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Stuff that I like: other websites, podcasts

Synchronizing across devices

I have a Blackberry Q5 smartphone (running OS10), an ipad, a PC running Windows 7 and a lap top running Windows 8.  I was synchronizing my phone with Outlook on my PC to sync calendar and contacts, and then syncing my ipad with Outlook by connecting to itunes on the PC.

I created a new email address <<myname>>, and set that up on all my devices, set to synchronize contacts and calendar, and now everything is in sync, all the time!  Lovely!


Do a Virus scan

This is a link to a page by Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert, which gives a list of free programmes which will scan your computer for viruses.  The programmes are from safe sources, and are free to download and run.  I tried the microsoft one, and it found no errors on my PC.
If you have anti-virus software on your PC which is up to date, you should be fine.

You may need to know what version of Windows you have on your PC in order to download the right version of the virus scan program.  To find out what version of windows you have, click on Start,  then right click on Computer, and click on Properties.

(For Windows 8, on the Start screen type “windows version” then choose “See if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of windows”

e-mailing photos

In Windows 7, there is a different way to e-mail photos, which is very useful.

First, find and select the photo(s) you want to send.  Looking along the options at the top of the folder or library window, chose “E-mail”.  A new window will open, allowing you to choose different picture sizes – medium is usually OK, but if you are sending a lot of photos, you may want to choose small; click Attach.  Now your mail window opens, allowing you to fill out the address, subject, and put some text in the message.  Now click Send.  Job done.

The advantage of this method is being able to choose the picture size – effectively cutting down on the size of the e-mail you are going to send.

You can send photos by attaching them to an e-mail in the normal way (create the e-mail first, and then click on Attach File (the paper clip symbol) , browse to the photo, select it, click Insert).  This method sends the photo at its original size – which may be very big!  And if you want to send several photos, you may find that the e-mail won’t go, because you have exceeded your allowed e-mail size.

Music on my Kindle

I’ve put some music on my Kindle – plug your kindle in to your PC with the USB cable, and drag some MP3s into the music folder.  To listen while you read, hold down the ALT key and press the spacebar (same to stop) ALT and F skips to the next track.

My kindle is the one with the keyboard – don’t know if the other ones do this!