Setting Up and Using the Xelio
Tablet: The low end 7" Xelio tablet is a great buy.
However, it does not come with the Google Play Store app.
This white paper will walk you through setting up the tablet
and installing Google Play.
Click here to read.
For those of you who have been "forced" in the new outlook.com by
Microsoft, here is a white paper on how to do some typical tasks in
outlook like forwarding and email and printing it.
Click here to read.
Mozy is a free backup service that runs in the
background always keeping your important files safe. We
will discuss how to use this service in conjunction with
other software to enable you to restore your system from
a crash or to even get back a file you have recently
You do not need any formal training to build a one page
informational site and it does not cost anything. If you
have your laptop with you, you will leave with your own
site up and running. Everyone will leave with all they
need to create it at home in minutes.
Using Google Voice you can make free voice calls and
texting anywhere in the US right from your PC. Use Skype
or iCall to both replace your
phone and be a way to video conference with others. Will
also discuss ways to replace your twisted pair phone
with cheaper alternatives like Vonage, OOMA, and Magic Jack.
We will take a journey with a picture from taking it on
a digital camera, to getting it over to the computer.
Then what to do from there starting with how to rename
the camera’s strange names and file them away so we can
find them later. Then we will look at doing something
with the pictures like adjusting them for content
(cropping), fixing colors, and adding captions. And MUCH
Get to your computer wherever you go. With free remote
access from LogMeIn, you can remotely control your PC,
anytime, with just an Internet connection. You can
access all your files, send emails and run all your
computer applications as if you're sitting right in
front of it — even if you're nowhere near it.
Just need to access a friends computer to help out? Then
try the free Join.Me from LogMeIn. Live demonstration of
both ways to access your computer from a remote site.
The basics of scanning images and documents into your
computer and what to do with them after they are
scanned. Most printers today, even the less expensive
ones, include a scanner. Learn how to use it to take
those old photographs and turn them into digital images.
And what about that pile of paper that builds each year.
Learn about scanning them into digital documents and how
to organize them for later retrieval.
No matter which email carrier you use,
the functions are similar. But there is more to it than
just reading and answering email. We will answer the
questions about attaching files, including pictures,
printing emails, cleaning up emails, using BCC, creating
groups of contacts, and more.
We all use the Internet every day. But are we letting it
use us? There are many time saving shortcuts that are
great to know. There are many different browsers to use
like IE, FF, Chrome, Opera, and more. Why just use IE?
What to do with all those extra toolbars that creep into
our daily use of the Internet. Can we just get rid of
them? What about tabs; are we using them to our
advantage? And more...
the cloud. What is the cloud? And after understanding
what it is, a look at various applications that can be
used without downloading and installing on your
computer. Having access to your information no matter
whose computer you are on.
We are going to spend the next 5 weeks getting back to
basics. And I mean starting with what a computer is and
how to use all the buttons and things attached to it.
Bring your questions and let's stop assuming you know
the basics. There is no dumb question so if you do not
know something, just ask.
More Basics using Windows as it relates to using the
Internet. Searching the Web, Finding "stuff", Copying
and/or printing from a Web page, remembering where you
were searching yesterday, staying away from "bad" sites
when downloading programs, and more.
All about PDF's. What are they? Why would I want to
create them? What can I do with them? Can I change them?
Can I copy stuff from them? Can I convert them to some
other format and why would I want to do that? That is
the first hour. After that is an open question and
answer period. Bring your computer and your questions.
Will get back into cropping and cleaning up pictures;
even those taken from a Web page like Facebook. Then we
will be looking at storing pictures (and anything else)
so you can locate them later by understanding how to
create folders and rename files on your hard disk. And
finally how to back them up by storing copies in the
New format each week:
2-3 Topic TBA each week
3-4 Open Forum for questions
No matter what type of an Office suite you use, the
basics of word processing are the same. Let's see what
we can do with our word processor wither it is
Microsoft, Google Docs, LibreOffice, OpenOffice or one of the
many other choices. Bring your questions and learn some
basics you can use right away.
We have probably heard the term, but may not know what
it is all about. We will take a look at some blogs and
even learn how to create one for free. No prior
experience needed to make one or to post new items to
eBay is a great place for finding bargains, but it is
also a good way to pick up some extra cash by selling
some of those items that have been hanging around the
house for years. Learn how to post an item, how to
receive payment safely, and how to ship your items.
No experience necessary. And you do not need to be a
math wiz or an accountant. Find out why a spreadsheet
could be useful to you. No need to have Excel on your
computer. There are a number free options to obtaining
the software needed to take advantage of spreadsheets.
Being able to talk the computer to execute commands and
let it type what you say. Also letting the computer read
what is on the screen to you or even read an article or
a book. All using Windows and Word.
Creating presentations using PowerPoint, OpenOffice, and
G-drive. Learn how to build a presentation, the basics,
and more. Create a slide show of your pictures. Include
videos. Animate slides and more.
How can we get those old cassette tapes transferred to a
CD.DVD? And while we are at it, what about those old
home movies we have recorded on VHS tapes? Can we get
those onto a CD/DVD as well? Can we easily put those old
picture albums on CD/DVD as well?
This week we will cover a few practical things like
understanding email a little more. Should I have a
battery backup? What use is it? Why backup my computer
if I never save anything on it? Should I still be
running AOL? Create and broadcast your own internet
We talk a lot about the cloud and the apps that can be
both run in the cloud or the ones that are freely
downloaded to our computer. But what about the one that
are already on our computer, the one that are included
within the Windows package? Whether you have XP, Vista,
7,or 8 there are a number of places you may never have
Social networking is the grouping of individuals into
specific groups, like small rural communities or a
neighborhood subdivision, if you will. Although social
networking is possible in person, especially in the
workplace, universities, and high schools, it is most
popular online. We will discuss the six most popular
ones: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn,
Instagram, and Pinterest. Most of the time will spent on
Facebook -- why you should use it and how to use it
It is getting near to that time of year.
And I mean the sending of Thanksgiving, Christmas,
Chanukah, as well as other types of cards to family and
friends. Why not use our computers to generate the cards
and even send some by email to save postage? I will have a printer at the class so we
can see the results.
Hands on demonstration of EaseUS backup creating an
image of a computer. Also a look at a couple of Cloud
Backups to run in between image creations. Will also
demonstrate the maintenance tools used to keep a
computer clean and running fast.
Will be looking at Excel Tips and Tricks for the
first hour. You will be surprised what you can do with
Excel even if you have never looked at it. And you will
pick up a few new tricks even if you have been using it
for years. It will be a fun time for all. Join us!
We have had a few suggestions for this weeks class. They
are all regarding some topics we have already covered
over the past few months. But that is fine as many
missed those sessions or even still have questions about
them. So plan on getting more into Facebook, Blogs,
Resizing Photos, and AntiVirus Options. It should be a
fun couple of hours. Come with your questions on the
above topics or anything else and we will answer them as
best we can.
How do we use these CD/DVD drives we have on our
computers. What are these CD-R and CD-RW designations
all about? How can we backup some of our stuff to CD's
(or DVD's). Can we copy a CD or DVD? Will the CD I make
work in my CD player?