Sunday, November 19, 2017

Project screens from phone to computer or TV

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You may need to be able to see the screens from your cell phone displayed on your computer or TV. If so, here's the simplest app I have found for the purpose.


The Android app is downloaded and installed on a cell phone from the Google Play Store. The number (IP address that appears on the phone) is then typed into the address line of the computer and a mirrored image appears on the computer. The phone transmits wirelessly to the computer. There is a little bit of a delay, and the user has to put up with some ads, but the program works very well.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Apps are not just for cell phones

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When I mention the word Apps, I bet you think only of apps for cellphones, but it's easy to forget that thousands of apps are available for PCs.

Suppose you want a free chord finder app for the piano. You can click on the Microsoft store icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen (looks like a shopping bag). Type what you are looking for, such as piano chord finder, in the search box. There, you will find many apps that fit your search. Some are free, some are not. Download the one you want and click Install. That's it!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Print when there is no print command

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Often, you want to print something and no print commands are visible. Normally you would click File and then Print, but if you can't see that menu you can do the following:

Hold down the CTRL key and press the letter P or highlight all of the text, press CTRL and C to copy and then go to Word, Word Pad, Note Pad, LibreOffice Writer or some other word processor and press CTRL and V to paste. Then, you can use the File, Print commands from those applications.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are you getting the straight answers?

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I plan to pick up my daughter at the Orlando International Airport, and learned on the airport site that there are two cell phone lots where those picking up passengers can wait for a call from the passenger and then go to the arrival location. However, a friend told me that he went to one of the lots and it was blocked by construction. He circled around the airport and found a bunch of people parked by the side of the road, so he waited for a cell phone call at that location.

I called the airport customer service to ask about the construction. The rep knew nothing about it and said the lot is open, so I googled the problem and found that the South Lot is indeed under construction but that a temporary lot was open across the street from the construction. I guess it pays to do your own Internet research.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Linux Mint connection solved

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I recently configured a laptop to dual boot with Windows 7 and Linux Mint XFCE. The machine worked well on both operating systems in my home, but it would not connect using Mint at a neighbors. Windows would connect.

I researched the problem on the Internet to find others had the same problem. A simple reset of the router solved the problem. It seems that the router remembered an old IP address. Re-setting wiped out that address and enabled the new one.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Electric cars coming on with a vengeance

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Car and Driver magazine says that 81 electric car models (pure EVs and hybrids) will be on the market in 2018.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Solved: Can't print from computer

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I have frequently encountered users who tell me their printers will make copies, but will not print documents sent from the computer. Often, the reason is that two versions of the printer have been installed, and the print command is going to the wrong printer.

Imagine two printers, let's call them Photosmart and Photosmart (1). If neither has been selected as the default printer, the print command may go to the wrong printer, and the print queue just builds up but nothing prints. The solution is to go into the Control Panel, Hardware, Printers and delete one printer. New printing commands should go to the remaining printer and the printer should operate.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Windows update cause keyboard failure

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A recent Windows 10 update has caused a keyboard failure on some computers.

If your keyboard has been working fine and then suddenly fails after a Window's update, this may be the cause. It seems that the update turns the filter keys on when they should be off. To change the filter back to off, click Settings, Ease of Access, Keyboard and click on Filter Keys Off. If, for any reason that does not work, do a Windows reset: Start, Settings, Update and Recovery, Recovery, Reset.

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