|Green Bytes||April 2014|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - email@example.com
April General Meeting
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This month’s comments are written by Bob Ogus, our Education Chair:
Training attendance has been brisk during the first two months of the new year, and lots of attention was given to Windows classes, which filled up rapidly. Perhaps many members obtained new computers and needed to understand the new Windows 8.1 operating system.
Flash Drive - How to Use It, with John "Tuck" Tucker has become very popular with our members, and extra classes have been added to the schedule to respond to the demand.
"Make a Free Website on Google" classes have filled to capacity very quickly, and we hope Lee Laughner plans additional sessions in coming months.
Photoshop Elements joins the Mac group of interesting classes, along with Ernie Cox's ongoing and very popular iDevices - iBooks classes.
Marge Clark's Computer Basics and Beginning Mac Safari are two newer instructional sessions that are gaining popularity. The hands-on SIGs and workshops continue to have a loyal following.
All in all, our members have many new and interesting classes to supplement the traditional training to which they have become accustomed. With the addition of the Board-approved 55-inch HDTV and stand, we can now simulate real world "Cutting the Cord" with the Over The Air Antenna, bringing in some ten very-clear stations. This includes our Apple/TV Roku, Chromecast streaming video players and other planned additions.
As a Club we are once again ahead of the curve on providing our members with real world experiences and training options they can find nowhere else in Green Valley.
Don’t forget the monthly meeting on April 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Thanks to all of you for helping make this a great year, and a special thanks to Gene Komaromi for stepping in and teaching Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Jud Richardson President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting for PC Hardware Maintenance, Don Coon said things are running well. A suggestion was made to have instructions for the Acer Tablet, Nexus 10 and Kindle Fire. A computer might be setup with links to the appropriate instructions.
Ernie Cox, reporting for the Mac Group, said the Mac Room is in need of two or three new computers to replace ones that cannot be updated. One Snow Leopard machine will be kept. The puchases will be made if they are within the Mac budget.
February attendance was 2,557, and the Club membership is 1,471.
The Jeopardy Answer is...What?
Do you have any idea what that program is? When I tell you the answer, you will shake your head —as I did—and you will say, "What? That’s not right!"—just as I did.
Are you ready? The answer is, "What is Firefox (the internet browser)?"
"Fire fox," in Chinese, is another name for the red panda.
In fact, Mozilla launched a website called "Firefox Live" in November 2011 to educate and raise awareness of the endangered red panda species.
Live videos of three baby red pandas, Bernadette, Dolly, and Winston, that were sheltered at the Knoxville Zoo, were streamed on the Firefox Live website until March 2012. When the babies reached maturity they were sent to breed and become part of the animal families at the Virginia Zoo (Norfolk, Virginia) and the Zoo Boise (Boise, Idaho). Subsequently, the Firefox Live website was retired.
If you’d like to find a red panda in a zoo near you, go to http://redpandanetwork.org/red_panda/find-a-red-panda-near-you.
How many times has this happened to you?
Grandchild: Gram, can you help me with my computer?
OK, maybe it happens more the other way around where it's the Grandparent needing help from the Grandchild. Don't despair, we have found a FREE piece of software that will allow assistance with a computer in a remote location. The program is called TeamViewer (available at http://www.TeamViewer.com), comes in Windows, Mac and Linux versions, and is very simple to use. Let's take the simplest case, where the Grandchild is going to help the Grandparent with a computer problem. Here's how it works:
Both parties (Grandchild and Grandparent) visit http://www.TeamViewer.com and do the following:
1. Click on the Green "Download - Free for private use" button (shown below).
2. When asked if you want to Save and Run the file (wording varies with each browser), say yes and run the software.
3. At this point, you will be presented with choices. Both parties (Grandchild and Grandparent) need to select: For Personal Use only One time use only
4. A window should now appear that looks like the box below:
5. The person who needs the help (Grandparent), gives the (program generated) "Your ID" to the person giving the help (Grandchild). The Grandchild puts the ID into the "Partner ID" box.
6. A window then appears on the Grandchild's computer asking for the password. The Grandparent gives the Grandchild the "Password" from his/her window.
7. The Grandchild clicks on the blue "Connect to partner" button and after a few seconds, the Grandchild is seeing the Grandparent's computer screen. Let the help begin.
8. When finished, once either party closes the window, the program is terminated for both the Grandparent and the Grandchild.
As we said , this is the simplest case. You also have the option when installing to create an account, set up a computer to always allow it to be accessed remotely, and to use the program more than once. But this tutorial should be enough to get you started and give a an idea of what the program is about. Use this simple case the first time and determine after that how you would like to use TeamViewer in the future.
Some of the features of this program (other than being FREE) are an improvement over other similar software packages include:
• Drag and drop files from your computer to remote computer.
So the next time that Grandchild needs help (or you do), try TeamViewer. You won't be disappointed.
C. M. Goeke, email@example.com
Keeping Fit at the Computer
Gary Brandolino, a certified fitness trainer, warned us during the September General Meeting that extended use of the computer, while in an inappropriate posture, can lead to injuries and physical conditions that could require therapy. This warning, he said, applies to any repetitive motion and a sedentary life style. How to prevent injuries? Motion!
Gary said we can take a cue from almost any pet which, from time-to-time, will stand up and stretch. In fact, babies stretch too, as they roll and sit up. Posture is one of the most important factors in a healthy lifestyle, because your body tends to compensate for a poor posture, potentially leading to pain once you move out of that posture.
Note these key requirements when sitting at a computer:
Gary emphasized stretching; see artwork on the graphic for 12 recommended stretches while working at a computer or at a desk.
Stretches should be fashioned to suit the individual. Not shown in the figure are neck exercises, where you move your head, in the vertical plane, from left to right, leaning the ear down toward the shoulder; and up and down, over the chest and toward the back. To lean toward the shoulder, hold your shoulder down with the opposite hand while stretching.
Also not shown is the arm/wrist stretch where, with one arm stretched out in front of you at shoulder height, the wrist is first gently pushed down by the other hand, while the other hand resists the push, and is held, then pushed up and held.
Referring to the figure, Gary warned us to be careful when doing #3, the side stretch; and said that #5, the shrug, should be done while sitting straight up; #6 is a good exercise, with your hands behind your back, where you hold each arm in turn as you stretch that side of your body. #11, arching the back, is also a good exercise.
Any fitness routine should be designed for the individual’s specific physical condition. If you decide to design a program for yourself and hire an instructor, mention your physical history.
In closing, Gary exhorted us to:
• Set goals; write them out.
|Computer Club Board Members for 2014|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ernie Cox, Purchasingemail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Claire Amato, Secretaryemail@example.com||Don Coonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jerry Ferris, Treasureremail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Head Monitorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Terry Flanagan, Assistant Head Monitoremail@example.com|
|Jerry Wallin, Monitor Committeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Claire Amato, Monitor Committee (Mac)||email@example.com|
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