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PUSH Articles - August 2016

Adobe Document Cloud by Eric Moore, Greely Computer UG (approx. 365 words). In Adobe's words, Adobe Document Cloud is "a set of integrated services that use a consistent online profile and personal document hub." The goal behind Document Cloud (DC for short) is to provide a means for users to create, review, sign, and track Adobe PDF documents.

The AD A8-7670 Processor - A Review by Daniel Woodard, Dayton Microcomputer Association (approx. 1,111 words). Would you consider yourself a gamer on a budget? If so, then AMD has a processor for you, the Godavari A8-7670K APU. The processor runs at a base speed of 3.6 GHz, and ramps up to 3.9 GHz as needed. The graphics portion of the chip runs at 757 MHz and has 384 stream processors.

Changing to Another E-mail Address by Jim Cerny, Sarasota Technology US (approx. 719 words). Almost all computer users use email - and you are one of them, right? Have you ever had to change your email address or change to another email provider? Jim has some tips for you to do this.

Communications - Voice and Digital - All in one package by Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club (approx. 1045 words). Sound familiar? Well, it should; it describes a Smartphone. A smartphone provides voice (analog…sort of) and digital (computer to computer) communications, all in a package you can stick in your pocket and carry around.

Computer Attacks by Dick Maybach, Brookdale Computer Users' Group (approx. 1592 words). An important factor in defending your computer is to understand how it might be attacked. This topic fascinates many computer owners and has been the subject of many articles, books, advertisements, and discussions.

Device Transparency (DT) by Eric Moore, Computer Users' Group of Greeley (approx. 665 words). As computer users increasingly have multiple devices-laptops, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones-on which they keep important data, being able to seamlessly access a file from any location or device becomes a challenge.

File Encryption by Dick Maybach, Brookdale Computer UG (approx. 1334 words). Dick wrote an article in 2014 on encryption; while he was writing it, TrueCrypt, a popular tool for this task, was discontinued by its anonymous developers amid speculation it had been compromised. As a result, he recommended GnuPG; two successors have since appeared - CipherShed and VeraCrypt.

Find Your Tech Support Match by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota Technology Users' Group (approx. 846 words). We all run into occasional problems with our computers and digital devices. Finding the solution can be a nightmare, especially if the problem is unique or you are not fluent in tech terms. Nancy has several solutions for us.

Google Virtual Tours by Geof Goodrum, Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (approx. 91 words). Geof has some interesting URLs for us to visit in this article.

How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 359 words). MS is delivering this update to more than 350 million devices around the world, so it is being rolled out slowly. If you want to get yours before your turn, this article will tell you how to do that.

Interesting Internet Finds by Steve Costello, Boca Raton Computer Society (approx. 301 words). Interesting finds for June.

Interesting Internet Finds by Steve Costello, Boca Raton Computer Society (approx. 301 words). Interesting finds for May.

Open Source Lab - Keeping Up with Open Source by Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club (approx. 533 words). Once someone starts using open-source software, either by running a Linux OS or by installing cross-platform tools on Windows or Mac OC systems, the reality set in that there is a whole new world of vast opportunities available without the drawbacks of financial cost or restrictive licenses.

Open Source Lab - Libre Office 5.1 by Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club (approx. 359 words). Many changes from versions 4.0 to 5.0 have focused on modernizing the user interface….

Wearable Technology: Fitbit - meeting review by Joe Durham, Quad-Cities Computer Society from a presentation by President Judi McDowell (approx. 1236 words). Great article about wearable technology. I turned it into a PowerPoint presentation and have given it to two groups.

Musings of an Apple Tyro - April by Lorrin R. Garson, Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (approx. 764 words). First "In the Wild" Ransomware for Apple, PC Sales Down but Apple Up and more….

Setting up a new computer by Lorrin R. Garson Buying a new computer isn't like buying a new car - turn on the engine and go. No! No!.

Musings of an Apple Tyro -June by Lorrin R. Garson, Potential Invasion of Privacy, Millions of Android Devices at Rick, ICANN to Rescind Control of the Internet, Troubleshooting your Printer, Oh So Retro! And more…

Musings of an Apple Tyro - July by Lorrin R. Garson, PATACS (approx. 955 words). Protection Against Ransomware, Dangerous Computer Cords, Update to OS X, Update to iTunes, Fastest Internet Speed and more.

Open Source Software of the Month - May by Geof Goodrum, Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (approx. 467 words). FreeBASIC, FreeCol, Kernel Source v4.5, Snappy Driver Installer, SportsTracker and more….

Open Source Software of the Month - June by Geof Goodrum, PATACS (approx. 529 words). Data Crow - v4.1, Kernel Source v4.5.2, PhotoFilmStrip and more…

Open Source Software of the Month - July by Geof Goodrum, PATACS (Approx. 715 words). Gargoyle, KeePass, Kernel Source - v4.6.2, Krita and more.

Ransomware - Protecting your ability to recover from an attack by John Langill, Southern Tier Personal Computing Club (approx. 853 words). A recent posting to reminded me that the key element to recovering from a ransomware attach is to have a reliable system image back-up. John talks about various ways to accomplish your back-up.

Software Review: Alarm ++ by Marshall K. DuBois, Sarasota Technology UG (approx. 202 words). This is a great reminder program which will help you remember many things you usually forget.

Traffic Light by BitDefender review by Joe Durham, Quad-Cities Computer Society (approx. 229 words).

Synchronize mail, contacts, calendar, notes on all your devices by John King, Golden Gate Computer Society (approx. 629 words). For all of your toys to be fully useful, you have to be able to access the same e-mails, contact information, calendar appointments, and notes on every device so they are always available wherever you are.

Using Bluetooth on Your Smartphone and Tablet by Julie Mahaffey, Interactive Computer Owners Network (approx. 288 words). A Bluetooth product, like a headset or watch, contains a tiny computer chip with a Bluetooth radio and software that makes it easy to connect.

Using Foreign Characters in Passwords by Martin Arbagi, Dayton Microcomputer Association (approx. 620 words). Imagine a site that requires a password to enter-but that password can be only one character long! You would have fewer than a hundred possible passwords: the upper and lower-case versions of each letter in the English alphabet, ten numbers, and various punctuation marks. Enter a 'foreign' character.

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Explained by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 600 words). If you want to be p-to-date in the high tech world you need to understand the terms VR and AR. They are both amazing technologies that are quickly moving into our everyday world.

Voice Control: HEY CORTANA, OK GOOGLE, SIRI & ALEXA by Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club (approx. 1128 words). Remember Dragon Naturally Speaking? It was, and still is, Voice Recognition software mostly used to control the operation of a word processor like Word. But the voice recognition and control that has really gotten the attention of the public lately, are the intelligent personal assistants that are provided by some of the leading computer companies.

What's New in Microsoft Office 2016 by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota TUG (approx. 1028 words). Last September, MS kept to its usual three-year schedule of issuing a new edition of Office when it released Office 2016. The questions always are, What is different in this edition? Is it worth updating? Nancy's article has a few of the features you will find in this new Office.

I Lost (Forgot?) my New Windows 10 Admin user password by Art Gresham, Under the Computer Hood UG (approx. 1173 words). Art tried all his usual passwords and variations of passwords = nothing worked. He search and searched and found a method that might work but….

Windows 10 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Wayne B'Rells, Hendersonville Area Computer Society (approx. 3507 words). As discussed in the article, there are many situations where it may be better to stick with Windows 7 (or even, possibly, with Windows 8.1)…..

Windows 10: 3 by 3 by Cary Quinn, Pikes Peak Application Computer Society (approx. 864 words). Cary wrote this article as a quick start to their July Windows 10 meeting on whether to upgrade or not.

Windows 10 - Resistance is Futile by Greg Skalka, Under the Computer Hood UG (approx. 1618 words). Another interesting article by Greg - does he really compare Windows 10 to Star Trek?

The Windows 10 Anniversary Edition ha a Lot to Love by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (approx. 564 words). She likes it!>

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