Month: August 2014

Five apps to get your new Android device off on the right foot

You finally purchased that new Android device you’ve had your eye on. Now it stares back at you, waiting for you to give it a task. You’ve connected it to your Google Account, so all your Gmail messages, Google Calendar items, and Contacts are in sync. Where do you go from here?

Naturally, that depends upon the intended use of the device. But certain applications will come in handy no matter how you plan to use the device. Here are five tools that should be among the first you install. These applications range in scope, but each offers a solid solution to help you get your work done.

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Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don’t Need

Windows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It’s the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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What Is The Cloud?

cloud-smThe Cloud. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot these days – so much so that its definition seems to have been diluted over the years. What is the cloud, exactly? Why does it matter if we know about it? And what does it mean for us?

Don’t be intimidated by the jargon. At first glance, phrases like hybrid cloud and acronyms like SaaS might seem like alien talk, but I promise you that they’re actually quite simple. Keep reading and I’ll prove it to you.

  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cloud-2/

Free Movies and Movie Reading Programs

1. there is a movie site tied in through the library called Hoopla.
https://www.hoopladigital.com

go to the Library site, and it should be listed.

I use my library card to get free movies there.

2. Overdrive (library too) leads to free books and apparently free movies…

3. VLC:  a program for viewing films without the DVD.

This is where I found the program (s) that worked well for me:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

If you have a DVD movie, and save it to your computer, then you can view the movie on your computer without the DVD.

 

Windows users are open-source people too

While it’s easy to fall into a Microsoft vs. open-source world view, the reality is that most open-source projects should be doing more to support the Windows users among us.

It’s easy to forget about Windows. Despite claiming more than 50% of the server market,according to IDC data, it’s Linux that keeps stealing the headlines… and open-source developers’ affection.

And yet, look beneath the covers of most successful enterprise open-source projects, and many companies choose to run their open-source software on Windows. We may have a serious disconnect between open-source ideology and a more pragmatic need to “get stuff done.”

But that disconnect shouldn’t blind open-source developers to the need to support Windows.

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How to Post Google Docs as a Web Page via Google Drive

Google Drive has a convenient but often overlooked feature that can make your life easier if your collaborating in business, a teacher, or need to share a document with multiple people. Instead of worrying about inviting everyone or managing rights, it has a feature to publish a document as a web page.

For this tutorial I am going to use a simple word document. But this allows you to easily share documents and presentations with a URL, too.

Publish a Google Doc as a Web Page

Log in to your Google account and create a document or browse to the one you want to publish as a web page on Google Drive. Then click File > Publish to the web.

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Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update

Computerworld – Although Microsoft has pulled a patch from Windows Update that crippled some computers, it is still pushing a truncated version of the security update that contained the flawed fix.

The update, identified as MS14-045 and one of nine released on “Patch Tuesday,” Aug. 12, addressed three separate vulnerabilities, including one related to a font bug and another in the Windows kernel, the heart of the operating system.

Within hours of its release, however, users reported that MS14-045 had generated a Stop 0x50 error on some systems, notably on Windows 7 PCs running the 64-bit version of the OS. They were unable to start up their PCs and typical repair techniques, like booting into Windows’ Safe Mode, wouldn’t work, some reported.

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When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It

The recent Windows 8.1 August Update blindsided many users with issues. Some experienced BSODs or black screens, while others found themselves stuck in an infinite reboot loop.

If you’ve been negatively affected by a Windows Update, here’s a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state.

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X to Close: The origins of the use of [x] in UI design

X’s are everywhere in user interface (UI) design. A powerful symbol, [x] is capable of closing windows and popups, toolbars and tabs and anything else that might otherwise be cluttering up your screen.

Clicking on [x] to close a feature has become an instinctual part of using a computer and a standard in web and software design. Although it may seem like the ubiquitous [x] has always been a part of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), a quick jaunt through the history of GUIs reveals that this actually isn’t the case.

So where and when did the [x] first enter into the UI lexicon?

https://medium.com/re-form/x-to-close-417936dfc0dc

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