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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, February 7, 2016

We will not be publishing a newsletter next week in observance of President’s Day. See you in two weeks!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Top Scams of 2016 - Collection Agency Scams
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Use Disposable Email Addresses at Your Web Site
Special Feature: Apple iPad and iPhone iOS 9 – Changes and Hidden Features: Maps and Notes
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Unnecessary Windows Services
Websites of Interest: Super Bowl; Super Bowl Recipes; Puppy Bowl; Arts and Crafts

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Special Feature: Top Scams of 2016 - Collection Agency Scams

From scamguard.com

Some scammers are well aware that collection agencies have the right to contact consumers who owe money to them or companies they represent. Criminals involved with collection agency scams use this knowledge to their advantage to steal money.

Claiming to represent a fake collection agency, or even the United States Attorney General's office, scammers make cold calls to victims and threaten lawsuits or embarrassing on-the-job confrontations unless the victims start making payments. This type of scam can go on for months. After repeated harassment, victims cave to demands and pay a fee. Sometime later, the scammers repeat the tactic with the same victims or sell/share the information to other scamming organizations. Fee payment is also expected via non-returnable methods, such as Moneygram or Western Union.

Unless you have bad debt and owe money to collection agencies who have purchased it, block all collection calls. Additionally, if possible, report collection agency scammers to the appropriate government agency.

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Use Disposable Email Addresses at Your Web Site

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

Using disposable email addresses in forms on the Web and for mailing lists is a great way to stop spam.

With a little effort, you can even use them on your home page, too, and allow legitimate mail from unknown senders while keeping out spam.

Use Disposable Email Addresses at Your Web Site

Use a disposable email address in the mailto: links on your site instead of your real one. Depending on the mail that comes in, you take two different sets of actions:

* If a stranger sends you a legitimate email that you welcome, she gets her own special disposable email address. Create a new disposable email address and send a reply including the information that any further emails should only be sent to the new, dedicated disposable email address. Make sure you also set the Reply-to: header to that new disposable address.

* If spam arrives at the disposable email address posted on your home page, disable the address immediately and replace it with a new disposable email address. This will stop all further spam sent to the old disposable address, but it will not hamper mail from all the welcome senders since they already have their own dedicated disposable email address.

In our next edition: Don't Use Your Primary Email Address to Sign Up for Anything

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Special Feature: Apple iPad and iPhone iOS 9 – Changes and Hidden Features: Maps and Notes

iOS 9 for the iPad and iPhone is available for download. You can access the software update via Settings > General> Software Update > Download and Install.

We’ve had some time to play around with iOS 9 for a bit. We’re looking at a more proactive OS and fun upgrades all around. Here are some changes:

Maps

Tap on the small arrow in the bottom left corner and Maps will spotlight your current location. If you would rather find a different location, tap the search box at the top and type in the address.

Once you find the location, tap the search box again for Nearby, which shows you shops, restaurants, other types of businesses, and places of interest around you or near the destination you entered in the Maps search bar.

Tap Directions, top left, input Start and End locations (you can use your current location for either), tap Route, and you’ll see a map and directions. You can tap Transit for public transportation information (only available in major cities).

Tap the i, bottom right, to change to a satellite map, Show Traffic, and more.

For better directions on Maps, you can add the address for your home, workplace and favorite haunts into your Contacts. This way, you can select Home or Work on Maps, without typing in the full address each time you need it.

Notes

Notes has also always been a handy place to cut and paste information. The good news is that Notes is getting better and even more useful in iOS 9.

Drawing Notes

Go beyond simple text notes and start drawing straight onto the screen with your finger. Tap the squiggle icon at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the ruler and you can draw straight lines. The orientation of the ruler can be changed. Put two fingers on it and rotate.

Formatting Text

Note a small, white bar right above the keyboard in the center. Press and pull that up. A bar will appear with commands such as cut, copy, and paste, and formatting changes that can be made. Tap Aa for styles.

Add Pictures to Your Notes

Pictures can now be added to your notes. Choose the camera icon from the icons either along the bottom of the screen or above the keyboard.

Choose Photo Library, or if you are about to take the photo, choose Take Photo or Video.

You can add as many images as you like to a note.

Sharing Web Pages and Maps in Notes

Notes is now an option within the sharing system of iOS 9. Just tap the share button in an app like Safari or Apple Maps, then select Notes, and a pop-up card will appear where you can insert text and select whether you want to create a new note or append an existing note. The shared content will then be inserted into the note as a thumbnail.

 

In our next edition: Mail

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Unnecessary Windows Services

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.

In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html

Note: It is recommended to turn off only one or two items at a time, write down the changes you made, and then use the computer for several days or a week to make sure everything is working fine. If problems do occur, the items that were changed can simply be changed back again.

Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Unnecessary Windows Services

A Windows service is a program that performs specific functions and is designed not to require user intervention. This means that the program starts up automatically when the computer is turned on and runs behind the scenes. The computer user does not have to do anything to start or work with the program and, most of the time, does not even see the program running.

Some of these services are for networked computers, ex. computers in an office that are connected to each other. They are unnecessary for the home user. Turning off these unnecessary services can improve the performance and speed of the computer.

To access Services in Windows XP, click on the Start button and open Control Panel. In Control Panel, open Administrative Tools (If you do not see Administrative Tools, click Classic view on the left). Open Services.

To access Services in Windows Vista, click on the Start orb (bottom left) and open Control Panel. In Control Panel, open Administrative Tools (If you do not see Administrative Tools, click Classic view on the left). Open Services.

To access Services in Windows 7, click on the Start orb (bottom left) and open Control Panel. In Control Panel, open System and Security, and then open Administrative Tools. Open Services.
To see more information about a particular service, click on it. A description of that service will appear to the left of the Name column. The Startup Type column displays Automatic, Manual or Disabled. Services marked Automatic start up when the computer is turned on and remain on and running while the computer remains on. These are the services that can be slowing the computer down.

To access Services in Windows 8/8.1, go to the Desktop. Right click to open the Power User Tasks Menu (Windows logo, bottom left). Open Control Panel. In Control Panel, open System and Security, and then open Administrative Tools. Open Services.

To see more information about a particular service, click on it. A description of that service will appear to the left of the Name column. The Startup Type column displays Automatic, Manual or Disabled. Services marked Automatic start up when the computer is turned on and remain on and running while the computer remains on. These are the services that can be slowing the computer down.

To stop a service from automatically starting, right click on the service name. Left click on Properties. The Properties window for that service will open. To the right of Startup Type, a drop down box will display Automatic. Click the down arrow to the right and then click Disabled. Click the OK button.

To determine which services are unnecessary for your computer, visit some of the websites listed below. These lists are compiled by Windows experts who have tested computers with and without these services running.

Windows XP
http://www.ss64.com/nt/syntax-services.html
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

Windows Vista
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

Windows 7
http://www.askvg.com/windows-7-services-that-can-be-safely-set-to-manual/
http://smallvoid.com/articles/windows-7-win7/services-guide/

Windows 8/8.1
http://tinyurl.com/ljgprxx
http://tinyurl.com/atd97mh

Important: It is strongly advised to disable only two services at a time. Note the services you disable and then use your computer for several days or a week. If there are no adverse effects after full usage of your computer, go back into Services and disable two more. If you do experience an adverse effect, go back into Services and change the services you disabled back to Automatic.

In our next edition, Defragment Your Hard Drive

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Websites of Interest:

Super Bowl
Visit the official site of Superbowl 50
http://www.superbowl.com/

Carolina Panthers
http://www.panthers.com/

Denver Broncos
http://www.denverbroncos.com/

Super Bowl Recipes
http://tinyurl.com/av5vhq
http://tinyurl.com/6rfq3gf
http://www.food.com/recipes/superbowl

Puppy Bowl
Do you like dogs better than you like football? Visit this website!
http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl

Arts and Crafts
Projects to work on while your significant other watches football.

The Top 100 Craft Sites Report
http://www.artcraftmarketing.com/topsites/

The 10 Best DIY and Craft Blogs
http://tinyurl.com/holb8oc

Craftgawker
Inspiration for your next project.
https://craftgawker.com