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Quick Tip

Why Does My PC Say ENG?

A reader is having issues with the language settings in Windows 8.1. “OK let me see if i can explain my problem. When i turn the computer on, i have 8.1, in the right hand corner there is the by the clock and time there are letters ENG AND DVR, i then have to right click to get it for the ENG us is there a way to make it stay for the us?? If I forget it comes out with the letters all weird. I have tried to make it for English us but it will not stay.

It sounds as if you have another language pack installed on your PC and you’re being offered the choice between languages. If you don’t require an additional language, go to Control Panel and select Clock Region and Language. Highlight any additional language besides English under change your language preferences and then choose Remove.

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Without an additional language option, it should disappear.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements


Revolutionary Technology - Unbeatable Price!

Okay, I'm gonna cut right to the chase - I have been hunting around for YEARS to try and find a tablet that could meet my standards to pass on to you guys. Every so often I'd find one, look at it... and something always fell short.

They were either too slow, too big, too heavy, practically featureless or TOO EXPENSIVE!

And tablets are great... but you want a GREAT PRICE to go with them, right?

Once you use one, you'll see why some people still fork out that kinda cash... but now you can get one WITHOUT the second mortgage!

If you've never really looked at tablets before, you're gonna be as floored as I was when I tested out this one!

Android 4.4 KitKat!
Front & Back Cameras!
More Apps Than You Can Count (+New Ones Every Day!)
Lightning Fast Processing Power!
8 GB Expandable (Up to Additional 32 GB) Storage!
Built in Wi-Fi!
Auto-Rotating Display - Use in Landscape or Portrait!
And TONS More!

ANYTHING you use your computer for, this can do it too!

It does web browsing, it does e-mail, it takes pictures, you can use it for typing, calculating, it has a calender with date and time, it even lets you watch movies or read e-books.

Do you like to read the newspaper? Pop open any news site or digital newspaper and now you've got local, state, national, even worldwide news RIGHT at your finger tips!

Most libraries even have a full digital collection of videos, books, magazines and more that you can read right on your tablet!

Chances are, you've been using a computer for YEARS... aren't you tired of being tied down to that desk?

Even if you're using a laptop, you KNOW they aren't as portable as they advertise! They're heavy, the keyboard & screen take up a lot of space!

You want something BETTER!

This tablet is portable, it's LIGHTNING FAST, and has a BEAUTIFUL HD display!

And it's designed to be useable wherever, whenever you want! Laying down, standing up, sitting down, you could even use it doing a handstand!

Just the other night, I was watching a movie on my tablet, when it finished I just pressed TWO buttons and the book I've been working on opened up right where I left off.

THIS IS THE TECHNOLOGY EVERYONE'S BEEN DREAMING OF!

Look at all these apps you can get (this is just a FRACTION of what's available!)

The ONLY reason everyone doesn't already have a tablet is because the big box stores rob you BLIND if you even look at one! We're talking $100 MINIMUM... and if you're after these kinda specs... say hello to a $200 price tag!

And it's no surprise: you're getting a REAL computer that fits in your hands. 

BY THE WAY - IT EXPANDS!

Not all tablets can even do this! Right off the bat, it's got a huge amount of storage... but it has a microSDHC slot that lets you expand it with up to 32GB of EXTRA space!

All it takes is slidin' in a new memory card and you're rockin' GIGS of extra space - how cool is that?

And if you're concerned about learning new tech... DON'T BE!

This tablet is the very definition of intuitive!

Everything is right at your fingertips and you'll be an expert in no time!

WE WEREN'T KIDDING ABOUT THE PRICE!

I know it sounds impossible, but you really CAN get this unbelievable touchscreen tablet for just $42.97!

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Computers 101

Help! My Pointer Has A Mind Of Its Own Online

Bob from Ohio writes “I like to play Zig Zone. I can’t do it on windows 8.1. My browser will not stay on the arrow. It keeps jumping around. None of the games that I play are smooth like they were on XP. Can you help? Thank You.”

Hi, Bob.  Thanks for the great question.

If I understand your question correctly, there are two possibilities.

You  didn’t say if you’re using a mouse or a touchpad.  If you’re using a mouse, the first thing to do will be to try another mouse.  It’s always possible that your device is simply failing.  If the new mouse works, problem solved.

If your new mouse doesn’t work, or if you’re using a touchpad, then I would recommend downloading a new driver for your pointer.  Frankly, I think that’s your problem anyway.  I had a problem after I installed Windows 10 where my Internet was dropping every time that I accessed certain websites.  At first I didn’t think anything of it, because my internet is pretty awful where I live.  But then I realized that as I was struggling to keep my PC online, I was streaming an X-Files episode through Hulu on my Playstation.  So there was nothing wrong with the connection (for once).  So I updated my wireless adapter driver, and that solved the problem.  So I think that’s what’s happening with you… you just need to update your driver.  If you’re going to upgrade to Windows 10, I would recommend waiting until after you’ve done that to update the driver or you may wind up doing it twice.

Here’s the easiest way to do that.

Open the search charm by moving your mouse to the upper or lower right corner of your screen and click on SEARCH.

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Type DEVICE MANAGER into the search box and click on it when it comes up.

If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10, click on the restored START button at the lower left, and then SETTINGS.

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In the search box at the upper right, type DEVICE MANAGER.  On my screen, it gives me the options of device manager or update device drivers.  Both of these take you to the same place.  They’ll both open your device manager.  On the screen, click on MICE AND OTHER POINTING DEVICES.  Find your device driver, right-click and click on UPDATE DRIVER SOFTWARE.

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Click on SEARCH AUTOMATICALLY FOR DRIVER SOFTWARE.

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At this point, it will either tell you that your software is up-to-date, or it will walk you through the process of downloading and installing your new software.  I think that it will get new software for you.  You may want to restart your computer, just to make sure that the install completes correctly.  This should resolve your problem.

I hope that this helps!

~Randal Schaffer

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On The Move

How Internet In Your Car Could Kill You

As automobiles became more reliant on computers, while at the same time becoming more connected to the internet, concerns grew over the possibility of hackers gaining control of a car’s systems. Many of those worries turned into outright fears after a pair of cybersecurity experts demonstrated to Wired how they can hack a vehicle (in this case a Jeep Cherokee) wirelessly while the car was driving down the freeway. To see such worries made real left many wondering what could be done to prevent future car hackings, ones that were performed by more malevolent figures. Since security breaches at large companies have become more commonplace and modern cars are similar to smartphones in many ways, concerns continue to grow over the threat of car hacking. Luckily, many manufacturers and organizations are treating the threat seriously and offering workable solutions to the problem.

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While the bad news may be that some cars could be vulnerable to the wireless attack highlighted by Wired, those same security experts were working with Chrysler to identify weaknesses in their cars, giving the car manufacturer time to develop a patch. This software update was quickly made available to those who had purchased vulnerable vehicles, who could download the patch off of the internet onto a USB drive, which could then be plugged into the dashboard USB port. Customers could also take their vehicles into a dealership, who would ensure the software was updated correctly as well. The quick response showed by Chrysler indicated how fast they moved to solve the problem before a potential disaster occurred.

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Other car companies are also maneuvering to show their commitment to improving the cybersecurity of their vehicles. GM created the position of chief product cybersecurity officer in 2014 to oversee the security of new vehicles. Ford has also stated that cybersecurity is now being worked into the very design of their vehicles and no longer being treated as an afterthought. Both Tesla and BMW have made updating vehicle software even easier by providing over-the-air updates. This means customers wouldn’t have to...

Click here to find out more about the risks of Internet in your car.

 

From The Archives

Why Should You Try New Tech?

In Part 1 of our series, Lillian from Milwaukee wrote:

I don’t know the difference between an I-pad, or I-phone, or a tablet, or a smart phone, etc. etc.  And not only that, They seem to be always changing.  So…could you possible explain all of the differences, in them.  And what exactly is wi fi, and blue tooth?  there are so many new gadgets since I first took computer courses.  And I don’t know how to text.  I am 70 yrs old, and don’t find it necessary to text someone.  If I want to say something to them, I’ll just call, or e-mail.  So why is it necessary to have a laptop, or a tablet, or a I-pad, or a touch screen phone?

In a previous article, I broke down the basics of WiFi connections. Today I’ll get to her questions about devices.

Lillian, basically a laptop, tablet or smartphone is the same thing as your desktop computer. It’s a computer. It’s just smaller and more portable. A smartphone is just a small tablet with an app that allows you to make and receive voice calls.

Smartphone Data Usage

The main difference between the phone and the tablet and laptop is the SIM card. This allows the phone to have a phone number and make and receive calls from land lines or cell phones. It also allow you to call 911.

The reason you would want a laptop, tablet or smartphone is the same reason you want your desktop. You want a computer. The advantage to a laptop is that it is portable. Instead of having sit in one place in your home, you can use it anywhere in the house or take it with you. Tablets and smartphones are especially portable, a smartphone will slip right in your pocket.

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You have e-mail, Internet access and other programs like a word processor, spreadsheet program or photo editing software with you wherever you go. In addition, most smartphones have excellent cameras that can take photos just as good as most point and shoot cameras. Plus it also takes videos. If you have a storage card, you can take thousands of photos.

Smartphones also work as...

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Today's Feature

Capture Spectacular Mountain Reflections

Mountains, rivers and lakes together make up for some mighty inspiring subjects in landscape photography. Capturing the reflection of the peaks, mist, snow and the beautiful landscape of the mountains in the calm pools and serene lakes can result in some breathtaking visuals. Imagine capturing all of these elements of nature in a single frame. However, it is an uphill task to capture mountain reflections. Following these tips might make it an easier downhill ride.

Happy shutter-bugging!

Know the weather and location

Landscape photography demands systematic planning. You have to know the best case and worst scenarios and be prepared for both. Otherwise, you will end up disappointed . To give you some perspective, there is no point setting out for a photo expedition on a windy day. You can’t expect perfectly still water to capture the reflections. Know your surroundings, particularly the location of the reflective pools, the windbreaks, the changing water levels and so on. It will help you choose your spot wisely and give you an advantage to capture unique images.

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Adjust the polarizer

Although some photographers shy away from using any kind of polarisers, it is actually a must in harsh climates, be it sunny or downcast skies. The result is nothing short of fantastic. You only have to see it to believe it. Take this lake shot for example. You need to take at least two versions of the lake scenes with the polarizer in different positions. If you shoot it without a polarizer, you will get a gorgeous mirror-like reflection. But, you will be missing out on the underwater details. The other version with the polarizer will reveal the details under the water by reducing the reflection. Blend these two exposures in Photoshop to get the best of both worlds for some spectacular views. You could even call it, underwater HDR. If you are looking for HDR inspiration, just head over to Trey Ratcliff’s website and check out his HDR tutorial.

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Shooting super-wide doesn’t mean great composition

It is unnecessary to shoot mountain reflections with a wide lens . A super-wide lens tends to...

Click here for more tips on shooting rocky reflections.

 

 

Amanda's Coolsite

50 Smartest Companies

A friend shared this link with me and I thought it was an interesting analysis of companies, so I thought I’d pass it along to you.

The first thing you’re greeted with is the top 50 graphic that shows the position of all the companies on the list. If you’re just curious about who made the list and where they ranked you can stop checking it out now.

Below the list is an article on the list. It gives a general overview about the list and the trends that MIT saw over the course of the year.

Now if you want to dig deeper you can click on any of the companies on the table and learn more about why they have the rank they do, and any related articles available on the site for that company.

Once you’ve clicked into a company on the table you can use the arrows on either side of the information to scroll through the other entries.

Go check this out for yourself today!

http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/companies/2015/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

Ok, so I know that we’ve talked a lot about how you can pick up HDTV for free with one of those indoor or outdoor antennas. We’ve also talked a lot about cutting the cord with your local cable or satellite company. But what we haven’t talked about is WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE TWO TV’s!

So let’s say you have a TV in the living room, and one in the kitchen (or bedroom, or wherever). You can connect BOTH TV’s to this amplifier and get all the cool channels you want from your local stations for FREE!

But what if you're still paying for cable, and you're getting a weak signal on that TV in the bedroom or basement that doesn't give you that HD clarity you're paying for?

All you do is hook this bad boy up and BOOM you’ve got yourself a BOOSTED cable signal! So now you can get CLEARER channels anywhere in the house! BUT THE most important part of this guy is IT SAVES YOU MONEY!

If you use an antenna, forget about buying another antenna! WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY! With this guy all you do is plug it in and then connect both TV’s to it and PRESTO you're now watching all you want, when you want, FOR FREE!

This is the cool part… Even if you are already a subscriber to cable or satellite, you can still use this! HOW? I am gonna tell ya! This tiny piece of cool, lets you save on all those “boxes” that those companies charge you an arm and a leg for. Run it straight to your TV or get your own digital box for cheap!  No more paying an arm and a leg for an expensive service call and then waiting all darn day for someone to show up.

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Monthly Wallpaper

August Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for August is all set and ready to go - and remember, there are hundreds of images to choose from on the site!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Death From Above

I discovered this coyote while driving through Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley after a late lunch. I spotted him and excitedly pulled over, hoping he’d find it in his heart to cooperate with us for a bit. I had hopes of getting a few nice “posed” shots of him majestically surveying the meadow – little did I know what was in store…(More)

Keweenaw Sunset Breakers

This was on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northern most reaches of Michigan – at a roadside picnic area! I kid you not, I stopped by to fix a little problem that was generated from too much sweet tea at lunch and then took a brief walk down to the lakeshore. At first it was a bit of a yawn fest, but curiosity got the better of me so I wandered over the rocks and down the beach. It wasn’t long before...(More)

Tahquamenon Falls Overflow

This is the largest waterfall in Michigan and one of the most incredible anywhere – at least in my opinion. Plus, it’s easy to get to! Bonus! This was shot at the end of the day one warm summer evening. What’s unique about this shot is the sheer volume of water tipping over the edge. The max flow for this falls has been recorded at 50,000 gallons – per SECOND! I think the sign said water flow the day this was taken was....(More)

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Attention All Wildlife Photographers!

My new book, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography, is now available! Learn how to take your wildlife photography to the next level with this comprehensive 290 page e-book! Discover why thousands of photographers have already grabbed their copy. And hey, prime wildlife season is just about here - make the most of it:

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