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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, May 1, 2016

In this Issue:
Special Feature: How to Relieve Eye Strain from Tablets and Computers
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Watch Out for Those Checkboxes
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features that can be Disabled
Special Feature: How to Use Night Shift Mode on Your iPad and iPhone
Websites of Interest: May Day; The Kentucky Derby; Long Island Fairs and Festivals; May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month; Cinco de Mayo

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Special Feature: How to Relieve Eye Strain from Tablets and Computers

Do your eyes get tired after spending a lot of time looking at a computer or phone screen? The Centers for Disease Control says people get so involved with their devices that you forget to blink. Forgetting to blink causes fatigue.

The CDC suggests you follow what they call the 20-20-20 rule. About every 20 minutes, look away at something about 20 feet in front of you. Keep your eyes on that object for 20 seconds.

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Watch Out for Those Checkboxes

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.

When you sign up for something on the Web, there is often some innocent-looking text at the end of the form saying something like: "YES, I want to be contacted by select third parties concerning products I might be interested in." Quite often, the checkbox next to that text is already checked and your email address will be given to you don't know who.

Watch Out for Those Checkboxes

To avoid that,

* look closely at every form you fill on the Web and
* make sure all relevant checkboxes are not ticked.

Sometimes, the text will read: "NO, don't give away my email address," and the checkbox will consequently be unchecked by default. Check it.

In our next edition: Spammers Track Usage, Too

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features that can be Disabled

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

Additional Features that can be Disabled

Note: Some of these features may not be found in all versions of Windows.

By Lincoln Spector of pcworld.com

Windows Error Reporting Service

Every time Windows experiences an error--either with its own processes or with a third-party program--it offers to report the problem to Microsoft. In theory, doing so can help the company locate problems with its OS (and heaven knows that would be a good thing). But more than likely, your report will either go unresolved or just end up in a big ol' pile of other people's reports on the same problem. Either way, you're wasting your system's precious resources on a feature that isn't doing you any good.

To disable this unhelpful service, open the Services window: Click Start, type services, and press Enter. Find and double-click Windows Error Reporting Service. In the 'Startup type' drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.

Sidebar (Windows Vista and 7)

Give Windows Sidebar the axe by deselecting the 'Start Sidebar when Windows starts' check box.

You pay a heavy performance price for the analog clock, thumbnail slide-show viewer, and Microsoft-centric RSS news feed that dock in the Windows Sidebar. Turning the whole thing off gives you a big speed boost, especially at boot time.

To remove the Sidebar, right-click anywhere on the Sidebar and select Close Sidebar. Uncheck Start Sidebar when Windows starts, and then click OK.

Internet Printing Client

Do you ever print documents over the Internet? Chances are, you won't miss out on anything by disabling Window’s Internet Printing Client.

Click on Start. Type Programs and Features in the search box. Click Programs and Features at the top of the menu.

Click the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left; you'll get the Windows Features dialog box. Expand the Print Services section and uncheck Internet Printing Client.

Click OK. The computer may ask you to restart; allow it to do so.

Tablet PC

If you don't have a tablet PC, you don't need Tablet PC Optional Components running and taking up your computer’s resources.

Turning off Window’s tablet features is a two-step process: Start in the Windows Features dialog box. If you're not already there, see the tip above for instructions on getting to it. Once there, simply uncheck Tablet PC Optional Components.

You complete the job in the Services window, which you open by clicking Start, typing services, and pressing Enter. Find and double-click Tablet PC Input Services. In the 'Startup type' drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.

Search Indexing

If you don't use the Search field often, turning off indexing can give your PC a small performance boost.

This one is a real trade-off. Turning off Window’s indexing will slow searches to a crawl. But ditching this convenient feature could very likely speed up your general PC use significantly.

In other words, turning off indexing will help your PC's performance only if you seldom search by file content, or if you use a third-party search tool such as Copernic Desktop or Google Desktop (in which case you probably have two indexing routines running at the same time, which is an even bigger waste).

If you match either of those descriptions, turn off indexing by clicking Start, typing services, and pressing Enter. Find and double-click Windows Search. In the 'Startup type' drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.

In our next newsletter: Disable Aero on Windows 7 or Vista

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Special Feature: How to Use Night Shift Mode on Your iPad and iPhone

When your iPad or iPhone is in Night Shift mode, the display emits light from the warmer end of the spectrum rather than the default blue light, which can interfere with sleep and strain the eyes. You can manually enable Night Shift mode or set a daily schedule for the feature.

Here’s how to use Night Shift:

To adjust your Night Shift mode settings or set a schedule, open your Settings app.
Tap Display & Brightness.
Select Night Shift.
To set a schedule, toggle on Scheduled.
Then tap the Time bar to customize.
Here, you can set a Custom Schedule by Tapping on Turn On At and Turn Off At.

Back on the previous screen, you can select Manually Enable Until Tomorrow, which will leave Night Shift on all day and night.

You can also set your preferred Color Temperature to be Less Warm or More Warm.

You can also access Night Shift from Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen.

Tap the icon (bottom row, center) to turn Night Shift on and off

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Websites of Interest:

May Day
Learn about the history and customs of this day.
http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday

The Kentucky Derby
America's Greatest Race is on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Learn more about its history and traditions here.
https://www.kentuckyderby.com/history

Long Island Fairs and Festivals
One of the great things about the warmer weather are the festivals and fairs that take place all over Long Island!
http://tinyurl.com/noghehv

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Visit these websites to learn about Lyme disease and how you can protect yourself and your family.
http://canlyme.com/
http://ilads.org/

Cinco de Mayo
The Fifth of May is a day that commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French army in 1862. For an account of the history, the battle, and the politics behind it, visit this website:
http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm