“Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.” | PCMag.com

February 3, 2017

Check out PCMag’s helpful tips (see source link below) on fixing the most annoying things in Windows 10.  My favorite “annoyance”, from the list, “Skip the Password Login”, is for the computers that I use at home where logging in each time is a PITA (pain in the a_ _)…

Skip the Password Login

Are you the only person who ever—and I mean ever—uses your PC? Then you can probably skip the password login screen that appears after every reboot or sometimes even when you come back from the screensaver. To do that, go to the User Accounts control panel by typing “netplwiz” in the search bar. Select the account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. You’ll get a confirmation box that asks you to enter that very password—twice. Click okay when done. Reboot the PC and if it works, it should roll smoothly into the desktop without requesting a password. Don’t do this if it’s shared PC. And you’ll still need to know the password if you’re logging into the PC remotely.

Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.

Source: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10 | PCMag.com


Addictive Tips | Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

January 14, 2017

If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…

Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver


If You Are Wondering About SD Memory Card Speeds

December 20, 2016

SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices…  There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.

So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…

sd-card-ratings

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.

Source: Speed Class – SD Association


20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable | PCWorld

November 23, 2016

I am all in when it comes to making Windows 10 work better.

These tips and tricks will make the parts of Win10 that you actually use work better…

Source: 20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable | PCWorld


How To Archive Thousands Of Emails In Your Gmail Inbox

September 24, 2016

I’ve been on quite a few computers here recently and have noticed that many people are Gmail users. One thing I noticed is that they do not keep a cleaned out inbox. I have pointed out it is a good thing to archive the emails and get them out of the inbox. By archiving the emails you are simply sending to them to the “All Mail” folder or tag; therefore, they are not deleted. By archiving your mail you will immediately discover that WOW factor where you will start to feel organized…  

The problem is if you have thousands of emails to archive. Gmail will only allow you to select a certain number to archive at a time (which is usually 50 or 100). You can go this route, but it literally could take you hours to clean out your inbox and archive your mail.

The workaround solution to this problem is thisCourtesy of Peter Bonez — Data Science in the Nation’s Capital

  1. Enter in:inbox into the search bar
  2. Press the search button or press return to run the search
  3. Click on the small down arrow on the search bar and select Create filter with this search
  4. Click OK when warned that the filter will not apply to new mail
  5. Select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Also apply filter to X matching conversations.
  6. Click Create Filter

IMPORTANT: Gmail will think for a moment, then poof! your inbox will be empty, with all your mail tucked away safely in your archive. It’s a good idea to delete the filter you just created to avoid unwanted behavior. Just navigate Settings –> Filter and delete the in:Inbox filter.


Make Simplenote Along With Google Drive (and Docs) Your Premiere, Powerful, and FREE Note Keeping App

August 18, 2016

As I mentioned recently, I made the switch from Evernote and OneNote to Simplenote to meet my note keeping demands. To keep this article short, a supplement option to Simplenote that I started to use is Google Drive (and Google Docs). I love the idea that Simplenote is super fast (and TOTALLY FREE) and the reason for that is that it is strictly a text based application; however, there were those occasions where I wished I could pull up a document, or picture using Simplenote.

Simplenote and Google Drive

The solution I came up with, that is working better than I ever expected, is to use the “markdown” feature in Simplenote to create links in a note that will link to and pull up a document, picture or any file from my Google Drive (or Docs). In Google Drive I created a folder called “Simplenote Links” and then created subfolders that matched the tags I used in Simplenote. For example, if I had a batch of notes in Simplenote tagged as “Rick”, then I created a folder in Google Drive (under the “Simplenotes Link” folder) called “Rick”. This method provided a way to keep the documents organized, based on my Simplenote tags. Keep in mind, any document you want to link to in Google Drive, you will have to get the shared link for that document.

The beauty to this is that I can use the power of Google Docs to create impressive documents and the simplicity (and speed) to find and load those documents by using Simplenote. This is especially remarkable on my smartphone, when I am out and about: and, need to locate a document quickly. Another plus to this is that the documents in Google Drive that I use for this purpose are synced and backed up to my home based computer.

The hardest part of all of this, and it really is not hard at all, is to create a note using “markdown”. When I have a note that I need to link to a specific document or file (or folder) in Google Drive, I simply create the note with a link using “Markdown”. 

What is Markdown? The best definition I found for markdown was at Lifehacker:

At its core, Markdown is a super simple way to add formatting like headers, bold, bulleted lists, and so on to plain text. It was originally designed to be an easy alternative to HTML, and allows people to create web pages with no HTML experience—but it’s also a great way to organize notes, to-do lists, and other things. It has all the advantages of plain text, but with the organizational power of a word processor. The end goal is a minimalist writing system that you can use to get your thoughts down, and then export them elsewhere without worrying too much about the appearance. — Source: Lifehacker

Here is a sampling of using markdown in Simplenote and one of the examples below shows you how to create a link, using markdown, in Simplenote.

# heading 1

## heading 2

### heading 3

*Italics*

**Bold**

***Italics and Bold***

[WordPress](https://wordpress.com)

Lists

I know to most, this may sound like a geeky way to keep notes; but, I am telling you this works and it works great… The best part of it all is that Simplenote and Google Drive (Docs) are FREE… Also, both applications work on a variety of OS platforms, making it widely available from nearly every device we use.


Don’t Miss This Post From “Ask A Tech Teacher” – 10 Excel Spreadsheet Tips

May 9, 2016

Jacqui at “Ask A Tech Teacher” has compiled a list of ten excel spreadsheet tips that was most viewed by her readers… These same tips can be applied to Google Sheets, as well. I encourage you visit the site to learn more (You will not regret it…)…

spreadsheet lesson plans