KGcug 2015-02-06

Warnings

This is from a friend I travelled with to Peru and maintains computers for commercial customers in Bradenton:

Please!!!! If someone calls you and tells you that they are from Microsoft, Just hang up on them. A customer, last night, let them remotely take control of their PC and would not give them back control. The person on the other end blanked their screen and they could not see anything. They told him to release it and the guy erased their desktop. They called me while this was going on and I told them to just pull the plug on the computer. Today, I had to spend several ours removing malware and restoring their system to a usable state. Never ever allow someone you do not know to access your system remotely. I strongly urge you to develop a relationship with an experienced technician that can help you out when PC problems occur. AND never give a credit card or bank access to anyone that you do not know.

And, I'm not sure what Jack did to his brand new computer, but whatever it was, don't do it!

Review

Evernote

I started using it again, how many others have? What have I learned?

Avoid many pictures, let your Camera Roll transfer pictures automatically to some cloud service. Also use cloud services, not Evernote to transfer most pictures to your mobile devices.
Not positive when files actually appear local on remote devices.

Pushbullet

I don't text and it's not available for iOS devices so I haven't used it. Who has?

Pop-ups that let you know you have mail are VERY useful, but I have one.

Websites

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/


From Don Richmond:
Astronomy Picture of the Day

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/


Discussed Previously
Testing the speed of your Internet Connection

http://www.speedtest.net

There's also a Speedtest.net App for iOS and Android (see below)
Using a Browser BEWARE, avoid the ads, only click on "Begin Test"

Let's talk about Browsers, Browsers Tabs, and Blocking Ads and/or Scripts

When I look at the SpeedTest.com, I see:

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If you look at it you'll probably see:

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It's really easy to click on Start Now, DON'T DO IT!

What add-ons do I use and why?

If you want to know more about Browsers and Tabs, explore a little yourself and then ask questions at future meetings.

Here's what SpeedTest.net (OOKLA) looks like on an iPad
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It's nice and clean, of course there
are some ads that appear in the free version.
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Above you see the speeds with 3 Mbps internet service,
and below with a higher priced service.
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Speaking of Apps, don't expect them to be the same across devices.

Here's a weather App I really liked on the Kindle Fire
(and Android), but on the iPad it looks like this:

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On an Android it looks like this:

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Or rotated, like this:

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Here are some Weather Apps I use:
Weather Bug
Accuweather
The Weather Channel
Weather (Win8/Bing)
Dark Sky (iOS)
Marine Weather by Bluefin
Which ones do you find most useful? Most accurate and where?

Just a few minutes ago I installed a couple of new ones,
these two might be interesting:

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Your Contacts, Everyday Apps, Phone.


Google Voice

www.google.com/voice/

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How about a shopping App, you're in the store and see an item ...

do you wonder what it costs on-line or what kind of reviews its gotten?
Google Shopper (+Barcode Scanner) no longer exists, this one is called ShopSavvy:


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As soon as the Bar Code comes into focus, it will scan it automatically

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It will then look up the product, and find on-line prices and prices in stores near you:

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What about location based Apps? Alice recommended GasBuddy.
You can even access it from your laptop or desktop.
www.gasbuddy.com Locally: Nokomis and Sarasota