Sharing Files With Dropbox

Sharing files with Dropbox A quick and easy way to share files using the Cloud is to use Dropbox. Once installed, it is easy to use. Drag and drop files and share with whoever you would like. This can include linking to Text, Email, and Social Media. I will walk you through installing, running, and sharing a file with this how-to guide. Install Dropbox The first step is to install Dropbox on your computer. This is easily done by going to Dropbox.com, and clicking on “Download” After downloading the Dropbox program, it should show up in your bottom tray. When you open the program, it will give you the option to open your files, which will look something like this. This will be the location to put your shared files in. To select a file to put in the Dropbox, simply right click on that file, and choose “add to Dropbox”, as I am doing in this example. From this point, clicking on the file will allow you to share it with a group, social media, or individual people. In this example, I will share this photo with my Student account, via Email. I have clicked on the file that I wish to share. Click on the Share tab to open up your options for sharing. I am going to choose Specific people. After typing in my School Email address, I will log on to that Email to see what happened. You can also use Dropbox to share files on most Social Media platforms. Adding Dropbox to Microsoft Office is an option to make sharing files...

Installing Windows on a Virtual Machine

Installing Windows on a Virtual Machine Running a Virtual Machine with VMware is a very fun and helpful thing to have on your computer. You can run multiple platforms if you choose, have great flexibility on how you would like to set up the virtual machine, and is a great tool for IT students to practice with. The first thing you will have to do with your new virtual machine is install an operating system (as you would with any new pc). In this example, we will install Microsoft Windows. If you notice below, I checked off Microsoft Windows as the operating system as I was setting up my virtual machine. Below is how the Virtual Machine looks before it is powered up. For this example, I am downloading a trial version of Microsoft Windows that I am not going to activate, but it will work for this purpose. I downloaded it from the Microsoft site, using a flash drive (at least 8 GB). I used an old 8 GB flash drive for my install. For a small flash drive combined with my slow laptop, the download can take a very long time. Something else to note… This process will erase everything on your thumb drive, so make sure you move your data off of the thumb drive beforehand. Booting up from the thumb drive, Windows will take over, and the process will look like any other Windows install. Again, I am not going to register this install of Windows, so I clicked on the “I don’t have a product key” box. This is where it asks to be...

Uses for an old laptop

Uses for an Old Laptop Do you have a laptop that is a bit on the old and slow side? It was once a star, but age is brutal to us all, and now it just sits in your basement, eating your food & watching cartoons all day, dreaming of the glory days. It is pretty much just taking up space at this point. Put your foot down & let your old laptop know that it has to get a new job in the next Month, or it is going to the computer recycling center. If it refuses to look for something on its own, here are some ideas. Fix it up- Does the old boy have the “bones” to put time and money into some upgrades? Maybe you have a child that is entering High School or College and will need a laptop that doesn’t need to be state of the art. Invest in some extra ram memory, a better hard drive, etc… Boom… Instant new laptop. Do your homework first. In our world, a new laptop computer is probably about the same price, or even less than upgrading an old laptop. Make it a Server- If it is still in fairly good shape, but too slow for what you need, you can make it a home server. You can connect your printers to your old laptop and set up a network to your new one. You can have a central hub for your devices, print from any networked printer, do file sharing and do back-ups. You can purchase software, such as Windows Home Server, but that is...

Setting up Media Streaming and File Sharing  with Windows 10

What is media streaming?  This involves taking different types of media content (photos,music,videos) and being able to stream them to different devices inside and outside of the home.  These devices can read media that is stored in a different location without transferring it to their main memory.  Some of these devices include gaming systems, tablets, personal computers and other devices with streaming capabilities. What is file sharing?  File sharing sharing is the ability  to share different files on a network. For example, word documents and powerpoint presentations. How does it work?  The wireless router connects all the different network capable devices that are available in the home.  The data is stored on a personal computer or server in a central location.  All of the devices can access these files twenty four seven.  For example, if you had a Roku in one room and a PS4 in another, both of these devices could play the movies that are on the media server. Lets get started . First make sure you have an AC compatible wireless router (Netgear AC2300),computer or NAS (Network Attached Storage Device) and devices to access the data   As you can see in the picture the router is surrounded by all the different devices.     Once you have the wireless network setup with the internet, the next step is to find a spot for the personal computer that is going to hold all of the files.  Just to let you know, when using a desktop or laptop for a media server it’s going to consume more power then using an NAS, plus it won’t have as...

Gmail Plugins

Gmail Productivity Plugins How do you use Gmail better? While I never thought this was a problem in my life, I can honestly say that I could be doing my daily Gmail things better. I am going to examine several Gmail Plugins that should help your productivity, if you choose to use them. Some of these products overlap in the things that they can do, but there is hopefully one out there for you. Task Management Plugins Task Management is an important process in the business world. The ability to link Task Management to your Gmail account can do wonders for your productivity, freeing up time to spend on more important things in your life. Boomerang- This product is mostly used for scheduled email sending and reminders. It allows you to schedule emails to automatically send in the future, so you can write an email now, and it will send it whenever you want. Boomerang can also postpone incoming emails, by making them disappear from your Inbox into a folder, then bringing it back to the top of your message list at a certain time. It is also the only reminder service that can alert you if you do not get a reply to a message. SortD- SortD can organize your Gmail inbox into a series of To-do lists. You can name the lists according to your needs. You can drag and drop emails and put them into an appropriate list. A cool function is that you can rename the email, so it will make sense when you move it. ToDoist- This is one that I started using. ToDoist...

The Best way to Configure a Virtual Machine

This is guide will attempt to teach you how to setup a virtual machine for best performance.  Depending on the software, some vms will work better than others.  I am using Vmware Workstation and it requires a 64 bit operating system with a 1GB of available disk space for the application.  I recommend 8GB of RAM on the computer to make sure the VM doesn’t slow down.  Now let's get started… start  by opening Vmware and click on create new virtual machine, then select typical and click next.  Now input how to install the operating system.  I am using  Windows 10 ISO you can also use a CD if you choose. Step two is to input all the different operating system information.  This can  be done after the OS is installed. it’s up to you.  After that step click next and this box will show where the VM will be located on the computer's hard drive.  Also this is where you can name the VM. Step Three is the hard drive settings.  Make sure to add enough space for any other  applications that will be added to the OS.  Windows 10 will need around 10GB.  With this setting I like to stay at 30GB or more.   The next section for best performance from a virtual machine is to  select “single” instead of “multiple files”.  When it uses a single file to create the hard disk it’s easier and faster for the operating system to access data.  The downside is that it takes up the full amount of space that was assigned to it.  On the other hand, when using multiple...