Month: October 2013

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do

Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using voice to command a device is also partly to blame. Users often assume Siri isn’t good for much more than finding directions or calling contacts.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a ton of functions and features packed into Siri and, once you learn how to use them, you may be surprised how much you can accomplish without ever touching your phone.

Here are ten lesser-known commands.

Do More With Siri Using The New iOS 7 Siri Commands

If you find yourself fumbling with your iPhone to make a simple phone call, locate and launch an app, set a reminder or wake-up alarm then you’re probably not using Siri enough. If you still don’t know about Siri or you’re new to the iPhone or iPad, Siri allows you to issue voice commands on your device, saving you the trouble of all the tapping, typing, and searching by hand.

Siri was first introduced with iOS 5, back in 2010. We have covered what you can do with Siri, from calling people and making restaurant reservations to dictating messages and notes using the voice to text feature. In this article I highlight some of the new commands in the iOS 7 version of Siri, as well as suggest some tips for getting the most out of the feature.

10 best features of Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander) is about to hit the streets, but not without much controversy and drama following behind in its wake. In fact, never before has their been a distribution release so mired in upset. Beginning with the choice to move away from the Wayland X server to a Ubuntu-specific Mir server to the inclusion of Smart Scopes, Ubuntu 13.10 couldn’t catch a break. However, after using the release candidate for a while now, I’m here to say Ubuntu 13.10 enjoys more polish than any current Linux release. Outside of the many bug fixes and updates, I can give you ten reasons to like the latest version.

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Windows 8 Upgrade ALERT

For those members who received the Windows 8 upgrade there is a possible problem.  I just discovered that due to our Volume License we are unable to do a normal update to Windows 8.1.  It may take another installation disk to accomplish the update.  I am trying to contact M/S to clarify how we proceed.

So, if you have not yet installed the Win 8 upgrade, please hold off untill I get a resolution.  If you have done the installation, do not try to find the 8.1 update.

I will get back as soon as I have some more definite answers.

Gary Bigger

Five free alternative web browsers for Windows

Considering that the World Wide Web is such an important part of our lives, using the right browser to service our needs is one of the most important components for using the Internet. Aside from the standard fare of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, there are other alternative web browsers that deserve a fair look. Some of them are based on pre-existing major browser projects like Chromium, while others strive for a purist “from scratch” approach. For the Windows platform, here are five solid alternative choices to the browser scene.

Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s

This is a great visual display of the photos of old computers.  You’ve got to go to the link (at the bottom of this post) and look through them all…

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MSAI 8080

During the disco days of the 1970s, personal computers moved out of the electronic hobbyist’s garage or basement and into the office, classroom, and family den. This gallery showcases several 1970-era machines from Steven Stengel’s vintage computer collection. Steven has graciously allowed us to republish his photos and descriptions. You can find a much more detailed description of each machine and additional photos of Steven’s collection on his Web site

MSAI 8080

Built by IMS Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California, the IMSAI 8080 is one of the first consumer computers available.

Five apps for screen capture in Windows

The ability to combine written words with pictures or videos helps convey the exact message you are looking to present. For instance, if you are working on a software user’s guide, screenshots can show your clients exactly what you mean in a particular context. Although the Windows Snipping utility that comes bundled in Windows since Vista might qualify and work fine for your needs, you might also be looking for features like extra editing functionality and recording capabilities. Here are five apps that act as proper extensions of any basic screen capture system.

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Don’t move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive

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Summary: If you’re a Windows power user, you probably have a collection of favorite tweaks to make the OS run faster and work better. If one of those tips involves moving the default user profiles folder, you’re setting yourself up for heartache, as several Windows 8.1 upgraders have found out the hard way.

Windows enthusiasts just love to tweak their systems.

Through the years, the Windows community has built up an impressive body of tips and tricks designed to squeeze extra performance out of a stock installation of Windows. Unfortunately, some of those tweak have unintended consequences.

This week, as I was corresponding with early adopters of Windows 8.1, I ran into a perfect example of a tweak you shouldn’t make. A reader posted this comment in the Talkback section of another post and, for good measure, emailed it to me as well:

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With the release of iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5s and 5c models last week, developers have been releasing updates to optimize their apps to take advantage of new features and technologies in each. If you upgraded to iOS 7 or got a shiny new iPhone, here are a few links you’ll find useful:

When iOS 7 was first revealed in June, Apple had announced that it would include support for game controllers made under the company’s MFi (Made for iPhone) program. These controllers are coming (Logitech will be releasing one and so will Clamcase) and some games have already been updated to work with Apple’s published specs for them. You can find them here.

All of these search links are live in that they reflect the most recent changes to apps as of the moment you click on them. They search the “what’s new” field in each app’s description so there is a margin of error there if a developer has mentioned any of these key words there but hasn’t actually updated their app accordingly, so heads up.

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