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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, March 8, 2015

Don’t forget to change your clocks today. “Spring springs ahead and Fall falls back.”

In this Issue:
Special Feature: How to Keep Safe on Facebook
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting started with OS X – Working With Files and Folders
Special Feature: iPad Basics: Wi-Fi
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Indexing Services
Websites of Interest: Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?; Are you ready for Girl Scout Cookies?; International Women's Day; March 11 is No Smoking Day; Long Island Traffic Cameras

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Special Feature: How to Keep Safe on Facebook

By wikihow.com

Facebook is the fastest growing social networking site in the world today with up to 250,000 new users being added every day. But sharing information has lots of risks including your name which can be accessed by others and your profile can be viewed. Anyone can get valuable information and private photos from your profile -- ultimately getting you in big trouble. You can keep your misfortunes down to a minimum by following these steps.

http://tinyurl.com/ouf3gjb

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Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting started with OS X – Working With Files and Folders

From gcflearnfree.org

Whether you're new to computers or just new to OS X, it's important to learn the basics of using your computer. If it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don't worry! We'll take you through it step by step and show you some of the most fundamental things you'll need to know.

File Basics

Understanding how to work with files and folders is an important part of using your computer. Once you understand how files and folder work, you'll use them all the time. In this lesson, we'll show you the absolute basics of working with files, including how to open files, how to move your files into folders, and how to delete files.

Use this link to learn about File Basics and watch an informative video:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/3

 

In our next newsletter: Moving and Deleting Files

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Special Feature: iPad Basics: Wi-Fi

From gcflearnfree.org

You'll need to connect your iPad to the Internet to be able to use most of the iPad's features. It's easy to turn your iPad's wireless connection on or off and join nearby networks so you can access the Internet. Once you join a network, your device will connect to it automatically whenever it's in range. If there are no networks in range, it will connect via 3G or 4G instead, but only if you have a 3G- or 4G-enabled device (and a contract with a wireless provider).

Use this link to learn to learn more:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/ipadbasics/3.3

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Indexing 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

 

Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a small program that uses a lot of memory and can significantly slow your computer down. This program lists and indexes all of the files that are on your computer. When you search for a file, the computer looks through the indexed list to find what you want. If you do not search for files very often, or even if you do search often, this system service is unnecessary and really does not speed up the search process all that much.

To disable Indexing Services, follow these steps:

Windows XP

Click Start
Open Control Panel
Open Add/Remove Programs
Click Add/Remove Window Components
Click to Uncheck Indexing services
Click Next and follow the prompts to complete.

Windows Vista / 7

Click Start
Open Control Panel
Open System and Maintenance
Open Administrative Tools
Open Services. If User Account Control asks for permission, click Continue.
In the name column, scroll down to Windows Search. Right click on Windows Search, and then click Properties on menu that appears.
The Windows Search Properties window will now appear. Look for the Startup type section. To the right of Automatic is a small down arrow. Click on it. Click Disabled.
Click the OK button and close all windows.

Windows 8/8.1
Go to the Desktop.
Right click to open the Power User Tasks Menu (Windows logo, bottom left).
Open Control Panel
Open System and Security
Open Administrative Tools
Open Services. If User Account Control asks for permission, click Continue.
In the name column, scroll down to Windows Search. Right click on Windows Search, and then click Properties on menu that appears.
The Windows Search Properties window will now appear. Look for the Startup type section. To the right of Automatic is a small down arrow. Click on it. Click Disabled.
Click the OK button and close all windows.

After the computer is restarted, Indexing Services will no longer be running. If you wish to enable this program in the future, follow the above steps to do so.

 

In our next edition, Optimize Display Settings

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Websites of Interest:

Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?;
History from Benjamin Franklin to the present.
http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/

Are you ready for Girl Scout Cookies?;
This site will tell you where you can find them.
http://tinyurl.com/megaer5

International Women's Day;
Is celebrated on March 8. Learn about it here.
http://tinyurl.com/2w72xd

March 11 is No Smoking Day;
https://nosmokingday.org.uk/

Long Island Traffic Cameras
Giving you instant updates on the traffic situation before you go out.
http://www.longisland.com/traffic-cameras