|Green Bytes||October 2015|
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Are you thinking about switching to Windows 10? Every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. the Club offers a Windows 10 SIG (Special Interest Group), and at 9:45 a.m. we schedule a Windows Q&A (Questions and Answers) session. Soon some of our machines will have dual boot capabilities with Windows 7 and Windows 10. Members can try both operating systems and evaluate the changes.
Does your computer have a firewall? Do you have an anti-virus program? And do you update it at least every week? We still have users who never updated their anti-virus programs. Come to one of our Q&A sessions and learn how.
This year's General Meetings will begin on Tuesday, October 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Anza Room at Santa Rita Springs. All GVR members are welcome at these meetings. Informative and interesting topics are presented by Club members or invited speakers. The programs usually include door prizes.
The Green Bytes staff welcomes Dorothy Fitch as co-editor of the newsletter. Feel free to send your articles, ideas and suggestions to either Eleanor Blumenschein at email@example.com or Dorothy Fitch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all of our monitors. You are doing a great job, and the Club could not be open without all of you. Your dedication is appreciated. If you would like to help, contact Mike Kearns at email@example.com.
At the Board meeting on September 2, Marge Clark reported that Electronic Registration will be available about October 15 for hands-on classes in December and January.
Eleanor Blumenschein, Green Bytes Editor, was given approval for up to $25 per issue for copyrighted material.
Don Coon reported Maintenance Committee members have been very busy with Windows 10. There will be new machines in the lab area with the new OS. Eventually all classroom machines will be updated.
Ernie Cox said that a new operating system will be introduced by Apple at their show in September. This will be free for all of Apple machines. The new Apple 2e box, new phones and other equipment will also be shown.
General Meeting Committee Chair Barry Weissman announced the Tuesday, October 20, membership meeting will feature Family Tree Maker presented by Jerry Flowers. This meeting is open to all GVR members, so bring your friends interested in genealogy.
According to Jud Richardson, two of the three machines used for scanning slides have been replaced.
And Ernie Cox also reported that a new audio/video system for the Anza Room is to be installed by the end of October.
Four Windows 10 books have been added to the PC library for members to borrow. On the elementary level we have "Windows 10 for Dummies" and "Teach Yourself Visually Windows 10." For those on the intermediate level, "Windows 10: The Missing Manual" is on order. For the expert, "Windows 10 Inside Out" is coming.
While the title "Windows 10 for Dummies" can be disconcerting, the book does not try to make you a whiz at Windows. It merely dishes out chunks of useful computing information when you need them. Instead of becoming a Windows expert, you’ll know just enough to get by quickly, cleanly, and with a minimum of pain so that you can move on to the more pleasant things in life.
The Windows 7 and 8 editions of "Teach Yourself Visually" were the single most popular titles in our library for several years in a row. I have no doubt that this new edition will follow suit. This book is designed for visual learners, with two-page lessons that break big topics into bite-sized modules. The succinct explanations walk you through step by step full-color screen shots that demonstrate each task and helpful sidebars that offer practical tips and tricks.
The last two books are on order, but have not yet been released. These books will follow the same format as similar titles for Windows 8. Look for them to show up on our book shelf when they are available.
Terry Flanagan, Librarian, TAFlan28@aol.com
Yes, Microsoft has finally replaced its old bloated Internet Explorer web browser. The new browser that comes with Windows 10 is called "Edge." This is aptly named because it is much sharper than Internet Explorer. As a matter of fact, it is better in almost every way.
Edge is more secure, is faster, and has a new rendering engine. One of the best things about Edge is that its newly designed interface is easy-to-use. Similar to the current Chrome browser, Edge has a cleaner look that makes it easier to use. The Edge address bar is front and center under a "Where to Next?" label. Although this is a bit simplistic, it works.
A Hub icon on the upper toolbar gives you easy access to your favorites, a reading list, your browsing history, and your current downloads. This download area is especially useful making it easier for the average user to find them.
And WOW, you can even write on the screen of a web page to add your own comments. Draw or type on any web page using a mouse or draw with your finger on a touchscreen. You can draw in several different colors with three different-sized pens. You can also highlight in several colors and add a text note. You can even draw a square on the screen to highlight and copy part of the web page. Once you have marked up the web page you can save it and/or share it with friends.
When using Edge you can also use Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant, to issue voice commands. Cortana will answer or will find the correct folder or program for you. It is extremely useful. You can even ask Cortana for more information on any text that you highlight.
In the future, Edge will support browser extensions from Chrome and Firefox and it will keep getting better and better. It is available at no additional cost along with Windows 10.
Removing adware from your Mac
Fifteen ways to Keep your iPhone battery from running out
Ten Safari keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know
How-to: safely prepare and wipe your iPhone for resale or trade-in
How to check iCloud activation lock status of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Ernie Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the arrival of Windows 10 on July 29, its impact on the Computer Club has been hard to miss. For starters, the Wednesday morning Windows 8 SIG has become the Windows 10 SIG. The Tuesday morning Question and Answer session still fields all questions, but Windows 10 seems to hog the limelight.
In the Agave classroom plans are underway to replace Windows 8.1 with Windows 10. But since the classroom computers can support two operating systems, Windows 7 will coexist with Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. At this point the Pecan classroom will continue to use Windows 7 and 8.1.
There are now four Windows 10 computers in the walk-in lab area offering members the opportunity to take a test drive. But don't fret, plenty of Windows 7 computers remain available.
So if you haven't already upgraded to Windows 10, what should you do? Frankly, that's a personal choice. If you have Windows 7 or 8.1 on your computer, you can download a free copy of Windows 10 if you do it before late July 2016. If you have Vista, you'll need to shell out $100 for a Windows 10 license.
My Unscientific Advice? First realize that the laundry list of features, issues, concerns and improvements is beyond the scope of this article. I'll leave that to the classes and web.
If you're running Windows 8.1, chances are good that you'll find Windows 10 an improvement. In Windows 10 you will see the return of the Start Menu ditched by Windows 8. Yet the Windows 8 tiles and App Store remain. You can't beat the price. If you change your mind within 30 days, you can easily roll back to Windows 8.1.
If you're running Windows 7, the decision may be more difficult. Windows 7 is an excellent operating system. Extended support will continue until at least 2020. If you don't care about tiles, apps and all the other bells and whistles, wait until you see how Windows 10 plays out. At worst, you're out $100. You too can easily roll back if you do upgrade.
Disclosure: I've been using Windows 10 for almost a year as part of the Windows 10 Beta team. I've upgraded my laptop and tablet to 10 and have no plans to roll either back to Windows 8. My Windows 7 desktop is my workhorse. It'll remain a Windows 7 computer until the last minute—or maybe longer.
Don Coon, email@example.com
You can renew your Computer Club membership for 2016 at any time. Come to the Computer Club and tell the monitor you want to renew. With your GVR number, the monitor can obtain the renewal form from the database. Just confirm (or change) the information. The form is then printed for your signature. Deposit it with your check in the dropbox, and you are all set.
If you wish to renew by mail, the renewal form is on the club website at www.ccgvaz.org/member-renewal.html. Please complete the form, print it and mail the form and your payment to:
Computer Club of Green Valley
The cost of a Single Membership renewal is $25, and a Family Membership costs $35.
If you have a Single Membership and wish to add one or more residents of your household and switch to a Family Membership, you must bring the residents with you to the club with their GVR cards and proof (such as a driver's license) that they live at your address.
|Computer Club Board Members for 2015|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ernie Cox, Purchasingemail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Rose Estes, Secretaryemail@example.com||Don Coon||Don.firstname.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|
|Ruth White, Monitor Committee (Mac)||email@example.com|
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