Wednesday, March 28, 2018

It's Complicated! Internet TV! Streaming Video! TV and Movies Everywhere: Your Phone! Tablet! Computer! EEEK! Talk at the Kinnelon Library Mar 28 2018 at 7 PM

Cable? or Streaming Video? or Internet TV?

You Choose!




What is it, or what are they? They can be Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast Devices and Boxes, etc., with and without Remote Control, and it is Software and Subscriptions from aggregators and providers like Netflix and YouTube and DirecTV, all of which let let you watch TV Channels and Movies without a Cable Subscription either thru your computer with an internet connection or thru your Smart TV (an Internet enabled and connected TV) with Apps from the Providers, or a USB Device or External Box which may come with a Remote.

What are the drawbacks?

If you don't have Cablevision/Optimum the drawbacks are you don't get everything in one place and it isn't necessarily easy to DVR programs and series in advance.

Clunky integration with your TV, some of the time.

What are the advantages?

Other services can save you a lot of money. Especially if you don't want a lot of want a lot of the cable shows. And if you choose right, you can get just-released stuff sooner than you would with cable for not much more, or no more money.

What should you look for?

First of all, you want to see good reviews from users. Check the major mag and service reviews of the services, such as those from PC Magazine and take a look at not only the editors' opinions, but also the users.

A lot of what people complain about really has to do with the underlying internet they are using, an d not the actual program service they have subscribed to. Although not always.

Remember that you are dropping cable tv, not cable internet.

Cable internet for those of us in this area or with Verizon FIOS is excellent and fast even at the slower speeds when compared with what is the bandwidth required for tv.

So this list above is from searching on "internet tv"

So where to go next? Let's see what's recommended:


So if you are a cord-cutter -- that is you are dropping cable and want a cheaper alternative, you have 3
choices:

DirecTV Now (AT&T) -- However, there is a gotcha: unless you have a Smart TV with built-in Amazon FireTV or ROKU capability you cannot just use/download a DirecTV app you will have to get a supported device that they list. You may get a good deal if you are an ATT customer already. And right now they have a $10 per mo. intro offer which auto jumps to $35/mo unless you cancel ahead of time.

Sling TV is supported on most Smart TVs incl Samsung

YouTubeTV is supported as well.

What if you have an older TV, with no SMARTS -- well, then you should get a smart TV 'cause your life will be easier. But if not you can get a USB device such as ROKU, Amazon FireTV, or ChromeCAST or ??? and it will add internet capability for streaming from your router and a remote for navigation

Here a shots of some of the offers:


DirecTV Now



Sling Offer


YouTubeTV Offer -- FREE! :)


So what's next?

So we will have a discussion of this stuff tonite at the KPL, Mar 28, 2018!

Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.

See you there!

~Ted




Saturday, January 20, 2018

Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wednesday, Jan 24@ 7 PM on Computer Disaster Recovery -- Quick and Complete -- How to Do It!


Taking Care of Your Computer: Disaster Recovery
No Matter How You Got There!
I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, Wednesday, Jan 24, at 7 PM, which is the first of such talks this year, roughly a month apart, and this month it will be on the subject of Disaster Recovery!
  • From Lightning Strikes to Hardware Failure, What to Do
  • How to Plan for the Worst
  • What Steps to Take in Advance
  • How to Restore Your Working Environment
  • How to Protect Your Data
  • How to Be Up and Running again Quickly, even in Minutes
  • Real World Examples that Have Happened to Me! Lightning ... !
This is the Kinnelon Library's description of the talk:

"Computer Class-Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm-Ted Whittemore of Kinnelon Computers returns to the Kinnelon library with his monthly computer classes

This month he (that's me) will be talking about System Maintenance and Recovery for Win 7 thru Win 10, with the emphasis on Win 10, including Updates, Backup and License Restoration. Be the Boss, learn how to take care of your computer and tell it what to do and avoid Surprises! Bring a fully-charged laptop, if you have one. To register, or for more information, call 973-838-1321 or click on Adult Program Registration."

Plus -- As Always -- Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems, such as:

1) Is my machine too old? When do I need a new machine?

2) How can I "pin" that program to my Taskbar, and what is a "Gadget?"

3) Why does my computer ... ?

4) If you have a laptop with a problem, bring it along and we'll take a quick look.

5) Questions and on-the-spot diagnosis will be limited by the time available!!!

All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.

See you there!

~Ted

PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 10, 8, and 7


Photo Credits: http://enron-online.com/2013/07/02/cute-baby-kittens-enron/
         

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Email for PCs, MACs, Tablets, and Phones -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7PM


Email, Email and more Email
How to Do It Right for Desktops, Laptops and Portable Devices




I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7 PM, on the subject of Email -- how to use Mail Clients and Webmail, what the Security Problems with Each Are, and How to Have All of Your Email at Your Fingertips on All of Your Devices, All of the Time.
  • How to Setup POP and IMAP, and What They Are and Why You Should Care
  • How To Sync All of Your Mail with Your Desktops, Laptops, and Phones
  • How to Set Up a Mail Client 
  • How to Make Sure Your Security Program Takes Care of Your Mail
  • Why your eMail Provider Makes a Difference


POP3 vs IMAP

Plus -- As Always -- Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems, such as:

1) Is my machine too old? When do I need a new machine?

2) How can I "pin" that program to my Taskbar, and what is a "Gadget?"

3) Why does my computer ... ?

4) If you have a laptop with a problem, bring it along and we'll take a quick look.

5) Questions and on-the-spot diagnosis will be limited by the time available!!!

All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.

See you there!

~Ted

PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows, Tablets and Phones

Photo Credits:
https://sidsavara.com/seven-reasons-you-check-email-so-frequently-and-how-to-stop/
https://montessoriadmins.org/2014/05/checking-work-email-too-much/
                 
               

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Internet Security for the Windows Home and Small Business User -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library, Wed. April 26, 2017 at 7 PM


This is Your Laptop on Drugs, er, Fire

So You Have a Few Choices -- Top or Bottom!
OK -- so your PC won't burn up if it gets infected but you may wish it had, especially if you run into Ransomware, or Hacked Accounts and eMail.

What should you do???

Well, first, even before installing Internet Security, you SHOULD BE  BACKED UP. The last best chance you have in case of a hopelessly compromised machine is a Complete Restore!!!

We will cover McAfee LiveSafe because it is a good program and is FREE for those of us with Cable Internet and MalwareBytes Free and Premium, because dual belt and suspenders protection is a good idea with Security Software. 

If your Internet Provider does not provide McAfee free, it may offer another from the Recommended Software in the PC Mag list above. All of the Editor's Choices are fine. Especially if you have MalwareBytes as well.

Verizon will charge you $7 per month. Wow! Anyway ... 



We will also discuss the part that Bootable Backups can play in not only disaster recovery such as drive failure, but also in recovering from catastrophic infection. It is nice to have an uninfected backup of your system disk when your system disk IS INFECTED!

As usual we will take questions and deal with issues at the end of the talk.

See you there!

~Ted

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update On Bootable Backups for Windows: Answers and Info on Software and Hardware



To Boot or Not to Boot, That is the Question


OK, Which Offers Better Protection?
Bootable Backups


So here are some of the links and and references for software and hardware referred to in the talk at the Kinnelon Library earlier this month:

Backup Software:

From Future Systems: Casper 10 and Casper Secure Drive Backup

From NTI: NTI Backup Now EZ 5.1

Remember that the NTI Software also comes with the Toshiba Canvio Connect II Series of USB 3 External Drives available in 1 to 3 TB capacities -- so you get the software at no additional charge for the cost of the drive, and includes image (bootable) backup. archival (file) backup, and social media backup, but not secure (encrypted) backup

Both can be automated to the schedule of your choice.

Below are some choices for a complete external backup system, such as the Toshiba Canvio II, or separate drive docks and drives for desktops with 3.5" drives and laptops with 2.5" drives. They can be mixed and matched if you like.

If the images ARE TOO SMALL to READ, just click on the link in RED below the picture.


Available at Amazon
Click Here
Laptop Drive -- Seagate High Performance

Desktop Drive -- WD 5 TB High Performance

External USB 3.0 Drive Dock for 3.5" Desktop Drive

External USB 3.0 Drive Case for 2.5" Laptop Drive


Once you have installed the Cloning Software above you can make an exact copy of your Boot Drive -- your C: drive -- and test your ability to boot from it. Reboot your computer and press the function key for your make of PC per the helpful link below as the machine starts to reboot.

Following is a link for common boot menu function keys per PC Maker for laptops and desktop computers so that you can boot your machine from the image backup on system drive failure or for testing:

 http://www.disk-image.com/faq-bootmenu.htm

Good Luck!

Next talk at the Kinnelon Library will happen at 7:00 PM March 29, 2017. See you!


1) What Are They? Hint: You Can Boot Your Computer From Them When Your Drive Fails!

2) Why You Need Them: Duh!

3) How to Make Them

4) Where and How to Buy Backup Drives and Drive Cases.

5) Why You Should Buy Your Own Drive and Case and not a Pre-Packaged External Drive

6) How to Get Up and Running after a System Drive Failure in Just a Few Minutes.

We will also talk about infection eradication strategies and what you need to have on hand to deal with surprises -- time permitting.

See you there!

~Ted


PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 10, 8, and 7

Photo Credits: http://www.emergingrunner.com/2011/06/barefoot-but-for-my-shoe.html
and http://www.vtarmynavy.com/belleville-boots.htm


     

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hands-On Bootable Backups for Windows with Demo - Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wednesday Mar. 1 @ 7 PM



To Boot or Not to Boot, That is the Question


OK, Which Offers Better Protection?

Anyway, I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this coming Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM, which is the 2nd of 11 planned talks this year, on the subject of taking care of your Windows PC, new or old, with special attention to:

Bootable Backups

1) What Are They? Hint: You Can Boot Your Computer From Them When Your Drive Fails!

2) Why You Need Them: Duh!

3) How to Make Them

4) Where and How to Buy Backup Drives and Drive Cases.

5) Why You Should Buy Your Own Drive and Case and not a Pre-Packaged External Drive

6) How to Get Up and Running after a System Drive Failure in Just a Few Minutes.

We will also talk about infection eradication strategies and what you need to have on hand to deal with surprises -- time permitting.

And, As Always we will have our Open Mike period at the end of the talk and demo, so you can find out why your computer isn't doing what you want:

Last Time some people were interested in changing the Appearance and Menu System
of  Windows 10 to look like Win 7 -- We will do that also and make the Software Available

Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems, such as:

1) Is my machine too old? When do I need a new machine?

2) How can I "pin" that program to my Taskbar, and what is a "Gadget?"

3) Why does my computer ... ?

4) If you have a laptop with a problem, bring it along and we'll take a quick look.

5) Questions and on-the-spot diagnosis will be limited by the time available!!!

All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Do call Kim Christian at the Kinnelon Library to sign up at 973 838 1321 and/or email her at:  kim.christian@kinnelonlibrary.org

See you there!

~Ted


PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 10, 8, and 7

Photo Credits: http://www.emergingrunner.com/2011/06/barefoot-but-for-my-shoe.html
and http://www.vtarmynavy.com/belleville-boots.htm


       

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Windows Control Panel and Settings: Working with Your Software and Hardware in Win 10, 8 and 7

Take Charge of Your Machine!

It's Not So Hard!
He Knows What He is Doing

I (Working Computers) will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Library on 
January 25, 2017 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
to discuss Windows System Admin with the tools that come with the Operating System, mainly:

The Windows Control Panel

Most Windows users already know something about the Control Panel, and some of the admin tools located there, but haven't walked through the roster of utilities and may not understand what they are for. Next Wednesday, Jan. 25,  we are going to fix some of that with a walk through the most (to me) useful. They fall into 2 Groups -- those that Control The OS Software and those that Control Hardware and Both.

They are:

Administrative Tools
Device Manager
Devices and Printers
Display
File Explorer Options
Indexing Options
Network and Sharing Center
Personalization
Programs and Features
Recovery
Sound
System
Taskbar and Navigation
User Accounts

I have deliberately left out other items which may be useful from time to time but which are either accessed less frequently, less critically, or handled with other applications.

We will be discussing Adding Hard Disks, Setting Up Disk Backups, Working with your Networks and Routers, Printers, Display, and Audio, as well as File System and Windows Explorer display defaults and Customizing the Taskbar and working with User Accounts.

Shortly after the talk we will publish the talk with slides!

We will be happy to discuss problems that you have with your individual machines, if they are fairly brief, and we will have a discussion period at the end. Feel free to bring your laptop.

Do give Kim Christian at the Kinnelon Library to sign up at 973 838 1321 and/or email her at 
kim.christian@kinnelonlibrary.org.

Thanks, and hope to see you there -- it's been a while!

~Ted

Photo Credits to: https://steventorresramos.com/2012/07/23/july-27-2012-13th-annual-system-administrator-appreciation-day/


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