Saturday, December 31, 2011

Answer Man - Confusing CPUs

Answer Man

I want to buy a computer but am confused by chip names.

You are not alone.  Pentium CPUs used to be at the top of the Intel chip line.  They aren't at the top now.  The newer Intel chips are the I-3, I-5 and I-7 processors. The higher numbered chips are better. AMD newer processors are lettered.  The A series are faster than the E series.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Answer Man - Wireless Mouse and Keyboard

Answer Man

What do you think of wireless keyboards and mice?

Wireless mouses (sic) are fine.  They generally use tiny transmitters that plug into USB ports.  Wireless keyboards don't work as well.  If you try to use them from your easy chair, they often won't work well as the signal distance is limited.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Answer Man - Monitor mounting

Answer Man

My new monitor has a stand with a d- shaped ring in the bottom.  I don't understand how it goes together, and there are no directions.

The ring is on the end of a tiny bolt.  You turn the bolt with the ring as if you were using a screwdriver.  The bolt goes into a matching opening in another part of the stand.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Answer Man - Micro SD Card

Answer Man

I purchased a phone that contains a camera.  There is a place to insert a micro SD card to store photos.  I bought an SD card, but it has two parts.  Why?

The micro SD card can be inserted into the camera to store the photos, and removed when you want to find out what's on the card.   When you wish to see those photos, the small card is usually inserted into a slot in the larger card.  The larger card goes into a corresponding computer slot or into a printer slot.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Answer Man - Connecting a new monitor

Answer Man

I bought a new monitor but don't know how to connect it.

Connection is easy.  There are two cables.  One is the power cord which may be permanently connected or may plug into the monitor.  The other end of the cable plugs into an electrical socket.  The other cable usually has a blue connector on each end.  The ends are "D" shaped and can only be plugged in one way.  One end plugs into the monitor and the other end into a connector on the computer.  Each end has thumb screws which are then tightened by turning them in a clockwise direction.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Great Computer Program

Here's the location of a fantastic free planetarium program for your computer.  It's called Stellarium.  You can access the web site at  The program works with Windows, Linnux and Mac.  You will not believe the capabilities, but I won't tell you.  You'll have to experience them for yourself.

Answer Man - Change Icon Size

Answer Man

I just bought a 24" monitor.  The suggested appearance setting makes the icons so tiny I can't see them.  Can I have maximum resolution and still have big icons?

You can right click on the desktop, select View and click on Large Icons.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Answer Man - What is WUBI?

Answer Man

I have heard the term WUBI in relation to computers.  What does it mean?

WUBI stands for Windows Ubuntu Installer.  It is software that you download from in order to install the Ubuntu operating system on a Windows machine.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Board Minutes - December 16, 2011

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

Secretary’s report read by Carol Norton. The date December 14, in error, to be changed to December 21, for the December meeting.

Laura Stein, Treasurer, reported a balance of $1,971.13.

The ORCC Holiday Party will be held December 21 in the Orchid Club at 9 AM. Coffee, Bagels w/Cream Cheese, and Donuts will be served. Forty flash drives will be given out in lieu of gift cards.

The ORCC By-laws, Article V, recommended change, “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,” presented at the November meeting, will be voted upon by the general membership meeting at the December 21st meeting. Q & A session encouraged with Jim Dillman to provide sheets for any questions.

First class, “Introduction to Websites,” to be presented by Ron Kenyon is scheduled for December 16. Ron requested the use of the club’s computer and projector for the class. Jim Dillman made motion, seconded by Bob Leiner, discussed and carried regarding request. Ron is in need of suggestions for future classes.

Ron Kenyon is communicating with DECCA in regard to obtaining a cable account for the general membership meeting. In the meantime Jim Dillman or Ron will provide modem for the monthly meeting.

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 9:35 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol H Norton

Answer Man - Photos are gone

Answer Man

I copied several photos from my computer to a flash drive.  Now the photos are gone from the computer.  What did I do wrong?

I'll bet that you dragged them from one location to the other.  Dragging is like cutting and pasting.  The photo is moved, not copied.  What you should have done is Copied and Pasted the photos.  That way, you leave the original alone.  Try using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Answer Man - Clock losing time

Answer Man

In the past you wrote about a little button size battery in computers that controls the clock and that when the computer slows down that it a new battery is probably needed.  How long do the batteries typically last?

I have seen them last 10 or more years, but just this week mine quit after 3 1/2 years.  It's a cheap and easy fix.  A new battery cost me $3.50 and took about 10 minutes to change.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank You All

I just wanted to say thank you to all the club members who pitched in to make the holiday party a big success.  Because of you, everything went off without a hitch.  Many people ask me if I mind being the Club President.  I tell them that I have the easiest job.  It's everybody else who does the work, and does it to perfection.

Thanks again, and have a great holiday and a bright new year.


Answer Man - Computer suddenly shuts down

Answer Man

I purchased a new computer and hadn't used it very long when it suddenly shut down.  Should I return it to the vendor?

Most computer vendors set power settings to shut off the display or the hard drive after a few minutes.  They often do it to save battery power.  If you want to change the settings, go to Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Power.  Change all the settings to Never, and you won't have the problem again.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Answer Man - Why can't the Computer Club get new Officers?

Answer Man

Why can't the Computer Club get new Officers?  I'm tired of the current dynasty.

I keep asking myself the same question.  Whenever we ask for nominations we don't get any.  I suppose people feel that the club officers must know a great deal about computers, and nothing could be further from the truth.  All the officers need is good organizational skills.  If you think you might be interested in assuming office, please let me know, and we'll get you prepped for next year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Answer Man - What is Ubuntu?

Answer Man

I keep hearing about Ubuntu.  What is it?

Ubuntu is a version of Linux.  Linux and Ubuntu are what are called Open Source software.  They are created by people who donate their time because they think all software should be free.  The systems are free to the public and both are operating systems like Microsoft Windows.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Answer Man - Un-interruptible Power Supply

Answer Man

What's the best way to protect my computer from power outages?

Well, the best way is to unplug your computer.  The next best is to have a UPS (un-interruptible power supply). A UPS is essentially a lead-acid battery, a surge suppressor and some control circuitry.  If the AC power should go out, the UPS  will prevent your computer from shutting down, and you should not lose any data.  If the power is out for long periods of time, the UPS will not keep the computer running.  A good UPS can be purchased for as little as $50.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Answer Man - Configure Multiple Browsers

Answer Man

Is there any reason why I might want more than one browser?

Common browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.  You can have all of them on your computer and can configure each to open to a different home page.  You might want one to open your e-mail, another to open Google, another to open this blog.  To set them, you generally click Tools and then Options.  In place of the home page listed, you can type any location you like.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Answer Man - Capcha

Answer Man

I attempted to create a Yahoo e-mail account, and these weird symbols appeared.  I was to type what I saw.  What are those things and why do they use them?

What you saw are called Capchas.  They are used to prevent computers from automatically entering information.   It is thought that only humans can read Capchas. I suppose Yahoo uses them to prevent someone from creating thousands of fake e-mail accounts thereby bringing down Yahoo servers.

File:KCAPTCHA with crowded symbols.gifSample Capchas

Friday, December 16, 2011

Answer Man - Two address lists

Answer Man

I use Embarq mail, and today I notice I have two address lists and they are not the same.  What gives?

Embarq does things a little differently.  Actually, you have one Contact list and one Address list.  Contacts are those that you put in your contact list.  Addresses are added when you receive e-mail.  That's why the two lists are not the same.  Most e-mail providers use one term or the other, but not both.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Answer Man - ISO Files

Answer Man

I need to be able to use an ISO file.  How do I do it?

Iso files are frequently used to distribute CD or DVD images.  They are images of the files.  The easiest way to deal with them is to burn them to a disk.  Not all CD burners handle ISO files.  Here's one that does.  Download the program: CDburner XP.  Then click on burn iSO files.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Computer Class For All Residents

The ORHA Webmaster is hosting a free computer class on Friday, 12-16, at 2:00 PM in the Orchid Club. This will be the introductory session of the 2012 Computer Class season. Called "Intro to Websites", the class will discuss tips, tricks and secrets of navigating websites using the ORHA websites and all of our club blogs as examples. Everyone is invited to attend this live internet demonstration. For more information contact Ron Kenyon at 897-0297. To see the 2012 class schedule or suggest classes click HERE.

Answer Man - Powerpoint Reader

Answer Man

A friend of mine sends Powerpoint presentations to me, but I don't have Powerpoint on my computer.  Is there any way I can view the presentations?

Yes there is.  Go to and download the Libreoffice suite of programs.  One of those programs is called Presentation.  It will let you read Powerpoint files and create your own presentation programs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Answer Man - Better Shortcuts

Answer Man

I have several sites that I continually visit.  I have tried putting them in Favorites and making icons for them, but what I have is a disorganized mess.  Is there a better way to quickly get to just what I want?

I suggest you download the free Google Chrome Browser (just do a search to find it).  Then do a search for Chrome Speed Dial 2 and download that.  Then, when you click on the Chrome browser on the desktop, a page will appear with a group of boxes.  Each box can be customized to open a particular page.  I have boxes for such things as Fox News, CNN, ABC News, G-Mail, Oak Run Blog, Ocala4sale, etc.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Answer Man - Download Location

Answer Man

Can I change the location where downloads are saved?

Internet Explorer remembers where you last downloaded. If you browse/save to a different folder  it will remember that location for next download.  You can also go to the tools section of your browser to insert a default location.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Answer Man - Partitioning

Answer Man

I want to create another partition on my hard drive where I can keep my photos.  Can you tell me how to do it?

I have used several free partition managers.  The one I like best is called Easeus Partition Manager.  Download Easeus by going HERE and using the green Download Now button.  The download will put an icon on the desktop.  Click the icon.  The rest should be self explanatory.  The program will show you all the partitions on your hard drive and the size of each.  Easeus lets you merge partitions (a feature that many free programs do not have) should you make a mistake.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Answer Man - Urban legends

Answer Man

I just got an e-mail about a woman who won $1000 from Carnation Milk by entering a contest, using a risque poem.  It sounds impossible.  How can I check the story out?

I'm amazed by how many years crazy stories like that one have been floating about.  That story is said to be over 100 years old but got new life on the Internet.  Check suspicious tales by going to  Type in key words from the story, such as Carnation Milk.  Snopes will tell you if the story is true or false and usually will have the entire background of how the story got started.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Answer Man - State Parks

Answer Man

Can you list some good state park sites? 

In my opinion, Florida has the best state parks in the nation.  There are 160 of them, and 50 will accomodate RVs.  You can see all the info about them at  You can reserve a site at any of them by going to  Reserve America is a division of Ticket Master.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Answer Man - Cruises

Answer Man

I know you like to travel and often go on cruises.  Do you have any favorite travel sites?

I do have many favorite sites.  Here are a few. (an agency I have used the last 2 times I sailed) (another agency) (to stay near a port) (picks you up and delivers locally) You will need to have someone drive you to the pick up location. It used to be the Waffle House near Sam's Club.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Answer Man - New Computer

Answer Man

I want to buy a computer for e-mail and Internet research.  I don't plan to use it for much else.  What specifications should I look for and what should I expect to pay?

Computer prices have been dropping.  You can purchase a computer with 3 or 4 MB of memory and a 320 Gigabyte hard drive for $299 if you look around.  That should meet your requirements.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Answer Man - More Megapixels

Answer Man

I have been very happy with my 12 megapixel camera, but now they are selling 16 megapixel cameras for the same price.  Is it time for me to upgrade?

Camera manufacturers have been advertising increases in the number of megapixels in order to sell more cameras.  While it is true that more megapixels provide more detail, the question becomes how much do you need?  Most of us are not printing 24" x 36" prints.  In fact, I would guess that most people are printing 4" x 6" prints.  Most digital cameras will produce satisfactory prints of that size.  I have been using a 4 megapixel camera for several years. The results have been very good.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Answer Man - Calendars

Answer Man

I had a calendar printing program but it won't work with Windows 7.  Can you suggest a replacement?

Go to the following site to see all kinds of calendars that you can print.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Answer Man - Enlarging Print

Answer Man

My sight is poor.  How can I enlarge print on the screen?

Here are a couple of ways.  Hold down the CTRL key and press the key with a plus on it (to the right of the zero key).  Use the minus sign to make the print smaller.  You can also use the CTRL key and the scroll wheel on the mouse to accomplish the same thing.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Answer Man - Spyware

Answer Man

What is spyware?

Spyware is software that can display advertisements (such as pop-up ads), collect information about you, or change settings on your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent. You can combat spyware by running up-to-date anti spyware programs.

Free anti-spyware programs include Spybot Search and Destroy, Zone Alarm, Trend Micro’s Hijack This and Ad Aware. You can download these programs from

Friday, December 2, 2011

Answer Man - What is bloatware?

Answer Man

I've heard you use the term bloatware. What is bloatware?

Most bloatware is comprised of trial versions of McAfee anti-virus, Norton anti-virus, AOL, Net Flix movie applications, WildTangent Game Console, Real Audio, iTunes, AutoBackup, Lojack for Laptops, QuickBooks, Skype, Napster, Vongo,  and multiple Microsoft Office come-ons. So many users have complained about bloatware that Best Buy and Circuit City will remove it for a fee. Sony was charging $50 do remove bloatware until the public outcry forced them to rescind the fee. You might tell your computer vendor that you won’t buy a computer from them unless they remove the bloatware first. Dell is now letting some users refuse bloatware. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Answer Man - Disk burning program

Answer Man

Can you recommend a good free disk burning program?

Try this one.

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