Dear Compute This... reader,
Welcome to the third edition of this newsletter -
it's a companion edition to my popular Compute This... newspaper column
in the Home Town News and I truly hope that you find it helpful.
would like to welcome everyone who signed up for this newsletter over
the weekend. I couldn't believe how many people signed up, I thought I
was reading the numbers wrong!
Welcome aboard and I hope you find this useful.
in the late 1990's I put together a couple of computer seminars called
Instinctive Computing and Internet 101. Each seminar was either a full
day affair or split up into two consecutive night classes and I covered
the ins and outs of computers in a way not taught in schools. My goal
was to teach people how to use their computers instinctively, you know,
the way kids seem to pick it up.
I charged a hundred bucks a head because the whole thing was a bit of work
to put together (plus the math is easier!) but a bunch of people showed
Computing turned out to be a big hit; everyone seemed to benefit from
it (many even wrote nice things in their comment cards) so I ran the
seminars again and got the same results.
Then I started working for General Electric and the whole seminar thing
came to a grinding halt.
forward to today and I (no longer with GE) find myself going over an
old revision of the Instinctive Computing workbook with a
highlighter, making revisions, bringing it up to today's standards and
thinking about the glory days.
And it got me thinking let's do it again...
do this, let's start off with a head count. If you would be interested
in attending an "Instinctive Computing" seminar about mid October
please reply to this email with the word Seminar in the subject field.
(Include your name and phone number, what city you are in and any
suggestions you might have in the email).
I'll finish revising
this workbook, figure out how many people to expect, reserve a
conference room and all the other stuff that's got to get done. I'll
keep you informed and we'll work out the details.
This is going to be fun! Oh, and enjoy the rest of this weeks
Don't ignore security when setting up your wireless router
With powerful computers so low in price today, it's not uncommon for
many households to have two or more computers.
One of the first things people set out to do is add the new machines to
their existing Internet connection.
steps to do this are easy, and the equipment is readily available and
affordable. All you need to do is add a router to the mix and you can
share the Internet connection with multiple machines.
wireless routers having the ability to connect to both wired and
wireless machines, people have the ability to share their high-speed
Internet throughout the house without having to string network cables
A typical scenario often plays out like this. Let's
say you have a desktop computer that's plugged directly into your cable
or DSL modem and everything is running fine. Then, someone in your
household comes home one day with a new laptop that's wireless-ready.
He fires up the new laptop hoping to be able to jump online only to
find that there is "no wireless network available" and, therefore, no
After a little research, our frustrated user
determines he needs to get a wireless router. So, off they go to get
one. After spending $50 or so, he comes home with a nice, new wireless
What's wrong with that button?
You might have noticed a little key on your keyboard
labeled "Print Screen." Like me, you may have tried pressing
the printer to spit out whatever is on the screen. Like me, you may
noticed that nothing happens!
I have gone over all my computer manuals
looking for an explanation about our mystery key but can't find one
Is this just another one of those things that
computer manufacturers do to make computing more confusing?
Back in the "old days" of computers (the 1980's)
when everything was controlled by the command prompt, all most people
had were slower computers,
"dot matrix" printers and low resolution monitors. Hitting the "print
key back then did just that - printed whatever was on the screen.
Today, everybody (well, not everybody, but most
of us ;-) is running Windows and using some sort of ink jet
There is a lot more going on behind the scenes than there was back in
the command prompt days and along with that, a simple task
printing a screen shot (or screen capture)
has become more complicated...
10 Simple computer shortcuts
Alt+PrtScr to copy the screen to the Clipboard; in a paint program,
press Ctrl+V to paste the image.
Ctrl+C to copy something to the Clipboard
Ctrl+V to paste something from the Clipboard
Ctrl+X to copy something to the Clipboard and delete the original after
Ctrl+Z to un-do the last thing that you did
Ctrl+S to Save a file
Ctrl+P to print
Alt+Tab to quickly switch between programs
Ctrl+Esc to open the Start menu
Alt+F4 to close a window or shutdown Windows
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Cut, Copy and Paste
Talk to any seasoned computer user and you'll find that "copying and
pasting" is a regular technique.
It is used to move data from one place to another, even from one
program to another.
Many users would be lost without this powerful ability.
tasks, such as filling in fields on forms, can be quickly streamlined
by borrowing or "copying" data that has already been typed somewhere in
your computer and inserting (or pasting it) wherever you like.
Windows elements, such as icons, shortcuts, files and folders, can be
moved around using copy, cut and paste.
The glue that holds the
whole thing together is called the clipboard and this is the part that
throws most people...