Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Answer Man - Magic Jack answering machine

Answer Man

I have the new Magic Jack Plus.  It has its own voice mail, but I prefer to use my phones regular answering machine.  How can I get the answering machine to take the message and eliminate Magic Jack's voice mail?

Magic Jack Plus is set to answer after 4 rings.  If you set your answer machine to ring in 2 or 3 rings, it will pick up first, and your messages will be on your answering machine and not on Magic Jack's voice mail.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Answer Man - Adobe Light Room replacement

Answer Man

I work with photos in RAW format.  Adobe Light Room is too expensive for me.  Are there any free programs that deal with RAW images?

Try Rawtherapee.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Answer Man - Movie Making

Answer Man

I'm looking for a free movie making program.

Try Live Movie Maker or Light Works.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Answer Man - 3 D Modeling

Answer Man

Can you suggest a free 3 D modeling program to replace the very expensive Maya program?

Try Blender.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Answer Man - Music notation program

Answer Man

I'm looking for a free music notation program.

Try Musescore.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Answer Man - Photoshop Replacement

Answer Man

Photoshop is very expensive.  Can you suggest a free replacement?

Try Artweaver or Gimp (steep learning curve).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Answer Man - Microsoft Publisher Substitute

Answer Man

Can you suggest a substitute for Microsoft Publisher?

Try Scribus.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Answer Man - I-Tunes replacement

Answer Man

I have the I-Tunes media organizer on my computer.  While it works fine with Apple tunes, it doesn't work well with non-Apple products.  Can you suggest a replacement?

Try Songbird.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Answer Man - Quickbooks Replacement

Answer Man

I'm looking for a free replacement for Quickbooks.  Is one available?

Try either GNU Cash or Ace Money Lite.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Answer Man - Outlook Replacement

Answer Man

I'm looking for a free replacement for Outlook.  Can you suggest one?

Try Thunderbird or Spicebird.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Answer Man - Anti-Virus Programs

Answer Man

Can you suggest some good free anti-virus programs?

You might try any of the following:  AVG, Avast, Avira, Microsoft Security Essentials, Panda Cloud.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Answer Man - What is a Suite?

Answer Man

Microsoft Office advertises something called Microsoft Office Suite.  What does suite mean?

An office suite, in computer terms,  is not a fancy office room.  The term means a compilation of programs.  I generally recommend the Libre Office Suite of programs (which is a free alternative to Microsoft's offering).  The Libre Office programs include a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program, a drawing program and a math program.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Answer Man - Integrated Graphics Card

Answer Man

I want to buy a new computer and I saw in the specs, for one computer, the term "integrated graphics card".  What does that mean?

A graphics card creates the monitor display.  Inexpensive computers integrate the graphics card into the mother board.  More expensive computers use separate graphics cards that can be replaced.  Gaming computers us very elaborate and expensive graphics cards.  If an integrated graphics card malfunctions you have to buy an entire mother board or new computer.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Answer Man - What Photo Printer Should I Buy?

Answer Man

I want to print some photos.  Can you suggest a good photo printer?

I suggest that you forget printing photos at home.  Print paper and printing inks are very expensive.  If you must have prints, go to a kiosk at Wal-Mart, Walgreens or other stores that have the photo machines.  They produce superior pictures at lower cost.  Most often you are going to e-mail photos or post them to a photo sharing site such as Flickr.  You probably don't need prints at all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Answer Man - Buying Floppies

Answer Man

My computer has a floppy disk drive.  Why can't I find floppies for sale at any neighborhood stores?

Recent floppies held 1.4 Megabytes of information.  Most CD's hold 700 Megabytes of information.  Most DVD's hold 4.7 Gigabytes of information, and many portable drives hold 200 Gigabytes of information.  Since the floppies held so little, they very quickly have become obsolete.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Executive Board Minutes - November 11, 2011

Alan Marcus, President, called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. Members in attendance: John Baccoli, Laurence Bauer, Elliott Bogart, Jim Dillman, Ron Kenyon, Bob Leiner, John Levandowski, Laura Stein, Dave Simmons, and Carol Norton.

Secretary’s report read by Carol Norton. No corrections or additions needed.

Laura Stein, Treasurer, reported a balance of $2,118.77.

Paul Higgenbottom will be the featured speaker at the November 16th meeting. Topic for discussion includes anti-virus, anti-malware, security, and fake e-mails.

Election of officers will be held at the November 16th meeting. After the election, a third signature will be placed on file at the bank for signing of checks.

The December 14th Holiday Party will consist of Coffee, Bagels w/Cream Cheese, and Donuts, with 40 flash drives to be given out in lieu of gift cards. Q & A session encouraged.

Jim Dillman and/or another club member will accept responsibility for providing meeting modem while awaiting DECCA’s response regarding ORHA’s request.

Use of a different vendor for gift cards was discussed. Motion made by John Baccoli, seconded by Laurence Bauer, to continue offering Office Depot or Staples gift cards as in the past.

ORCC By-laws, Article V: Motion made by Elliott Bogart, seconded by Jim Dillman, to eliminate the last sentence, first paragraph, “Both the President and the Vice President must be full time residents of Oak Run and neither may serve more than two consecutive terms in that capacity.” Will be brought up to the general membership at the November meeting with vote occurring in December.

Upcoming Programs: January - Uploading of photographs and free photo processing software by Jim Dillman; February – Computer Security, Maintenance, Networking by Mike Hubert from ACI; March – Backup Programs by Frazer Crane. Future presentations on the basics/advanced basics of computers being considered for the coming months.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol H Norton

Answer Man - Setting Up an E-Mail Account

Answer Man

Whenever I want to set up an e-mail account the provider wants to know about my Pop 3 account and all kinds of technical stuff that I know nothing about.  Where do I find the answers?

POP3 is one half of the email puzzle, and SMTP is the other. POP3 is the protocol, or "language", that's used to download your email from your ISP to your mail program. SMTP is the protocol used to send mail. POP means Post Office Protocol.

Check with your e-mail provider to see which of these terms need to be entered into their application format.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Answer Man - What is a Trackball?

Answer Man

I have heard the trackball.  What does it mean?

A trackball is a device used to move a cursor.  It's like an old mouse that used a rubber ball, but in this case it is upside down.  The user rolls his hand over the top of the ball and in that manner is able to move the cursor.  Many people find trackballs easier to use than a mouse.  Unfortunately, trackballs seem to have fallen out of favor, and I rarely see them anymore.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Answer Man - USB Hub

Answer Man

I don't have enough USB ports on my computer to accommodate all the devices I need to plug in.  What can I do about it?

USB hubs are available that will let you expand the number of open ports.  The hubs can be purchased for as little as $6.00.  A USB cable extends from the hub and is plugged into an open USB port on the computer.  The hub generally has 4 or more open ports for you to plug in all the devices that require a USB connection.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Answer Man - Keyboard Shortcuts Again

Answer Man

You mentioned the use of keyboard shortcuts once before.  Are there a few shortcuts you prefer?

I most often use Copy (CTRL & C), Paste (CTRL & V), Cut (CTRL & X) and Select All (CTRL A).  If you remember just these you will save lots of time and won't have the extra steps of going to the Edit Menu and looking for the commands.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Answer Man - Letters wearing off on keyboard

Answer Man

The letters are wearing off on my keyboard, but the keyboard works fine.  Is there a good way to restore the letters so I don't have to buy a new keyboard?

Click on this link:
You'll find how you can print your own letters easily and produce a pretty professional looking job.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Answer Man - Change Start Page

Answer Man

When I click my browser (Internet Explorer) I would like my Yahoo e-mail page to open right away.  How can I make that happen?

In Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options and where it shows Home Page, delete what is in the box and type in the address of your e-mail page.  If you don't know the address of your home page, you can open the page as you would normally and then copy the address shown near the top of the page.  Click Okay, and the next time you click the Internet Explorer icon, your e-mail page will open.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

After reformatting a hard drive on one computer, how do I transfer the OS & all files from another computer thus making the the reformatted drive bootable?

Answer Man - Electricity Usage

Answer Man

How much power does my computer use?

The answer to that question is a complex one.  I suggest you take a look at the following site for the answer:  The short answer is that you have to check with your manufacturer and that your computer probably uses between 65 and 250 watts.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Answer Man - Going Wireless

Answer Man

I just bought a wireless printer, but I don't know how to make my home wireless so I can use the printer.

Well, you don't have to use the printer in a wireless mode.  You can connect it directly to your computer using a USB cable.  If you do want to go wireless, you will need a device called a router.  They sell for about $40 and connect via ethernet cable to a modem.  They broadcast a wireless signal that your printer can pick up.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Answer Man - What is an Android Phone?

Answer Man

I don't know anything about smart phones.  I keep hearing the term Android.  What is it?

You probably know that you can use many operating systems on computers.  You can use Windows 7, Windows Vista, Linux, Apple OS, etc.  Well, there are two major operating systems in the U.S. for smart phones.  Android is produced by Google and IOS is produced by Apple.  There are various versions of Android that are numbered and have names such as Ice Cream.  Android appears on many phones from dozens of manufacturers.  IOS is only on Apple.  When you choose a smart phone, you'd better do your homework because cell phone contracts are generally for two years.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Answer Man - Magic Jack Plus

Answer Man

I know the new Magic Jack Plus is out.  I understand it connects without a computer.  How does it connect?

It can be connected with or without the computer.  With a computer it plugs into a USB port and the phone line is plugged into the device.  Without a computer it plugs into a power pack that plugs into a wall socket.  Then an ethernet cable connects the Magic Jack Plus to an open port on your router.  The phone line also plugs into the device.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Answer Man - Wireless keyboards and Mice

Answer Man

I need a new keyboard and mouse.  Are these devices any good?

Well, if you are asking if they work, they work fine.  Do they provide a big advantage over similar wired devices?  I don't think so.  Wireless keyboards generally have a transmitter (with a wire) that plugs into a USB port. The keyboard itself has no wire.  The transmitter doesn't transmit far.  So, if you want to sit in your easy chair and use the keyboard, chances are you won't be able to.  The mouse normally works off the same transmitter.  You can, however, purchase a mouse that uses a device that looks like a flash drive to transmit the signals to the mouse.  That is much more convenient than the wireless keyboard.

I have wired and wireless devices and find it makes little difference which I use.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Answer Man - Creating Greeting Cards

Answer Man

Some of my friends design their own greeting cards.  Is there a cost saving by doing so?

You can save a bundle while creating really cute personal cards.  You also save the time to drive to a card store and the time browsing through the racks.  If you would like to design your own, I suggest you do the following:
Purchase The Print Shop software.  It generally sells in the $20 to $30 range.  Buy card stock at Sam's Club.  It includes the envelopes.  You will find that a finished card will cost between 12 cents and 50 cents a card depending upon the cost of ink and the prices you pay for the software and card stock.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Answer Man - Removing Norton Security Software

Answer Man

How do I get Norton Anti-virus completely off my computer

Removing Norton can prove difficult.  I would first try Norton's removal tool available from their website.  If that doesn't do the job, download Revo Uninstaller.  Revo is free and is known as the King of the uninstall programs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Answer Man - Quick Launch Bar

Answer Man

I have dozens of icons on my desk top, and I use all of them some of the time.  However I normally use only 4 or 5.  Is there a way I can isolate the 4 or 5 without deleting the other icons?

You could drag the 4 or 5 icons to one side of the desktop or you can drag them to the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen (left side).  The quick Launch Bar is really just a folder that you customize.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Answer Man - Create picture folders

Answer Man

I would like to create folders within the Pictures segment of my computer so that I can separate my family, my wife's family, my children't families, travel pictures, etc.  How do I go about the task?

Click on Start, Pictures.  Right click on the word Pictures and select New and Folder.  When the new folder appears, type the name you want to give it in the blank provided.  Then you can either drag the pictures into the new folder or copy and paste them there.

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