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PUSH Articles - September 2015

7 Short Tips for Word Users by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota Technology UG, FL (Approx. 567 words). Some great tips for your readers.

Topaz Photography Collection, Part 1 Review by Mark Mattson, Editor, Computer Users of Erie, PA (Approx. 3215 words). The Topaz Photography Collection is a bundle of 16 products, all designed to make your image editing and enhancements faster and easier. All are plug-ins that work inside your image editing software, with the exception of Topaz Glow, Impression and photoFXlab, which operate as stand-alone products. Mark's review will be split into four parts and the individual articles will be a brief overview of each product, giving sample images to illustrate how each plug-in enhances your image.

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (Approx. 343 words). If your readers are still on the fence about upgrading to Win 10, Sandy really likes it and gives you 10 reasons why you should upgrade.

To SSD or Not to SSD? - That is the question by Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club, FL (Approx. 1198 words). Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer the Slings and Arrows and stay with Hard Drive, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles and Convert to a Newer Technology (Solid State Drives). Well, maybe that's not quite what Shakespeare had in mind, but it does bring up the question. Should we begin to move to SSD drives?

The Tip Corner - May 2015 by Bill Sheff, Lehigh Valley Computer Group, PA (Approx. 1205). This column is the one that I see in more newsletters than others sent via PUSH. Sorry to say, this is the last one since their editor resigned and, at this time, they no longer have a newsletter. Scams and viruses, print part of an e-mail or other text? - all this and more tips are included.

So You Want to Write a Book by Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale Computer UG, NJ (Approx. 1360 words). Perhaps you want to document your family's history or preserve a collection of recipes, or you may have an idea you think you could sell to others. Not long ago you would have few choices between a loose-leaf notebook and trying to interest a publisher. Today the large gap between these is filled by eBooks which you can distribute yourself to a new friends or to a wider audience through an online publisher.

Siri for Seniors (or anyone) by Larry McJunkin, The Retired Geek (Approx. 856 words). This is Larry's last article, he's retired as The Retired Geek. If you have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th generation), meet your new best friend - Siri.

Scam I Am by Greg Skalka, President, UCHUG, CA (Approx. 1,357 words). Scams, cons, theft and deceit have been around forever. Just as technology has helped us increase our productivity, it has helped the crooks become more efficient as well. The old scams and trickery have been made easier to execute, while new forms of theft have been developed.

Saving a File by Jim Cerny, 2nd VP, Sarasota TUG, FL (Approx. 1266 words). To Save or Save As, file naming and more are covered in Back to Basics article.

How "Silent Calls" Lead to Identity Theft - The Dark Side or Robocalling by Bob Rankin, Ask Bob Rankin (Approx. 839 words). We've all had the experience of answering a phone fall only to hear nothing. Typically, we just hang up and shrug. But those sort "silent calls" are the first step in well-organized campaigns to steal identifies and bank account balances. Bob's article shows how these scams work and what we should do to protect ourselves.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about eBay - Book Review of My eBay for Seniors by Chris Johnson, Editor and Designer, Golden Gate Computer Society, CA (Approx. 1,262 words). I used this great review in my group's newsletter when we had a buying and selling with eBay presentation. You could also publish it in your newsletter with you show Gary Bigel's buying and selling with eBay VTC video. The large sans serif type and its references to grandkids makes my eBay for Seniors a book geared to older folks in the publisher's eye. Everything else about the book-its information and colorful network-is for the beginner or average user---of any age. But I did like that I didn't have to whip out my glasses to read it.

Restoring Windows with the SystemRescueCD by Dick Maybach (Approx. 934 words). His May article covers the Trinity Rescue Kit. This article covers an alternate - the SystemRescueCD.

Rescuing Windows with the Trinity Rescue Kit by Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale Computer Users' Group, NJ (Approx. 1,226 words). Dick has discussed several reproaches for restoring a Windows PC in previous articles. His favorite tool is PartedMagic but readers may prefer an alternative such as the Trinity Rescue Kit.

Printing Stuff by Bill Crowe, Program Chair, Sarasota TUG, FL (Approx. 776 words). Bill's article covers three applications that work with the iPad or iPhone calendar and contacts and can be used to make printed copies of them.

Practice Makes Perfect by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (Approx. 171 words). Learning to use a new device can take time because it always takes practice. Sometimes that practice requires trial and error. Sandy's article gives some tips to get you through.

Phone Service without Paying by Tom Kuklinski, Director, Computer Users of Erie, PA (Approx. 1994 words). Phone service without a plan or contract? I like that but I still don't want to pay anything for it either, Tom's article outlines how you can have phone service for free.

OneNote serves as a computerized memory by John Weigle, Editor, Channel Islands PCUG, CA (Approx. 969 words). A review of one of the presentations at their May meeting. OneNote is the perfect place to keep all that information you want to remember and find easily when you need it. Toby Scotty, their head techie, said at the May meeting. "It still is the greatest piece of software ever written," Scott said, even though at first it doesn't seem like much.

Nibblers for May 2015 by Jeannine Sloan, Ambassador for Friendship Village, Twin Cities PCC, MN (Approx. 958 words). Keyboard Shortcut to quickly view basic information about your Windows computer, On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels, Considerations for Safer Downloading, Exhaustive List of Windows Hotkeys and more are included in this issue of Jeannine's Nibblers.

Nibblers for June 2015 by Jeannine Sloan, Ambassador for Friendship Village, Twin Cities PCC, MN (Approx. 1,540 words). Modular Smart Phones, Biometric Scanning, Ransomware Defense, Google Earth Tutorials and more are included in Jeannine's Nibblers column.

My Windows 10 Upgrade Experiences by Frank Ramsey, Editor, Akron Canton PCUG, OH (Approx. 2,232 words). Frank has had quite the experience with installing Win 10 on several of his computers. Maybe your readers have had the same problems and can use one of his solutions.

Interesting Internet Finds - May by Steve Costello (38 words) More great I-net finds from Steve

Interesting Internet Finds - June by Steve Costello (353 words)

Interesting Internet Finds - July by Steve Costello (380 words

I Have a Website - Now What?, Review of the April Monterey Bay UG-PC Meeting by Joe Asling, MBUC-PC, CA (Approx. 749 words). Their April meeting presenter gave them five tips to tune up and improve a website's effectiveness.

Google's New Spam-Fighting Tools by Bob Rankin, Ask Bob Rankin (Approx. 851 words). Google estimates that nearly 60% of all e-mail it processes is spam. But like most Gmail users, Bob rarely sees any spam in his inbox. Google claims that Gmail now blocks 99.9% of all spam. Reading his article will let your members know how you can get near-perfect spam filtering, even if you don't use Gmail.

Fun with Spreadsheets by Jim Cerny, 2nd VP, Sarasota TUG, FL (Approx. 1,289 words). Most people do not associate the word "fun" with anything like what a spreadsheet program can do, but Jim hopes that by reading this article, your members decide to at least open a spreadsheet program just to see what it can do and if it is really "fun" for you to use.

Edge - Microsoft's New Web Browserby Sandy Berger, CompuKISS (Approx. 382 words). The new browser which comes with Windows 10 is called Edge. This is aptly named because it is much sharper than IE. As a matter of fact, it is better in almost every way.

Drive for a Change - Installing a Laptop Hybrid Drive by Greg Skalka, President, UCHUG, CA (Approx. 1,645 words). Like people, people have a lifecycle. That lifecycle typically takes them from a youth of peak capabilities, through a middle age marked by a slowing down and perhaps reduced desirability to twilight years of diminished capacities, failing parts and obsolescence in the workforce If your laptop is in the midst of a mid-life crises, there are things you can do to turn back the clock and return a bit of that youthful capability and desirability.

Creating Your Own Template in Word 2013 by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota Technology UG, FL (Approx. 503 words). Microsoft includes templates in Office; Nancy has step-by-step instructions on how we can create our own Word templates.

Cloud Computing - An Ephemeral Concept by Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club, FL (Approx. 1047 words). Cloud computing has been around for quite some time. It just wasn't called Cloud computing until recently. Although it is relatively new, Cloud Computing can be found as early as the mid-90s. Steve Jobs of Apple fame, developed his vision of the cloud as a "digital hub for all your digital content." The article contains info about the history of the Internet and more.

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