WorldStart Tech Tips 2015-11-27
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In The News 11-27-2015
Google Relaunches Google +
Google + was supposed to be a Facebook killer, but despite mandatory membership (you had to have an account to access many Google services), it never did catch on. Now, Google is relaunching the service dividing it into two parts, “Communities” and “Collections.”
Communities are simply groups that bring together folks with similar interest like literature or a hobby to talk about that subject. Collections pull together content aimed at a special interests. Google recently broke off Google +’s most popular feature, Photos, and also no longer requires that you sign up to use You Tube.
Facebook Wants To Help You Break Up
Forget calling your friends, Facebook is here for you in your time of need after a breakup. The company is introducing a new set of tools to help you call it quits. If you switch your status to single, you’ll be offered the chance to make some changes to your profile.
If you’re still friends with the ex, it will offer to let you see less of that person. You can also limit which of your posts your former honey can see and change your privacy setting if you choose. You’ll also be able to go back and untag yourself from that persons posts and photos.
Windows Turns 30
The Windows operating system has not turned 30 years old. While it was announced in 1983, it didn’t ship until late November of 1985.
It included familiar features like file manager, calendar, notepad, calculator and clock, Paint and Write, plus the Reversi game. It wasn’t cheap either. It was $99, the equivalent of $221 today, which is roughly what Windows 10 pro would cost you today, if you aren’t eligible for the free upgrade.
Have you EVER said to yourself: "Boy, I wish I knew what to do with all these USB ports!"
Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) is always on the hunt for more USB ports. They're one of the most popular pieces of real estate on your computer... almost ANY device needs one nowadays!
You've got your mouse plugged in, a keyboard, your webcam, a card reader, a flash drive, an external hard drive, maybe a USB fan, your phone, your MP3 player, your GPS...
Whether it's charging, syncing, or updating... those ports are LOADED!
So you're crawling around, unplugging this and moving that, trying to get ANY port open so you can charge up your MP3 player.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
You just multiplied a USB port times FOUR!
It just takes ONE USB port and makes it usable with up to FOUR devices.
That's practically magic!
You know why I love these things? I'm always taking my laptop on the go, but at home, I LOVE to plug in a real keyboard and mouse.
Instead of having to plug a bunch of stuff in every time I sit down... I just keep them plugged into my hub! And then, when I sit down, I plug the hub in and I'm good to go!
So you can always make sure your devices can plug in, no matter what angle or size they are!
But that's not all!
This hub is SPECIAL - it has tips for EVERY kind of USB device!
You see, some mobile devices don't use regular USB ports. They have "mini" or "micro" ones. If you have an MP3 player or older device, it might use the "Mini" type plug.
And your modern smartphones or tablets? They definitely use micro-USB.
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So you're getting 4 times the ports.
With all 3 types of modern USB connectors.
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Henry from Chula Vista writes:
Stupid question ! Why is it that the new Microsoft operating systems are not made backward compatible ? We have invested many thousands of hard earned dollars in software that Microsoft makes obsolete. I believe that is the main reason why we hold on to XP. It’s not because we don’t like change. Microsoft should provide some sort of conversion program. I have been using Quicken 4 for Windows (32 bits) and Windows 7 (64 bits) can’t use the many years of data.
Henry, actually a great many files are compatible even though operating systems and programs change. For example, most documents, even those dozens of years old can be opened using Word or other office programs. Most images in standard formats can be opened in any image editing program like Paint or Photoshop or Paint.net. The file I’m opening from my OneDrive below, was actually started in Word back in 1998.
According to the folks at Quicken, you can convert your data files for Quicken 2004 to the latest version of Quicken fairly easily if you upgrade from Windows XP. After transferring your old Quicken files to your new computer or copying the files you backed up to your updated computer, open your data files in your newer version of Quicken (one that’s compatible with your new OS) and it should automatically ask you to start the conversion process.
If it doesn’t find it immediately go to File menu > File Operations > Find Quicken Files.
You can then select all Quicken date files on the computer or just specific files. Click Find to start the search. In the Data Files Found area, select the file you want to open and choose open.
Quicken data can be exported to an Excel compatible format, which means they should open not only in Excel, but in other Excel compatible programs such as OfficeLibre.
Open the report you wish to convert and click Export Data in the Toolbar. Choose Excel Compatible Format as the file type and then name the file and save.
For a program like Quicken, which is made by Intuit, Microsoft wouldn’t provide the conversion features, because they probably don’t have the proprietary information necessary to convert the files. That information belongs to the maker of Quicken.
Actually, Windows is known for stressing backwards compatibility and trying help older programs run on more current versions of Windows, but at some point you end up trying to get parts for a 1979 hatchback to work in 2015 SUV.
On the website for Quicken, they say “Each version of Quicken evolves from prior versions. Over time, the core product changes drastically from the much older versions, which may cause problems when you upgrade to a newer version.”
That’s true for Windows as well. One strike against a lot of backwards compatibility for some older programs are current security features. Many old programs aren’t compatible with modern security measures and it’s unlikely that the developers of those programs would want to update them for free to keep them functioning. They would prefer that you buy newer versions of their programs with all the bells and whistles.
As more and more software programs switch to a subscription model, concerns about backwards compatibility may become a thing of the past as more programs become cloud-based and are constantly updated to meet changing needs.
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Your Facebook Posts Will Now Show Up In Google Search
Google is stepping up its search game on mobile devices. When you search Google on an mobile device, you’ll now see results for content found within apps. Google calls it “deep linking” and it’s also known as app indexing.
App makers can now build this feature into their products and allow Google to return search results based on content inside their apps.
One of the first companies to get on board is Facebook. Public content from the Android Facebook app will now be included in search results on your mobile phone. That’s just public content. Posts that are private will not be displayed. So, it’s a good time to check those Facebook privacy settings.
Google has been pushing this app indexing to its developers for some time now, but Facebook is the biggest player to put it into practice.
If content is within an app that’s not installed on your phone...
Top Places To Look For A Virus
Viruses love to hide on your computer. Sometimes they sneak past your anti-virus or even disable it. Luckily, you can often discover the virus yourself by performing a manual search. It’s a good idea to give your anti-virus a hand and perform a quick manual check at least once every few weeks. It usually takes less than 10 minutes and it could save you the hassle of dealing with a nasty virus after it’s taken hold.
PUPs or Potentially Unwanted Programs are often bundled with legitimate software. The original software may have been downloaded from a non-official site or the developer might not have realized the additional software could harm your computer. Start by opening your Control Panel from your Start menu.
Choose Add/Remove Programs or Programs, depending on your operating system. If you don’t see either option, select Programs and Features. This opens a list of all currently installed programs.
Scroll through the list and see if there are any programs that shouldn’t be there. Research any programs through a quick Google search to see if they were preinstalled with your computer. Uninstall any questionable programs that you didn’t install or that weren’t installed by the manufacturer.
Select the program and....
Shoppers on Black Friday will block and tackle better than your football team on Thanksgiving.
I miss the good old days when Black Friday was actually on Friday.
The day I can finally jump on the Christmas bandwagon with the rest of the nuts who started on Halloween.
It's a Steal!
Back in my poor college days when I worked at Walmart we had a fight break out over a bike on Black Friday.
Fists were thrown and there was some blood.
Eventually one guy got ahold of it and managed to get away from the crowd.
He rode the bike out of the store to flee his pursuers (without paying).
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
“Be content with what you have;
One of the awesome parts of my jobs at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is working with primary source materials from the archive. One of the people in my cohort also works in the same department as I do at the WHS and got to work with the materials from the Freedom Summer project.
The Freedom Summer project was “an effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system. Northern volunteers and black Mississippians risked their lives to overturn racist institutions” according to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s page. I would suggest clicking About to learn more information on this exhibit and how the education goals they had for the students the exhibit was designed for.
It’s been interesting to be able to look at the documents first hand in the work room, so I was curious and looked to see what was online about the project. I discovered that when they did the exhibit, the WHS also created a Tumblr account for the project. That’s the site I’m sharing with you today.
It’s very cool to see how primary source materials can be turned into such a wonderful educational resource. You’ll arrive to the site on the section Exhibit. All you have to do is scroll down the page to see what was on each banner.
I’ve already talked about the About page, but you should also check out the Photos section to see photographs from the events that hosted the exhibit and the For Teachers section offers free lesson plans.
Go check it out for yourself today!
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