CIT program to be recognized at the White House for CTE “Excellence in Action” Award

June 30, 2015

Ramblinrick:

Congratulations to Steve and his team, at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, for receiving recognition by the White House, for their achievements in innovative CTE coursework and practices… Rick @ What’s On My PC

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

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Picture – Dawn Babian, Network Administrator, Steve Mallard, IT Manager and Lead Instructor and Mike Miller, Asst. IT Manager.and CIT Instructor.

The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will be recognized at the White House  along with other Career Technical Education winners of the 2014 “Excellence in Action” award on June 30, 2015.

The Obama Administration and White House will be recognizing the programs at a convening, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education which will be hosted at The White House on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The CIT program and other CTE winners will be recognized with a select group of other education leaders.  Business and industry partners, exceptional student leaders and Administration officials,  will be present to celebrate the latest advancements in career and technical education (CTE).  The program along with other winners will be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework…

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New Tech Security Resource

June 27, 2015

Ramblinrick:

Nice find at Tech-for Everyone… Computer security cannot be taken lightly. Will have to post the link to this on Bookmarks4Techs

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Also, a $99 “PC Stick” (That comes with Windows 10)

Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that I, for the first time in ages, have added a new referral link to my ‘blogroll'; CNet’s recently announced Security and Antivirus Center. I recommend taking a look-see.

cnet_sc* The best security apps and expert advice

Today we’re thrilled to launch our newSecurity and Antivirus Center. Our goal: to give you the tools and tactics you need to protect your privacy, your data, and your devices. You’ll find guides, reviews, and how-tos, including tips on banishing bloatware from your PC, tweaking your browser settings for better security, and building better passwords. We’re especially pleased to present our Best recommendations: we’ve tested security software and services and have declared a winner for best VPN, best password manager, and best cloud backup. Come check it out and let us know what else you’d…

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How To Setup The NEW “Undo Send” Option In Gmail

June 25, 2015

Google recently added an optional setting in Gmail that will allow you to auto delay sending an email, for a period of 5-10-20 or 30 seconds, so that if you have second thoughts (after hitting “send”) you can retract or undo the sending process. This sort of option had been available through the Google Labs, but many people are not familiar with the labs’ options or add-ons; therefore, Google has made this a permanently embedded option in the Gmail settings.

To get to the undo settings, click on the cog wheel on the top right side of your Gmail and click on “Settings”. Under the “General” tab, you will find “Undo Send” (see screenshot below). Click the box next to “Enable Undo Send”; then select the amount of time for the “Send cancellation period”. After you have made your changes, scroll down and click on “Save Changes”.

Gmail - Undo Settings

Also, now that you know how to get into the Gmail settings, go back into the settings you will find a tab that is labelled “Labs”. Some pretty neat add-ons are available there.

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GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

June 9, 2015

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From my experience, most people (the great majority) do not have a clue about Windows 10; that there is an icon lying in their system tray (waiting to be activated) that will allow them to upgrade to Windows 10; that if they do opt to upgrade what will be added (and what will be lost), etc… Ok, I think you get the point. — Get a chance check this article out if you want to stop the Windows 10 upgrade from downloading on your system…

Originally posted on Tech - for Everyone:

Savvy Users may have noticed a new process in their Task Manager, namely GWX.EXE. Which stands for “Get Windows X” (“X” meaning 10), and is responsible for that new “Windows Logo” icon in your Notification Tray (the right part of your Taskbar, with the clock). Which was pushed onto us by Microsoft’s Update process via the KB3035583 update

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Now I know that some of you are eagerly awaiting June 29th to get the latest Windows version, but for those of you who, like me, never install version 1.0 of anything, or like me, rely on Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 10), and would prefer that the Microsoft nag and downloader package NOT be on their systems, I have been busily preparing the How To tutorial.

But Scott Thurow beat me to it. So instead of me reinventing the wheel, I’ll just point you here: How to stop…

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Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

June 1, 2015

Windows 10 is on the way (July 29, 2015).  Here is how to reserve your copy now in 3 easy steps…

HERE’S HOW

Windows 10 Upgrade

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A Software (App) Solution For The Nexus 5 Power Button Problem

May 22, 2015

I started experiencing an issue on my Nexus 5 Smartphone where the phone would enter into a reboot loop, rebuild the app list, etc… (common problem with the Nexus 5 when the power button is failing). If you perform a search on this problem, you will find multiple solutions, including one (last resort solution) where you take the phone and hit it against a table to cause the power button to release itself (which actually worked in my case). Once I did get the phone back to where it was functioning (power button and all), I knew I needed another solution before the power button failed again…

The solution that I found, that has worked for me so far, is an app called Gravity Screen. Gravity Screen will automatically turn “on” your screen when you need it and turn it “off” when you don’t. For example if I lay the phone down on a table or put it in my belt case, the phone will go to sleep. When I pick the phone back up, depending to the length of time it was asleep, the phone will awaken. Pretty neat…

Gravity Screen uses the sensors that are already built into your smartphone. This app, from what I researched, is one of the best out there for what it does; AND, as with any app that controls hardware features, the results can be mixed (depending on the phone, Android OS, etc…).  So far, on the Nexus 5, it has performed superbly and has given me a level of automation where I should never have to touch the power button again, other than on occasions to reboot the phone, etc… This app is not just for broken Nexus 5 phones, but is for any Android Phone; and, if it continues to perform as good as I have experienced, I can see me installing this on my next Android smartphone….

Below is a video explaining how Gravity Screen works and its’ associated features…

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Windows Technical Department

May 2, 2015

Ramblinrick:

DO NOT FALL VICTIM to the FAKE MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT CALLS…

Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone has posted “rules” that you need to keep in mind. Probably, the most important rule is NEVER relinquish control of your computer to a third party that calls you out of the blue…

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I just got a phone call from some Indian claiming to be from the “Windows Technical Department”; he addressed me by name, and he started to tell me that there were serious problems with my computer, but I told him he is a vile criminal, and hung up on him.

This was my second such call this week. So be aware, folks, the fake Microsoft tech support phone call scammers are still quite active. Remind your friends and loved ones of this fact, and tell them that no way, no how, are such calls legitimate. Maybe even refer them to this resource: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams.

Keep these other tips rules in mind:

  • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
  • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling…

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