One of the benefits of the reorientation of IT toward the consumer is that hardware and services are now refreshed on an annual cycle, with major releases coming just in time for the holiday shopping season and right in the middle of budgeting for next year for companies on a calendar-based fiscal year. Here’s a quick review of what’s new in tablets and what I’m still waiting for.
The headliner on the tablet front is usually Apple’s iPad, and the company recently released an anticipated refresh to its iPad and iPad mini lines. The refresh follows the track record of a post-Jobs Apple, with most details leaking in advance of the announcement and incremental improvements to the hardware rather than major changes.
I received a letter from Adobe letting me know that my email address and encrypted Adobe password were found in the list of stolen Adobe accounts. Adobe sent an email to me with instructions on how to obtain my Adobe password as well as everyone else’s password hint who used the same password. They strongly recommend
On the outside, the Surface 2 may look like its predecessor, the Surface RT. But Microsoft dramatically changed the tablet’s internal design. And in doing so, made it a real pain to crack open and repair.
Formatting is an overlooked skill when it comes to Excel. It is essential for communicating results clearly and powerfully.
By Carlo Pandian
Most Excel users would probably agree that the program is a godsend when it comes to creating spreadsheets, yet the results can often be boring to look at. Thankfully, Excel also provides the tools to make your spreadsheets look polished, professional, and pleasing to the eye. Chris Littlewood is Strategy & Research Director at Filtered, an online learning platform for Excel, and he says that “formatting is an overlooked skill when it comes to Excel. This is a shame because it’s essential not only to communicating results clearly and powerfully, but also to reducing the risk of error. Consistent and meaningful formatting makes formulas more comprehensible and bugs more apparent
Don’t forget Tuesday at 11:30 is Lunch Bunch. We meet the 4th Tuesday every month at the El Sharape Mexican restaurant. The address is 1200 Cooper Point Road. Discussion is open to any subject. It does not have to be computer related. Just eat and talk. See you there.
CryptoLocker: The Worst Malware / Ransomware Ever? – Jim Evans, Greater Cleveland PCUG. User groups, are you educating your members about the CryptoLocker ransomware? This is malware that when it infects a computer, it starts encrypting every document, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, graphic and photo file it can find. Once everything is encrypted, the malware posts a ransom notice demanding money. Member group, The Greater Cleveland PC Users Group has created a special CryptoLocker page at http://bit.ly/GCPCUG-CryptoLocker and updates it regularly with articles, software, tips and video links.
Virtual Technology Conference – Another successful Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held on 11/02. We had close to 50 attendees in every presentation.
Has your group used a VTC presentation at a meeting? Many groups are; they come in quite handy when you find, at the last minute, that your speaker can’t be there or even when you unexpectedly have a no show. You will find the latest VTC videos on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.
There are also links to the videos from http://bit.ly/APCUG-2013-Fall-VTC plus a copy of the presentation PPT and/or handout. The videos can be played back in HD video (depending on your bandwidth) and full screen. Use the controls at the bottom right corner of the video when you play them.
We have been asked about how to download YouTube videos since some groups don’t have a fast Internet connection or any access at all. Jim Evans posted information for Firefox and Chrome on APCUG’s website at http://apcug2.org/content/download-youtube-videos
SAVE THE DATES! 2014 Virtual Technology Conference Dates – February 22, May 3, August 16, November 1. We’ve heard from several groups who meet on the 1st Saturday of the month and they asked if we could have VTC’s on an alternate Saturday: February 22 is the 4th Saturday and August 16 is the 3rd Saturday.
rjmarvin writes “A new surge of callers posing predominately as Microsoft technicians are attempting and sometimes succeeding in scamming customers, convincing them their PCs are infected and directing them to install malware-ridden software or give the callers remote access to the computer. The fraudsters also solicit payment for the fake services rendered. This comes only a year after the FTC cracked down on fake tech support calls, charging six scam operators last October.”
The Olympia Microcomputer Users Group (OMUG) is an volunteer, non-profit organization proudly serving the needs of the computer user community in the south Puget Sound area of western Washington since 1986. We now spend time on other devices as well as basic computers.