Month: October 2014

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review

Every once in a while, a gadget completely resets the curve. Once I started wearing good, expensive headphones, I suddenly couldn’t even tolerate Apple’s EarPods anymore. When I first grabbed my friend’s BlackBerry because I needed to answer an email, I knew instantly I wasn’t going back to texting with T9. I drove an Audi and never looked at my Saturn the same way again. Remember the first time you used a capacitive touchscreen, threw your 56k modem out the window and switched to broadband, or switched from standard-def TV to 1080p?

It only took about ten minutes of using Apple’s new iMac with Retina display to make me wonder how I’m ever supposed to go back. Back to a world where pixels are visible on any screen, even one this big. Back to only having enough screen space to do two things at a time. Back to dropped frames, spinning wheels, and waiting for files to copy from one place to another.

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How to choose just the right all-in-one computer for you

Windows-based all-in-one PCs once earned little respect. While most of today’s AIOs still lack the graphics horsepower for hard-core gaming (we’ll show you one exception), the best models are far removed from the 98-pound weaklings of yore.
Many AIOs use laptop parts, which minimize heat, power consumption, and the need for noisy cooling fans. If you crave more performance, pick a model that uses desktop components (the ones we’ve tested are still relatively quiet). Either way, everything—the CPU, memory, storage, and optical drive—is housed in the same unit as the display, so the computer’s footprint equals that of a monitor. And since most all-in-ones ship with a Wi-Fi adapter as well as a wireless mouse and keyboard, the only cable they require is a power cord.
All-in-one specifications are a blend of what you’ll find in conventional desktop systems and laptop PCs. The thinnest and most compact systems are almost completely built around the same power-efficient technology as laptops.
Here’s our checklist of specs to look for when you go shopping for your all-in-one, followed by some tips and recommendations:

How To Really Speed Up Your Computer – Common Myths & What To Do Instead

You might have noticed that your computer has never been as fast as it was when you first got it. But do you know why our devices slow down over time? Many of us have a number of misconceptions about sluggish PCs, so let’s crack these open and find out how to actually speed things up.

There are myths about slow computers that still get rehashed to this day: keeping too many files slows your machine down; you need to buy as much RAM as possible; viruses are designed to make everything run sluggish. In actuality, these statements aren’t true. Although they do have nuggets of truth contained within, it’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Common Myths discussed

The Best 5 Free Alternatives To The Sound Recorder

Windows provides an application called Sound Recorder. It is rather simplistic and it doesn’t offer any sound editing features. Also, in Windows 8.1 you will find a touch version of this program which has another downside: the recording pauses automatically if you minimize the app. This can be a real annoyance and you will want to use a better program for recording sound. To help you out, we quickly tested some free sound recorders for Windows and now we would like to present the best that we could find.

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3 Useful Tips & Tricks For Using Sticky Notes

If you are using Sticky Notes for quick note taking on a regular basis, we would like to help you take things to the next level and show a few advanced techniques for working with Sticky Notes. In this article we’ll show you how to restore the delete dialogue box if you have set it to be hidden, how to backup your notes and how to copy text from other applications to Sticky Notes while maintaining the formatting.

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6 Ways To Add More Storage Space To Your OneDrive

Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the best cloud storage services. It offers its users 15 GB of free storage space right from the start. However, this is what you get just by signing up. More space can be added through various methods and some of them do not imply any costs. In this article we will point them all out for you. Well, at least the ones we know of.

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OneDrive At The Core Of The Windows 8.1 Experience – What Does it Mean?

In Windows 8.1, you don’t need to install a desktop client for OneDrive, nor any app from the Store, like you do in Windows 8 or Windows 7. OneDrive is now part of the operating system and sits at the center of your computing experience. What does this mean and what are the consequences of this strong integration? Let’s find out in this overview:

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APCUG 4th Quarter Report

To: APCUG Region  11​

​Member Group Officers

Your copy of the 2014 Q4  Report

You will find information about APCUG’s 2015 annual conference to be held in Las Vegas in September, as well as the FACUG mini-conference in January, the Arizona Computer Technology Conference in February, and the Southwest Technology & Computer Conference in June.

November brings the 2014 election process to APCUG. Please read the information about those who are running for office. A ballot will be sent to both your President & APCUG Rep — please vote — one vote per group.

The Region articles will give you several ideas for meetings; the Ideas for You and Your User Group will give you even more ideas. Advisors put their region articles together from information in your newsletters and/or websites. If your advisor isn’t on your group’s newsletter distribution list, please add him/her. Have you taken a look at your website? Does it have up-to-date meeting information, etc. that will entice visitors to attend your meetings and make it easy for your advisor to include your group in Reports? Many of them don’t.

November also brings us the Don Singleton Volunteer of the Year competition — don’t forget to read about it and nominate one of your special volunteers. More information will reach your Inbox in early November.

And, the Early Bird Dues Renewal runs through December 31. Maybe your group will be one of three that wins an eReader.

Don’t forget to check out the Benefits of Membership list

Judy Taylour, Advisor

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Want Windows 10 Features? Buy A Mac Today!

Windows 10 looks exciting. It reintroduces real desktop search, includes multiple desktops and adds a start menu with live tile “widgets”.

Unfortunately it’s not scheduled for release until the middle of 2015 at the earliest, but Microsoft fans need not worry. You can have all these features and more right now if you swallow your pride and buy a Mac instead.

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