February 13, 2018
If you are not familiar with Google Docs then take a look at these 11 Steps in using Google Docs. It is a good intro toward helping you understand that Google Docs may be all that you need when it comes to drafting your documents. It is like this… You can spend a great deal of money for Microsoft Office or you can go with Google Docs; which is FREE. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are you are already set up to start using Google Docs right away.
Source: Using Google Docs: 11 Steps
January 28, 2018
Did you know you can customize your own web start page to your liking by using online web services that exclusively specialize in start pages (also called home pages). I am one who loves customizing menus, start pages, launchers, etc… I have found by customizing these components, such as my browsers start page, it makes it easier for myself and others to navigate the web; PLUS, there is a big leap in productivity when you do this. Typically, we all go to the same web sites over and over; SO, why not set up a customized page where you can compile your launching points (or web links) from one page.
So how do I get started? I went on the hunt on the internet and found the “Top 10 Personalized Start Pages for Your Web Browser”. Each of the top ten reflected I have personally tried over periods of time. The “Start Page” service I settled with was Symbaloo; with NetVibes as a close second. I have used both for many years.
You can click on the screenshot below to get an idea of how my start page looks like using Symbaloo…
To understand more of what I am talking about, I encourage you to click the source link below to preview the 10 Start Pages services (which are FREE).
Personalized start pages can kickstart your browser by opening directly to a custom home page designed by you and with your interests in mind.
SOURCE: Top 10 Personalized Start Pages for Your Web Browser
January 4, 2018
I am big on privacy and security and never wanted anything to to with Facebook; HOWEVER, this past year I caved in. I am actually enjoying Facebook and have used the site to promote the blog (click here) and another public Facebook page I am experimenting with, called “Protection of Our First Amendment Rights – The Fake News Daily“. Again, I am big on privacy and security; AND, one downfall with Facebook is navigating the menus to turn privacy and security features “on and off”.
For example, after seeing how my private Facebook page looked on the public side, I noticed there were posts on the public page that I did not want there. As a matter of fact, I didn’t want any of my private (friends only) posts on the public page and commenced researching “How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?
Here is the instructions I found and decided to post them here on the blog for others:
- Open up your Facebook page
- Click on the small triange in the upper right corner of the blue bar (at the top of the window)
- On the menu click on “Settings”
- On the left sidebar, click on “Privacy”
- When the privacy window opens, on the right side, click on “Limit Past Posts” (to expand that section).
- Click on “Limit Old Posts” (click on graphic below to see example)
- Click on “Confirm” (see graphic further below)
December 15, 2017
Tired of seeing my political posts on your timeline? You don’t have to “unfriend or unfollow” me, just put me in snooze. I truly hope you don’t do that because I do look for news that I think you “need to know” and is factual; however, if you must, just put me to sleep (in Facebook Snooze).
With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time… READ MORE
SOURCE: Facebook Newsroom
December 15, 2017
I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.
To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…
A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.
Google Cloud Print for the win.
What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Help the app shelf help you.
Open as window, says me.
Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.
Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.
Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.
Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.
They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.
SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts
December 12, 2017
I ordered an Acer Chromebox 15 for Christmas and prior to ordering I did some research and watched the following video. I have always been a Windows user; however, as we continue to tread down that path of computer technology, I am finding that most of what I do on the computer these days is strictly internet based. I have found that nearly all people that I know who use a computer at home are using it to strictly browse the web and really for nothing else. If you fall into that category, then what you may not know is that you can save a lot of money and tech headaches by going with a Chromebook.
By definition, a Chromebook is a “laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system and Chrome Web browser. Providing a total Web-based operating environment, all applications are downloaded from the Web, and although an Internet connection is mandatory, some apps may run offline as well“.
If interested in exploring a Chromebook, [ CLICK HERE ] to see the various Chromebook options at Amazon. If you get really serious, go to a local Walmart or Best Buy and play around with one. Very inexpensive and simple to use (and maintain) compared to the typical Windows based computer.
Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On
SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15
November 1, 2017
If you did not take advantage of the FREE Windows 10 upgrade that officially ended on July 31, 2016, you can still get the upgrade (for Window 7 and 8.1 users) by claiming that you use assistive technologies. Now, this may not sound like the moral thing to do; however, there is a wide belief out there that Microsoft deliberately left this loophole in place so that people would eventually take advantage of the loophole to perform the upgrade. So, if you want to be “immoral”, simply go to the Microsoft Assistive Technology page and get started. It’s that easy…
You have only until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of this loophole…
SOURCE: PCWorld – The last free Windows 10 upgrade path for consumers will shut down by December 31