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,


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!


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

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