Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Better and Cheaper Phoning

Not long ago I was paying about three hundred fifty dollars a year for 3/4 nuisance calls.

I now pay fifty dollars a year for no such calls.   Also, my calls come to hearing aid and bluetooth headet.

All it took was a box to onmect to internet and a Panasonic Bluetooth and cell answering machine, plus a free number with service from Google.



Friday, February 28, 2020

Upgrade Your Computer?

If your computer is 5 years old or older or you are just ready to get rid of that tower, it is surely time to upgrade.

That effort can be a joy or a royal pain in the neck, depending on how you handle it

For most of us a Chromebook will do the job. A big downside can be connecting a printer, which is no problem whatsoever in Windows.l

So for a Chromebook a new printer may be needed, especially one of the HPs which can actually be plugged in.  Otherwise you will need to deal with a Wi-Fi set up

On the other hand, Windows may be needed for publishing a book or other such work.

Windows 10 is no longer an obstacle but has been much improved. One downside of Windows is that if you no longer have your product key for Windows Office, you will need to fork out $100 for a new copy. unless you can get by with Wordpad and the like.

There are quite a few things you can do ahead of time to make the transition easier.

You need to gather together product keys for software you need to reinstall. You'll need a list of logins and passwords.

the easiest way to transfer your documents, photos and music is to send them up to the cloud and then back down to your new computer, or just access them remotely. You can also use flash drives for this purpose but it will take more time.  I keep a flash drive of my music and photos in my safe deposit box

Photos are indeed best sent to the cloud where they are accessible anywhere.    The transfer will take time.

The transfer also reminds that many more things will be done with your smartphone that you formally needed a computer for.

I do much of my printing from a smartphone because it is easier.

Maybe you do not need any computer at all but just a smartphone. Think about that.

Computers offer a larger screen, of course. My laptops are hooked up to 24 in TVs which also serve as displays.  One is a Fire TV and the other is a Roku.

By the way, with many users Wi-Fi has gotten too slow and I use adapters to connect direct to my router.

Whatever I am doing, I do as much as possible with voice, such as this posting, done with my smartphone.

It is often a bother to go to the computer when I have the smartphone with me do handle almost everything I need to do.








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Friday, January 3, 2020

You Might Forget Computers and Just Use a Smartphone to Get Things Done

Nowadays most of the tasks you formerly did with computers are much more easily done with a smartphone wherever you happen to be.

You simply talk to the smartphone.  You hold down the home button to do so.

Either you ask the smartphone to tell you how to do it or you have the smartphone do it for you.

For example ask the smartphone how you make a phone call or how you get the news.

Better, get the smartphone to do it for you.  Just ask the phone to call somebody or tell it to get the news.  It will lead you through most processes.

No Windows needed, no Mac, not even a Chromebook.

(Don't want a smartphone? Try a cheap Kindle Fire.)

So, for most tasks forget the old way.

Welcome and learn the new way.


Note: Old stand-alone computers were magnets for trouble.

It is nowadays simpler amnd safer for Apple and Google to make a single systems or security change on internet cloud based systems for smartphones than for Microsoft to update millions of vulnerable Windows stand-alone devices.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

New Tech in Light Bulbs?

Suppose you could use your little table lamp anywhere without plugging it in.

Suppose a light bulb could keep working when the power went out.

Suppose you could turn on a light bulb in your hand, like a flashlight and use it as a tasklight.

Or suppose you could just hang it on a hook for lighting.

Or suppose you would simply like it to play your music.

All it takes is a search of Amazon to find the new bulbs.






Friday, September 27, 2019

Keeping Notes

Keeping notes is more valuable as we get older.

Maintaining event calendars probably comes first for most people.

I use Google calendar for time and date related events so that I can get reminders by email.

For to do activities I now use the Microsoft to do app which is an upgrade of Wunderlist.

For procedures of various types I post to my website here for my own benefit as well as for others.

I download manuals and instructions and send them to Kindle and Google play books. 

Things I need to recall go to Evernote.

Items I need to read go to Pocket for temporary storage.

Google chrome Doc's enables OCR of printed docs into my digital files by importing images from an iPhone scanner application