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...

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...

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...

Apple TV4K Unleashed

Apple TV has been around for more than a decade and every few years Apple adds more enhancements to make the experience better.  Apple has two different models… they are Apple TV 4K and Apple TV.  The  differences are the 4K version gives you the choice of purchasing a 32GB or 64GB version.  The regular Apple TV just comes in the 32GB model.  Another difference is, the 4K version is for 4K compatible TVs and has a video output of 2116p instead of 1080p which the older version has.  Apple has upgraded the new Apple TV4K with a A10x fusion chip and a gigabit network connection.  This helps watching high resolution content online and playing different games from the app store.   Lastly, the two versions are very similar when it comes to functionality, accessing content and how the interface works.   Now it’s time to switch gears and talk about Apple's new Apple TV4K.  The first enhancement is “high dynamic range” or HDR for short.  This technology helps to deliver blacker blacks and whiter whites to make the picture look more realistic and fly off of the screen.  This works by adjusting the colors to make it look more realistic.  Another nice feature that goes along with HDR is Dolby Atmos.  This is a new format of sound quality that  gives it more of a three dimensional effect.  To utilize this you need to have a Dolby Atmos receiver and speakers. The Apple TV4K remote is special because first of all it is rechargeable, which eliminates going to the store and buying batteries.  The second feature of the...

New Features of iPhone X

iPhone X- New Features Apple has released its 10th anniversary phone, called the iPhone X (Ten). While I do not own one yet, My Wife & Daughter do. From what I have seen on theirs, and some of the research I have done, I my have one sooner than I think. I am going to explain some of the new features of the iPhone X, and why it is causing me to think about getting rid of my measly iPhone 6. The first thing that jumps out is the look of it. It is one of the best-looking phones I have ever seen. It is a completely innovative design, where the screen fills the entire surface of the phone. It has a glass over aluminum body, with a bezel-less 5.8-inch OLED display, and a top notch for the camera. Something else Apple users will notice right away on this version is that there is no “Home Button”. The new design offers lots of new gestures, and ways to maneuver around, but the biggest one of all is how you unlock your phone. You unlock it using your face. Apple’s new technology, Face ID, is used on the iPhone X. It works using the camera system in the notch at the top of the display. Glance at the iPhone X and it illuminates your face with an infrared dot array, allowing the infrared camera to identify it. It even works in the dark. Apple claims that it isn’t confused by hairstyles, hats, or beards. It has worked for my Wife and Daughter. According to Apple, there is a 1 in...