Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Google Trips and Tricks

Do you want to be a more effective "Google Searcher" ?

Try this website

You will find lots of tips and tricks there.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Backing up your Computer

At our March 8 meeting, Neil Higgins made a presentation on free programs to backup your computer.  With the July date on updating to Windows 10 coming soon, we all want to make sure we have a good backup routine in place.

Other articles on backing up can be found here:

Good articles about using Windows Backup from the How To Geek:

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Good Information on Windows 10

The Start menu reappeared in Windows 10, but that isn't enough to satisfy all of its critics of the new version of Microsoft's operating system.
By Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer
Published: Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:03 p.m.
If you're running an older version of Windows, you might suddenly find Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade already downloaded on your machine.
You never requested it, so why are you getting it?
The automatic download is part of Microsoft's aggressive push to get Windows 10 on as many devices as possible. Since last July, Microsoft has distributed the free upgrade on request. But starting this week, it's also pushing it out to those who haven't requested it — and who might not want it.
Microsoft isn't actually installing Windows 10 automatically, but installation is just a click or two away. If you're not careful, you might suddenly find the new system on your old machine.
Is this good for you?
Windows 10 has many improvements over its predecessors — especially Windows 8. It's much easier to use than Windows 8, and it offers more modern controls — akin to mobile devices — than Windows 7. (There is no Windows 9.) Windows 10 also paves the way for multiple devices to work together. You might be able to buy an app once to run on your PC, phone and Xbox game machine, for instance. The app's layout would automatically reconfigure to the given screen size.
New apps are being designed for Windows 10, so if you have an older system, you might find yourself shut out.
Microsoft is reducing reliance on software sales in favor of services such as the Bing search engine, OneDrive storage and Skype for communications. Windows 10 was designed to steer users to those services. Microsoft makes money from ads and premium features that cost money — such as additional OneDrive storage.
Microsoft can also encourage app makers to write more software for Windows 10 if a lot of people are using it. It's similar to how Apple pushes its users to upgrade to the latest iPhone and Mac systems. App developers know they can enable the latest features without worrying about abandoning too many users of older devices.
System upgrades aren't always smooth, especially on older machines with slower processors, less memory and less storage space available. Microsoft's Get Windows 10 app will verify that you meet minimum system requirements — but minimum doesn't mean speedy.
Older machines also might have software that won't work on Windows 10, so you'd have to spend money upgrading those programs, if upgrades are available at all. Printers, scanners and other accessories also might need new controlling software, called drivers. If a driver update isn't available, you might find yourself with a dead accessory.
And once you upgrade to Windows 10, you might be ceding control over future upgrades to Microsoft. The company is offering incremental updates to Windows 10 on a regular basis, and it won't always give you a choice on whether to accept.
Microsoft is treating Windows 10 as a type of security update it regularly pushes to users. Microsoft is now reclassifying Windows 10 as "recommended" rather than "optional." In doing so, those who have set their machine to automatically get important updates will get Windows 10, too. You can avoid this by turning off automatic updates in the settings under Windows Update. That's not recommended, though, because you might miss important security fixes.
If you work for a large company, your system administrators are likely monitoring these updates, so Windows 10 won't automatically download without their OK. Plus, Microsoft isn't offering Windows 10 for free to larger companies.
Microsoft will support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8 until 2023, after which time it will stop fixing any security problems. By then, it might be time for a new computer anyway.
To install Windows 10, all you need to do is accept it when prompted. Getting Windows 10 shouldn't affect your photos and other documents, though there's always a risk of a meltdown with any major upgrade. Back up your files first. You can use an online storage service such as OneDrive or DropBox to keep a backup online.
Microsoft keeps a backup of your system for a month. In the settings, go to "Update & security" and then "Recovery." You'll find the option to return to Windows 7 or 8. Your files should be OK, but you'll lose any apps installed after upgrading to Windows 10. Remember, you have only 31 days to change your mind.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October TechnologyMeeting

SJCAM    (like the GoPRO)

XLink   Bluetooth Gateway for cell phone
To purchase:


Home phone replacements

Amazon ECHO

Connected devices to ECHO

Questions for Alexa

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Keeping up with New Technology

Here are some good sites for this purpose and with a little help from Wikipedia, an explanation about each.       Make (or MAKE) is an American bimonthly magazine published by Maker Media[1] which focuses on do it yourself (DIY) and/or DIWO (Do It With Others)[2] projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines. The magazine is marketed to people who enjoy making things and features complex projects which can often be completed with cheap materials, including household items. Make magazine is considered "a central organ of the maker movement."[3]         Hackaday is a Blog which publishes several articles each day about hardware and software hacks. A hack refers to modifications of a product or software as well as the creation of something entirely new for convenience, novelty, functional or creative reasons. Hackaday also has a YouTube channel where it posts projects and how-to videos. Hackaday's logo is called The Jolly Wrencher.               The website for Popular Science Magazine which is an American monthly magazine carrying popular science content, which refers to articles for the general reader on science and technology subjects. Popular Science has won over 58 awards, including the American Society of Magazine Editors awards for its journalistic excellence in both 2003 (for General Excellence) and 2004 (for Best Magazine Section). With roots beginning in 1872, PopSci has been translated into over 30 languages and is distributed to at least 45 countries.                 ExtremeTech is a technology weblog about hardware, computer software, science and other technologieswhich launched in June 2001. Between 2003 and 2005, ExtremeTech was also a print magazine and the publisher of a popular series of how-to and do-it-yourself books.[2]     Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics. Engadget currently operates a total of ten blogs—four written in English and six international versions with independent editorial staff. Engadget has in the past ranked among the top five in the "Technorati top 100"[3]and was noted in TIME for being one of the best blogs of 2010.    Techmeme is the foremost source for tracking these  kinds of technology changes. It is a a technology news aggregator. The website has been described as "a one-page, aggregated, filtered, archiveable summary in near real-time of what is new and generating conversation". By presenting a summary of the day's essential reports and analysis on a single page, Techmeme has become the technology news site of record for people both within and beyond the industry. 

By reading these websites, one can keep abreast of software developments, the latest hardware, what’s new with cars, gaming systems, developments in health and science, and space.  You will discover all kinds of information about what’s new and unimaginable things that are just around the corner.