Volume 2011, Number 06 http://cugr.apcug.org/ June 2011
4th Tuesday, June 27, 2011
Date Change! Photo Round Table
Due to the use of the Dick Marx & Jane Quinn will head up a
Library’s room by round table discussion about how to share
others, we will have
your photos while on vacation, giving exam-
our meeting on
Monday, June 27 ples of programs and on-line sources to use
while on the go wherever you are. And
at 6 pm.
the audience is encouraged to join in with
Put it on your
calendar! their own experiences and/or questions.
Door Prizes CUGR In This Issue ...
SEVENTH SON OF WINDOWS - DESKTOP
1. 16 Gig USB Data Stick Lee Reynolds ................................ 2
Pro Jump Drive CUGR Board Meeting May Meeting .................................. 3
1 PM Monday, July 5 REGISTRY FIRST AID
2. Logitech Wireless at Redding Library in the
Foundation Reading Room
Herb Goldstein .............................. 4
BITS AND PIECES
Rush Blodget ................................ 5
CARRY YOUR ENTIRE PHOTO…
10 AM, Saturday, June 25 NAPSA ........................................... 5
MULTI-MEDIA SIG UPDATE
3. 8 Gig USB ScanDisk WINDOWS & MORE Jane Quinn .................................... 6
Jump Drive and DTP SIG
Wil Wakely ..................................... 6
No Meetings Until MORE ABOUT TOOLBARS
One free ticket to each Further Notice Judi Ball ......................................... 6
member at the door! See back page UPDATES! UPDATES! UPDATES!
Penny Cano ................................... 7
for more SIG information
6 PM Club Business
Berry F. Phillips ............................. 7
GENERAL MEETINGS ARE
& Presentation at the Redding Library
7 LITTLE WORD ANNOYANCES
Nancy DeMarte ............................. 8
Sign in at the Greeting Table and pick up 100 Parkview Ave, EBOOK READERS COMPARED
your name tag and please leave it in the off Cypress. Constance Brown ......................... 9
Tag Box when the meeting is over. Also ART ON YOUR LAPTOP
please stay and help reset the tables to
OFFICIAL WEBSITE IS NAPSA ......................................... 10
the Library’s original arrangement. http://cugr.apcug.org/ ELIMINATE STRESS
Thank you. For more information NAPSA ......................................... 10
July 26 call any Board member FUTURISTIC PRINTER DESIGN WINS
Annual Social Meeting listed on Page 2. NAPSA ......................................... 10
Club Information Club Website: Seventh Son of
to help members!
Club Mentors & Sponsors
New Users Bob Rice DTP Judi Ball Desktop Gadgets
357-2143, Anytime Graphic Prgs 275-4632 by Lee Reynolds, Contributing Editor,
firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Editing email@example.com Boca Raton Computer Society, FL
MS Windows Darold Wright MS Word, PowerPoint, Jane Quinn
Photo Delux 222-1781 April 2011 issue, Boca Bits
Movie Maker 2, DVD Prgs. 365-0825
firstname.lastname@example.org Digital Image Pro email@example.com www.brcs.org
New Users Fred Skill firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Library PC Classes 243-3557 Sponsors
Spread Sheets Sfskill@shasta.com Electronic Recycling For Charitable INTRODUCTION
Situations: Windows Vista introduced a new
MS Windows Bill Ball
Hardware, Software 275-4632 Darold Wright feature called the Sidebar, which was
98, ME, XP, Vista, 7 email@example.com 3300 Veda Street, Rdg. 245-0500 a narrow section of your Desktop where
(no microwaves or large appliances) you could have small applications
Board of Officers and Directors running called Gadgets. These Gadgets
Anna Lee Horton Mail Manager, Dir. could be moved out of the Sidebar and
firstname.lastname@example.org 222-5521 anchored somewhere else on your
Mike Doyle President Bill Ball SIG Leader, Dir. Desktop, if you wished, but still the
email@example.com 524-0774 firstname.lastname@example.org 275-4632
Sidebar application had to be running.
Richard Marx Vice President Judi Ball Editor, SIG Leader, Dir.
email@example.com 365-7773 firstname.lastname@example.org 275-4632 In Windows 7, there is no longer any
Sidebar, but Desktop Gadgets are still
Belva Sullivent Past President, Dir. Darold L. Wright Dir.
email@example.com 222-1781 present, and you set them up in a new
Lyle VanNorman Dir. Control Panel applet of the same name.
Mario Quinn Treasurer
firstname.lastname@example.org 365-0825 email@example.com 242-0925 (In Windows Vista, the Sidebar was on
Margaret Martinovich Secretary, Dir. Colly Lord Website Manager by default, whereas in Windows 7 there
firstname.lastname@example.org 241-6378 email@example.com 224-1633 is no Sidebar and any Gadgets you want
Jane Quinn SIG Lder, Vendor, Dir., Ginny Wall Name Tag Manager must be configured in Control Panel.)
firstname.lastname@example.org 365-0825 Tootseylou@aol.com WINDOWS 7 GADGETS
Eugenia Goodman Membership Chair Jean Richardson Dir. The Gadgets present in Windows 7 are
email@example.com 221-7723 Jeanier1954@ATT.net
the same as those provided by Vista,
Fred Skill Dir.
firstname.lastname@example.org 243-3557 with an additional one that is connected
to Windows Media Center. These Gad-
gets are mini-applications designed to
Motherboard Newsletter Staff
use web technology so as to provide
Judith E. Ball Editor Mary Montague Proofreader
email@example.com 275-4632 firstname.lastname@example.org 365-6414 real-time access to information of one
type or another available through the
Rush Blodget Bits And Pieces Anna Lee Horton Proofreader
email@example.com 241-4754 firstname.lastname@example.org 222-5521 internet. The built-in Gadgets are these:
Jeanie Richardson Occasional Articles · a Calendar application which shows
Jeanier1954@ATT.net the month, day, year, and day of
Motherboard Newsletter Policies and Deadlines week. If you click it, you will see the
newsletter where the article is reprinted to
The Motherboard newsletter is published
monthly by the Computer Users Group of the Editor at the address in the first · a Clock which can be configured to
Redding, PO Box 494778, Redding, CA paragraph of this text. show one of 8 different clock faces
96049-4778. The CUG is a 501(c)(3) non- Personal Ads For Members: and any time zone.
profit corporation. Subscriptions are Requirements are: · a CPU meter which shows two analog
included in the $25 annual membership 1. Advertiser must be a member.
2. The item must be computer-related.
style dials measuring current memory
fee. The purpose of the newsletter is to
inform members of upcoming events and 3. The ad must be received by editor J. Ball usage and CPU utilization.
provide information about the use of IBM by the monthly date of the board meeting. · a Currency converter.
compatible computers. Sorry, no exceptions. · a Headline Feed of RSS feeds that
Disclaimer: Neither the CUG, its Offi- Other terms must be approved by the club’s you are subscribed to via Internet
cers, the Editor, nor the newsletter Board of Officers and Directors.
Article Submissions: All articles and
contributors assume any liability for
damages incurred due to the use of reviews must be submitted to J. Ball by the · a Media Center gadget that shows a
information provided in this publication. Monday of the monthly Board meeting revolving set of links to various parts
Reprints: Articles from this newsletter (see Page 1 for date.) Sorry, no exceptions. of Windows Media Center.
may be reprinted by other user groups if Motherboard Editor reserves the right to
credit is given to both the author, CUG make corrections and deletions in all articles
and the Motherboard. Mail a copy of the in the interest of grammar, style, and space.
Continued on Page 5
Page 2 THE MOTHERBOARD June 2011
Congratulations T Our Winners!
won a won a
June 2011 THE MOTHERBOARD Page 3
Welcome Renewals Registry First Aid
reviewed by Herb Goldstein, Editor, Sarasota PCUG, FL, The Monitor, 4-2011 issue,
Mary & Joe www.spcug.org, email@example.com
SOLVING REGISTRY CLEANING effectively. It is the only one I trust to do
the job! Here’s what it will do:
Nothing much happens in Windows 1. RFA will search the Registry for errors.
Herb Quick without control by that mysterious archi- Your first search will undoubtedly come
tecture known as the Registry. It is a hu- up with an amazing number of errors.
mongous database repository of instruc- It will present a color coded list of them.
Motherboard tions, commands and framework for the Those in green can be safely elimin-
Newsletter software, hardware and just about every
other kind of ware that functions in
ated or fixed. For each error, you will
be provided with a reason for its problem
Contributors… Windows. You can also think of it as the and an indication of what is needed to
Windows brain, and fooling with it is about either delete or fix it. If, for example, a
Be sure to checkout our contri- as welcome as brain surgery self-taught. software reference is not valid because
butors on Page 11. Unfortunately and as unwelcome as it it is sitting in the wrong place, RFA will
These contributors help greatly to may be, the Registry does require some discover where it rightfully belongs and
pay for the functioning of our club. As basic manipulation by users from time to offers to put it there. If no fix is possible,
club members please support their time. Add or remove software or change it offers to delete it.
businesses. Visit or call them and be the locations of its components, make Those errors that require caution in
a patron if possible, remem-bering to routine changes in Windows, and a whole fixing are listed in yellow, along with
tell them you saw their business card host of other functions in everyday com- reasons and recommendations. The
in the club’s newsletter. puter usage result in changes in the Reg- choice will be yours. Those listed in
Also, if you have (or know of) a local istry. In time it can easily become bogged red are also explained and high
business that would like to advertise down with errors that can dramatically caution warned.
in the Motherboard, please give them hinder the normal or optimal functioning In any event, each and every error will
the editor’s phone number for the of your computer. It’s little wonder why be explained, recommendation made,
details of becoming a Contributor. keeping the registry clean and error free and the choice for action will be up to
Editor, Judi Ball 275-4632 is so important, yet so avoided. It’s even you. No changes are automatic. You
firstname.lastname@example.org less wonder why the average computer are in complete control!
user either shuns necessary Registry 2. Registry backup and restore. Before
housekeeping altogether or winds up em- making any changes, you might want
Change To ploying tools that do considerably more
harm than good.
to back up your current Registry
configuration. RFA stores the backup
Membership A clean, error-free Registry is vital in and you can at any later time restore
Cost Break keeping your computer working properly,
but finding and fixing Registry errors
the Registry to exactly the way it was
before you modified it. Great safety
The club is offering a year off of your indeed poses a dilemma. There is no feature!
membership dues if you bring a new shortage of utilities that promise to make 3. Registry search. If you need to find
member to the club. your computer function like new by anything in the Registry, RFA will do
Just make certain to inform a board taking out your Registry garbage. Unfor- a lightning fast keyword search for
member at the entry table if you have a tunately, you are most often better off you. A great feature in finding and
new membership sign up. living with an error-laden Registry than eliminating references to software you
one whose key functions have been have gotten rid of.
impaired by incompetent fixers. 4. Registry management. Set up the Reg-
CUGR With all these caveats in mind, I spent istry in your own parameters to function
MEMBER WEBSITES considerable effort, investigation and according to your preferences.
experimentation years ago to find the 5. Defragment and compress the Reg-
MEXICAN-TOURS Registry cleaning utility that would do an istry.
www.mexican-tours.com honest, safe and effective job. Through While most Registry utilities offer to
Lyle VanNorman several versions of Windows and most make your computer work faster and
email@example.com recently with Windows 7, I have been better by cleaning the Registry, they
using Registry First Aid (RFA). It is a offer no information as to what they or
Publicize Your WebSite well-known, popular, easy to use and doing or why. It’s a blind faith and trust
Here for FREE! remarkably competent Registry utility scenario. On the other hand, RFA bends
(Members Only Please) that will find, fix, and prevent Registry
errors and malfunctions safely and Continued on Page 5
Page 4 THE MOTHERBOARD June 2011
REGISTRY FIRST AID
Continued from Page 4
Bits And Pieces
over backwards in every step along the by Rush Blodget; IMB/PCUG of Redding, firstname.lastname@example.org
way to keep you safe and informed.
RFA is the recipient of numerous WINDOWS 8 will permit longer
awards as the safest and most effective There is now a great deal of specu- battery life for lap-
Registry cleaner available. They are well lative data on the Internet as to when tops. It will support
deserved. It has long ago solved the Windows 8, which will be a radical facial detection. A
Registry cleaning dilemma for me. It is change from Windows 7, will be re- beta version of Win-
compatible with all current versions of leased. Dates varying from June 2011 dows 8 is currently
Windows including XP, Vista, and to December 2011 are cited. Although stated to be avail-
Windows 7. RFA is published by, and a pre-order site is available on the able for download.
available from, Rose City Software Internet no prices are given. Windows 8 is sta-
(rosecitysoftware.com) for $27.95. It will have touch screen technology ted to come bundled with Internet
with a nine-tile start screen and all Explorer version 10. There will be many
Computer Terms programs are linked to the touch screen. available apps including stock screen
DISK: What goes out in your back after bend- It is also reputed to have a “cloud” and weather apps.
ing over a keyboard for seventeen hours. version which will prevent malware It would seem that Microsoft is
DUMP: The place all your former hobbies (viruses, Trojans, worms, etc.) from becoming more Apple-like. I believe that
wind up soon after you install your computer. getting through to a computer. one should defer purchasing a new
ERROR: What you made the first time you walk-
It will have ARM processor chips that computer until Windows 8 is released...
ed into a computer showroom to “just look.”
EXPANSION UNIT: The new room you ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
have to build on to your home to house your
computer and all its peripherals.
- from Fast Forward
Carry Your Entire Photo Collection With You
Continued from Page 2 NAPSA
· a Weather gadget which can be When you’re traveling for work or
configured for any location in the world. taking that well earned vacation, the last
· a Stocks gadget for tracking stocks thing you want to do is carry a lot of
· a Picture Puzzle where you slide tiles stuff with you. But how can you be sure
around against a timer you have everything you need while still digital photos, up to 4.5 hours of video
· a Slide Show gadget for showing the keeping your load light? or even enough business files to fill five
photos you configure for it A recent innovation that lets you carry Hummers.
OTHER GADGETS numerous files and documents without Products such as Seagate’s recently
There are many other Gadgets that a lot of extra hardware is the flash introduced USB Pocket Hard Drives
can be downloaded from the internet and thumb-drive. come in 2.5- and 5-gigabyte capacities,
installed, if you so desire. When you’re talking about bringing great for any size storage needs and
WINDOWS 7 GADGET OPTIONS along the complete photo album from as backup for important files, just in
If you click on the Show Desktop area your European tour, however, or several case your computer crashes. The
of the Taskbar in Windows 7 (a narrow rec- large presentations and spreadsheets as Seagate drives feature a retractable
tangular area on the extreme right end), backup business materials, more USB cord for easy carrying and are
then you will see the Desktop with its storage is definitely in order. Until now, housed in a sleek, round shell.
Gadgets (if any). In Windows Vista, when it’s been impossible to carry around that Secure, convenient and compact,
you clicked on the Show Desktop icon of much data without needing extra disks these Pocket Drives are compatible with
the Quick Launch Bar, the Gadgets were or bulky storage drives. any PC or Mac computer’s USB port.
not visible. For large amounts of data, the new Simply plug the drive into the port and
Gadgets can be shown on your Desktop pocket disc drive storage devices can start working, listening or viewing. The
in Windows 7 even if you are not on line be a terrific alternative. You can carry computer drives the device, so there’s
with an internet connection, but they will virtually your entire office with you in a no need for a separate power source or
in this case feature a time stamp which device that fits in the palm of your hand. extra adapter.
shows how out of date the associated If you’re on vacation, leave the office Pocket drives aren’t just for pockets.
data is. Some of the Gadgets, e.g., the behind and instead use the pocket drive They’re rugged enough to withstand
Calendar, can be toggled between various to store digital photos, videos, MP3 files bumping and jostling, so you can throw
sizes. Some of them have Touch capa- and more. The amount of data that can your pocket drive in a backpack, purse
bilities for those users who have a touch be stored on a pocket drive is mind- or briefcase and hit the road... with a
screen attached to their PC. boggling: up to 2,000 five-megapixel lighter load.
June 2011 THE MOTHERBOARD Page 5
Multi-Media SIG UpDate More About Toolbars
by SIG Leader Jane Quinn, email@example.com
Weekly SIG Group meetings are every Thursday at the Anderson & Dropdown Menus
Senior Center from 1- 3 pm. For special projects or one on one assistance The article about Toolbars would be
walk-in 3 - 4 pm. You can also connect to the classroom at high speed considered useless by most old pro
internet through SKYPE that id is AAASCO2009. computer users, but for others, who have
Our monthly Multi-Media SIG is the Saturday before the club’s general meeting not become familiar with all those items
at our home from 10 am to noon. For directions contact me via e-mail above or listed at the top and sides of their various
phone, 365-0825. programs, this article could be the start
Our next SIG Meeting will be June Maker to create movies, use Facebook’s of a very great life of computing!
25, then we will be on summer break. new “Features For Privacy, ”download and I’ve heard some say they were intimi-
The weekly classroom format will use free programs like Realplayer to dated by the terms, or didn’t have the
change to work sessions on June 30, capture web based videos and music, and patience to check them all out, or simply
July 7, and July14. For those members trouble shoot email problems with Yahoo never pursued beyond the basics of what
needing one-on-one assistance, you can and Live Mail. There are handouts for all they wanted from a program.
meet with me after class and I will be of the above mentioned and I will gladly I’ve often said that all the features
happy to work with you. We will return review these during class. offered by any program in the plethora of
to class session Sept 8, 2011. I want to thank Arthur Mix and his toolbars are simply more toys to use in
During this past season as a group we daughter for coming to class last week. whatever computing program you enjoy.
have discovered how to use Picasa’s And thanks again to the following folks It only takes a little investigation to find
People Tags, edit Picasa Web Albums for helping our class along the way: and use these “hidden” features. And if
using Picnik, edit, send, resize photos Anna Horton, Dick Marx, Ed Beaulac, you do and end up snagged by terms,
with MS Photo Live Gallery, use MS DVD Patti Carlile, and Maureen Robinson. use the Help feature to learn all you can
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ about the feature and the terms.
Toolbars A tip is to highlight something in your
by Wil Wakely, President, Seniors Computer Group, CA, Bits and Bytes, The document or graphic (depending upon the
Official Electronic Newsletter, www.SCGsd.org, firstname.lastname@example.org type of program you’re using) and then
click on different toolbar or dropdown
A semi-official definition: ¯A toolbar is special toolbar into your browser menu features to see what the feature
a graphical presentation of commands without your approval while others offers. Another tip is to do this one-at-a-
optimized for efficient access. politely ask for permission. Within your time, then repeat to set it in your mind
We find a toolbar at the top of almost browser you can activate or hide and then use the undo before you try the
every program we use. It allows a single toolbars from the Menu bar View next feature, so you are always working
mouse click to perform oft-repeated dropdown menu. Click on Tool-bars and with an original object or text item.
actions, such as File Save or Print. check or uncheck the toolbar you I guarantee that you will find many
Menu (word) bars perform most of the select. Remember that each toolbar cool features and “toys” to put to use
same actions, but with more mouse takes up vertical space on your display when you have your next project.
clicks. Icons (pictures) are supposedly page which in turn reduces your viewing Judi Ball
easier to recognize and interpret than area for the Web site, so be judicious ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
words, but that is debatable. I often
in the number of toolbars you display.
prefer lists to icon displays. The Some toolbars have only icons; others
Windows GUI (Graphical User Inter- have descriptive words accompanying
face) desktop filled with disorganized when the icon’s meaning is not obvious.
icons is still distasteful and confusing Most icons perform a single action while
to me. I prefer organized word menus. others display a dropdown menu for
Many free or inexpensive ones are further selection. If you hover your
available for download. mouse over an icon, often a description
But back to Toolbars: Most modern appears. There are a multitude of
programs have both menu bars and specialty toolbars available on the Web
toolbars at the top of the page. If the which are as close as a Google search.
Menu bar is hidden, the Alt key will Common ones are Yahoo, Google, MSN
reveal it and the Esc key hides it again. and Amazon. I also use the RoboForm
Many toolbars display common actions, toolbar for rapid username and password
but also allow customization to add or entry to Web sites that require them. For
delete your desired action icons. more information on Toolbars, do a
Internet browsers allow multiple Google search on that term and find out
toolbars, each for a specific activity. more than you ever wanted to know about
Some rogue programs will insert their Toolbars.
Page 6 THE MOTHERBOARD June 2011
Updates! Updates! Updates!
by Penny Cano, Member and Instructor for the Dumb & Dumber Workshops – Cajun Clickers Computer Club, LA
March 2011 issue, Cajun Clickers Computer News, www.clickers.org, ccnewsletter @cox.net
“Something popped up on my com- iTunes on your computer? Yes, they need download their free Up-date
puter saying I needed an update. I didn’t updating too. Alternative browsers like Checker which will also help
know if it was OK, so I didn’t do it.” Does Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are on the keep you up to date with the
this sound familiar? Updates are one of list. Add e-mail programs like Mozilla latest versions of that type
the most important things you can do for Thunderbird and Incredimail. Printer soft- of software.
your computer. So what needs updating? ware, Support software from your com- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The answer is almost all the software on
your computer. Updates patch security
puter manufacturer like HP Advisor and
Dell Support Center, and graphics pro-
holes that allow access to your computer grams like Photoshop. The list is endless. by Berry F. Phillips, Member of the
from outside and correct defects in soft- So how do you determine which update Computer Club of Oklahoma City
ware programs. requests to allow? One way is to open the April 2011 issue, eMonitor,
First and foremost is Windows itself. Control Panel and choose “Add Remove www.ccokc.org, email@example.com
Patches fix security vulnerabilities and Programs” in XP or “Programs and I can almost imagine if Sherlock
program flaws in the Operating System. Features” in Vista and Windows 7. Become Holmes, my favorite fictional detective,
Most people choose Automatic Updates, familiar with the list of programs installed had a computer in Victorian England, and
which downloads and installs these “fixes” on the computer. (If you can’t remember he detected evil on his system what he
for Windows without their having to worry all of them, at least you have a preference.) would think. He would suspect a
about it. But Windows is not the only If one of these programs requests an diabolical hacking by Dr. Moriarty. He
Microsoft program that needs updating. update (a popup or notification in the lower would not panic but say calmly to Dr.
An option you can choose in Microsoft right hand corner of the screen), the answer Watson, “the game is afoot.” Trouble-
Update allows it to also take care of is “Yes, thank you for keeping me current.” shooting your computer is just like
Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft Works, Some of the programs aren’t so accom- playing detective. There are certain steps
Windows Live, Silverlight, and a whole modating. Many can be manually updated that you can take before calling a
host of other Microsoft products installed by choosing “Check for Updates” under computer tech and facing another horror
on your computer that also need updating. “Help” on the program’s menu. There may story, the repair bill!
Of equal importance are updates for also be a choice under “Options” (Settings, Panic control is to develop an objective
your Virus/Spyware program or Internet Properties, or some such wording) to detached mind of Sherlock Holmes as
Security suite. automate the process. you begin your investigation of the evil in
Don’t know which one you’re using? There is a website that can help you your computer. Sometimes breathing
It’s time you found out!! Double click on decide. Http://secunia.com has an online deeply helps. Sometimes getting up and
the icon in the lower right hand corner of scanner (use “Scan now” in the upper right doing something else and coming back
the screen and when the program opens corner, “Start Scanner” on the next page, to the problem helps. I find that often
look for the date of the latest definition/ and check “Enable thorough system inspec- sleeping and coming back to the pro-
update. It should blem helps. Avoid getting too emo-tional
be no later than and taking a hammer or some other
yesterday. The weapon to attack your system remem-
virus program bering that computers are expen-sive,
can only remove and you do have lots of data on your
the “bad stuff” if system. Here are some basic instructions:
it can recog- 1. Restart your computer. Often soft-
nize it, and it ware problems will correct them-
gets those des- selves when you do that.
criptions in the 2. Check to make sure everything is
definitions working. If not check the connection
downloaded to what is not working.
from the Internet. tion” on the next page before you hit 3. Check the electric power by plugging
Now what else needs updating? Java, “Start”) that will look at your system and a lamp into the same power outlet
Flashplayer, and Shockwave are three list insecure programs. You can also that is connected to your computer
programs that deal with animation on download Secunia Personal Software to make sure the outlet is working.
web-sites. Adobe Reader occasionally Inspector (PSI) free for home users. 4. Make sure the computer and monit-
has newer versions, but there are up- http://filehippo.com is a source for many or are plugged in.
dates for the older versions if you prefer of the freeware and shareware programs 5. Disconnect peripheral devices and
to keep them instead of upgrading. Do we use (Adobe Reader, iTunes, Firefox, restart the computer.
you have RealPlayer, Quick Time, or Open Office, AVG Anti-virus, etc). You can Continued on Page 9
June 2011 THE MOTHERBOARD Page 7
7 Little Word Annoyances and Their Easy Fixes
by Nancy DeMarte, Columnist, Office Talk, Sarasota PCUG, Inc., FL, March 2011 issue, Sarasota PC Monitor
Below is a collection of frustrating things choose a line spacing size. To remove a personal tour of the Options menus,
that can happen when using Microsoft extra space after a paragraph, select which resemble this Word Options window
Word. These annoyances can occur in the paragraph before the extra space, with the AutoCorrect box open:
any version of Word although most are click the Line Spacing button and
geared to Word 2007 and 2010. In Word choose “Remove Space After Para-
2003, the fix-it steps may be different. graph.” A more permanent way to create
Annoyance 1: You accidentally press no extra space between paragraphs is
the Caps Lock key on your keyboard be- to open the Paragraph group dialog box
fore typing a paragraph. When you finish, launcher (small diagonal arrow) on the
you find everything in capital letters. Home tab and put a checkmark in front
The Fix: Rather than retyping the whole of “Don’t add space between para-
paragraph, highlight the text, then click graphs of the same style.”
the “Change Case” button (Aa), located Annoyance 5: Every time you type an
on the Home tab in the Font group. Click email or web address into a document, it
“Sentence case” to transform your turns into a clickable hyperlink with
paragraph into normal sentences. underlined blue text even if that wasn’t
Annoyance 2: You create a party your intention.
invitation with a light blue background The Fix: The quickest fix is to right click
(Page Layout tab — Page Color). But the address and select “Remove Hyper-
when you print it, the background is white. link.” But this is only a one time remedy.
The Fix: Office has set Word to not To remove this action permanently, click Annoyance 7: You often save docu-
print full page background colors, the Windows button, then this sequence: ments to the same folder which is buried
probably to save users from wasting ink. Word Options/Proofing/AutoCorrect within other folders in My Documents. It
You can, however, make the colored Options/AutoFormat As You Type. Remove takes several clicks to find this folder
background print. Click the Office the checkmark next to “Internet and Net- each time you want to open or save a
button, then Word Options — Display. work paths with hyperlinks” and click OK. document to it.
Put a check mark next to “Print Annoyance 6: You find that as you Fix 1: You can find almost any folder
background colors and images,” then type, distracting wavy red and green on your Windows Vista or 7 computer by
click OK. Until you remove this check- lines show up under words and phrases. typing its name into the Start Menu
mark, all colored backgrounds will print. The Fix: Word is set to check spelling search box just above the Start button.
Annoyance 3: You’re working on a (red lines) and grammar (green lines) as Often it takes only a letter or two before
document where you’ve set the text size you type. This is another Proofing option the folder appears in the search results.
to be a fairly small 10 points. But you which comes enabled from the factory. On the downside, you have to do this each
find that the text is too small to view To turn off one or both of these features, time you want to open the folder.
comfortably while you’re typing. go to Word Options (Office button - Word Fix 2: A way to make any folder
The Fix: Drag the Zoom slider located Options) and click Proofing. Remove the immediately available is to add it to the
in the bottom right corner of the Word checkmarks next to “Mark grammar errors Favorites section of the navigation pane.
window to the right to enlarge the screen as you type” and “Check spelling as you This pane appears on the left side of any
view of the text. When printed, the text type.” You can always check spelling and explorer window where you are viewing,
will be 10 points no matter how big it grammar after your document is complete opening or saving files and folders. To
appears on the screen. by clicking Spelling & Grammar at the make a folder a Favorite, start by creating
Annoyance 4: You find that the left end of the Review tab. or opening a file, like a document, and
spaces between lines of text in your Several of these fixes involve the click Save As, which opens the Save As
document are wider than you want. settings found in the Options area of the dialog box. This reveals the navigation
The Fix: If all the spaces are wider than Office 2007 menu (File menu in 2010). pane on the left, showing a list of possible
expected, you can change the line spacing Options are available for all the Office places to save the file. Navigate to the
for the whole document at once. On the programs (Word Options, Excel Options, folder you want to make a favorite so that
Home tab, in the Editing group, click Access Options, etc.) These default it is the last item in the history bar across
Select-All (Ctrl+A keys) to highlight all the settings were determined by interviews the top. Then right click the word Favorites
text. Next click the Line Spacing button with thousands of people who use Office in the left pane. From the drop down
in the Paragraph group and select 1.0 for regularly in the workplace. If you find that menu, click “Add current location to
single-spacing or one of the other choices. the factory settings are causing you more Favorites.” Your special folder will now
Note: Word will not remove extra trouble than help, changing them is a
space after paragraphs when you simple task. All Office users should take Continued on Page 9
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eBook Readers Compared DON’T PANIC!
by Constance Brown, President, Canton/Alliance/Massillon UG, OH, 2/ 2011 Continued from Page 7
issue, The Memory Map, www.camug.or, firstname.lastname@example.org 6. Listen for unusual sounds. Is the
Technology with new capabilities and read between devices, LendMe™ cooling fan running? Is the hard drive
applications is constantly available. It can technology, borrowing, and you can making noises?
be difficult to stay focused on what will share updates on Social sites like 7. Look inside the computer for wires
be most suitable for our requirements Facebook® and Twitter®. It runs with that aren’t plugged in all the way or
when we are constantly wowed by the the Android™ Operating System. The other faulty connections.
latest innovations. Suppose you wish to price tag is $249. More information is 8. Start the computer from an external
read eBooks and listen to music. How available at http://www.barnesand start-up disk, such as the system
many pieces of equipment will allow you noble.com/nook/index.asp. Here the software CD that hopefully came with
to do this? Here are a few: computer, web comparison stops. Nookcolor was not your computer.
book, a variety of phones, iPad, some designed for Internet browsing or Having said all that, I must confess
mp3 players, some GPS devices and communicating via email. that I have tried to save a buck being
some eBook readers. Apple’s IPad comes with 16 Gig to 64 quite frugal and very Scottish only to
The cross application of many of these Gig of internal memory. Some IPads are make my problem even worse and of
devices is amazing and sometimes Wi-Fi only and others are either 3G or Wi- course more expensive for a tech (pro)
confusing. In January we heard a Fi. The price tag varies from $499-$829. to repair. If you do decide to call technical
presentation from the Stark County The IPad is much more than an eBook support, write down the exact problem
District Library about eBooks and eAudio reader. It offers Internet access and and what you were doing when it
books and were introduced to a variety of applications. It is still awaiting an app to occurred. Also note any error messages.
devices that can be used to check out be released that will let the reader view Try to replicate the problem if you can.
these Books. The library has a links to eBooks full screen. You can page through Be as specific as possible when talking
lists of compatible and incompatible websites, write an email, flick through to the support person. Computers can
devices at http://www.overdrive.com/ photos, or watch a movie with just the crash or hang when their hard disk
Resources/DRC/Default.aspx. touch of a finger. The 3G data plan is become too full.
During the presentation, I became inter- through ATT and starts at $14.99 per Free up space by deleting unneces-
ested in the comparison between Apple’s month. It has many computer capabilities, sary files and emptying the Trash or
iPad and Barnes and Nobles Nookcolor. especially when it comes to browsing the Recycle Bin.
Both of them have one disadvantage Internet and reading email. Don’t shock yourself or your RAM.
when compared to other readers such as When it comes to comparing eBook When working inside the computer, turn
other Nook products, Sony, Kobo or readers that use E ink and E paper, it is a the power off but leave the electrical
Kindle: the screen is not E Ink or E Paper. bit more difficult to make a selection. The cord plugged into the surge suppressor.
That means the battery is being Kindle is great, but doesn’t allow for you Ground yourself by touching the casing
drained when it is in use and that it will to check out eBooks from the library at of the power supply before touching any
be more tiring to the eyes and perhaps this time. Kobo from Borders does not of the computer circuits. You can also
impossible to read in bright light. However, allow you to listen to EAudio and requires wear a grounding strap which is very
Nookcolor lets you read books and a that books be loaded from a computer. inexpensive. Every computer user
magazine in full color and works both in Sony and Nook have their own trade-offs should have a small computer tool kit.
Wi-Fi and 3G networks. It has 8 Gig of with weight, bulkiness, and a screen that I do not recommend the medical option
internal memory, enough to hold 6,000 is sometimes difficult to read in sunlight of taking panic pills for computer ills. I do
books, and is expandable to 32 Gig. Over in the case of the Sony. So if an E Reader recommend joining the Computer Club of
2 million book titles are available, and it is in your future, you will have to select Oklahoma City where we share with each
has internal support for Microsoft Word, what best meets your needs. Having an other our positive as well a negative
Excel and PowerPoint. eReader certainly beats having to carry computer experiences. Knowledge is the
Additional features include resizable heavy, bulky books through the airport in real cure for panic in computing.
text and graphics with AliveTouch™, order to satiate your reading appetite as The motto of our computer club for
audio, Read to Me, Keep your last page, you wait for your next flight! years is: “The only stupid question is
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the one not asked!”
7 LITTLE WORD... folder and select Remove. I wonder if I can get Sherlock Holmes
Continued on Page 7 Using a computer should be fun as as a guest speaker for the computer
well as useful. Take a few minutes to club. Do you think I may have become
appear in the Favorites list. It will also think what your personal computer a bit eccentric as a fan of the world’s
appear in the Favorites list of the other annoyances are and try to find fixes for greatest detective? Where did I leave
MS Office programs on your computer, them. Customizing your programs my smoking jacket and calabash pipe?
such as Excel and PowerPoint. To remove makes using the computer much more I will have to ask Dr. Watson or Mrs.
a folder from Favorites, right click the enjoyable and efficient. Hudson!
June 2011 THE MOTHERBOARD Page 9
Art On Your Laptop Futuristic Printer
Beautiful, striking designs by a
variety of professional artists can
Design Wins $10K
be a part of your laptop. For ex-
ample, your computer can feature
“Cathedral,” a stunning piece by painter Robert Hargrave, left,
or famed artist Deanne Cheuk’s “Pyramid in Fall,” right.
(NAPSA) Resourceful people all over works from international artists like
the world are finding ways to make art Deanne Cheuk, Maya Hayuk, Jason
accessible and part of their lives. Holley, Tristan Eaton and urban artist
Flash drives and cell phones were Mike Ming. Now, the laptop is a fashion
among the first electronics to explode with accessory that can express your (NAPSA) Imagine taking this paper
personalization. For years, teen-agers in personal style. Recently, Dell expanded in your hands, touching a spot on the
Japan have been adorning their cell the online studio to include more than page and, presto, the words disappear
phones in rhinestone patterns and 200 different designs, patterns and and a whole new page of copy appears
charms, turning each text message into colors. on the same piece of paper. Touch it
a form of self-expression. If art awakens the soul, there’s never again, and it happens again. And again.
Today, Dell’s Design Studio has taken been a better time to indulge your artistic The theoretical technology is called the
the personalizing of consumer elec- cravings. Dell and others recognize this “Electronic Archive Printer,” and it’s a con-
tronics to the next level. People who draw and are making art available to cept that won top honors for two Syracuse
select the Dell Studio 15 or 17 laptops everyone, truly allowing new forms of University students in the national “Design
can choose to adorn them with unique self-expression. the Business Printer of the Future” con-
Editor’s Note: test, sponsored by Lexmark International,
Look online at the club’s website, under newsletters to see these cases in color a leading developer of printing solutions.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Industrial design scholars Ryan Bednar,
22 and Nate Schaal, 23, were awarded
Eliminate Stress With While you may still
have to wait for a
$10,000 for the futuristic device that prints
Reduced Wait Time lot of things in life,
multiple layers of interactive copy on a
single sheet of unique electronic paper.
your PC isn’t one of
(NAPSA) If you are like most people, They created a theoretical device that
them! For informa-
you hate waiting. Whether it’s waiting in retains the look, feel and portability of
line for coffee or having the phone glued traditional paper, yet can contain hun-
to our ear on hold, it’s just frustrating. dreds of pages of text. Electronic buttons
Waiting can become particularly irritating One solution to minimizing these printed on the page let users interact with
when your technology doesn’t keep up stressors can be found by using a com- the document. The pages can be stored
with the pace of life or work when you puter powered by the new Intel® Core™ in a unique notebook that protects the
need it to. It’s when you are watching the i5 processors, which tackle the dreaded document and acts as a power source.
little hourglass spin while a program hourglass head-on.These processors use “With this design, you’re actually printing
opens and you feel like throwing your PC Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which auto- on paper that changes,” said Michael Miller,
or pulling your hair out that you are indeed matically adapts to an individual’s compu- editor-in-chief of PC Magazine and one of
suffering from “Hourglass Syndrome.” ter performance needs, providing a boost the nine contest judges.
No, this isn’t a medical condition, but when you need speed and conserving “Over time, this technology could have
it’s something that many people can power when you don’t — nearly eliminat- an amazing impact in terms of making
relate to. Intel Corporation, makers of ing the wait for some users. In fact, the paper that’s thin, light and changes all
processors or the “brain” inside compu- processors are about twice as fast as the time and that can store all sorts of
ters, commissioned Harris Interactive those in three-year-old PCs for video, photo, information.”
to conduct a consumer survey to see and music-downloading experiences. The second place entry, submitted by
how widespread this “syndrome” really Think the “Hourglass Syndrome” has Bryant Griffin, of North Carolina State
is. The survey found that the average you down? While you wait, you can try University, was awarded $7,500 for his
computer user spends about 13 minutes a short, fun stress test on the Intel design of a small, mobile device that can
a day waiting for technology. That adds Facebook page or watch an amusing print, fax and scan documents for busi-
up to almost three days per year just video explaining “Hourglass Syndrome” ness users on the go.
waiting… and waiting. The study also at www.facebook.com/Intel. Brigham Young University’s Jacob Hall
found that 66 percent of computer users For more information on the Intel Core won $5,000 for a PDA attachment that
are at least somewhat stressed when i5 processors and Intel Turbo Boost Tech- emits a light beam that causes infor-
waiting for their computer and watching nology, visit http://www.intel.com/consum mation to appear on the page when
the hourglass spin. er/products/processors/core-family.htm. certain wavelengths of light energize it.
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Networking. Includes Windows 7 Basic
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4th Tuesday Monthly Meetings Are At
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Do you have an interest in creating DeskTop
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