While I’m not a big Twitter user, I do use it on occasion to ask questions of the experts. Below are some tips I’ve found.
- No Special Characters – anyone can see this tweet.
- When you start your message with the @username, then the tweet is visible to the person you are sending it to and any users who are following both you and that person. It’s not exactly a private message, but close to it.
- If the leading @ is preceded by any other character, commonly a period, the message will be visible to anyone following you.
This indicates thats you are retweeting someone’s message. Doing so makes the message available to all your followers.
Any words in the message which begin with # are called hashtags and are used to tag the message as related to some particular topic.
Another new option to remotely help a friend with their computer is TeamViewer.com It’s free for personal use. Tekzilla did a nice segment on this program. It appears that the person whose computer you want to control needs to install this program first which I believe is not true for other programs.
Other programs are:
While VLC can’t do full Video Editing, it can take out parts of movie clips and save them as individual files. For many instances this may be all we need to do. Here’s how to do it.
First from the View Menu choose Advanced.
This gives you the Menu below. The trick now it move the cursor to the part of the movie that you want to record.
Click on the red Record button (notice that it turns blue).
Click on the Play button and when you get to the end of the area you want, you can click on the Red Record button again.
VLC will not save a copy of that movie area into your My Videos area. I haven’t found a way to change this.
I did a few tests and found these results.
- MP4 files are saved as MP4 files
- MOV files are saves as MP4files
- FLV files are saved as eith MP4 or AVI files – I’m not sure why I had these two different outcomes.
I did have trouble saving clips which I had turned 180 degrees-they were all messed up.
I’m continually amazed that banks and other commercial institutions think that it’s OK to send out email which has links that they want their customer to click on. While their customer may get away with clicking on the banks link, the next time they get a phishing email and get sent to a bogus site that looks legit, they will end up giving away all of their legitimate passwords.
The #1 rule of security is – Don’t click on email links. You don’t know for sure where they are sending you and you can easily end up giving away your passwords.
I recently bought the Asus HD7 tablet for my wife and I am very impressed – especially for only $129 from Amazon. It’s basically the same or better than my older Nexus 7.
Advantages of the Asus are:
- Rear view 5 Megapixel camera
- New Android 4.2.2
- Better keyboard for typing – I prefer a stylus.
- Micro SD card slot – bought a 16gb card for $13.45 on Amazon
- Cost of course
AnandTech.com has a great in-depth review if you’d like to get into the specifics.
Of course the new version #2 Nexus 7 is a better tablet in many respects, but it’s price tag is $100 more and doesn’t even come with an SD card slot. To get the 32 gb Nexus model, you have to pay $269. The choice is up to you.
As I am moving most of my documents over to Google docs, I was having trouble moving some of the tables. I would do a copy and paste and the data seemed to move, but not the table lines. Here’s my solution.
- Open the document/table in Microsoft Word.
- At the top left of the table select the entire table by clicking on the icon at that spot.
- Change ALL the borders and grids to something like 3 pt. – (Right click on the table and choose borders.)
- Now do a copy of the entire table.
- When you paste the table now into a Google doc, it will appear correctly and the lines will show.
I just found out about a new service that Google Drive offers. Instead of creating just a document or presentation, you can also create a form or survey. It’s easy to do, easy to share and easy to see the results. There is a video below on the process.