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Dez 31, 2015 at 19:32 o\clock

Tips On Getting Your Home Winter Ready - WVNS-TV



With the cold weather on the way, people are turning off the air conditioning and cranking up the heat. With that said, is your home winter ready? As we put on the winter coats, residents in Princeton are also gearing up their home for winter. Elitha Harvey and her husband William have been living in their home in Princeton for 8 years. They're getting ready for the temperatures to drop.

Elitha said, "Just clean out the vents and every month we clean out the filters. It's a gas heat pump and we have one big vent and vents in every room."

The couple said they have storm windows to keep the cold air from getting through. William said they also have one space heater in their home.

William said, "We just keep things away from it. That thing will heat up a house."

Captain Keith Gunnoe with the Princeton Fire Department urges residents to make sure space heaters are away from combustible objects. You're also encouraged to have your furnace and chimney checked by a professional to prevent fires.

Gunnoe said, "Make sure your water lines are insulated and that type of thing so you don't end up with freezing water lines. If you do have drafty windows, you can buy window seals. That will seal that stuff up. A lot of people lose a lot of heat due to drafty doors and windows especially in older homes."

Firefighters encourage residents to be sure to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors since heating systems will soon be on full blast.

Dez 24, 2015 at 23:39 o\clock

iPhones, the decline of Microsoft and the rise of the cloud

V3 and The INQUIRER editor Madeline BennettAFTER 15 YEARS working on V3, The INQUIRER and, for anyone with a good memory, IT Week, I'm off to pastures new at the start of 2016. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to test my memory and surprise/depress the older among us with what I see as the biggest headlines from that decade and a half in the technology industry, which has changed beyond recognition from when I joined in 2000.

E-business was a brave new world

There was lots of discussion and encouragement to get firms to consider running their business on the internet, and I typed the phrase electronic data interchange' (EDI) more times than I care to remember. This went hand-in-hand with the notion of e-commerce, of firms taking customer orders or handling sales transactions online. Companies like eBay and Amazon trailblazed the path to today's online shopping world, and e-business doesn't even exist as a term anymore as it's just the way we do business. But this was all still a revolutionary idea at the start of the millennium.

The iPhone hadn't reinvented the mobile phone market

Like most of the world, I was the proud owner of an iPod, starting out with the cheapie Shuffle navigating up to a touch-screen version. I spent a lot of time explaining to anyone who would listen that if only Apple would add a phone capability to the iPod, it would be the perfect device. I like to think that someone in my network passed on that feedback to Apple, although I accept it's more likely that Steve Jobs came up with the idea on his own or from countless similar requests from iPod users. But lo and behold in 2007 the first iPhone hit the shops to a mass buying spree.

I still remember the sheer excitement when the first review model arrived in the IT Week offices - and I also recall the heated debate we had about whether it was appropriate for IT Weekto cover this newfangled device at all, let alone as the cover story. After all, at this time it was a consumer' device. The whole idea of consumerisation didn't exist and companies didn't open up their work email, sales and other systems to untrusted Apple devices.

We took a risk and ran with it on the cover, and now it's hard to imagine an office or train carriage not full of people staring at their smartphone screens, checking a quick work email while adding a Facebook status update.

Facebook - what's that?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the whole notion of social media didn't even exist in 2000. Imagine a world where you just went to an event without live tweeting it, ate a sandwich without sharing its contents with the world in visual form, or long-lost friends who stayed long lost. It's hard to envisage that private, secluded and lonely world now, as social networks have grown to become some of the biggest players in tech space and businesses have quickly realised the value of managing their brands via Twitter, Instagram and all.

Software-as-a-service was for SMBs and the cloud didn't exist

Of all the huge shifts and disruptive technologies from the past 15 years, the cloud/SaaS revolution takes the crown for me. None of us thinks twice now about accessing our work email or other business apps when working from home with a laptop, or sitting on a beach in Hawaii or some other exotic location.

But in the early 2000s, SaaS was very much the domain of the small business, which quickly embraced the technology as a way of accessing the kind of software and updates previously restricted to the big boys of the business world. I remember going to an early Salesforce user event in New York around a decade ago, which boasted more like 160 attendees than the current 160,000. The key theme of the conference was trying to convince larger enterprises that SaaS was a valid option, and that the cloud was a secure way of doing business.

There may still be security issues surrounding the cloud, whether it's data leaks or state-snooping, but cloud computing is now the default for IT infrastructure.

The decline of Microsoft

It would have been impossible to predict in 2000 that Microsoft, then the giant of the computing world raking in billions from its Windows cash cow and our reliance on beige boxes, would be the also-ran, desperately attempting to redirect its business to fit in with this new on-demand and online model.

What I can predict is that any company that hasn't completed a shift to mobile and the cloud by the end of this decade won't be able to compete long-term, as dinosaurs get trampled on by agile startups, and the IoT connects everything to everything. Bring on the next 15 years!

Dez 17, 2015 at 23:55 o\clock

Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks ...

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Now that Windows 10 is out and millions of people are already running it, lets take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. If youre still on the fence, take note: You really do want Windows 10, despite a lot of the gripes weve shared over the past several months. Its worth getting on the list for (or downloading the Windows 10 ISO directly). It combines the best of Windows 8 super-fast startup, improved security with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures.

And if youre a computer nut like me, tweaking the OS is always the fun part. Discovering and implementing power user tips are my favorite part of getting a major new version of an OS. I still remember back when DOS 5.0 came out, and I was running DOS 3.3, and I got to try all these new things to optimize my 286. And when I upgraded from Windows/286 to Windows 3.0, I felt like my life had changed. (Weve come a long way.) Nostalgia aside, heres what you need to know to amp up your Windows 10 install and take it to the next level.

GodMode Windows 10

Set up GodMode

The awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that putslots of settings together in one place. To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C. It will create a special icon that when you click on it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.

Windows 10 Virtual Machine

Task view and virtual desktops

One of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. The fact that it finally handles them at all, out of the box, is a great step, since Mac OS X and Linux users have had that capability for a long time. It lets you set up a series of tasks and windows on your desktop, your email and Twitter window on another, and a third for general Web browsing and research. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right. (Click to read more on Task View and Virtual Desktops.)

Configure privacy settings

When youre first setting up Windows 10, make sure to select a Custom install so you can modify the privacy settings, instead of going with the Express install. (If you already installed it, no worries; you can fix it all in Settings). Otherwise youll find yourself agreeing to all sorts of private data sharing and while Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, its not a free product in and of itself so theres no reason to share your personal information when its not required.

Make the desktop more stylish

Windows 10 lets you personalize your desktop more thoroughly than before. Head to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and choose Show color on taskbar and Start Menu. You can also tell it to automatically pick a color from your wallpaper and apply it underneath icons of open apps, and you can remove the Start Menus translucent option.

Print to PDF

You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that arent easily modified. Another long overdue feature makes it in under the radar.

Make sure WiFi Sense is off

You may feel differently about this, but I certainly dont like the idea of allowing access to my WiFi network unless I specifically give out the password. Heres how to make sure your computer isnt doing that and if it is, how to turn it off.

Schedule Windows updates

Instead of getting ambushed whenever Microsoft decides to push out a patch, you can schedule restarts to install updates by going to Start > Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. You can do this for future updates as well by selecting Notify to Schedule Restart.

Run it in a virtual machine

If youre thinking of taking the Windows 10 plunge, but dont want to disturb your machine thats currently running just fine, heres how to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine first. Note that this is different than the virtual desktops I mentioned above; its virtualizing the entire OS within another OS (your existing one).

Explorer Home Tab Quick Access Windows 10

Windows Explorer Home tab and Quick Access

Windows Explorer windows are a lot more useful this time around, thanks to a new Home tab (pictured above). It makes file copies a cinch. If you look at the top left of the window, youll see a new Quick Access group that lets you navigate to recently accessed folders. That makes it much easier to maintain a fast workflow as you navigate around your computers file system. And whileFile Explorer defaults to the Quick Access view, if you dont like it, you can set it back to This PC by choosing View > Options > Open File Explorer > This PC.

Start Menu Clip Windows 10

Customize the Start Menu

The new Start Menu is such a huge improvement over what came with Windows 8.1 that its almost impossible to describe the relief. It combines the best elements of Windows 7 and Windows 8. And its also fully customizable.You can resize tiles in the Start menu by right-clicking them and choosing Resize, and then selecting a size from the pop-up menu. You can also unpin them or uninstall them completely. I admit the first thing I did is unpin all of Microsofts tiles and then shrink the size of the menu so it looks a lot like Windows 7 (pictured).

For a while, during some of the Windows 10 Technical Preview builds, you could pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar, which makes it a bit more like OS X. Unfortunately, that functionality seems to be gone in the release version, though you can still pin it to the Start Menu as a tile.

Command prompt tweaks

A lot of Windows 10 utilities underneath the service still look the same as they did in Windows 7 and Windows 8. But one of the hidden tweaks is in the Command Prompt head over to Properties and youll suddenly find you can enable a host of customizations, including a transparent background, resizing the window, and word wrap.

Battery saver

If youre on a laptop and your battery is running low, Windows 10 is smart enough to begin throttling back background services and other threads so that you can squeeze the last bit of battery life out of your machine. To enable Battery Saver, click the Start menu, and head to Settings | System | Battery Saver.

Background scrolling

Ever notice how when you hover your mouse cursor over a window and try and scroll, you still cant, because the window wasnt active? Turn this feature on in Settings | Devices | Mouse and Touchpad and youll be able to do just that.

Keyboard shortcuts

Here are some keyboard shortcuts you may want to be aware of ones that will really help your daily workflow:

Windows Key-Tab (Task View)Windows Key-Right-Up (Moves app to top right quadrant)Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (virtual desktop)Windows Key-Ctrl-D (new virtual desktop)Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana listening)Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (closes virtual desktop)Windows Key-Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)OneDriveOneDrive integration

Free cloud storage is a godsend these days, and Microsoft makes it super easy in Windows 10 with OneDrive. You can use it to store files for mobile device access from iOS or Android, and you can even set it to let you access any file on your PC remotely not just the ones you drag over to your OneDrive folder.

Amp up Cortana

If youve got a laptop, or a desktop with a microphone attached, click the search field and select the Notebook icon on the left. Then click Settings and click Let Cortana respond to Hey Cortana. Now Cortana will listen for your commands.Cortana can also use Google instead of Bing, even though Microsoft really wants you to use the latter. Install theChrometanaextension in Chrome, or just install Firefox and make that your default browser; both will accomplish the task of removing Bing from Cortanas brain.

Use Maps offline

The new Maps app lets you work offline (Remember those old Microsoft Maps programs?); click Settings > Download or Update Maps, and then select the continent and country you want.

Xbox Streaming

Windows 10 finally shows some real Xbox integration, and you can use it to log into your Xbox Live account. But more importantly, you can use it to stream Xbox One games locally on your PC. Youll have to enable it first on the Xbox One under Settings | Preferences | Allow game streaming, and then on the PC in the Xbox application. (Interestingly, Microsoft is also going the other way and adding keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox One not that youll need that, since youve already got a PC.)

Control Panel Windows 10

Record gamesand app videos

You can now record videos of apps or games using the Game DVR function. Press the Windows Key + G, click Yes, this is a game box, and then youll see options to manipulate the recording.

Find the original Control Panel (and other goodies)

The new Settings panel is easy to navigate and makes more sense than the crufty old Control Panel, but youll still need the latter to access some deeper options in the system. Its easy to call up, even though its hidden; just right click on the Start button on the bottom left of the screen and choose it from the pop-up menu, or type Control Panel in the Search bar at the bottom left in the taskbar. When you right-click the Start button, youll see all kinds of useful things there, such as Computer Management and Disk Management; for what its worth, those options bring you right back to the familiar Windows 7-style apps in each case.

Tone down Notifications

Notifications are a giant pain in Windows 10; theres just too many of them, and some are unnecessary. Turn em off by heading to Start > Settings > System > Notifications and actions, and turn off Windows tips and specific app notifications (youll need to scroll down for the latter).

Nix the Office ads

Are you sick of the occasional Office ads that pop up on the desktop? So are we. To kill them,right-click on Get Office in the Start Menu and uninstall it.

For more, read Why is called Windows 10 not Windows 9, and if youre a gamer, Demystifying Direct X 12 support in Windows 10: What AMD, Intel, and Nvidia do and dont deliver