Things to do while quarantined

Things to do while quarantined or just avoiding contact with others The Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that gatherings and events that consist of at least 50 people be canceled or postponed throughout the United States. Many of my friends are quarantined, self-quarantined, or just worried about going out and being around other people. So, what is one to do with all of the major sports also on hold? I have some suggestions. Backup your computers Organize your digital photos Read the manual for your smartphone…

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It’s Time to Hold Your Meetings Online

It’s Time to Hold Your Meetings Online By Hewie Poplock March 13, 2020 Like most members of Computer & Technology User Groups, I am in the high-risk group for coronavirus COVID-19. Many user groups are losing meeting places due to the disease. All clubs have many members who are reluctant to attend meetings. Since we are technology users, whether beginners or gurus, there are ways for our groups to serve the members. Many groups have already used Zoom to have APCUG Speakers’ Bureau presentations. Skype is another service for remote…

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Phishing email

Yesterday I received an email from Amazon that said that my Amazon Prime account was on hold. I had just received a notice from my credit card company that I was getting a new number because my card was in a recent breach. It made sense. However, instead of clicking on anything in the email, I went to my Amazon account. There were no notices and my Prime Account did not expire for several months. So I examined the email and have noted several clues that it was a phishing…

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If It Sounds Too Good To Be True

As everyone gets ready to eat turkey or ham for the holidays, I get to eat crow! A few months ago a friend shared an ad that had several types of 1 or 2 Terabyte USB sticks for the ridiculously low price of about $10. They would be shipped directly from China. He stated that he received his and after checking them out, he found that they were free of viruses or malware and were showing that they were the stated size.  I ordered 3 different styles to get the total past the threshold for free shipping….

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Pluto TV

Pluto TV keeps adding more & more channels. They just added 9 more in the past week. The channels are free & so is the service. If you have a SmartTV, a Roku, FireStick, or another streaming device, just add the app to your device. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, add the PlutoTV app. If you have none of those, just go to pluto.tv in your browser & watch many TV channels & many movies for free. http://pluto.tv/

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Buying My New Chromebook

Do we get her a new Chromebook or get me a more state-of-the-art Chromebook and give Robin the Acer? My wants included some specific items that run the costs up. I want a minimum of 4GB of RAM, but desire 8GB. I want a minimum of 64GB of storage but prefer 128GB or more. I want a backlit keyboard, a touch screen, an HDMI port, some USB ports, a 13-inch screen or less, 1920×1080 screen resolution, and the screen to fold back into a tablet. Oh, and I want the price to be reasonable. Since there are no models that fit my demands, I had to search for the closest fit.

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Create Flyers & Posters Quickly & Easily

Every organization, whether it is a volunteer group or a commercial one, needs an artistic person to create flyers and posters to promote an event or the organization itself. Previously, there was at least one member of a group or a company employee who was given the task and perhaps it was their only job. Times have changed. Getting volunteers to do anything is a chore. In the business world, creativity becomes part of 1 person’s job and may not be related to the rest of that person’s duties. Creativity…

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SpaceX launching 60 satellites in first test of Starlink

SpaceX (Elon Musk) recently received approval from the FCC to launch 4,425 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network to sell home Internet. There will be an important test this Wednesday. According to a Musk Tweet, “Much will likely go wrong on this 1st mission.” Also, 6 more launches of 60 sats are needed for minor coverage, 12 for moderate. There will be more details on the day of launch, currently tracking to Wednesday. They are production design because they are not like the Tintin ones but…

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Manatee County (FL) Library System now offers Lynda.com.

When I first moved to Manatee County almost 5 years ago, I was disappointed that the Library System did not offer Lynda.com tutorials online. Both the Seminole County (FL) and Orange County (FL) Libraries began to offer the service just before I moved from that area. Lynda.com, which is now a part of LinkedIn, is an online library of unlimited on-demand instructional videos covering a wide range of software, creative programs, productivity, design, and business skills. You watch at your own pace to learn new skills and technologies. You can…

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Colorize Black and White Photos

I have a lot of old black & white photos that I scanned. If I were an expert in Photoshop I might be able to add color after a lot of time and painstaking detail. I found a website and demonstrated it at the February 2019 WinSIG meeting that colorizes photos in seconds.

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