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February 14, 2015: It's Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a day for sharing with that special someone.  If, however, there is no special someone right now, it's a day to treat yourself well.  Some nice chocolate and a good movie or book always make for a great evening!  This article on Valentine's Day from History.com is chock full of facts, history, and even science about the holiday.  Check it out!

~mary anne

 

February 13, 2015: Windows Technical Preview for Phones

If you want to really be on the cutting edge, check out this article "Hands On:  Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones" by Michael Muchmore of PC Magazine.  This is not something the average user should attempt but if you want to experience the gestation and birth of Windows 10 for Phones, this is where you should begin.  If you are the adventurous type, let us know what you think!

~mary anne

February 12, 2015: Simplify Your Scheduling

Setting up meetings can be a real drain on your time.  Since discovering the joys of sharing my calendar with people who need to know or should know when I am available or busy, I have saved countless hours of time.  Setting up a calendar event while looking at the calendars of other meeting participants to see if and when there is a common available time for everyone eliminates many, many emails and lots of angst.  If you are not ready to share your calendar--depending on your settings, others will see if you are "busy" or "available"--you can use a service like Doodle which I find very helpful (and it is free).  Check out this article "Cut the Hassle of Scheduling Meetings with These 4 Tools" by Erin Carson of Tech Republic for more scheduling tools and have more time for other tasks (or fun!).

~mary anne

 

February 11, 2015: Internet Safety

I saw this article "If You Inherit a Bunch of Jewelry, Don't Brag About It on Facebook" from the Associated Press on Mashable.  It is a good reminder  that you should take steps to prevent your family, your home, and your possessions from being the target of thieves.  Do not post pictures of yourself online while you are on that wonderful vacation.  It is an announcement that screams "I'm not home"!  Do not post pictures of valuable items in your home.  In this day and age, it is too easy for unscrupulous people to figure out where you live.  And, do not post your address and phone number on social media profiles.  

~mary anne

February 10, 2015: Change to Apple's Photo Editing Software

If you have not already heard, Apple is releasing new photo editing software in the spring for the Mac.  iPhoto and Aperture will be retired and Photos (which is available on the iPhone and iPad) will be the replacement.  There are many details for photo editing pros to know and this article, Everything You Need to Know About Apple's New Photos App for Mac by Josh Lowensohn and Nathan Ingraham of The Verge is a great place to start.  It is a terrific resource and contains links to additional articles.  If you are a beginner or a pro, there's important information to read and explore.

~mary anne

 

February 9, 2015: Finding Full Screen View in Yosemite

I finally upgraded my MacBook Air to OS X Yosemite!  It went smoothly but I've been frustrated by the omission of the icon to go full screen.  If you scrolled down to the end of yesterday's post, you have already seen it--but, if you didn't, here it is:  Finding the Full-Screen View in OS X Yosemite (scroll down to bottom of page) by J.D. Biersdorfer of The New York Times.  Sometimes it's the little things that make life so much easier.  Thanks, J.D.!

~mary anne

February 8, 2015: Fixing Dead Electronics

There are few things more frustrating than having a computer, tablet, or the like roll over and die.  It's interesting that we now cannot live without items that did not exist all that long ago.  If (or more likely, when) this happens to you, you have to decide if the device is fixable and, if not, how do you protect the personal information that was on it.  My choice for deleting personal information is to remove and destroy the hard drive (or its equivalent).  Then, I can recycle the remaining shell without losing sleep.    Before taking that drastic step, however, it's good practice to determine whether the device is fixable.  You can call your trusted computer repair person and decide if the cost of their time is worth the replacement cost of the item in question.  Another option is to try to fix it yourself.  After all, how much damage can you do, the item is dead already!  If you want to try the DIY approach, check out this article: Extracting Data from a Dead Tablet by J.D. Biersdorfer of The New York Times.  You will find repair guides for pcs, phones, cameras, cars, trucks, appliances, and more.  There is also a parts shop to make your DIY experience as easy as possible.  The article also has resources for recycling electronics.  This is a great article to keep handy for those emergency situations!

~mary anne

 

February 7, 2015: When To Use Twitter Group DM

twitter.pngTwitter has rolled out its Group Direct Message Capability.  Many people will find it helpful and this article by Amy-Mae Elliott of Mashable goes through the pros and cons for us.  It's a must read for Twitter fans!  Thanks, Amy-Mae!

~mary anne

February 6, 2015: Eight Easy Tips to Clear Out Space on Your IPhone and IPad

It is difficult to fathom but yes, I am runningout of space on my iPad.  I never thought I could fill it up but I'm getting close.  This article by Siobhan Harmer of Lifehack.org lists "Eight Easy Tips to Clear Out Space on Your iPhone and iPad" and it is a must read.  The screen shots make it easy to understand what can easily be removed from your device and what you can and should part with.  Time to go clean out my device!

~mary anne

February 5, 2015: Five Best PC Programs to Recover Lost Photos

Photos are the memories of our lives.  And, since picture taking is so easy with our smart phones, we tend to take many of them.  Losing them can cause anxiety, depression, and anger, so check out this article by Abhay Jeet Mishra of Lifehack.org entitled "Five Best Programs to Recover Lost Photos."  Some of the programs also can help you recover other files so reading this article is a must.  

~mary anne

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