Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Answer Man - Paperless printing

Answer Man

I know that we are supposed to be in a paperless printing age, but I generate more paper then ever.  Is there any good way to re-cycle the paper? 

Before you throw it in the re-cycle bin, cut the paper in half.  Turn it over and staple bunches together for scratch pads.  After you've made your notes and doodles, you can put it in the re-cycle bin.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Answer Man - Internet Banking

Answer Man

Is Internet banking safe?

It is safe with a qualified if! -  If you take common sense precautions. Make certain you have heard of the bank and that it is a trusted site.  You can go to a site such as bankrate.com to see some of the trusted banks and what interest they pay.  One of the biggest is Ally bank.  It used to be called GMAC (General Motors Acceptance Corporation).  On-line banks generally pay higher interest than brick and mortar banks because the overhead to run them is lower.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Answer Man - Greeting Card program

Answer Man

Can you suggest a good program for creating greeting cards?

I have used The Print Shop for several years.  It is easy to use, and easy to customize.  The program sells for approximately $35, and produces quality results.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Answer Man - Deep Vein Thrombosis

Answer Man

Is there any problem with sitting for long periods at the computer?

There's a good chance that you could develop DVT (deep vein thrombosis).  I suggest that you get up and walk around frequently to help avoid getting DVT.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Answer Man - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Answer Man

I'm worried about getting carpal tunnel syndrome from using the mouse and am already getting stiffness in my hand.  Any suggestions?

Learn to use your other hand and switch back and forth between hands whenever one begins to bother you.  I have done it, and it is surprising how fast you can learn to adapt.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Answer Man - Defragmentation time

Answer Man

How long should it take to defragment my computer?

It depends upon how large the hard drive is, how long since you last defragmented, and how much has been written to the drive since you last defragmented.  In a worst case scenario it might take 24 hours.  Sometimes it can be done in 30 minutes or less.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Answer Man - Talking on Skype

Answer Man

What kind of equipment do I need to talk on Skype?

The best equipment consists of a boom-mike type headset.  You can purchase them at Wal-Mart for less than $20.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Answer Man - Old Webcam

Answer Man

My old webcam won't work with my Windows Vista machine.  Why not?

Webcams require software called drivers to work.  Some webcam manufacturers stopped making drivers beyond those needed for Windows XP for some of the older model cameras.  I suppose they did that so they could sell new webcams.  If a driver is not available on the manufacturer's web site for your model, you are out of luck.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Executive Board Minutes - February 10, 2012

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

Laura Stein, Treasurer, reported a balance of $2,665.53.

Jim Dillman reported Mike Hubert from ACI is confirmed for the February 15th general meeting. Topic to be discussed, “Computer Security and Maintenance.”

Frazer Crane made motion, seconded by Ron Kenyon, approved by Board to present letter to ORHA Webmaster expressing dissatisfaction with the ORCC slide on Channel 12. John Baccoli will compose letter, send to ORHA Webmaster who will forward on to ORHA Board with copy to Ali Inman, DECCA representative.

Ron Kenyon, ORHA webmaster, presented $60 check to Laura Stein, Treasurer, from the ORHA Board for use of club’s projector during ORHA’s first three computer classes.

Bob Leiner made a motion, seconded by Elliott Bogart, to allow the ORHA Webmaster to sign-up new ORCC members and collect dues at ORHA computer classes. The fee for classes is waived for ORCC members as a reciprocal gesture for the help and equipment provided by ORCC.

Laurence Bauer reported his findings on researching a high-definition projector as a possible replacement to the club’s current projector thus improving clarity at the general meetings. After discussion of the various models presented, the Board decided to table the decision until next month when Alan Marcus, President, will return from vacation.

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol H Norton

Answer Man - Hi-lighting text

Answer Man

I know that I have to hi-light text before I can make it bold, change the font, put it in italics and make other changes.  What are some options for hi-lighting text.

You can triple click before the paragraph.  You can hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse down and across the text.  You can click before the first word, hold down the shift key and left click at the end of the paragraph.  You can hi-light all text by holding down the CTRL key and the letter A (for all).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Answer Man - Windows 8

Answer Man

Can you tell me when the next version of Windows will come out?

Microsoft has said that the new Windows 8 will come out in 2012.  It will probably be toward the end of the year.  If you would like to see a preview, try this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92QfWOw88I.
You can even download the beta version on an old computer and try the operating system.  Don't try it on your main computer as Microsoft has said the system is uninstallable.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Answer Man - Sending Money for Repairs

Answer Man

A pop up on my computer said that my machine is infected with 1600 viruses, and if I send in $250 they will make my machine like new again.  What do you think of the idea?

I think you must have rocks in your head if you fall for such a scam.  My guess is that you have no viruses except the one that says you do, and if you want to give away all of your money you can send it to me.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Answer Man - Buy the best computer?

Answer Man

Computers have come down in price and I need a new machine.  Should I buy the best on the market?

Even though you might easily afford a top notch computer, I suggest you don't buy the best.  The computer you buy will be obsolete the day you buy it, and you will probably buy more capability than you will use.  I suggest that you instead buy a middle-of-the road machine that will do what you want but can be replaced without a big loss in four or five years.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Answer Man - Rumors

Answer Man

I got an e-mail from a friend that said that the Commodore 64 was the best selling computer of all time.  Is that true?

The Internet is rife with rumors and half truths.  Sometimes you don't know what to believe and have just got to go on gut instinct.  I got the same e-mail and have seen that story all over the Internet, but I seriously doubt that it can be true.  I believe that Commodore sold no more than 30 million computers during its existence.  Some modern companies such as HP are said to sell that many in a year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Attention All Apple Users

The ORHA Webmaster is forming an Apple Users Group for those who use Macs, iPads, iPhones and other products and applications produced by Apple. To join this group you must register by phone. Call Ron Kenyon at 897-0297 for more information.

Answer Man - Delete an icon

Answer Man

How do I delete an icon from the desktop?

Right click on the icon and then click on delete.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Answer Man - Can't access anti-virus program

Answer Man

I clicked on my anti-virus program and it won't activate.  What's wrong?

I can think of a couple of possibilities.  The program could have malfunctioned and should be un-installed and then re-installed.  However, a more likely scenario is that you have a real virus or other mal-ware that has disabled your anti-virus.  If that is the case you can start your computer in safe mode and then run the anti-virus or try restoring the computer to an earlier date.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Answer Man - Ultrabooks

Answer Man

The stores are beginning to sell ultrabooks.  What are they?

They're very thin lightweight laptops with a lot of capability.  They are similar to the Macbook Air.  Like the Mac, they are also expensive.  I don't think they will be popular unless they come down significantly in price.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Answer Man - Change Update Time

Answer Man

I've been told that Microsoft updates are set to start at 3:00 am.  I don't want to leave my computer on all night. How can I get the updates?

You can manually update or you can go into Windows Update and change the time to anytime you wish.  I leave my computer on during the day, so I set mine to update at 9:00 in the morning when I am usually away from my computer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Answer Man - Print paper

Answer Man

What kind of paper should I buy for my printer?

Almost any kind of paper will work in a laser printer.  So cheap copy paper is O.K.  Ink jet printers are another matter.  Look for papers that mention ink-jets.  I normally suggest using a 24 lb. paper for best results.  Be careful with card-stock.  It may not work in some printers.

Much has to do with whether appearance is important.  If you are printing only for your own use, and don't plan to save the work for long, you can get buy with cheap 20 lb. copy paper.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Answer Man - Photo on desktop

Answer Man

How can I make a personal photo be the background on my computer desktop?

Click Start, Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Personalization, Desktop Background, Choose Desktop Background, Browse, (locate photo you want to use), Open.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Answer Man - Neat wiring

Answer Man

The wiring behind my computer looks like a tangled nightmare.  Any suggestions?

You can use a wireless keyboard, mouse and printer.  You can bundle your wires together with cable ties, cable wraps, twist-ems or rubber bands.  You can eliminate some wires by using a laptop computer or an all-in-one computer (computer and monitor are combined in one unit).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Answer Man - Do I need a UPS?

Answer Man

What is a UPS, and do I need one?

UPS stands for un-interuptible power supply.  It's a device that combines a power strip, battery back-up and an inverter.  The device contains a powerful battery that can power your computer for short periods when the electric power goes out.  That's particularly useful if you are working on an important document that you can't afford to lose.  Businesses benefit more from UPS use because they work with  critical information they can't afford to lose, such as payroll figures.  A UPS is useless if the battery inside it is dead.  I have never used a personal UPS in 30 years of working with computers, and I don't feel that one is needed for most users. I remember a college that had a UPS, and when they needed it most, the battery was shot.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Answer Man - Photo Inventory

Answer Man

If my house should burn down, and I lose all of my computer related stuff, how can I prove to the insurance company that I had the stuff to begin with?

Most insurance experts say that you should have photos of most of your belongings, and those photos should either be stored in a fire proof safe or in another location.  With digital cameras, it is a simple matter to take the pictures.  They can be stored in digital format (CD or flash drive).  You might store the photos with write-ups about the belongings.  Try the following free home inventory software" www.m-onestudio.com.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Answer Man - Magic Jack Requirements

Answer Man

I understand that you don't need a computer with the new Magic Jack.  What do you need?

You'll need a wireless router.  You can purchase one at many local retailers.  They cost about $50.  The router plugs into your modem and the Magic Jack plugs into the router.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Answer Man - What is Pfishing

Answer Man

What is Pfishing?

Wikipedia defines it as: "Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication."  

A good example might be an e-mail you receive that appears to be from your local bank.  It looks legitimate, but isn't.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Answer Man - Distance between cities

Answer Man

How can I easily find the distance between two cities?

Click on www.bing.com or type it in the URL (address line) of your browser.  Click on Maps.  Type in the names of the cities.  You will see the directions and the distance between the two cities.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Answer Man - Free Programs

Answer Man

You have often said that you are a fan of free computer programs.  Can you mention some?

My favorite is Libre Office.  It is an entire suite of programs.  www.Libreoffice.org.  I also like AVG (anti-virus) www.avg.com, Avast anti-virus -www.avast.com.  Malware Bytes (a malware program)  www.malwarebytes.org, Gadwin Print Screen www.gadwin.com.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Answer Man - Disadvantages of Tablets

Answer Man

I have heard you say that you are not a great fan of tablet computers.  Why?

Tablets have many advantages.  They contain the latest technology.  You can enlarge pictures with a swipe of the finger.  They're small and portable.  However they have many disadvantages.  They don't have regular keyboards.  You may have noticed that the stores are selling roll-up keyboards to go with the tablets.  Tablets normally have no CD drives.  Their solid state hard drives are very limited in storage capability.  Some do not have USB ports.  The screens are small.  You may have to hold the machines up to your eyes to read the print. Just remember that every type of computer has advantages and disadvantages.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Answer Man - Tablet Computer

Answer Man

I got a tablet computer for my birthday, but I have no idea how I can connect to the Internet.  What do I do now?

If you already have an Internet connection (in Oak Run it will be with Decca Cable or Century Link) you will need one other component - a wireless router.  The router plugs into the modem provided by Decca or the phone company.  It broadcasts a wireless signal which can be picked up by your tablet computer.  You can also connect to the Internet at any Wi-Fi hotspot, such as the one at the local McDonalds.

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