Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 Year End Wrap -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 @ 7PM


2013 Year In Review of: Taking Care of Your Computer

Don't Do Anything Stupid!
I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, December 19 at 7 PM, which is the last of such talks this year, roughly a month apart, recapping the all of the other talks given this year including!
  • Windows 8 and 8.1: Why It's OK and How to Learn to Love It ...
  • Email for Tablets, PCs and Phones
  • Photos with Picasa and Shutterfly
  • Cloud Backup and Tablets, Plus What is My Computer Doing?
  • All about Internet Security for Your PC
  • Buying a New Computer
  • All about WiFi
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.

Also note that the last talk this year will be on Dec. 19, Thursday, and will be a Year End Wrap-Up including all of the things you need to do to take care of your computer at least once a year.

See you there!

~Ted

PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, Tablets and Phones


Photo Credits: http://d1ovi2g6vebctw.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/best-funny-Christmas-Gifs-wishes-2013-christmas-story.gif

           

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Windows 8 -- Why It's a Good Thing -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, Nov. 21 2013 @ 7PM


Windows 8 --
The Good, the Bad and the Fixed
Home, Sweet Home in Windows 8
 I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM, which is the 8th of 9 such planned talks this year, roughly a month apart, on the subject of Using Your PC or Laptop, in this case, with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how it is different from previous versions of Windows, how it is similar, and what you need to know about your next Operating System!
  • The Good Things -- and there are Good Things: Stability, Speed, Backup ...
  • The Annoying Things -- How to Work Around Them
  • The New User Interface -- What You Need to Know
  • How to Make Windows 8 and 8.1 Look and Work Like Windows 7
  • Why You Should Have It Instead of Windows 7
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.

Also note that the last talk this year will be on Dec. 19, Thursday, and will be a Year End Wrap-Up including all of the things you need to do to take care of your computer at least once a year.

See you there!

~Ted

PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, Tablets and Phones


Photo Credits: All Mine

             

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photos, Picasa, and Shutterfly -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, August 8 2013 @ 7PM


Taking Care of Your Computer for Home and Business


-Managing Photos, Printing and Publishing


We are going to take a Very Close Look at Photos!
I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, Tomorrow!, Aug. 8 at 7 PM, which is the 5th of 9 such planned talks this year, roughly a month apart, on the subject of Using Your PC or Laptop, in this case, about Photos on your PC -- how to Get Them from Your Camera to Your PC, how to Catalog and Manage them, How to Edit Them, How to Print Them, and How to get them Published by an On-Line Service:
  • How to Transfer Your Photos from Your Phone or Camera to Your PC
  • Using Picasa to Transfer, Manage, Catalog, Edit, and Upload Photos 
  • What is Necessary to Get Photos to Look Good in a Group
  • How Can I Print My Photos and What Do I Need to Do It? 
  • How Can Self-Publish My Photos? 
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 8, 7, Vista and XP, Tablets and Phones


Photo Credits:
                     http://www.wallibs.com/desktopwallpaper/1920x1200/desktop-backgrounds-pc-funny-blind-19215.html
                   
                 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Links and Files for the Talk at the Kinnelon Library June 20, 2013 -- Gadgets for the Desktop in Win 7, 8 and Vista, etc.

Just Plug it into a USB port and ...


So we want to know what's going on with our computers but we don't have the "Dashboard Instruments" to tell us what the equivalent of RPM, Oil Pressure, or Water Temp is for our PCs.

They are available.

Following are links to the Win7, 8, and Vista Gadgets which you can install to your Desktop and which will tell you how hard your CPU is working, what the temperature of your CPU is, how much RAM is being used, what Programs and Processes are using the Most CPU time, the Most Memory and doing the Most Disk IO. You will know if and when you are having Network Connection Problems, what your Internal and External IP Adresses are, and what the level of your Network Activity is.

Check them out in your Security Scanner of choice, install them. For those of you using Norton 360, right mouse click on the file you want to check, which brings up the context menu, and left click on Norton 360 and Scan Now before

For Windows 8 there are some special instructions to get Gadgets working which I will include further along.

   Gadgets we talked about can be found at the following links: 


   For those of you who want to install Gadgets on Windows 8, go here:


   and follow the instructions.

   Next, here is a list of Tablet recommendations and reviews:

   Go to Apple for the List of Apple Tablets: we are up to 4th Gen now.

   Finally, here is a list of Cloud Based Backup Service Providers:

   http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp as of 3/30/2013

   Good Luck,

   ~Ted
   

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cloud Backup, Tablets, and What's My Computer Doing -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, June 20 @ 7PM


Taking Care of Your Computer for Home and Business
All Good Computers Go To Heaven
Make Sure Yours Is Backed Up 
Before It Does 


--How to Backup to the Cloud
Carrying On with the Theme


--Tablets -- How to Choose, What are the Differences
Picking the Tablet With The Right Stuff
Is My Computer OK? What is It Doing?
Stupid, but, You Know ... True

3 Topics for the Price of One -- Free!

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, June 20 at 7 PM, which is the 4th of 9 such planned talks this year, roughly a month apart, on the subject of taking care of your computers, tablets, and phones, new or old, with special attention in Part 4 to:
  • Backing up your device to the Cloud, to an Internet Backup Service for Free 
  • What Cloud Backups Are Good For and What They Are Not 
  • What is a Good Tablet to Buy Now and What It Will Cost -- Tablet Differences 
  • What You Can Do with Your Tablet Instead of Your PC and What You Can't 
  • How Can You Tell What Your Computer is Busy Doing and If It Is OK? 
  • What Programs Is It Running? Is the Machine Itself OK? How to Tell 
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 8, 7, Vista and XP, Tablets and Phones

No Reason for this Image -- I Just Liked It
Also, Let Me Say In Advance, It Is Meaningless

Photo Credits:
                       http://howthehelldidienduphere.wordpress.com/tag/adventure/
                       http://www.kt70.com/~jamesjpn/images/Diff-Men-Women.JPG
                       http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/2/15/1329324709547/Cumulus-Clouds-007.jpg
                       http://www.hotforsecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/top-10-funniest-spam-images-5.jpg
                 
                   

Monday, May 6, 2013

Software Links for The Internet Security Talk at the Kinnelon Library on April 28, 2013

I promised all of you who attended the talk on April 28, kinks for:

MalwareByte

Revo Uninstaller

and

CCleaner

These are links for the free versions of the programs, and the free versions are very good. I also recommend the for-pay versions with added functionality, Check them out.

Remember to run the Malware Bytes quick scan whenever you suspect something may have infected your computer or compromised its security.

Do check your installed programs at least once a week to see if anything has piggybacked in on other installs, and uninstall anything installed within that week that you do not recognize or that comes from an unknown publisher.

Also remember to uninstall with Revo Uninstaller if Windows Uninstaller can't do the job.

Good Luck and Safe Surfing!

~Ted

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Date Change for Internet Security for Your PC -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library will be Thur April 25, 2013 @ 7 PM


Those interested in the talk at the Kinnelon Library on Internet Security, originally shown as scheduled for tomorrow Thursday April 18, should make note of the change to Thursday April 25, one week from tomorrow.

Sorry for the Confusion,

Ted

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taking Care of Your Computer For Free -- Buying a New Computer Now -- What Should I Buy? -- Talk at The Kinnelon Library Thurs. Mar. 28 @ 7PM

In The Market for a New Computer???

High End Computer -- Possibly Too Expensive

I get asked about what new computers are good choices to buy a lot, and I do have choices to recommend. And I have reasons for my choices. Most people, when looking for a new machine give too much weight to the initial purchase price, forgetting that over the life of the machine, there are other costs that can drive the total price a lot higher.

The first thing to remember is that the Most Expensive Thing about a New Computer will be Replacing it. The longer your machine lasts, the cheaper it gets! 

It used to be that a computer might die before it became too slow or old to use, and a desktop or laptop at 7 years old or older running Windows XP was common. That's an old computer from a hardware standpoint and likely to fail. These days the burden placed on a new machine is getting heavier so rapidly, that, unless you buy a very powerful computer, it is likely to be un-useable for websurfing, online purchasing or many common programs and services long before it is even 5 years old

Buy the most powerful computer you can afford -- the difference in price may only be a few hundred dollars, but that will translate into a much longer and more useful lifespan, as well as a machine that waits for you, instead of you waiting for it.

Buy Computers with Core i7 Intel CPUs, instead of Core i5, or Core i3 processors -- they are more powerful  and that makes a difference. Buy a computer with at least 8 GB of RAM or more, expandable to 32 GB or more (RAM is and will be cheap), and with at least a 1 TB Hard Drive

One Desktop Computer I like and recommend is the Dell XPS 8500 seen below:

Dell XPS 8500

Specs: Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA III HDD, DVD Burner optical drive, Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB Radeon HD 7570 graphics, 19-in-1 card reader, 1-year warranty, 12-month McAfee Security and Windows 8 64-bit OS

This computer as discounted now by Dell with an  additional discount thru LogicBuy for $699.99, or as I like to call it, $700. Check out LogicBuy's page for it with their Discount Code HERE.

Don't buy a monitor by checking a box on the ordering menu -- those prices are too high. Check out the Tech Bargains and Logic Buy websites.

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Library on this and other computers that I like this Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM. I will cover the following topics:


What Computers Should You Buy Now?
 Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops
How Much Should You Pay and Where Should You Buy Them
What Computers Will Last the Longest Time
What Do You Need if You Just Want to Surf the Web and Do Email?

And, as usual we will have Open Mike: Ask Your Questions, Bring in Your Laptop or Device for advice.
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.


~Ted

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

PPS: Note this is a change of date from March 21 to March 28

Photo Credits: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/history, and Dell




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

All About WiFi -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thur Feb. 21 @ 7 PM



1st Talk of 2013

Taking Care of Your Computer

All About WiFi

Routers, Computers, Printers, Phones, Tablets
   

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday Feb. 21, at 7 PM, which is the 1st of 9 such planned talks this year, roughly a month apart, on the subject of taking care of your Windows PC, new or old, with special attention in Part 1 to:
  • WiFi is 2 Way Radio for Computers and Computing Devices 
  • How WiFi Works on Routers, Computers, Phones, & Tablets, Printers … 
  • How to Keep WiFi Safe – Encryption, Types and Uses
  • How to Make WiFi Fast – Wireless-N and soon, Wireless AC
  • How to Set Up WiFi on Individual Devices 
  • When You Should Use WiFi and When You Should Not 
  • How Printing (and Scanning and Faxing) with WiFi is a Special Case
Make Sure You Get WiFi When You Need It -- Your Own!


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
Quid Pro Quo
PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP
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