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Printer Meltdown

Techie Tips Live Class This Saturday – How to Buy A Printer: Tips and Tricks

Do you find shopping for printers to be very complicated and a little overwhelming? I do too! There are so many makes, models, features, and prices!

People frequently ask me what I recommend and it’s hard to know where to start.

I recently had to buy a new printer myself, and in my haste, I made a big mistake. I learned from the experience and I decided it would be a good idea to create a class on how to go about finding the best printer for one’s individual needs and budget.

This class will teach you:

  • What to look for
  • How to do research and
  • How to shop for a new printer.
I hope you will join me this Saturday, November 18th, at 9:00 AM for this complimentary online class (in my Zoom Room)

I will show you my process, some internet tips, tricks, and answer all your questions. It will be fun!

The class will be recorded, so if you can’t attend the in person, register anyway and I will send you the link to see the recording.

Please share this invitation with your friends so they can register too.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Nov 18, 2017, 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/386200396fdbb7e04…

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Hope to see you in class!

Enjoy!

Mardi

P.S. If you’ve never used Zoom before: Zoom will automatically instruct you how to download the Zoom interface and join the session. It will only take a few seconds, and you only need to do it once. You can see a tutorial video here https://youtu.be/vFhAEoCF7jg

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This is a great workshop by Dominique Fruchtman. I’ve taken it several times. I wish everybody would take it. Networking would be so much more fun for all of us.

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Passwords Can Be Simple and Safe

Passwords Can Be Simple and Safe

I know you hate having to use so many passwords.  It’s a big pain to keep track of them.  You might even be using the same password for multiple sites and allowing your web browser to save them so you don’t have to login every time.

A recent article by Kim Komando, inspired me to encourage you to take the bull by the horns, do some house cleaning and start using a password manager. This will make your online life so much simpler and safer.
Here are some great tips based on her article, One secret about online accounts every computer user needs to know

You may have created dozens of accounts that have only been used once. Just think of how many times you’ve created a username and password just to read an article, play a game or download something.  This can be dangerous because your information is floating around on dozens or hundreds of websites that may or may not be secure.  Even worse, if you have used the same username and password for every site, every account you have is in danger.  A hacker who gets your account information from one site can use it to get access to your other accounts as well.

The solution is to hunt down and close any accounts you are not using and then change the passwords to your existing accounts so that each one is unique.

A simple browser trick

1) When you create a new online account or log in to an old one, your browser stores the username and password. This makes it easy to log back in later.  It also means you can go now and see what accounts you’ve created.

2) After you locate your accounts, you can close down the accounts you are not using and create unique passwords for the sites you are keeping.

3) Then turn off “password storing” and erase the existing passwords in your browser. The option to erase the passwords is in the same place you view the saved passwords.  (The Instructions are below.)

Use A Password Manager

LastPass, The last password you will ever need

 

 

 

 

 

I know this seems like a lot of work but you only have to do it once.  Then, If you start using a password manager like LastPass all your unique passwords will be stored in a vault and you will only need to remember one master password.  The password manager will even generate secure passwords for you so you don’t have to think them up. You will love it!

If you need help to clean things up or to learn how to use a password manager like LastPass, I’m always here for you. Just call for an appointment.

Invite some friends to a Play Shop in your home, community room or office.  A play shop is a really fun way to learn and only costs $25 hr. per person.

Forward this tip to your friends so they will be safe and happier too.
Thoughts or comments about this topic? Please share in the comment section below.

Instructions for web browser applications:

FIREFOX

To see your login information in Firefox, go to the Firefox menu – it’s the icon on the right with three horizontal lines – and click Options.

Under the Security tab, click the “Saved Passwords” button.

Then click the “Show Passwords” button and click “Yes.”

CHROME

In Chrome, click the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right and choose “Settings.”

Choose “Settings” on the left, and then click the “Show advanced settings” link at the bottom of the screen.

Scroll down to “Passwords and forms” and click the “Manage saved passwords” link.

If you want to log back into your old account, but don’t remember the password, then you can click on a password and click the Show button next to it.

To see the password, you will have to enter your Windows account password, which does make it harder for casual snoops to get in.

INTERNET EXPLORER

You can’t view saved usernames and passwords directly in IE. You would need a third-party program like IE PassView.  However, I recommend that you don’t use Internet Explorer anyway.  It is easily invaded by spyware. I use Google Chrome but Firefox is good also.

SAFARI

In Safari, go to Safari>>Preferences>>Auto-fill. Click the Edit button to view the saved passwords.

Need Help?

If you need help to clean things up or to learn how to use a password manager like LastPass,  I’m always here for you. Just call for an appointment.

Invite some friends to a Play Shop in your home, community room or office.  A play shop is a really fun way to learn and only costs $25 hr. per person.

Forward this tip to your friends so they will be safe and happier too.

Class Starts This Saturday

You may not know that I have another passion as a Spiritual Life Teacher and Facilitator. I’m starting a 6 week class on Saturday at The Center for Spiritual Living and thought I would post it here in case anyone is interested. I encourage anyone who might be interesed to come to the first class, learn more and then decide if they want to take all 6.

Here is the link to the details on my website. Click here

Presentations for Service Groups and Clubs

I love to share about my work, so I’ve started doing speaking engagements for groups.  I will be speaking at two Rotary Club luncheons in May.

If you are a member of a group that would like me to do a presentation, please let me know.  Some topics that might be of interest:  “An overview of the latest computers or Gadgets,” “What is The Cloud and Why Should I Care?”,  “Do I Really Want or Need a Tablet?”

Tell me your suggestions for topics in the comments below.

Thanks,

Mardi

New Play Shops/Gadget Clinics Soon

Last year’s Play Shops were very fun and people asked for more of them.  Please let me know the times, days and topics that appeal to you.  We can do almost any topic that is of interest to a group of 12 to 20 people.  I do home parties too!

You can post your suggestions and comments here.

Thanks!

Mardi

This Might Surprise You

As you may know, I have not been a big fan of Facebook, and I always empathize when my clients talk about all the reasons it’s bad.  I don’t have extra time to “mess with it” either.

Well I must confess, I’m having second thoughts.  Yes, it’s true.  I downloaded the Facebook app to my smart phone, so I could see what it does.  After posting a few things on my page, I heard from people that I hadn’t been in touch with for years. They loved the photo of Katie and me at the beach this summer and it was really fun to reconnect.  Then I started seeing all the inspirational and hilarious things that my friends were posting on their pages.  It’s amazing how much love and inspiration is circulating via Facebook  Seriously!  It’s a great antidote to the news!

One of the posts that moved me to tears was a video of an 82 year old woman’s audition on “England’s Got Talent”.  (See the link below.)  I guess it moved me so much because I’m getting older, my Mother is 92 now, and I work with many amazing elderly people like her, who are enthusiastic about learning techie things. I’ts just so great to see people follow their passion right up to the end of their lives.


Watch video

Another inspiration for me was a fun lady, who had me come work with her every week last season so she could learn Facebook and keep in touch with her 4 children and 12 grandchildren.  We had so much fun!  She joked about how some of her friends spent way too much time on it and she just wanted to see all the latest photos and make short comments.  She got really good at it.  Can you imagine how much that means to the children and their parents?!  So many times, our children end up living out of state, and Facebook can really help to keep the family together.

I’m eager to share what I’ve learned and to show you how rewarding it can be.  I think you will be surprised at how much you will enjoy it.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time, or sift through a gazillion emails notifications.  I can show you how to adjust the settings to calm it down and make it manageable.

So to this end, I’m planning to offer some Facebook playshops in the new year and I hope you will join in the fun.

We can do my usual private sessions or you can invite up to 7 friends to a “Play Shop” at your home or office.  (8 gadgets is the maximum for home Wi-Fi routers).  The host is free and the other participants only pay $20 for the 2 hr. play shop. (The minimum requirement is $80)  I will also be happy to do more Play Shops at the Mastermind Seminars’ office on Date Palm.  Just let me know the best days and times for you.

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season with your loved ones.  I hope you will give Facebook a try, so you can re-connect with loved ones you haven’t seen and keep up with the ones you have.  Let’s keep that love and joy vibration going all year long!

Workshop Nov 6

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All the participants in my first smart phone workshop in iPhone IOS 7 said they really enjoyed it. I had a great time doing it and was really gratified to see how much everyone was able to learn, and how excited they were about their new skills.

By popular demand, I will be offering it again on Wednesday, November 6th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Office of Lerner Mastermind, 34400 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City.

The first 12 people to give me the $20 fee will be enrolled. There will be no refunds, so if you can’t make it, feel free to send someone in your place.

If you don’t have an iPhone, please pass this email along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Android fans will be happy to know that I am getting an Android phone this week and will be offering an Android workshop soon. I just need a little time to play with it and discover the best hot tips and tricks to share.

If there are other topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. I have some ideas also, which I will share soon.

I would really appreciate it if you would help me, help more people, by inviting 5-7 of your friends or colleagues to your home or office for a workshop on a topic in which you all have an interest. It makes tutoring more affordable and even more fun. You will receive your workshop for free and I will gift you an hour of private tutoring as a thank you.

These workshops are not a traditional class format. They are “Play Shops.” My goal is to empower you to learn about gadgets like children do, by taking the time to poke around and see what happens and share discoveries with each other. I will give you some background information, tips and tricks, and answer your questions. The first group felt so proud of themselves and were very pleased with the cool things they could do–just as I had promised.

My mailing address is PO Box 2392, Palm Desert, CA 92261, or you can give me the money in person. Remember, It’s “first come, first served,” so give me your $20 ASAP if you are interested.

And please consider hosting a group. Help me create more peace and joy in the world through computer and gadget education. I really appreciate your support….and your friendship.

Looking forward to “playing” with you in a Play Shop soon!

In Joy
Mardi

“Restoring peace and joy to the world through computer and gadget education.”

iPhone Workshop/Playshop

All the participants in my first smart phone workshop in iPhone IOS 7 said they really enjoyed it.

I had a great time doing it and was really gratified to see how much everyone was able to learn, and how excited they were about their new skills.

By popular demand, I will be offering it again on Wednesday, November 6th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Office of Lerner Mastermind, 34400 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City.

The first 12 people to give me the $20 fee will be enrolled. There will be no refunds, so if you can’t make it, feel free to send someone in your place.

If you don’t have an iPhone, please pass this email along to anyone you know who might be interested.

See The Wonders of the World From Your Armchair in 3D!

Again, thanks to Kim Komando’s e newsletter (see www.komando.com ) for alerting me to The Google World Wonders Project  It is truly awesome.  Besides touring the world and learning history and geography from your computer, you could use this for planning vacation trips.  It’s also a great resource for educating children and grandchildren.   Kim pointed out that:

This list of 936 places includes Angkor Wat, the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu. If you were to spend one day at each site, and two days traveling to and from, it would take almost eight years to visit them all!

You can browse by location or theme and read information about each site. If you’re a teacher, you can download free lesson plans and study guides from the “Education” tab.

What a beautiful thing to do.  Here is a description of it from the website and a link to see it for yourself:  http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/

The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, we have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the globe. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can now explore the world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. With this project we want to make the world heritage sites available to everyone and to digitally preserve them for future generations. We believe that the World Wonders Project can be especially useful for students, scholars and teachers to engage in an innovative and interactive way of learning.

We are working with partners including UNESCO and World Monuments Fund to support us in providing valuable information to our users.

Start exploring world heritage sites by either flicking through the picture carousel on the homepage or play with the globe to discover random sites from all over the world. You can also find places by themes or locations chosen over the drop-down panel on the top of the homepage. For more guidance, please watch the website demo that can be found when you click on the “i”-icon on the homepage.

Enjoy, In Joy,

Mardi