Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ford greatly expanding number of electric cars

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Auto companies are rapidly switching to electric cars. Here's the latest from Ford:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Great deal on a cell phone

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Want a really good deal on a pay as you go phone? Home Shopping Network is selling the LG Fiesta 2, with a year of service and 1200 minutes for $89.95. You would pay $125 if you just bought a year card without the phone from Tracfone. The phone is almost identical to the 1st Fiesta version which sold for $129 from HSN last year.

LG 5.5" 16GB TracFone with 13MP Camera and 1200 Minutes/Texts/Data
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tired of playing solitaire?

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Tired of playing solitaire? Here's a neat download from the Microsoft Store. It's called Hangman Pro. It's a free game that will keep you amused for quite some time. It's like classic hangman where part of a body is hung for each wrong guess. I particularly like the phrases category of the game.

The Microsoft Store icon looks like a shopping bag. Click on the icon and then click in the search box. Type in Hangman Pro and install the app.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Executive Board Minutes

Oak Run Computer Club – Executive Board Minutes
January 12, 2018

Alan Marcus, President, called the meeting to order at 9:00AM. Members in attendance: Bob Leiner, Elliot Bogart, Linda Tingley, Bill Cahill, Bob Kenlay, Bill Balch, Ron Kenyon, Jim Trimboli, Don Forgette and Alan Marcus.

Secretary’s report read by Bob Kenlay. Ron Kenyon made a correction to the December minutes to read “Insight Credit Union” instead of “Florida Credit Union”.

Jim Trimboli read the Treasurer's Report. The current balance is $2034.86. Jim Trimboli will write a letter to Insight Credit Union and Campus USA Credit Union. These letters will allow us to complete the transfer of the Computer Club funds from Insight to Campus. Alan Marcus, Bill Cahill and Jim Trimboli will be listed on the account.

Linda Tingley recapped the Christmas party and suggested that we substitute small muffins (6 dozen) for the bagels next year. The Board agreed with this suggestion. Ron Kenyon counted 80 people in attendance at the meeting. It was also suggested that our list of inactive members be put on a separate page from our active member list.

Future meeting topics:
Jan 24,  Honda of Ocala presentation
Feb 21,  Dimension Works 3D Printing by Mindy Beegle
Mar 28,  Best Buy Mobile - Smart phones and services?
Ron Kenyon asked the club to donate the leftover flashlights (20) to the ORHA Webmaster for future promotions. A motion was made by Bill Balch and seconded by Bill Cahill. The motion was voted on and carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:40AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Kenlay, Secretary
view all 2017 Board Minutes > HERE

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Image files and unallocated space

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I recently diagnosed a friend's computer problem. It seems that the computer sometimes started and sometimes didn't. The problem was traced to a faulty hard drive. The drive had some bad sectors which prevented the start up. Fortunately, the drive was working well enough that I could make an image of the drive on a replacement 1 Terabyte drive.

Since an image is an exact copy, all his programs, files and the operating system transferred to the new drive and it worked well. However, when he looked at it in File Explorer the drive wasn't present. When looked at in Device Manager the drive only showed 236 Gigabytes, the capacity of the old drive. The rest of the drive was unallocated space.

The fix, however, was simple. I only needed to right click on This PC (Windows 10), click Manage, click Disk Management and locate the hard drive. Right click on the image of the drive and click Extend Volume. Then, I was able to type in the number of Gigabytes to increase the usable space, and all worked well.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Buy external DVD writer for peanuts

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Many new computers are being sold that do not have DVD drives. That can be a huge problem when you want to install legacy programs that come on disks. However, there is a simple solution. Buy and use an external drive.

I recently did a quick search on eBay to determine the cost of such drives. I was surprised to find that many drives are available for less than $15 including shipping. One vendor was selling a drive for less than $8 delivered.

Note that some external drives have two USB plugs because the drives require more power than one plug can provide.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Apple help line

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Club member, Sandy Bloom, just sent the following information that should be helpful to all Apple computer users:
After a week trying everything I could my neighbor who is a long time apple person suggested I call 1-800-692-7753. This is the Apple technical helpline, live person help, no fee. Very efficient, solved my problem on all my devices in 45 minutes. Didn't matter that my Mac Pro is an older model. Good info to chronicle for our members....sandy bloom

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