Lots of tech and computer products are bought at this time of year.
Here is some advice with the new products you have.
- Read the instruction manual and I mean a decent read
- If it still is not working the way you think it should work refer to No 1 again
- When setting up tech products don't let people or the family hover over your shoulder , it will cause you to make a mistake , take your time
- The 30 day rule applies to tech and computers , if it is going to break down it will usually happen in the first 30 days and if it does, it is more than likely going to be a dud
- If you get stuck consult the biggest instruction manual , Google
In Windows ( Vista and Windows 7 ) there is a better way to select multiple files and folders rather than the old " shift " key.
If you go into your control panel , select folder options , click on View , go to advanced settings , scroll down and place a tick in ' Use check boxes to select items ".
You will then be able to open a folder up and it will have check marks available to select files.
This is a great time saver so you can select the files you want or by clicking in the check box at the top you can select all files in the folder.
So you have reinstalled your operating system and done all the updates , installed your software and it is just the way you want it.
Why not remember this by " imaging" your hard drive now so that you have an exact duplicate of you hard drive so that if you run into problems and need to reinstall you can do so from your " image ".
This is not the same as backing up your documents but it is a way of getting your computer back to it's fresh install quickly.
This particularly useful if you pick up malware , virus infections and want to get your computer back to it's original state.
Software to do this is DriveImage XML Backup Software and it's free
However don't forget to read the instructions.
There is a step that you can take which will help if your Gmail /Google account is compromised and that is to give Google your mobile phone number so that a password reset code can be sent to your mobile phone if your account is compromised.
How do you do this?
Log onto your Google account , this can be done through your Gmail account
Go to the Accounts and Imports tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a Change Account settings section.
Click on Google Account Settings and you will go to your Google Account Page
After logging on , go to change password recovery options
You will then be on the "Recovering Your Password "page
This enables you to enter a mobile phone number which can be used so that you can receive a password reset code on your mobile phone
This makes it much harder for someone to take over your Google / Gmail account
This is a great article from Macworld on iTunes and understanding the sorting tags.
Even though it is based on the Mac it applies to Windows users as well
"iTunes lets you apply and edit information about your content; this metadata is called “tags.” Tags include the name of an item, its creator (or artist), an album name, a track number, and more.
But there are some iTunes tags that can be a bit confusing: the Sorting tags.
Here’s a look at what these tags are for and how you can use them to your advantage."
This week is iPad week and here are another 2 tips
iPad Tip 5
The default signature "sent from my iPad" may look fine but really you should change it.
- Go to "settings"
- Click on "Signature"
Then alter your signature
iPad Tip 6
When it comes to copying and pasting text , you hold your finger down on a word until the command appears which will give you a selection choice.
Then tap , copy/ paste etc.
If you want to select a paragraph then tap 4 times.
This is iPad week , so here are another 2 tips for using the iPad
iPad Tip 3
So you want to type a word in all capitals , rather than keep hitting the shift key just double tap the shift key and you will have all caps.
iPad Tip 4
With the iPad you are able to password protect your apps , iTunes purchases , access to YouTube , access to Safari
So how do you do this
Go to Settings, then General, then Restrictions.
Press Enable Restrictions and type a password, then turn on the restrictions you want for the apps available. Please Note that the password you use for Restrictions is and should be different from your iTunes password