADING through,” annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. BJ’s presentation covered information about the various ways people can participate in the above events and what one can find on the website.

The Tip Corner – January 2014, Bill Sheff, Lehigh Valley CUG, PA (approx. 1,193 words). Keep updates current, Backup, How to make photos look like pencil drawings, Print out part of a PDF document + more.

The Tip Corner – March 2014, Bill Sheff, Lehigh Valley CUG, PA (approx. 1,018 words). Google tips, CCleaner, + more.

The Tip Corner – April 2014, Bill Sheff, Lehigh Valley CUG, PA (approx. 1,068 words). What to do before you call tech support, Windows’ hidden “god mode” folder, Problem steps recorder, WinDirStat and much more.

Twitter for Seniors, Larry McJunkin, The Retired Geek (approx. 899 words). You’ve never used Twitter. You say you’re too old for Twitter….it’s only for kids, and you could care less about reading what Lady Gaga had for lunch today. So, obviously Twitter isn’t for you, Wrong!

Two Factor Authentication – Proof of Identity, Phil Sorrentino, Staff Writer, The Computer Club, Inc., FL (approx. 1,135 words). When you walk up to a teller in a bank and request information about your bank account, the teller may ask you to authenticate yourself by providing a picture form of ID. But if you have been going to this bank for many years and she is familiar with you, she may just give you the information. In truth, your face and her knowledge of you have provided the necessary authentication for her to respond to your requests. Authentication is the act of proving one is really who one says he or she is.

What To Do If Your iPad/iPhone is Taken, Bill Crowe, 2nd VP, Sarasota PCUG, FL (approx. 740 words). Steps to following to enable Find My iPhone. Don’t forget to have a strong password.

When You Want to Learn How-Learning About Computers, Richard Durand, President, Wisconsin All-computer User Club (approx. 454 words). One thing Richard has found out the hard way is that sometimes knowledge just has to be demanded. Have you taken classes and had more questions after the class than when you started? Are the pages and pages of printed safety and warranty information murky? Has anyone said to a new computer user – just download such and such a program for that and when it’s downloaded the person has no clue as to what to do.

These articles have been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above).

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