Month: February 2015

Windows 365 will be Windows, plus a little bit more

The Windows 365 trademark suggests that a subscription model is on the horizon, but if it’s anything like Office 365, you’ll get more than just the Windows OS for your money.

There’s been rumor and speculation about Microsoft switching the Windows operating system to a subscription-based model since it launched Office 365. When Microsoft unveiled the latest preview build of Windows 10, executives referred to it as Windows-as-a-Service. Now, Microsoft has all but confirmed that some sort of subscription model is coming, since it trademarked Windows 365. Some customers are vehemently opposed, but before you freak out, let’s back up a step and consider what a Windows 365 subscription might entail.

I’ll start by saying that I’m almost positive that there’ll be a subscription-based model for the Windows operating system. I know that doesn’t exactly rank me up there with Nostradamus. The only reason I bother putting that out is because of my next statement: I’m almost positive that you’ll still be able to buy the Windows operating system the old-fashioned way as well. The combination of giving away Windows 10 for the first year and acquiring the Windows 365 trademark is not an indication of some evil conspiracy by Microsoft to force everyone to pay a monthly fee to use Windows.

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How To Set Program Access & Computer Defaults In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

In other articles we talked about how to set your default programs for various activities, using the “Set Default Programs” panel and the list of programs that Windows puts in that panel. However, that’s not your only option when you want to set defaults. In this article we’ll tell you about the other options you have for setting default programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How To Find The List Of Default Programs In Windows 7

In Windows 7, open the Control Panel and choose “Programs -> Default programs-> Set program access and computer defaults”. You will need to be logged in as administrator. You can also type default into the Start Menu search box, for faster access.

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SD Card Choices

Greater Performance Choices

There are wide discrepancies in memory card transmission speeds depending on the SD memory card manufacturer and brand. Varying speeds make it difficult to determine which card will provide reliable recording of streaming content. Recording video require a constant minimum write speed to ensure a smooth playback. The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability. There are two kinds of speed indications regarding SD bus generation:”

More at the like above.

I like to play with video, so I use this card for my stuff.–SDSDQXN-064G-G46A-Version/dp/B00M55BS36/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1424789742&sr=1-8&keywords=class+10+micro+sd+card


When I used an older 64 (the black one) my device said that it was slow……………and I would have better performance from an better card.

So far, I’ve been real happy with it.


How To Import Pictures & Videos From A Camera Using Photo Gallery

If you are the type of person that always has his camera ready for that perfect candid photo, Photo Gallery may become one of your favorite tools. It allows you to import and arrange your photos, do minor edits and share them with friends. It even has some advanced functions that allow you to combine multiple photos in interesting ways. However, in this tutorial, we will first demonstrate how to use Photo Gallery to import pictures and videos to your Windows computers and devices, from just about any digital device: digital cameras, smartphones and memory cards.

NOTE: It’s worth nothing that while most of this tutorial deals with images, Photo Gallery can handle importing videos as well as photos. You can use this application to import pictures and videos from all kinds of devices, not only digital cameras. The procedures detailed in this guide apply also to smartphones and memory cards.

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How to remove the dangerous Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo PCs

Lenovo’s been caught going a bit too far in its quest for bloatware money, and the results have put its users at risk. The company has been preloading Superfish, a “visual search” tool that includes adware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014. Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake.

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How To Customize The AutoPlay Settings In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

You’ve probably noticed that every time you insert some kind of media (a flash drive, CD or DVD), an AutoPlay window is shown with several options for you to pick from. If you would like to configure how AutoPlay works, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, this guide will show how:

Where to Find the AutoPlay Settings in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

There are different ways of getting to the AutoPlay control window. One way that works both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is to open the Control Panel. Then, choose Hardware and Sound, then AutoPlay.


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How to add an index to a Word document using index tags

Susan Harkins explains how to add an index to a Word document using index tags.

A document’s table of contents is predictable and generally reliable. An index, on the other hand, can be helpful or disappointing, because the creation process isn’t as established. There are few rules to determine what an author should or shouldn’t include in an index. Too many or too few entries will confuse and frustrate your reader. In this article, we’ll discuss the process for generating a helpful index in Word and some of the choices you’ll need to make when deciding what goes in and what doesn’t.

When working through the indexing example, you can use any document — or you can download the example .docx or .doc file. Figures and instructions are in Word 2010, but you should have no problem applying instructions to Word 2003 through 2013.

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Say good-bye to the Charms Bar on the Windows 10 desktop

Greg Shultz takes a look at where the controls that used to appear on the Charms Bar have gone in Windows 10.

In Windows 8.1, the Charms Bar consists of a set of five icons — titled Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings — that provide you with access to a host of controls. However, when I first began using Windows 8 back in September of 2011, I must admit that I found the Charms Bar pretty confusing. Not only did it have a funky name, but it popped out when I was going to use other normal Windows user interface options. It popped out when I moved my mouse over to the top right corner to go for the Close button on an application. It popped out when I moved my mouse over to the bottom right corner to go for the Show Desktop. Furthermore, it contained a weird set of icons that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I’m sure many of you reading this had the same experience with the Charms Bar when you first encountered it.

As time went on, and I began using Windows 8 on a regular basis, I started using some of the features on the Charms Bar. Of course, from the desktop, I began to use it to access the Power button to shut down and restart Windows. I used it from the desktop to access PC Settings and Search. I even used it to access the new fangled Share feature. I also began to use the Charms Bar from within certain Windows Store apps to access and configure settings and other options. To make a long story short, I began to depend on the Charms Bar for certain things.

When Windows 8.1 came out and Microsoft began to de-emphasize the touch interface for desktop users, I eventually went to the Navigation tab of the new Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog and disabled the upper right corner Charms access. I still hated bumping into the Charms bar when I went to close a window. By that time, I had primarily begun accessing the Charms Bar from the bottom right corner anyway.

Then, Windows 10 arrived on the scene, and the user interface again took some dramatic turns. The new Start Menu/Start Screen hybrid took up most of my attention, but I knew that something else had changed. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but eventually, I realized that the Charms Bar was gone.

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Mac vs. Windows incompatibility achieves irrelevance

The days when business users needed to worry a Mac might prove incompatible with colleague’s Windows systems are over. Erik Eckel explains.

Pumping diesel fuel into a vehicle requiring unleaded gasoline makes what most would describe as a first-class mess. Fortunately, diesel fuel dispenser nozzles are sized to help prevent accidental insertion within an unleaded fuel tank. Surprisingly, some businesses still believe Macs are as incompatible with Windows systems as diesel fuel is with unleaded.

The popularity of cloud-based computing, in which business professionals largely only need internet access to a web-based application using the Safari, Firefox, or Chrome Web browsers, combined with Microsoft’s continued Office productivity suite support for OS X and even iOS, essentially eliminates incompatibilities. In cases where organizations prove dependent upon a Windows-based application — a scenario increasingly unlikely, thanks to many such application providers offering platform-independent cloud-based computing options — Mac users can always load VMware Fusion (or Parallels Desktop for Mac) and run Windows within OS X.

The majority of computer users have largely made Microsoft’s Office productivity tools the de facto standard. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint essentially rule the document, spreadsheet, and presentation worlds. Now that Microsoft supports OS X (and iOS) with its Office 365 licensing subscriptions, and the Windows and Mac versions encounter little trouble when sharing files between platforms, Mac users needn’t worry that Windows colleagues will send files they can’t read, import, edit, change, and otherwise send back. Office productivity compatibilities have essentially been eliminated.

Even if a Windows user seeking to migrate to using a Mac is dependent upon Microsoft Access, Project, or Publisher, those applications can be obtained from Microsoft and installed and run within a virtual machine. In the past, VMs were a chore to set up and administer. However, virtualization software advancements make creating new VMs a breeze — plus faster Macs (solid state disks, in particular) and improved efficiencies within OS X dramatically improve performance.

Popular cloud-based storage services, including Box and DropBox, now support the Mac platform, as do automated backup offerings from Carbonite and Mozy. Even Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud-managed file storage solution now supports Macs and iOS devices.

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