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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, May 3, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Three Warning Signs That Email Is Malicious
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features that can be Disabled
Websites of Interest: Discounts for People Over 55; May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month; The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; Long Island Lighthouses

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Special Feature: Three Warning Signs That Email Is Malicious

By Ian Paul of pcworld.com

Email spam filtering is far better than it used to be. There was a time when nearly every scam email would land in your inbox. Thankfully that's not the case anymore—especially if you're a Gmail user.

But no system is perfect. Every now and then a scam message will manage to slip into your inbox. But how do you know when you're looking at a scam or not?

Here are three basic tip-offs you can look for to figure out whether you're looking at an email with dishonest intentions. They're hardly an exhaustive list, but more often than not one of these tips will save you from getting suckered.
http://tinyurl.com/mk2tf8q

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Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Cutting, Copying, and Pasting

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.

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting

Many applications allow you to copy items from one place and paste them to another. For example, if you're working with a word processor, you might copy and paste text to avoid typing the same thing over and over. If there's something you want to move from one place to another, you can cut and paste instead.

Use this link to learn to learn how:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/5.3

In our next newsletter: Undoing Changes

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Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
A collection of tips showing some useful features of iPad with iOS 8.

From apple.com

Get the User Guide
Learn everything you want to know about iPad — all in one place. The iPad User Guide is a free download in the iBooks Store.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id917481145

See Before And After
While editing a photo, touch and hold the image to temporarily show the original, so you can compare it with the changes you’re making.

Add Profile Pictures To Contacts
To see profile photos of friends when they email or call, go to Settings and tap Facebook or Twitter. Then tap Update Contacts.

Keep Text Notifications Quiet
Mute notifications for a conversation — handy for, say, a busy group discussion. While viewing the thread, tap Details, then tap Do Not Disturb.

Remove Webpage Clutter
Safari can make articles easier to read. If the page you’re on supports it, tap the reader button to see just the text and photos — without ads or distractions.

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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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Websites of Interest:

Discounts for People Over 55
http://tinyurl.com/kvoc2c9

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/

The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
http://tinyurl.com/3apsu77

Long Island Lighthouses
http://www.longisland.com/lighthouses/