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Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC

The Only Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC is the Microsoft Store – How-To Geek by Chris Hoffman 

Lenovo’s been shipping Superfish on their PCs for months. This is a security disaster, and it shows how little PC manufacturers actually care about your PC’s security. There’s only one way to ensure your new PC is actually safe to use.

When you buy a computer from the Microsoft Store — either one of Microsoft’s physical stores, or the Microsoft Store website online — you’re guaranteed to get a “Signature Edition” of that computer. 

If you want a safe Windows PC, buy it from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft offers a wide variety of Windows PCs, not just their own Surface line.

Print Pages as PDFs

Print Pages as PDFs Without Installing Extensions. 

  • ​Open any web page inside Google Chrome, press Ctrl+P to open the Print dialog.
  • Change the destination printer to “Save as PDF.”
  • Hit the Print button and the current web page, document or Email will instantly download as a PDF document. 

This is useful for downloading PDF copies of web pages that involve transactions, airline boarding passes, or a checkout page on a shopping website. 

Send downloaded PDF via Email as a attachment, great for having a friend or hotel front desk print your boarding pass when you don't have a printer handy.

Download Sites Serving Crapware

Yes, Every Freeware Download Site is Serving Crapware (Here’s the Proof) by How-To-Geek
When we wrote about what happens when you install the top ten apps from CNET Downloads, about half of the comments were from people saying, “Well you should download from a trusted source.” The only problem is that there isn’t a freeware download site that is free of crapware or adware. And here’s the result of our investigation to prove it.

Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Apps

How to Remove the Awful ShopperPro Adware / Malware by How-To-Geek

Spread the Word: Ninite is the Only Safe Place to Get Windows Freeware 
Ninite is a free tool that automatically downloads, installs, and updates various Windows programs for you, skipping past the evil toolbar offers. For Windows users, Ninite is arguably the only really safe place to get freeware.

This application is far more than a tool for tech support people to easily set up PCs. It’s a place you can get safe Windows freeware without trawling the usual download sites full of harmful garbage.

Software Solutions to De-crapify the Crappiest PCs – by Rod Trent Feb 28, 2015

​Thanks to the recent Lenovo debacle, more of the consumer industry has become aware of the unwanted applications that come preinstalled on almost every available PC. This is not a new thing.


What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Powered by Google's Chrome OS™, and featuring built-in, up-to-date virus protection along with Google apps and services like Gmail™, Google Calendar™, Docs and Google Play™ (plus thousands more in the Chrome Web Store™). Unlike traditional PCs, Chromebooks update themselves automatically for free, so you always have the latest and greatest version, while your stuff stays safe with Google Drive™ online file storage that's automatically backed up. And Chromebooks play nicely with your other devices—your phone, tablet or another computer—so you can stay in sync with your day from wherever you are.

If you're looking for more useful tools for your Chromebook, be sure to check out
PCWorld's guide to 12 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software.

When the web is enough, a Chromebook is enough by Andy Wolber February 6, 2015

5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do by Chris Hoffman PCWorld

15 Time-Saving Chromebook Tips by

How to run Microsoft Office on the Chromebook (for free) YouTube video by C.K. Koay

How to set up your new Chromebook the right way by PCWorld

Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline by PCWorld

Chromebook power tips: How to work smarter online and offline by PCWorld

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Chromebox by JOEY-ELIJAH SNEDDON

Time for you to get that Chromebook – Al-haadi Abu BakarThe Brunei Times/Asia News Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 

‘Intel Easy Migration’ App Makes Moving Files to Chromebooks Simple BY JOEY-ELIJAH SNEDDON OMG! Chrome! i

Intel gives Chromebook converts an assist with 'Easy Migration' tool by Jared Newman PCWorld

What it's like living on a Chromebook, Part 1

What it's like living on a Chromebook, Part 2

How to decide between a $199 Windows notebook and a Chromebook By David Gewirtz for DIY-IT | November 17, 2014

How a Chromebook is Locked Down to Protect You by How-To-Geek

Chromebooks vs. Windows Laptops: What Should You Buy? By Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor | Aug 13, 2014 

A Google Chromebook Should Be Your Next Laptop And Here's Why. by Forbes Contributor Ian Morris

The Chromebook User Guide. A complete user guide for Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do. by PCWorld 

Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore: How my mom made the switch from Windows by Brenden West on September 14, 2014

THE BEST CHROMEBOOK YOU CAN BUY - Next time you buy a cheap laptop, look long and hard at Chrome OS By David Pierce on August 13, 2014 

The Best Chromebook you can buy in August 2014 – Android Central

Chromebooks land first batch of Android apps – You may not have known that you wanted Android apps to run on Chrome OS, but Google thinks they should. The first four Android apps for Chromebooks are now available. by Seth Rosenblatt September 11, 2014 feature articles on Chromebook

HP 14-q083cl Chromebook – Intel Celeron – 100GB of Google Drive Storage - at Costco $330 till 11/21/14 while supplies last.

With a high-speed wireless LAN, this HP 14-q010dx Chromebook lets you access e-mail, social networks and streaming media on the go.

Acer Chromebook 13 changing the game with the Nvidia Tegra  The first Chromebook with the Nvidia Tegra is going to shake things up, especially for Intel.  By James Kendrick for ZDNet Mobile News | September 4, 2014

Compare Acer Chromebook 13 models

On Amazon Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB) by Acer $379.99 
Available for Pre-order.   I Think this is the one worth the wait! Glenn

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
32 GB Internal Storage
13.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
Chrome, 11-hour battery life


Prevent Identity Theft

How to Prevent Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name (Especially after the Anthem Hack) by How-To-Geek

The news that Anthem got hacked and 80 million people’s identities were stolen wasn’t very surprising — everybody is getting hacked these days. Last week, TurboTax had to temporarily shut down nationwide because of identity theft fraud. So how can you protect yourself from criminals opening accounts in your name?

How To Replace Your PC


Getting a home computer used to be so simple… you had two choices: a Windows PC or a Mac and the Mac was twice the price, so more than 95% of computers sold were Windows. Now you're wondering if you should get an iPad, or one of those incredibly cheap $200 Chromebooks, or maybe, just maybe, you could just do everything on that smartphone

Bad Passwords

People happily give away their (bad) passwords to TV reporter. by
Say hello to the people in the street who show us how social engineering works. Hint: say you're from Jimmy Kimmel, sound interested, and ask about their pet!

Yearly list of the 25 worst passwords collected by SplashData.
“123456” Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData’s Annual “Worst Passwords” list. The 2014 list of worst passwords demonstrates the importance of keeping names, simple numeric patterns, sports and swear words out of your passwords.

GrovesCG First Meeting

Below are my notes for the first gathering of the Groves Computer Group, the predecessor to Senior Tech Group. The program topics are really a hoot. Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary and we will be having a gathering with many of the same Individuals here at the Groves RV Resort. Glenn

Groves Computer Users Group
First Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2004

  • Introductions

  • Purpose and mission

    • Members helping members

    • Answers to your computer issues and problems

    • Encourage none computer users to give it a try

    • Information sharing

    • Windows help and shortcuts

    • Software applications help and tips

    • Practical tips for traveling computer users

    • Digital photography

    • Digital photo printing

  • Organization

  • Frequency, date and time of get togethers


Pick Up Your Email: From any computer, anywhere in the world. No need to register! mail2web™ is an Internet based email client that allows you to pick up your email from almost any POP3 or IMAP4 email server. V.92 Dialup Internet Access w/ Email, $8.99 America's biggest network: Their network spans more than 7,000 access points throughout North America   Get a free FAX phone number: This is really great it works for receiving faxes without needing a separate phone number. Even if you own a fax machine this is useful. Great for working on the road, traveling, and Full Time RVing!  Paytrust lets you view and pay all your bills online — anytime, anywhere.

Webmanix Hosting Our web host has the best deal I've seen. Free Setup, 1Gb space, unlimited pop3 accounts, 30Gb bandwidth, 24/7 FTP support, Web mail.

You can register .com .net .org .us .info .biz .ws (WebSite) .name at Go Daddy for $9 or less. Go Daddy Domain Registrar mission is simple–to deliver products for up to 70% less than the competition, and provide first class service in the process.

ZoneEdit Domain name management tools.

ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage.

Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware and scumware components and lets you remove them safely. It is updated frequently.

AI RoboForm is a one-click web form filler and password manager with some serious Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside. It works as an add-on to Microsoft Internet Explorer ver 4 or later, all browsers based on IE, and Netscape 6. It is absolutely free for personal use.

With e-Backup you can backup, restore and transfer your valuable Outlook Express data, Windows Address Book and Internet Explorer Favorites. Why would you have to re-download or even lose all your existing Outlook Express messages every time your system crashes or you re-install Windows?


Android 5 – Nexus 5

Android 5 tips, tools, apps and help.


Gmail Guide

Feb 26, 2014 … Inbox styles allow you to organize your Gmail inbox in the way that suits you best. You can organize your inbox using the configurable tabs.
  1. Getting to Know Gmail
  2. The Mobile App, Composing Mail, and Conversations
  3. Inbox Management and Labels
  4. Mail Filters and the Star System
  5. Attachments, Signatures, and Security
  6. Invitations and Vacation Responders
  7. Use Gmail as a Task List
  8. Multiple Accounts, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Remote Signout
  9. Use Your Gmail Account to Access Other Accounts
  10. Power Tips and Gmail


Safe Windows Freeware

Spread the Word: Ninite is the Only Safe Place to Get Windows Freeware by How-To-Geek

Ninite is a free tool that automatically downloads, installs, and updates various Windows programs for you, skipping past the evil toolbar offers. For Windows users, Ninite is arguably the only really safe place… 

Electronically Sign Documents

How to Electronically Sign Documents Without Printing and Scanning Them - by How-To-Geek

You are emailed a document and you have to sign it and send it back. You could print out the document, sign it, and then scan it back in and email it. But there’s a better, faster way.

  • Maybe you don’t want to use Adobe Reader for this — we get it. If you’re looking for a web app, try HelloSign. It integrates directly with Gmail so you can sign documents right from your email. it also synchronizes with Google Drove, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, and Evernote.
    HelloSign is free (for signing 3 documents a month) if you just need a single-user account.