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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Discounts for educators!

Posted by William Strauch in General

Today’s technology tip will give you access to a few of the discount opportunities that are available to educators: The Container StoreRegister here to get emails about "Special Discounts" to help you organize your classroomhttp://www.containerstore.com/teachers/index.htm Barnes and Noble Save 20% off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bn-at-school/educator.asp Michaels (Craft Store) Teachers receive a 15%...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Changing your window view.

Posted by William Strauch in General

Did you know that you can easily change the way files are displayed in a Microsoft Window.  The example below will show you how to do it in the XP and 2000 versions of Windows: First open a window and look for this icon on the window toolbar: If you need some help identifying the different parts of a window check out Technology Tip Number 51, Getting Through Windows Then select the view you'd like.  Below are some samples of what each view looks like: Thumbnail View   Tile...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How a computer works.

Posted by William Strauch in General

When you work with computers you see KB (or KiloBytes) and MB (or MegaBytes) all the time but what does it stand for? Basically it’s a measurement of memory on a computer. To help you understand exactly what in means there is an example below. So What’s a Byte anyway? Here are some examples of what some other numbers and letters look like to the computer:When you get right down to it computers only know two things off and on.  That’s it just OFF and ON. And a computer...

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Anatomy of a web address.

Posted by William Strauch in General

You’ve seen them everywhere, even on some state license plates.  But what does all those http’s and .com’s mean.  Here’s the website that I referenced for the following information:  http://www.googleguide.com/web_address.html Below is a simplified explanation of what makes up a web address:   First of all, the official computer name for a web address is URLwhich stands for:  Universal Resource Locator.  Here’s a sample...

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The Mouse

Posted by William Strauch in General

The ubiquitous mouse has become one of the most important and effective tools for interacting with the computer.   There are a couple different kinds of computer mice but they all pretty much do the same thing.  They move the pointer around the screen so you can select different things. Clicking and Double Click is not only hard to explain but at first it's pretty hard to do too.  Here's is a great website that can help you practice this important skill:  MouseProgram.com/  There...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by William Strauch in General

Most expert computer users know the basic keyboard shortcuts, like pressing Control (Ctrl) + P on a PC to print a document. But did you know there are plenty of other useful—not to mention pretty darn cool—key combinations out there? From instantly zooming in to a larger view to quickly closing your browser window, these shortcuts will put the World Wide Web and more at your fingertips—because every second counts. 1. Add a Bookmark Tab your new favorite website for...

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HeartBleed SSL BUG!

Posted by William Strauch in General

"Heartbleed" SSL bug, what should you do? It seems like everyone (online and offline) is talking about the "Heartbleed" SSL bug.  To over simplify how it works, a malicious user or program can make a call to a remote server and request information from it's memory which can include information such as encrypted versions of a username and password. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client—typically...

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Computers - Early History

Posted by William Strauch in General

Computers weren't invented for email or the internet.  They were never intended to be used to keep track of your bank accounts or 2nd marking period grades.  The very first electronic computer was created during World War II and it's intended function was to help American soldiers hit their target. Here's a link in case you'd like to read some more about the distant ancestors of the computer you're looking at right now: History of Computing InformationOften cited as being the very...

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Computer Hardware

Posted by William Strauch in General

Just in case you never heard of the term before, "computer hardware" refers to all the parts of the computer that you can touch.  "Computer software" generally refers to those computer related things that you can't touch. Examples of Software:  The computer code that makes this webpage appear on the screen, the code that tells the computer how to play a game or run a PowerPoint slide show, etc.  Examples of Hardware:   The computer equipment that you need to "run" the...

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