Education

Scan (using Canon EX) and create a JPG file

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Today a friend of mine wanted to scan in a picture to publish it onto Facebook.
The all-in-one scanner-printer used was a Canon MG2100.
As each of the “Canon Solution Menu EX” works slightly different so I had to listen to what they were doing at the other end of the phone and hope that I could talk them through some sort of solution (without having the User Guide).

  1. We managed to scan using “auto scan”
  2. Then I was told that there was only a “Save as PDF” available
    (not quite correct but as always – we only see what we want to see)
  3. So we saved the scan as PDF – oops where did it get saved to?
  4. My instructions were:
    • click the Windows (Start) icon ->
    • click “Recent Items” on the left ->
    • find and click on the “just-saved-PDF-file”.
  5. So now we have the file open – what next?
    • Use the “Snipping Tool”
      – (which can be found by click the Windows (Start) icon ->
    • Click “All Programs” ->
    • find and click “Accessories” ->
    • and approximately in the middle of that list select and click “Snipping Tool”).
  6. When started it automatically is ready to snipe i.e. what you had on the screen is slightly greyed out
    • so now it’s just a matter of selecting the area you want to snipe –
    • click top left and drag the courser to the down right end position –
    • let go of the mouse and your selection is now placed on the clipboard and visible in the “Snipping Tool” window.
  7. You can now either save the image directly from the “Snipping Tool” or paste it into any applications – like Word, eMail or an image manipulation program.

That’s it – I am not telling you how to post/publish on Facebook.

I downloaded the Canon MG2100 user manual and saw that we could have skipped the PDF file and the snipping, but as I like the “Snipping Tool” I am only glad to pass that information on as well.

How to revive an old XP-PC to a useful PC

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First you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it – for instance:

  1. has it got enough memory (2gb or more)
  2. is the processor good enough (2mhz or better)
  3. is there 6gb or more free disk space on your hard drive

If you answered “Yes” to all the above questions you can then safely install Ubuntu (Linux) onto your PC/Laptop.

You can install it either as the ONLY operating system on your PC or change your PC to become a dual boot system; where you have to answer (at boot time) which system to use (a Ubuntu screen where both Ubuntu and Windows are the choices).

By using dual boot you can then when you need to re-boot and use Windows for example for your scanner – that is – if you can’t find the Linux driver for it.

Linux Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS will automatically install:

  1. Rhythmbox – Music Player
  2. Shotwell – Photo Manager
  3. GIMP – Image Editor
  4. PiTiVi – Video Editor
  5. FireFox – Web Browser
  6. Thunderbird – Email reader
  7. LibraOffice – similar to OpenOffice Word, Excel, PowerPoint …

Ubuntu offers thousands of apps available for download from the software center. Most are available for free and can be installed with just a few clicks.

Windows 7 Gadgets

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Have you ever lost your Win7 gadgets?

You went out in the morning and they were there,
you came back late and they were gone!
Swear, swear!

How to get them back? This might work; at least it did for me.

  1. Type “windows feature” in ‘the search programs’ on the Start menu.
  2. Select “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  3. Wait while windows collect all the information
  4. Scroll down to “Windows Gadget Platform”
  5. If it is ticked, un-tick it and reboot your PC.
    then repeat step 1-4 and go to step 6.
  6. If it is un-ticked, tick it and reboot your PC.
  7. This time after the final reboot your gadget are back.

A great tool “Windows Live Writer”

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I was downloading Microsoft’s “Windows Essentials for a user who uses “Windows Live Mail” and as I, when installing only what the user needed,  noticed a program I hadn’t seen before: “Windows Live Writer” as well as the usual “Photo Gallery”, “Movie Maker” and “OneDrive”.

Windows Live Writer is a desktop blog-publishing application.
All I did was adding my account from wordpress.com and start creating a new post.

Things you can do within Windows Live Writer:

  • Add “photos”, “videos” and even a “Bing Map”.
  • It is easy to use: “Edit”, “Preview” and “Source”.
  • Release the post: by uploading “Draft” or directly “Publishing”.

Movie Maker by Microsoft

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Have you ever on your smart-phone or your camera shot a whole movie upside down or sideways?
When you look at it, at home on your PC, you could cry! What to do?  Bin it or try to recover it?
Don’t worry; Microsoft can help you here.  Download and install from the Microsoft download site: “Movie Maker”.
Read about it here.
For a Microsoft software it’s quite user-friendly, you can even publish direct to YouTube

Check for duplicated files

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How many duplicated files have you got?
Have you ever wondered if you have backed-up or copied a file to somewhere?
Have you ever wondered if and how many versions of the same file you have stored on your pc?

You don’t have to wonder anymore!

A student of mine was asking if I knew a way to find all the duplicated files stored on his computer.
I didn’t, but goggled for it, and yes, I did find a very useful small program dupeGuru (hardcoded.net);
which is a tool to find duplicate files on your computer. It can scan either filenames or contents.

Easy merge of PDF files

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I was scanning a booklet into PDF formatted files; but I really only  wanted one file and couldn’t remember how to make the scanner do the work.

So I looked around and found this easy and free software: PDFbinder (and downloaded it from CNET).
Wow it worked, it wasn’t intrusive to install, and it was quick; all I had to do was adding the files I wanted to merge; move them around into sequence and press “Bind” then tell it the new name and where to save it.

That was all. Great stuff.

Outlook.com introduces the most sophisticated rules in webmail

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When it comes to getting organized, Outlook.com has you covered. Starting today, we are releasing Advanced Rules and three other features, all to help you keep your inbox in top shape and make it even easier to see the email that matters to you. The average person has 184 emails in their inbox, and receives 28 emails each day.* This can be a lot to handle, so helping you get to the email you care about is one of our top priorities. Outlook.com already has a number of features to help you do this. For example, Sweep (one of our most popular) helps you quickly delete multiple unwanted emails. more…

written by Mike Schackwitz, on May 13, 2014

Joy of being an IT Buddy

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I have now been working as a volunteer in CMK Library since January 2014 and I am thoroughly enjoying it, even to the extent that instead of 2 hours 1 day a week, I am doing 3 hours twice a week.

It is interesting to see lots of people and be able to show them the way into computing. Also it’s interesting to extract the information about what they know and what they would like to know.

Best of all for them – they get one hour free tuition.

As an example: I have one learner who has done a lot of surfing but his knowledge is like a heap of stones where I have to find the concrete to build a foundation for him to progress, which is difficult because when he sees something (like e-mail) that he is currently not using his auto reaction is “Oh I don’t need that” so in his world he would skip it! No, no – that’s exactly what is needed for filling the holes between the stones. This is just one example of the difficulties I am up against and that is not to mention the language barriers.

PC support scam cold calls

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PC support scams should not be taken lightly.

Beyond the annoyance of receiving the calls, they can leave victims out of pocket and potentially at risk of having their personal details lifted from their PCs.

Here are the essentials of what you need to do to stay protected:

When the phone rings…

1. If they say they’re from Microsoft:
  • They’re not. Microsoft will never call its customers directly.
  • The safest thing to do is to hang up immediately!
2. If they say your PC is running slowly:
  • They don’t know this.
  • Even Microsoft itself cannot know what state your computer is in, as error report data is always anonymous.
3. If they say you have a virus:
  • You can check this yourself using your security software.
  • Never trust an unsolicited caller who claims that your PC is under threat.
4. If they want to remotely access you PC:
  • Never, ever allow them to.
  • This hands the keys to your PC to a scammer.
  • At best, they’ll waste your time and money.
  • At worst, they’ll infect it with malware and potentially steal personal details
If you think you’ve been a victim…

  • Run a virus scan
  • If you’ve allowed a cold caller remote access to your PC, run a virus scan with your security software to make sure that it hasn’t been infected.

Alert your bank

  • It’s an inconvenience, but if you think there’s any chance your personal and card details are at risk, contact your bank and request that they freeze your card account and issue you with a new card.

Contact Action Fraud

  • If you’ve paid for the PC support, or lost money to credit card fraud, contact Action Fraud and get a crime reference number.
  • You’ll need this for pursuing a claim with your bank to return the lost funds.
  • Go to: www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
    or call: 0300 123 2040

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