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...

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...

Using “Google Drive” and Some Essential Tools

What do most people have in common when owning a computer?  The answer is… an email address. The most popular email service is Gmail from Google.  Gmail can be accessed by using Google's web application or different client based software on computers and mobile devices.  When signing up for a Gmail account it comes with fifteen gigabytes of storage.  If you upgrade to one hundred gigabytes, it costs two dollars per month.   After signing in click on the box in the upper right hand corner displaying the nine dots.  This will show the various tools that google gives you access to at no cost.  The four tools I will discuss are drive, docs, sheets and slides.    To start any of these applications all you have to do is click on the one you wish to access.   This is what Google drive looks like when you first open it.  If you have just created an account, this will be blank.  I use Gmail for school and as you can see I have a folder for each class.  This helps me  stay organized and keeps everything in one place.    To start, click the “new button” and it will give you different options for creating different files and folders that you can use with Google Drive. These are the different options that will come up when “new” is clicked.  Now click on the “Google Docs” button and create a new document.   Google Docs is a cloud based word processor.  This will give a lot of the same options as Microsoft Word.  One of the benefits of Google...

How to create backups in Windows 10

Windows 10 Backup I think we are all at a point in our computing lives that we understand that everything we do on a computer should be backed up in a secondary location. Right? If not, you should start doing this now, if not sooner… I am going to show you a quick & easy (and cheap) way to backup your files on a Windows 10 operating system. First, you will need an External Hard Drive. It looks like this… The model pictured here is less than $100. It has 4TB of storage and is just larger than a deck of cards. This drive will store a tremendous amount of data (every picture you have ever taken won’t even scratch the surface of this drive), and it is very user friendly. There are cheaper hard drives out there, but please don’t skimp on quality/size to save a few bucks. This is your backup for everything. My family pictures are on this drive, in my case. You now have the external Hard Drive- Let’s go… From your windows desktop, click on the Start button… Select Settings. Scroll down to “Update & Security” … Click on that You will now be at this screen… Click on Backup… This is the final product of the backup. You have many options at this point. You can choose where the data is backed up to, how often the files are backed up, and how long to keep them. After all is said and done, you can change the settings if you wish. You can exclude folders that you don’t want to save. If you...

Key differences between Edge browser and Internet explorer? Which one do you think is better? Why?

The key differences between Edge and Internet Explorer is that Edge is more emphasized on Web Note and Reading View and Cortana and obviously like any browser update the compatibility and security of the Browser, and Inter Explorer is there for the backward compatibility and modern web standards and IE11 has ran all the way back to windows 7. I think that Microsoft edge is better because the new browser interface is a lot smother and is made to work with all the new windows 10 features. It is made like google chrome because anything you type in the web address bar can be a search or website, but instead of using google it uses Bing which is not the best in my part but its better than nothing. With Internet explorer they have the search bar and an address bar, Edge has a great feature where it annotates and highlights parts of webpages for a better search of finding of what you are looking for. Then it also contains a reading view for people with either tablets or a cellular device, it makes the reading a lot better by making it perfectly proportioned for the devices screen and you can also save what ever your reading to your reading list for future reading. Cortana is one of the best things that has came on in windows 10 it’s like a Siri in some ways, Cortana and edge communicate very well with each other and make the search experience a lot better when you are asking Cortana a question, or your hands are full, and you can only speak...