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Be Careful of Buying Old Versions

By Sandy Berger, CompuKISS www.compukiss.com sandy (at) compukiss.com Don’t be fooled by a cheap price on a product. It may be last year’s model. While sometimes this is okay, for others it is a real rip-off. Here are some examples that you may want to read. Remember being a savvy consumer is essential in today’s […]

Backup…Backup…Backup

By Phil Sorrentino, Past President, Sarasota PCUG, Florida February 2014 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org philsorr (at) yahoo.com I know you’ve all heard this before, but it is very true. Backup your data and backup your system. When we talk about the Backup activity, we mean copying the files that you definitely want to have, should […]

3 Better Ways to Store Your Files than On the Desktop

3 Better Ways to Store Your Files than On the Desktop

By Joel Lee, MakeUseOf.com, May 5, 2014 3-better-ways-store-files-desktop article Did you know that storing files directly on your desktop can harm your productivity? I used to be one of “those” people who downloaded files straight to the desktop. If you can identify with that, then I have good news for you: you can do better. […]

2TB of Cloud Storage - Free!

2TB of Cloud Storage – Free!

By Phil Sorrentino, Past President, Sarasota PCUG, Florida January 2014 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org philsorr (at) yahoo.com Well, now that I have your attention, let me tell you how you can accomplish this without any trickery or dishonesty. (Remember, 1TB is equal to 1,000 GB)  Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your pictures, […]

How to stream your Windows desktop to a TV using WIFI.

By Ralph Crookshanks, Webmaster, WPCUG I got into this, trying to help a church get their Powerpoint presentation to two new TV’s that have WIFI built in. I stupidly assumed that it would be a simple matter to get it working. After much trial and error I got it working on my home computer. Even […]

Windows Media Center – Pictures, Videos and TV, too

By Phil Sorrentino, Past President, Sarasota PCUG, FL October 2013 Issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org philsorr (at) yahoo.com Microsoft gave us a gift when they included Media Center in Windows. Windows Media Center (WMC) is a media player (organize and show pictures, slideshows and videos) and a digital video recorder (view and record live TV). Pictures […]

Windows 8 Defender

Windows 8 Defender

By Rosita Herrick, Director, Sarasota PCUG, FL November 2013 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org editor (at) spcug.org I have been asked quite a few questions about virus and malware protection, so I thought I would spend some time to write about Microsoft’s security options in Windows 8. The Windows Defender is part of Windows 8 and […]

What You Need to Know about QR Codes

What You Need to Know about QR Codes

By Sandy Berger, CompuKISS www.compukiss.com sandy (at) compukiss.com If you’ve seen QR or Quick Response Codes, but don’t know what they mean, this article will explain it all for you.  QR codes are becoming more and more prevalent and offer additional information on many of the things you read and see. QR codes can be […]

Using a Publisher Program Or a Word Processor

By Jim Cerny, Director, Sarasota PCUG, Florida November 2013 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org jimcerny123 (at) gmail.com If you use email or a word-processing application (like Microsoft Word or WordPad) you probably have no trouble entering and editing text. But when it comes to putting things exactly where you want on the page, well, word processing […]

The Tip Corner – November

Bill Sheff, Novice SIG Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Computer Group, PA November 2013 issue, The LVCG Journal www.lvcg.org nsheff (at) aol.com Buying a Computer The holidays are nearly upon us, and some of us are considering purchasing a computer either as a gift or for ourselves. So usually one of the first questions is: which PC […]

Tiny Computers

Tiny Computers

By Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale Computer Users’ Group, NJ November 2013 issue, BUG Bytes www.bcug.com n2nd (@) att.net Personal computers are vital appliances for most of us. We use them to balance our checkbooks, calculate our taxes, communicate with friends and family, store our memories, and keep us informed. This is much different than when […]

The Way of the Digital Photographer

The Way of the Digital Photographer

By Harold Davis Review by Mark Mattson, Editor, Computer Users of Erie, Pennsylvania October 2013 issue, Horizons www.curie.com bookworm8 (at) verizon.net Hot off the press comes the latest book from photographer and author Harold Davis dealing with the subject of post-production techniques in the digital photography world. At first glance, the title may seem to […]

The Jeopardy Answer Is…What?

By Linda Gonse, Editor & Webmaster, Orange County PC Users’ Group, CA October 2013 issue, Nibbles & Bits www.orcopug.org editor (at) orcopug.org The final question on Jeopardy on its September 26 episode was based on the category “Internet.” The question was “The animal for which this computer program is named is actually a red panda.” […]

strobist.com – Lighting 101

By Mike Lyons, ORCOPUG President October 2013 issue, Nibbles & Bits www.orcopug.org editor (at) orcopug.org It’s been quite a while since I mentioned one of the best photo education sites on the web — Strobist.com. Started in March 2006, David Hobby created a lighting tutorial to help beginning photo students learn flash photography with a […]

Have You Upgraded to i0S7?

By Bill Crowe, 2nd  VP, Sarasota PCUG, Florida October 2013 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org editor (at) spcug.org Apple’s iPhone/iPad operating system, called iOS, got a huge makeover and you may be considering not upgrading. After all I am just getting the hang of iOS6. The changes, while numerous, are not difficult. The new operating system, […]

Release of Windows 8.1 Update

Release of Windows 8.1 Update

By Rosita Herrick, Director, Sarasota PCUG, FL October 2013 issue, PC Monitor www.spcug.org editor (at) spcug.org Using the version of 8.1 that was made available for testing, I can state that the improvements make access easier. As I mentioned last month, grouping like apps on the Start Screen makes for faster access even of desktop […]

Protect Your Laptop

Kathy Frey, Member, Computer Club of Green Valley, AZ October Issue, Green Bytes www.ccgvaz.org Freyrbgv (at) gmail.com Traveling to and from Green Valley or other parts of the world with a laptop in tow? Then here a few tips to keep it from being stolen. 1. Never leave it in your car. 2. Keep it […]

Otterbox Cases

Otterbox Cases

Review by George Harding, Treasurer, Tucson Computer Society, AZ October 2013 issue, TCS eJournal www.aztcs.org georgehardingsbd (at) earthlink.net Here’s a company that has grown by providing just what the customer wants. It started with a line of waterproof cases and continued with cases through which the enclosed device could be manipulated. From that point on […]

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