Monday, April 23, 2012

The Talk -- The Best Free PC Software of 2012 -- Part 3, Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wed. April 11 7 PM

I meant to get this posted last week -- sorry!

Thank you, all of you, who came to the Wednesday evening talk at the library. I especially enjoyed the discussion started by the gentleman who found his computer infected after searching online for "Beaver Scat!" I can't make this stuff up! As promised, following is a slideshow of the presentation you saw.
Do remember, any of you who want to subscribe to the Working Computers Blog, just go the right hand side of the page and look for the "Enter Your Email Address" box and click on "Subscribe", or click on the "Subscribe in a Reader" icon. The first choice will get you the once a week articles on computer use and maintenance problems you face as a home or small business user. The 2nd will allow you to see the articles in your RSS reader -- if you do not know what that is, make the First Choice!I want to emphasize the you can search for your own Free Software, and the links included near the end of the slide show for PC Magazine and CNET are good places to start.

If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email at the address to the right.
Take Care of Your Computer Part 4 -- The Top 10 Best Free Software Programs of 2012 So Far

The next Talk at The Kinnelon Library will be Thursday, May 24 (was May 17) at 7 PM on:

How to Work on Your Own PC, plus Open Mike – Ask Your Questions
Including Buying and Replacing Hardware -- Adding Memory to your Desktop or Laptop, Replacing a Power Supply, a CD/DVD/BluRay Drive, a Video Card and so on … 
Where to buy the Computer Hardware and What to Buy -- or if you want someone else to fix your computer,  who to get, where to get them, what to pay.
Plus How to Clean Your PC – It gets Dirty, You Know, and That Can Kill Your Computer
And, Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems

See you then!

Photo Credit: google images various

Monday, April 2, 2012

Taking Care of Your Computer For Free -- The Best FREE Software -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wed 7 PM Apr 11 2012

It Costs No Money!

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library Wednesday, Apr. 11 at 7 PM, which is the 4th of 6 such talks a month apart, on the subject of taking care of your Windows PC, new or old, with special attention in Part 4 to:

The Best FREE Software for Your PC, including :

1) Libre Office (Open Office) A Microsoft Office Substitute -- Do Not Pay for MS Office -- you can get Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more workalikes, that suit most everyone just fine.

2) Google Chrome -- If you are still using IE, don't -- Chrome is SO much faster, and simpler to use that you need to switch right away -- unless you like waiting around for your browser to catch up.

3) Google Picasa -- Hands Down the Very Best Photo Manager, Light Editor, Uploading and Sharing, and Printing Program, EVER. If you rake photos and print them, you must have Picasa.

4) CX -- 10 GB of Online File Backup and Sharing Free!  10 GB!!! Easy to use. Did I say 10 GB???!!! Never lose a critical data file again! Share and sync your Quicken, Outlook, Powerpoint, or whatever files with another computer, and you CANNOT lose them ... well ... hard to, anyway.

5) Skype -- Free video Phoning for everyone, except for the price of an HD VidCam (less than $50, sometimes less than $25). Works easily, great for family and business.

6), 7), 8), ... and so on. We have a list -- there has to be something on there for you!

Come find out what you have been missing, and avoid spending money on expensive commercial software!

We will repeat our "Open Mike" period at the end of the talk so you can find out why your computer isn't doing what you want:

Ask Your Questions and Solve Your Problems --"Open Mike" -- Questions 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!


PS: Check out the Working Computers Blog article, The 7 Best Free Software Programs As Of January 2012, for more on the subject

PPS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 7, Vista and XP

Photo Credit: various websites

You get the idea!

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