Trails End Computer Club

Bulletin for the week of FEBRUAR 7,2016

WEEKLY MEETINGS
EACH Wednesday 

Program or Lesson 9:00 - 10:00 AM
One on One Help 10:00-?
In the Library

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS:

If you would like to meet in a small group to discuss special computer related subjects or form a Special Interest Group lets discuss it.

Our bulletin is also available on line by visiting tecc.apcug.org and clicking on bulletin.


Our weekly program or lesson is intended
to be of interest to all computer users.
Following the program an allotment of time will
be available for one on one help to those
who want a better understanding of something done
 during the presentation.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday FEBRUARY 10, 2016 Meeting in the Library
 8:45 AM Set up your computer
 9:00 AM Lesson
10:00 AM One on One help

Saturday February 20, 2016. On Line Lessons by APCUG

APCUG’s FREE 2016 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, February 20, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time (Noon – 4pm Central time). The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.

 
Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.

 To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:

http://apcug-2016-winter.eventbrite.com/

 

Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.

 Laptops, Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group. Do you have a middle-aged laptop? Greg has given a series of presentations for his group on how to upgrade a laptop. This is the first one: How to upgrade the RAM.

 Utilizing iCloud on the iPad, Sheila Bigel, Member, Central Florida Computer Society. The iPad uses iCloud to share data between devices, both iOS and non-iOS. This data includes photos, email, contacts, calendars, app settings, and more. This is a discussion of the many options for sharing data including Family sharing, Photostream, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photo Sharing, iCloud Drive, etc. We will specify options that use iCloud Storage and the current cost of purchasing additional storage.

 The Gramps Project, Orv Beach, SoCal Linux Expo. Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps, a free software project and community.

 Customizing Windows 10, Hewie Poplock, APCUG Representative, Central Florida Computer Society. Learn how to customize Windows 10 so it works for you: the Desktop, Start Menu, Task bar, security / privacy options, and more.

 If you would like further information, please send an email to jtaylour@apcug.org

 Judy Taylour, Chair


Backups are needed for all devices

Review by Bart Koslow, Review Chair, Channel Islands PC Users Group, CA

October 2015 issue, The Outer Edge,     www.cipcug.org ,      review (at) cipcug.org

The most important single maintenance action you can take to protect your computer is to make regular, at least weekly, image backups to an external hard drive. If you have the usual store-bought computer, you most likely do not have a Windows installation disk. In the event you cannot boot your computer, you must have a Windows installation disk to boot your computer to restore your Windows Backup image. If you do not have it, your Windows Backup image will be useless. That is why I recommend a good backup program like Acronis True Image so you will not have this problem.

If you have the usual store-bought computer, it probably came with two partitions (volumes), one of which is a reserve partition for the system. This means you have only one large partition with your operating system, your programs and your data.

When you restore a partition image from an earlier date, you will lose any programs or data that were added or changed on that partition after the restored image date. That is why you should always have at least one more partition where you can store your data and most of your programs. When I have had problems where I had to restore an image backup, I always found that restoring my operating system partition solved my problem. My other partitions never had to be touched, so make sure you have a separate partition for your data that does not have your operating system on it.

Many advanced users have at least three partitions, one for the operating system, one for all their data and one for their programs. I usually divide my hard drive into three partitions. I always do “custom” installation of programs, which permits me to keep them off my operating system partition. If you do not know how to divide your one large partition into a few partitions, go to someone who does. You will be glad you did it some- day when you have to do an image restore of your operating system partition.

Talking about backing up, when is the last time you backed up your tablet or smart phone? I can think of two instances where I had to use a backup of this type. You may back up your iPad to your computer using iTunes or to iCloud. I occasionally backed up my wife’s iPad using iTunes. On one of the IOS updates her iPad began to malfunction, and I had to reset it. I then was able to use the latest backup to restore everything that had been lost.

Unfortunately, I was not so smart when it came to our smartphones. My wife’s Moto G would not boot, and I could not reset it from the Settings menu. I called Motorola, and they walked me through a reset using the external buttons on the phone.

After restarting from scratch, most of the icons and the contact list reappeared. However, the home pages were blank. I laboriously had to set up all the home pages again.

Again, I learned the hard way. I went to the Android Google Play Store and installed a free app, Easy Backup, which gives me a choice of backing up to any of five cloud services — Drop Box, Google Drive, One Drive, Box, and GMail— and to my SD card. I selected Google Drive and GMail. The actual backup took about 10 seconds. Well, I guess it is never too late to learn to do backups on ALL your devices, not just desktops and laptops. 

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