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Protect your photos

It’s almost Canada Day! It’s almost the 4th of July! Celebrate by taking some great photos. Do at least two of the following three things to protect your photos and keep them forever.

Take good care of your cards

Yes, I said cards. Use more than one card in your camera. If something happens to your camera or if a card malfunctions before you have a chance to back it up, you won’t have lost everything.

The more cards you use, the fewer photos you can lose. Rotate the cards daily rather than letting a card fill up before you use another one.

Keep the cards that are not in the camera in a card case. This protects them from heat, humidity and dirt, and it also keeps them organized.

You don’t want to give a thief the opportunity to get all your photos, so keep the card case someplace else from where you keep your camera.


Make a copy of your photos every day

Are you travelling with a laptop? Make a copy of everything on the card every day.

You’re going to take that card out of the camera and replace it with another card every day anyway, so do that and copy those photos right onto the laptop.

If you don’t have a laptop, maybe you have a tablet. You can use a USB OTG cable and the cable that came with your camera to transfer files from the camera to your Android tablet.

Your tablet has to be capable of that, and you do need an app to do the transfer. Don’t wait until you’re on the road to learn how to do this; try it at home first. Here is one way.

Apple offers a camera adapter kit to accomplish the same thing using in iPad/iPhone. See this Apple Support article for details.

If you are lucky enough to have a Nikon DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi, you can easily transfer your photos to any Android or iOS device

If you have a Nikon DSLR without built in Wi-Fi, you can probably use the Nikon Wi-Fi adapter to create the wireless network

Wow! What a time to be alive.

Put your photos online

Once you’ve loaded a copy of your photos onto a laptop or tablet (or even a phone), you can store another copy online. You have lots of choices.

Dropbox is good if you have enough storage. OneDrive is good if you have enough storage. But by far the easiest way to go here is with Google Photos. They offer an enormous amount of free storage.

From a computer, visit the Google Photos website, sign in to your Google account and upload (or just drag and drop) your photos into your secure cloud storage.

From an Android  or iOS device, install the Google Photos app, set up the backup and sync, and your photos will upload.

You can keep those photos completely private, or you can choose to share any of them. Bonus: This is a much better way to share those vacation photos than trying to email them.


Great Cycle Challenge

It’s almost complete! If you’re reading this before the end of June and want to sponsor my rides to help kids with cancer, go here. Many thanks!

Do you need help with your computer? I'm here to help you and your home or business computer get along!

Cate Eales runs Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile service helping home users and businesses get along with their computers. To arrange an appointment phone her at 250-764-7043. Cate also welcomes your comments and suggestions. Send email to [email protected].

 



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Look up! Way up!

Feedback and Space

Holy wow! Thanks for all the feedback on the recent Windows 10 articles. I’ve included most of it in this week’s column. Keep it coming; we have more columns ahead.

And for a change of pace, view the International Space Station from wherever you are … on the ground.

Windows 10 Feedback

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on the last couple of columns.

At least a dozen people mentioned Steve Gibson’s Never10 (https://www.grc.com/never10.htm) as a means of stopping Windows 10 stealth upgrades (http://rlis.com/columns/column562.htm).

I still prefer GWX Control Panel (http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/), but either utility will get the job done until Microsoft figures out a way to defeat them. If you want to stop the Windows 10 upgrade, use whichever utility you like better.

Several people wrote asking if they would have to pay for Windows 10 after this July. According to Microsoft, if you upgrade an eligible computer to Windows 10 before July 29, 2016  that upgrade is free, and Windows 10 on that computer will be free forever.

They are not going to come back to you and demand that you buy or subscribe to it. Check the Microsoft FAQ, here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq.

If you choose to upgrade after July 29, there will be a charge, according to Microsoft. There is much speculation that Microsoft will continue to offer free upgrades, but that is speculation, and they deny it. If you plan to upgrade, you should not count on the upgrade being free after July 29 of this year.

I’m not sure why yet, but I’ve had several people tell me they are receiving upgrade notices on their computers running Vista. I’m not sure how that’s possible. The Windows 10 Upgrade is for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, not for any version of Windows before that.

If you have Vista and you’re getting that notice, I’d love to see a screen shot. (You can use the Windows Snipping Tool, as explained here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-snipping-tool-capture-screen-shots#1TC=windows-vista.)

Windows 7 was released in October, 2009. If you’re running Vista, your computer almost certainly is at least that old. Your best bet is probably to get a new computer with Windows 10 on it rather than to try to upgrade a seven-plus-year-old computer. You could get lucky and have it work out. I doubt it, though.

Ad Astra

And now for something fun. I was outside the other night and noticed a fast-moving, silent, bright object in the sky. “Either I’ve been listening to too much Coast to Coast AM, or that’s the Space Station,” I thought.

And it was the Space Station.

How did I know? Because NASA provides us with a way to see when the ISS will be over our location. Check out the Spot the Station website: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/.

Enter your location, click on GO, and you’ll be presented with a list of recent and upcoming opportunities to view the ISS. Nothing there? Sign up for email, text, or RSS alerts for upcoming chances.

If you want to know where the ISS is right this minute and what the astronauts are looking at on the ground, check out Astroviewer: http://iss.astroviewer.net/ or the visually richer European Space Agency’s Where is the International Space Station page here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Where_is_the_International_Space_Station.

Happy viewing!

Yes, I’m still cycling

The Great Cycle Challenge is on till the end of June. If you’d like to help me help kids with cancer, please sponsor me (any amount appreciated!) here: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/CateEales. As I write this, I have ridden 102 kilometres toward my goal of 160 km. I hope by the time you read this that number will be larger! Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me already. We’re going to do this.

Do you need help with your computer? I'm here to help you and your home or business computer get along!

Cate Eales runs Computer Care Kelowna (http://computercarekelowna.com/) a mobile service helping home users and businesses get along with their computers. To arrange an appointment phone her at 250-764-7043. Cate also welcomes your comments and suggestions. Send email to [email protected].

You can read previous columns here: http://rlis.com/column.htm. If you'd like to subscribe to this column by email, please visit this link:  http://www.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?Sub=20618. It's easy, and free. If you'd prefer the RSS Feed, click here: http://rlis.com/rlis.xml.

Links

Never10 https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

Upgrade to Windows 10: FAQ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq

Windows Snipping Tool for Vista http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-snipping-tool-capture-screen-shots#1TC=windows-vista

Coast to Coast AM http://www.coasttocoastam.com/

Spot the Station https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/

Astroviewer http://iss.astroviewer.net/

Where is the International Space Station http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Where_is_the_International_Space_Station

 

 



A view of Windows 10

Windows 10 Recap

Last week we talked about the stealth upgrades to Windows 10. This week, I’ve collected most of the links to mentions of Windows 10 in previous columns. There’s something here for you whether you want to embrace Windows 10 now, later, or not at all.

You don’t want Windows 10

You already have it? Roll it back. See the third item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column562.htm.
You’re in the middle of an upgrade? Decline the licence terms. See the second item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column562.htm.

It’s already scheduled, but not started? See the first item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column562.htm.
You don’t have it yet, or you rolled back, and you don’t want to go through all that again?

The best solution is GWX Control Panel: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/. Read the instructions first. http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html.

You have Windows 10, and you’re feeling a little lost.

You can’t get started? When you first fire up the computer, it goes to a screen that looks like there’s nowhere to sign in. That’s a lock screen (like on a smartphone or an iPad).

You have to dismiss that by clicking a mouse button or tapping on the Escape key. That takes you to the login screen. Enter your password there.

The Start Menu is not what you expected? Learn more about it here: http://rlis.com/columns/column554.htm or replace it with a free program that will bring back the old style menu: http://www.classicshell.net/.

The Quick Access on the sidebar is confusing? See the third item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column535.htm.

You want Internet Explorer back? See the second item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column549.htm.
Where are the games? Get the Windows 7 games back. See the first item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column545.htm.

Learn at your own pace http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-10/getstarted-see-whats-on-the-menu

You want Windows 10, and you’re working on your control issues.

Do your upgrade the right way: http://rlis.com/columns/column539.htm.

Get organized http://rlis.com/columns/column524.htm

Preparation is everything: http://www.howtogeek.com/225241/update-to-windows-10-headache-free-with-a-pre-upgrade-checklist/

Two more tips.

Use your Microsoft Account. If you don’t have one create one and then use your Microsoft account.

See the first item here: http://rlis.com/columns/column524.htm.

Fix Windows Updates settings and turn off Wi-Fi Sense. See this column: http://rlis.com/columns/column520.htm.

But wait, there’s more.

Of course, there’s more. We’ve only just begun. And the next big release of Windows 10 is scheduled for the end of July. I’ll write more, and I’d love to know what you want to hear about.

Email me at [email protected] if you have anything to ask or tell. I’ll share it unless you tell me not to.

Great Cycle Challenge

It’s June, and the rides count. Beautiful hot weather helps. Stay up to date, suggest a route, or sponsor my bike rides to help kids with cancer at this link: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/CateEales. Your support is much appreciated!

Links

Stealth upgrades http://rlis.com/columns/column562.htm

GWX Control Panel http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

GWX Control Panel User Guide http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html

Easier upgrades http://rlis.com/columns/column524.htm

Let’s get started http://rlis.com/columns/column554.htm

Classic shell http://www.classicshell.net/

Take charge of Windows 10 http://rlis.com/columns/column535.htm

Kill ads in Windows 10 http://rlis.com/columns/column549.htm

Remember when? http://rlis.com/columns/column545.htm

Get Started with Windows 10 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-10/getstarted-see-whats-on-the-menu

Ready…Set… http://rlis.com/columns/column539.htm

Upgrade headache free http://www.howtogeek.com/225241/update-to-windows-10-headache-free-with-a-pre-upgrade-checklist/

 





Stealth upgrades

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer, you have until the end of July to do it for free. If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, you really have to work at it.

This time they really mean it

Starting last July, Microsoft interrupted your work or play with “important” messages urging you to upgrade your computer to Windows 10. Until last month you could simply dismiss those messages by clicking on the red X to close the message Window.

At the end of May, though, a different message started popping up, informing you your upgrade was already scheduled, and demanding to know whether to proceed now or later.

That’s pretty aggressive, but it gets ruder still: Clicking on that X this time doesn't decline the upgrade, it simply dismisses the message. Hey! You just agreed to that upgrade! Just like installing any other potentially unwanted program.

https://support.malwarebytes.org/customer/portal/articles/1834873-what-are-pup-detections-are-they-threats-and-should-they-be-deleted-?b_id=6438

To stop this madness, you must click on the relatively tiny “Click here to change the upgrade schedule or cancel the scheduled upgrade.”

You have another chance to stop it

If you (or “Mister Nobody,” as my mother says) clicked on that red X, thereby giving your OK for the upgrade, you still have a chance to stop it. The upgrade will start, and eventually you’ll get to a screen that asks you to accept the license terms.

Decline the terms!

When you click on the button that says Decline, your computer will roll back to the previous version of Windows. This will take a little time, but if all goes well you will be right back where you started.

You can still get rid of it

If you miss that last opportunity to decline the upgrade, things will grind away for quite some time, and eventually you’ll have Windows 10. If you get past the anger and confusion of the Stealth Upgrade, you can go ahead and give Windows 10 a try. It’s different. There are many settings you should tweak to make sure it’s efficient and safe. But if all your programs still work and you can get your printer working again, you might like Windows 10 enough to keep it around. (“Hey, Mom! Look what followed me home!”)

You have 30 days to decide.

At any point within those 30 days you can roll back to your previous version of Windows.

  • Click on Start | Settings | Update & Security | Recovery
  • Click on Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1 depending on your system
  • Answer the survey question and click on Next

The rollback process uses a folder called Windows.old, stored in the root (C:) drive of your computer. This folder is created during the upgrade. Don’t delete that folder until you’re sure you are going to stay with Windows 10.

A year ago when Windows 10 was first released, it was rough around the edges. It’s improved a whole lot. I really like most of it, but the way Microsoft is foisting upgrades on people is disgraceful.

You can stop it from trying that again … at least for now

As soon as you roll back to your previous operating system, you’ll notice Windows Update beavering away on updating you to Windows 10 again. You can get a utility that will stop this, at least until Microsoft finds a way to defeat this utility.

GWX Control Panel is the most effective way to stop these upgrades right now. Get it here: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/. But please, please, please READ THE USER GUIDE before you do anything: http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html.

The program is free, but the author welcomes donations.

Sponsor my bike rides to help kids with cancer

Has this column been helpful? Has any column here been helpful? Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, Cate’s column is so helpful I wish I could do something nice for her?”

You can! Sponsor me in the Great Cycle Challenge! Follow this link: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/CateEales.

Rides start counting for real June 1.

Thanks for your support. Any amount helps.

Do you need help with your computer? I'm here to help you and your home or business computer get along!

Cate Eales runs Computer Care Kelowna (http://computercarekelowna.com/) a mobile service helping home users and businesses get along with their computers. To arrange an appointment phone her at 250-764-7043. Cate also welcomes your comments and suggestions. Send email to [email protected].

You can read previous columns here: http://rlis.com/column.htm. If you'd like to subscribe to this column by email, please visit this link: http://www.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?Sub=20618. It's easy, and free. If you'd prefer the RSS Feed, click here: http://rlis.com/rlis.xml.

Links

What are PUP detections?

https://support.malwarebytes.org/customer/portal/articles/1834873-what-are-pup-detections-are-they-threats-and-should-they-be-deleted-?b_id=6438

GWX Control Panel http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

GWX Control Panel User Guide http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html

Sponsor Cate in the Great Cycle Challenge https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/CateEales

Computer Care Kelowna http://computercarekelowna.com/

Getting Along With Your Computer Column Archives http://rlis.com/column.htm

Get Cate's column by email http://www.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?Sub=20618

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About the Author

The Technology Shaman, Cate Eales, has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible, and fun for over 30 years.

Cate lives in Kelowna with her husband, Eric. She owns and operates Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile computer business providing on-site service for home and small business customers.

Cate is here to help you and your home or business computer get along.

E-mail Cate at [email protected] with comments, suggestions, or questions.

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