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Buying A New TV Or PC? Avoid Showroom Tricks That Cost You Money

Wondering why your HD TV isn’t producing images as good as in the store, or baffled you’re your expensive new computer isn’t as fast as advertised? The truth is, special techniques and tricks are used to persuade you to part with your money for hardware that you might have avoided under other circumstances.

One of my pet hates is shopping in a consumer electronics store. Over the years I’ve become more and more resistant to their tactics and approaches, thanks mainly, I think, to the realisation that they haven’t been entirely honest with me.

Throw in some experience working at a major electronics retailer in the late 1990s (where I picked up a few tips and tricks concerning customer-facing roles) and it seems apparent that what we experience in these stores is pretty much theatre.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/buying-a-new-tv-or-pc-avoid-showroom-tricks-that-cost-you-money/

8 Creative Uses for Google’s Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast, which was announced last July, came into a crowded scene of gadgets that let you watch web-content on your TV. From the Roku to Smart TVs, there are lots of ways to get online videos onto your TV screen. What’s really cool about the Chromecast is that it goes far beyond just letting you watch online videos on your TV.

With the ability to cast any tab from your Chrome browser onto your TV, or even cast your entire desktop, the Google Chromecast becomes more than just a way to watch online videos on your TV – it becomes an incredibly productive and exciting tool. We’ve come up with 8 unique uses for Google’s Chromecast. Read on to find out just how you can make even more use of your Chromecast.

If you have yet to purchase a Chromecast, find out if its the right fit for you by reading our in-depth review. And don’t forget with the holiday season coming up, it makes a great geek gift for under $50.

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Six lessons from 2013 that the iPad, Android, and Surface 2 could learn from each other

The year 2013 was a big one for tablets, because they finally usurped laptops as the go-to mobile tool for business users. During that time, Apple, Android, and Microsoft jockeyed to get their products into the enterprise. Each platform experienced successes and failures — some big and some small — and there are definitely lessons here that can be learned. That’s right, all three platforms should turn an eye toward one another and educate themselves on how best to move forward with their products. In the end, however, the results could be a complete game changer for one or more of the platforms.

Let’s examine each platform to find out what they can learn from their competition.

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6 Things You Can Prepare For Internet Downtime

The Internet’s down, everybody panic! If you’ve ever said that, out loud, maybe it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for outages.

Web-based services are awesome, but largely impossible to use if your Internet connection goes down. You should plan to be ready next time.

With a little preparation, even people who use web apps for just about everything can be ready to be reasonably productive during outages. Here are a few things to think about now so you’ll be ready later.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-things-you-can-prepare-for-internet-downtime/?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=2012-12-11

What Everybody Ought to Know About Dealing With Email Spam

Here’s one more reason for everyone to hate Mondays. They’re supposedly the busiest days for email spam, that frustrating stream of unsolicited emails about weight loss, Viagra, million-dollar lotteries, and what not.

It might be next to impossible to stop spam completely, but it’s certainly possible to reduce its flow to a trickle. We have already covered ways to tackle Facebook spam ,Twitter spam, and spam from friends. In this post, we’ll tell you how to control email spam.

Unfortunately, the option to stop unwanted emails from piling up in your inbox is not available as a one-click solution. It is more of a bunch of different measures that you can take as part of your Web usage. We have outlined some of the important ones below.

The complete article is below.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-dealing-with-email-spam/

Take a look at two great features in Windows 8.1

While I didn’t particularly care for the concept of combining the tablet user interface with the desktop user interface when Windows 8 came out, I have to admit that after using Windows 8.1 for the last couple of months, I think I’m starting to come around. I’m not sure if my resolve is simply giving way to the inevitable fact that Microsoft isn’t going to give up on the combined user interface or whether the changes that they made in this iteration of Windows 8 are really an improvement on the concept. I guess I have to say that it is a little of both.

Now don’t think that I’ve completely fallen under their spell. I still feel that the complete removal of the old Start menu from Windows 8 was a travesty and that return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1 is a halfhearted effort. But, since I am still a fervent user of Start Menu Reviver, which I enthusiastically endorsed last summer in my article The Windows 8 Start Menu reimagined and reinvigorated, I have been able to overlook this sleight of hand and really begin to appreciate some of the other enhancements in Windows 8.1 – namely the new Start Screen and the new Snap feature that allows you to have more than two modern apps open on the screen at one time.

In this article, I’ll take a closer look at these new Windows 8.1 features and discuss why I like them.

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Adobe Password Security

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

  1. Visit www.adobe.com/go/passwordreset to change your Adobe password.
  2. Check if you have re-used your Adobe password or username on any other websites and if so, change those passwords as well.

The LastPass security challenge can assist you in doing so.

  1. Enter your Adobe account email address below to find out if your personal information was leaked.  If we find that your information was leaked, the we’ll show you your Adobe password hint.
  2. Check if your Adobe password hint lowers the strength of any passwords you have to any websites you use.  If so, change those passwords too.

My recommendation as well…always keep an eye on your banking statements, credit card charges, etc. Glenda Reed

Tuesday, Nov 26:Lunch Bunch at 11:30

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.

There will be no Lunch Bunch in December.

Don’t forget our Holiday Party on December 12.

 OMUG Annual Holiday Dinner

Save the Date !

OMUG Annual Holiday Dinner is December 12,

 5:30 pm.

The dinner will be at Izzy’s and Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan will be entertaining us again this year with music and songs.

This is a fun event you do not want to miss.

The sign up sheet is listed below:

Sign up here

Gary

OMUG 2017