USB! USB! What is the state of USB? What is it? All Things USB We’re going to try and keep to the most current, relevant stuff, so no history lesson here. There’s enough stuff currently and more coming to keep us busy anyhow! If you take one piece of advice from Sam this show, then it should be “label things!” What do all these plugs look like? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_hardware#Connectors Need a chart? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Connector_type_quick_reference Current as of last year: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/usb-if-is-once-again-trying-to-logo-its-way-out-of-usb-c-confusion/
Don’t have a website? Don’t want a website? Then why would you want a domain? Glad you asked! All About Domains Whether it’s to get folks an easy way to your social media presence or to have the custom email address your business deserves, domains have something to offer you. And at a reasonable price! Want to know more? Fear not and tune in!
It is time to read your emails! Yay! Viewer Mail April 2022 – Part 1 We go over your emails, talk about our prize, and chat chat chat! We might even have gotten a show topic from it! Looking forward to our winner? That’s coming up!
The Word processor is one of those programs that most everyone will use at some point. So, we found a few tips for you to make the experience better, including not using Word! Word Processing 101 Find a keyboard shortcut cheat-sheet Windows keyboard shortcuts: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-dcc61a57-8ff0-cffe-9796-cb9706c75eec#WindowsVersion=Windows_10 Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts: Windows keyboard shortcuts: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-dcc61a57-8ff0-cffe-9796-cb9706c75eec#WindowsVersion=Windows_10 W10/11: go to Settings, System, Clipboard, you can enable “Clipboard History.” Win + V for Clipboard History Win + . for emoji ❤️ Word has a Focus feature so you can simply write with minimal distractions. Go to View then click Focus. Press Escape to get out of it. Add words to the dictionary! https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/add-or-edit-words-in-a-spell-check-dictionary-56e5c373-29f8-4d11-baf6-87151725c0dc You don’t need Acrobat to make a PDF of your document! https://www.howtogeek.com/352668/how-to-convert-a-microsoft-word-document-to-a-pdf/ Classes are available via Maui Computer Learning! https://www.q-a.net/maui-computer-learning/ You don’t have to buy Word! https://www.office.com/ for the free online version. Its more limited but more than enough for many folks. Also available on phones! Wordpad comes with Windows and is usable for basic use. Google Docs is pretty good, more robust than the free online Word, and free. Libre Office and Open Office are available for free! Macs come with iWork which comes with Pages, a nice little word processor.
Its our monthly visit from Dr. Armstrong from the UH Institute of Astronomy. April Talk with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 1 And its raining. Booo. But will it clear up tonight? No telling! So, while we’re warm and dry, Dr. Armstrong talks to us about astronomy! Fun reading for you: https://www.universetoday.com/155453/brrr-webbs-miri-has-reached-6-4-kelvin-just-a-few-degrees-above-absolute-zero/ https://www.cnet.com/science/a-dead-rocket-crashed-into-the-moon-and-scientists-are-excited/ https://www.iflscience.com/space/look-up-lyrids-meteor-shower-will-start-lighting-up-the-skies-from-tonight/ https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/13/world/interstellar-meteor-discovery-scn/index.html
Sam went shopping. He knew what he wanted. He knew what he needed. Aaaand when he got to our friends at Officemax he saw a deal he wasn’t expecting. Which is exactly when his brain froze up. What to do? Which was the better value? Sam’s Brain Breeze Also, he got a GREAT scam thrown his way. The type that got him to pause and think and wonder. What did he do? We talk about that so you can learn from his brain freeze!
Did you know March 31st is World Backup Day? And they do it at the end of March so you’re not an April’s Fool? World Backup Day 2022 We did. And we forgot. D’oh! So, we talked about it! Things to do, to look into, and to think about! And don’t forget our show archives have TONS on backups too!
Astroturf is fake grass. Folks might argue whether it feels the real thing or not, looks the same, things like that. But when you get down to it, its fake grass. Who does it and why? Astroturfing Well, we’ll take a look at two major companies doing it and why they do it! https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/how-google-and-amazon-bankrolled-a-grassroots-activist-group-of-small-business-owners-to-lobby-against-big-tech-oversight.html https://www.axios.com/app-store-crackdown-senate-apple-google-3b1a7028-0037-42e1-a116-f9e653ded82c.html https://www.natlawreview.com/article/senate-zeros-big-tech-latest-antitrust-reform-bill https://www.themarginalian.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/
Is it time to move computers? Setting Up a Mac Jonathan got to help his dad set up a brand new 2022 iMac. Guess what? It wasn’t as easy as long timers might remember. https://support.apple.com/guide/imac/set-up-your-mac-apd831707cb3/mac https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/01/12/how-to-switch-from-pc-to-mac-and-what-you-need-to-know https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-set-up-your-new-mac-4687333
Kids go online. For school, for fun, for everything. But are they ready for it? Teaching Kids Internet Safety And are you ready to talk to them about how to keep safe online? https://resources.uknowkids.com/blog/bid/159129/10-Things-to-Teach-Your-Kids-About-Internet-Safety https://www.dhs.gov/employee-resources/news/2022/02/22/internet-safety-kids https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/keeping-children-safe-online