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|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 EventsWednesday FEBRUARY 22, 2017 Meeting
8:45 AM Set up your computer
9:00 AM Lesson
10:15 AM One on One help
Open Source Lab - Keeping Up with Open Source
By Cal Esneault, former President of CCCC Cajun Clickers Computer Club News www.clickers.org tsa70785 (at) gmail.com
7 Everyday Technology Skills Every Boomer (and up) Should Have
By Pam Holland, President and Instructor,
pam (at) tech.moxie.com
1. Use Your Voice
Who would have thought that dictation would be a
contemporary tech skill? Every device, from computer to smartphone now has the
capability to turn your speech into text. Speech recognition, also known as
voice-to-text, has improved dramatically, providing a wonderful alternative to
the awkwardness of using an onscreen keyboard. Even commands can be spoken
(“open email”…”send a text”).
Basic internet searching
is pretty simple – just plugging in a few words will usually get you what you
need. But having good search skills is like having a super power. Find an old
email with a favorite recipe, locate a ‘missing’ App on your smartphone, or
locate a specific phrase in a document or website.
3. Send Text Messages
We are often asked about the advantage of texting versus
email. The appeal of texting is in the immediacy – like a non-verbal phone
call. There are far fewer steps to sending (and receiving) a text message, and
much greater likelihood that the recipient will see the text right away
(assuming, of course that their cell phone is at hand…). Texting is a great way
to communicate on the fly.
4. Get to Know Your Accessibility Settings
All devices have “accessibility features” that help you make
your computer, tablet, or smartphone easier to touch, see, and hear. You can
make icons bigger/bolder on smartphones, increase the font size on email, and
increase the size of the mouse “pointer” on your computer screen (something
TechMoxie recommends to all our clients).
5. Order an Uber
Access to transportation
is freedom. With Uber, reasonably priced transportation is available with a few
taps on the app. Your credit card information is stored when your account is
set up and all payment is done through the app. And Uber’s no tipping policy
means that at the end of the ride, cash nor credit card need be presented. The
Uber app shows available cars in your area, giving you immediate information on
the wait time for a car (which in even suburban neighborhoods may be only a few
6. Download an App
Mobile devices come loaded with a great assortment of apps,
but there the fun really begins when you find apps that leverage your
interests. Downloading an app is not particularly difficult, but entails
recalling the (correct) password and knowing how to occasionally update credit
7. Be Curious
Curiosity…we think this is why technology comes so easily to children. They are naturally programmed to explore through touch, to ask questions, and to practice. If you want to stay up-to-date, let your curiosity loose. Try tapping unfamiliar icons and let yourself play (really…it won’t break!). As you master the first six skills, you’ll find that new innovations will be easier as they build on your existing skills.
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