Monday, April 30, 2012

Answer Man - Dial-up

Answer Man

I bought a new computer and plugged it in to the phone line, but my dial-up connection doesn't work. When I plugged it into the phone line, all the phones stopped working. What's up?

Since most people now use high speed connections, manufacturers have stopped putting modem cards in new computers. I imagine that you plugged into the NIC (network interface card) that looks like a phone jack on the computer but is larger. You can purchase an external 56K modem that plugs into a USB port and it will make your dial-up connection.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Answer Man - No wireless network

Answer Man

My computer has wireless. I have a modem and a router, but the computer won't access the internet.

Look on the taskbar (the horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen). There you will see what looks like a pair of computer screens. One pair is for wired networks, and the other is for wireless networks. Right click on the wireless pair and you will be able to see all available networks. Click on your own network and the computer will connect to the network and you will be able to access the Internet.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Answer Man - Boot Sequence

Answer Man

I have been trying to install a new program from my CD/DVD drive, but the computer can't seem to find it.

You may have to tell the computer to boot from the CD drive first rather than to the hard drive. Access to the computer set up to see the boot sequence varies from computer to computer. Some computers use the DEL key, some use F10. Look in the computer direction book to see how to get into either Setup or Boot Sequence. Follow directions on the screen to have the computer boot from the CD first.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Answer Man - Menu Key

Answer Man

What is the purpose of the odd looking key between the Alt and CTRL keys on the right side of the keyboard?

The key is called the Menu Key or sometimes the List Key. It was designed to be used when there is no right mouse button, but it performs the same function. Try either button to see the results.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Answer Man - Home Key

Answer Man

What does the Home key on the keyboard do?

The Home key is used to return the cursor to the beginning of the line where the cursor is located.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Answer Man - Windows Key

Answer Man

What does that Windows symbol between the CTRL and ALT keys on the keyboard do?

It is an easy way to bring up the same screen that you would see if you clicked your left mouse button on the Start symbol in Vista and Windows 7.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

DNS Changer Virus!!!

You can test your PC to see if it has been infected with the Trojan "DNS Changer" by going to this site

If you are NOT infected, you will see a GREEN pattern. If you are infected, sad to say, you will see a RED pattern and further info at the FBI's site.

Good luck,

Answer Man - Keyboard locked

Answer Man

I held down a keyboard key too long and now none of the keys will work. What do I do?

Most keys on the board are typematic. That is, when you hold them down they keep repeating the letter they represent. If you hold too long, the keyboard locks. To solve the problem, just re-boot your computer and all will be okay in Dodge once again.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Answer Man - Windows 8

Answer Man

I know that Windows 8 (it may be called something else when it finally comes out) will come out near the end of 2012. What will it look like?

The beta version opens to a screen with a bunch of Apps (applications) such as those now available on many new phones. If you have a touch screen, you can browse through them by swiping your finger across the screen. You can, however, use a mouse. You can exit the Apps and see a screen that is similar to Windows 7. My first impression is that Windows 8 is very fast and easily customizable. The biggest disadvantage, at the time of this writing is that the user has to click on Start, and then Settings to get to the command to shut down the computer.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thanks To OPCTC Members

On behalf of all members of the Oak Run Computer Club I'd like to offer a big "Thank You" to Gary Anderson and Bob Adams from the Ocala Palms Computer & Technology Club for the iPad demonstration at this morning's meeting. Bob did a really great job of explaining the differences between the three versions of iPads and how to maneuver around the operating system and applications. 

Some of you may not know it but Oak Run has an Apple Users Group. We discuss any and all Apple products and software. If you'd like to join this group call me at 897-0297 to register. Best of all it's free.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Meeting Agenda Changed

The AT&T presenters were unable to make tomorrow's meeting so Gary Anderson, President of Ocala Palm's Computer Club, will give a presentation about the Apple iPad.

Executive Board Minutes - April, 13, 2012

Oak Run Computer Club – Executive Board Minutes
April 13, 2012

Alan Marcus, President, called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Members in attendance: John Baccoli, Laurence Bauer, Frazer Crane, Jim Dillman, Bob Leiner, Laura Stein, and Carol Norton.  

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

Laura Stein, Treasurer, reported a balance of $2,987.50.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the AT&T presenter, originally scheduled for the April 18 general meeting, became unavailable.  A program on Apple iPads will be substituted and presented by Gary Anderson.

Jim Dillman requested reimbursement of $65 for new software in order to print club badges.  John Baccoli made motion, seconded by Bob Leiner, and passed.    

After discussion regarding the club’s purchase of a high definition projector, it was decided to table the decision until the return of Ron Kenyon next month with his report regarding the results of the cable installation by Decca thus improving the clarity of the Orchid Club projector.                    

John Baccoli requested and was given approval for the use of the club’s projector and laptop in May for a Navy group meeting.

Use of a different vendor for gift cards was discussed.  Due to convenience it was decided to distribute Walmart gift cards in the future. 

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol H. Norton            

Monday, April 16, 2012

Computer Class Cancelled

The ORHA computer class scheduled for Friday, April 20, has been cancelled. Please check the Webmaster Page for information on the new date for this and other classes.

The Apple Users Group meeting will take place as scheduled, Friday, April 27.

Answer Man - Boot Sequence

Answer Man

I want to install a new operating system that is on a flash drive. Whenever I try to install it, the computer boots to the program on the hard drive. How do I get it to boot from the flash?

You have to change the boot sequence in the bios of the computer. That sounds difficult, but isn't. When your computer starts to boot to the installed operating system, the computer manufacturer/s screen shows up. At the bottom of the screen you will see commands such as Push DEL for Setup or Boot Sequence. You may see different commands, but the process is the same. If you push those commands at the right time, you will be taken to a new screen that shows what device boots first. If USB is not the first choice, follow the on-screen instructions to make it so. Then re-boot.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Answer Man - Keyboard Letters

Answer Man

The letters on my keyboard are wearing off. What can I do short of buying a new keyboard?

I suggest you purchase self-adhesive stick on letters. I have seen them on e-bay as cheap as $1.99 including shipping. They are laminated, so they should last a long time.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Answer Man - Cloud Computing

Answer Man

What is cloud computing?

You are probably already using cloud computing but don't  know it. If you use Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, Google Mail, etc. you are using the cloud. Since the mail is in the cloud, you can access it from any computer, any where in the world. Cloud computing simply means that the software programs you are using are on a distant server and not on your own computer.

 It has been predicted that eventually all computers will be like smart phones. The computers will be what are called thin clients. That is, none of the programs will reside on the computer. They will all be in the cloud.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Answer Man - Do I have to use I.E.?

Answer Man

I'm not happy with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  It's too slow. What are some alternative browsers?

Some of the more popular browsers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Fire Fox, Opera, Safari.  To use any of them, do a search for them, download and install the one you want. You can have several on your desktop and switch between them any time you like.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Answer Man - High speed Internet

Answer Man

I currently use dial up service.  What do I need to get high speed Internet service in Oak Run?

You must pay for broadband (high speed) from an ISP (Internet Service Provider).  In Oak Run, you have just two choices:  Decca or Century Link.  The costs are similar from each, but I am partial to Decca because of their excellent service and because of the higher speeds cable internet provides vs. DSL (what phone companies provide) for comparable prices.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Answer Man - Very small hard drive

Answer Man

I have a computer with a very small hard drive. There isn't any more room to do anything. Any suggestions.

You could of course buy a larger hard drive or a new computer, but a simpler answer is to install a program like Joli OS 1.2. It's a Linux based operating system that takes up very little real estate and most of your computing will be cloud computing. That is, the programs will be on someone else's server and not on your computer. I have been using Joli on a netbook that only has an 8 GB solid state hard drive. It works extremely well, and I have 3 GB left on the hard drive.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Answer Man - E-Books

Answer Man

I understand that more and more libraries carry e-books.  Is there an easy way to locate the books?

Try the following site:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Answer Man - Double sided disks

Answer Man

What are double-sided DVDs?

Double sided disks can be written to on both sides, thereby holding twice as much information.  The only real advantage is that you can save some storage space by having one disk rather than two.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Answer Man - Slow Computer

Answer Man

My computer has slowed to a crawl.  What are some possible causes?

You may have too many programs trying to start at once.  The computer may need defragmentation.  Your hard drive may be too close to full.  Part of the computer memory may have failed.  Your Internet provider is having a problem.  The site you are trying to access is having a problem.  Your old computer may have a very slow primitive processor.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Answer Man - Anti-virus updates

Answer Man

How often should I update my anti-virus software?

The software should be updated as often as possible. See if you can set the program for automatic updating. The program is only good if it is up-to-date. If it isn't, a virus can slip by and wipe out everything on your machine.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Answer Man - Addressing E-Mail

Answer Man

Is there an easier way to put in an e-mail address than by typing it?

Most e-mail programs work in the following manner: Click in the blank space next to TO. Start typing a name that is in your contact list. The program will list the complete address. Click where it shows the complete address. It will be entered in the TO space in full.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Answer Man - Create icon

Answer Man

How can I create an icon on the desktop?

A desktop icon is also called a shortcut. Create one by right clicking on a blank spot on the desktop. Click New and Shortcut. Type in the location of the file or program. or click Browse to locate where the item is on the computer. Then click OK.

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